Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


These shoes are ‘knitted’ using a 3D printer

There’s a new pair of shoes pining to get on the market, and they come in a knitted form. Unlike ordinary knitted shoes, though, the JS shoes are created using 3D printers — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. According to the shoes’ creator, these are the first 3D knitted shoes ever, and they comes with several benefits, not the least of which are light weights and soft textures.

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Venus flytraps ‘count’ touches to optimize eating bugs

Venus flytraps are creepy enough on their own — they’re plants that bite down on whatever happens to wonder inside their ‘mouth,’ after all, digesting the poor unwitting creature. As it turns out, though, the plants are more complex than previously known, using a fairly sophisticated ‘counting’ method to determine the size of a bug and how much digestive juices it will take to eat it.

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Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook and Twitter are two of many online destinations where extremist groups like ISIS share propaganda in an effort to bolster their real-life followers. Critics have accused these online destinations of failing to adequately squash such accounts. In recent days, Facebook unveiled an effort in Europe to help combat hate speech on the social network, and more recently the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg discussed countering extremism with floods of 'likes'.

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DARPA program seeks brain-to-computer translator implant

DARPA has revealed details on a new program that is looking to create neural interface implants for transferring data between the digital world and the human brain. According to the research entity, this implant, should it be successfully developed, will serve as a translator for the data between the two, taking data from the brain and translating it into something for computers, and taking data from computers and translating it for the brain.

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Fender in-ear headphones series arrives with 5 models

Fender has announced the arrival of its first in-ear headphones, a new product it has rolled out for the 2016 year. Officially called the Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors, this series is comprised of several different earbud models, one of which has an intriguing clear housing. Though they were all launched today, some of the models are listed as "Coming Soon" on the maker's website.

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Samsung wants you to eat with a Gear VR on your face

Imagine the scenario -- you're eating dinner, but it's something you cooked in the microwave and you're sitting at home in your apartment. Yes, a fancy restaurant would be ideal, but that's expensive. The solution? In Samsung's vision of the future, the solution would be strapping one of its Gear VR headsets to your face and eating while surrounded by the virtual version of that aforementioned fancy restaurant.

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Ford Focus door latch issue catches NHTSA attention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate an issue affecting 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus vehicles that, at times, could prevent the doors from latching properly. The issue is said to affect about 400,000 of the vehicles, and according to some drivers, has at times manifested while the cars are in motion. The NHTSA revealed its plans in new documents released today; this is a similar probe to the one that ultimately lead to Ford and Lincoln recalls in 2015.

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Facebook’s new Pittsburgh office is for Oculus research

Facebook has confirmed that a new office it has leased in Pittsburgh will be dedicated to Oculus Research. The office is very close to Carnegie Mellon University, and according to one report is said to be 20,000 square feet in size -- though how much of that is dedicated to Oculus isn't known. This makes Facebook the latest company to move into Pittsburgh, a city that has also attracted Uber and some other tech businesses.

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Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google has a couple new VR tours under its Expeditions Pioneer Program, a platform that enables teachers and others to introduce students to various places around the world: Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef. According to Expedition’s program manager Jennifer Holland, the Great Barrier Reef experience is “designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR.” In addition, and due to popular request, Google has also added a Buckingham Palace VR tour.

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‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

Crowdfunded projects are risky, and sometimes they don’t pan out. Though some efforts are underway to give backers a bit more protection, the industry is still relatively new and sometimes projects, despite hitting their funding goals, fail to deliver. One of the biggest examples of this is the tiny Zano drone which, though it raised far more than it sought, ultimately fell far short of its goals and left many backers disappointed.

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