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Survey: 75% of Kids Under 4 Have Own Mobile Device

There is 'almost universal exposure' among kids, researchers say

(Newser) - A recent study found handing your toddler an iPad is a bad idea ; a new study shows 97% of kids under age 4 have used a mobile device anyway and 75% have a tablet, smartphone, or iPod of their own. The small-scale study—based on the responses of 350 low-income... More »

Meet the 'Cyborg' Who Feels Every Earthquake

Moon Ribas argues 'sensory extensions' are the way of the future

(Newser) - Choreographer Moon Ribas describes herself as having two heartbeats: "my own heartbeat and the Earth's." She's not exactly speaking metaphorically. Thanks to a small chip grafted into her elbow, Ribas feels vibrations based on seismic readings from around the world. During her performances, dubbed Waiting for ... More »

Yahoo Mail: We're Killing Passwords

Email service will now use push notifications on mobile devices to sign users in

(Newser) - Yahoo Mail is turning 18, and it's marking the occasion with a big move: no more passwords. The company announced Thursday it's dumping what one Gartner security analyst calls the "antiquated" process of punching in a password to access messages and replacing it with a push notification... More »

Netflix Claims Credit-Card Chips Messed Up Its Growth

Not everyone is buying finger-pointing at new fraud-prevention technology

(Newser) - Everyone who is too lazy or forgot to update their credit card numbers online can blame themselves for Netflix's slow US subscriber growth. That's the company's excuse, anyway, revealed in a Wednesday letter to shareholders that says it didn't hit its subscriber growth forecast partly due... More »

Apple Loses Patent Suit That Could Cost Close to $1B

Jury decided tech giant's iPhones violated University of Wisconsin patent

(Newser) - Apple lost phase one Tuesday of a lawsuit against it by a patent enforcement group that Business Insider once called one of the "most fearsome patent trolls" around—a loss that could cost up to $862 million in damages, Reuters reports. A US District Court jury decided Apple had... More »

Chinese President Says 'Cheese' With US Tech Giants

Zuckerberg even put on a suit for the occasion

(Newser) - One way to get the head of Apple to visit the Microsoft campus: Tell him it's picture day with the president of China. Tim Cook and other technology bigwigs—including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Alibaba's Jack Ma—gathered yesterday in Redmond, Wash., for... More »

Parents End 34-Day Hunger Strike, but They Aren't Done

Chicago protesters plan to keep up fight for 'green tech' school

(Newser) - Protesting parents in Chicago ended their 34-day hunger strike on Saturday—not because they're giving up their battle over a high school in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, but because they want to have the strength to keep fighting. "We decided that we will feed our bodies so that... More »

New Office ID Badges Can Track, Record Workers

Gizmos that monitor employees' movements, stress, and more are spreading

(Newser) - How would you feel about wearing an employee ID badge that tracks when you move away from your desk, how often you speak up at meetings, and how stressed you are? Such smart badges are already a reality, and they're spreading around the corporate world, the CBC reports. Boston-based... More »

STEM Shocker: Intel Drops Science Contest

Company has been supporter of prestigious high school competition since 1998

(Newser) - "Wanted: Respected corporation with deep pockets and deep roots in the STEM arena to take over prestigious science and math competition." That's basically the ad the Society for Science and the Public now has to place to replace Intel, which has announced it will no longer sponsor... More »

Techies Expecting Giant Surprise at Tomorrow's Apple Event

Long-rumored larger iPad may become official during iPhone rollout

(Newser) - Is Apple preparing to announce an all-new giant-sized iPad during its iPhone rollout event tomorrow? Probably. At least that's the consensus among tech reporters. The new larger iPad—likely to be called the iPad Pro—will have a 12.9-inch screen, storage between 64 gigabytes and 128 gigabytes, four... More »

Tech Could Help Seniors' Brains Stay Young

According to a new study

(Newser) - Teaching mom and dad to use Facebook and Instagram may make you want to yank out your hair, but it could help keep parents mentally fit as they age, according to new research out of Austria. People over the age of 50 scored better on cognition tests in 2012 than... More »

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 »

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