The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

Apple framed this announcement by pointing out the increase in interest in blood oxygen level measurement due to the respiratory effects of Covid-19, but then was quick to note that the Watch’s new feature is to be used for general “fitness and wellness purposes.”.

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Brushing your teeth is possibly the least sexy part of your daily routine, which is probably why the average person only spends about 45 seconds doing it.And oral hygiene may get even better: "You’re putting this brush in your mouth every day," says Sherrie Kinderdine, senior scientist with Oral-B Research and Development.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

As Orr explains, officers are getting more savvy about smart home devices, creating templates that simplify requesting data.Orr has studied the types of data police can pull from smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Given that more than 33 percent of Lifeline recipients qualify under the SNAP program, it follows that large numbers of eligible Americans are being denied benefits.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

Not long after Fitbit launched its first tracker in 2009, the private company Jawbone, which was already a successful maker of audio products, pivoted to wearables.

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

Banding Hummingbirds

Banding Hummingbirds

She’s the only person permitted to band hummingbirds in Arkansas. “By banding we can prove we have the same hummingbirds returning,” she says while looking through glass at the gut of a bird that’s smaller than a Matchbox car.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC These “passport stamps” are data points that help us understand that kestrel’s movements and migrations throughout its life — and HawkWatch staff and volunteers have now banded about 2,000 kestrels since 2013.

Snow Peak’s Fire Pit Makes Me Like Camping Again

Snow Peak’s Fire Pit Makes Me Like Camping Again

The trip with the Snow Peak fire pit was the first time I'd been camping in years without feeling like I was going to lose my mind. The fire pit is probably going to last long enough for my daughter to take on camping trips with her own kids.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

The United States, however, has made zero mid-band spectrum available at auction for the 5G economy. For the United States to have secure 5G service available to everyone, everywhere, we need to stop going at it alone with millimeter wave spectrum.

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

When you first lay eyes on Billy Bauer, it's more than 40 minutes into "Smithereens," the first episode of Black Mirror 's new season. Most seasons of Black Mirror have, if not an outright clunker, at least one episode that falls short.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

“There is great power in us,” said Rosenworcel, one of two FCC members who in 2017 voted against repealing the Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from intentionally slowing or blocking web traffic.

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Given that at a minimum 6 percent of all Americans and nearly 25 percent of rural residents don’t have either fixed or mobile broadband coverage today, these numbers appear to be nothing more than an enticement for the Trump FCC to declare a fake victory in the so-called race to 5G.Pai also points favorably to the companies’ vow not to raise prices on its services for three years after the merger is consummated.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX Satellites Will Fly Low to Prevent Space Junk

SpaceX has received Federal Communications Commission approval to halve the orbital altitude of more than 1,500 planned broadband satellites in order to lower the risk of space debris and improve latency.

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

President Donald Trump tweeted invective at Twitter again this morning, but this time Jack Dorsey took the conversation off-platform to the White House. In other news, a controversial US Census question creates some strange bedfellows, and a "blockchain bandit" is pilfering millions in cryptocurrency.

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

Ether Comb, Ether Go. Bednarek tried putting a dollar's worth of Ethereum into a weak key address that the thief had previously emptied.

From Sketch Comedy to BDSM, Netflix Burrows Into Every Niche It Can Find

From Sketch Comedy to BDSM, Netflix Burrows Into Every Niche It Can Find

With shows like Bonding and I Think You Should Leave , Netflix is no longer in the business of Prestige TV—at least, not single-mindedly. The opening moments of I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson come as little surprise to sketch fans.

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Pai said Friday the FCC will hold the largest auction for wireless spectrum licenses in US history in December, making 3,400 megahertz of spectrum available to carriers for 5G networks.

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

Verizon Wednesday announced what could be the first “real” mobile 5G service in the US, dubbed " 5G Ultra Wideband ." It’s scheduled to launch April 11 in " select areas " of Chicago and Minneapolis, as a $10 add-on to the carrier's existing unlimited plans; there will be no additional charge for the first three months.

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

How the Surprise New Interactive Black Mirror Came Together

Some weeks later, in a story meeting, an idea popped up that Brooker and Jones realized would only work if it was interactive: a videogame designer in the 1980s, trying to adapt a choose-your-own-adventure novel (which, you may remember , was the style at the time ).

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could Help

Rural Kids Face an Internet 'Homework Gap.' The FCC Could HelpReliable broadband is not guaranteed in southern Utah, a region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.john lambing/AlamyBefore and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom.