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Berlin-based Grover, an online subscription platform for renting consumer electronics, raised €270M in debt from M&G; Grover had rented 1M+ devices by July 2022 (Omar Faridi/Crowdfund Insider) September 30, 2022

Omar Faridi / Crowdfund Insider: Berlin-based Grover, an online subscription platform for renting consumer electronics, raised €270M in debt from M&G; Grover had rented 1M+ devices by July 2022  —  Grover, the consumer-tech subscription platform, has finalized a new €270 million debt financing facility with M&G, the international asset manager.

Berlin-based Grover, an online subscription platform for renting consumer electronics, raised €270M in debt from M&G; Grover had rented 1M+ devices by July 2022 (Omar Faridi/Crowdfund Insider)

Omar Faridi / Crowdfund Insider:
Berlin-based Grover, an online subscription platform for renting consumer electronics, raised €270M in debt from M&G; Grover had rented 1M+ devices by July 2022  —  Grover, the consumer-tech subscription platform, has finalized a new €270 million debt financing facility with M&G, the international asset manager.

A roundup of Elon Musk’s newly released text messages show the inner workings of Silicon Valley dealmaking and how Musk lost interest in his Twitter acquisition (Alex Kantrowitz/Big Technology)

Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
A roundup of Elon Musk’s newly released text messages show the inner workings of Silicon Valley dealmaking and how Musk lost interest in his Twitter acquisition  —  Newly released text messages shine a light on how tech’s most powerful do business — and perhaps why Musk lost interest in Twitter.

Micron reports Q4 revenue down 25% YoY to $6.64B, from $8.27B, plans to cut total capital spending by 30% YoY and wafer-fab equipment spending by nearly 50% YoY (Mike Wheatley/SiliconANGLE)

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Micron reports Q4 revenue down 25% YoY to $6.64B, from $8.27B, plans to cut total capital spending by 30% YoY and wafer-fab equipment spending by nearly 50% YoY  —  Reporting its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings today,Micron Technology Inc. warned investors that it’s planning to take drastic measures …

Urine Flow Measurement Made Accessible With uroFlow

If you’re dealing with a chronic illness, the ability to continuously monitor your symptoms is indispensable, helping you gain valuable insights into what makes your body tick – or, rather, mis-tick. However, for many illnesses, you need specialized equipment to monitor them, and it tends to be that you can only visit your doctor every so often. Thankfully, we hackers can figure out ways to monitor our conditions on our own. With a condition called BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia), one of the ways to monitor it is taking measurements of urinary flow rate. Being able to take these measurements at home provides better insights, and, having found flow rate measurement devices to be prohibitively expensive to even rent, [Jerry Smith] set out to build his own.

This build is truly designed to be reproducible for anyone who needs such a device. Jerry has intricately documented the project and its inner workings – the 31-page document contains full build instructions, BOM for ordering, PCB description and pinout diagrams, calibration and validation instructions, and even software flowcharts; the GitHub repo has everything else you might need. We’re pleasantly surprised – this amount of documentation isn’t typically seen in hacker projects, and is even more valuable considering that this is a medical device that other hackers in need will want to reproduce.

For the hardware, [Jerry] took a small digital scale of a certain model and reused its load cell-based weighing mechanism using an HX711 amplifier, replacing the screen and adding an extra box for control electronics. With an Arduino MKR1010 as brains of the operation, the hardware’s there to log flow data, initially recorded onto the SD card, with WiFi connectivity to transfer the data to a computer for plotting; a DS3234 RTC breakout helps keep track of the time, and a custom PCB ties all of these together. All of these things are easy to put together, in no small part due to the extensive instructions provided.

If the topic feels familiar, it’s because we’ve covered a different device with the same purpose a few years ago. Seeing hackers take matters into their own hands when it comes to medical devices is endearing. It’s not just about the price and often, quality – there’s entire countries where medical tech availability is a problem, and open-source technology can have an outsized impact in such places. Even in technologically advanced countries, there’s big gaps when it comes to personal-use medical technology – for instance, we’ve seen effort upon effort by hackers building artificial pancreas solutions for diabetes management, a problem long overdue to be addressed by companies in the field. For those of us without chronic conditions, there’s still benefits to monitoring our health – hacking existing fitness trackers or building our own to learn more about how our bodies function.

