• Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

    Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

    We’ve had plenty of time to get used to our robot overlords — and Boston Dynamics is helping us get there. This week on CTRL-T we talk about the company’s addition of a door-opening arm to its SpotMini robot. We then switch gears and discuss Facebook’s Messenger for Kids. Later in the episode, MRD chats with Lanese Martin, co-founder of the Hood Incubator. Read More

  • Here’s how to keep track of Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in space

    Here’s how to keep track of Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in space

    Elon Musk’s Starman, the mannequin driver of the Tesla Roadster SpaceX launched aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket, is taking a trip around our solar system, in a large elliptical orbit that will bring him relatively close to Mars, the Sun and other heavenly bodies. But how to track the trip, now that the Roadster’s onboard batteries are out of juice and no longer transmitting live… Read More

  • The CC Aurora is actually pretty fun, as far as projectors go

    The CC Aurora is actually pretty fun, as far as projectors go

    Projectors are boring. They remind me of vacation slideshows and school film strips — neither of which I’m in a particular hurry to revisit in my adult life. That said, I’ve always harbored some germ of a notion that some day I might buy one. XGIMI’s CC Aurora is the closest I’ve seen to being a projector that I could actually muster any reasonable amount of… Read More

  • South Korea aims for startup gold Crunch Network

    South Korea aims for startup gold

    Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn’t widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn’t considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven years and a lot has changed. Read More

  • Trump cites Facebook exec’s comments downplaying Russian ad influence on election

    Trump cites Facebook exec’s comments downplaying Russian ad influence on election

    You’d be forgiven for missing Donald Trump’s multiple retweets of Facebook executive Rob Goldman over the weekend. Perhaps you were spending time with family, watching Black Panther or just attempting to forget politics for a moment by ignoring the manic flurry of social media updates from the leader of the free world. But in amongst a deluge of tweets that blamed Democrats… Read More

  • 3D printing company New Matter is shutting down this month

    3D printing company New Matter is shutting down this month

    Perhaps 2014 wasn’t the ideal time to get into the 3D printing game. After years of hype, the even the biggest names have been struggling to stay afloat. Pasadena startup New Matter is joining the growing list of companies who’ve unsuccessfully made a go at it, announcing that it will be closing up shop by the end of the month. It’s not for lacking of trying — and… Read More

  • Fake news is not the real problem

    Fake news is not the real problem

    It’s the Internet’s fault, we’re told. Brexiters and Remainers, Republicans and Democrats — every side of every political dispute now lives in its own separate reality, bellowing “fake news!” at every attempt to breach their borders of belief. The fragmentation of the media, coupled with the filter-bubble effect and the dominance of Facebook and Google… Read More

  • Engineering against all odds, or how NYC’s subway will get wireless in the tunnels

    Engineering against all odds, or how NYC’s subway will get wireless in the tunnels

    Never ask a wireless engineer working on the NYC subway system “What can go wrong?” Flooding, ice, brake dust, and power outages relentlessly attack the network components. Rats — many, many rats — can eat power and fiber optic cables and bring down the whole system. Humans are no different, as their curiosity or malice strikes a blow against wireless hardware… Read More

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