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How to see all the terrifying things Google knows about you

We have come to accept that the technology we interact with on a daily basis is tracking and recording our every move.<p>Your iPhone knows everywhere you've been, Google Maps is always tracking your location, and Facebook has built a detailed character profile of all its users.<p>By following these five …

The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers. With a sticker …

Driverless Cars

Watch the amazing creation of a model airline seat, built with manila folders and lots of patience

Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a model citizen.<p>Just ask Singapore Airlines.<p>Iaconi-Stewart, of San Francisco, spent about 500 hours creating models of Singapore's seating, which will include Premium Economy starting Jan. 17 on Los Angeles routes.<p>These are no ordinary models. If you watch the fascinating …

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us who appreciate a good visual aid. …

Time Management

SpaceX successfully launched its first rocket in 6 months

The rocket ferryied 11 satellites into orbit for the telecommunications company Orbcomm Inc.<p>A few seconds after lift off, SpaceX announced that its Falcon 9 had cleared the towers, marking a successful launch.<p>Within the next 31 minutes, the rocket had deployed all 11 satellite into low-earth orbit, …

Space Travel