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Western Digital is buying SanDisk for $19 billion

Hot on the heels of the Dell-EMC megaquisition comes the news that Western Digital, the world's largest storage manufacturer, is buying one of the world's largest flash memory manufacturers, SanDisk. The deal is worth $86.50 per share, which adds up to a total of $19 billion. Western Digital …

Iran: Plane engine falls off into Tehran locality, pilot makes emergency landing

The Mahan Air plane had taken off from Tehran when it reportedly experienced an engine failure.<p>A passenger plane in Iran had to make an emergency …

The Σtos is a self-driving sports car with a folding steering wheel and its own drone

Rinspeed blends enthusiasm and tech in its autonomous concept for CES 2016.<p>The next CES doesn't kick off in Las Vegas until January 2016, but the hype train is already leaving the station -- with or without a driver. The first CES-bound concept to appear is the Rinspeed Σtos, a sports car that …

Driverless Cars

Can't afford a brand-new Veyron? Now you can get one 'Bugatti certified'

'Certified pre-owned' (CPO) and 'Bugatti Veyron' are two titles no one ever imagined would be pushed together. And, yet, here we are.<p>That's right; …

How to Create To-Do Lists in Notes

The improvements to the Notes app are some of the most helpful upgrades for iOS 9. Now you can add links, include sketches, and create checkable to-do lists. Whether you want to set yourself weekly goals or you want a grocery list you won’t forget at home, it’s easy and ever so efficient.<p>To create …

Butter Cookies

Explore The Terrifying Scale Of Mount Everest In This 3.2 Billion Pixel Interactive

Here’s why you’re probably not ready to climb Everest.<p>Even as yet another eponymous movie) opens in theaters, Nepalese officials are making access to Mount Everest harder than ever to attain. If you’re wondering why, look no further than this 3.2 billion pixel interactive tour of Mount Everest by …

Mountaineering

Samsung launches its fastest mainstream SSD yet

Samsung has just launched the 950 Pro, its first consumer SSD that puts vertical NAND (V-NAND) tech into a gumstick-sized M.2 PCI Express device. The result, as you might guess, is speed. The 512GB model, which costs a reasonable $350, can read at 2.5GB/s and write at 1.5GB/s, easily beating the …

Watch a swarm of drones build a rope bridge

A swarm of quadcopters has been programmed to autonomously build a secure rope bridge that can support human weight.<p>Research on the use of drones in search-and-rescue situations is ongoing, but there's no denying that the small, lightweight aerial vehicles have potential.<p>New research by a team at …

Drones

Samsung's SSD sets sick speed standard

The 950 Pro offers read speeds of up to 2,500 MBps and write speeds as fast as 1,500 MBps<p>Samsung's latest hard drive — the 950 Pro SSD — is the fastest consumer SSD it's ever made. By incorporating V-NAND and NVMe technology (that's Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface for the non-acronym …

Samsung

More people have died from selfies than shark attacks this year

A 66-year-old Japanese tourist has died, and his travel companion has been injured, after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at …

Clarkson, Hammond, and May's New Amazon Show Might be Called "Gear Knobs"

Ever since Clarkson, Hammond, and May signed on with Amazon for a new car show, there has been a debate as to what the new program might be called. Before the deal with Amazon, it was thought that if the trio went to Netflix, the show would be called <i>House of Cars</i>, a take on that streaming service’s …

Streaming

Sharp to sell world's first 8K TV in October, for about $125,000

First there was 1080p. Then there was 4K.<p>Now, Japan electronics giant Sharp will begin limited sales of so-called 8K televisions next month. The TVs, …

Televisions

Netflix: Top Gear trio 'not worth the money'

<b>A senior executive at Netflix says the streaming service declined to sign up the former presenters of Top Gear because "it wasn't worth the money".</b><p>Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the BBC earlier this year after Clarkson was fired for hitting a producer.<p>They recently signed a …

Jeremy Clarkson

This app gives you a virtual security guard to walk you home

Some of the best app ideas are also the most obvious, and that's definitely the case with the Companion app.<p>The app makes it easy to recruit friends …

Apps

Self-driving cars can be fooled by fake signals

You'd think that self-driving cars would be most vulnerable to remote hacks, but the biggest danger may come from someone nearby with a handful of cheap electronics. Security researcher Jonathan Petit has determined that you can fool LIDAR (the laser ranging common on autonomous vehicles) by …

Apple AirPort Extreme vs Google OnHub: two powerhouse routers, separated by software

Google’s new OnHub, or Apple’s tried-and-true AirPort Extreme? Many will face a choice when shopping for a new router, but choosing between these two isn’t as cut-and-dry as it might seem. Both pack a punch, but the intangibles set them apart. Here is the Google OnHub vs Apple AirPort Extreme …

Hackers can trick self-driving cars into taking evasive action

Lidar sensor can be fooled into seeing fake people, cyclists, cars or walls with a $60 system built out of Raspberry Pi and a laser pointer<p>Hackers can easily trick self-driving cars into thinking that another car, a wall or a person is in front of them, potentially paralysing it or forcing it to …

Autonomous Cars