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An inside look at Ford’s $1 billion bet on Argo AI

In the race to launch autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence expertise is the prize<p>Somewhere between the 14th and 15th floors in a concrete stairwell, Bryan Salesky pauses, searching for the right words to explain his mission for the foreseeable future. He wants to give cars the eyes, ears, …

Transportation

Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

Because live-streaming with your smartphone isn’t always practical<p>Video via Kickstarter<p>A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).<p>The camera, …

Gear & Gadgets

Google brings Q&As to Google Maps and search

Google products like Maps and search more or less exist, on a basic level, to answer questions. So it kind of makes sense that Google is adding a Q&A feature to results in Maps and search to make those questions easier to answer.<p>Now, when you open up a business listing in Maps or search, there’ll …

Google

The Nokia 8 flagship keeps the bezels, adds a 'bothie' camera

HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, is revealing the company’s first Nokia-branded Android flagship phone today. The new Nokia 8 will be available in early September across Europe, priced at 599 euros ($705). As we saw with the leaks, the Nokia 8 has a …

Mobile Technology

Twitter starts organizing tweets by topics in the Explore tab

Twitter is trying to make it easier for users to find content relevant to their interests. The company confirmed in a statement to <i>Buzzfeed</i> today that it's now sorting tweets by topic in the Explore tab, regardless of whether you're following these users. The feature rolled out to iOS and Android …

Marketing

Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem — history does

You can’t fix something by ignoring it<p>In 2017, the idea that biological differences drive social inequality is considered fairly offensive. For the incurious, the taboo around this argument makes it exciting. But unlike people, not all ideas are created equally, and they should not be treated with …

Diversity

How HBO’s Westworld installation made fans ‘the center of the universe’

Immersive entertainment continues to take audiences beyond the screen<p>One of the highlights of last month’s San Diego Comic-Con was HBO’s <i>Westworld: The Experience</i>. The half-hour attraction gave small groups of guests the opportunity to visit the offices of Delos, Inc., the fictional company behind …

Westworld

Tiny bits of plastic get to the seafloor by hitching rides on snot palaces

Thanks to the snot-dwelling larvaceans Bathochordaeus stygius<p>Scientists have discovered a new way for tiny pieces of plastic to move around the ocean: through the poop and snot made by a peculiar sea creature that’s half the size of your hand. The new research shows the important role that small, …

Oceans

How to make phone calls with Google Home

It’s more flexible than making calls with Amazon’s Alexa<p>Google’s smart speaker can now pull double duty as a phone for voice calls. The company just confirmed that it’s rolling out Google Home’s calling feature in the US and Canada beginning today. Users can dial anyone in their contacts and local …

Google

After losing support, Trump’s business and manufacturing councils are shutting down

Two White House advisory councils that once included tech leaders like Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick have dissolved, after several members resigned over President Donald Trump’s weak condemnation of white supremacists. A member of the Strategic and Policy Forum told <i>CNBC</i> that it wanted to make a …

Brian Krzanich

The Defenders amplifies Marvel’s Netflix ideology, warts and all

A slow start to a long-anticipated show<p>It’s hard to pinpoint what, exactly, The Defenders stand for. Good and justice in the world, obviously, since they’re superheroes. And then… what else? If past Marvel shows like <i>Jessica Jones</i> are an instrument, delicately tuned for individual stories about the …

Comics

Riverdale might pick up a monster from Reddit for season 2

And hopefully a teenage witch<p>The CW’s spring hit <i>Riverdale</i>, a very loose adaptation of the classic <i>Archie</i> comics, was popular enough to justify a season 2 premiere date this October. A neon-tinted <i>Twin Peaks</i>-lite, the show captured a huge young audience drawn in by the return of Disney Channel’s Cole …

TV

Motorola patented a display that can heal its own cracked screen with heat

Motorola is thinking about a day where phones can heal their own cracks. A patent published today explains how a phone could identify cracks on its touchscreen and then apply heat to the area in an effort to slightly repair the damage. The process relies on something called "shape memory polymer," …

Motorola

Google Home can now make phone calls in the US and Canada

Google is rolling out a long-awaited feature for its Google Home smart speaker today: voice calling. The company just announced that Home users in the US and Canada will very soon be able to call people in their contacts and local businesses using their voice and the signature “OK Google” command. …

Google

Intel announces its next-generation Ice Lake chips unexpectedly early

Intel may be preparing to announce its upcoming eighth-generation processors on August 21st, but the company is already looking to the future with an uncharacteristically early announcement of what seems to be its ninth-generation Ice Lake chips, as reported by <i>AnandTech</i>.<p>I say “seems to be,” because …

