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Samsung answers burning Note 7 questions, vows better batteries

The company opens up about the source of one of history's worst tech product recalls.<p>Sure, blame the batteries. But it's not quite that simple.<p>During a press conference Sunday, Samsung said two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 phones and the replacement units …

Automakers and suppliers team up to share costs of self-driving cars

<i>(Reuters) –</i> Automotive suppliers and automakers are expanding alliances to develop self-driving car technology that can serve multiple automakers, as the race to put such vehicles on the road separates companies that can go it alone from those that need help sharing the financial and technical …

Car Tech

Space lettuce is now officially on the ISS menu

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough has eaten the first of four space lettuce harvests after the leaf vegetable was proven safe in 2015.<p>The humble lettuce is still the subject of ongoing experimentation in microgravity. Over the last few years, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been …

Apple confirms work on autonomous systems to transform ‘the future of transportation’

Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to …

USDOT

Watch McLaren’s fully electric P1 go through some intense testing

McLaren makes supercars, and to make those cars requires a lot of technical expertise and rigorous engineering. The new McLaren P1 fully electric car is no different. This open-top vehicle hit the test track recently with a seasoned driver at the helm – and the resulting video (via Jalopnik) is …

Tesla needs the one thing only rival carmakers can give it

Tesla's market position is solid right now. True, the company is facing challenges, from perfecting its manufacturing processes to ensuring that it can deliver enough vehicles in 2015 to keep Wall Street happy.<p>But Elon Musk's startup has money in the bank, has just debuted its much-anticipated …

Tesla

Tricorder-like tech could detect bombs, tumors

Taking on a challenge from DARPA, Stanford scientists create scanning technology similar to the piece of Star Trek gear that's "the holy grail of detection devices."<p>When it comes to the most impressive practical technology in the sci-fi universe, a serious nod goes to the original tricorder from …

Don't let your smartphone be lazy: Make it help cure cancer as you sleep

While you sleep, your smartphone could be doing something much more useful than acting as your alarm clock.<p>DreamLab, a three-year collaboration …

Amazon launches Black Friday deals store

For the retail giant, Black Friday is no longer just a day, it's a season. And that season has arrived.<p>Shoppers, get your credit cards poised.<p>Amazon on Sunday launched its Black Friday deals store as it begins to count down to what traditionally has been one of the biggest shopping days of the year.<p>…

Beware These Three Scary Negotiation Tactics

Negotiation can be a tricky business, full of both potential pitfalls and opportunities for success. When two parties negotiate in good faith, the results can be mutually beneficial and fortify a relationship that is based on trust, respect, and admiration. Unfortunately, not every negotiation is a …

Leadership
Australia

Here's everything we know about Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens

Rather than doubling down on mobile, Microsoft has decided to look into the future — and the result is HoloLens.<p>The headset, which has been at least three years in the making and is rumoured to be released sometime in early 2017, is all part of the new "One Windows" strategy that sees Microsoft …

Augmented Reality

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

SAN FRANCISCO — Of all the states, California has set the most ambitious targets for cutting emissions in coming decades, and an important pillar of its plan to reach those goals is encouraging the spread of electric vehicles.<p>But the push to make the state greener is creating an unintended side …

Why NASA's Mars Missions Last Long After Their Expiration Dates

Two words: conservative engineering.<p>NASA's Mars Opportunity rover was supposed to last 90 days on the red planet. That was 11 years ago, and it's still roving. The Mars Odyssey orbiter had a stated two-year mission, starting in 2002. Today it still collects data and acts as a communications hub for …

Roving

Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

He wants to create two tiny pulsing suns over the Martian poles<p>A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the …

This Intelligent Mirror Can Diagnose Everything Wrong With You From Your Reflection

This mirror has sensors that go beyond skin deep to find out how healthy you really are.<p>The Wize Mirror knows if you’ve been drinking too much or eating foods you shouldn’t. It can sense if you’ve got high cholesterol or are on the way to getting diabetes. And it does all of this without ever …

Diabetes

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Management

Qualcomm Wants to Do for Drones What It Did for Smartphones

The wireless chip company is betting on cheaper drones that are easier to build.<p>One of the reasons smartphones have become as popular as they have around the world is because they became relatively easy to build, thanks in no small part to chip companies.<p>Qualcomm, the $26 billion (2014 sales) …

Drones

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend

Here are 25 books recommended by some of the top CEOs in the world to kick off your reading list.<p>Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few …

Kazuo Ishiguro

Fall Movie Preview 2015: Biopics, Bond and 'The Force Awakens'

From Oscar contenders to new Tarantino and 'Star Wars' films, all you need to know on the season's big movies<p>By<p>Fall is the time of the year when …

Movies

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Obama to appear on 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

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Privacy

Uber Plans To Go Public In 18-24 Months, According To Leaked Presentation

Uber could become a public company as soon as next year or 2016, according to a leaked document published in a report from Reuters.<p>The news agency gained access to a presentation that Uber is showing to potential investors in China as part of a new funding round for its international business. …

America's giant robot needs funding to fight Japanese rival

It turns out that giant robot duels are <i>really</i> expensive, as America's MegaBots team has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500,000 in its fight against Japan's Kuratas. It was MegaBots group (aka Team USA) that demanded the battle in the first place, and Japan gladly accepted on one …

Clarkson and the 'Top Gear' team are 'very, very, very expensive' says Amazon boss

Jeff Bezos says Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are "worth a lot and they know it."<p>Signing Jeremy Clarkson and the "Top Gear" team was "very, very, very expensive" for Amazon, says Jeff Bezos. But speaking to The Telegraph, the Amazon founder and chief executive boasts Amazon is part …

Health tech is going to save your life (for real)

From 3D-printed organs to cancer-fighting nanotech, the most important branch of technology right now is the one that will keep you living longer and stronger.<p>We are nothing without good health. It's a cliche. It's cheesy. And I believe it passionately.<p>Health is one of the most important fields in …

MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human pilot

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up to a human controller. Think <i>Pacific Rim</i>, except …

The 2015 International Best-Dressed List

Whether this year’s best-dressed honorees wowed in McQueen (FKA Twigs), a top hat (Prince Harry), custom Maison Margiela (Amal Clooney), or Louis Vuitton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), it’s worth asking what inspires them.

Intel 3D XPoint memory could be 1,000 times faster than flash

Intel and Micron have announced a new class of non-volatile memory that claims to offer a breakthrough in memory chips. Known as 3D Xpoint (cross point), production of this memory has already begun and could be heading to laptops, super computers and smartphones in the future.<p>3D XPoint is targeted …

Computer Science