Dear Apple and Samsung, $1,000 is way too much for a smartphone, consumers say

For Bill Wilson, it’s simple. He won’t pay $1,000 for a smartphone. Period.  Wilson is in ample company. This week’s earnings reports for Apple and Samsung both showed a clear trend: consumer resistance to the ever-growing high prices of premium smartphones. 

Continue Reading . . . https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/08/03/consumers-tell-apple-and-samsung-no-thanks-to-1000-dollar-smartphones/1900716001/

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Japan Approves Scientist’s Plan to Create World’s First Humanimals

For the first time, a government is supporting a plan to create animal embryos with human cells and bring them to term, resulting in a type of humanimal known as a human-animal chimera.

Continue Reading . . . https://gizmodo.com/japan-approves-scientists-plan-to-create-worlds-first-h-1836823089

Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to Ultralow-Power Chips

Illustration: Emily Cooper Power Down: Chipmakers are adding a thin layer of ferroelectric material to transistors, including fin-shaped field-effect transistors (FinFETs), to reduce the gate voltage required for switching. Academics have high hopes for ferroelectric materials.

Continue Reading . . . https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/chipmakers-test-ferroelectrics-as-a-route-to-ultralowpower-chips

Amazon plans new solar and wind farms in Ireland and Virginia

Months after Amazon shareholders turned down a plea by employees to do more about climate change, the company announced two new renewable energy projects. Today, Amazon shared plans for a wind farm in Ireland and a solar farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/amazon-renewable-energy-projects-ireland-virginia/