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A driverless Rolls-Royce means you can fire your chauffeur

While other electric or autonomous vehicle companies might be content to build a sensible, everyday mode of transport, noted luxury automaker Rolls-Royce is rejecting that notion entirely with its first driverless vehicle concept. In a decidedly lavish announcement, Rolls-Royce says its new Vision …

NASA gives away the data from an Earth-mapping spacecraft

Want to know a whole lot about the Earth's surface? NASA and the Japanese government are now giving away all the data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument... for free. Previously, you had to pay if you wanted anything more than basic …

Two-Thirds Of Americans Think Robots Will Take Our Jobs By 2065

As robot truthers here at <i>Fast Company</i>, we’ve written extensively on how a robot takeover could impact our job prospects. A new study by the Pew Research Center confirms that while a majority of Americans think computers and robots will dominate our workforce by 2065, they are optimistic–or perhaps …

Hyperloop pens deal that could connect Slovakia, Austria and Hungary

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with the government of the Slovak Republic to "explore" …

U.S. Navy Is Turning Anti-Aircraft and Cruise Missiles into Ship Killers

In January, the Reuben James took one for the team. Parked off the coast of Hawaii one moment, the decommissioned U.S. Navy frigate was struck by a …

North Korea 'fires short-range missiles'

<b>North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea's military has said.</b><p>It said the missiles, launched off the east coast, flew some 500km (310 miles) and fell into the water.<p>Shortly after the launch, Pyongyang announced it "nullifies" all inter-Korean cooperative …

North Korea

Justice Dept. says Apple’s arguments in fight over locked iPhone are ‘a diversion’

The Justice Department said Thursday that Apple’s attempts at linking an ongoing fight over a locked iPhone to broader questions about encryption are “a diversion,” pushing back against an argument repeatedly made by the company and its supporters in Silicon Valley.<p>Federal prosecutors argued in a …

Privacy

At Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex, robots aiding the cleanup after 2011 disaster

Hiroshi Endo spent a decade building a robotic arm that Japan deployed to the International Space Station in 2010. But his next challenge made that one look easy.<p>In 2011, Endo, a 61-year-old retired engineer at Hitachi, the Tokyo-based mega-corporation, began designing a robot to aid in …

Nuclear Energy

After Equipment Woes, NASA Mission To Mars Is Rescheduled For 2018

A NASA mission to Mars that was originally scheduled to launch this month — then was canceled when a flaw was discovered in a pivotal piece of equipment — is back on the calendar. If all goes well, it will launch in 2018.<p>The InSight mission — or "Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, …

Space Exploration

Groupon is focus of IBM's latest patent-infringement suit

IBM is suing Groupon over alleged patent infringement, court documents revealed Wednesday, the latest in a series of lawsuits the computing pioneer has filed against tech companies that it says rely on groundwork it laid.<p>IBM claims Groupon infringed on four patents, two from the late 1990s, one …

Business card with built-in ECG is perfect for cardiologists

Some people can make business cards that stand out <i>and</i> show off their skills. Take for example, that one engineer who created a card that lights up and that programmer who designed one that can play <i>Tetris</i>. But what if you're a medical professional, specifically a cardiologist? A company called …

SkySlide at U.S. Bank Tower is a wild Los Angeles ride | CNN Travel

Los Angeles

Indian plane takes off without tyre but lands safely

A plane operated by low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet lost a tyre while taking off from Bengaluru on Tuesday, but managed to land safely at its …

Xbox One update boosts Party Chat and lets you buy Xbox 360 games

For Microsoft and Sony, the start of a new month means it's time to share new software updates. Sony's already had its turn, announcing that Remote Play will soon make its way to PC and Mac, and now Microsoft has confirmed it's deploying a patch with a number of frequently requested features.<p>One of …

An Emirates Plane Just Made the World's Longest Direct Commercial Flight

An Emirates Airbus A380 flew into the record books on Wednesday when it landed in Auckland after completing the world’s longest direct commercial …

Even Snapchat falls victim to phishing attempts

Snapchat bragged about its eight <i>billion</i> daily video views on Monday, but over the weekend something happened that the ephemeral social app is probably less enthusiastic to admit: it's just as susceptible to phishing attempts as anyone else. A post on the company's blog says that last Friday someone …

