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Autonomous cars will destroy millions of jobs and reshape the US economy by 2025

Most people—experts included—seem to think that the transition to driverless vehicles will come slowly over the coming few decades, and that large hurdles exist for widespread adoption. I believe that this is significant underestimation.<p>Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 and have a near …

Autonomous Cars

Cool Lenovo smartphone actually projects your touchscreen anywhere

Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo is finally giving the people what they want: The ability to play “Fruit Ninja” on your kitchen table.<p>The company unveiled the Smart Cast concept phone with a wacky presentation at its Tech World conference in Beijing on May 28. Renowned concert pianist Lang Lang …

Mobile Technology

Google taps Levi’s to create interactive jeans

Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create interactive clothing.<p>At Google’s developer conference today, the Mountain View, California company showed off Project Jacquard, an experimental program within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit that has developed conductive yarn with textile …

Wearable Tech

The future of iOS: apps you can enjoy without ever opening them

Apple wants app developers to start thinking outside the box.<p>Whatever the specifics of the company’s announcements at its developer conference this week, a major theme is likely to be features that break free of the rounded square app icons that have defined Apple’s mobile strategy since its …

Apps

Apple will finally help you track your period on the iPhone

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, quickly rattled through improvements the company is making to HealthKit, a tool for developers to make fitness apps for Apple’s app store. He said that with the iOS 9 update, …

Apple

Google wants a bigger role in your home with Nest refresh

When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion last year, the search giant declared its intentions to extend its reach into consumers’ homes. But one major challenge at the time was that connected gadgets for the most part operated in silos, unable to communicate with each other.<p>Google’s solution to …

Home Automation

A group of Harvard scientists have built a 3D printer that’s actually useful

Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in most cases, it’s faster to …

3D Printing

Time to hide: Google’s humanoid robot can now walk outside on its own

As you hide behind a tree, your heart races. You breathe shallow so they don’t hear you. But you know you’re running in vain. The robots are coming and this forest won’t hide you for long.<p>When the robot uprising happens, you’ll have Google—or Alphabet, as its parent company is soon to be called—to …

Robotics

Google’s new app-controlled router makes WiFi way simpler

One of the worst parts of the internet is actually getting on the internet. Wireless routers always seem to be finicky devices, beeping and blinking in the corner of the room, often dropping your connection for no apparent reason, sending you into a blind fit of rage as you sit there trying to …

Wi-Fi

Tesla still has to beat Apple, Google, and the entire auto industry to win the electric car market

Being first isn’t always best. Before Facebook went wide, there was MySpace. HD DVDs beat Blu-Ray discs to the market by a few months, but ended up being abandoned by the company that created them. Tesla has the first electric cars that are both desirable and well-built—the recent Model S variant …

Electric Vehicles

Virtual reality might actually be accessible to the masses

Samsung just lowered the price of its virtual-reality headset to $99, helping overcome one of the biggest barriers to the technology.<p>To date, Samsung has been the only company to manufacture and sell a consumer VR headset. At $200, its last-generation headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, already …

Virtual Reality

New phones, Chromecasts, and everything else Google announced today

Google announced a metric ton of new hardware today (Sept. 29) at the company’s saccharinely named “S’More to Love” event—referencing the company’s new mobile operating system, Android Marshmallow. On show today: flagship phones, streaming devices, software, and a very square tablet.<p>In case you …

Google Play

Watch this cryptic but amazing new video for Magic Leap’s VR technology

The virtual and augmented reality markets are starting to heat up. Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, and HTC are all in various stages of putting together consumer products that could change the way we interact with computers. Another company, however, named Magic Leap, might end up besting them all. …

Augmented Reality

Swarms of pumpkin-shaped drones might soon map the world’s seabeds

Just in time for Halloween: There’s a new robot in development that looks a lot like a decorative gourd that could one day buzz around our oceans on its own, mapping out the surfaces of the planet that we know so little about.<p>The robot was developed by Hydroswarm, a company founded by MIT …

Malaysia Airlines

Robots are learning to say “no” to human orders

It may seem an obvious idea that a robot should do precisely what a human orders it to do at all times. But researchers in Massachusetts are trying something that many a science fiction movie has already anticipated: They’re teaching robots to say “no” to some instructions.<p>For robots wielding …

Robotics

Half a year later, the Apple Watch feels like a stalled platform

Seven months later, my Apple Watch is still the second thing I put on every morning. (Glasses first.) But while I still enjoy using it and recommend buying it, I’m starting to feel the limitations of what the first version of the watch can do.<p>The main issue: I’m still only using it for a few tasks, …

Smartwatches

2015 was another year of dumb robots

This was the year we were supposed to get hoverboards and flying cars. Instead we got more robots that fall over.<p>Even though they were all over the news, television, and cinema screens this year, robots have not really entered the mainstream yet. They may build our cars and clean some of our …

Robotics

Fitbit is trying to chase Apple instead of focusing on its strengths

Fitbit, the industry leader in fitness tracking bands, introduced a new product this morning at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>It’s called Fitbit Blaze, and stop us if you think you’ve seen it before. Fitbit calls it “its smartest, most stylish, most motivating fitness tracker yet.” And …

Wearable Tech

Are you being watched right now? There’s a creepy search engine for unsecured webcams

Do you have a webcam? Have you put a password on it? You probably should, if you don’t fancy ending up on this creepy search engine.<p>Shodan claims to be the world’s first search engine for internet-connected devices. It allows users to see which of their devices are connected to the Internet, see …

Living Rooms

A Google engineer invented this smart mirror that tells you the news while you admire your looks

If you’re one of the few people who remembers the middling 2000 science fiction film <i>The 6th Day</i>, you may recall that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character uses a mirror that wishes him a happy birthday and tells him his schedule for the day. That was probably the coolest thing about the movie.<p>And now …

Widgets

The latest addition to the Internet of Things: hand-built folding bikes

Since its founding 40 years ago, Brompton has built its famous folding bicycles by hand in London—even as production has risen to 50,000 per year. But now it wants to modernize its products. One idea: connect the two-wheelers to the so-called Internet of Things. That would turn Brompton bikes into …

Internet of Things

Fairphone's Google-free open source OS is now available to download

It's based on Android, but there are no Google services<p>Phone manufacturer Fairphone is all about making smartphones that are as accessible and ethical as possible. This includes trying to find conflict-free minerals for use in their phones' construction, but also the software that lives on these …