The Year’s Top Emerging Technologies
Virtual clinical trials for testing new vaccines and therapies. “Spatial” computing, where the digital and physical worlds will be integrated in ways that go beyond virtual reality. These are two of 10 emerging technologies that have been singled out by an international steering group of experts convened by Scientific American and the World Economic Forum.
Web Founder Unveils New Privacy Platform
Inrupt, the startup from World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, has announced an enterprise version of the Solid privacy platform, which allows large organizations and governments to build applications that put users in control of their data in online storage entities called Personal Online Data Stores or Pods for short, TechCrunch reports.
Zoom Reaches a Deal to End FTC Investigation
Zoom agreed to enhance its security practices to settle allegations from the Federal Trade Commission that the video conferencing company misled consumers about the protections it offers, Axios reports. The settlement is aimed at better locking down Zoom meetings and user data against intruders.
Apple Unveils the First Macs to Run on its Own Chip, and More
Apple this week announced more details on its transition to Apple Silicon processors in the Mac. The company unveiled its new M1 processor, a new MacBook Air, a new MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini, 9to5Mac reports.
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Say Goodbye to Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage
Google Photos is ending its unlimited free storage policy for photos and videos, Google said in a Wednesday blog post. After June 1, 2021, CNet reports, new photos and videos uploaded will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google account. The move is meant to spur people to sign up for Google's storage subscription service, Google One.
Getting to the Source of Technophobia
When the bicycle first became popular in the 1890s, some tried to link this new transportation technology to an increase in cases of insanity. Today, humans still resist technological progress. Discover says fear of technology is not the sole reason.
What a Robotic Kitchen Has Cooked Up
Often the first person at Spyce who touches your food is you. That’s because all of Spyce’s food is cooked using robots in a setup that Spyce, a Boston-area startup, calls the “Infinite Kitchen.” Its contactless cooking could help it thrive during the pandemic, Fast Company reports.
Combining the Best of Social Media, E-Commerce
Social commerce is a $89.4 billion market right now and it’s projected to grow to $604.5 billion in the next seven years. But what exactly is social commerce? Hootsuite explains.
Digital Nomads' Dreams Disrupted
They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in for digital nomads, the New York Times reports.
Researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm they say can differentiate the forced coughs of asymptomatic people who have Covid from those of healthy people, Mashable reports. The team used AI that can detect biomarkers like vocal cord strength, lung capacity, and neuromuscular degeneration. They are currently working on a free app that would enable anyone to cough into their smartphone.