Intel to launch Arc A770 Limited Edition with 16GB of GDDR6 for $349 and A750 Limited Edition for $289 on October 12, alongside A770 with 8GB of GDDR6 for $329 (Sam Machkovech/Ars Technica)

Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Intel to launch Arc A770 Limited Edition with 16GB of GDDR6 for $349 and A750 Limited Edition for $289 on October 12, alongside A770 with 8GB of GDDR6 for $329  —  A770 comes in two tiers; Intel claims “perf-per-dollar” wins over Nvidia RTX 3060.  —  Intel’s highest-end graphics card lineup …

Alan Ahn Says Nuclear Is Still the Carbon-Free Fuel of the Future

The RE:WIRED Green speaker explains how smaller, more efficient reactors will be the bedrock of energy independence.

It’s Time to Reframe the Story of Climate Inequity

At RE:WIRED Green, actress Regina Hall and Sarah Shanley Hope of The Solutions Project spoke about the work being done by communities hardest hit by crisis.

How angel investing became a pastime and a way of socializing in Silicon Valley, with investors betting small amounts in friends’ startups (Ellen Huet/Bloomberg)

Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
How angel investing became a pastime and a way of socializing in Silicon Valley, with investors betting small amounts in friends’ startups  —  Maia Bittner is an angel investor, and she has a lot of friends who’ve founded startups.  Sometimes they ask her if she wants to put money into their companies.

Colette Pichon Battle’s Plea for Climate Justice From the US Gulf

In the closing session of Re:WIRED GREEN, the Louisiana lawyer urged the audience to join the front lines of climate activism.

How Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, and Parag Agrawal cratered the Twitter deal, in texts

Illustration by Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images

Elon Musk’s deposition for the Twitter v. Musk suit may have been rescheduled for next week, but the public got some more inside dirt about his plans for Twitter, thanks to the release of two slideshow presentations and a slew of Musk texts.

The texts show Musk and a variety of contacts — including former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, and podcaster Joe Rogan — talking about everything from the blockchain to putting Oprah on Twitter’s board. (That part might be a joke, but with Musk, it’s difficult to tell.) But above all, they’re a chronicle of the deal’s slow implosion.

Twitter “never should have been a company.”

The texts are light reading, and you can check them out here if you’re so inclined. They’re mostly…

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Microsoft says the Lazarus group is weaponizing open-source software such as PuTTY, KiTTY, TightVNC, and Sumatra PDF Reader, compromising numerous organizations (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft says the Lazarus group is weaponizing open-source software such as PuTTY, KiTTY, TightVNC, and Sumatra PDF Reader, compromising numerous organizations  —  PuTTY, KiTTY, TightVNC, Sumatra PDF Reader, and muPDF/Subliminal Recording all targeted.  —  Hackers backed by the North Korean government …

The Future of Climate Activism Is Intergenerational—and on TikTok

At RE:WIRED Green, scientist Sylvia Earle and climate activist Sophia Kianni discussed ways younger and older generations can work together to face the crisis.

All Eyes Are on Ian, the Hurricane of the Future

Tropical storms are increasingly likely to batter the US as oceans warm—and will continue to wreak havoc so long as climate change remains unaddressed.

Casting Metal With a Microwave and Vacuum Cleaner

Metalworking might conjure images of large furnaces powered by coal, wood, or electricity, with molten metal sloshing around and visible in its crucible. But metalworking from home doesn’t need to use anything more fancy than a microwave, at least according to [Denny] a.k.a. [Shake the Future]. He has a number of metalworking tools designed to melt metal using a microwave, and in this video he uses them to make a usable aluminum pencil with a graphite core.

Before getting to the microwave kiln, the pencil mold needs to be prepared. A 3D-printed pencil is first created with the graphite core, and then [Denny] uses a plaster of Paris mixture to create the mold for the pencil. The 3D printed plastic is left inside the mold and placed in the first microwave kiln, which is turned on just enough to melt the plastic out of the mold, leaving behind the graphite core. From there a second kiln goes into the microwave to melt the aluminum.

