Barista's edition for Mon 07 November 2016

What Tesla's new Gigafactory means for electric vehicles

Popularity: 5.07

Tesla's new Gigafactory opened at the end of July in Nevada, with much excitement from both the media and the general public. Only 14 percent of the massive structure has been built, with the rest of the $5 billion project to be concluded by 2020.

full article at TechCrunch →

Elections Have Always Been Rigged, But Not Like Trump Says

Popularity: 4.31

Despite Donald Trump's recent claims, it's pretty impossible to rig an election via voter fraud. To have any impact, you'd need a labyrinthine network of local election officials to collude against a candidate and then bamboozle the bipartisan poll watchers tasked with keeping them honest.

full article at WIRED →

The US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones-one hour apart

Popularity: 3.02

Daylight saving time in the US ends Sunday, part of the an annual ritual where Americans (who don't live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their clocks back one hour.

full article at Quartz →

LastPass' cross-platform password manager goes free across all devices

Popularity: 2.91

Last August, LastPass announced that it would allow users to manage their passwords for free on any one type of device (like desktops, or smartphones). It's now simplified its pricing structure so it's even easier to securely log in across all your gadgets.

full article at The Next Web →

Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that's up to 99% accurate - ExtremeTech

Popularity: 2.49

Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.

full article at ExtremeTech →

These Are the First Color Images Ever Produced By an Electron Microscope

Popularity: 2.20

Electron microscopes are renowned for their ability to peer down into the hidden world of the very small. Trouble is, these tools only produce images in black and white. A new technique that took 15 years to develop finally overcomes this optical limitation, producing the first ever multicolor electron microscope images.

full article at Gizmodo →

The new 64-bit Orange Pi is a quad-core computer for $20

Popularity: 2.09

Need a teeny tiny computer that can run Android or Linux? Only have $20? Well you're in luck. When we first met the Orange Pi (get it?) the company was selling a nice Raspberry Pi clone for $15. Now they're selling a souped up version with all the trimmings.

full article at TechCrunch →

Elon Musk: We Need Universal Income Because Robots Will Steal All the Jobs

Popularity: 2.03

Spacentrepreneur Elon Musk thinks we'll eventually need a basic universal income because of "automation." "People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things," he told CNBC. "Certainly more leisure time. And then we gotta figure how we integrate with a world and future with a vast AI."

full article at Gizmodo →

What you need to know about startup boards

Popularity: 1.89

Every company has a board of directors - but few founders and entrepreneurs give the matter of board composition much thought. Samer has been on five startup boards and has founded and served on the boards of two of his own companies; Adam is a corporate partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a technology and startup law firm.

full article at TechCrunch →

Adobe's upcoming audio tool lets you synthesize speech in anyone's voice

Popularity: 1.80

Get ready for a whole new universe of scams and conspiracy theories. At its annual MAX event, Adobe showed off a tool it's working on that's basically Photoshop for audio, in that it can generate authentic-sounding speech in anyone's voice based on a small sample.

full article at The Next Web →

Leonardo DiCaprio's climate-change doc is streaming for free ahead of US election

Popularity: 1.76

Before The Flood is now on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and more

full article at The Verge →

What flight attendants really think about when they first greet you

Popularity: 1.75

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are flight attendants really thinking when they are forced to greet and thank passengers at the door? Answer by Gaea Peregrinor, flight attendant. I've been a flight attendant for 25 years. Greeting passengers at the door requires concentration on several levels.

full article at Quartz →

Parrot brings fancy follow-me features to its Bebop 2 drone

Popularity: 1.72

Parrot explains that its follow-me feature doesn't just rely on your smartphone's GPS and barometer readings, but employs fancy visual tracking algorithms too. Simply put, these can identify objects (like people or animals or vehicles) from the on-board camera feed and lock on to them, making sure they are always the focus of the shot.

full article at Engadget →

Big thinkers wanted for the future of automated transport

Popularity: 1.60

As the future of self-driving cars becomes a reality, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is now looking for a few bright lights to join its Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). According to the DOT, it is seeking 15 people for ACAT that have expertise on such topics as robotics, intelligent transportation systems, enhanced freight movement, air traffic control and advanced transportation technology deployment.

full article at ReadWrite →

MIT-led group uses machines to fix vocal problems

Popularity: 1.60

An MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital group believes that machine learning can play a role in better understanding speech disorders and correcting vocal issues. The team recently described using a wearable gadget to gather accelerometer data to determine differences in people with Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) compared to a control group.

full article at ReadWrite →