The Week: Most Recent Tech Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 22 Jul 2014 06:14:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Tech Posts from THE WEEKTue, 22 Jul 2014 06:14:00 -0400What these custom, 3D-printed earphones say about the future of consumer technology<img src="" /></P><p class="Default">Last Friday, I visited a nondescript building in the middle of San Diego's Little Italy, where the future was being printed out on a machine smaller than a microwave oven.</p><p class="Default">Through a door labeled "Design" was a messy space filled with lots of stuff; nothing particularly noticeable, just stuff. But in the back corner was a gadget that was producing custom-fitted earbuds.</p><p class="Default">Ownphones is in the midst of a crowd-funded campaign to become one of the first companies to mass-produce a custom 3D-printed consumer product. Each pair of earbuds is Bluetooth-enabled, and is molded according to the shape of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tyler-hayes" ><span class="byline">Tyler Hayes</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:14:00 -0400Genetic modification could lead to inequality like we've never seen<img src="" /></P><p>If you could have the outlandish strength and agility of <em>Halo</em>'s Master Chief, how much would you spend?</p><p>For the uninitiated, Master Chief is the hero of the <em>Halo</em> video game series. A heavily genetically enhanced supersoldier, he can run faster, jump higher, see further, think faster, and endure longer than regular humans. So powerful is Master Chief that his alien adversaries think of him as a "demon" because of his ability to destroy hundreds or sometimes thousands of alien soldiers.</p><p>And a genetically engineered human isn't a wild fantasy. Researchers have recently made impressive advances in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -0400Innovation of the week: Smart luggage<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Airbus is developing a new "smart luggage" product that will help link travelers with their bags, said James O'Toole at <em></em>. Working with luggage-maker Rimowa, the jet manufacturer has developed a device called Bag2Go, which features a radio-frequency identification chip and GPS technology to help owners track their luggage in transit. While Bag2Go is still in the prototype stage, Airbus plans to license the technology to airlines, allowing the bags to integrate directly with the carriers' IT systems, speeding recovery when luggage is lost. </span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Jul 2014 14:15:00 -0400How social media changed our definition of 'social'<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">This week, just over two centuries ago, Phineas T. Barnum was born. Barnum, founder of Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus and a sly showman, delighted in attention-grabbing hoaxes. In one of his infamous tricks, he duped the media into printing a story of a mermaid specimen, actually a young monkey's head and torso tied to a fish tail. Unsurprisingly, the saying "there's no such thing as bad publicity" is generally attributed to him.</p><p dir="ltr">Contemporary marketers would describe Barnum's stunts as going viral. Online, to "go viral" means to break away from the noise and capture the collective attention of the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jaime WooFri, 18 Jul 2014 09:16:00 -0400Meet Cone, the wireless speaker that tries to make sense of 25 million songs<img src="" /></P><p class="Default">The embattled music recording industry is praying that subscription streaming services are the antidote to declining music sales. Consumers now get unlimited access to a vast catalog of songs for a recurring monthly fee. Instead of buying each and every song, you rent all the songs for around $10 a month.</p><p class="Default">It's a decent solution, but it's still hard for casual fans to discover new music. And these services are largely buoyed by passionate users who consider the monthly fee a deal.</p><p class="Default">One of the newest attempts to expand the appeal of streaming music comes from the company Aether, which recently released...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tyler-hayes" ><span class="byline">Tyler Hayes</span></a>Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:50:00 -0400The truth about tech's sexism problem is even worse than you think<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr"><br /></p><p dir="ltr">That the tech industry is sexist is no surprise: One need only peruse the extensive timeline of incidents at <em>Geek Feminism</em> for an illustration.</p><p dir="ltr">But every now and then, it's especially sexist, like Sexist Superman exploded out of the underoos of the latest set of khaki-clad dudebros &mdash; as in the case of Tinder, where co-founder and former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe is suing the company for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation. The suit includes detailed discussions of sexist incidents, along with a series...</p> <a href="">More</a>By S.E. SmithTue, 15 Jul 2014 09:34:00 -0400Introducing the iPhone 6, made in China by a robot<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The worst kept secret of Apple and its Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn isn't their poor labor conditions. It isn't even the fact that they use robots to help bring together all the pieces that make up an iPhone. It's that their robots are now performing more and more human-like functions.</p><p>In the past, it's always been people that put the finishing touches on the popular devices. Well, that's all about to change.</p><p>Foxconn parent company Hon Hai is set to deploy an army of 10,000 assembly-line robots to help meet the demands of producing the highly anticipated iPhone 6. Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou revealed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Reilly DowdMon, 14 Jul 2014 12:11:00 -0400Can technology rescue us from technology?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Do you ever walk around with a feeling of unease, as if something is watching you, following you? Well, that thing following you is your phone.</p><p>Or if not your phone, it's technology in general. The 2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey found that 77 percent of people who responded had businesses that were affected by cybercrime, which is up 34 percent from people who responded the year before. But fear of technology is more than just a monetary issue. Studies have shows that email alone causes a ridiculous amount of anxiety.</p><p>Fortunately, for the most alarmed of us out there, the Blackphone has...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Chris OsterndorfSat, 12 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0400Innovation of the week: A cancer-detecting bra<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1">First Warnings System has developed a high-tech bra that relies on sensors "to detect unusual heat patterns in breast tissue" and identify abnormalities early, <span class="s1">said Lara Piras at </span><span class="s2"><em> </em></span>The device, known as a Circadian Biometric Recorder, "is applied via a bra insert" and uses the heat-reading sensors to gather and record changes in cell activity, which it then transmits to a computer for analysis. The company hopes to roll out the bra in Europe by 2015 and is awaiting approval from the FDA.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 12 Jul 2014 09:30:00 -0400How 3D printing could end America's prison food crisis<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-aae0da0e-1cae-286b-2d95-df05bef09a22">It's a story so disgusting, it's hard not to gag while reading it: Catering firm Aramark has been accused of </span>serving maggot-ridden food to prisoners in Michigan and Ohio. Disgustingly, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the revolting and horrific world of prison food in the United States, a nation where bad food is often considered part of the punishment for the incarcerated. Instead of the legendary "three hots and a cot," prisoners are instead getting SOS (or "s--- on a shingle"). Yet, we have the technology and capability to serve nutritious, flavorful food &mdash; so why...</p> <a href="">More</a>By S.E. SmithFri, 11 Jul 2014 09:06:00 -0400