Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Are the Smart Displays to Watch in 2018

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Are the Smart Displays to Watch in 2018

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Smart displays are now officially a thing. Here are the models you should know about.Smart displays are the tech world’s latest fetish. They’re smart speakers with a voice assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa—and a tablet-sized screen on the front to show the weather, album art, TV shows, video calls, and other (mostly) useful…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

Hexbyte Tech News Wired IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

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Leon EdlerIPUn. Short for intelligence processing unit, a new kind of computer chip optimized for AI.Way back in the early 2000s, when the first Xbox came out, researchers discovered they could hack video­game consoles for scientific uses. It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Wireless Headphones Give You a Hearing Test

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Wireless Headphones Give You a Hearing Test

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The audio market is full of headphones that strive to put out the most balanced, best sound signature possible, so listeners can hear every sonic detail in their favorite tunes precisely as “the artist intended.” It’s a noble pursuit, but it assumes we’re all hearing the same things. In reality, much like eyesight, we all…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired These Headphones Make the Perfect Running Buds

Hexbyte Tech News Wired These Headphones Make the Perfect Running Buds

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ScienceWhy It’s Almost Impossible to Run a Two-Hour MarathonOne of the world’s finest distance runners came so close to achieving the greatest feats of athleticism in history: a sub two-hour marathon. To do it, the Eliud Kipchoge should have maintained an average pace of at least 13.1 miles per hour. So, we timed how long…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Look Closely: These Aren’t Flowers—They’re Fireworks

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Look Closely: These Aren’t Flowers—They’re Fireworks

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If you look down and see flowers, you’re likely out in nature or passing a neighborhood flower bed. However, if you look up and see flowers, you’re likely looking at the kind of fireworks Charlie Sin strives to capture. Every Independence Day since 2013, the Los Angeles-based photographer has trekked up to his favorite viewing…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Run, Climb, or Do a Jig With These Sennheiser Headphones

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Run, Climb, or Do a Jig With These Sennheiser Headphones

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Testing workout earbuds requires an entirely different set of metrics than regular in-ear headphones. More than anything else, workout earbuds need to stay put. Running is hard enough without constantly flibberting with something in your ear canal. Other factors that might be big pluses when you’re sitting at your desk are not so great when…

These Amphibious Sport Shoes Are Good on Land or Sea

These Amphibious Sport Shoes Are Good on Land or Sea

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Finding the perfect summer travel shoe can be an overwhelming task. No one wants to tote around a suitcase full of sneakers and sandals, but it’s hard to have fun on vacation with blisters or a limp. Can you hike all day and walk into a nice restaurant for lunch? What if your travel plans…

These Physicists Watched a Clock Tick for 14 Years Straight

These Physicists Watched a Clock Tick for 14 Years Straight

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Bijunath Patla’s experiment sounds like a real bore: Gather 12 of the most accurate clocks around the world, and watch them tick. It’s like a physicist’s version of watching paint dry. Patla’s team, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, began monitoring the clocks on November 11, 1999. And they’ve…

Wear These Stylish Earplugs to Your Next Concert

Wear These Stylish Earplugs to Your Next Concert

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Music can remedy most ailments in life. But turn the volume up too loud and you’ve got a problem: loss of hearing. The World Health Organization reports that 1.1 billion people are at risk of hearing loss due to damaging levels of sound exposure from personal devices and loud settings, like rock ‘n’ roll concerts.…

These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made

These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made

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Over the past two and half centuries, scientists envisioning the origin of planetary systems (including our own) have focused on a specific scene: a spinning disk around a newborn star, sculpting planets out of gas and dust like clay on a potter’s wheel. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an…