Computer energy to be regulated in California

California’s state energy agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve new regulations for energy efficiency in desktop computers and monitors. The rules, passed by the agency, the California Energy Commission, are the country’s first attempt to regulate the energy use of desktop computers and represent another step in the state’s efforts to drastically lower its greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. Computers use more energy than many other consumer electronics…

December 16, 2016

Dating is a spectator sport with Tinder’s Apple TV app

December 15, 2016

Tinder is now available on Apple TV, allowing you to view potential matches on the big screen and swipe left or right using Apple’s touch-sensitive Siri Remote. (Voice controls are, disappointingly, not supported.) It may sound a little intense for a dating app, but it confirms what we’ve always suspected: dating is now firmly a spectator sport. Tinder’s new ad campaign for the app makes this clear, with a bunch…


Technological evolution of 2016

December 15, 2016

Author: Thomas Ricker The arrival of the 12th month in the Gregorian calendar is a sign that something old is about to be renewed. We, as writers and readers of The Verge, are people who live in the near-future, humans at the forefront of technology adoption and cultural change. So what better time to take stock of our tech portfolios to see how the industry is evolving? I’ll go first….


Earth’s ‘technosphere’ weighs 30 trillion tons

December 1, 2016

An international team led by University of Leicester geologists has made the first estimate of the sheer size of the physical structure of the planet’s technosphere – suggesting that its mass approximates to an enormous 30 trillion tons. The technosphere is comprised of all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet – from houses, factories and farms to computer systems, smartphones and CDs,…


The first smart remote for EVERYTHING

November 28, 2016

Magically control all your favorite devices and so much more with the Sevenhugs Smart Remote. It comes with a screen that instantly adapts to anything you point at. When you point at any device, Smart Remote’s high-definition touchscreen will instantly display an intuitive interface to control that specific device. If you want to control a device that is located near other ones—like a media player below your TV or maybe…


Snapchat releases sunglasses with integrated video camera

September 26, 2016

Not only did Snapchat change the name of its company to Snap over the weekend, but it also revealed its first technology hardware product — Spectacles, a new kind of camera that gets integrated into a pair of sunglasses. According to the company, the glasses will make it easy to create memories with the help of  one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world that can capture a day’s worth…


These displays can be cut with a pair of scissors into different shapes

August 1, 2016

A team of Japanese researchers has developed new display sheets that can be cut into any shape with a pair of scissors so that they can be attached to other surfaces like clothing and buildings. The research group led by Masayoshi Higuchi, head of the Electronic Functional Macromolecules Group, Research Center for Functional Materials at National Institute for Materials Science used a polymer with electrochromic properties (organic/metal hybrid polymer) to create…


TVS diode arrays design to safeguard high-speed interfaces

TVS diode arrays
July 21, 2016

Two series of TVS diode arrays (SPA diodes) have been designed, by Littelfuse, to safeguard many of the latest high-speed interfaces from damage due to ESD. The SP7538P series TVS diode arrays integrate eight channels of ultra-low capacitance rail-to-rail diodes and an additional Zener diode in a µDFN-9 package. The SP0544T series TVS diode arrays have a similar design but are smaller, with four channels of ultra-low capacitance rail-to-rail diodes instead…


Researchers create brighter displays that use less energy

April 26, 2016

Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to brighten colors and images for flat-panel displays while using less electricity. Now a team of researchers from Sandia National Laboratories has developed a method that makes this possible. Alec Talin, along with researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology used super-thin layers of inexpensive electrochromic polymers that create bright colors and can be rapidly altered. While electrochromic polymers are not new, the researchers are…


McDonald’s Happy Meals in Sweden now come with virtual reality goggles

March 1, 2016

I guess kids won’t have to brace themselves to see what kind of toy was included in their happy meal. In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal in Sweden, each meal will come equipped with virtual reality goggles. The initiative, called Happy Goggles, was developed in order test a modernizes version of the Happy Meal and provide a digital experience in addition to the physical toys…