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Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year

Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part …

Administrative Law

Sony's new aftermarket receiver supports CarPlay and Android Auto

The Sony XAV-AX100<p>Sony's latest aftermarket head unit will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XAV-AX100 features a 6.4-inch display and comes with Bluetooth and an input for a rearview camera. Notably it doesn't come with an auxiliary port, so if your phone doesn't support Android …

Google's Chrome Apps Strategy Is Shifting

Google (goog) may be adamant that it will support its Chrome OS desktop operating system for the foreseeable future, but it’s decided to phase out …

Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plunking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC …

Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

While we all know the best business cards are printed on bone paper with lettering in Silian Rail, the second best business cards are the ones you roll yourself right in front of your intended recipient. This wild 3D printed card roller lets you do just that.<p>Built by maker Paul Myers, the embosser …

Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in …

PowerVision PowerEgg hatches into a 4K camera drone

PowerVision's kinder, gentler camera drone aims to appeal to more than hobbyists with its unique design and controllers.<p>It's very difficult to say "PowerEgg" and not smile or giggle, and that's sort of the point.<p>Robotics company PowerVision was looking for a drone design that is friendly and …

U.S. has crossed ‘red line,’ declared war, says North Korea

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual …

North Korea

Best moments from night 2 of the Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention made history on Tuesday.<p>The roll call was taken, and the decision was finalized: Hillary Clinton would become the first female candidate for president of a major political party.<p>Later in the evening, her husband, Bill Clinton, spoke glowingly of her record of …

A professor is working with NASA to 3D print houses on the moon — here’s his plan

We're not too far off from living in space.<p>In fact, NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay gathered some of the greatest scientists in 2014 to discuss setting up a small base on the moon— something he reasoned is entirely doable by 2020. Why the moon? Because it would provide a blue print for what we …

Scientists find Luca, a single-cell, bacterium-like organism that is the common ancestor of all life on Earth

Scientists might have found the common ancestor that unites all life on Earth – and it’s called Luca.<p>Our ultimate relative was a single-cell, …

Forget Kale, Science Says Cockroach Milk Is The Next Superfood

You know how you sometimes wonder why we drink milk? Or better yet, you wonder “who was the first person that decided cow udders look like a divine source of nutrition?” Well, if you thought utters and cow’s milk were weird, wait til you hear what scientists say could be the next superfood — …

Nutrition

Amazon Prime Is $67 This Friday. Here's Why Gamers Should Care

Amazon Prime is normally $100 a year, but for one day it'll be $67. Here's why that's awesome.<p>You've probably heard of Amazon Prime, the yearly …

The new Gear VR will work with any new Samsung phone and cost $99

Samsung and Oculus have announced a new Gear VR mobile virtual reality headset, and it's coming before Black Friday. At today's Oculus Connect show, Samsung executive Peter Koo said that the latest Gear VR will work with Samsung's whole 2015 line of smartphones — previous editions worked with …

Your Smartwatch Can Reveal What You’re Typing

Good news for hackers, bad news for people who use computers<p>Some smartwatch apps may be less interested in your jogging than you think.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that the accelerometer and gyroscope in your smartwatch can be used to track what you type …

Aeroscraft Shows Off Its Giant Airship

A second age of dirigibles is moving ahead<p>Lighter than air vehicles are, for the most part, relics of a distant past. The first Zeppelin age ended with cries of “oh, the humanity.” One problem of the Hindenburg was its reliance on flammable hydrogen, but modern airships take advantage instead of …

Richard Dawkins interview: 'It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer'

Photograph: Terry Smith/The Life Images Collection/Getty<p>Richard Dawkins at Oxford in 1976, pictured right, studying insect behaviour with student Ted …

Sony will close PlayStation Mobile for good this summer

One of President Kaz Hirai's big "Sony One" projects was PlayStation Mobile, which offered games that worked on both PS Vita and Android devices. That dream of cross-platform synergy is now dead, as Sony has announced it will stop publishing all PS Mobile content July 15th. On September 10th the …

Watch 15 minutes of interstellar strategy in Sid Meier's Starships

<i>Sid Meier's Starships</i> is a wild departure from the Civilization series from whence it sprung. Its mechanics are all streamlined versions of their counterparts in Firaxis' long-running strategy series, and understanding all those changes can be tricky. In the 15-minute video above, we break down the …

Google employee reveals a new Chromebook Pixel's due out soon

The first Chromebook Pixel wasn't exactly a huge seller, what with its hefty price tag and all, but Google's apparently still preparing to release a second version. <i>OMG! Chrome!</i> spotted a video of Renee Niemi, who's in charge of Android and Chrome for Work and Education, at the recent Google …

2015: The year of wireless power?

The potential of wireless charging created great excitement when it first came to prominence in 2007 when two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) successfully powered a 60-watt light bulb wirelessly, using two copper coils two metres apart.<p>They went on to create …

EPA urged to tighten ozone standards

It is time to strengthen the nation's smog limits to improve the health of millions of people who suffer the ill effects of air pollution, dozens of environmentalists, doctors, asthmatic children and religious leaders told a panel of federal officials Monday at a daylong hearing.<p>It was the third …

Get Ready For The Next Generation Fighter Jet

The Pentagon imagines a post-F35 future<p>Since the dawn of the jet age, military planners and industrialists have grouped the fighters borne forth from their iron loins into generations. Borrowing the term from biology, each generation is grouped by a series of improvements that make the successor …

Aviation

PlayStation 4 Share Play is only available in 60 minute sessions

The PlayStation 4's Share Play feature, unveiled at the Sony conference earlier this week, is only available in 60 minute sessions, according to the company.<p>GameSpot reports confirmation from Sony that players will only be able to use the "virtual couch" system for one hour at a time. Share Play …

First Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.: Here's why you don't need to panic

With officials confirming the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, and the first case diagnosed outside of Africa during this outbreak, some Americans continue to express fear that the deadly disease -- which is believed to have killed at least 3,091 people in West Africa -- could …

Disease

U.S. doctors prepare isolation ward for Ebola patient

Medical personnel are preparing for a deadly strain of the Ebola virus to touch down on U.S. soil for the first time Saturday as Americans fret about their safety and international health officials warn that the deadly outbreak is spreading out of control in Africa.<p>Two stricken American citizens …

Disease

Why Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum Might Help

Last week we learned that two Americans working in Liberia for a medical charity, Samaritan's Purse, were among those who had contracted Ebola. When their symptoms took a turn for the worse, the organization announced that the two were going to get experimental treatments. One was going to get a …