Once the molten aluminum is ready, it is removed from the kiln and poured in the still-warm pencil mold. This is where [Denny] has another trick up his sleeve. He’s using a household vacuum cleaner to suck the metal into place before it cools, creating a rudimentary but effective vacuum forming machine. The result is a working pencil, at least after he wears down a few razor blades attempting to sharpen the metal pencil. For more information about how [Denny] makes these microwave kilns, take a look at some of his earlier projects.

Court filing: in March, Jack Dorsey told Elon Musk he tried to add Musk to Twitter’s board, but felt the rest of the board was too “risk averse” (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Court filing: in March, Jack Dorsey told Elon Musk he tried to add Musk to Twitter’s board, but felt the rest of the board was too “risk averse”  —  – Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wanted Elon Musk on the board of the social media company, but felt the rest of its members were too …

Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 4 earbuds add spatial audio and heart rate tracking

Soundcore Liberty 4 earbuds | Image: Soundcore

Today Anker is adding a new entry to its line of Soundcore earbuds with the Liberty 4. While this set keeps the brand in the budget earbud category with a $149.99 price, they’re the first ones in this line to combine a “stick” design (as seen in the Liberty Air 2 Pro) and dual dynamic drivers that Soundcore claims “push the boundaries of sound performance, offering clarity across all frequencies for the best listening experience with all genres of music.”

The Liberty Air 2 Pro made our list of the best cheap earbuds last year, and the Liberty 3 Pro managed to impress for the price when we reviewed them in February, despite ANC that could use some improvement and some extra emphasis on bass and treble under their default settings.

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Stephen Palumbi Says ‘Super Reefs’ Can Help Save Dying Coral

The marine biologist told RE:WIRED Green about his team’s work to breed heat-resistant coral that can continue to support vibrant aquatic ecosystems.

One Solution to the Food Waste Problem: Eat Your Garbage

At RE:WIRED Green, San Francisco restaurateur Kayla Abe explained how her kitchen makes enticing meals from ingredients that would otherwise get tossed.

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez Wants to Strengthen the Grid

The UC San Diego researcher spoke at RE:WIRED Green about ways to use advanced control theory and machine learning to maximize sustainable energy sources.

Apple Watch female health tracking: Everything you need to know

Periods shouldn’t be a mess of confusion and stress. Apple Watches can help users log cycles, track symptoms, and gain valuable insight into their bodies. They’ll even predict upcoming periods and identify long-term patterns. Find out more about Apple Watch female health tracking, including what’s now available in the company’s top-tier models.

What is Apple Watch’s female health tracking?

First generation AirPods Pro are getting a cool AirPods Pro 2 feature

With the latest iOS 16.1 beta, it appears that Apple is bringing Adaptive Transparency to the first generation AirPods Pro.

Google Stadia never mattered, and it never had a chance

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Google had big plans for its cloud gaming service, but it never tipped the scales. Soon, Google will be shutting it down.

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Apple announces the release date for season three of Mythic Quest

Apple has announced that season three of Mythic Quest will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 11.

Brave says it will hide and block cookie consent notifications with an approach “more privacy-preserving” than similar systems used in other browsers (Bill Toulas/BleepingComputer)

Bill Toulas / BleepingComputer:
Brave says it will hide and block cookie consent notifications with an approach “more privacy-preserving” than similar systems used in other browsers  —  The Brave browser will soon allows users to block annoying and potentially privacy-harming cookie consent banners on all websites they visit.

NASA is studying whether SpaceX can visit the Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope | Image: NASA

SpaceX and NASA have agreed to figure out whether or not a SpaceX ship could visit and potentially breathe new life into the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. They announced that they were partnering on a study that would look into whether or not that kind of mission was even possible.

The study will take about six months to complete and will involve NASA and SpaceX. It also involves the Polaris Program, a private human spaceflight effort funded by billionaire Jason Isaacman. Earlier this year, Isaacman bought three flights to space on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, a series of missions he’s calling Polaris.

It is not clear yet whether or not a trip to the Hubble would even require a crew

It is not clear yet whether or not a trip to the Hubble…

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