New story in Technology from Time: Why Doctors Are Using Snapchat Glasses in Operating Rooms

Shafi Ahmed dons a pair of digital sunglasses and explains how the tiny lenses built into its black plastic frame, which can capture high-resolution images, are transforming how doctors get trained in operating rooms.

The British colorectal surgeon used Snap Inc.’s high-tech spectacles a year ago to walk rookie physicians and millions of curious viewers through a hernia operation using the Snapchat photo-sharing app. In 2018, he plans to beam his avatar into operating rooms with so-called immersive technology, which spans everything from military training to adult entertainment, and promises to support the next generation of doctors with real-time supervision and tutelage.

“Doctors do not need to feel out of their depth, and this technology will allow them to get help whenever required,” says Ahmed, whose early adoption of digital technology and social media has seen him recognized as the planet’s most-watched surgeon, with more than 2 million views and 50 million Twitter posts for the Snapchat surgery alone. “We all need support and help when faced with a tricky situation.”

Ahmed’s well-publicized, public approach rankles some members of a very conservative read more

New story in Technology from Time: The 5 Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now

Between all the makes, models and sizes out there, buying a new smartphone can be a dizzying experience. Should you get an iPhone or an Android? Do you want a massive phablet with a giant screen, or a more modest and pocketable phone? Do you care about having the latest and greatest camera features, or are you O.K. with something more modest?

If you need a little help picking your next smartphone, we’re here for you. These are our five favorite smartphones you can buy right now.

Apple iPhone X
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Price: Starts at $999

Apple fans who want a bigger screen without carrying around a larger phone should check out the iPhone X, pronounced “iPhone 10.” Because Apple has reduced the size of the border that frames the screen, the iPhone X’s display covers nearly the entire front of the device, meaning Apple was able to enlarge the screen while keeping the overall device smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s read more

Wind Energy Is One of the Cheapest Sources of Electricity, and It’s Getting Cheaper: A comprehensive survey of the wind industry shows wind energy is routinely purchased in bulk for just two cents per kilowatt-hour—and turbines are only getting cheaper, bigger, and better via /r/technology


Wind Energy Is One of the Cheapest Sources of Electricity, and It’s Getting Cheaper: A comprehensive survey of the wind industry shows wind energy is routinely purchased in bulk for just two cents per kilowatt-hour—and turbines are only getting cheaper, bigger, and better
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Samsung needs to kill Bixby on the Galaxy S9 via /r/technology


Samsung needs to kill Bixby on the Galaxy S9

Exactly one month from now, Samsung will unveil its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9. It will be the biggest attraction at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it will set the bar for Android flagships for the rest of the year. It will also be Samsung’s first opportunity to respond to Apple’s radically redesigned iPhone X. And, inevitably for being the latest and best product from the world’s most prolific smartphone vendor, the S9 will sell in the millions.

I have no doubt that this phone — or, more likely, phones, given Samsung’s habit of issuing a Plus-sized model — will be momentous and important. I’m sure Samsung will do its usual thing of sandwiching together the best hardware possible inside a design that feels implausible. But I do have one overriding question regarding this upcoming device, a question that might go neglected as the usual hot topics of specs and design start to overtake the conversation.

What will Samsung do with Bixby?

I set out my feelings about Bixby at length back in September: I consider Samsung’s personal assistant software to be a form of structural bloatware that’s using up valuable development time within Samsung and even more valuable goodwill among its users. Bixby is intrusive without being helpful (remember Clippy?), with the pinnacle of its irritant powers being the way it demands you activate it every time you turn on the phone’s camera. read more