Six energy-harvesting gadgets powered by people

Running for the light For runners, or anyone else interested in being active after dark, this motion-powered light is a dream come true. Battery-powered headlamps and body lights can flicker out without warning, leaving you invisible after the sun goes down. The Million Mile Light is a small, clip-on LED lamp that draws power from a runner’s movement, and emits a continuously flashing light bright enough to ensure that motorists will be able to spot a pedestrian over 200 yards away. The lamp promises a 100,000-hour lifespan, making it a long-term sustainable lighting option for all sorts of night owls on the go. Dancing with the LEDs Imagine a place where you could dance, dance, dance the night away and then head home knowing …

How do we chart a path forward amid deluge of fake news? Media academics are adding their voices to the chorus of people urging technology companies and the media to take decisive action to cure the disease of fake news.  “The idea you’re going to correct the internet is absurd,” Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York, told CBSN.  Still, Jarvis had suggestions on ways in which social media platforms like Facebook, search engines like Google, along with legitimate media sites, could more aggressively tackle the spread of fake news, as outlined in an article, “A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News,” published Friday on Medium. Jarvis outlined several steps these companies could take to curb the proliferation of fake news, which is often disguised on...

Amazon opens up Alexa's brain to developers Amazon just added the artificial intelligence behind its Echo speakers to the list of services it offers to businesses.  The company introduced a new service Wednesday called Lex, which allows developers and businesses to tap into the AI smarts that power Alexa for their own bots. Lex is currently in a preview phase, open to developers in Northern Virginia, but Amazon plans to expand its reach in the future.  The service allows developers to create conversational bots for Facebook Messenger (and soon Slack and Twilio) that are powered by the same speech recognition and natural language processing used for Alexa in Amazon's Echo devices. It also ties into other Amazon Web Services (AWS) tools so developers who are already using Amazon-hosted services can more easily create...

UK lawmakers approve 'most sweeping' surveillance powers Britain's new surveillance law would, among other measures, require websites to keep customer browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement access The British parliament this week gave the green light to new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy. The Investigatory Powers Bill would, among other measures, require websites to keep customers' browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to access them to help with investigations. Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, said the powers "went further than many autocracies". "The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy," he tweeted. The...

How Pokémon Go is trying to lure back the millions who have abandoned it “Oh, you’re the one who’s still playing that.” That response, heard by my Pokémon Go-playing co-worker over the past Thanksgiving weekend, has become all too typical for those still flinging Poké Balls and capturing Pidgeys. Many who initially embraced the game in its early days this summer have moved on, while a smaller but still sizable group spends hours per day chasing creatures and visiting real-word PokéStops to replenish their virtual resources. Among the diehards are cousins David and Kurt Wendler, who spent a chunk of Thanksgiving Day at Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park catching Pokémon near the park’s duck-filled lake. The pair were taking advantage of a week-long promotion that gives trainers, as the game’s players are known, double credit for ...

Creative Aurvana Headphones priced at Rs 10,999; keep noise at bay Out of the box, the first thing you will notice about the headphone is that it is extremely lightweight. (Representative image) Inspired by customer response to its Sound Blaster Roar 2 wireless speaker which was launched early this year, Singapore-based electronics company Creative Technology has debuted Aurvana ANC, a noise-isolating headphone. It hopes to compete with brands such as Bose and Sony in providing high-quality noise-cancelling headphones at a competitive price. Priced at R10,999, the Aurvana ANC headphone comes with noise cancellation technology, offers clear sound and stays comfortable while using them. Out of the box, the first thing you will notice about the headphone is that it is extremely lightweight. The body, which is made of lightweight plastic, steel, and leatherette materials, looks...

Here are all 132 new cards in 'Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan' Hearthstone just got a whole lot meaner. The latest Hearthstone expansion — Mean Streets of Gadgetzan — released on Thursday, bringing 132 brand new cards to Blizzard's competitive card game. With all-new powerful pirates, menacing Murlocs and crooked criminals entering the fray, the Hearthstone meta is sure to be shaken up. Below, we've gathered all the new cards from Hearthstone's fourth card expansion for your perusal. Some of them have a brand new symbol on the left side under the card's mana cost, signifying that they are a tri-class card and can be used by three different class decks. Cards with crossed cudgels are part of the Grimy Goons crime family — Hunters, Warriors, and Paladins; cards with potions are part of the Kabal — Mages...

How to watch The Game Awards on your screen of choice The Game Awards kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 1, but it's not airing on any television networks. So how do you watch? There are lots of options, as it turns out. You might not be able to find it on any channel accessible from your cable box, but it'll be streaming on a variety of platforms, many of which connect directly to your TV. It should go without saying, but all of these options will require an internet connection. Console gamers have it easy. Turn on your PlayStation or Xbox and you'll be able to watch it all via PlayStation Network or Xbox Live. Just look for the appropriate tile on the home screen for your console of choice. The same is true for...