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HeartMonitor Apple Watch app lets you continuously track heart rate without workouts

Developer Zach Simone has today unveiled a new iPhone and Apple Watch app that tracks heart rate without activating a traditional Workout. The app, called HeartMonitor, allows you to continuously track your heart rate during so-called “sessions” of activity, while the accompanying iPhone app makes …

Texas city drops its bus service in favor of ridesharing vans

Ridesharing companies often dream of changing the face of public transportation, but one of them is going a step further -- it's becoming the only option for public transportation in one community. Arlington, Texas is replacing its bus service with Via's ridesharing platform. Pay $3 per trip ($10 …

Turns out that Geek Squad has been in the FBI's pocket for a decade

Who needs probable cause when you have geeks?<p>That appears to be the thinking of the FBI, which has been working with Best Buy's computer repair …

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

Machine Learning

Uber Express Pool: cheaper rides, as long as you don't mind walking

Uber just discovered a new activity to integrate into its app: walking.<p>Yes, using your feet is an essential ingredient in Uber Express Pool, a new …

Intel Leads Moovit's $50 Million Round As Transit App Morphs Into Mobility Platform

Moovit, the world’s most downloaded transit app, raised $50 million in a new funding round led by Intel Capital that will help the Israeli startup’s push to become a comprehensive, one-stop resource for urban trip planning.<p>Along with the Intel unit, previous Moovit investors, including Sequoia …

Transit

Citymapper Smart Ride is half-taxi, half-bus

The navigation app is launching a new flexible bus service, but says it's not setting itself up as a rival to Uber.<p>The wheels on the bus are going round to a new generation of flexible public transport, courtesy of Citymapper.<p>Citymapper has already dipped its toes into public transport with a trial …

Transportation

Chinese farmers are using AI to help rear the world’s biggest pig population

‘We’d like to translate AI technology into safe, tasty pork.’<p>It’s been called China’s “pork miracle.”<p>For centuries, pig-rearing in the country was predominantly a backyard occupation. (The etymology of the Chinese character for “home” literally means “house with a pig in it.”) But since the 1980s, …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazfit's new Bip smartwatch promises 45-day battery life for just $100

One of the biggest reasons I rail against most smartwatches is their low battery life. Amazfit, a brand from Xiaomi’s wearable tech supplier Huami, says it’s got a fix for that with its new $100 Bip watch, which boasts more than a month of use on a single charge.<p>That’s impressive, considering that …

Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a few months

Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality... in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed <i>Automobilwoche</i> that the two companies will put test vehicles on the road within a few months. He didn't …

Beak is a new smart home hub armed with an IR blaster to control air conditioners and more

Adding smartphone control to all of the devices in our home doesn’t require replacing everything, at least not according to a new smart hub called Beak. Armed with an IR blaster, Z-Wave and a long list of compatible gadgets, the hub can turn just about any home appliance from air conditioners to …

Didi is now ready to take on Google and Tesla in self-driving cars

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has become a near-monopoly in China, having acquired Uber’s business there over a year ago. Its biggest goal now, according to CEO Cheng Wei, is to take on Google and Tesla in the the realm of self-driving cars.<p>Cheng shared his vision in an exclusive interview (link …

Senators propose 'USA Liberty Act' to reauthorize NSA surveillance

The question of how to rein in monitoring enabled by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has been in the spotlight ever since the Edward Snowden PRISM revelations. What exactly to do about it has gone back and forth, but the latest attempt to "reform" surveillance is …

Privacy

Trump administration demands Facebook surrender information about hostile activists

Facebook is facing demands from Trump administration lawyers for account information of anti-government activists.<p>The Justice Department has demanded that the social media giant had over information from three accounts which were used to organise anti-Trump protests on inauguration day.<p>Should the …

Donald Trump

Apple Joins FDA Pilot Program for Faster Approval of Digital Health Tools

The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has selected nine companies to join its voluntary Pre-Cert pilot program, which is designed to foster innovation through the creation of a less restrictive regulatory framework that will lead to faster acceptance of health-related software …

