Robotic Arm Enables Amputee to Touch/Feel Again, and Even Send Texts – This Week in Tech – 07/28/2019

Robotic Arm Enables Amputee to Touch/Feel Again, and Even Send Texts

Keven Walgamott, a real estate agent who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident in 2002, got emotional when he was able to clasp his hands together and “feel” the space between his thumb and his index finger using a 3D-printed prosthetic hand in 2016…


AT&T Loses Nearly 1 Million TV Customers After Raising DirecTV Prices

AT&T lost 946,000 TV subscribers in Q2 2019, a loss that the company attributed to price increases, competition, and other factors…


DoorDash Says It’s Very Sorry You Noticed Its Tip-Skimming Scheme

Food delivery app DoorDash has, for months, doubled down on its policy of systematically skimming customer tips meant for its fleet of contract delivery workers. That resolve cracked on Tuesday night when CEO Tony Xu took to Twitter to announce some unspecified changes to its compensation model…


A Bipartisan Bill That Could End Our Robocall Hell Just Passed the House 429-3

Two Republicans and one independent were the only holdouts Wednesday as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a nearly unanimous vote…


Elon Musk Proposes a Controversial Plan to Speed Up Spaceflight to Mars

Nuclear thermal rockets would be “a great area of research for NASA,” Elon Musk declared Monday. The SpaceX CEO highlighted how the alternative to rocket fuel could unlock faster travel times around the solar system, a keen area of interest as his firm develops plans to create a planet-hopping civilization…


Facebook and Google Could Be Forced to Hand Over Details of Their Algorithms in a New Tech Regulation Push by Australia

Facebook and Google could be compelled to reveal the workings of the closely-guarded algorithms which power their companies under a new push for tech regulation by Australia…


Amazon Warehouse Workers in Chicago Say the Company Cheated Them of Overtime Hours

Twenty-three night-shift workers at an Amazon delivery facility in Chicago are accusing the company of not paying them for overtime during Prime Week earlier this month…

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