Matthew Spliedt

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Will your driverless car kill you so others may live?

It's 2025. You and your daughter are riding in a driverless car along the Pacific Coast Highway. The autonomous vehicle rounds a corner and detects a crosswalk full of children. It brakes, but your lane is unexpectedly full of sand from a recent rock slide. It can't get traction. Your car does some …

Autonomous Cars

Mind-blowing floating hotel made to drift with the ocean currents

It's a hotel, it's a cruise ship. Wait. It looks like both.<p>A London designer has come up with a concept for a futuristic floating hotel that brings new meaning to life on the high seas.<p>Guests would get an ever-changing view from their rooms because it will be constantly moving across the ocean –but …

Who's getting a 3D printer for Christmas?

As prices fall to as low as 500 euros, 3D printers are predicted to be among the must-have gadgets under Christmas trees this year. Has the time …

Why Do Cats Knock Things Over?

Felines have a knack for knocking things off their perches—even after you plead with them not to. There's something seemingly passive-aggressive …

The world's most beautiful airport control towers

The best gadgets you can buy this holiday season

Trying to decide on the perfect laptop, tablet, or tech accessory can be overwhelming.<p>Manufacturers release tons of gadgets all year, so sifting through all of your options to find the best fit is often a pain.<p>Our holiday gift guide is full of excellent ideas — whether you're trying to find a new …

Gear & Gadgets

World's Worst Airlines for Customer Service

When it comes to air travel, some hiccups, like weather-related flight delays and the occasional lost bags, are unavoidable. But one factor that is within an airline's control is their customer service. What makes the difference between a positive experience and a negative one usually isn't how …

Customer Service

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

Your Pet Desperately Needs This Astronaut-Inspired Backpack

“Who’s the greatest catstronaut in the United States? It’s you Champer-damper. It’s you!”<p>That’s the song I would sing to my pet cat if I had a pet …

The Single Item That Your Home Decor Might Be Missing the Most

What do you think your home decor might be missing the most? We’ve been thinking a lot about this and most often than not this one item comes to …

Interior Design

Self-cleaning litter box fuels online pet supply sales

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heather and Bobby Hill found their pot of gold in cat poop. Sales of a litter box that automatically cleans itself have been …

Pets

A kitten helped us find joy as our family split in two

After my daughters went to university, Arpeggio and I were alone. I looked forward to his greeting when I came home from work. On quiet evenings, he curled up on my lap and listened as I told him about the events in my day. When a new friend came into my life, Arpeggio was accommodating. He liked …

The 10 best devices to turn your home into a smart home

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon The modern "smart home" is still learning. It's still something we have to put in quotes like that. In the tech world's rush to …

A startup that finds discount flight tickets 'hidden' on airline websites just launched in the US

So when Oliver Dlouhý and Lucie Brešová told me their startup, Skypicker, helps people find flights that cost as much as 90% lower than those booked via a regular flight ticket, I was skeptical, but definitely interested.<p>If you're like me, you probably use a flight aggregation service to buy your …

Radiant Floor Heating 101

Radiant floor heating, popular in new construction, has become a viable retrofit option.<p>Photo: Sun Climate<p>Radiant floor heating is arguably the ideal …

Home Improvement

Drone pilot is grounded and must forfeit device after interfering with LAPD search

A man who flew a drone near an<p>LAPDhelicopter during a manhunt in Hollywood has to turn over the drone and promise not to fly another one for at least the next three years, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office announced Wednesday.<p>Martin Sheldon, 57, pleaded no contest Wednesday to obstructing a …

Drones

Here's Why You Should Stop Scaring Your Poor Cats With Cucumbers

Animal behavior experts explain why cats seem to fear cukes.<p>The Internet loves scaring cats with cucumbers -- or, at least, watching videos of other people scaring cats with cucumbers.<p>The videos show people placing cucumbers behind unsuspecting cats that are usually eating food out of a bowl. The …

Pets

We Know China Has Ghost Cities, But Where Are They Hiding?

Built it and they didn't come.<p>That could be the motto for China's infamous "ghost cities" — vast housing complexes that were frantically erected over the past decade but remain largely uninhabited.<p>For years, the real estate market in China has been booming. Chinese laws allow city governments to …

Real Estate

Volvo Is Designing the Autonomous Car That Could Eliminate All Traffic Deaths

As usual, traffic was apocalyptic on the 10 Freeway. So I cued up the <i>Master of None</i> episode I didn’t finish the night before, pulled out the Greek …

Playing these 6 video games could help improve your problem-solving skills

"My number one goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize," McGonigal writes on her website.<p>She tells Business Insider she wants people to realize that games can be "powerful tools to improve our attention, our mood, our cognitive strengths, and our relationships."<p>And …

North Carolina

This robot kills weeds, and could end the need for herbicides on farms

The robots have learned how to kill. Thankfully, for now, that killing is confined to weeds in fields. A new robot from Bosch, the German company best known for making power tools and car parts, can travel through crop fields, learn what weeds look like, and crush them.<p>The robot, called the …

Farming

Here's What It's REALLY Like To Be An Emirates Flight Attendant

Flights, free housing and SO much more.<p>Expert travelers know Emirates as one of the most luxurious airlines in the world. With opulent aircraft boasting showers, cocktail bars and sprawling first-class seats, Emirates recently welcomed a 615-seat A380 jet to its fleet, setting a record for the most …

Red Hat

This map shows the most dangerous countries for tourists to visit

In the wake of the Russian plane crash in which all 224 passengers and crew on board were killed, tourists are being warned of the countries that have been designated unsafe to travel to.<p>The map below, created by Statista, shows the 18 countries the Foreign Office advises British travellers should …

Buying a Samsung phone? Get $349 in accessories and $50 rebate for free

Carriers and manufacturers are celebrating the holidays extra early this year. Yesterday we reported on T-Mobile offer $100 discounts on top smartphones; now Samsung and Sprint are offering some of the sweetest smartphone deals we have seen in a while.<p>You won’t exactly be saving much on the phone …

Electronics Industry

Try It Now

Another Great Deal on Portable Smartphone & Tablet Charger

<b>Update:</b> The deal has ended.If you missed out on this Amazon deal earlier in the week, it’s back. This time in more sedate colors of Gold and Black. …

Portable

Huawei Watch review: the best Android Wear smartwatch

Classic design, slim bezels, a round, sapphire screen, two-day battery life and a heart rate monitor make the top-end smartwatch worth the extra cost<p>Who would have thought that a little-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer famous for budget smartphones would make the best Android Wear smartwatch …

Wearable Tech