Week in Tech (22 – 28 Jan 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Elon Musk Donating $100M To Best Carbon Capture Tech, Gabe Newell’s Big Plans for Brain-Computer Interfaces in Gaming, Combating False News, Smart Algorithm Cleaning Up Images, “Self-Healing” Solar Material, Wirelessly Rechargeable Soft Brain Implant, Apple’s Best Quarter in India, Witcher 3 On Tesla’s New Model S, Importing WhatsApp Chat History in Telegram


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1. Elon Musk Is Donating $100M To Find the Best Carbon Capture Technology


Source: TechCrunch 22 Jan 2021


Elon Musk said Thursday via a tweet that he will donate $100 million toward a prize for the best carbon capture technology. A person familiar with the plan has told TechCrunch that this will be connected to Xprize Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts competitions aimed at encouraging technological development and innovation.


Original written by: Kirsten Korosec

2. Gabe Newell Has Big Plans for Brain-Computer Interfaces in Gaming


Source: The Verge 25 Jan 2021


Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell talks about Valve’s exploration of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for gaming and beyond, in an interview with New Zealand’s 1 News. Although Newell admits that the idea of having your brain interface directly with a computer sounds “indistinguishable from science fiction,” he says developers would be making a “silly mistake” if they ignore the area.


Original written by: Jon Porter

3. To Combat False News, Correct After Reading


Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 25 Jan 2021


The battle to stop false news and online misinformation is not going to end any time soon, but a new finding from MIT scholars may help ease the problem. In an experiment, the researchers discovered that fact-checking labels, when attached to online news headlines, actually work better after people read false headlines, compared to when they precede the headline or accompany it.


Original written by: Peter Dizikes

4. Smart Algorithm Cleans Up Images by Searching for Clues Buried in Noise


Source: Texas A&M University 25 Jan 2021


In a new study, researchers describe a machine learning-based algorithm that can reduce graininess in low-resolution images and reveal new details that were otherwise buried within the noise. Instead of solely relying on microscope hardware to improve the images’ resolution, a technique known as augmented microscopy uses a combination of software and hardware to enhance the quality of images.


Original written by: Vandana Suresh

5. Solar Material Can “Self-Heal” Imperfections


Source: University of York 26 Jan 2021


A material that can be used in technologies such as solar power has been found to self-heal, a new study shows. The findings raise the prospect that it may be possible to engineer high-performance self-healing materials which could reduce costs and improve scalability, researchers say. The substance, called antimony selenide, is a solar absorber material that can be used for turning light energy into electricity.

6. Wirelessly Rechargeable Soft Brain Implant Controls Brain Cells​


Source: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 26 Jan 2021


Researchers have invented a smartphone-controlled soft brain implant that can be recharged wirelessly from outside the body. It enables long-term neural circuit manipulation without the need for periodic disruptive surgeries to replace the battery of the implant. Scientists believe this technology can help uncover and treat psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases such as addiction, depression, and Parkinson’s.

7. Apple Just Had Its Best Quarter in India


Source: TechCrunch 27 Jan 2021


Apple shipped more than 1.5 million iPhone units in India in the quarter that ended in December, up 100% year-on-year, making this its best quarter in the world’s largest smartphone market to date, according to research firms Counterpoint and CyberMedia Research.


Original written by: Manish Singh

8. Witcher 3 On Tesla’s New Model S


Source: The Verge 27 Jan 2021


Tesla announced its refreshed Model S on Wednesday, and a new “Plaid” powertrain isn’t its only performance enhancement — the company claims the car can now compete with next-gen gaming consoles, thanks to a 10-teraflop gaming computer that will apparently come with every new model.


Original written by: Sean Hollister

9. Telegram Can Now Import Your WhatsApp Chat History


Source: The Verge 28 Jan 2021


Telegram has added the ability to import your chat history from WhatsApp, meaning you won’t lose past conversations if you want to switch messaging services. On iOS the feature arrived with version 7.4, released Wednesday and spotted by 9to5Mac.


Original written by: Jon Porter


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