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American Technology News for 11 Dec 2017

The world's first grapheneGraphene has been used to make things better before, whether it's headphones or the ability to desalinate and purify water. Now, we're finally going to see graphene brought into the world of footwear... and fitness. The post The world’s first graphene running shoes are coming in 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mantis shrimp are theThanks to Mother Nature's inspiration by way of the mantis shrimp, we may now have a camera that can improve early cancer detection, and potentially help us better understand underwater phenomena. The... post Mantis shrimp are the inspiration for this new polarized light camera appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bitcoin futures are now tradable on the CBOE

TechCrunch - 11 Dec 2017 02:12
Bitcoin futures are nowBitcoin futures trading on CBOE, the world’s largest futures exchange, just launched at 5pm CT. Within a minute of the launch bitcoin spiked about 10% from ~$14,700 all the way up to $16,200 before... settling a few minutes later to around $15,500, up about 5%. Now an hour after launching the actual price of bitcoin is still up, trading around $15,350. Currently the settlement price of…
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Asian investors embraceThe weekend launch of a U.S. futures contract for bitcoin reflects widespread acceptance of the virtual currency, especially among investors in Asia, though regulators are wary.
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Google Home Mini Recovers SomeThanks in large part to the low-cost Echo Dot, Amazon grabbed an early lead in the smart speaker space. But this fall Google hit back hard with the Home Mini, which has become the best cheap smart... speaker to buy for most people. Unfortunately, shortly after its launch, a bug affecting the top touch controls in some...
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Some HP laptops are hiding aResearcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but... could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard…
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Supply-chain report predictsA key Apple Watch supplier recorded record revenues in November, up more than 20% year-on-year. The growth is attributed to System in a Package (SiP) components for the Apple Watch Series 3. Industry... sources said that Taiwanese supply-chain sources are expecting Series 3 orders to hit 23-35M units next year … more…
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How to Keep Your Home Wi-FiYou probably don't give it much thought, but your router is one of the most important gadgets in your home--without it there's no wi-fi for your laptops, your phones, and all the other web-connected... devices you've got set up.
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Tech pioneers tell FCC: 'YouToday, pioneers of the internet such as Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf sent a letter to the FCC telling them, "You don't understand how the internet works." The letter calls on the FCC... to cancel the December 14th vote, which would rep...
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Apple pushes back againstApple is reportedly looking to block at least four shareholder proposals ahead of its annual meeting in early 2018, including ones involving human rights and greenhouse gas pollution.
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Climate Change Is Erasing Human History

Gizmodo - 11 Dec 2017 16:31
Climate Change Is ErasingUTQIA VIK, ALASKA--On a crumbling heap of thousand-year-old garbage overlooking a leaden sea, Anne Jensen shakes her head disapprovingly. A gust of Arctic air whips her hair around her face as she... scrutinizes the beige house perched sixty feet above us, atop an Iñupiat archaeological site that's fast eroding into the...
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Former Facebook exec says"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."  That was the tagline for The Social Network, the film about creating Facebook, and it's only become more relevant as the social... network has grown to more than 2 billion people. Those "few enemies" are former Facebook executives, people who helped build the tech giant.  “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works," said Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and served as its vice president for user growth. He was referring to the iconic "like" button and other reactions we have while browsing News Feed. 
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Uber's London license appealThe ride-hailing service lost its license in September, and won't find out whether it can be reinstated until April or June next year.
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Lab Work for X-Ray Stars and Movie Stars

Scientific American - 11 Dec 2017 16:00
Lab Work for X-Ray Stars andInnovation and discovery as chronicled in Scientific American --
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Apple Looks to New SECReuters reported that Apple has asked the SEC for permission to skip four shareholder proposals under the premise they’re part of Apple’s “ordinary business.”
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Apple supplier Foxconn wantsThe Taiwan-based electronicmanufacturerplans to use driverless vehicles to move thousands of workers a dayat its 22 million-square-footcampus.        
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Researchers have found a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials in what appears to be the single largest aggregate database yet found on the dark web.These are not from a new breach, but a... compilation of 252 previous breaches, including the previous largest combo list, Exploit.in.
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(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their... peers who do not vape, according to new University of Pittsburgh research. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool. The study is the first nationally representative survey that followed for more than a year people 18 to 30 years old who were initially nonsmokers.
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Scientists are raising a red flag over the future of endangered right whales after a high number died in 2017.
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Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) joined in the recent international effort to observe -- and create a detailed profile of -- the first known large object... from interstellar space to pass through our solar system....
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DIY Bed Bug Treatment AttemptBed bugs--the blood-sucking, chitinous nightmares which serve as the clearest proof that if there is a divine creator behind the universe, it hates us--were once nearly eradicated from the U.S. But in... recent years they've come back worse than ever, beefed up from decades of exposure to insecticides and helped along by...
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Android Wear Oreo: whichThere might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn't been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and... now a new major update is coming to Google's smartwatch family. Well, semi-major. It's no Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android …
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Australia Hits WorstAustralia's finally done it! A new NDEVR Environmental analysis shows Australia has never been emitting more greenhouse gas when unreliable estimates for land use-related emissions are excluded, the... Guardian reported on Sunday. Over the past year, Australia released an estimated 138.78 metric tons of carbon dioxide...
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How to Get Started WithThis week, Apple finally made Apple Pay Cash available, it's Venmo competition for the iPhone. With it, you can send and receive cash from friends, much like you can with services like PayPal, Square,... and Venmo using iMessage on your iPhone. Its super simple to use, but can be a bit confusing if you're not sure what...
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Microsoft paints politicallyCommentary: Redmond's ad for Christmas is warm, cuddly and celebrates, of all things, Microsoft Paint. It also has a serious political message.
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