You can plan ahead to turn on your lights or the coffee maker

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Google Assistant is an incredibly helpful tool. For people with a smart home, the digital assistant is even more useful. Google Assistant makes it possible to automate mundane tasks like turning on a light or pausing the TV.

However, it has been lacking a major feature. Until now, Google Assistant hasn’t been able to schedule smart devices and connected lighting to turn on and off at specific times. That is no longer a problem, according to Google developer documentation reviewed by Android Police. …


But is humanity ready to deal with the consequences?

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The effects of climate change have an impact on many areas of life. However, few biomes are hit harder than coral reefs. High ocean temperatures can cause mass bleaching events that devastate reefs and, in turn, spell ruin for the creatures that live there.

Scientists have tried a variety of approaches in hopes of saving coral reefs. Now, research from the Carnegie Institution for Science suggests that a bit of gene-hacking could keep reefs safe from the effects of climate change.

The approach is possible thanks to researchers who discovered a gene in some types of coral that allows it…


It is a fitting tribute to a true piece of internet history

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Adobe’s Flash software powered an unforgettable era of the internet. From browser-based games to animations, Flash made things possible that people had only ever dreamed of.

Today, the technology is basically obsolete. At the end of 2020, Adobe plans to stop supporting Flash, meaning that it will also be useless on browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

Although browsers won’t be able to run everyone’s Flash favorites, The Internet Archive plans to preserve this important piece of digital history. It will emulate Flash content, allowing users to browse and play with thousands of games and animations. …


It’s a big milestone for the spaceflight startup

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Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab reached a major milestone on Thursday. It successfully launched one of its rockets into orbit. Then, the small booster returned to Earth safely and gently landed in the ocean thanks to the use of parachutes.

Although companies like SpaceX have already become synonymous with rocket recovery, this achievement is a big one for Rocket Lab. It will help the company stay competitive in the private spaceflight industry. Moreover, it is a much-needed win after a series of launch failures and mishaps.

Safe Splashdown

Using a parachute to recover a rocket booster certainly isn’t as high-tech as SpaceX’s approach…


Shoe shopping has never been this smart

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Finding the perfect pair of shoes can be a challenge. Replacing your favorite pair can be even harder. Due to the unique anatomy of everyone’s feet, standard shoe sizes don’t mean much in terms of comfort.

That’s why a startup called Neatsy AI is using machine learning to help people find comfortable footwear. It uses the iPhone’s FaceID camera to gather 3D scans of the user’s foot and then harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which shoes would be a good match. Once users find their ideal shoe, the Neatsy app shows them where to buy it.

Finding a Better Fit


People can create campaigns for themselves or a charitable cause

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Crowdfunding is a tremendous way for people and charities to raise money for a good cause. Sites like GoFundMe focus mainly on the charitable space while others like Kickstarter and Indiegogo make it possible for people to raise money for their projects and products.

Now, PayPal is getting in on the action. It is launching a new program called Generosity Network that will let people crowdfund for themselves, a community, or a charitable cause. Each campaign is able to raise as much as $20,000 over 30 days.

Given the fact that PayPal is a popular and familiar platform, it is…


US healthcare leaders are increasingly optimistic about the technology

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The healthcare world is currently under a tremendous amount of strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, hospitals and providers are being forced to adopt new technologies to care for every patient. While the pandemic won’t last forever, experts believe that these innovations will continue to impact the healthcare world in the future.

One of the technologies leading the way is artificial intelligence (AI). A survey recently conducted by Intel found that 84 percent of U.S. healthcare leaders have already or plan to involve AI in their operations. That…


Learning languages is getting profitable

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to find new hobbies and ways to stay entertained at home. For those who like an intellectual challenge, learning a new language is the perfect outlet. This has benefitted apps like Duolingo that make doing so easy and accessible.

The app has garnered more than 500 million downloads in its lifespan and is now being valued at $2.4 billion. It also just raised an additional $35 million in funding thanks to the pandemic-driven surge.

Duolingo is the latest service to thrive in the online learning, sometimes referred to as ed-tech, space as a result…


Latest update brings payments, money management, and rewards under one roof

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Google Pay has evolved quite a bit in the past few years. What was once a tap-to-pay card wallet has now expanded to banking, peer-to-peer transactions, and much more. Google is officially relaunching Google Pay on Wednesday with a refreshed set of features and a broader identity.

Users can now integrate Google with even more of their financial lives. Whether or not that is something people want to do (or feel comfortable with) remains to be seen. Regardless, it is a big step forward for Google Pay as the worlds of Big Tech and finance become more entangled than ever.

What’s New in Google Pay?


Some say it still isn’t enough

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It’s no secret that iOS developers aren’t happy with the cut of money that Apple collects each time an app is sold on the App Store. In fact, the issue became a national headline over the summer when “Fortnite” developer Epic Games decided to file a lawsuit against the Big Tech giant.

Now, in the face of growing anti-trust concerns, Apple has decided to reduce its App Store “tax” for smaller developers. Although that won’t help the likes of Epic Games, developers earning less than $1 million in annual sales will now cough up 15 percent of each purchase. That’s…

Cody DeBos

Staff Writer @ The Burn-In | YA author | Professional Freelancer | GoT & LoTR geek | GIF enthusiast | Business inquiries to owner@codydeboswriting.com

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