Wireless Charging from Afar in the Works

Eventually cars could top off charges as they're driven.

By Rick Richardson

Wireless charging can be a great convenience, cutting out the need to carry cords and plugs around in case your phone's battery dies. Today, though, it requires a phone be stationary and in contact with a charging pad.

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Wireless charging at a distance could make life easier not just for people with smartphones, and for drones and electric vehicles, but also for patients with electronic medical implants.
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Will HEIF Kill JPEG?

Side-by-side comparison of HEIF and JPEG.Everything you need to know about the new image format.

By Rick Richardson

HEIF is the new photo format that Apple is using to replace JPEG. And it probably will replace JPEGs, because the iPhone is the most popular, most-used camera in the world, and as of iOS 11, most iPhones will be switching from JPEG to HEIF.

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But what is HEIF? What makes it better than JPEG? And what difference will it make?
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Predicting Flu Outbreaks Faster in the New Digital World

iThermonitor deviceIt's done through a wearable patch.

By Rick Richardson

The Thermia online health educational tool, developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, has enabled one-month-faster prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China, via its digital integration with a commercially available wearable thermometer.

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The findings appear in a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Will Self-Driving Cars Help Reduce Traffic Jams?

Self-driving vehicles in city trafficGasoline consumption should go down.

By Rick Richardson

The promise of automated cars is that they could eliminate human-error accidents and potentially enable more efficient use of roadways.

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That could mean traffic reduction and lower commute times.
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Why You Should Replace Your Smoke Detector Every 10 Years

Back of smoke detectorCheck the back for the expiration date.

By Rick Richardson

You know that you need to replace your smoke detector’s batteries when they run out, but you might not realize that you should also replace the smoke detector itself every 10 years as the sensors wear down.

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Yes, even your fancy Nest detector falls under this guideline.
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Americans Would Pay More for a Self-Driving Car

Woman leaning back in driver's seat of self-driving carBut the range is wide.

By Rick Richardson

The average driver would be willing to pay nearly $5,000 more for a fully self-driving car, a new report finds.

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Researchers from Cornell University found that the average U.S. household is prepared to pay $3,500 for some automation and $4,900 for full automation on top of the normal price of a car.
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Box Uses WiFi to Detect Home Intruders

Aura wireless alarmNo, your Lab won't set it off.

By Rick Richardson

A few years ago, researchers at MIT developed a new technology that could detect movement by measuring changes to wireless signals. This device, called Radio Frequency (RF) Capture, could in effect "see through walls" by detecting ripples in WiFi or other wireless signals anywhere in a house.

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Now, the company Cognitive Systems has harnessed this technology to build a new kind of home security system called Aura. Instead of using cameras or motion sensors, Aura can detect home intruders by looking at how movement affects wireless signal.
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