Do you really need high-tech fertility gadgets to get pregnant?

Trying to conceive can be stressful, and of course tech companies think that fertility gadgets can tell us the best time to have sex to get pregnant. But for most people, doing some simple math can provide the same answers, without spending any money.

In the sea of period trackers, two fertility gadgets that use slightly different approaches are the EarlySense Percept, a “contactless” device that you store under your mattress to monitor your fertility cycle, and the Mira AI monitor, which essentially combines hormonal information from multiple urine tests. (Both companies were at this year’s CES, and I visited both booths.)

The best time to conceive is right before a person ovulates, or releases an egg. Because internal body temperature…

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YouTube tightens rules around what channels can be monetized

YouTube is tightening the rules around its partner program and raising the requirements that a channel/creator must meet in order to monetize videos. Effective immediately, to apply for monetization (and have ads attached to videos), creators must have tallied 4,000 hours of overall watch time on their channel within the past 12 months and have at least 1,000 subscribers. YouTube will enforce the new eligibility policy for all existing channels as of February 20th, meaning that channels that fail to meet the threshold will no longer be able to make income from ads.

Previously, the standard for joining YouTube’s Partner Program was 10,000 public views — without any specific requirement for annual viewing hours. This change will no doubt…

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Apple supplier workers have been exposed to toxic chemicals, report finds

An Apple supplier in China has once again been flagged for having poor factory working conditions by a report today from non-profit China Labor Watch, which Bloomberg added original reporting to. The report details working conditions at a Catcher Technology factory, which manufactures products for Apple in Suqian, Jiangsu province, six hours north of Shanghai.

Workers at Catcher make iPhone frames and components for MacBooks. On a typical day, workers may stand for up to 10 hours to cut and blast iPhone casings, according to the report. The workers are said to handle harmful chemicals daily without goggles or proper gloves to protect their hands or faces. Workers do wear paper face masks, but the oil they use to cut iPhone casings may…

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How Electric Dreams updates Philip K. Dick’s Cold War stories

Between his first published story in 1952 and his death in 1982, Philip K. Dick produced dozens of novels and more than a hundred short stories. Moving past famous works like A Scanner Darkly or The Man in the High Castle, Amazon Video’s anthology show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams delves into the author’s extensive back catalog, adapting 10 of his lesser-known works for television — and collecting the original stories in a new book.

Electric Dreams is full of classic Dickian themes: psychic connections, absurd consumer technology, and the blurry line between artifice and reality. But the show’s creators — Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore, Justified producer Michael Dinner, and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — take an…

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New Xbox Elite controller revealed in leaked images

Microsoft first introduced its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller back at E3 2015. The $ 149 controller has four interchangeable paddles around the back, Hair Trigger Locks, remappable buttons, and completely swappable components. It’s been a popular choice for Xbox One gamers, and even PC players who occasionally want to use a controller, and now it looks like a second version is on the way.

Several images have been posted on Chinese site Baidu that appear to show a second version of the Xbox Elite controller. An anonymous poster claims the new version will include a USB-C port for charging, Bluetooth support for Windows 10, three-level Hair Trigger Locks, longer key travel for the paddles, and a three-profile switch.

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