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Why Amazon’s Delivery-Drone Team Is Obsessed With Geese

Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese.<p>The …

What this apple-picking robot means for the future of farm workers

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of …

People are going crazy over this $22 under-bed LED lighting system

If you have the time to dig deep enough, you can find some real gems on Amazon. Of course, most people don’t have that kind of time, which is why you …

Why Amazon is eating the world

Zack Kanter Contributor<p>Zack Kanter is the co-founder of Stedi.<p>I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation.<p>Instead …

Your Shoes Will Be Printed Shortly

Innovative techniques in 3-D printing mean some previously impossible design will start showing up in consumer products<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>This may be the year you get 3-D-printed shoes.<p>By the end of 2017, the …

3D

Say goodbye to the iconic MP3

When it was introduced in the late 1990s, the MP3—a then-novel digital audio coding format—shattered the dominance of physical CDs. It reduced audio file sizes by as much as 95%, suddenly allowing listeners to carry a massive amount of music around on tiny pocket-sized devices.<p>But in the 2000s, as …

Google Lens turns your phone into a super-intelligent camera

Google's image-recognition AI just got way smarter.<p>The company announced a new computer-vision platform, Google Lens, which could give our smartphone …

Nvidia's slightly terrifying Metropolis platform paves the way for smarter cities

Nvidia has a vision for the city of the future, and it takes the always-on surveillance we're becoming accustomed to and pushes it to whole new …

Machine Learning

So You’re Looking for a Smart Lock?

Keep home and valuables safe with an added layer of style and convenience<p>By reducing the common burdens of physical-key based locks, smart locks have …

Amazon's Echo Show is Alexa with a touchscreen

As expected, Amazon has revealed the Echo Show, a squared-off Echo device equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen. The company lost the element of surprise, as it was already unveiled via a series of leaks culminating in clear pictures of it from reputed spoiler <i>Evleaks</i>. That may be a good thing, however …

Smart Homes

Apparently this is how to 'sexy' dance

Hips don't lie.<p>If you're anything like us, dancing basically involves wildly flailing as many of your limbs as possible at once in order to make your pals crack up. Getting sexy <b>*shudder*</b> on the dance floor is probably the last thing on your mind, you just want to have one thousand laughs with your …

Farmers Are Replacing Migrant Workers With Robots — Popular Mechanics

Opening story…<p>Click here if the story doesn't open after a few seconds.<p>Learn more about Apple News<p>article<p>The robotic pickers don't get tired and can …

Abundant Robotics rakes in $10 million for apple harvesting robots

GV (formerly Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million investment in Abundant Robotics, a company building apple-picking robots that could eventually be adapted to harvest other fruits. Joining GV in the round were BayWa AG and Tellus Partners, along with the company’s earlier backers Yamaha Motor …

Think there aren't qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names. No more excuses.

Next time you find yourself watching a panel of experts discussing the latest in technology, finance, engineering, math or science, ask yourself: Am …

The Sky’s the Limit for Medical Delivery Drones

Taking inspiration from Airbus’ existing family of cutting-edge aircraft, the Airbus A-180 Drone project looks a lot like something that might …

Drones

Hulu’s new live-streaming service lets you watch dozens of channels for $40

It includes Hulu’s other subscription service — but not the most popular show on TV.<p>Want to watch TV, delivered live and on-demand, over the web, for about $40 a month?<p>You already have a bunch of options. Now Hulu is offering another one: Its Hulu live TV service is available today (in “beta”) for …

Tim Cook will take his Apple Watch secret to the grave

Tim Cook has a secret about the Apple Watch, and he's not any closer to telling us.<p>Apple's latest quarterly earnings report for Q2 2017 was yet …

Terrifying AI learns to mimic your voice in under 60 seconds

When it comes to personal privacy and overall security, we often think of passwords, fingerprints, and even our own faces as being the keys that …

NSA still collecting Americans' phone call data

Despite Congress limiting the NSA’s ability to collect vast swathes of call data from the American public in 2015, a new report has revealed that the NSA still collected 151 million domestic call records in 2016. The NSA only had warrants to collect metadata on 42 terrorism suspects in 2016, along …

This box can see through walls — and it could shake up home security

When Taj Manku's son was around 11, he asked his father how cellphones worked.<p>The boy knew there were towers that communicated with the phone, but …

For Senior Citizens, the Future of VR Lies in the Past — WIRED

Drunk Man Arrested After Attacking Armless Security Robot

The Knightscope K5 robot was on patrol in a Mountain View parking lot when the incident occurred.<p>This story originally appeared on PCMag<p>Robots are slowly starting to appear in our daily lives as they compliment existing jobs or replace them completely. One of the robots we are sure to see more of …

Man Charged with Murder After Wife's Fitbit Contradicted His Story

A Hartford, Connecticut man is being charged with murdering his wife after her Fitbit contradicted his version of the events.<p>Richard Dabate, 40, …

Crime

Samsung has an app to keep you from texting and driving

Okay, we all know we really shouldn't text and drive. But temptation is strong and sometimes getting back to someone <i>right now</i> feels more important …

Apps

Amazon Echo Look makes Alexa your fashionista

For $200, the Amazon Echo Look offers full Alexa functionality plus hands-free photos and video -- and it'll even tell you what not to wear.<p>Speculation has been ramping up about the prospects of a new Alexa-powered smart home camera from Amazon, and today, the online mega-retailer made it official. …

The endgame for cameras is having no camera at all

April 12th, 2017<p>I've been reading about Gcam, the Google X project that was first sparked by the need for a tiny camera to fit inside Google Glass, before evolving to power the world-beating camera of the Google Pixel. Gcam embodies an atypical approach to photography in seeking to find software …

Smart Technologies For Summer Travel Photos

Some things never change, like how the months of June, July, and August mean the kids are out of school, adults are on vacation mode, and travel plans are being finalized. What has changed, though, is the technology we use when we travel. Devices have been making dramatic strides over the past few …

Gear & Gadgets

Google's Plan to Build Ad-Blocking Into Chrome Could Be a Very Good Thing

It’s not just you, online ads are getting worse. Auto-play video has become a standard, pop-ups are back in a big way and those inline ads seem …

How artificial intelligence learns to be racist

Simple: It’s mimicking us.<p>Open up the photo app on your phone and search “dog,” and all the pictures you have of dogs will come up. This was no easy feat. Your phone knows what a dog “looks” like.<p>This and other modern-day marvels are the result of machine learning. These are programs that comb …

Facebook responds to brutal crime video: 'We know we need to do better'

Facebook loves video. Facebook also loves money. Video is bringing in money, also.<p>But Facebook is starting to realize—finally—that not every video's …