In blow to coal industry, tech firms push for renewable energy

Coal isn’t dead yet, but tech firms are shifting the market towards cleaner more sustainable forms of power. And other companies, including firms that supply the tech giants, are beginning to follow their lead.
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Coinbase bans Wikileaks from its currency exchange platform

In a blow to Wikileaks’ financing, Coinbase has banned its store account from the exchange platform. Coinbase did not give a specific reason but stated it had to comply with applicable U.S. laws.
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Forget plastic — Glowforge 3D laser printer builds with wood, fabric, leather

Seattle-based Glowforge unveiled its innovative 3D laser printer which utilizes subtractive manufacturing instead of using additives, meaning it has the ability to carve and etch almost any material.

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The best lightweight gaming laptops

Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA’s small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD’s surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX…

Bloomberg: Amazon wants to build a home robot

Bloomberg is claiming that Amazon is looking to build a home robot that would do for personal androids what the Kindle did to reading. The website’s sources-in-the-know claim that the giant’s hardware division, Lab126, is working on some sort of dome…

The Morning After: Faster rockets, the quiet end of Apple Watch stores

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Welcome to the new week! Amazon, Netflix and others are taking on another subscription service over piracy, the next Doom movie will probably be on one of those (legal) services and we touch on some of the more interesting …

ASUS made a sub-$200 smartphone to fight Xiaomi in India

Having surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market after China, India is now the latest battleground for some of the top mobile brands. According to Canalys, even Samsung lost its top position there to Xiaomi as of Q4 2017,…

Report reveals the extent of China’s tech sexism problem

Chinese tech companies like Baidu and Alibaba have been using blatant sexism to attract job candidates and advertising jobs for “men only,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported. “Major companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising…

Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

There a number of reasons why camera-equipped smart glasses haven’t taken off, whether it’s dorky designs, bans or just a lack of practical applications beyond niche audiences. However, there’s a common theme for them all: they need big batteries to…

Rest that hand, this $365K machine can sign your name for you

The Signing Machine from Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz is an extraordinary piece of work. Created to showcase the company’s mechanical clockwork technology, the machine can sign your name so you don’t have to. But it’ll cost you.
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