Internet

New video codec halves streaming time

A German research institute announced Tuesday a new video standard that halves the bitrate required for streaming, allowing higher quality images on lower-power devices and opening the door wider to adoption of super high-definition ...

Engineering

Programmable balloons pave the way for new shape-morphing devices

Balloon shaping isn't just for kids anymore. A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has designed materials that can control and mold a balloon into pre-programmed ...

Energy & Green Tech

Record efficiency for printed solar cells

A new study reports the highest efficiency ever recorded for full roll-to-roll printed perovskite solar cells (PSCs), marking a key step on the way to cheaper and more efficient ways of generating solar energy.

Consumer & Gadgets

Smart necklace will know you binged on Chunky Monkey

There you are wrist deep into a quart of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, digging ever deeper. You can't deny it. Your necklace is recording the ice-cream binge, which it will later dispatch to a coach or dietician.

Business

TikTok launches new ad platform as scrutiny increases

Fast-growing video-sharing app TikTok on Wednesday launched a self-serve ad platform, underscoring its ambition to compete with rival social platforms even as it faces new scrutiny in the US and elsewhere.

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