Supertiny sensors could improve antibiotics in the fight against superbugs

Among the most effective antibiotics are ones that work like termites eating away at the wooden walls of a structure -- only here the drugs are attacking the cell walls of bacteria until they collapse. Unfortunately, other molecules in a person's bloodstream can bind to those antibiotics and render them unable to help tear down the cell walls.

So says a researcher who's just helped develop nanoscale sensors that can determine how well an antibiotic is working by rapidly measuring the concentration of active antibodies in a blood sample.

Reporting in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers from the … Read more

Intel CEO talks Apple, water-cooled PCs, carbon nanotubes

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich responded to questions about Apple, building his own PCs, and future tech at Intel in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday.

On Apple: "We've always had a very close relationship with Apple, and it continues to grow closer. Sure [it's] grown close over the years especially since...they started to use our technology in their systems."

Along these lines -- though Krzanich didn't address it -- market researcher IC Insights posted a research note earlier in the month suggesting that Intel should cut a deal with Apple for its idle Fab 42 … Read more

Magnetic Nanoport links phones to accessories, cars, each other

Magnetic toy maker Nano Magnetics announced a technology Tuesday called Nanoport, designed to let people link small phone displays into a single larger one, snap phones onto car dashboards, and easily link them to other devices.

Nano Magnetics hopes to license Nanoport first to smartphone makers and later to other tech companies, the company said Tuesday at CES 2014. Nanoport uses small neodymium (aka rare earth magnets), but it can be augmented with electromagnets for more demanding attachment situations, like car dashboards. It's also got wireless mechanisms for charging and USB-derived data transfer.

With Nanoport, devices could be stacked, … Read more

Let there be lights: Crowd-funded lighting campaigns

Here's a list of crowd-sourced home lighting projects I'm really excited about. Some of these campaigns are fully funded, while others are still soliciting pledges. Have a favorite? Let me know in the comments section.

Alva LED lamps This Kickstarter campaign still has 10 days to go, and it has nearly doubled its original $12,000 funding goal. This design team crafts custom-blown glass LED lamps that look a lot like original Edison bulbs. They wanted to merge thoughtful design and modern lighting technology; I think the company achieved its goal. You can pledge a minimum of $1, … Read more

Apple's new iPhone 5C ad looks like, well, an iPod ad

There is no lasting pleasure in watching the Cincinnati Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Well, unless you're in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, or jail.

However, during ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast there appeared an ad that seemed vaguely familiar.

It had a white background, featured paint and bright colors, all to the sound of a tuneful ditty.

Yes, this was an ad for the iPhone 5C, the phone that Apple began to sell on pre-order on Friday, but no one knows how many it sold.

This new ad features the music of the Sleigh Bells. The song is called "… Read more

Review: Record like a pro at home or on the go with NanoStudio

Blip Interactive's NanoStudio is the best desktop recording studio for Windows we've experienced, and not just because it's free (though that helps) or because it also comes in Mac, iOS, and Android versions (though that's cool) or even because it's got one of the most attractive yet useful interfaces we've seen. It's all that and more. NanoStudio exports to MIDI devices, SoundCloud, and DAWs. It has tons of studio tools, like Eden Synth, TRG-16, equalizers, mic in, real-time quantization, and built-in sampling, sequencing, mastering, and more. NanoStudio is freeware for Windows XP through … Read more

Review: Protect your PC with full-featured (but free) NANO AntiVirus

NANO Security's NANO AntiVirus is a relatively new entry into the huge market for free antivirus programs. Like the competition, it offers comprehensive, up-to-date protection from computer viruses, Trojans, malware, and suspicious programs. It monitors Web traffic, checks your e-mail, and keeps a tab on system activity in real time. It also scans RAM for infections and can even detect viruses in encrypted and compressed files such as archives and backups. Unlike many other free antivirus packages, it doesn't limit the features available in the freeware to get you to buy a premium version: All of its functionality … Read more

New nanoneedle technique probes inner workings of human skin

How does our top layer of skin -- the thin stratum corneum -- manage to keep water inside our bodies and microbes out, all while maintaining strength and elasticity, at just a fraction of the thickness of a sheet of paper?

In the first tests of its kind, scientists at the University of Bath are using a tiny "microneedle" with atomic force microscopy to probe the surface of the top layer of human skin and solve some of these mysteries.

Until now, researchers were able to use this form of microscopy only to analyze the surface of corneocytes, the cells that form the outer layer of the epidermis. Now, by adding a nanoneedle to the end of the probe, they can delve below the surface and shine a light on the cell structure within.… Read more

NanoGlass is a poor geek's stripped-down Google Glass

Now that Google Glass is in the hands of developers, it seems like everybody wants a smartphone connection on their specs. That pesky $1,500 price tag is a little annoying, though. Let's say you don't need all the fancy Glass features, like an eyeball-level display, camera, directions, search, and voice commands. If you're satisfied with just notifications, then you may soon be able to connect your smartphone to your glasses for $25.

The NanoGlass Indiegogo project from EmoPulse consists of a small Bluetooth device that attaches to the side of a pair of glasses. A fiber optic strip extends toward the front, just enough to show up in your peripheral vision.… Read more

Always On torture test giveaway: iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Over the years, it seems the iPhone has made the use of iPods a tad redundant. However, iPods keep stealing the spotlight at Always On because they're just so darn tough! Every time we put an iPod through the usual measures, it comes through with flying colors. After our children, Cheeto, and fruit-punch induced torture test for the iPod Touch last season, we had extremely high expectations for these two at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Those expectations were greatly exceeded, to say the least.

But now it's your turn to put an iPod through its paces. Maybe you'… Read more