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TECH 02 Jun 2019 | 5:00 AM

The environmental impact of streaming music with Spotify and more

Digital downloads may involve less plastic than the CDs and vinyl of previous generations, but they require a lot of energy to produce, store and play.

TECH 12 Jun 2018 | 1:30 AM

As pickup and delivery options proliferate, US retailers hope to add convenience, avoid confusion

The questions shoppers faced at the checkout counter used to be as simple as “cash or credit?” and “paper or plastic?”

TECH 22 Jan 2018 | 7:30 AM

Digital eyewear, 3D holograms challenge hidebound med schools

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.

TECH 14 Dec 2017 | 1:30 AM

Weird but cute: Japan’s capsule toys play big in Internet age

A tiny replica of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and a plastic cat squatting on sushi: just two of the weird-and-wonderful capsule toys that have become a multi-million-dollar craze in cute-obsessed Japan.

TECH 10 Sep 2017 | 11:30 PM

Internet archive ensures future generations can hear vinyl records

Before 33 rpm LPs and 45 rpm singles, there were the 78 rpm vinyl records, often made from shellac instead of plastic. A group of people on the Internet are trying to save these recordings.

TECH 25 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

Virtual reality expected to shake up future of real estate

Nearly a year before Jack Sazama will actually set foot in his new digs at the Spectrum apartments near the University of Minnesota, the freshman strapped on a set of cheap plastic goggles, strolled through his new apartment in virtual reality and then signed a lease.

TECH 11 Jan 2017 | 6:00 AM

Indonesian islands pay price for global smartphone rush

Deep beneath the murky ocean, Paci breathes through a thin plastic tube as he dredges the seabed for tin, a vital component inside smartphones and tablets that’s brought riches and ruin to his island home.

TECH 10 Jan 2017 | 12:30 AM

CES 2017: The companion robots vying to be the latest addition to the home

From established firms to tech startups, one of the biggest emerging trends at this year's CES has been the number of home robots on show, all of whom are vying to be, in the words of the late Douglas Adams "Your plastic pal who's fun to be with."