There’s finally a way to “touch” buttons without really touching them – Future Blink

Kinetic Touchless is a contactless, tactile responsive tech that can provide the right feedback for pushing buttons when people merely mimic the gesture.  Read more… More about Mashable Video, Button, Kinetic, Contactless, and Touchless Tech ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

How to stop ‘Time to Walk’ episodes from automatically downloading to your Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Fitness+ subscription, you might’ve been startled to see singer Shawn Mendes’ face appear in the Workout app on your Apple Watch today. (It’s okay, I felt the same way whenever Camila Cabello would randomly emerge … Read more…

Italian government orders TikTok to block accounts for kids after girl’s death

Italy ordered the Chinese-owned TikTok to make sure young children aren’t using its app, after the death of a 10-year-old girl who accidentally killed herself in a “Blackout Challenge.” Kids under 13 aren’t supposed to use TikTok. But the Italian … Read more…

Trump declines to pardon Assange, Snowden, or ‘Joe Exotic’ – here’s the 143 people he chose

Late Tuesday night, the White House finally released the long-awaited list of Trump pardons, with hours to go in his presidency. The full list of 143 people — which includes 73 pardons and 70 commutations of sentences — includes rappers, … Read more…

Here’s everything you need to know about the dawn of the quantum internet

In a huge breakthrough, a team of researchers from Caltech, Fermilab, AT&T, Harvard, NASA, and the University of Calgary teleported quantum information over a fiber-optic network of 44 kilometres.  Achieving high-fidelity quantum teleportation lays the groundwork for a functional quantum … Read more…

Physicist explains why he thinks mysterious interstellar object was aliens

A physicist has weighed in on the mystery surrounding the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua,’ which flew past Earth back in 2017 at an unusually high speed. Harvard professor Avi Loeb remarked during an interview with Salon that it’s possible the fast, cigar-shaped object was … Read more…

Twitter exec says company taking crackdown on conspiracy theorists ‘global’

Footage released Monday shows a top Twitter executive discussing the company’s recent crackdown on accounts that push conspiracy theories, calling it a “global” initiative. Vijaya Gadde’s comments to employees were leaked to the right-wing activist group Project Veritas, and a … Read more…

Coronavirus treatment with umbilical cord-derived stem cells shows promise

After a small study suggested stem cells from umbilical cords offered coronavirus patients a safe treatment, boosting survival rates and fast-tracking recovery, outside experts are echoing calls for large, multicenter clinical trials to conclude efficacy. The anti-inflammatory effects from so-called mesenchymal stem … Read more…

YouTube removes Trump’s latest video, blocks channel from posting for seven days

It’s been a bad week for President Donald Trump’s socials. First he was unceremoniously dumped by his longtime paramour Twitter. Then Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch blocked him. Now YouTube has jumped into the fray, banning the president’s channel after … Read more…

Twitter suspends over 70,000 QAnon accounts after attack on U.S. Capitol

Twitter has suspended over 70,000 accounts since Friday in an attempt to scrape off its crust of festering QAnon conspiracy gunk. It’s laughably too late, but at least it’s something. Numerous high profile QAnon figures were unceremoniously booted from Twitter … Read more…

Japan hoping wooden satellites will solve the problem of space junk

Japanese researchers are working on satellite technology that would use wood components to eliminate excess space junk, allowing objects to burn up upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere, according to a new report. Sumitomo Forestry, a 400-year-old Japanese woodworking company, is partnering with Kyoto University to … Read more…

Google reportedly told scientists to take ‘positive tone’ on AI research

Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a “sensitive topics” review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications and interviews … Read more…

Congress throws garbage copyright and streaming rules in with COVID relief bill

Because when you think coronavirus relief, you definitely think copyright and punishing illegal streamers.  The U.S. Congress unveiled the latest proposed spending bill Monday, and while the $ 900 billion package made news for the (arguably insufficient) unemployment aid and … Read more…

Social media manipulation affects even US senators, researchers say

BRUSSELS — The conversation taking place around two U.S. senators’ verified social media accounts remained vulnerable to manipulation through artificially inflated shares and likes from fake users, even amid heightened scrutiny in the run up to the U.S. presidential election, … Read more…

Amazon-owned Zoox unveils its first autonomous robotaxi – Future Blink

The Amazon-owned startup Zoox debuted its prototype for an autonomous taxi, and it could change what we think autonomous vehicles can look like in the first place.  Read more… More about Amazon, Mashable Video, Taxi, Autonomous Vehicles, and Autonomous Driving … Read more…

NASA has visualized what supernovae and colliding galaxies ‘sound’ like

If you’ve ever wondered what space sounds like, NASA has you covered. The space agency has posted several videos of what two supernovae and a colliding cluster of galaxies “sound” like, thanks to its “data sonification” program. The Bullet Cluster, a cluster of … Read more…