Dear Apple and Samsung, $1,000 is way too much for a smartphone, consumers say

For Bill Wilson, it’s simple. He won’t pay $1,000 for a smartphone. Period.  Wilson is in ample company. This week’s earnings reports for Apple and Samsung both showed a clear trend: consumer resistance to the ever-growing high prices of premium smartphones.  from

Japan Approves Scientist’s Plan to Create World’s First Humanimals

For the first time, a government is supporting a plan to create animal embryos with human cells and bring them to term, resulting in a type of humanimal known as a human-animal chimera. from–apdm2T3t–/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wbuf2byxubc0waqz98qn.jpg

Amazon plans new solar and wind farms in Ireland and Virginia

Months after Amazon shareholders turned down a plea by employees to do more about climate change, the company announced two new renewable energy projects. Today, Amazon shared plans for a wind farm in Ireland and a solar farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. from

Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to Ultralow-Power Chips

Illustration: Emily Cooper Power Down: Chipmakers are adding a thin layer of ferroelectric material to transistors, including fin-shaped field-effect transistors (FinFETs), to reduce the gate voltage required for switching. Academics have high hopes for ferroelectric materials. from