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One Big Three-Legged Race: App Designer Yunning Liu on the Undying Relationship Between Technology and Design

Left Brain, Tech

November 13, 2018

The Idea Trader’s continuing efforts to chronicle advances in tech, medicine, and scientific research have brought our attention to some truly inspiring stories. Just in the past few months we have seen incredible efforts in all of these fields. Most

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Apple Now Allows Siri to Open Owners’ VWs

Left Brain, Tech

November 12, 2018

Owners of late-model Volkswagen vehicles can now use Siri to open their cars. The update requires a subscription to an integrated app. The feature also requires the most recent Apple software update, iOS 12.

The move stands as part of

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Apple Still Limiting Performance of Old Phones

Business, Left Brain, Tech

November 7, 2018

After revealing in recent years that they have in fact been pointedly limiting the performance of older iPhone models to encourage sales of newer models, it has been reported that Apple plans on continuing with this process with regards to

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Spinal Cord Implants Offer New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

Left Brain, Tech

November 5, 2018

Implants administered at the University of Louisville have had incredible effects on multiple patients who were previously paralyzed in various accidents. Following the innovative spinal cord implants, the patients were able to walk a limited distance, with aid. They also

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Report Ponders Preferred Autonomous Car Programming

Left Brain, Tech

November 2, 2018

A new report out of MIT explores international preferences when it comes to the theoretical programming of driverless vehicles. Though self-driving cars are still years away from widespread implementation, researchers have been eagerly studying the implications of large numbers of

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Major Tech Companies Lean Toward USB Type-C

Business, Left Brain, Tech

October 25, 2018

Recent releases from tech giants Apple and Google may serve as predecessors to an industry-wide embrace of the USB Type-C.

Apple recently released a new charging cord for the Apple Watch that terminates in a male Type-C plug. Additionally, Google

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Japan and Europe Send Probes to Mercury

Left Brain, Tech

October 22, 2018

A joint effort between the EU and Japan is set to launch soon, aiming to send probes to Mercury in hopes of answering a wide range of scientific questions about the planet. This mission will be the first time that

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As Gene Editing Gains Attention, the Industry Will Need More Experts

Left Brain, Tech

October 17, 2018

Human gene editing, the process of altering a specific human’s genetic makeup, is steadily approaching a wide range of practical applications. There have been a handful of cases worldwide where gene editing has been used to repair a disorder, typically

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Snapchat Incorporates Cat Filters

Left Brain, Tech

October 15, 2018

Waning social media app Snapchat has unveiled a new AR feature with the app’s latest update that puts fun filters on your cat while in selfie mode.

The update makes use of new facial recognition software that can successfully identify

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Dogs No Smarter Than Other Animals, Study Says

Left Brain, Tech

October 11, 2018

A new study has found that canines are not especially intelligent when compared to other wild and domesticated animal species. The study did note, however, that dogs tend to appear more intelligent than cats, for example, because dogs are more

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