Researchers advance the design of implants for electrical stimulation

Researchers advance the design of implants for electrical stimulation

Researchers at Rice University have developed new implants for implantation in patients with spinal cord injuries that provide electrical stimulation. The new research investigates the ability to power and program multisite bio stimulators using a single transmitter. In the laboratory, the researchers showed an alternating magnetic field generated and controlled by a battery-power transmitter outside the body, potentially worn on a belt or harness, could deliver power and programming to two or more implants that are at least 2.3 inches away.

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Xiaomi will be removed from a US blacklist according to court documents

Xiaomi will be removed from a US blacklist according to court documents

A new report has surfaced that Xiaomi Corp. and the US government have come to an agreement that will remove the Chinese company from a blacklist it was placed on by President Trump. By being on that blacklist, Xiaomi was banned from any American investment and was unable to procure any hardware designed in the US. Earlier this year, the Chinese smartphone maker sued the US government after the US Department of Defense issued an order designating the firm as a Communist Chinese Military Company.

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Scientists may power future Martian missions by flying a kite

Scientists may power future Martian missions by flying a kite

Currently, rovers that are exploring the surface of Mars are often powered by solar energy. Some rely on other sources of energy, but solar is common. The challenge is that solar panels can get covered by dust that proliferates on the surface of Mars, reducing power or potentially leaving the systems they power unable to operate. Researchers at the ESA have been working on a new potential way to power rovers on Mars in the future that involves flying a kite.

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Porsche extends Performance Parts catalog for new and vintage Porsches

Porsche extends Performance Parts catalog for new and vintage Porsches

Porsche is expanding its Performance Parts catalog across all its custom tuning divisions, including Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, Porsche Tequipment, and Porsche Classic. In a world where roughly one new billionaire emerges every 17 hours, customers demand more customization and personalized options in their new Porsches. Thankfully, the German brand delivers by introducing more services and custom parts in creating your one-off Porsche.

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BMW and Hans Zimmer develop the driving sound for electrified BMW M vehicles

BMW and Hans Zimmer develop the driving sound for electrified BMW M vehicles

Anyone who loves cars and trucks knows that the sound vehicles make is as appealing as their performance and styling. One of the challenges with electrified vehicles in the future will be that, by nature, they don't produce the same sort of sound traditional vehicles produce. BMW is working with legendary composer Hans Zimmer to create the sound that future electrified BMW M vehicles will produce.

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Injectable wireless chip to monitor body processes invented at Columbia University

Injectable wireless chip to monitor body processes invented at Columbia University

Engineers at Columbia University have created a tiny, wireless, and injectable chip used to monitor body processes powered by ultrasound. The device is said to be the smallest single-chip system that is a complete functioning electronic circuit. The implantable chip is visible only under a microscope and leads the way towards developing chips that can be injected into the body using a hypodermic needle.

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Cornell researchers are working on tech to charge electric vehicles wirelessly

Cornell researchers are working on tech to charge electric vehicles wirelessly

Many researchers foresee a future where owners and drivers of electric vehicles don't need to search for charging stations and spend time parked to top off the batteries. Someday in the future, charging your EV to be done by simply driving in the correct lane. The researchers are investigating technology that could recharge vehicle batteries by driving over special charging strips embedded in the road.

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Chromebooks will soon support noise cancellation for external mics

Chromebooks will soon support noise cancellation for external mics

Google is positioning Chrome OS and Chromebooks as the ultimate productivity weapons, especially in this day and age of remote work and schooling. Ironically, they are also one of the last to jump on one of the most important bandwagons in this day and age of remote work and schooling, video chats and conferences. Many of the apps and services for these require Windows or macOS or even Linux, and those that do run in Web browsers sometimes don't even work well compared to those other operating systems. Case in point is the rather complicated case of noise cancellation, something that may be soon to Chrome OS at long last.

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Apple gaming handheld rumor is raising false hopes

Apple gaming handheld rumor is raising false hopes

When Apple was rumored to launch a games subscription, not streaming, service, there was a great deal of doubt and skepticism. Even when Apple did launch Apple Arcade with a rather strong selection of iOS exclusives, some still doubted whether it will be a profitable venture. As some bluntly put it, Apple just doesn't really get gaming, which is why this rumor about the company making a "Switch-style" handheld gaming console not only sounds too good to be true, it's almost cruel to those getting excited over it.

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Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids don’t need a prescription

Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids don’t need a prescription

As always, it seems that technological innovations are coming full circle. The quality and conveniences of wireless audio made their way from earphones to hearing aids a few years back and now advancements in ear care are coming to consumer audio accessories. Bose, a name renowned for its audio technology, is taking advantage of that cycle and is launching the SoundControl Hearing Aid, its first stab at such a product but one that doesn't need a doctor's appointment to acquire.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T Android 11 update is reportedly very buggy

OnePlus 7 and 7T Android 11 update is reportedly very buggy

OnePlus has been making great strides and making big promises regarding its Android updates but it might need a bit more work when it comes to the quality of those updates. Though fortunately not the norm, OnePlus has been known to have pushed updates with rather notable issues, some of them worse than others. That is the unfortunate experience that OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T owners are reportedly having after the Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 upgrade brought not only new features but also bugs that remain unfixed more than a month later.

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Destiny 2 Cross-Play goes live months ahead of schedule

Destiny 2 Cross-Play goes live months ahead of schedule

MMOs have never really gone away but they have definitely moved on from cookie-cutter RPGs. Some of the most popular ones like Destiny 2 do have RPG elements but focus more heavily on the cooperative and competitive aspects of gameplay. As massive as these worlds may be, however, some of them are still confined within the worlds of their respective platforms, even if they're actually available on multiple ones. Destiny 2 finally breaks down those barriers with Cross-Play support that just went live well ahead of its estimated launch date.

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