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Encrypted messaging app Wiper is shutting down (sort of)

Wiper, the app that clears encrypted conversations from your phone with a single button, is shutting down — or pivoting. We can’t tell.<p>In an email to users, the company behind Wiper says it wants to focus on a new app named FreshTeam, which has the same functionality as Wiper — but adds group …

Apps

This is why Tesla and Google are the future of cars — and Apple isn't

Hochholdinger came from Audi, where he spent his entire career doing nothing but building Audis.<p>At Business Insider, we've tested many vehicles that he bolted together, and no other luxury car maker assembles a more consistent product.<p>There are several reasons why Audi is the shining star in the VW …

Tesla

Google I/O's opening keynote to be broadcast on YouTube in VR

If you aren’t one of the lucky few that get to attend Google I/O this week, grab your Cardboard viewers and plug in for a 360-degree live stream of the event — or at least its opening keynote.<p>If you have a VR headset, like Oculus, Gear VR or Google’s own Cardboard viewer, you can tune in to the …

Virtual Reality

The UK is developing a digital driving licence

The smartphone licence being developed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is currently at the prototype stage but it could be available by 2018, the BBC reports.<p>Oliver Morley, CEO of the DVLA, tweeted a preview of the digital driving licence last Friday, saying: "So here's a little …

The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other …

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it’s sunny and close when it rains.<p>When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London’s Hyde Park on a …

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Engineering