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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 https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/08/03/consumers-tell-apple-and-samsung-no-thanks-to-1000-dollar-smartphones/1900716001/https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/02/USAT/b8e39e8b-bdcd-40f4-9745-5c45947b6301-GettyImages-1031455680.jpg?width=580&height=326&fit=bounds&auto=webp

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 https://gizmodo.com/japan-approves-scientists-plan-to-create-worlds-first-h-1836823089https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–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 https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/amazon-renewable-energy-projects-ireland-virginia/https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?quality=85&image_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fo.aolcdn.com%2Fimages%2Fdims%3Fcrop%3D5464%252C3640%252C0%252C0%26quality%3D85%26format%3Djpg%26resize%3D1600%252C1066%26image_uri%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fs.yimg.com%252Fos%252Fcreatr-images%252F2019-08%252Fca484350-b469-11e9-afff-ee34519f2b56%26client%3Da1acac3e1b3290917d92%26signature%3Dc7505fc670693454ad79b1ba0725212072f5bd90&client=amp-blogside-v2&signature=88650c7ffb89e397e53d83a569b09a73529c0ce7

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 https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/chipmakers-test-ferroelectrics-as-a-route-to-ultralowpower-chipshttps://spectrum.ieee.org/image/MzAyMTgwOA.jpeg