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Fresh evidence suggests Tesla is working on augmented reality for future cars

Tesla has always been looking to change the status quo of how humans interact with cars. In favor of dials, it chose touchscreens; with any luck, it …

Uniti Sweden unveils super high-tech tiny EV for urbanites

Companies like Tesla have done a lot to advance electric car technology to curb carbon emissions. Now Uniti Sweden is seeking to take electric car …

Sweden

SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster

We need this!<p>SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in …

Autonomous robots and game-playing A.I. — incredible demos at Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6. Grab tickets here. As well as speakers and panels, we’ll be featuring some demos by some amazing tech companies.<p>The first will be by Boston Dynamics. Yes, folks, delegates to Disrupt London will get to see one of those amazing BD robots up close and …

Apple invents glass enclosure that’s perfect for iPhone 8

Apple has filed a patent for a wraparound glass enclosure that would be perfect for next year’s “all-glass” iPhone 8. It is designed to be thin and light, but also robust, scratch-resistant, and radio-transparent.<p>Every iPhone has featured a glass display, and a couple — iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s — …

Microcontroller

Hyperloop One is hyping 500 mph train rides in the UAE

Hyperloop One is gearing up to make a big announcement in the UAE. The company, which has been working on a high-speed mass transport system dreamed up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has just dropped a teaser video hyping its November 8 reveal, which you can watch above.<p>It isn’t clear exactly what …

High-speed Rail

Smart pen measures the dimensions of virtually any object

Despite all the technological advances over the years, measuring items in your home still tends to involve old-school rulers and tape measures... and they can be inaccurate if there are curves. Instrumments thinks it has a better way. The team of former Misfit creators is launching the 01, a hybrid …

The Latest Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

Web designs are becoming less subjective and more functional. Here are a few examples worth noticing.<p>Just like fashion, web design has fads that come and go and it can be difficult to spot which ones will stick past next quarter. Following the latest fad may be keep you on top for the moment, but …

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America’s suburban landscape. Inside, it’s a whole different story. A different reality, in fact. Humanoid robots walk down the halls, …

Augmented Reality

Jony Ive rejected touchscreen Mac, but working on things beyond the Touch Bar

In an interview with <i>CNET</i>, Jony Ive said that his team had rejected a touchscreen Mac ‘many, many years ago.’ He did, though, suggest that Apple is working on other concepts in this general area, beyond the Touch Bar.<p>Asked why a touchscreen Mac would be inappropriate, Ive said:<p>For a bunch of …

Touchscreens

How Google's self-driving car project rose from a crazy idea to a top contender in the race toward a driverless future

Now, it's seven years later, and Google's test cars have driven two million miles in four cities around the nation and have learned everything from how to honk politely to how to sense cyclists and pedestrians.<p>But Google has also failed to commercialize its cars so far — falling behind competitors …

Autonomous Vehicle

AI agents like Alexa, Siri, and M will create the first trillion-dollar company

A friend of mine has spent more than the value of his San Antonio home on Amazon Prime in the last five years. That is precisely why the next big battlefield for marketing and advertising lies with artificially intelligent digital agents like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Facebook M, and …

Chatbots

Tesla's self-driving future, and more in the week that was

Tesla is making several big announcements this month, and Elon Musk just delivered the first: From now on, all new Tesla cars will be self-driving. The electric automaker also teamed up with Panasonic to build solar panels for its Powerwall home battery, which it's set to update next week. …

So how about all-electric supersonic aircraft, then?

Supersonic airliners haven't flown since 2003, when the last Concorde was retired.<p>But could supersonic planes carrying large number of passengers …

Electric Vehicles

Pittsburgh's new artificially intelligent stoplights could mean no more pointless idling

Thanks to a new pilot program from the tech startup Rapid Flow Technologies, Steel City now boasts 50 intersections whose stoplights are running artificial intelligence software known as Surtrac that reduces wait times on empty or lightly-traveled roads.<p>Since Surtrac was first introduced in 2012, …

Transportation

NASA wants to fold airplane wings ... while they're flying

When a hawk folds its wings, it plummets to the earth in a controlled high-speed dive. Not exactly the kind of scenario we'd imagine being ideal for …

After the success of Pokémon Go!, what is the future for augmented reality?

We can conjure objects into our real world as if by magic with AR, and with Pikachu and friends earning up to $10m per day, R&D departments are searching for the next phase<p>While Dorothy, blue-skirted and pigtailed, clutching a wicker basket and a bewildered dog under her arm, surveys the weird …

Apple might debut 'MagSafe-like' USB-C adapter with redesigned MacBook Pro line

According to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might launch a USB-C adapter with MagSafe functionality to return easy-on, easy-off …

MacBook Pro

How 2 Entrepreneurs Saw Amazing Success in Just 2 Months

I recently connected with the founders of WUDN, Chad Keller and Phil Laboon, and it was obvious that we all shared that energy for entrepreneurship.<p>You've probably already heard that 90 percent of startups fail. Fortunately for a lot of entrepreneurs I know, that high risk of failure is more …

A startup that uses artificial intelligence to stop banks dealing with terrorists raised $8.2 million

London-based ComplyAdvantage has raised the sum from top European venture capital fund Balderton. The money will be put towards opening a New York office and expanding into the US.<p>ComplyAdvantage uses machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to help finance firms do legal checks on …

Venture Capital

Samsung gives the Galaxy S7 a taste of the Note 7's software

Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you're getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners report that they're receiving an update which brings many of the Note's always-on display features to the slightly older …

Comment on The Astonishing Healthcare Tech of the Future Is Arriving by Quantium

re healthcare is broken: What is broken is delivering anything via dictatorial professions motivated by capitalism. What will replace it is a whole …

Emerging Technology

Here's A Robot That Will Mow Your Lawn, Rake Your Leaves, And Shovel Your Snow

Do you enjoy doing yard work? If so, this article is not for you. However, if mowing the grass, raking the leaves and especially shoveling snow aren’t leisure-time activities you look forward to, relief is on the horizon. A robot named Kobi will do all of these things for you because yard work is …

Gardening

The Roboming Fellow Is a Personal Robot Friend

If you’ve already seen the trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film <i>Passengers</i>, you’ll probably remember the little remote-controlled robot Chris Pratt …

Machine learning: why we mustn’t be slaves to the algorithm

There’s a huge buzz around the marvels of machine learning, but computers are only as good as the biased data we feed them<p>The tech craze <i>du jour</i> is machine learning (ML). Billions of dollars of venture capital are being poured into it. All the big tech companies are deep into it. Every computer …

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Microsoft HoloLens Goes Global As It Faces More Competition

Wednesday is turning out to be a big day in the world of augmented and virtual reality.<p>First, Microsoft said it is bringing its augmented reality …

Google’s new Sprayscape app is purposely imperfect

With Android Experiments, Google is giving itself the freedom to experiment with quirky little apps that show off some interesting technologies but don’t really have any other real purpose. The latest of these experimental projects is Sprayscape, a VR camera app for Android that is probably not …

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive …