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US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th [Updated]

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the kinds of information that it collects on immigrants to include social media information …

Here’s the first look at how Elon Musk’s ‘boring’ car tunnels will work

Cars will be lowered into the tunnel from the roads on what Musk calls a car “skate.”<p>At the TED conference today, Elon Musk gave a first look at the underground tunnels his new company, The Boring Company, is shooting to develop in the future.<p>Based on what we can gather from the brief video, cars …

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Kitchens

In San Francisco, a Sinking Skyscraper and a Deepening Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO — The developers of the luxurious Millennium Tower laid out the risks and potential defects of the 58-story building in minute detail when its apartments went on sale seven years ago.<p>The color and texture of the marble and granite hallways “may not be completely uniform,” said a …

San Francisco

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.<p>With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with …

Forget contactless cards. You will soon be able to pay with your veins

The death of the plastic credit card could be a step closer as high street names including McDonald's and the Co-op prepare to test a breakthrough finger-scanning payment technology.<p>FingoPay, developed by British start-up Sthaler, uses a biometric reader to scan the veins of a shopper’s finger, …

McDonald's

'It's a Trap': What If the Convention Chaos Is All Planned?

In a series of posts, I’ve been arguing that the well-publicized chaos of the Republican National Convention provides cautionary evidence on how the Trump organization might handle the scaled-up challenge of running a national campaign.<p>A reader on the West Coast says there is another possibility …

US Solar Industry Could Catch Gold Fever From US Air Force

<b>Published on</b> July 9th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>6<p>July 9th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research has been funding a flurry of …

Nanotech

Smartphones lift Samsung Electronics to best profit in over two years | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4 percent from a year earlier, its highest in more than 2 years as Galaxy S7 smartphone sales propelled mobile earnings.<p>The world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips …

IT

Deebot D79 robot vacuum cleans bare floors and carpets, then itself

The Deebot D79 from Ecovacs can handle both hard floors and soft carpets, and takes robot vacuuming to another level with the brains to automatically empty its dustbin.<p>An ideal robot vacuum would pick up completely on its own, and clean not just bare surfaces but carpets too. Meet the new $700 …

Robotics

Six Flags Magic Mountain introduces VR experience with the New Revolution roller coaster

For those of us in southern California and the surrounding areas there is nothing like escaping to Six Flags Magic Mountain for a weekend. The theme park is known for its extreme rides and fun times, but today they are taking things to a whole new level by implementing VR into one of their …

Virtual Reality

Texting while walking could soon be illegal in New Jersey

Jared Schumacher is among the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who routinely use electronic devices to text, listen to music or do other tasks …

Amazon's Echo Dot Is Great, but You Probably Can't Buy It

Amazon Echo Dot. Image source: Amazon.<p>If there's one thing that can be said for certain about <b>Amazon</b>'s hardware, it's that the company isobsessedwith making its products cheaper over time.<p>Priced around $200, the original Kindle Fire tablet wasn't expensive when it was released in the fall of 2011. …

Smart Homes

Google Android Nougat review: Fast, but not very flashy - CNET

<b>The Good</b> We welcome Android 7.0 Nougat's faster speeds and more efficient notification displays. It's handy to reply right from an alert, and new and updated emoji are always :) .<p><b>The Bad</b> Thanks to manufacturer and carrier restrictions, Nougat is only available for a handful of Android Nexus devices …

Android News

Airstrikes cutting into Islamic State's cash supply, U.S. says

Islamic State's finances have been squeezed by falling oil prices and airstrikes on oil production sites and cash hoards, forcing salary cuts for its fighters and limiting purchases of arms and ammunition, according to U.S. officials.<p>Unable to dislodge the extremist group from its quasi-state, the …

Samsung's new dongle gives your car an LTE connection

Samsung is getting into the connected car business, but instead of building connectivity into new cars, it's providing a way for owners of older cars to add LTE connectivity to their vehicles. The Samsung Connect Auto dongle plugs into a car's OBD II diagnostic port (most cars built in the last two …

Samsung Pay now has 5M users, processed over $500M in first 6 months

Heading into this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced that its mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, has more than 5 million “registered users.” The company noted that many of these users are from South Korea and the United States and added that in the first six months since …

A $7 smartphone is about to change the game in India

The Freedom 251 will be accompanied by a price tag of under Rs. 500, around $7, as NDTV reports. For Indian people living on a very low income and unable to come close to affording a pricier smartphone, the device could prove to be a game changer.<p>Ringing Bells hasn't revealed much about the phone …

This Tiny Glass Disc Can Store 360TB of Data For 13.8 Billion Years

Our knowledge will live on.<p>It's estimated that humans are producing the equivalent of 10 million Blu-ray discs' worth of data every single day - and …

Human Rights

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated.<p>Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of …

Artificial Intelligence

A rare look inside Tesla's electric car factory

1/<p>Tesla's Fremont factory is massive. It's a one-mile long, 5 million square foot facility.<p>The facility is so big, in fact, that golf carts are used …

Tesla

Visa Opens its Global Network with Launch of Visa Developer

Today in San Francisco Visa announced the launch of Visa Developer, a milestone that transforms the world’s largest retail payments network to an …

FinTech

Microsoft Offers Tantalizing Glimpse Of HoloLens-Powered Super Bowl

Trying to make this year’s Super Bowl party better than ever? As fans break out the latest 4K TVs, craft beers and nacho recipes to host the Super Bowl party their friends will never forget, Microsoft has just offered us something more—a vision of what an augmented reality party powered by HoloLens …

Augmented Reality

Elon Musk Personally Cancels 'Super Rude' Customer's Tesla Model X Order

Don't cross the Bel Air billionaire. He has the power to ban you.<p>Warning: Watch your mouth when you talk about Tesla online. If you say the wrong thing, Elon Musk could bring down the hammer and block you from buying one of his precious electric cars.<p>In fact, the golden boy CEO did just that, …

T-Mobile squeaks past Verizon for title of fastest LTE network

AT&T and Sprint battled it out for third and fourth place, says OpenSignal<p>Who really gives you the fastest download speeds in the US? According to a new report on America's mobile networks from OpenSignal, the answer is T-Mobile. The carrier easily took the top spot when it came to downloads on 3G …

Google plans to beam 5G internet from solar drones

Google has a new top secret project by the same team that brought us Project Loon, according to <i>The Guardian</i>. It's called Project Skybender, and it aims to deliver 5G internet from solar drones. Mountain View has reportedly begun experimenting with millimeter wave-based internet in Virgin Galactic's …

Apple reports a quarterly profit of $18.4 billion, the largest in history

But the company predicted revenue will decline next quarter, its first drop in years<p>Apple's profits typically skyrocket during the fourth quarter, when new models of the iPhone often arrive and shiny new devices are purchased as holiday gifts. Last year Apple notched a record $18 billion in profit …

WhatsApp to begin sharing your data with Facebook

WhatsApp made millions of smartphone users happy with week when it announced it will be ditching its annual subscription fee, but its next move might …

Privacy

Google paid Apple $1 billion to be the search engine on your iPhone

The fact that Google is the default search engine on your browser is not a coincidence. It's a $1 billion deal between Google and Apple.<p>That was the …