Alan Yu

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How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

Monday, April 07, 2014

FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses technology, known as mesh networking, that could be scaled up to provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.


Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A group of physicists banned PowerPoint from forums, and they aren't the only people who say we should cut back on slide-based presentations: Others include Amazon, LinkedIn and NASA.


Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

BMW has started making a car with optional laser headlights, which are brighter and more energy-efficient than even LED lights. Laser technology could also end up in street lights and projectors.


A Father Plays Call Of Duty With His Son, Watched By Thousands

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jason Munkel introduced his father to the game a year ago, and their channel on the streaming site Twitch has grown dramatically. Twitch has also grown, and with millions watching games every month.


Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration says the long list of side effects read rapidly at the end of pharmaceutical ads may be too much for people to grasp. The agency is looking at a streamlined approach.


How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Just by searching online, researchers found the buildings where the North Korean military is believed to be building launchers for ballistic missiles. Google Earth and cheap satellite...


FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This campaign will last for 60 days at FBI field offices, and comes with a reward of up to $10,000 if your help leads to an arrest. The number of these incidents has gone up more than ten times since 2006.


What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Friday, February 07, 2014

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true ...


Most Smokers Don't Buy Their Cigarettes At CVS

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The CVS drugstore chain's decision to stop selling tobacco products drew praise as an important public health step. But, we wondered, how many people buy cigarettes at drugstores? Not as many as we thought.


Knox Case Could Put U.S. In An Extradition Quandary

Saturday, February 01, 2014

If the Italian government requests Amanda Knox's extradition, it's up to the U.S. to decide whether to comply. It's not necessarily a legal matter; extradition cases are often decided on politics rather than law.


Tycoon's Lesbian Daughter Rejects Multimillion-Dollar 'Marriage Bounty'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao initially offered $65 million to any man who married his daughter. Gigi Chao has since been flooded with marriage requests from eager men around the world....


Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.


Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts sa...


Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine tha...

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How Virtual Currency Could Make It Easier To Move Money

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It isn't just Bitcoin. You can now choose from more than 70 virtual currencies, and people are using them partly because it could be a free way of transferring money online. Given mor...


TV Makers Look To Pack More Pixels Into Your Home TV With 4K

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

TV makers, studios and streaming companies are all getting behind 4K TVs, which offer higher resolutions than even high-definition TVs. Some say it could worry Hollywood and lead to e...


How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Research suggests that speaking another language fluently changes what you pay attention to and how you remember events. But some say the idea that language can make you see and think differently is overblown.


More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.


Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thieves responsible for Target's massive data breach may have stolen information stored on magnetic strips on credit cards. Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been using more secure cards with microchips for years.


Concussion Research Slowed By Shortage Of Donated Brains

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A chronic brain disease afflicts former pro football players, boxers and others who suffer repeated brain injuries. Doctors now can only diagnose it with certainty after someone dies....