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TechRepublic - by James Sanders - 03/05/2019

USB 4 is built on top of Intel's Thunderbolt 3 specification, but isn't expected to be in products until at least 2020. USB 3.2 is intended to bridge the gap, but suffers from terrible naming.

The Verge - by Chaim Gartenberg - 02/27/2019

he new spec promises up to 20Gbps speeds, but the names are more complicated than ever.

First, the good news: USB 3.2, the upcoming specification that the USB Implementers Forum announced back in 2017, is finally coming out this year. The bad news is that the group has also brought with it a slate of new names not only for the new standard, but also for the old versions of USB 3.0, too.

Tech Xplore - by Cécilia Carron - 02/19/2019

The solar panels developed by startup Insolight boast an impressive 29 percent yield – a record for the retail market. These systems, which have now been standardized for mass production, contain lenses that focus sunlight on tiny high-yield photovoltaic cells, employing what is a pioneering approach for the solar-power industry. - by Goran Radanovic - 03/01/2019

Laptops and mini pads have proven that computers are shrinking, but a Stanford-led engineering team has expedited the process. Wanting to build a computer-on-a-chip, the team developed a prototype that unites memory and processing into one chip to make it more efficient and faster than passing data between separate chips, according to Boston Global Forum.

Business Insider - by Graham Rapier - 02/10/2019

Self-driving cars may eventually eliminate the need for personal vehicles, but they may not lessen road congestion. New research from the Journal of Transportation Policy suggests traffic could even get worse as self-driving cars cruise empty on streets awaiting their next rider. The findings could be more fuel for those seeking to implement congestion charges in more cities.

The Verge - by Loren Grush - 02/27/2019

This afternoon, six fridge-sized satellites will launch into space from South America on board a European rocket. The flight will spark the beginning of a planned mega-constellation that will total 650 satellites aimed at creating global internet coverage from space.

de zeen - by Rima Sabina Aouf - 02/03/2019

US company Pliant Energy Systems has turned one of its green energy technologies into a propulsion system for a swimming robot capable of exploring land and sea.

The Velox robot can move through water as well as over sand, pebbles, snow, ice and other solid ground, completing tasks that robots designed purely for either land or sea would be unsuited to.

MIT News - by David L. Chandler - 02/07/2019

New results show how varying the recipe could bring these materials closer to commercialization.

cnet - by Jackson Ryan - 02/04/2019

A Chinese research team has developed the ability to mind control a rodent, building a wireless brain-to-brain system that enables a human to move the "rat cyborg" through a maze.

GeekSpin - by Christian Saclao - 01/08/2019

This innovative console allows players to compete on a 19-inch touchscreen using connected toys like pawns, cards, buzzers, dices, and more.