Kaby Lake

Galaxy Note 4 batteries are being recalled for overheating risk

Some more bad news for the Galaxy Note line: just over 10,000 batteries for the Galaxy Note 4 are being recalled for risk of overheating that could lead to burns or fires.<p>This recall is a lot different than last year’s Note 7 fiasco. While that one affected every single phone and happened because …

Samsung

Google Docs adds a ton of new editing features, including suggestions from your phone

Google is updating Docs, Sheets, and Slides today with a bunch of really handy new editing features — some of which are overdue, and others that are smart new improvements.<p>On the overdue side, we have the ability to add suggestions to a document from a phone or tablet. Until now, the suggestion …

Google

VR social network AltspaceVR is back from the dead

Virtual reality social network AltspaceVR is staying online, after abruptly announcing its shutdown late last month. Despite a sudden drop in funding, the platform now says it’s “deep in discussions” with unspecified parties who “want to guarantee that our virtual oasis stays open.” A small crew of …

Virtual Reality

Meet the streamers using Twitch to pay for college

As she neared 24 straight hours of playing <i>Dead Space</i>, Kaitlyn Richelle watched in shock as a $250 donation flashed across her screen. “That’s the goal,” she shouted. “That’s the tuition.” She paused her Twitch stream, struggling to get a full sentence out. She had just raised $5,000 to help pay for …

Twitch

Dating app Hinge is rewarding successful couples with ‘milestone’ gifts

If you’ve successfully navigated the hellscape that is modern app-driven dating (in this case, specifically the Hinge plane), the company has a reward in store for you. Hinge is running a weeklong online promotion in which couples who met on the app can redeem their love for a physical gift.<p>The …

Relationships

Charlottesville has sidelined a nationwide anti-Google protest

A nine-city protest against Google for firing engineer James Damore is being called off after last weekend’s white supremacist rally. “March on Google” organizer Jack Posobiec pushed the event back by “a few weeks” this morning, due to what he called “credible alt-left terrorist threats” and …

Google

Five cool science experiments happening during the total solar eclipse

People are using everything from hot air balloons to airplanes<p>Next week’s total solar eclipse isn’t just a chance to see a cool natural phenomenon, it’s a rare opportunity for all kinds of science experiments. The path of a total solar eclipse hasn’t touched the US since 1979. Sure, there’ll be …

Total Solar Eclipse

Amazon will pay more developers who make popular Alexa skills

Payment is being expanded into more categories<p>Amazon says it will now pay developers who make Alexa skills with the highest engagements in the US, UK, and Germany. Alexa skills are feature commands you can say to Amazon’s digital assistant such as, “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I’m doing today,” or …

Amazon

The Daily Stormer has returned under a Russian domain name

Just one day after the site dropped off the web, the Daily Stormer has reappeared using a Russian domain name. The site became unreachable yesterday after GoDaddy, Google, and a string of other companies dropped the site as a client, leaving it without a registrar. Facebook also took aggressive …

Prejudice

Google can now alert you to bad allergy days

No more sneezing... maybe<p>Google has introduced a cool new feature for those who, like me, dread pollen and allergy season. Working with The Weather Channel to integrate its pollen index, users can now search for pollen levels and forecast data in specific areas on Google’s mobile site or app. …

Google

iDevices launches a light dimmer with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant support

iDevices is expanding its line of smart home products today with a dimmer switch, joining the company’s integrated wall outlets, smart plugs, lights, and more.<p>Like all the iDevice products, the new dimmer switch is particularly notable for working without requiring a separate hub device to be …

Home Automation

Dota vu: Valve’s world cup of e-sports is having another moment in the spotlight

With great money comes great hype, but Valve still doesn’t know how to escape its niche<p>Every year for the past half decade, like clockwork, Valve’s <i>Dota 2</i> tournament has broken the record for biggest prize pool in e-sports history. Dubbed The International (TI), this competition started off with …

League of Legends

The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship

Once a year, kids from around the world gather to compete at high-speed spreadsheets<p>On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 milled around eating miniature whoopie pies by the light …

Team USA

Android Wear now belongs to fashion brands, not gadget nerds

Google’s smartwatch platform is shifting from the tech aisles to the department stores<p>It may seem like Android Wear is dead. Google’s smartwatch platform has lost a lot of its supporting partners, been plagued with bugs and update issues, and isn’t nearly as popular as Apple or Samsung’s …

Wearable Tech

These 3D-printed Switch adapters allow one-handed gamers to play Zelda

The versatility of the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers is one of the console’s greatest strengths. An engineer named Julio Vazquez has taken that idea even further to create a 3D-printed Joy-Con adapter that lets disabled gamers play with only one hand. The creation was first spotted by</i> …

Nintendo Switch