‘Fantastic Beasts 3’: Warner Bros. Boss Has Plans to Improve the Sequel

If you found yourself underwhelmed by last fall’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it sounds like you shouldn’t give up hope just yet. In a recent interview with the LA Times, Warner Bros.

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J.C. Penney to close 24 more stores: Sales fall as department stores struggle

In the wake of a disappointing holiday quarter, J.C. Penney is slashing hundreds of jobs. Time J.C. Penney plans to close 15 additional full-line stores and nine home-and-furniture locations as the retailer struggles to get its footing amid significant challenges for department stores.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/02/28/j-c-penney-store-closings/3013368002/

J.C. Penney to close 24 more stores: Sales fall as department stores struggle

In the wake of a disappointing holiday quarter, J.C. Penney is slashing hundreds of jobs. Time J.C. Penney plans to close 15 additional full-line stores and nine home-and-furniture locations as the retailer struggles to get its footing amid significant challenges for department stores.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/02/28/j-c-penney-store-closings/3013368002/

Incredible Experiment Gives Infrared Vision to Mice—and Humans Could Be Next

By injecting nanoparticles into the eyes of mice, scientists gave them the ability to see near-infrared light—a wavelength not normally visible to rodents (or people).

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Trump and GOP economic policies failed to deliver promised 3% growth in 2018

President Trump’s central claim about his economic policies officially crashed into reality today. Throughout the 2016 campaign and since, the president and his party have vowed to kick-start tepid Obama-era economic growth.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/trumps-economic-policies-failed-to-deliver-promised-3percent-growth-in-2018.html

Google puts Assistant into its Android texting app, and it’s pretty cool

Google Assistant lives in your home and might have its own button on your phone. Now it’s in your Android Messages texting app, too. I got a hands-on demo of how exactly it works, here at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. 

Continue Reading . . . https://www.cnet.com/news/google-put-assistant-into-its-android-texting-app-and-its-pretty-cool-mwc/

Add some speed and space with SanDisk’s SSD Plus 1TB on sale for $100

The SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB solid state drive is down to $99.99 on Amazon. This drive normally sells for around $125 with brief jumps up to $140. Today’s price is the lowest we have ever seen and its first drop to $100.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-sandisk-ssd-plus-1tb-solid-state-drive-amazon-one-day-sale

‘Semi-solid state’ batteries could lead to cheaper, longer-range EVs

The race to create cheaper, longer-lasting batteries just got more interesting. 24M, a US Department of Energy-funded startup, announced that it has delivered semi-solid state lithium-ion batteries with energy density levels of 250 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg).

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/27/semi-solid-state-batteries-could-lead-to-cheaper-longer-range/

Google’s DeepMind can predict wind patterns a day in advance

Wind power has become increasingly popular, but its success is limited by the fact that wind comes and goes as it pleases, making it hard for power grids to count on the renewable energy and less likely to fully embrace it.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/26/google-machine-learning-wind-power/

New documents suggest Chinese government helped fund the CRISPR babies experiment

The Chinese government might have provided funding that was used in a controversial project to genetically edit babies, according to documents obtained by STAT.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/26/18241382/crispr-babies-chinese-government-he-jiankui-bioethics-science-health

Sony’s 135mm f/1.8 G Master full-frame lens is all about bokeh

Last year at Photokina 2018, Sony said it had big plans to keep growing its E-mount lens portfolio. The company revealed back then it was working on 12 new lenses for its Alpha mirrorless cameras, which would increase the number of native glass for those shooters from 48 to 60.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/26/sony-fe-135mm-g-master-full-frame-lens-mirrorless-cameras/

Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beers and Wines Tested

Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller that some studies have linked to cancer—is also a secret ingredient in nearly 20 popular beers and wines. That’s the finding of a new study from the education group U.S.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-beer-wine-2630077686.html

This Crypto Surged 200% After Listing on Samsung Galaxy S10 Blockchain Wallet

On February 26, while the Bitcoin price remained at $3,800 following a sudden 10 percent plunge, Enjin Coin (ENJ), a crypto asset native to a gaming-suited blockchain network called Enjin, spiked by more than 150 percent. Against Bitcoin, at its daily peak, Enjin Coin surged from 0.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.ccn.com/this-crypto-surged-200-after-listing-on-samsung-galaxy-s10-blockchain-wallet

Apple Watch may get built-in sleep tracking by 2020

Since its launch in 2015, Apple has increasingly positioned the Apple Watch as a health and fitness device; something that helps users track their workouts and look after their body. But one popular feature has been missing from Apple’s built-in software: sleep-tracking.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/26/18241136/apple-watch-sleep-tracking-functionality-2020-report

AI’s Big Challenge

The recently signed executive order establishing the American AI Initiative correctly identifies artificial intelligence as central to American competitiveness and national defense. However, it is unclear if AI has accomplished anywhere near as much as many have claimed.

Continue Reading . . . https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/ais-big-challenge/

Google Home speakers are apparently getting Apple Music support

Apple Music is coming to Google Home, according to Google’s own iOS app for managing its smart speakers. A MacRumors reader first noticed that the Google Home app now lists Apple Music as a service that can be integrated, although the ability is currently non-functional.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/2/26/18241049/apple-music-google-home-app-update

Google’s lower-cost Pixel phones may have been revealed in FCC filings

Filings made with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have revealed two upcoming smartphones from Google. Documents posted by the government agency today show two new devices from the company, quite possibly the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite handsets that have been rumored for months.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/25/fcc-filing-google-pixel-3-lite-xl/