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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 Charging

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

SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter can go “well beyond” Mars

Elon Musk just teased that one of SpaceX’s more future-focused projects might be more ambitious than previously thought. On Twitter, the SpaceX CEO revealed that the company’s Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) will need a new name, since in fact, it “can go well beyond Mars.”<p>This then promptly turned …

SpaceX

Uber's self-driving pilot program could be a step toward a long-awaited IPO

Uber Technologies said on Wednesday that "the world's first self-driving Ubers are now on the road."<p>The ride-hailing giant has put four vehicles into service equipped with its prototype self-driving system (with backup drivers on board) giving rides to Uber customers in Pittsburgh.<p>It's a milestone …

Car Tech

Leonardo DiCaprio and Google launched a free tool to crowd-spy on illegal fishing from space

If you’ve longed for adventures on the high seas but couldn’t live the dream for whatever reason, your time has come. On Sept. 15, film star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio unveiled Global Fishing Watch for the public at the US State Department’s Our Ocean 2016 conference. It’s a free …

Leonardo Dicaprio

Autopilot radar maker Mobileye says it warned Tesla against enabling hands-free driving

(<i>By Eric Auchard for Reuters) —</i> Mobileye NV said in a U.S. securities filing on Friday that its top executives were assured by Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk that drivers of the company’s electric cars would not be allowed to take their hands off the wheel when using the “Autopilot” …

Driving

SpaceX explosion is causing some to question Elon Musk's ambitious plans

When one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets exploded on a launch pad just before a test on September 1, the spaceflight community collectively gasped.<p>Private spaceflight's golden child had failed again, for the second time in about 15 months.<p>The September explosion destroyed the Israeli-built AMOS-6 …

Elon Musk

This Swedish company with less than 200 employees builds some of the world’s fastest hypercars

Koenigsegg, a small carmaker based in Sweden is not out to build cars for the masses. Their sole purpose is to build top-of-the-line hypercars that are breaking records, all with the help of less than 200 employees.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

Sweden

Tesla is still going to win the driverless-car race

Tesla is entering one of the roughest periods it has ever faced.<p>In the fourth quarter, the electric-car maker must deliver at least 80,000 vehicles to meet its guidance, continue to develop the Model 3 mass-market sedan for a 2017 launch, and grow its energy-storage business.<p>Tesla must also manage …

Tesla

NASA tested a rocket engine — and did something unusual in the process

NASA recently released slow-motion footage of an SLS booster rocket engine being tested. Part of the Space Launch System scheduled to launch in 2018, NASA left the nozzle plug inside the booster — creating an incredible on-camera effect.<p><i>Video courtesy of NASA</i><p><b>Follow TI:</b> On Facebook

NASA

A company you've never heard of is quietly leading the driverless-car revolution

NVIDIA (pronounced en-vid-eya) has been around for 23 years, but you may not have heard of it.<p>That's because it's a company working on big projects behind the scenes. It's first foray into the tech world was as a 3D-graphics company, primarily designing the graphics used in video-gaming. But that …

Revolution

Larry The Mammoth's Skull Is Confusing Paleontologists

National Park Service biologist Peter Larramendy first noticed a mammoth tusk poking out of a river bank in September 2014, while conducting a stream …

Mircosoft surpasses IBM's Watson in speech recognition

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>A team of Microsoft researchers has achieved the lowest error rate for speech recognition on record at 6.3%, overtaking prior record holder IBM Watson’s 6.9%.<p>The news …

IBM Watson

Mobileye Says It Warned Tesla Against Enabling 'Hands-Free' Driving

Fight between the companies continues.<p>(Reuters) – Mobileye said in a securities filing on Friday that its top executives were assured by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk that drivers of the company’s electric cars would not be allowed to take their hands off the wheel when using the “Autopilot” driving …

Driving

Official envisions a day when millions of drones fill skies

WASHINGTON (AP) — So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials say they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future.<p>In the nine months since the Federal …

Drones