The Week: Most Recent Tech Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Tech Posts from THE WEEKFri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400Innovation of the week: The barely wet washing machine<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">U.K. company Xeros has developed a washing machine that uses "a fraction of the water of traditional machines," relying instead on millions of tiny nylon balls "that fill the washer drum and act as cleaning agents," said </span>Matt McFarland at <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post</em>. The absorbent beads mix with a small amount of water and a proprietary detergent to remove stains and dirt, and then filter out of the drum through small holes. And because Xeros machines "almost never use hot water," owners also save on gas and electric bills.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400How to be a moral internet citizen on the often-immoral internet<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Submerging yourself in the daily churn of the internet provides plenty of ethical quandaries, but the past month has put the ethics of web browsing &mdash; and, more precisely, the ethics of <em>avoiding</em> certain things &mdash; into unusually stark relief. Because increasingly, the ethical dilemmas of the internet era turn not on whether to share, comment on, or disseminate something, but whether to look at it at all.</p><p class="p1">Two American journalists were beheaded by ISIS, and videos of those horrific killings were disseminated across the internet. Should you watch them? The answer was pretty clear: Because...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:05:00 -0400Innovation of the week: Heat Seek<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Many cities require landlords to maintain certain temperature levels during winter, but not all owners follow the rules. Tenants can sue, but they often have only "their own handwritten records" to back it up. Heat Seek aims to provide an objective record, says Klint Finley at <em>Wired</em>. The device uses internet-connected heat sensors to monitor a home's ambient temperature and then upload the results to the web. The Kickstarter-backed gadget has a built-in system so that just one tenant in a building needs web access to make it work.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 19 Sep 2014 15:15:00 -04006 super-helpful iOS8 tricks you probably don't know about<img src="" /></P><p>When we iPhone users download the latest iOS software update, the first thing many of us do is scour geek websites for lists of hidden, cool features. And sure enough, there are dozens of such lists already, because iOS8 is packed with helpful goodies. I've read nearly all of these lists, and below I've distilled what I think are the most useful hidden features &mdash; the stuff that gets lost behind the glamor of, say, enhancements to the camera app, widgets, intuitive keyboards, Continuity, and third-party app-sharing.</p><p><strong>1. Automatic notifications for important emails</strong>. I've been using a different...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderThu, 18 Sep 2014 10:10:00 -0400Consider the hipster: An interview with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel<img src="" /></P><p>PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel thinks that too many entrepreneurs today are incrementalists, content to simply tweak the familiar and stand on the shoulders of yesterday's giants, rather than undertake the hard work of imagining and building something completely different.</p><p>In <em>Zero to One</em>, his new book about entrepreneurship, Thiel posits that risk-aversion only partly explains this phenomenon. For some people, he speculates, it's a belief that the world has already been mapped. When you feel like the important problems have already been solved, why bother looking for a moonshot?</p><p>Thiel, however...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Andy MeekTue, 16 Sep 2014 06:13:00 -0400Innovation of the week: Smart chopsticks<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Worried about tainted food? A new pair of "smart chopsticks" will gauge whether you can safely tuck in, said Yang Jie at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. The utensils, unveiled recently by Chinese tech giant Baidu, feature built-in sensors that "can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination." Called Kuaisou, the chopsticks link to a smartphone app, which displays a "good" or "bad" reading depending on the quality of the food&rsquo;s cooking oil. Baidu says Kuaisou will also measure temperature, calories, and nutritional information.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 13 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400How the iPhone 6 could improve your commute -- and change the face of mass transit<img src="" /></P><p>For mass-transit riders, it's a common pet peeve. You're about to pass through the turnstile, fare card in hand, just in time to make your train. But the person in front of you is not so prepared. He is still fumbling through his wallet or fishing in his pocket, wasting precious seconds and leaving you little recourse but to give an audible sigh of exasperation.</p><p>In metro systems around the world, this scene plays out thousands of times every day. But with Apple announcing the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, slow swipers could soon be a thing of the past.</p><p>That's because Apple Pay &mdash; a new feature...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jacob-anbinder" ><span class="byline">Jacob Anbinder</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:04:00 -0400Seriously, what's the point of the Apple Watch?<img src="" /></P><p>"We've got one more thing," Apple's CEO Tim Cook said, his voice tinged with excitement. A thunderous roar emanated from the crowd in the amphitheater, as if the product unveiling had suddenly morphed into a religious festivity, a techno-superchurch replete with its own house band (U2, naturally).</p><p>Tim Cook used Steve Jobs' mantra of "one more thing" to reveal the Apple Watch, the company's "most personal device ever." In a press release, Cook didn't hold back on the Watch's potential, saying, "Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people&rsquo;s lives...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:07:00 -0400How to get the highest-end iPhone 6 Plus for just $120<img src="" /></P><p>Shares of Apple's stock bounced up three percent when Tim Cook unveiled the latest evolution of the iPhone on Tuesday, and then felt gravity when, later in the presentation, he introduced the Apple Watch to the world. The verdict of the market? Hard to say. I was watching the stock price of one of the iPhones' carriers. T-Mobile's shares dropped about 1.66 percent today, to 30.28.</p><p>I'd had a sense that T-Mobile is the company best positioned to take quick advantage of consumer stuff-lust to get the latest iPhone (and with it, in January, the Apple Watch.)</p><p>Here's why:</p><p>Like many of you, I recently...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:31:00 -0400Why Reddit needs to do more than ban celebrity nudes<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Life on Reddit, unlike on Facebook or Twitter, is what you make it. By creating your own front page out of any of the thousands upon thousands of subreddits, any user can alternately make Reddit into a collection of poorly-made memes, a news feed, a sports forum, or an ethereal collection of any pornography befitting the imaginations and laws of man.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f6801121-5a03-ffc7-f220-67c16d1aa347">It's with that last mission in mind that many Redditors cried foul when the website banned any and all subreddits related to the leaked stolen nudes of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Ariana Grande. While site admins claimed...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Ben BranstetterWed, 10 Sep 2014 08:59:00 -0400