Technology

Single-Use Microfluidics Could Boost Men’s Health Diagnostics

Needing medical care is difficult enough all on its own. But the process of obtaining that medical care is almost more of a hassle than it’s worth. A lot of the time, you end up waiting for lab results. Sometimes, that’s because the doc had to take a culture, and the bacteria need time to increase and multiply in a petri dish before the lab techs can test for what kills them. That’s reasonable. But sometimes, the time delay between test and results is just because the facility that took ...

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Gets Hybrid-Like Mileage, at a Cost

Imagine driving 700 miles, Boston to Durham, NC, on a single tank of fuel costing $ 35. Or San Diego to Seattle on two tanks. These trips and more are possible with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel edition. In a compact car market dominated by Asian and European brands, the Cruze more than holds its own. The Cruze diesel with manual transmission gets 52 mpg highway, the most of any non-hybrid, non-EV compact car. Chevrolet sets the Cruze diesel premium high, though — nearly $ 4,000 over the gasoline model. ...

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7nm Semiconductor Tech to Arrive in 3 Stages: GlobalFoundries

As the pace of Moore’s Law advances have slowed, and the benefits of each new node have gotten steadily smaller, we’ve seen the various foundries adopt different ways of dealing with the problem. Intel has pursued traditional scaling, but is spending longer at each node. But companies like Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and TSMC have defined a system of short and long-lived nodes, with different characteristics and their own individual roadmaps for how long each node will last. Unlike TSMC and Samsung, both of which have 10nm products on their roadmaps, GlobalFoundries ...

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Microsoft Confirms Windows Code Leak, but Size, Details Disputed

Last Friday, a bombshell report claimed that a massive leak of the Windows source code had taken place and was now available online. That leak — claimed to be 32TB — would represent an absolutely enormous amount of Windows code, dwarfing the Windows 2000 leak that occurred in 2004. New details, however, suggest that the leak, while still significant, may not represent the mammoth security breach initially implied. The Register, which broke the story, claims that the code is from Microsoft’s Shared Source Kit and includes “the source to the base ...

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Chrome Beats Edge in New Battery Life Tests

Microsoft really, really wants you to use its Windows 10 browser, Edge. The company has come under fire for its relentless attempts to push consumers towards its own software, even going so far as to toss pop-up adds into the system tray when you’re running different browsers. The company’s claims have largely gone unchallenged, in part because browsers like Chrome have long been known to be resource hogs. Chrome opens every new tab as a new process, which tends to increase memory usage. Linus Tech Tips recently took four identical ...

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SpaceX Nailed Two Falcon 9 Launches and Landings Over the Weekend

A few years ago we were all holding our breath during each SpaceX launch, wondering if the company’s innovative Falcon 9 rocket would be able to land itself after sending the second stage into orbit. Now, it’s becoming commonplace. In the last few days, there have been two successful SpaceX launches and landings. The first of the two launches took place on Friday, and the second was on Sunday. SpaceX didn’t set out to show off by having the two launches so close to each other. The first launch was ...

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Sega’s New ‘Sega Forever’ Emulation is a Train Wreck

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Nintendo had one serious competitor — Sega. Other game consoles from various companies existed, to be sure. But only the Sega Genesis/MegaDrive (the system was branded differently in different markets) came anywhere near to matching the SNES in total shipments. The total count was 49.1 million for Nintendo, 33.75 million for Sega, and just 10 million for the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine. Sega games from this era are still remembered fondly, and the new Sega Forever collection available on mobile devices should be a huge ...

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Google Pixel 2 Leak Points to Snapdragon 835 and New Design

Google’s Nexus phones were usually priced low as a way to promote the Android brand and give developers something cool to play around with. However, the Pixel and Pixel XL signified a change in direction. Google wants to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple, and the Pixel was an impressive first attempt. So, what’s in store for the Pixel 2? A new leak offers some plausible details. As usual, the code names for several upcoming Google devices have leaked in recent months thanks to the public Android issue tracker. ...

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Nintendo Unveils Super NES Classic Edition, Launches Sept 29 with 21 Games

Mode 7 freaks, get ready: Nintendo has unveiled the Super NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of the beloved SNES in the vein of the NES Classic Edition that everyone wanted and few people were able to actually buy. The system will come with 21 games, including many of the titles that made the system famous. Built into the system is Zelda: A Link to the Past (widely considered the best Zelda in the 30-year-old series, at least arguably before Breath of the Wild). It also includes some of my ...

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New Implants Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Needles

Implants that deliver a constant metered dose of medication have plenty of promise. They’re especially useful for making sure patients don’t have to orient their daily schedule around their medication times. For the same reasons, they’re a potential solution for patients who tend to forget to take medications that have to be delivered right on schedule. Their major strength is being able to keep a patient’s serum concentration of their medication at a specific level. For example: Nexplanon, a hormonal contraceptive implant, delivers a constant dose of medication that keeps ...

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