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Google Wants Feds To Declare Its Autonomous Tech As A 'Driver' And Make Humans Passengers Only

In what could be a pivotal moment for federal policy on autonomous vehicles – and an initial step in making human drivers obsolete – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent Google a letter last week saying it may consider the word “driver” to entail the technology piloting …

Autonomous Cars

Brilliant Orangutan Builds Itself A Hammock

Did you know that orangutans can tie and untie knots? And that they can adjust their hammocks to be more comfortable? And that they are probably …

Teens

iPhone vs. Android: Which is better? - CNNMoney

Login<p>The iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint sensor makes bypassing the annoying lock screen a breeze. Some Android phones have a similar feature. Other Android phones have a “Smart Lock” tool that uses face recognition or location to bypass the lock screen, but it’s a less secure option.<p>Make a …

Apps

After San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton Reaffirms Call for Silicon Valley to Do More Against ISIS

"You're gonna hear all of the usual complaints, you know, freedom of speech, etc."<p>After the Paris attacks last month, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to join forces with the U.S. government in its fight against the Islamic State. Today, she reiterated that call during a talk at the …

Silicon Valley

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

Google Calendar Gets Reminders

Gmail has had a “to-do” feature for the longest time, but it was pretty useless, as it was a simple standalone, one-off feature that probably graduated from Labs at one point. It was never integrated. Luckily the team is fixing that today.<p>Google is rolling out the ability to add reminders in Google …

Google Calendar

Failing To Find Users, Dropbox Will Shut Down Mailbox In February 2016 And Carousel In March

Dropbox, the file hosting and cloud storage company with 400 million users, has been struggling to hold up its $10 billion valuation in the face of scrutiny from investors and observers, and now it looks like the other shoe is dropping as the company streamlines its business. The company is …

Apps

4 email apps you should be using instead of the one that comes with your phone

But this means that many people who rely on Mailbox, including me, will have to find another email app.<p>I love Mailbox because you can "snooze" emails so they disappear from your inbox until later, and quickly archive and delete messages to empty your inbox.<p>Fortunately, there are a handful of other …

Apps

10 Videos That Will Make You Smarter for 2016 | Inc.com

As ZinePak co-founder Kim Kaupe explains, the most successful entrepreneurs tend to be supported by great mentors. Until you find one or two to work with, however, we've got you covered.<p>Our most-watched videos in 2015 feature some of the biggest names in business describing the secrets they've …

Entrepreneurship

Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen) review: The best Android Wear smartwatch gets better

Motorola set the benchmark for Android Wear smartwatches last year with the Moto 360. It was the face of Android Wear by being among the first …

10 Best Money Tips From Warren Buffett of All Time

<i>By Elyssa Kirkham, GBR Staff Writer</i><p>Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investing and business minds today. But aside from his exponential investing success, Buffett is probably most famous for his humorous insights, colorful commentary and wise advice. It's part of what makes him a perfect fit to …

Investing

The Cannons on the B-29 Bomber Were a Mid-Century Engineering Masterpiece

Five remote-controlled cannons with computer-aided aiming made the Superfortress way, way ahead of its time.<p>Designed and built in the early 1940's, the supremely advanced B-29 Superfortress first flew over 70 years ago in September of 1944. Built by Boeing and based on the highly successful …

A Pharaoh Queen's Chamber May Be Hiding Behind Tut's Tomb

Queen Nefertiti, the powerful queen of ancient Egypt, may be hiding in a burial chamber behind her son's famous tomb.<p>The tomb of King Tutankhamen was found in Luxor, Egypt in 1922, putting to rest the mystery of the boy king's final resting place. But preliminary results of an ultrasound …

You can now ask Google's mobile app (almost) anything

Frankly, it was always possible to ask Google anything, but for slightly more complicated questions, the answers were a bit...wanting.<p>Now, Google has …

MIT breakthrough may bring night vision to smartphone cameras

Ever wonder why your smartphone doesn’t have night vision? I mean, it can’t be <i>that</i> advanced of a technology, right? They used night vision goggles in World War II, for crying out loud. My phone can recognize my face and read my fingerprint. Why no night vision?<p>Well it turns out that even though …

Engineering

ASUS Chromebit officially launched, $85 Chrome desktop on-a-stick available soon

Having previously announced the Chromebit in March, today, ASUS and Google are officially launching the HDMI stick-based Chrome OS computer. The little stick essentially turns any HDMI-equipped screen or monitor in to a basic Chrome OS desktop and costs just $85…<p>ASUS’ Chromebit will deliver …

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

The Future

The Monster Project 2015

We've already seen projects like this, when designers revamp children's monsters, but this is by far one of the coolest and well crafted around! …

Drawing

Extraordinary Entries from the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

Last month, we featured a selection of the spectacular entries in the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest, and we’re pleased to share even more works from the competition. The chosen entries showcase the stunning diversity of our world, through both landscape and culture. They depict an exciting …

Travel Photography

Scientists found a way to float objects and create holograms...with sound

Holograms aren't just for stage shows anymore. A group of scientists have figured out how to make holograms out of <i>sound waves</i>. What's more, they say …

Nanotech

The Fading “Grands Ensembles” of Paris

Laurent Kronental’s Souvenir d’un Futur photos capture these stigmatized housing experiments and their aging residents.<p>From the 1950s to the 1980s, Paris erected a series of massive apartment complexes to address a burgeoning housing crisis and accommodate an influx of foreign immigrants after …

Urbanism

Latest Nova Launcher update lets you rescale icon size with the new Icon Normalization feature

The populace was thrilled when Nova Launcher started toying with icon normalization in beta. For ease of on-sight recognition, Google has always encouraged developers to give their icons a “unique silhouette,” but this variety comes with an aesthetic cost. Varying icon dimensions can make your tray …

Android News

Meet the man who owned Google.com for one minute

Update: Google has granted Sanmay Ved a generous reward for the discovery of the bug in its Domains service. In a heart-warming twist, Ved said he would donate the money (“over $10,000”) to a charity.<p>Former Google employee Sanmay Ved bought Google.com for $12 on September 29, 2015. He owned the …

Android News

Inside DARPA's Attempts to Engineer a Futuristic Super-Soldier

Retired four-star general Paul F. Gorman recalls first learning about the “weakling of the battlefield” from reading S.L.A. Marshall, the U.S. Army …

Shades of 'Star Trek'? Quantum Teleportation Sets Distance Record

A record-breaking distance has been achieved in the bizarre world of quantum teleportation, scientists say.<p>The scientists teleported photons (packets …

UnlimitedHand Allows You To Feel Virtual Reality

Another step toward complete immersion into the virtual world.<p>In a bid to make virtual reality more immersive, Japanese design brand H2L has created the UnlimitedHand. The device is strapped to a users forearm and combines haptic feedback with multi-channel electronic muscle stimulators to allow …

Time Flows

Years in the making, Rhei is a dynamic installation, an animated sculpture, an idea expressed in the form of a minimalistic, digital clock. Time as a …

Android 6.0: The 5 best new features in Marshmallow

Google’s big fall event is behind us, and we have some great new hardware to show for it. The new Nexus 5X is the hotly anticipated follow-up to …

Google Drive

IFTTT Recipes for Social Media Marketers

Shares 6K<p>Are social media tasks eating up a lot of your time?<p>Want to streamline your activities?<p>IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free service that …

Infographics