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IBM To Hold $5 Million Watson Artificial Intelligence Contest

IBM has a new plan to popularize its Watson cognitive computing technology.<p>The business technology giant said on Tuesday at the TED conference in …

Innovation Outposts and The Evolution of Corporate R&D

I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM’s Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. …

Innovation

The world just got closer to a 'hypersonic space plane' that will transform 'the economics of space'

BAE Systems, the globetrotting defence and aeronautics giant, just bought 20% of the firm, and it's making a major investment in Reaction Engines' most promising ideas.<p>The idea is an unpiloted and reusable hypersonic space plane. It's called Sabre. Here's how Reaction Engines describes it:<p>A new …

Aerospace

A Single Remote for All A/V & Home Automation: Logitech Harmony Elite Review

I wanted to start this review with a title that captured everything, but it was simply too long: “Taking the Complexity Out of Home A/V Device & Home …

Home Automation

New Drone Footage Of The ‘Heaviest Wave On Earth’

We’ve been talking a lot lately about dangers to surfers — namely, sharks. And while sharks are scary-as-hell, they’re only one of the risks a wave rider takes when entering the water.<p>Another threat? The waves themselves. Many of the biggest waves on Earth break when swells rise out of the deep to …

Drones

How to Keep Support for Your Project from Evaporating

Even years later, I still consider it my biggest professional failure: a company-wide employee training program that I’d developed and put through several rounds of vetting was shot down at the last minute. It was a painful surprise, and it changed the way I’ve sought support for new initiatives …

Facebook Finally Reveals Its Own Internet Drone, And It’s Huge

'Aquila' will beam invisible internet lasers from the sky<p>While Project Loon found an initial home in Sri Lanka, Facebook has its own update for its plan to provide wireless internet from the skies.<p>Mark Zuckerberg announced the completion of Aquila, Facebook’s first full-scale aircraft designed to …

We aren't giving Tesla enough credit for how incredible the Model S is

Insane Mode was truly insane. Here was a four-door luxury car that could do 0-to-60 in a staggering 3.1 seconds. That's supercar velocity.<p>But Ludicrous Mode cranks the Model S up to 11. Yes, it truly does. Through some complicated electrical engineering and the addition of a 90kWh battery option, …

Tesla

DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate

Last month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to …

Sources: YC Alums Club Together For Crystal Towers, A $100M VC Fund For Promising YC Startups

Y Combinator has helped over 800 startups come to market that are today worth a collective $30 billion (and possibly even more very soon). Now it looks like a new VC is emerging out of it that will be dedicated to help the most promising of these grow.<p>TechCrunch has learned of a new VC fund called …

This boomerang-like aircraft could be the first to fly on Mars

With its various rover missions, NASA has been actively exploring the red surface of Mars since the '90s — but now the space agency wants to investigate the Martian skies. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center is testing out a prototype of a flying wing aircraft called Prandtl-m, which could be …

Pilot 78G. It costs about $10-$15 on eBay, it is a superb writer and it comes with 5 cartridges and a converter. Nice.

Photographer Captures the Ruins of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Russian urban exploration photographer Ralph Mirebs recently paid a visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where inside a giant abandoned hangar are …

The entire music industry is just another feature of the iPhone

Apple's enormous cash pile can move mountains<p>Apple spent a lot of time at WWDC heaping praise on developers — the middle point of the keynote featured a video celebrating all of the apps and experiences enabled by the iPhone and the App Store in the seven years of its existence. Neil deGrasse Tyson …

Ducted Fan Drone Uses 1 Rotor for VTOL

Multi-rotor fixed-pitch aircraft – quad, hexa, octa copters – are the current flavor of the season with hobby and amateur flight enthusiasts. The …

Drones

To use this drone, just throw it in the air and start running

The consumer drone industry is increasingly positioning itself as a maker of flying cameras, not autonomous robots. The goal is a sort of self-aware GoPro that you will allow anyone to be their own aerial cinematographer. Today a startup called Lily is trying to move a step closer to that future …

Drones

To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past

Silicon Valley Then and Now:<p>“You can’t really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.”<p>Steve Jobs is explaining why, …

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

Watch James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 face off against the villain's Jaguar in 'Spectre'

James Bond's latest adventure, "Spectre," doesn't hit theaters until November, but short clips from the movie are already making their way onto the internet.<p>The latest clip to emerge features a behind the scenes look at a spectacular chase scene through the streets of Rome.<p>In the clip, an orange …

Jaguar Land Rover

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

NASA's Shapeshifting Airplane Wings Pass Flight Tests

From trailing edge to cutting edge<p>It’s not reinventing the wheel, but it’s close. NASA, working together with the Air Force Research Laboratory, announced yesterday that they’ve successfully flown a plane with a new, flexible wing--the kind that could change how all future fixed-wing aircraft …

Oh YEAH: Entourage and 82 other summer movies that aren’t Entourage (Part 2)

After reading up on the summer movies of May and June in yesterday’s preview, readers were left with the dramatic cliffhanger of wondering whether <i>The</i> …

Lowe’s Lets Customers 3-D Print Their Own Parts

Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, says the company is counting on its work in 3-D printing and in-store robotic assistants to propel the home improvement store into the future.

Lowe's

DroneBase Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

You don’t want to own a drone. Or learn to fly a drone. Or hire someone full-time to fly a drone. And you definitely don’t want to pay for a helicopter, plane or satellite. You just want some aerial photos or videos of your work site, real estate or infrastructure. Now, thanks to DroneBase, you can …

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs. 2015 Tesla Model S P85D! - Head 2 Head Ep. 65

Uber and Lyft are inching toward becoming the next big mass-transit providers

It is recognized as a somewhat expensive on-demand taxi app. But it has since morphed, slashing fares, starting delivery services, attempting to become a catch-all logistics company. One of its stated goals is to one day replace people's private vehicles entirely.<p>In order to do that it's going to …

Transportation

Maritime Data Startup Windward Raises $10.8M To Track The Oceans

Windward, which provides maritime data and analytics, has raised $10.8 million in funding led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from returning investor Aleph.<p>This brings the company’s total raised so far to $15.8 million.<p>The startup’s products currently include MARINT, which tracks vessel …

Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Steve Sokol is the product lead for</i> <i>Respoke</i><i>, a WebRTC platform as a service that allows web and mobile developers to add live voice, video, text and data features to websites or apps.</i><p>I have been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes …