Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk

The disturbing death of a woman in Britain renewed a debate that has followed bans on plastic straws around the world. From a report: A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that highlighted the potential dangers of metal straws. Such … Continue reading Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk

Streaming Online Pornography Produces as Much CO2 as Belgium

The transmission and viewing of online videos generates 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, or nearly 1 per cent of global emissions. On-demand video services such as Netflix account for a third of this, with online pornographic videos generating another third. From a report: This means the watching of pornographic videos generates as … Continue reading Streaming Online Pornography Produces as Much CO2 as Belgium

Bird, One of the World’s Largest Scooter Startups, Lost $100 Million in Three Months

Bird has its eyes on another capital raise, according to a report. Business Insider: The scooter company, one of the largest in a swarm of similar micromobility startups, has already raised $718 million in its short lifetime, according to Pitchbook data, and now it reportedly needs up to $300 more by the end of the … Continue reading Bird, One of the World’s Largest Scooter Startups, Lost $100 Million in Three Months

Congress is Bad at Rocket League

An anonymous reader shared a story: On Wednesday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosted a Rocket League tournament in Congress, pitting members against each other in 2v2 matches. The ESA paired up with Congress' Future Forum caucus to teach members about the e-sports and gaming communities. A whole slate of members picked up the game … Continue reading Congress is Bad at Rocket League

Donald Trump Blasts Bitcoin, Facebook Libra, Demands They Face Banking Regulations

President Donald Trump on Thursday night warned Facebook over its plan to create digital currency Libra, a move that poses a new obstacle to the company's cryptocurrency ambitions. From a report: "Facebook Libra's 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a … Continue reading Donald Trump Blasts Bitcoin, Facebook Libra, Demands They Face Banking Regulations

Bitpoint Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked For $32 Million

Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint announced it lost 3.5 billion yen (roughly $32 million) worth of cryptocurrency assets after a hack that happened late yesterday, July 11. From a report: The exchange suspended all deposits and withdrawals this morning to investigate the hack, it said in a press release. In a more detailed document released by … Continue reading Bitpoint Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked For $32 Million

Streaming’s Bounty of Choices Overwhelms Consumers

Consumers are so stressed about finding the right thing to watch on their streaming services that, after a few minutes scanning the options, many decide to watch something they've already seen, revert to traditional TV, or turn the tube off altogether. From a report: As more companies jump into the streaming wars, the choice-overload problem … Continue reading Streaming’s Bounty of Choices Overwhelms Consumers

Microsoft is Making Windows 10 Passwordless

Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 PCs work without passwords. From a report: While the company has been working on removing passwords from Windows 10 and its Microsoft Accounts for a number of months now, the next major update to Windows 10 next year will go one step further. You'll soon be able to … Continue reading Microsoft is Making Windows 10 Passwordless

Microsoft Defends Planned Partner Program Changes, But Many Aren’t Buying It

Last week, Microsoft quietly published information to its partner web site which made it clear that one of its program's main benefits -- internal use rights (IURs) -- would be axed in July 2020. Since then, Microsoft's been attempting to do damage control, including by holding a webcast that meant to shed more light on … Continue reading Microsoft Defends Planned Partner Program Changes, But Many Aren’t Buying It

Scientists Use Camera With Human-Like Vision To Capture 5,400 FPS Video

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PetaPixel: A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have figured out how to capture super slow-motion footage using what's called an "Event Camera." That is: a camera that sees the world in a continuous stream of information, the way humans … Continue reading Scientists Use Camera With Human-Like Vision To Capture 5,400 FPS Video