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Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Both the U.S. and the U.K. recently banned most consumer gadgets from flights originating from several countries, a move that Canada is also considering implementing. The move is unusual given that the bans went into effect only hours apart, leading to speculation about possible security threats that had been discovered. Now, according to a new report, we have more info on that -- sources say the threat of a bomb disguised as an iPad had spurred the restriction.

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Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, according to sources, and it aims to develop a technology that could connect human brains with computers. This connection would allegedly be facilitated via small electrodes implanted in the brain, enabling the individual to download and upload thoughts. Though the existence of the company has been confirmed, Musk's precise role within it is unclear.

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Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Although popularized as deadly weapons in science fiction, real-world applications of lasers have been mostly benign. Almost coming full circle, however, lasers are about to make those fictional scenarios real. Lockheed Martin has just announced that it has successfully designed and tested a 60 kW-class laser weapon, breaking records as far as lasers are concerned. And, of course, this technology will be delivered to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command for “defensive applications”.

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Sony patent lets devices leech power off others wirelessly

Sony patent lets devices leech power off others wirelessly

Despite years of promises, wireless charging has yet to really took root in the consumer’s mind. It is still not an in-demand feature in smartphones the way waterproofing or, to some degree, microSD card slots, have become. In a chicken or egg situation, wireless charging pads, especially in public places, aren’t as common as well, making it inconvenient to rely on wireless technology? But what if topping off your smartphone means simply just placing it nearby another? That is the interesting, and partly scary, scenario that Sony’s latest patent paints, where one device can recharge itself by sucking out power from another. Wirelessly, of course.

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Pizza Hut smart shoes mean ordering pizza is just a button away

Pizza Hut smart shoes mean ordering pizza is just a button away

It’s one of the stranger wearables we’ve seen, and one that is entirely advertisement-focused, if not amusing: Pizza Hut smart shoes. These shoes are exactly what they sound like — a pair of shoes with embedded technology that, in this case, enables wearers to order a pizza by pressing a button on the shoe. The shoes are high tops, but Pizza Hut refers to them as Pie Tops, and Grant Hill is onboard to show them off.

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Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Hoversurf hoverbike rides on a powerful Scorpion 3 drone

Move over hoverboards. This is the year of vehicles that, true to their name, actually do fly. PAL-V just opened up sales for what is the world’s first commercial flying car and now another personal flying vehicle of the future might be closer to the present. The world’s first fully-functional, fully-manned hoverbike has just been revealed. Unsurprisingly, it’s built upon the same foundations as a drone. A Scorpion 3, to be exact, made by Hoversurf. While commercial availability is probably still a ways off, you can probably start dreaming of real-life Star Wars Speeder Bike chases soon.

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FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

FM radio on smartphones? The FCC wants to see it happen

There's no lack of streaming radio apps available for your smartphone, but one thing that is still mysteriously in short supply is access to FM radio. Most smartphones today have FM radio antennas built into them, but those antennas are only active in about half of smartphones here in the US. The FCC's new commissioner, Ajit Pai, would like to see that change.

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Metallic hydrogen finally created, could change life as we know it

Metallic hydrogen finally created, could change life as we know it

You might soon have to change what you think you know about hydrogen. The simplest and lightest element and commonly regarded as a gas, hydrogen can actually take on liquid form when cooled. And now it can also take on a metal form as well. Yes, atomic metallic hydrogen has just been made real, delivering one of the holy grails of physics. And before you brush it off as just some geeky achievement, metallic hydrogen has the potential to revolutionize technology and life forever.

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Amazon STEM Club delivers educational toys every month

Amazon STEM Club delivers educational toys every month

Considering how we live in a world full of computers, be it on our desks or in our pockets, it’s now wonder that STEM, a.k.a. “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, has become a primary concern for educators and companies who want to harness the power of the young. Believing, perhaps, in the adage to start them young, Amazon is kicking off a STEM Club that will deliver age appropriate educational toys and trinkets that focus on these four fields on a monthly basis and for a monthly free, of course.

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Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Back in November 2015, the city of Dubai revealed plans to develop jetpacks for firefighters, enabling the city to better address fires on the upper levels of skyscrapers and similar structures. The announcement was made alongside a deal between the city and the Martin Aircraft Company, which would provide up to 20 jetpacks. Now, more than a year later, one of those jetpacks have been demonstrated in action.

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iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

Analysts suggest that this year, Apple will utilize PrimeSense technology to add a new way to unlock the iPhone. A research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company on Wednesday suggested that the next iPhone could be released with some "form of facial/gesture recognition." They added that this technology would rely on "a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera." This leads us to believe that Apple is making use of technology cultivated by PrimeSense.

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The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The days of FM radio are numbered, at least in Norway. Beginning later this week, Norway will begin switching off its FM radio network as it transitions to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). It's the first country to commit to such a change, though depending on how it goes, other countries may soon follow suit.

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