Emerging Tech

Scientists mimic odd leaf structure for potential use in cleaning up oil spills

Mother Nature is perhaps the most reliable muse, inspiring the likes of artists, scientists, and engineers with tried-and-true evolutionary designs. But many of nature’s most sophisticated structures have only recently been unlocked, enabling researchers to mimic things like a gecko’s grip and the ability of an octopus to camouflage itself. To tackle some of today’s […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs

Enlarge/ Terry Myerson Microsoft Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a company reorganization today, with major changes coming to the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), the organizational unit housing Windows development, Surface, and HoloLens. The WDG is no more. The group is being split up. A new unit, “Experiences & Devices” will be led by Executive […]

Computer

First Spectre, now BranchScope — another vulnerability in Intel processors

Researchers from four universities discovered a new vulnerability in Intel’s processors dubbed as BranchScope. The problem resides in the method a processor uses to predict where its current computational task will end, aka speculative execution. By exploiting this flaw, hackers with access to the PC could pull data stored from memory that’s otherwise inaccessible to all […]

Mobile

Ericsson and South Korea partner on live music demo of 5G ‘perfect sync’

One day after noting that it had won roughly 50 percent of the world’s 5G contracts, leading network hardware maker Ericsson announced a partnership with the South Korean government to show how 5G’s low latency capabilities will transform communications. To appeal to a wide swath of consumers, their collaboration is a live performance of Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy, […]

Computer

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 ($ 1,249) is a detachable Windows tablet that’s so light it can actually be held comfortably with one hand. Like most higher-end detachable tablets, though, the Miix 720’s expense makes it a relatively poor value compared with both conventional laptops and devices like the Apple iPad Pro. If that doesn’t […]