China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship

SHANGHAI — China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.<p>The disabling in mainland China of the Facebook-owned app is a setback for the social media giant, whose chief executive, Mark …

Privacy

Roombas have been busy mapping our homes, and now that data could be shared

Recon robots<p>Over the past couple of years, Roombas haven’t just been picking up dust and chauffeuring cats around, they’ve also been mapping the layout of your home. Now, Colin Angle, the chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot, has said he wants to share the data from these maps in order to improve …

I, Robot

One picture shows why self-driving cars are loaded with all kinds of sensors

You're looking at what's known in the autonomous-car industry as an "edge case"—a situation where a vehicle might have behaved unpredictably because its software processed an unusual scenario differently from the way a human would.<p>In this example, image-recognition software applied to data from a …

Autonomous Cars

US Border Patrol says it won't search travelers' cloud data

That's the response to a senator's questions about border agents pressuring Americans into providing device credentials.<p>US border patrol officers don't have the authority to examine data stored in the cloud when they search travelers' phones, the US Customs and Border Protection has …

Rand Paul

This Wearable Could Let Us Look Inside Another Person's Brain

A new startup called Openwater aims "to create a wearable to enable us to see the inner workings of the body and brain."<p>What if you could "see" directly into another person's brain? The ability to read minds, referred to as telepathy, is yet another concept that's abundant in science fiction, but a …

Wearable Tech

Can robots solve Grandma's loneliness?

The elderly, a group notoriously indifferent to new technology, now finds itself as a target market for the growing robotics industry.<p>Tech companies, auto manufacturers and startups are among those examining how robots can assist the elderly in their homes. Senior citizens, who often live alone, …

Robotics

Google responds to Wall Street Journal accusations of paying professors

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today published a story showcasing the results of a report from the Campaign for Accountability. The story details a series of shady encounters between Google representatives and various Professors wherein Google appears to be paying academics to write specific …

AR startup Meta sues former head of optics over alleged trade secrets theft

A top augmented reality startup is suing its former head of optics for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in the creation of his own AR company.<p>Meta, which builds augmented reality hardware and software, filed suit earlier this week in a Northern California court against …

Augmented Reality

The smart home might finally get some brains

Alex Teichman thinks your smart home isn’t actually smart—it’s just remote controlled.<p>“It’s great that you can turn down the heat when you’re away at work,” he says. “But all the intelligence is coming from you. It’s not actually smart yet.”<p>Teichman is CEO of Lighthouse, a startup out of Android …

Artificial Intelligence

ISPs promise they aren’t going to sell your browsing history (anymore)

Several of the most popular internet service providers are stepping over themselves to tell customers that, no, they aren’t going to sell your browsing history.<p>Following Congress’s repealing of internet privacy rules, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have all posted blogs reassuring customers that they …

Congress could soon allow ISPs to sell your browsing history without your consent

Last year, former US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a rule that would prevent internet providers from selling customers’ private data to third parties without their consent; the rule passed in October 2016 with clear guidelines for how ISPs must secure …

Privacy

Internal Metrics Show How Often Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Need Human Help

Uber’s internal performance report for self-driving car tests in Arizona show for the first time how the company's autonomous vehicle program is progressing.<p>Human drivers were forced to take control of Uber's self-driving cars about once per mile driven in early March during testing in Arizona, …

Driverless Cars

Why London is a self-driving nightmare for the Nissan Leaf

For the people sitting in the lobby of the Aloft ExCel, a premium hotel in the heart of London's Docklands district, it was a typical day. Some were there on business, others to see the city. A handful of parents were patiently waiting to be ushered in for their weekly mother and baby swimming …

Google's DeepMind plans bitcoin-style health record tracking for hospitals

Tech company’s health subsidiary planning digital ledger based on blockchain to let hospitals, the NHS and eventually patients track personal data<p>Google’s AI-powered health tech subsidiary, DeepMind Health, is planning to use a new technology loosely based on bitcoin to let hospitals, the NHS and …

Blockchain