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Low-cost smartphone device seeks out Zika

Scientists have already used smartphones to combat the Zika virus, in the form of a grid computing system that puts idle processors to work searching for a cure, but new work from Sandia National Laboratories is a little more direct.

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Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball

 Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty with these crops. Vinsight founder and CEO, Megan Nunes, who grew

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US Army arms combat vehicle with laser weapon to take on drones

The US Army seems to be keen on laser weapons these days. Not only is it taking delivery of a record 60-kW laser weapon, but it’s also mounted a weapon-grade Army laser on a combat vehicle for the first time.

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PlateIQ cooks up $4 million for restaurant management platform

 As any fan of Kitchen Nightmares may know, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart, nor is it likely to generate fat margins. Now, a startup called PlateIQ has raised $4 million in new funding to help restaurants automate accounts payable, and nail all

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Now’s the time to buy Xbox One S — Microsoft Store offering two free games with purchase

The Xbox One S is probably the best media device on the market from a value perspective. Not only does it play top-quality video games and offer streaming video apps, but it comes with an integrated 4K Blu-ray player too.

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App-controlled wardrobe steams so you don’t have to fold

So, you don’t like folding laundry, digging through your closet, or wearing wrinkly clothes … is that about right? Well, if it is, then the ThreadRobe may be what you’re looking for. Working with an app, this wardrobe-on-steroids helps you

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SAS: Open source software comes with hidden costs and problems

Open source technologies are great for organizations, but they’re far from perfect. As a matter of fact, many of the open source technologies in use today come with hidden costs and problems. This is according to a new report by

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Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots

If you’re a regular reader of New Atlas, then you know that scientists enjoy putting things on chips. We’ve reported on a lung on a chip, a placenta on a chip, a kidney on a chip, and a heart on

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Tree on a chip could lead to sugar-powered robots

If you’re a regular reader of New Atlas, then you know that scientists enjoy putting things on chips. We’ve reported on a lung on a chip, a placenta on a chip, a kidney on a chip, and a heart on

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Open source-focused Google Summer of Code 2017 student applications now being accepted

Today is the first official day of spring. With that said, Google wants us to look towards the following season — summer. You see, starting today, application entries are being accepted for Google Summer of Code 2017. If you’ve never

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Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic

 While Foursquare started as a social check-in app, the company has always said that there is a bigger picture – mainly related to unique ways of leveraging its database of check ins at nearly 100 million public places. There’s no better example than when Foursquare predicted that Chipotle

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FBI director fact-checks Trump’s tweets

 A Congressional committee is grilling FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers on a Russian-led cyber campaign to influence the 2016 election, but Representatives’ questions have veered from political hacking into debates about prosecuting journalists for publishing

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Galaxy Tab S3, the latest Android-running tablet from Samsung, can be equipped as a capable laptop stand-in. How does it look next to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, one of the leading Windows-running 2-in-1s? Here’s how their specs and

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Galaxy Tab S3, the latest Android-running tablet from Samsung, can be equipped as a capable laptop stand-in. How does it look next to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, one of the leading Windows-running 2-in-1s? Here’s how their specs and

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What are the most popular programming languages?

The software space is incredibly diverse and this is reflected in the sheer number of programming languages that you can learn today. If you are just starting out choosing one can seem daunting — this list of the most-popular programming

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eBay takes aim at Amazon with ‘Guaranteed Delivery’

I shop at Amazon a lot. Is it because the prices are the lowest? No, actually. Quite often, I pay a bit more at Amazon compared to other online retailers. Why would I choose to spend more money? Shipping time.

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Samsung is banking on Bixby virtual assistant, debuting in Galaxy S8

If you’re familiar with Samsung’s underwhelming S Voice interface, you may be less than enthused about a new virtual assistant from the Korean technology giant. But according to Injong Rhee, Samsung’s head of research and development, the new virtual assistant

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Samsung is banking on Bixby virtual assistant, debuting in Galaxy S8

If you’re familiar with Samsung’s underwhelming S Voice interface, you may be less than enthused about a new virtual assistant from the Korean technology giant. But according to Injong Rhee, Samsung’s head of research and development, the new virtual assistant

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Facebook rolls out seasonal greetings at the top of the News Feed

 Facebook’s News Feed is getting a little more colorful today. Its “Goodwill” team – which is behind efforts like Friends Day and various messages at the top of the feed, including the recently added Weather greetings – is now rolling out new animations

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An eBay for grain-trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

 Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called FarmLead has raised $6.5 million in venture funding to connect

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