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By Ann Bradley | Technology, products, start ups, and hot tech news.

When Drone Delivery Makes Sense: When You're Flying Life-Saving Blood to Hospitals

Amazon just made news when its Prime Air delivery drone did its first public demo, landing on a lawn in California to drop off a few bottles of …

Drones

Here's Why People Think Tesla Is the Most Innovative Company Today

I did a quick Twitter poll asking which technology companies you think are the most innovative today. The options …

Tesla

Tech Made Cities Too Expensive. Here’s How to Fix It (WIRED)

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Google self-driving cars will finally take passengers

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight years and two million miles after Google began to build self-driving car technology, it's ready for passengers.<p>Waymo, the search giant's renamed autonomous car company, will begin taking applications Tuesday from Phoenix-area residents who want to be among the hundreds of …

Transportation

Can an app really track you after you delete it?

LOS ANGELES — Can a deleted app keep on tracking you, even if the app is off the phone?<p>The unsatisfying answer: Yes and no.<p>The app can’t follow you around and know your whereabouts. But app developers can engage in "tagging," leaving behind a unique ID on an iPhone so the developer can recall the …

Privacy

A Twitter employee earning $160,000 in San Francisco says he's scraping by

It's expensive to live in San Francisco — even if you make six figures.<p>In an article published earlier this year, The Guardian reported on an …

Silicon Valley

Elizabeth Holmes: Developing the Future of Home Healthcare

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Stanford University

Speech-imitating algorithm can steal your voice in 60 seconds

Machine learning algorithm can mimic other peoples' voices or create new ones from scratch.<p>A Canadian start-up has developed a voice imitation …

Machine Learning

Waymo’s self-driving minivans are now offering rides to real people in Arizona

Major milestone for the Google spin-off<p>Starting today, residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area can sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan. As often as they want. For free.<p>Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun off from Google late last year, announced today that it’s …

Transportation

An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success.<p>I was a programmer once. …

Startups
Learning

Uber Says It Will Start Offering Flying Taxis In 2020

Uber says the vehicles will be quiet and have zero operational emissions.<p>April 25 (Reuters) - Flying taxis may become a reality in the next four years.<p>U.S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc expects to deploy flying taxi services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai in 2020, Chief Product …

Uber

In parts of the Bay Area, $105,350 is 'low income'

If you're among the Bay Area residents complaining about the rising costs of living, here's another report to solidify that view: In parts of the Bay Area, a six-figure income qualifies as "low income."<p>That report comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps …

Oakland

Marissa Mayer to exit Yahoo with $186 million payout

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Suicide of an Uber engineer: Widow blames job stress, racism

Joseph Thomas thought he had it made when he landed a $170,000 job as a software engineer at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters last year. He and his …

Uber

Supreme Court Says You Can Copyright Elements Of ‘Useful Articles’ — Which May Spell Disaster For 3D Printing & More

Image via Getty<p>Last summer, we wrote about a potentially important case going to the Supreme Court, technically about the copyright design of …

3D Printing

Seagate and DJI team up for external storage - Fly Drive - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

The collaboration between Seagate and DJI announced earlier this year is showing fruit. Fly Drive has hit the market and is expected to retail for …

Drones

Data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M on a $1B valuation

Make way for another juggernaut amongst enterprise startups: Rubrik, a data backup company that only emerged from stealth in 2015, is in the process of raising between $150 million and $200 million on a valuation of $1 billion as the company enters a period of strong demand for its storage and data …

Startups

What doctor? Why AI and robotics will define New Health

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Health

Understanding Predictive Tracking and Why It’s Important for AR/VR Headsets

In the context of AR and VR systems, predictive tracking refers to the process of predicting the future orientation and/or position of an object or …

Augmented Reality

How a Berlin startup beat the online giants at image recognition

Can a machine learn aesthetics in a way a human would? Could it then look at a set of photos, and draw on those same aesthetics to reproduce a different set? It’s a big question because it has long-term implications for how AI is going to develop.<p>What are aesthetics anyway? Is it just what you …

Startups

Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York

Recharge, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today, after testing its service over the last year in San Francisco.<p>The company has also raised an undisclosed amount of funding …

Startups

Intel and NeuLion Bring Secure, 4K UHD Sports Streaming to Computers

As new media technologies evolve and consumer demand for higher quality video grows, 4K resolution of live sports and movies will bring amazing new …

IPTV
Innovation

Is This What Apple's iPhone 8 Looks Like?

<b>Apple</b>'s (AAPL) iPhone 8 looks pretty sexy, if some photos circulating around social media are to be believed.<p>Pictures of an Apple iPhone 8 dummy unit …

iPhone

Unroll.me 'heartbroken' after being caught selling user data to Uber

After reports emerged it sold customer email data to Uber, inbox clean-up service Unroll.me has issued a true Silicon Valley non-apology.<p>You know what they say: If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.<p>Now some are realising the price they paid for using free inbox clean-up service …

Uber

Apple Celebrates Children's Day in Turkey With New Billboard and Ad Campaign Fueled By 'Young Talents'

Apple CEO Tim Cook today tweeted out a message as a means of celebrating National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey, which will take place on April 23. Cook's tweet includes a picture of a few billboards that are up in Turkey, which showcase photographs taken by "young talents" within the …

iPhone

Livestream's Mevo camera can broadcast to YouTube Live

Last year, Livestream's Mevo became the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. Now the video streaming platform is giving its device a few more major upgrades, including support for Android and YouTube Live. The camera can now broadcast to four platforms: its creator's website …

You Tube

The Troubling Psychology of Pay-to-Loot Systems

“In behavioural psychology, that randomised system of reward is the one that creates the most addiction,” says Emil Hodzic, who runs the Video Game …

Gaming