Pictures of Huawei's dual-camera P9 surface

It seems like just last week we were at Mobile World Congress in Spain checking out all the new phones. Oh wait, that <i>was</i> last week. Then why in the hell didn't Huawei show off the P9 handset there instead of having a leaker steal its thunder? The world may never know, but <i>VentureBeat</i> has …

Facebook's Plan to Invade Your Office Is Growing

Lynsey Addario for TIME/Getty Images Reportage<p>Lynsey Addario for TIME/Getty Images Reportage<p>Lynsey Addario for TIME/Getty Images Reportage<p>Lynsey …

LMcable: first to charge both Android and iOS devices

Cables are messy – no need to reiterate that. We all know it, and we have to live with those tangle balls every single day. This is why solutions like wireless charging are so exciting to me, but there’s still a very important place for cables in our outlets. The only issue? Not all companies agree …

Gear & Gadgets

HTC sold 15,000 $800 Vive virtual reality headsets in 10 minutes

Virtual reality is still in its early days, but it’s amazing how capable it is of making your bank account look a lot less impressive.<p>HTC revealed today that is has sold more than 15,000 HTC Vive VR kits in the first 10 minutes after it went on sale for preorder. That’s not bad for an unproven …

Virtual Reality

AI learns to predict human reactions by reading our fiction

A team of Stanford researchers have developed a novel means of teaching artificial intelligence systems how to predict a human's response to their actions. They've given their knowledge base, dubbed Augur, access to online writing community Wattpad and its archive of more than 600,000 stories. This …

Here's what the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer vs. the competition

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are Samsung's best smartphones ever, but how do they compare to the best smartphones out there?<p>Samsung isn't re-inventing …

Think 5G wireless is speeding to your phone? Hold your horses

5G will deliver real benefits and expand what mobile networks can do, but you'll have to be very, very patient. And today's hype could even mar 5G's arrival.<p>Next-generation wireless networks could well make your phone dramatically more powerful and transform everything from driving to …

Internet of Things

Mobile Payments Startup Payleven Raises Another $10M

The days of Square clones popping up, everywhere you looked and capitalizing on Square’s conservative approach to global expansion, are long gone. But those startups are not. And today, one of them is announcing a Series D round.<p>Payleven, a mobile payments startup originally incubated in 2012 at …

Pandora is shopping itself around — and the stock is soaring on the news

Pandora stock popped over 10% immediately following the news.<p>Pandora is said to be using Morgan Stanley to scope out potential buyers. The Times, however, stresses that these talks are preliminary.<p>Pandora's stock has plummeted in recent months, and its executives have lashed out at rivals in the …

Pandora

This app will help you avoid Iran's morality police

Gershad uses crowdsourcing to flag the locations of Tehran's notorious Gasht-e Ershad<p>A new smartphone app is helping young Iranians avoid Tehran's morality police, who have become notorious for harassing anyone whose dress or public behavior doesn't adhere to strict Islamic standards.<p>The app, …

Middle East

ISIS help desk tells jihadis how to hide from authorities

The encrypted messaging service Telegram blocked 78 ISIS channels in 2015, but new ones just keep popping up. As detailed in a report provided to <i>The Hill</i>, the group has evolved an expanded technical "help desk" that can provide instructions to jihadists on how to escape the surveillance of Western …

Google Chrome will drop SPDY support on May 15, 2016

Google today announced it will drop support for SPDY on May 15, 2016 (the company’s previous timeline was “early 2016“). SPDY, which is not an acronym but just a short version of the word “speedy,” is a protocol — developed primarily at Google — to improve browsing by forcing SSL encryption for all …

UCLA open sources image detector that can see what we can't

UCLA has released the source code to powerful image detection software that can see an object's every detail at high speed -- key for applications like fingerprint and iris scanning, or self-driving cars. It starts by identifying an object's edges and then looking for and extracting its other, …

‘Immersed in trouble’: Apple sued for touch screen intellectual property violations

Haptic feedback developer Immersion is suing Apple over its 3D Touch and Force Touch features. Multiple versions of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch each …