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Bring More Tech (and Amazon Boxes) Into the Garage With a Smarter Opener

Most every premium garage door brand these days has a Wi-Fi remote that lets you check the status of your garage door from your smartphone and open or close the door remotely. Increasingly, Wi-Fi remotes tie into home control services including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and let you monitor who comes in and when. They all beat the old clip-on open-close remotes that attach to your car’s sun visor.

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) works with some of the most advanced technology in the world, including Mars rovers and space telescopes. However, it was a relatively simple piece of consumer technology that allowed hackers to break into its network and steal data. According to a report from the US Office of the Inspector General

New Device Translates Silent Thoughts Into Speech

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A new headset could revolutionize communication for locked-in individuals, people with ALS, and anyone who has suffered an injury that makes communication more difficult. In fact, research in this area is proceeding along several different paths. It may not be much longer before real-time speech communication is possible again for people who are now either

Mortal Kombat 11 Slices Its Way Into Our Hearts, Grinds to a Halt

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The team behind the Mortal Kombat series is one of the most reliable fighting game developers in the world. They’ve been cranking out well-liked fighters on the regular for nearly 30 years now, and Mortal Kombat 11 might be their best game to-date with the exception of its ugly lootbox implementation. Mitchell Saltzman gave MK11

When Meteorites Strike the Moon, They Launch Water Vapor Into Space

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We tend to think of the moon as an airless wasteland, and that’s mostly true. The moon actually has a tenuous envelope of water and hydroxyl (OH) molecules. NASA launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission in 2013 to study the wispy gas around the moon. Now, NASA reports LADEE spotted what

Privately Launched Israeli Spacecraft Smashes Into Moon

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The first private attempt to land a spacecraft on the Moon came to a sad end today, after the Israel-based non-profit SpaceIL declared that the Beresheet spacecraft had failed to land successfully. The last image received from the spacecraft, shown above, is from an altitude 22km (13.2 miles) above the lunar surface. Precise details on

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tesla’s vehicles are the closest thing to a publicly available self-driving car with their robust Autopilot system. Drivers can have their cars remain in their lane, brake as needed, and even change lanes at the press of a button. However, this isn’t a fully autonomous driving system. That’s already known, but according to researchers from

Nvidia AI Turns Doodles Into Realistic Landscapes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Those MS Paint doodles you made in the 90s might have been works of art just waiting to happen, and you never knew it. All they needed was some help from a generative adversarial network (GAN). Nvidia has shown that AI can use a simple representation of a landscape to render a photorealistic vista that

Researchers Turn Hard Drives Into Covert Listening Devices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Spinning hard drives are no longer the backbone of the average computer thanks to the increasing affordability and capacity of solid-state NAND chips. However, the spinning drive is far from dead — if you need the most bang for your storage buck, traditional hard drives are still king. It turns out those spinning drives might

Nintendo Turns the Switch Into a VR Headset With New Labo Kits

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Nintendo has seen huge success with the Switch, which has become the fastest selling game console of this generation. Nintendo has brought its traditional “try anything once” attitude to the Switch with accessories like the cardboard-based Labo. Now, Labo is evolving into a VR headset. It’s like Google Cardboard for your Switch. This is a