Rohan Patel

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Why Corporate America is recruiting high schoolers

With more job openings than unemployed workers in the US economy, companies are finding it hard to fill jobs.<p>One solution is for corporations to train high school students with the skills needed in the labor market. Sometimes, they start as young as kindergarten.<p>Since 2011, more than 400 companies …

Electrical Grid

Google Reveals Company AI Principles in Wake of Project Maven Exit | Engineering360

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the release of seven guiding principles for AI development at the company on June 7.<p>Pichai originally announced …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch a Demo of Self-docking Yacht Technology

Volvo Penta has developed an advanced self-docking solution, targeted for launch in 2020. The Volvo Group has been conducting research into …

Sailing

Google Measure now works on all phones running Android 7.0 and above

<b>Google Measure, the virtual tape measure app, now works on any phone running Android 7.0 Nougat and above.</b><p>The practical-minded augmented reality app, …

Augmented Reality

Google Maps vs Waze: Which Is Better for You?

Wondering which mapping app to guide you through your next journey? Google Maps is far and away the world's favorite, but savvy drivers also talk up …

Maps

A Commercial Floor-cleaning Robot | Engineering360

The team behind Neo describes the robot as “a purpose-built, floor-scrubbing robot that integrates state-of-the-art navigation technology with …

Walmart's new startup: Text anything and get it delivered within a day

Walmart's latest attempt to take on Amazon is decidedly high-end.<p>The company is launching Jetblack, a new personal shopping service that lets customers order items via a text message with same-day or next-day delivery. For now, the invite-only service is only available in parts of New York City and …

eCommerce

Tesla’s massive 50,000-Powerwall virtual power plant project gets greenlight from new SA gov

Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it reached a deal with the South Australian government to install solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world.<p>A new government was elected in the state a few weeks later and they quickly cast doubts …

Amazon Map Tracker lets you follow your package delivery in real time

The feature is rolling out to more users now<p>Amazon Map Tracker, a feature the company quietly introduced last month, has started expanding to more users in the US, as noted by <i>Android Police</i> and confirmed by <i>CNET</i>. The feature gives you a real-time map of your Amazon package delivery as it’s in …

Bank of America's AI assistant is ready to help with your finances

We've been expecting voice-powered virtual assistants in financial apps for a while now — Bank of America started developing its own back in 2016. Dubbed Erica, the virtual assistant is now ready to roll out to the bank's 25 million mobile clients across the US, from now through June of this …

Bosch jet thruster blasts your motorcycle out of a skid

Modern motorcycles have gained safety features like antilock brakes and even (experimental) self-balancing, but riders still highly exposed in crashes. Bosch is trying to stop accidents in the first place in a crazy new way: using jet thrusters. Let's say you've leaned into a steep curve, hit a …

Tesla Model X breaks electric towing record by pulling a Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

As part of a publicity stunt by Qantas, a Tesla Model X P100D established a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle by towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.<p>With a mere 5,000-lb rated capacity, the Tesla Model X is already the passenger electric vehicle …

From strawberries to apples, a wave of agriculture robotics may ease the farm labor crunch

Some farmers are responding to the worsening farm labor shortage by turning to automated harvesting equipment and other advanced technology that …

Farming

Tesla’s giant battery in Australia reduced grid service cost by 90%

Tesla’s giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market.<p>A new report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it has already taken …

Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

An advanced type of malware can spy on nearly every Android smartphone function and steal passwords, photos, video, screenshots and data from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps. "ZooPark" targets subjects in the Middle East and was likely developed by a state actor, according to Kaspersky Lab, which …

iPhone X sales buck the trend but we've hit peak phone. Here's why

It appears that Apple has dodged a bullet. As the Cupertino-based tech giant's latest financial results suggest, the iPhone X – the company’s hero …

Apple Introduces New iPhone Recycling Robot | Engineering360

In a bid to retrieve high-quality materials from old smartphones, Apple has developed a new iPhone recycling robot capable of recovering these …

Azure Sphere - Microsoft's Ambitious Plan To Own The Next-Generation IoT Devices

After ruling the OS market for decades with Windows, Microsoft now wants to own the computing platform that powers the next generation of IoT devices. Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s latest platform for microcontrollers, extends its reach to billions of devices.<p>Microcontrollers are tiny chips that are …

Internet of Things

Tesla's Simultaneous Brilliance And Incompetence Revealed In Teardown Of Model 3

One of the best ways to understand how great or awful a car is, is to tear it apart, piece by piece, and examine how it was designed and assembled.<p>If you take apart a Tesla Model 3, as engineering experts Munro & Associates have done, you come away with an appreciation of why Tesla scares the pants …

Tesla

Data Samurai: Why Your Business Needs A New Breed Of Data Analyst

As organizations depend more and more on data, the job prospects for data analysts have never been brighter. By 2020, IBM projects the number of open positions in the United States for data professionals will increase to 2.7 million. Despite this surge in demand for analytics talent, there has been …

Big Data

Study shows Google Assistant is smarter than its rivals

For the second year in a row, digital marketing agency Stone Temple has found that Google Assistant is the smartest digital assistant on the …

Elon Musk Just Sent an Extraordinary Email to Tesla Employees

A detailed look at a new email from Elon Musk teaches some important lessons.<p>Tesla, the electric auto manufacturer led by Elon Musk,is getting ready to enter a new phase of activity as it ramps up production of its mass-market intended Model 3. In an email recently obtained by automotive website …

Tesla

Watch: Dutch Firm Completes Footbridge 3D Printed By Welding Robots | Engineering360

Dutch company MX3D announced on April 1 that it has completed a 3D-printed bridge at its workshop in Amsterdam.<p>MX3D employed four welding robots to …

Amazon executives sat through a brutally uncomfortable 4.5-minute phone call that showed them just how much Jeff Bezos cares about customers

Jeff Bezos takes customer service seriously.<p>That's the lesson former global VP of customer service Bill Price learned during a meeting of 30 Amazon executives years ago, according to an excerpt from Brad Stone's "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon."<p>When Bezos asked Price how …

Scientists discover new species of exploding ant

The Southeast Asian insect fights attackers by exploding their own bodies and covering enemies in sticky yellow goo.<p>A new species of ant which can …

Zoology

Universal SIM card rollout faces another hurdle

The rollout of universal SIM cards, called eSIM, could be delayed because of an investigation into whether wireless carriers colluded to make it more difficult for customers to switch service providers.<p>GSMA, a group that works to set eSIM standards for the wireless industry, said Saturday that the …

Telecoms

Use Chevy's in-dash system to pay for your Shell gas

If you have a 2017-or-later Chevrolet with access to GM's on-board marketplace, you might be able pay for gas without having to take out your wallet. The automaker has teamed up with Shell to roll out what it says is the first in-dash fuel payment in the US. If you're fueling up at participating …

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google’s heavy investment in artificial intelligence has helped the company’s software write music and beat humans at complex board games. What …

Google's latest do-it-yourself AI kits include everything you need

Google's AIY kits have been helpful for do-it-yourselfers who want to explore AI concepts like computer vision, but they weren't really meant for newcomers when you had to supply your own Raspberry Pi and other must-haves. It'll be much easier to get started from now on: Google has released updated …

Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies pledge to never help governments launch cyberattacks

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