Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Sensor uses phone signals to track, improve bus schedules

Researchers with the University of Washington have developed a sensor that uses the Bluetooth and WiFi signals coming off passengers’ smartphones to gather data on public transportation. When someone gets on or off a bus equipped with the sensor, data like where they did so is recorded, as well as how many people were on the bus (that have phones, at least), transfer times, and more.

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FarmedHere to launch massive indoor farm in Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky will soon be home to a large indoor vertical garden installed in part of a 24 acre campus, FarmedHere has announced. This indoor vertical garden, like others, will maximum how every inch of space is used and will offer several benefits over traditional gardens, including being able to grow food all year rather than just during summer months. This vertical garden will be at the West Louisville FoodPort.

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Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple has acquired the education startup LearnSprout, the company has confirmed. LearnSprout offers a simplistic but robust way for schools and educators to monitor their students’ academic performance, and according to its website, thousands of school districts across the United States already use the platform. The acquisition is reportedly to help Apple bolster the educational tools available on its iPad.

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US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

The United States Customs and Border Protection has announced that it confiscated more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards worth more than $6,000,000 USD. These counterfeit hoverboards, like ones before them, are potential safety hazards; more than a few faux hoverboards have caught on fire, prompting airlines, the postal service, and more to ban them.

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Report: Apple’s seeking exclusive TV shows and movies

Like Hulu and Netflix before it, Apple is looking into ordering its own original content for its iTunes customers, according to a new report. According to newly surfaced sources, Apple has put out feelers in Hollywood for studios and producers who may be interested in producing such content. The original programming, say the sources, would be for a lower-priced video service the company will reportedly introduce this upcoming September.

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Ancient humans ate giant Aussie birds’ eggs into extinction

About 50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a flightless bird species known as Genyornis newtoni. This wasn’t a bird like you or I know them — they grew to be almost 7ft tall and weighed hundreds of pounds. Still, those formidable birds first hatched from small (relatively speaking) eggs, and those eggs were apparently tasty to humans who lived in the region. For the first time, researchers have found evidence that humans — and their appetites — drove the birds into extinction.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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Netflix: these are the shows coming (and going) next month

February is almost upon us, and with it will come a big library shuffle on Netflix. As expected, some movies and TV shows will be leaving us, and if you’ve been procrastinating, you’ve got one weekend left to watch them. As those shows leave, though, we’ll be getting new content to fill the void, including some well regarded movies and original programming like Fuller House

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Reddit’s Android app enters beta today, iOS to follow

Reddit announced last month that it was creating its own official Android app, giving users on the platform a solid option for browsing the website. Despite its Alien Blue acquisition a couple years ago, Reddit is also working on a new iOS app, something it will be putting into beta soon. Today’s all about Android, though, with the service announcing that the Android app entered beta today.

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‘House of Cards’ already renewed for season 5

House of Cards season 4 hasn't been released yet, but that hasn't stopped Netflix from proceeding with a season 5 order. The political drama will be returning with a new season in March, and has been capitalizing on the current political atmosphere in the U.S. Netflix didn't reveal any details about season 5 with its announcement, but that's just fine since we're still waiting to find out what season 4's all about. The show's creator, however, won't be returning.

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Mammoth bones unearthed in OSU football stadium

Construction crews have unearthed mammoth bones in Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium. The discovery was made in the stadium’s north end zone earlier this week, and it wasn’t a lone find — researchers have since unearthed remains from several other extinct mammals in the area, making it a very fruitful find. Finer details about the bones will be available after researchers conduct their study.

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‘American Truck Simulator’ puts you behind the wheel of a big rig

Tired of bringing destruction in Goat Simulator? Satisfied your inner farmer with Farming Simulator? Next week you'll have yet another simulated world to experience, this one courtesy of 'American Truck Simulator.' Unlike the other two games, this one will have you hitting the road...behind the wheel of a big rig, letting you pretend you're driving cargo across the nation.

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