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Tesla CEO: Our New Home Battery Does Not 'Suck'

Elon Musk intros Powerwall battery to soak up sun in the day, power homes at night

(Newser) - The guy who's diligently working on a plan to transport humans to Mars has also been toiling on a project that makes use of the sun. That project, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery made by Tesla called Powerwall , is designed to be installed in homes and store solar energy to... More »

Women, It's Time to Ditch Silicon Valley

Guardian's Jess Zimmerman loves angry new sentiment brewing

(Newser) - Women in the tech field get all kinds of advice on how to succeed in the boys' world of Silicon Valley. But at the Guardian , Jess Zimmerman thinks the days of "leaning in" or whatever the trendy slogan of the day is should come to an end. She loves... More »

Toxic Lake of Horror Comes From Making All Our Gadgets

Inner Mongolia lake filled with sludge from processing of rare earth minerals

(Newser) - "Dystopian" and "horrifying" are just two adjectives Tim Maughan uses to describe for the BBC what he recently witnessed in the remote industrial city of Baotou in Inner Mongolia. Most disturbing was his visit to a man-made lake filled with toxic sludge that makes the surrounding area smell... More »

Apple Watch Is Easily Best Smartwatch on Market

But reviewers don't think smartwatches are essential, yet

(Newser) - The reviews for the Apple Watch are in, and it's clear this is no flop. Reviewers generally agree that Apple has made the best smartwatch in existence, but they also think it will take a while before smartwatches in general become necessary gadgets. Still, it seems the Apple Watch... More »

Old Politicians, Your Disdain of Email Is Embarrassing

Two young writers take an older generation to task

(Newser) - We've learned of late that Lindsey Graham doesn't like to email . Nor does Chuck Schumer , John McCain , Pat Roberts , Bill Clinton , Richard Shelby, Orrin Hatch, and other power-brokers of, shall we say, a certain age. The thing is, they all seem to be proud of it, as if... More »

10 Weird Ways Technology Is Changing Our Sex Lives

It's a brave new sexy world

(Newser) - Too many gadgets in the bedroom can kill a couple's sex life, but technology is also changing and, in some cases, improving the way people relate to each other sexually. Below are 10 ways in which technology is transforming the way we think about—or have—sex.
  1. Lab-grown vaginas
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Office Inserting Chips in Workers' Skin

Swedish office block offers employees high-tech access

(Newser) - Some Swedish workers can now enter their building without a key and make purchases at the office cafe sans card—with a chip implanted in their hand, the BBC reports. Epicenter, a new Swedish office block, is offering employees a miniscule RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip to provide various kinds of... More »

Weird Battery Still Runs 175 Years Later

The Oxford Electric Bell has rung about 10B times

(Newser) - Like scientific mysteries? Then check out the Oxford Electric Bell, a battery-powered device that's still ringing 175 years after it was made, the Smithsonian reports. Sitting in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, it makes a little metal ball move swiftly back and forth between two bells. How its... More »

Audi Named 'Jack' Drives Itself 550 Miles

Audi A7 drove from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

(Newser) - It feels like something out of a sci-fi movie—a luxury car that can drive itself 550 miles, from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. But this is not a movie: Over two days, an Audi A7 Sportback (nicknamed "Jack") made the trip with little human help, its journey... More »

Apps Are Killing the Web

Christopher Mims: What we know as the 'web' is doomed

(Newser) - It might soon be time to pay last respects to what we know as "the web," writes Christopher Mims at the Wall Street Journal . It's "dying," he writes, and the killer is easy to find: Just look at your smartphone and count the apps. These... More »

Your Car Could Someday Park Itself

Valeo unveils automated valet parking at Detroit conference

(Newser) - Technology may soon eliminate one of life's little annoyances: looking for a parking space. That's the vision of French auto parts maker Valeo, which demonstrated Park4U —automated valet parking—at an intelligent-vehicle conference in Detroit yesterday, the AP reports. The system kicks into action when the driver... More »

'Fat-Shaming' Fork Zaps You While You Eat

HAPIfork flashes and vibrates when you eat too fast

(Newser) - Since you probably don't feel awful enough while eating chocolate cake, the HAPIfork is here to make you feel worse. At least that's the general consensus about the high-tech, bulky utensil that vibrates and flashes when you eat too fast, the Los Angeles Times reports. The weight-loss gadget... More »

Ralph Lauren's New Tee Shows How Stressed You Are

'Polo Tech' compression shirt uses smart tech to gauge heart rate, respiration

(Newser) - Ball boys are constantly in the shadow of the tennis players they so faithfully follow. You may not know it, but they're under a lot of pressure—and Ralph Lauren plans to measure it with its new "Polo Tech" T-shirt, which ball boys are wearing at this year'... More »

Scientists Create Biggest-Ever Robot Swarm

Harvard researchers get 1K little ones to work together

(Newser) - At about the size of a quarter, these little guys aren't the robot overlords of sci-fi lore, but they're pretty impressive all the same. Harvard researchers programmed 1,024 of the "kilobots" to work in tandem with each other to form complex shapes, a feat being hailed... More »

'Transformer' Plane Splits Into 3 When Under Attack

It's still in the concept stages for now

(Newser) - If Tom Cruise made a movie that somehow merged his roles in Top Gun, Mission Impossible, and Minority Report, this would be the aircraft he’d be flying. Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has posted a YouTube video of the “Transformer,” a sophisticated concept plane that’s... More »

'Unplugging'? You're Just Ignoring the Real World

Our digital lives matter, Casey Cep argues

(Newser) - Earlier this month, people around the country swore off all things digital in the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging . It's an understandable response to our "age of technological anxiety," writes Casey Cep at the New Yorker . "What sex was for the Puritans, technology has become... More »

Steve Jobs' 1983 Time Capsule Uncovered

With some pretty cool stuff inside

(Newser) - A massive time capsule put in the ground during 1983's Aspen International Design Conference earned the nickname the "Steve Jobs Time Capsule" after he dropped his own computer mouse into it. The pod was supposed to be unearthed in 2000, but construction in Aspen caused organizers to lose... More »

CES' Hot New Gadget Is Your Car

New vehicles sprout 4G; Google announces Open Automotive Alliance

(Newser) - The big news from the Consumer Electronics Show—where the expected theme is "the connected car"—is a plan to make your new vehicle a little more like your smartphone. General Motors and Audi tell the Wall Street Journal they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G... More »

Well, the Inevitable 'Smart Ring' Has Arrived

It connects to your smartphone, sends you alerts

(Newser) - Some might say it's "one ring to rule them all," as in: the time, your music, a camera, phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications, and a number of other things. Yes, we've gone from smartphones to smart watches to smart glasses and now we'... More »

Sony's 'Wearable Tech' Idea: a Wig

Complete with GPS, camera, and sensors to detect blood pressure

(Newser) - Watch out Google Glass , Sony is delving into wearable technology—and fashion, apparently—with a patent for a wig that can check your blood pressure, detect objects around you, and even help blind people navigate roads, the BBC reports. Sony thinks its SmartWig, worn "in addition to natural hair,... More »

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