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Helsinki’s free, city-wide Wi-Fi network is faster than your home internet

Many cities offer Wi-Fi hotspots for visitors. Very few local governments, however, offer free, unrestricted, high-speed Wi-Fi, fast enough for streaming video—the sort that makes your paid-for home Wi-Fi look sluggish. And even fewer provide upload speeds on par with download speeds.<p>Yet visit the …

Wi-Fi

Authorities want collision avoidance tech to be a standard car feature

A lot of automakers have been developing crash avoidance systems for years, but the technology hasn't made it to most vehicles' feature list yet. The National Transportation Safety Board wants to change that: in a report released today, the agency has recommended for collision avoidance tech to be …

Facebook has scrapped its secret plan to build a $500 million satellite to provide cheap internet in the developing world

The satellite, had it been built, could have cost an estimated $500 million. The plan was to use it to help provide cheap internet access in the developing world. But this pricetag was apparently prohibitive, and the scheme has since been abandoned — before it was ever even announced.<p>Facebook has …

Exoskeleton that helps paralyzed walk faces barrier in Japan

ATSUGI, Japan (AP) — Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to …

Robotics

Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.<p>The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its …

Autonomous Cars

NASA's 10-Engine Electric Plane Takes Off and Lands Like a Helicopter

NASA researchers took a rather unique prototype aircraft for a spin last week: Greased Lightning, a 10-engine electric plane with rotating wings that allow it to take off and land like a helicopter. Vertical take-off and landing aircraft, or VTOL, are not a new idea, but this particular …

Aviation

IBM's big bet on Watson is paying off with more apps and DNA analysis

IBM's cognitive computer Watson is on a roll. After spinning it out as a $1 billion division last year, IBM went on to give Watson a flashy new home in Manhattan, made it a more tool for doctors with Watson Health Cloud, and it even proved its culinary chops with a new cookbook. Today IBM showed …

Apps

The law that predicts computing power turns 50

Today represents a historic milestone in technology: It's the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, the observation that the complexity of computer chips tends to double at a regular rate. On April 19th, 1965, Fairchild's Gordon Moore (later to co-found Intel) published an article noting that the number …

Comcast's gigabit internet hits northern California in June

Comcast is bringing its twice-as-fast-as-Google-Fiber internet service to northern California. Potential customers will need installation of professional-grade equipment to access it and, you'll have to be near its fiber network -- Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area are …

Norway to become first nation in world to shut down FM radio

<b>(CNN) —</b> Video may have killed the radio star, but in Norway it's digital that's killing FM radio.<p>In two years' time, the Scandinavian nation is slated to become the first in the world to phase out radio entirely.<p>That doesn't mean that Norwegians will be left with radio silence; they'll merely have …

Japan Maglev Train Sets 366 Mph Speed Record

Zooooooom<p>Japan will always beat us at a lot of things, and trains are no exception. Our wimpy 171 mph trains are nothing compared to Japan's amazing maglev trains, which just set another incredible speed record of 366 mph. Central Japan Railway achieved that speed, but it may last only until …

Google's 'balloon-powered internet for all' is almost ready

In case you wanted another behind-the-scenes look at how Google's internet-by-balloon service is doing, now is your chance. The Project Loon team posted a new video showing everything from how it manages its balloon fleet, the balloon creation process, their partnership with local LTE network …

Project Loon

Amazon can now test its drone delivery system in the US—for real, this time

In what is being heralded as an important milestone, Amazon has received permission to begin testing its Prime Air delivery drones in the US.<p>For real, this time.<p>It’s been a long journey for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who announced his plan for an automated-drone delivery system back in Dec. of 2013. …

Drones

The Google X lab reportedly has a small, secretive team working to build better batteries

Improved battery technology is something that would benefit just about every consumer piece of hardware out there, from something as small as a smartwatch to something as large as an automobile. Unfortunately, most battery advances at this point simply involve companies cutting down the size of as …

Can a city become too big?

The number of megacities has been increasing so rapidly in the last few decades that many are experiencing serious growing pains. Molly Crain investigates.<p>There are now some three dozen megacities in the world, each sprawling areas home to more than 10 million people. Bigger cities come with …

Geography

Electric car battery costs already cheaper than 2020 predictions: Study

It’s widely assumed that electric cars will never emerge into the mass market if buying them requires paying a significant premium over comparable internal-combustion models.<p>While owners may save money on fuel and maintenance over the long term, a higher initial purchase price remains intimidating, …

Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial …

Johnson & Johnson

Driverless cars to create 320,000 UK jobs and save 2,500 lives

Britain will get huge economic boost from driverless cars which will also cut death toll on roads, new report predicts<p>Driverless cars will accelerate the renaissance Britain’s automotive industry is currently enjoying, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, adding tens of billions to the …

4 Technologies That Could Severely Disrupt the Future

Technology has been increasing at ever increasing speeds for centuries. The technological change used to come slowly, but with each passing year it’s …

What is the future of battery technology?

Sir James Dyson has made a $15m bet on a new "solid-state" battery technology from Sakti3, but what is it, and what other research is being done to give our smartphones and other gadgets a longer working life?<p>Sir James Dyson made his first investment outside his eponymous company this week,</b> …

The disastrous events that would break the internet

Could the internet ever be switched off – or destroyed? Chris Baraniuk investigates what it would take to bring down the network we all now rely on.<p>The internet is unbreakable. At least, we think it is. That’s why when something goes extremely viral, such as pictures of Kim Kardashian’s bottom or …

Kim Kardashian

Self-driving vehicles and robotic clerks could take your job in 20 years

It's no secret that computers and robots have been putting people out of work in recent years, but that trend is about to accelerate... at least, if you ask the computers themselves. A machine learning algorithm from Oxford University has sifted through US Bureau of Statistics data and believes …

The future of 3D computer graphics... from 1982

Back in the early 1980s, a spinning square world heralded the start of a computer animation revolution, as this archive BBC footage shows.<p>Back in 1982, computing was really going mainstream. Tron, the story of a computer programmer trapped inside a mainframe, was making millions at the box office; …

Box Office

How machine learning will fuel huge innovation over the next 5 years

Machine learning is coming into a golden age, and with it we’re seeing an awakening of possibilities formerly reserved for science fiction.<p>Machine learning (ML) is a computer’s way of learning from examples, and it’s one of the most useful tools we have for the construction of artificial …

Machine Learning

Tesla’s gigafactory will make batteries in 2016 for Model S & X

Tesla is moving incredibly fast on getting its massive battery factory built. According to the company’s recent annual filing, Tesla plans to produce …

The Dream of Delivery Drones Is Alive (And On A Truck)

There's hope for robotic parcel delivery, with or without Amazon<p>Amazon's drone delivery service was never going to work. Not in the United States, at least, and not in the near-future timeframe announced by CEO Jeff Bezos in a credulous <i>60 Minutes</i> segment in December 2013. When Bezos made the …

Drones

Electric Cars To Cost Same As ICE Within A Decade

Nissan LEAF<p>Within the next decade, the cost of electric cars will equal or undercut ICE automobiles, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache. …

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.<p>Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Engineering

5G: Creativity Without Constraint Or A One-Size-Fits-All Future?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dem Gerolemou is a hybrid designer at ustwo London, working across visual design and UX.</i><p>The U.K. took the first significant step toward 5G mobile rollout last month when Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, started considering where it should fit on the airwaves. We will all notice the …