How the Apple Store in Chicago became a dangerous place this winter

Ominous, high-hanging icicles have turned Apple's sleek, MacBook-inspired waterfront store in Chicago into a potentially perilous environment. ; Apple has cordoned off, with caution tape and signage, vulnerable areas where the sharp ice could fall. Chicago blogger Matt Maldre first spotted the architectural mishap, brought on by this winter's severe Arctic blast. SEE ALSO: Apple finally issues an apology after its iPhone battery fiasco The architectural company Foster + Partners designed the [Read Entire Story]

Apple will probably launch new AirPods in the second half of 2018

Apple AirPods are sold out on its online store until next year — but the wireless earbuds may still get a major refresh in 2018. ; A leading Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, released a memo on Tuesday predicting that Apple will offer a new version of AirPods in the second half of 2018. The rumor blog Apple Insider spotted the memo and reports that Kuo expects the earbuds to have some smaller components and a higher selling price. AirPods currently cost $159. ; SEE ALSO: [Read Entire Story]

Artificial stars and liquid metal: A startup is still working toward fusion

It sounds like science fiction. ; At a laboratory in Vancouver, Canada, scientists donning red coats say they have recreated the scorching, 100-million degree conditions inside the core of our sun. They use a two-story-high, octopus-like metal apparatus to collapse walls of silver liquid metal over hydrogen atoms, fusing the particles together and releasing heat. This heat is then turned into carbon-free energy. ; Yes, it can work, but there's still a long, long way to go before this technology [Read Entire Story]