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Google, Facebook and other tech titans form 'Partnership on AI'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:46:00 -0400

(image) Five of the biggest tech companies have launched a collaboration to help the public understand the benefits of artificial intelligence. The New York Times reported in early September that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon had been meeting t...

Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't even have a cab

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:05:00 -0400

(image) Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a huma...

Watch the Rosetta probe fall into its death spiral this Friday

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:52:00 -0400

(image) On September 30th, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe will cap off its 12-year career surveying Comet 67P (aka Churyumov-Gerasimenko) by slowly descending to its surface. There the spacecraft will join its lander Philae, given up for los...

20-minute 'Gears 4' prologue playthrough looks very familiar

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:01:00 -0400

(image) Even the most dedicated Gears of War fan might need a refresher course ahead of the franchise's fourth numbered sequel. And that's precisely what the new video from the developers at The Coalition is all about. What's more, it's direct feed footage o...

Nano-scale mirror could be a breakthrough for optical computing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:12:00 -0400

(image) Using a mere 2,000 atoms of cesium, Professor Julien Laurat and his team at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris have created the world's smallest mirror. According to postdoctoral fellow Neil Corzo, who is also lead author on the team's re...

Dutch limo company builds a Tesla Model S hearse

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:09:00 -0400

(image) While Tesla updates the AutoPilot software to reduce your risk of meeting an untimely demise behind the wheel of one of its vehicles, Netherlands-based builder RemetzCar is taking a different approach. This Tesla Model S isn't the first one to get th...

'Here They Lie' trailer is a frightening glimpse at PlayStation VR

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:26:00 -0400

(image) Here They Lie wowed us back at E3 with its virtual reality spin on existential horror. Now its latest trailer offers up plenty more reasons to get excited (or preemptively terrified) ahead of its October 13th release (right alongside PlayStation VR's...

WhatsApp won't comply with India's order to delete user data

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:46:00 -0400

(image) WhatsApp's decision to share user data with Facebook has provoked the ire of yet another foreign government. Last week, India's Delhi High Court ordered WhatsApp to delete any data collected from users who opted out of the company's new privacy polic...

FDA approves first automated insulin system for type 1 diabetes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 -0400

(image) For diabetes patients, managing blood sugar levels through insulin pens, needles or pumps is a necessary hassle -- but it might be far easier to handle going forward. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first automated insulated del...

'No Man's Sky' is being investigated for false advertising

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:40:00 -0400

(image) After No Man's Sky hit shelves in early August, complaints arose around bugs and oversights made by its small studio Hello Games. But as the weeks wore on, a new uproar struck out at the differences between concept videos and the released game, which...

Spotify is in 'advanced talks' to buy SoundCloud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:11:00 -0400

(image) Those rumors that SoundCloud is shopping itself around? They just got more substantial. Financial Times sources understand that Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy SoundCloud. Details of the terms are still scarce at the moment, but it won't sur...

Arduino is making an Internet of Things kit with your help

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:42:00 -0400

(image) Arduino boards can certainly be used to create homebrew connected devices, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What if you're a rookie who has yet to master programming or wiring? That's where Arduino's new, crowdfunded ESLOV kit might save the day....

Verizon technician admits he sold customer data for years

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:14:00 -0400

(image) A former Verizon Wireless network technician in Alabama has admitted to using company computers to steal and sell private customers' location and call data over a period of five years. As Ars Technica reports, Daniel Traeger of Birmingham faces up to...

Meerkat team confirms it created the mysterious Houseparty app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:00 -0400

(image) Those rumors of Meerkat's creators quietly developing a group video chat app, Houseparty, were well-founded. The company (actually called Life on Air) has confirmed to The Verge that it built Houseparty under a pseudonym, Alexander Herzick, for abou...

Uber's trucking plan will connect drivers with cargo

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:26:00 -0400

(image) When Uber bought up Otto's self-driving truck platform, the initial reaction was to imagine a future fleet of autonomous trucks traveling coast to coast on America's interstates. According to a new report from Reuters, that reality is still years --...

US regulators warn customers about exploding Samsung washers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:01:00 -0400

(image) Just days after Samsung began replacing defective Galaxy Note 7s due to a risk of exploding batteries, the company faces another major product issue. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning today after multiple reports of to...

How a 3D-printed boat race united a Red Hook community

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:45:00 -0400

(image) Last Sunday, nearly 500 people gathered at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to cheer on close to 20 radio-controlled boats as they sped toward a target 150 feet away. The boat races were part of the second annual Red Hook Regatta, which was born...

Periscope's VIP program rewards popular livestreaming users

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:27:00 -0400

(image) If you're popular on Periscope, the livestreaming app will soon reward you as part of its new VIP program. The three-tier initiative is designed to incentivize creators who have invested time in using Twitter's live video option with tools that will...

Google Express delivery expands along the East Coast

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:05:00 -0400

(image) East coast residents now have a new way to shop online. Google announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its Google Express online delivery service to a dozen states throughout the Northeast. Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,...

Alphabet's health watch has changed a lot since last year

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:00 -0400

(image) You know that health-tracking watch Alphabet's X research division showed off more than a year ago, the one you're looking at above? Yeah, you'll want to forget about that design. MIT Technology Review managed to get a peek at a prototype of what s...

Apple logs your iMessage contacts and could share them with police

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:23:00 -0400

(image) Apple's iMessage had a few security holes in March and April that potentially leaked photos and contacts, respectively. Though quickly patched, they are a reminder that the company faces a never-ending arms race to shore up its security to keep malic...

We were stealing music way before the internet and millennials

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400

(image) When I was 13, my babysitter showed up with a box of 12 new cassettes. I was amazed that she had been able to afford all this music. I grew up poor and even one new purchase was news; a dozen purchases was cause for celebration. Had she robbed a bank...

Pink, fluffy dining at the 'Kirby' cafe

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:47:00 -0400

(image) If you didn't know, Kirby is a squidgy pink ball. With minimal facial features. That's about it. Which is why he's adorable (and popular) enough to warrant a whole bunch of merchandise, as well as temporary pop-up cafes across Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka...

Twitter opens its Moments story-telling feature to all

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:00 -0400

(image) Twitter debuted Moments as a means of slowing down the news feed almost a year ago. Back in August, the social network announced that all users would soon be able to employ the tool and today the company is keeping its promise. Everyone is now able t...

GoTenna's new communicator crowd sources for a better signal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400

(image) If you're a fan of exploring the great outdoors, especially in areas of devoid of cell service, you may have already sought out a GoTenna. These walkie-talkie-like enablers pair with your mobile device via Bluetooth so you can send messages and GPS d...