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Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't even have a cab

You couldn't drive this truck even if you wanted to.<p>Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a …

Transportation

Google, Facebook and Microsoft team up to clear the air about AI

In 2014, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in an interview that he believed that AI posed the biggest threat to human existence. That didn’t stop him from co-chairing a billion-dollar AI research nonprofit, but it did make people think about whether artificial intelligence could get out of …

Google

BlackBerry bails on building its own phones

The struggling company will cease the internal development of hardware, instead outsourcing it to partners. It will focus instead on security and …

Phones

A portable antenna that makes sure your phone never loses signal just got even better

If you've ever been at a music festival where too many people are trying to use their phones, or wandered away from your friends on a hike, you're probably familiar with the drag of losing cell service.<p>Daniela Perdomo, CEO and co-founder of the communications startup goTenna, actually despises …

Mobile

Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft created a partnership to make AI seem less terrifying

The Justice League of artificial intelligence is finally here.<p>Nearly every major tech company with a large investment in AI—namely Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google—has joined to create a non-profit organization to educate the public about the technology and share industry best-practices …

Amazon

Songbird, A Mostly 3D Printed Pistol That Appears To Actually Work

[Guy in a garage] has made a 3D printed gun that not only appears to fire in the direction pointed, it can also do it multiple times. Which, by the …

Guns

iMac is Getting All Touchy Feely!

The iMac Flow concept connects users with their computer like never before! From the fingerprint security scanner (similar to that of the iPhone) to …

Multi-Touch

Do Earth Laws Apply To Mars Colonists?

A quick primer on Martian law<p>On Tuesday, Elon Musk is expected to outline a plan to send human colonists to Mars.<p>Colonizing Mars certainly won't be easy, and if it ever happens, that probably won't be until the mid-2020s or 2030s. But if Musk has his way, he'll set up a permanent home for humanity …

Space

U.S., NATO Already Planning the Next Generation of Fighter Jets

New Russian and Chinese planes are pushing the West to upgrade.<p>The United States and its NATO allies are already looking to the next generation of fighter planes to ensure air superiority, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The article cites new fifth-generation Russian and Chinese fighters as …

Russia

Nanotech bandage heals wounds in days

Egyptian researchers have developed a bandage embedded with nanoparticles for the treatment of wounds using the anti-epilepsy drug Phenytoin, known …

World's first 'three-parent baby' is born

The baby dubbed AH has DNA from his mother, father, and a third person<p>A five-month-old baby dubbed AH, believed to have been born in Mexico, is unique. He is the first in the world to be born using a technique that uses DNA from three people.<p>As revealed by the New Scientist the boy was born from an …

Babies

Has JJ Abrams ruined plans to expand the Star Wars universe?

You might think the worst Star Wars movie of all time has to be The Phantom Menace, the film that introduced Jar Jar Binks, midichloreans and the tedious galactic senate. But you’d be wrong, for there are far worse episodes of the long-running space saga lurking in the more fetid corners of a …

Star Wars

The Brilliant Tip That Makes Any iPhone Run 10 Times Faster

And it only takes 10 seconds.<p>Say "goodbye" to crashing apps and Safari pages loading at a glacial pace forever. Thanks to Marc Forrest, an IT guru and the web world's new favorite iGuy, the internet has been blessed with a trick that will clear the random access memory (RAM) on your phone and make …

Apple News

Monsanto Finally Licenses the Most Important Biotech Discovery of the 21st Century

Image source: Getty Images.<p>You may not have noticed, but until last week <b>Monsanto</b> (NYSE: MON) was operating with a very noticeable omission in its research and development arsenal. It's a wonder it took so long to plug. Perhaps senior management was caught up with a failed bid for <b>Syngenta</b> and its …

Biotechnology

I wore the helmet of America’s most expensive war machine and there's nothing quite like it

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The F-35 Lightning II is without doubt one of the most intricate weapons systems in the history of the Department of Defense, and the custom-made helmet used to fly the jet matches its sophistication.<p>"It is the only aircraft that has ever had the helmet made in conjunction with …

Aerospace

$40 too far: the real cost of the iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack

Last year, Kat Ascharya of 2machines interviewed Kelly, a 19-year-old community college student and intern who is fully dependent on her smartphone to access the internet.<p>"We don’t have an Internet connection at home. We don’t have a large flatscreen TV or a Blu-Ray," Kelly told 2machines. "We …

Apple News

Stan Lee has already filmed his next four Marvel cameos

Marvel is always planning well into the future when it comes to their films, and apparently that also includes when it comes to Stan Lee cameos.<p>The comics legend has become a staple of every Marvel movie since he showed up in 2000’s <i>X-Men</i>, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, that …

Stan Lee

Yep, Disney is in talks with bankers about possible Twitter acquisition

Disney has had talks about a potential acquisition of Twitter, we’ve confirmed. They’re working with bankers now to determine whether the deal makes sense, multiple sources have informed us.<p>While some reports have suggested that Twitter could fetch $30 billion, we are hearing that the price tag is …

Twitter

Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 2 – unboxing and review

Today we’re taking a look at the new Apple Watch Edition. This year, Apple switched it up and ditched the all gold models in favor of ceramic. Why ceramic you might ask? Well first off, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than solid gold, but it’s also four times stronger than stainless steel, which makes …

Apple News

PSA: Drilling a Hole in Your iPhone 7 Will Not Create a Headphone Jack

Did we learn nothing from the microwave prank?<p>Many Apple lovers were pretty peeved when the company announced earlier this month that it was getting rid of the headphone jack for the new iPhone 7. However, while most were content to at least give the new model a try, it appears at least a few …

Apple News

Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today

You can buy them online today and at Apple Stores on October 5th.<p>Sonos still offers one of the best experiences for those who want to keep music in sync throughout their home. But it's not a brand that everyone knows, and in a place like Best Buy or Target it has to fight a lot of other competitors …

Apple News

Google's answer to Amazon Echo is reportedly coming soon

At its I/O conference in May, Google showed off Home, its answer to Amazon’s Echo. The voice-activated device is designed to work with Google Assistant and answer your questions, control music playback through its built-in speaker and control your home’s IoT gadgets.<p>Android Police reports that its …

Google

Samsung's Note 7 replacements are reportedly overheating

In the wake of the massive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone debacle which saw Samsung recall some 2.5 million of its flagship handsets, Samsung’s woes continue in its home country.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that some customers who have received replacement devices over the past week are complaining …

Samsung

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

Demonetizing Insurance

Massive reductions in insurance costs are coming, along with a wave of disruption.<p>Traditionally, insurance premiums are determined by actuaries… a …

Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for weeks

It hovered in the Peruvian stratosphere for 98 days.<p>When Google first introduced Project Loon, its internet balloons used static algorithms to change altitude and stay in position. While clever, they were limited -- Google couldn't do much to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are quite …

Google

iTunes backup vulnerability: What you need to know!

Researchers claim new iTunes backup hash for iOS 10 iPhones and iPads easier to brute force than previous hash.<p>Looks like Apple added a new password …

iTunes

Snowden: Don’t Use Google Allo “Encrypted” Messenger

Google has released an encrypted messaging app, Allo. According to Edward Snowden, you should never use it.<p>Google unveiled the app earlier this week, …

Swiss vote for stricter surveillance laws in referendum

65% of the voters agree the Swiss government should have more surveillance powers.<p>The Swiss public have backed the government in implementing strict …

Surveillance