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The sound of the dialup, pictured

If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it …

Unexpected Consequences of Self Driving Cars

Many new technologies have unexpected impacts on the physical or social world in which we live.<p>When the first IMPs for the fledgling ARPANET were …

Alphabet’s Waymo Cuts Cost of Key Self-Driving Sensor by 90%

Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, has slashed the cost of a key technology required to bring self-driving cars to the masses and rolled …

Waymo

The Very Human Problem Blocking the Path to Self-Driving Cars

It was a game of Dots that pushed Erik Coelingh to rethink his entire approach to self-driving cars. Coelingh, Volvo's head of safety and driver …

General Motors

Waymo

Waymo is a self-driving technology company with the mission to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around—without the need for anyone in the …

Waymo

SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed

SpaceX designing low-Earth orbit satellites to dramatically reduce latency.<p>SpaceX has detailed ambitious plans to bring fast Internet access to the …

Net Neutrality

Google Takes on Uber With New Ride-Share Service

Alphabet’s carpooling program in San Francisco offers rides at cheaper rates<p>Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.’s turf with a ride-sharing service to help San Francisco commuters join carpools, a person familiar with the matter said, jumping into a booming but fiercely competitive …

San Francisco

Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as …

Solar Impulse

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Jason-3 Satellite But Rocket Explodes During Ship Landing Attempt

SpaceX successfully launched the Jason-3 satellite into orbit yesterday. However, its attempted landing of the rocket on a drone ship once again failed explosively.<p>Apart from the landing, the launch from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center was flawless. It lifted off at 1:42pm ET …

Space Travel

SpaceX Makes History: Falcon 9 Launches, Lands Vertically

SpaceX completed an historic vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday night — the first time such a feat had been achieved.<p>The launch and landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, were the first from the private U.S. spaceflight company since its rocket exploded on liftoff in June.<p>"Welcome back, …

Space Travel

Google is partnering with Ford to build self-driving cars

The partnership is slated to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas next month, according to the report, which cited multiple anonymous sources.<p>The joint venture will create a company that builds self-driving cars using Google technology. The company will be legally …

Autonomous Cars

Epson Develops the World's First Office Papermaking System that Turns Waste Paper into New Paper

Seiko Epson Corporation has developed what it believes to be the world's first compact office papermaking system capable of producing new paper from …

Epson

Explore the Milky Way at 46 billion pixels

A 194-gigabyte image is the largest astronomical image ever created, showing a swathe of the Milky Way galaxy across the southern sky.<p>There is a whole lot of space out there beyond the Kármán line, and a lot of telescopes taking photos day after day and year after year. While we do get to see the …

Universe

How Close are We to a Real Self-Driving Car?

Over the past few years, we've all heard a lot of buzz about the trend toward "self-driving" cars. Today, every major car manufacturer is developing one; the same is also true for several leading technology companies.<p>But how far along are all of these projects? And when can the average person …

Boeing Creates The World's Lightest Metal

Boeing files a lot of patents. From the filing for a force field to protect planes from blasts mid-air in 2012 to a laser-powered fusion engine earlier this year, these are all patents for potential uses of technology that may or may not become a commercial reality.<p>But earlier this week, Boeing …

General Motors

People are sending flowers and chocolate to thank personal assistant 'Amy Ingram' — what they don't realize is she's a robot

When former Havas CEO David Jones — now founder of his own brand technology network You & Mr Jones — pulled out his iPhone and offered to show me his amazing personal assistant "Amy Ingram," I thought our interview was about to take an uncomfortable turn.<p>But Jones wasn't trying to show me photos of …

Intel Announces Thunderbolt 3 - Thunderbolt Meets USB (At Last)

A lot has been happening in the world of external communication buses over the past year. In the last 12 months the USB consortium has announced both …

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Genie transforms food pods into meals in 30 seconds

If you've seen an episode of <i>Star Trek</i>, you're likely familiar with the Replicator device on board the USS Enterprise that synthesized meals and beverages on demand. Well, a company in Israel created the modern-day equivalent to that appliance with Genie. The counter-top gadget uses food pods to …

Yelp sale rumor reminds us that social is terrible as a business even if it did change the Web

The rumors that Yelp might be for sale seem overdue rather than surprising.<p>From the start, Yelp has been a terrible business. What’s more surprising is that investors at times appeared so giddy about its prospects, despite a lack of profits for most of its history. And for many years, they appeared …

European Union

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 …

Aviation

SpaceX To Attempt Revolutionary Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Today

Today could be the first day of a new era in spaceflight<p>The Falcon 9 rocket is at its launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida. Its companion, the autonomous floating barge ship "Just Read The Instructions," is in its more or less stable catching position in the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, …

Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer

For many drivers who commute long distances, the prospect of owning a self-driving car — where a driver takes his hands off the wheel and feet off the gas — has been an elusive dream.<p>But on Thursday, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, took a big step in that direction when he announced that the …

Tesla

How Your USB Cables Are About to Change Forever

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Could Drones Pose A Threat To Airplanes?

Drones vs. birds vs. planes<p>We already know what happens when a bird hits a drone, and we know what can happen when birds hit airliners, but what about a drone colliding with a commercial jet? Published last December, a study theorized that small drones--those weighing about the same as birds--posed …

Raspberry Pi gets 6x the power, 2x the memory and still costs $35

Makers, academics and generally anyone who likes to play with computers: get ready for some awesomesauce. Raspberry Pis, the tiny Linux computers …

Raspberry Pi

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

It’s the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up. In …

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

It's all about price perception.<p>Amazon is known for having low prices. But a study conducted by a startup called Boomerang Commerce reveals that Amazon’s pricing strategy is much more nuanced than simply undercutting the competition.<p>Boomerang, founded by Amazon veteran Guru Hariharan, makes …