Toyota’s New Solid-State Battery Could Make Its Way To Cars By 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota is in production engineering for a solid state battery, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The company said it aims to put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020. TechCrunch reports: The improved battery […]

China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang are forcing locals of the Uyghur Muslim minority to install an app on their phones that will allow the government to scan their device for “terrorist propaganda,” local media reports. In reality, the app creates MD5 hashes for the […]

Sperm Counts Among Western Men Have Halved In Last 40 Years, Says Study

New submitter flote shares a report from The Guardian: Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear. The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen […]

Cloudflare Wants to Eliminate ‘Moot’ Pirate Site Blocking Threat

Cloudflare is not happy with the RIAA’s efforts to hold the company liable for pirate websites on its network. From a report: Representing various major record labels, the RIAA filed a lawsuit against MP3Skull in 2015. Last year a Florida federal court sided with the RIAA, awarding the labels more than $22 million in damages. […]

India’s Transport Minister Vows To Ban Self-Driving Cars To Save Jobs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Companies in the United States, Germany, Japan, and other countries are racing to develop self-driving cars. But India’s top transportation regulator says that those cars won’t be welcome on Indian streets any time soon. “We won’t allow driverless cars in India,” said Nitin Gadkari, India’s minister […]

Tech Jobs Are Surging in Seattle, Declining in Silicon Valley

The number of posted tech jobs rose by 10.7 percent in the first half of the year from 2016 in the Seattle area, as eight tech hubs continue to dominate the U.S. technology industry, according to a new study by Indeed. From a report: But while Silicon Valley retains its spot as the premier technological […]

Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot — which we have talked about several times in the past — has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin selling floor plans of customers’ homes, derived from the movement data of their autonomous servants. From a report: While […]