Craig Cmehil

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DJI's new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in the palm of your hand

Over the last year, the clearest trend in the drone industry has been a move toward units that are smaller and more portable. Yuneec introduced a drone with foldable arms, and last week GoPro did the same. During its presentation for the new Karma drone, GoPro repeatedly emphasized how easy the …

Drones

Colossal Self-Driving Mining Truck Has No Back or Front

With no human driver, this huge dump truck has no windshield or cab cab. It never turns around—it just backs up.<p>Semi-autonomous vehicles are becoming more common at large-scale mining operations. The huge dump trucks that ferry material around giant dig sites have featured unmanned driving …

Automotive

DJI Launches New Mavic Pro Drone, Coming to Apple Stores in November

DJI today announced the launch of the Mavic Pro, its latest and smallest drone. The DJI Mavic Pro is designed to be compact, folding down to be put in a bag so it can be used anywhere.<p>When its four arms are folded and the propellers tucked away against its body, the Mavic Pro is "practically the …

Apple News

Google's AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy

Google is one of the leading providers of artificial intelligence-assisted language translation, and the company now says a new technique for doing so is vastly improving the results. The company’s AI team calls it the Google Neural Machine Translation system, or GNMT, and it initially provided a …

Translation

Facebook At Work is launching next month

Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company is ready to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook @ Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to …

Facebook

Passengers in Uber's self-driving cars waived right to sue for injury or death

Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-square mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle.<p>But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the …

Uber

China unveils world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

The world’s largest radio telescope has begun operating in southwestern China, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.<p>The five-hundred-metre aperture spherical radio telescope (acronym: Fast), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working about …

China

Uber wants to build planes to beat city traffic

Uber surprised the world last month when it announced its plans to begin testing self-driving cabs within a matter of days. The company clearly has its sights set on the future of mobility, as Jeff Holden’s latest comments prove.<p>Uber’s head of products spoke with Recode over the weekend at The …

Airplanes

Robots will soon be delivering groceries in Washington, DC

Order a grocery delivery in the Washington D.C. area in the coming months and you could find yourself opening the door to a self-driving robot.<p>The company behind the wheel-based autonomous bot is about to start testing grocery and restaurant takeout deliveries in the East Coast city after it became …

Washington D.C.

SpaceX test-fires the engines that could take humans to Mars

SpaceX has conducted its first firing test of its Raptor engine, the powerful propulsion system that the company aims to use to take humans to Mars. SpaceX boss Elon Musk tweeted pictures of the tests late last night, sharing one image that showed a steady stream of flame emanating from the engine, …

Elon Musk

Google's self-driving car in broadside collision after other car jumps red light

One of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in one of the worst autonomous vehicle accident yet, when a driver ran a red light and collided with the passenger side door of the modified Lexus SUV.<p>The driver of the vehicle passed through a red light as one of Google’s fleet of autonomous Lexus …

Google

‘Pokémon GO’ New Update Is Here

Niantic Labs just released a new update for "Pokémon GO."Niantic Labs started to roll out a new update for its mega-successful “Pokémon GO” app for …

Pokémon

A driverless future is coming — but it won't start with self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are coming.<p>Tesla is aiming to have a fully driverless car ready by 2018, and Uber recently kicked off a pilot in Pittsburgh where select users can hail a ride in a self-driving car. And many other companies have plans to roll out some form of self-driving cars by 2020.<p>But chances …

The Future

Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130 bucks

Snapchat’s long-rumored camera glasses are actually real. The startup’s first foray into hardware will be a pair of glasses called “Spectacles” and will go on sale this fall for $129.99, according to The WSJ.<p>The glasses will only come in one size, but will be available in three colors – black, teal …

Snapchat

Google’s self-driving car was today in what appears to be its worst accident yet

Google’s self-driving cars are no stranger to accidents, but rarely are the autonomous cars at fault and rarely do those accidents cause any significant damage. Today it seems may be an exception for the latter case, with one of the Mountain View company’s Lexus self-driving vehicles sustaining …

