Computer Powered by Colony of Blue-Green Algae For 6 Months

Computer Powered by Colony of Blue-Green Algae For 6 Months

There’s “green energy” and then there’s truly GREEN energy, or rather, blue-green energy. A colorful colony of photosynthetic cyanobacteria, known as blue-green algae, have successfully powered a computer microprocessor for longer than six months, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. The little bio-based battery-alternative could serve as a … Read more

iPhone Already in Testing to Ditch Lightning for USB-C

iPhone Already in Testing to Ditch Lightning for USB-C

iPhone 12 ProPhoto: Caitlyn McGarry/Gizmodo Following hot on the heels of leaks from trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that claim Apple will finally be saying its proprietary Lightning connector for the more widely supported USB-C standard in future iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is adding some credibility of his own to the rumor. Earlier today, he reported … Read more

Scientists Have Powered a Basic Computer With Just Algae For Over 6 Months

Scientists Have Powered a Basic Computer With Just Algae For Over 6 Months

In a ghastly vision of a future cut off from sunlight, the machine overloads in the Matrix movie series turned to sleeping human bodies as sources of electricity. If they’d had sunlight, algae would undoubtedly have been the better choice. Engineers from the University of Cambridge in the UK have run a microprocessor for more … Read more

Regulators anxious about stablecoins like tether after UST collapse

Regulators anxious about stablecoins like tether after UST collapse

The entire stablecoin market is now worth more than $160 billion. Justin Tallis | AFP via Getty Images Regulators are getting increasingly worried about stablecoins after the collapse of controversial cryptocurrency venture Terra. TerraUSD, an “algorithmic” stablecoin that’s meant to be pegged one-to-one with the US dollar, has erased much of its value this week … Read more

Cars With Active Driving Assistance Tech Crash During AAA Test

Cars With Active Driving Assistance Tech Crash During AAA Test

Photo: Harold Cunningham (Getty Images) The long road towards autonomous vehicles just hit another speed bump. Despite lofty performance promises from carmakers seeking an autonomous future, recent testing from AAA revealed “inconsistent performance” with more basic active driving assistance (ADA) that resulted in vehicles crashing repeatedly into cars and a bicycles. Head-on collisions occurred during … Read more

Tether (USDT) stablecoin regains peg after $3 billion in withdrawals

Tether (USDT) stablecoin regains peg after $3 billion in withdrawals

Tether has long faced questions over whether it has enough assets to justify its peg to the dollar. Tiffany Hagler | Bloomberg via Getty Images Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin, regained its peg to the dollar after more than $3 billion worth of tokens left the system in a single day. The cryptocurrency — which … Read more

Affirm stock soars 34% after earnings ‘put to bed some persistent bear themes’

Affirm stock soars 34% after earnings 'put to bed some persistent bear themes'

Shares of Affirm Holdings Inc. surged in after-hours trading Thursday after the buy-now pay-later company delivered a revenue beat and sought to reassure investors about its positioning in a downturn. Revenue at Affirm AFRM, +23.31% increased to $354.8 million in the fiscal third quarter from from $231 million a year before, while analysts had been … Read more

Disney Plus adds 8 million subscribers—but it’s still operating at a loss

Disney Plus adds 8 million subscribers—but it's still operating at a loss

Disney+Photo: NICK AGRO/AFP via Getty Images When Disney first launched its streaming service Disney+ back in November of 2019, it did so with a long-term mindset. Streaming was, presumably, the future, and so the company was willing to burn a lot of money to catch up with more established performers in the industry—most notably Netflix, … Read more

Google Maps Immersive View, New Translate Languages, Docs TL;DR

Google Maps Immersive View, New Translate Languages, Docs TL;DR

Google’s 2022 I/O Conference is finally here. From virtual maps that come to life to a new way to communicate with your home security system, there’s a lot of unexpected surprises from the keynote to unpack. Here are some of the highlights. Stare Your Google Nest Down Till It Does Stuff For You One of … Read more

Apple Discontinues iPod, Mobile Gaming Icon, After 22 Years

Apple Discontinues iPod, Mobile Gaming Icon, After 22 Years

Photo: justin sullivan (Getty Images) For one out for every kid who one-strapped a backpack in middle school, as they’re likely in mourning today. With Apple’s discontinuation of the 7th-generation iPod Touch, announced yesterdayit’s official: the iPod is dead. Ostensibly, the iPod was a music device, meant to digitize song libraries and move listeners away … Read more