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World's first passenger drone cleared for testing in Nevada

China’s Ehang will begin the testing process this year to prove the drone’s airworthiness<p>The world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has been given clearance for testing in Nevada.<p>Chinese firm Ehang, which unveiled the electric Ehang 184 …

Drones

How PayPal Plans to Get Back on Top in Digital Payments

<b>By Leena Rao</b><p>June 6, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT<p><i>After a lost decade, the newly independent company is making big investments again.</i><p>During the gloomy spring of …

FinTech

'Holy Hell': How One Man Documented 22 Years Inside a Sadistic Cult

Former cult member's documentary details over two decades of mind games and torture inside an L.A. cult<p>He was grooming me. I didn't see it then, but …

The teenager obsessed with retro Apple tech

<b>Fifteen-year-old Alex Jason owns a vast collection of vintage Apple devices which he now plans to exhibit near his home in the US state of Maine.</b><p>Alex started collecting his "orchard" at the age of 10 and says he has around 1,000 items, stored in the basement of his family home.<p>He is currently …

Lawn Mowing

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

App Store

Everything Google just announced at its I/O conference

As usual, Google used the keynote at its I/O developer conference to unleash a barrage of product news. Here’s a summary of everything it announced.<p>Google Assistant<p>Better late than never. With chat bots dominating tech headlines in 2016, Google today debuted a new chat-based intelligent assistant …

Android News

Marvel is ruining superhero movies: Corporate synergy is a poor substitute for artistic vision

DC’s commitment to seasoned filmmakers is good news to fans who prefer strong storytelling to brand standards<p>“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” might be the biggest disaster to ever make $870 million. Those numbers would be unspeakably enormous for any other franchise (the folks behind …

Captain America

Facebook and Google could be allowed to award university degrees

Under proposed changes to the UK’s university education system, companies such as Google and Facebook could be allowed to set up their own academic institutions in the country capable of awarding degrees.<p>The paper, called <i>Success As A Knowledge Economy,</i> is aimed at reforming further education in the …

15 essential tips for mastering Facebook Live

Facebook Live is quickly becoming the hottest new live-streaming platform for both publishers and regular people. From <i>Buzzfeed</i>’s exploding watermelon …

Google's AI has read enough romance novels to write its own

In an effort to make its apps more conversational, Google fed its AI engine a whopping 2,865 romance novels so it can improve its understanding of language.<p>The idea is to improve the way Google products respond to users. Software engineer Andrew Dai, who led the project, told BuzzFeed News that …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

The $35,000 device that celebrities and the super-rich use at home to stream movies still in theaters

As the debate over Sean Parker's plan that would allow you to stream first-run theatrical movies for $50 a pop rages on, studio moguls in the Hollywood Hills, top CEOs, and sports legends already enjoy watching many of the current blockbusters in the comfort of their living rooms and private …

Brad Pitt

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive procedure.<p>Here's how it would work: After surgically removing a …

Contact Lenses

You're Not Prepared for This Video Exposing Everything Wrong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens

They have some good points...<p>The men and women who made the above 19-minute video ripping apart <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> are some truly brave individuals. Maybe they know exactly what they're getting into and are just trolling the legions of fans prepared to take up arms against many of these …

Star Wars

Will Facebook Pay Users to Post?

Source: Facebook.<p><b>Apple</b> CEO Tim Cook famously noted in 2014 that "when a service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product" and many understand this to be aimed at social media sites like <b>Facebook</b> .<p>But this may understate the role of the user. Not only are you the product, you're also an …

Why Superhero Movies Are Headed in the Wrong Direction

A discussion between the directors Richard Donner and Christopher Nolan sheds light on what’s broken about the current approach to comic-book films.<p>The release of <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, which was greeted with negative reviews, a huge opening weekend at the box office, and then a …

Comic Books

Read This: How CGI is subtly removing human imperfection from movies

When most people think about computer generated special effects in movies, they may imagine digitally created monsters, like Doomsday in <i>Batman V</i> …

Paul Reubens

Steve Wozniak says today's Silicon Valley cares too much about money

Things may have changed a lot in Silicon Valley since Steve Wozniak first conceived the idea the Apple computer, but he hasn't lost any of his …

Consumers hit gadget-overload in 2016

Do you sometimes feel there are more gadgets than you can actually use – and that the technology you own has failed to follow through on its life-changing promises?<p>Well you’re not alone.<p>Despite a seemingly endless stream of tech disruption over the past decade, we’ve finally reached a moment when …

Christopher Nolan Comes Out Against Screening Room (EXCLUSIVE)

“Inception” and “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan has come out against Screening Room, the controversial start-up trying to release movies …

Construction

Facebook will let any WordPress blog post Instant Articles

Facebook's fast-loading Instant Articles have been slowly rolling out, but on April 12th every publisher will be able to create articles using the special format. Facebook is now making it even easier for small WordPress blogs to offer their content in Instant Articles. The social networking giant …

Personalized News

Hollywood’s New Panic: What if Sequels Don’t Work Anymore?

It didn’t take Deadpool trouncing Zoolander 2 to prove that sequels are wearing out their welcome, but faltering on Hollywood’s go-to business model has become even harder to ignore.<p>Last weekend, <i>Deadpool</i> katana-chopped out of second-tier superhero-movie idyll to surpass all pre-release tracking …

Movies

Airmail might be the perfect email app for your iPhone

Airmail is a well-known, well-received email client on Macs. But when you have a huge screen, keyboard and mouse, a good email app on the desktop doesn't have to try so hard. However, making a good email app on a smartphone is a whole different can of worms. So here's Airmail for iPhone, which …

How Bad Was Income Inequality on the Titanic?

Bernie Sanders' SNL skit finds a parallel to today in the famous 1912 disaster.<p>Last weekend’s Bernie Sanders/Larry David skit on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> …

Bernie Sanders

Cryogenically Frozen Rabbit Brain Hailed As Scientific First

For the first time, scientists say the detailed structure of a fully intact mammalian brain has been cryogenically preserved -- but could it pave the way toward the preservation of human brains and memory? It might be too soon to say.<p>The scientific achievement was announced Tuesday by the Brain …

The Brain

Google and Alphabet's 20 most ambitious moonshot projects

Google went through a massive reorganization October 2015 when Alphabet became its parent company.<p>Projects that weren't part of Google's core business (Google search engine and Android) were spun out into separate Alphabet companies with their own CEO. All of these "moonshot" projects cover …

Google Fiber

Microsoft patents a modular PC with stackable components

Microsoft has patented a “modular computing device” that would enable people to put together the exact PC components they want, allowing for replacement of certain parts rather than forcing people to buy entire new computers when they want upgrades.<p>Microsoft applied for the patent in July 2015, and …

JBL’s Legend CP100 head unit with CarPlay support to be available February 14 for $399

Back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JBL took the wraps off of its first CarPlay-capable aftermarket head unit, the Legend CP100. At the time, the company teased only that it would be “coming soon,” but now we have an official release date. The Legend CP100 head unit will be …

Amazon Echo is a sleeper hit, and the rest of America is about find out about it for the first time

It was a weird surprise when Amazon unveiled Echo, an internet-connected speaker that listens and talks, in late 2014.<p>Amazon’s track record creating hardware had been inconsistent. While the Kindle e-reader was a long-time success and its Fire TV streaming media device was looking good, the …

Automation