$550 dock turns a smartphone into a medical lab

Smartphones can now be used as laboratory-grade medical testing devices thanks to new kit designed by the University of Illinois. The transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) analyzer attaches to a smartphone to examine blood, urine or saliva samples as reliably as large, expensive equipment, but costs just $550. The technology uses a high-performance spectrometer. First,…

Tech companies want user data protected from warrantless searches

Late last night, a bevy of tech companies — including Apple, Google, Verizon, Twitter and Facebook — filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court in the case of Carpenter v. United States. Their specific interest is in protecting personal user data from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement….

Intel’s diversity report shows slow growth for women and minorities

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich condemned hate speech and white supremacy on Twitter after the horrifying events in Charlottesville this weekend. On Monday, he resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council to “call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues…” Now, alongside a mid-year diversity report that documents some slow and…

ASU students live with Echo Dots while learning voice-control tech

Engineering students at Arizona State University can opt into an interesting new program meant to give students access to voice-controlled technology while they learn about it in the classroom. Students living in the campus’ new engineering residence hall, Tooker House, can get a free Amazon EchoDot and take courses aimed at…

Prisma hopes to market its AI photo filtering tech

Prisma’s machine learning photography app may not be as hot as it was in 2016, but that doesn’t mean it’s going away. If the developer has its way, you’ll see its technology in many places before long. The company tells The Verge that it’s shifting its focus from just its in-house app to marketingnumerous computer vision tools…

Part of Houston may get new floods as Harvey recovery begins

Authorities went door-to-door Sunday in parts of storm-battered Houston, warning that more flooding was coming, while a nearby city that lost its drinking water system struggled to restore service and officials kept watch on a crippled chemical plant that’s already triggered explosions. Nine days after Harvey ripped its way across…

North Korea has developed hydrogen bomb missile warhead: state media

North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed Sunday. Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim…

Earthquake measuring 6.3 strikes North Korea, suggesting nuclear test

North Korea appeared to carry out a sixth nuclear test on Sunday, with seismic monitors measuring an “explosion” of 6.3 magnitude near its main test site, sending tensions over its weapons ambitions to new heights. The apparent test came just hours after it claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb…

Steely Dan’s Walter Becker dies aged 67

Walter Becker, co-founder and guitarist for the US band Steely Dan, has died aged 67, an announcement on his website said. No cause of death or other details were given. Becker missed the band’s July concerts to recover from an unspecified condition, band mate Donald Fagen said at the time. The jazz-rock…

Xi Jinping opens BRICS summit: Ask members to shelve differences

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday asked BRICS members to shelve their differences and accommodate each other’s concerns by enhancing mutual trust and strategic communication, as he opened the 9th annual summit of the five member emerging economies. The opening ceremony of the three-day BRICS summit started with BRICS Business…