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Lighthouse is taking on Amazon and Nest with its new AI-powered security camera

This AI startup’s first consumer product is a $299 security camera that goes on sale today<p>Lighthouse AI, an artificial intelligence startup founded by self-driving car and computer-vision experts, today announced the general availability of its debut consumer product: the Lighthouse security …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop

A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor.<p>And while it’s a very small, very vague step forward, Musk’s Boring Company has received a …

Elon Musk

Spotify might be building a smart speaker of its own

Spotify appears to be working a smart speaker that it says will be "category defining," according to new job listings. "Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and set up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales and marketing," one ad states. So far, …

Spotify

Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Lithium-ion batteries have massively improved in the last half-decade, but there are still issues. The biggest, especially for EVs, is that charging takes too long to make them as useful as regular cars for highway driving. Researchers from the University of Warwick (WMG) have discovered that we …

Electric Vehicles

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

Machine Learning

Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to …

Google Pay

The iPhone, the Pixel, and the tragic anxiety of having to choose

One man’s descent into madness born out of having too many options<p>I’ve had a restless weekend that’s spilling over into my work week. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that my work week has spilled over into my weekend. Whatever it is, I’ve been gripped by a fever of indecision caused by comparing …

HTC U11

Chris Messina: Alexa leads the ‘god bot’ wars because Amazon gets the most interest from developers

A little over two years ago, before Facebook Messenger or iMessage opened to third-party bots, and before the arrival of Google Assistant, conversational AI champion Chris Messina helped coin the term “conversational commerce.”<p>Messina, who is perhaps best known as the creator of the hashtag, has …

Chatbots

This Pocket PC Could Replace Your Desktop

The Ockel Sirius B runs Windows 10 and fits in any standard pocket.<p>Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can have the most significant impact. A …

Gear & Gadgets

Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply …

Autonomous Vehicle

Porsche and Audi will share an electric car platform

Porsche and Audi are no stranger to sharing car innards (the Cayenne and Macan use the same basic chassis as the Q7 and Q5, for instance), and that's holding true in the electric era. Porsche's Oliver Blume and Audi's Rupert Stadler told <i>Stuttgarter Zeitung</i> in an interview that the two …

Electric Vehicles

Sonos co-founder & former CEO praises HomePod sound quality, but says Spotify support needed

Apple’s HomePod is largely the company’s direct competitor to Sonos. To commemorate its newfound competition, Sonos yesterday released a custom Spotify playlist with a hidden message for Apple.<p>Now, Sonos co-founder and former CEO John MacFarlane has taken to Twitter to share his first impressions …

Tech Trends

New App Lets You Bid on Unsold Airline Seats at the Last Minute

Snag a last-minute deal to your dream destination.<p>A new startup is here to reward spontaneous travelers who like to plan trips on a whim, as well as …

Apps

Nuclear scientists logged on to one of Russia’s most secure computers — to mine bitcoin

Several scientists working at a nuclear weapons facility in Russia were arrested this week on the suspicion that they used one of the country’s most powerful supercomputers to mine bitcoins, the BBC reported.<p>The alleged infraction took place at the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, a top-secret area …

Federal Security Service

VLC 3.0 now supports Chromecast and the world is a better place

VLC, the video player of choice for a wide gamut of tinkerers, is finally getting Chromecast/Google Cast support, after years of user pleading and buggy beta appearances.<p>But that’s not all; there’s a huge gamut of genuinely useful new features as it reaches version 3.0. Let’s check these off:<p>8K …

Smart TV

Chinese police are using glasses with facial recognition tech to scan people's faces

For as long as it has been around, there have been concerns over the privacy implications that come with facial recognition systems. Now, the debate …

Surveillance

Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy

Figuring out if you have diabetes could soon be as easy as strapping on an Apple Watch.<p>A new study from Cardiogram shows that by using heart rate monitors on wearables like the Apple Watch, neural networks can now detect whether the wearer shows early signs of diabetes with astonishing …

