High speed or empty promises? What Wi-Fi 6 may mean for you
Oct02

High speed or empty promises? What Wi-Fi 6 may mean for you

The next few months may bring a slew of new technologies with high-speed networking to the market — thanks to the Wi-Fi 6 protocol, which promises blazing speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that oversees wireless protocols, certified Wi-Fi 6 this month, setting guidelines that vendors must meet with their products to be labeled as Wi-Fi 6 certified. But does that all mean that Wi-Fi 6...

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Billionaire, friend get no-jail plea deal in Vegas drug case
Oct02

Billionaire, friend get no-jail plea deal in Vegas drug case

A California technology billionaire and his friend have paid $1 million to avoid prison time while acknowledging evidence against them without admitting guilt in a Las Vegas hotel room drug case. Henry Nicholas and co-defendant Ashley Fargo entered so-called “Alford pleas” Wednesday in court to two felony drug possession charges. Defense attorney David Chesnoff says they’ve contributed the funds to three Las Vegas-area youth and drug...

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Dutch inventor says his ocean cleaning boom is working
Oct02

Dutch inventor says his ocean cleaning boom is working

After a series of setbacks, a system for catching plastic floating in the Pacific between California and Hawaii is now working, its Dutch inventor said Wednesday. Boyan Slat, a university dropout who founded The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit, announced that the floating boom is skimming up waste ranging in size from a discarded net and a car wheel complete with tire to chips of plastic measuring just 1 millimeter. The results are promising...

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Gene editing video stirs talk of designer babies, ethics
Oct02

Gene editing video stirs talk of designer babies, ethics

A new video showing people casually discussing gene editing and designer babies is making waves because of its source: the government-funded group leading efforts to set standards for the ethically dicey science. The National Academy of Sciences posted the video earlier this week along with a tweet it later removed. The tweet read: “Dream of being stronger? Or smarter? Do you dream of having a top student or star athlete? Or a...

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Microsoft previews dual-screen Surface devices out in a year
Oct02

Microsoft previews dual-screen Surface devices out in a year

Microsoft is refreshing its lineup of Surface computers, while previewing dual-screen devices that won’t be out for another year. Besides new laptop and tablet models, Microsoft will also sell $249 wireless earbuds this holiday season, joining Apple, Amazon, Google and others. The most innovative of the devices, though, will initially be available just for developers to write and test apps. The dual-screen devices can run separate...

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