Google

Uber now requires drivers to take selfies for added security

Uber announced today that it’ll require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests. The new feature, called Real-Time ID Check, is described as a way to prevent fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised, but some critics say it’s an …

Security

If Aliens Call, We Might Not Want To Answer, Says Stephen Hawking

Listen up, NASA.<p>Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, <b>do not answer ―</b> at least, not without careful consideration.<p>The renowned theoretical physicists hosts “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new short film available on the streaming service …

Stephen Hawking

Soaring peregrine falcon population pivotal to conservation discussions

Wildlife conservationist Peter Ewins remembers finding abandoned nests and broken eggs when he searched for peregrine falcons in the 1980s in places where they had nested for centuries.<p>The world’s fastest animal, a magnificent raptor that can hit speeds of nearly 400 kilometres an hour as it swoops …

Demographics

Twitter shares jump more than 20% on reports of possible acquisition by Google or Salesforce

It’s no secret that Twitter is open to acquisition offers, but a new report suggests that the social network has received expressions of interest from at least two notable tech companies — Google and Salesforce.<p>According to CNBC, Twitter may receive a formal bid “shortly,” with Twitter’s board keen …

Google

New Google Wi-Fi router may share stage with Pixel phone Oct. 4

Called Google Wifi, the device is expected to cost $129, according to a new report.<p>Sure, people eagerly await the latest rumors about coming …

Google

Apple’s Siri-based Echo rival has reportedly begun prototype testing

Amazon’s Echo speaker has been the surprise hit of the past couple of years, taking the awfully fragmented smart home tech market and giving everyone a central device to communicate with. Its popularity has prompted plenty of copycats, and a new <i>Bloomberg</i> report indicates that Apple is stepping up …

Amazon

Driverless Bus Gets Into Fender Bender In Switzerland

Puts brakes on trial program, for now<p>Robots, too, can be bad drivers. As the world prepares for the coming future of driverless cars, there are bound to be a few accidents. Launched this summer, a trial of PostBus driverless shuttles in Sion, Switzerland was expected to continue through October …

Switzerland

This Drone Could Fly Forever With Wireless Power

It's only a very early prototype, but the tech is still impressive.<p>Quadcopter drones are great for all kind of things from filming to delivering (small) packages, but every drone is limited by its battery life. There are all kinds of potential solutions to this problem from fuel cell-powered drones …

Wireless

Rules of the road for self-driving cars set to be released

So far, manufacturers of self-driving cars have operated in uncharted waters, with regulations governing the rules of the road varying from state-to-state. Now the federal government is stepping in with a major new effort to bring order to the chaos.<p>On Tuesday, the federal government will release …

Transparency

iPhone 7. Apple Just Showed Us The Future

The iPhone 7 is here. It’s the best iPhone ever. It’s the first iPhone without an analog headphone jack. It’s also the clearest sign for Apple’s …

iPhone

Mein Powerbeam macht Sonnenbrand - Powerbeam feat. Jaison Burn

10,000 instances of distracted driving a day are due to 'Pokemon Go'

Experts have made it official: “Pokemon Go” and driving do not mix.<p>A new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine says the augmented reality game plays a role in roughly 10,000 instances of distracted driving each day, according to reports made on Twitter.<p>As their tweets reveal, “Pokemon Go” …

Pokémon

Catching Pokémon with the new Pokémon Go Plus

The new Pokémon Go Plus has finally arrived, giving Pokémon Go players a way to catch critters and collect items without ever taking their phones out of their pockets.<p>I walked into a store and bought two today (there were plenty more around) so chances are you won’t have to resort to overpaying on …

Pokémon

Neighbor Unlocks Front Door Without Permission With The Help Of Apple's Siri

The smart home is supposed to make our lives safer and more efficient, but it’s clear the technology still has a long way to go.<p>According to Reddit post by user “sportingkcmo,” he had his house equipped with an August Smart Lock, a Bluetooth-enabled door lock that users operate using their phone, …

Apple News

Star Trek's warp drive might become a reality

How our dream of exploring the stars might actually someday come true. > “We are what we are, and we’re doing the best we can. It is not for you to …

Science Fiction