Diabetes

These self-destructing electronics can turn your data to dust on command

A radio signal tells the components to vaporize.<p>Engineers have come up with a trick to make electronics disintegrate from far away. The technology represents a new kind of transient electronics, which are designed to disappear when they’re no longer needed. In this case, chemicals that can destroy …

Nanotech

Google is reportedly working on a video game streaming service

It sounds like Google might be working on a game streaming service. According to a report from <i>The Information</i>, the tech juggernaut has been floating the idea for a streaming service (like PlayStation Now or NVIDIA's GeForce Now) for around two years. The service is codenamed "Yeti" and Google is …

Google

Here's How Much It Costs to Mine 1 Bitcoin in the U.S.

While still profitable, bitcoin mining margins are plunging in the U.S. of late.<p>Cryptocurrencies may have hit their first real hiccup in more than a …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin May Evolve Into What Everyone Fears, Mathematicians Say

Prices of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin may never stabilize, and digital tokens risk simply ending up being a bubble.<p>Using mathematical modeling …

Cryptocurrency

Apple Music to overtake Spotify in US subscribers this summer as it hits 36M globally

While Spotify has long-held a lead over Apple in streaming music subscribers, the gap between the two is slowly narrowing, according to a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The report, citing “people in the record business,” explains that Apple Music is adding subscribers in the United States …

Music Industry

Tesla is connecting 50,000 homes in Australia to create a power grid

The state of South Australia is taking on a revolutionary project to harness solar energy and power 50,000 homes – but instead of using solar cells at a single location, it’s creating a decentralized network across the state, and Tesla is helping out.<p>The idea is to kit out homes with a 5kW solar …

South Australia

Panavision's latest cinema camera has an 8K RED sensor

Nearly every blockbuster film used to end with "Lenses and Panaflex camera by Panavision," but now it's more likely that your favorite movie was short on Arri or RED. Panavision is trying to flip that equation, however, by adopting one of its rivals' key pieces of tech. Its latest cinema camera, …

Cinematography

You Can Store Cryptocurrency in This Wallet

An essential for anyone invested in Bitcoin.<p>Cryptocurrencies embody the future of finance. But traditional banks have yet to catch up to this emerging trend, so storing your hard-earned cryptocurrencies in traditional bank accounts is still a no-go.<p>The slimTECH Cryptolite Cold Storage Wallet solves …

Xbox One Vs Xbox One S Vs Xbox One X: What Are The Differences And Which Xbox Console Should You Buy?

With three major Xbox One consoles out on the market, it's easy to be a little confused as to the different specs and features of each model. We're going to clear that situation up in this article and break down which of Microsoft's systems is right for you. Make sure you also check out our review …

Computer Hardware

Spotify teams with Discord to soundtrack your gaming chats

Spotify and gaming chat app Discord are joining forces so your entire channel can bump to the same music during a raid. Starting today, you can link your Spotify Premium account to your Discord account and keep the beats rocking for your entire community. "All users are now able to instantly …

Spotify

This big-ass battery keeps your beer cold while powering 10 other devices

Backup batteries? Got ’em. Mobile charging stations? Pfft. I have enough devices for charging other devices that picking one to take to events has become a process all its own. What I don’t have, or didn’t have at least, was a mobile charging station that could keep my beer cold for half a …

Gear & Gadgets

Sonos bundles two speakers for the price of one HomePod

Shortly after Apple finally announced a release date for its $349 HomePod speaker, Sonos is firing back with a new deal. You can buy two Sonos Ones for the same price. The speaker normally costs $200, so that’s a nice $50 discount.<p>We liked the new Sonos One in our review, both in terms of sound and …

Tech Trends

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is now available for pre-order

If you're interested in purchasing Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, the company is now accepting pre-orders for customers in the US, UK and Australia. The speaker comes in two colors, White and Space Gray, and will set you back $349. Devices will begin shipping on February 9th.<p>Apple's late to …

AOL