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Smarter self-driving Fords look less out of place

As the development of self-driving technologies continues to ramp up, the test cars being used to build sensors and software are growing less …

Snap's latest purchase opens new commerce opportunities

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Snap, the company behind popular ephemeral photo- and video-sharing app Snapchat, reportedly acquired Israeli startup Cimagine Media for $30 million to $40 million, …

PhD dropout? Lucrative Silicon Valley career

Dropping out of a Ph.D. program is not generally something to brag about. Giving up after years of study and sacrifice could seem a waste, even a failure.<p>But a small cohort of Ph.D. students is discovering that making it through "all but dissertation," or ABD for short, could make their careers. …

The Eames’s “Powers Of Ten” Is Now An iPhone App

Well, kind of.<p>In the classic documentary <i>Powers of Ten</i>, Charles and Ray Eames examine the relative scale of the universe and our own place within those orders of magnitude. <i>Powers of Ten</i> has been so influential that it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and has been recreated …

How To Make An 'Invisibility Cloak' At Home For Under $100

All it takes is four lenses, an optics bench for holding the lenses in place, and an insatiable appetite for making things disappear.<p>The four lenses, when aligned just right, will bend light around the object you place between them, cloaking the object in the process. Watch this device, called the …

Giant 3D-printed robot spider sees world through an iPad

You're looking at a walking, robotic 3D-printed hexapod that can see its terrain and is controlled wirelessly from an iPad.<p>Its master and creator is …

11 Influential Quotes From Google's Sergey Brin, Who Co-Founded One Of The Most Powerful Companies In The World

Today, Google does a little bit of everything — from email, to wearable technology, and smartphone software.<p>But that wasn't always the case. When Brin and CEO Larry Page built Google, they focused on one specific problem: revolutionizing the way people search the web.<p>Here are a few quotes from …

What physics says about skinny jeans bending iPhones

Honestly, I think this whole bending of the iPhone 6 Plus thing is overblown. If you want, you could bend or break just about any electronic device. …

15 Awesome Things We Learned From Steve Jobs' 1985 Playboy Interview

As with most long interviews with the late CEO, it's filled with fantastic nuggets about his life, Apple, and the future of computing.<p>We pulled out our 15 favorite quotes and anecdotes for you to check out.

How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

Eye Robot: Dyson’s Robo-Vacuum Cleans Floors, Revolutionizes Computer Vision

Finally, the Roomba has reason to fear. Last week, high-end vacuum-maker Dyson announced the 360 Eye, a robotic vacuum that navigates through the home using panoramic computer vision. Other cleaning bots have employed cameras, but never quite like this. As its name implies, the Eye sees in 360 …

The 30 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read

A highly subjective but absolutely essential authoritative list.<p>In life, there are consequences to testing ideas. Some are good, other are very, <i>very</i> bad. You never know where ideas will lead you. Thankfully, we have science fiction. The best writers in the genre are future architects who create …

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iPads in Education: Why iPad?

There have been lots of interesting stories in the news recently about various iPad deployments in education, some good, some bad. Earlier this year our school made a carefully considered decision to deploy iPads to each student on a one to one basis and we are currently in the second phase of our …

Here are seven cool projects made possible with Intel's tiny computer

Thinking about using Intel Edison for your next builder project, but feeling a little uninspired? Don't worry: IDF 2014 is rife with examples of how to use the company's new development board. In the weeks leading up to the conference, Intel employees and partners alike used it to build robots, …

DIY Muscle-Memory Programmer

<b>For IEEE Spectrum’s</b> <b>special issue</b> this past June, my colleague Ariel Bleicher visited Tad Starner’s lab at Georgia Tech and tried out an intriguing …

8 Lesser Known, but Very Useful, Apple Mac Utilities

Your Mac comes with a bunch of Apps pre-installed, neatly organized in the Applications folder. You’ve got the iWork suite, AddressBook, iCal and some other useful applications. Also in there is another folder called Utilities.<p>You might have used a few of the applications within it, but there’s …

Interview: Inside Google Brain Founder Andrew Ng's Plans To Transform Baidu

<i>Little known outside China, the Chinese search engine Baidu scored a coup earlier this year when it hired Andrew Ng to be chief scientist and open a new artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley. Ng, a Stanford computer science professor who headed the Google Brain AI project and then cofounded</i> …

Google goes DARPA

Regina Dugan loves to tell the story of how she got her current job. It was a little over two years ago, and Dugan, a mechanical engineer by training …

Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Writes A Heartbreaking Letter About Her Father’s Passing

Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of Robin Williams and the subject of Williams’ final post on Instagram — released a statement about her father’s suicide yesterday, and it is funny and thoughtful and sad and hopeful, which is exactly what you might expect from the daughter of Robin Williams.<p>…

A Visual Tour of Silicon Valley

If you are ever visiting San Francisco and have an extra day for adventure, I highly recommend jumping into the car and heading to Silicon Valley. The drive is beautiful and it is a worthwhile experience to see some of the big businesses and small treasures of the tech world while getting a feel …

How Baidu Uses Deep Learning To Make Phones Smarter

Deep learning has been a hot topic in recent times, particularly after Google brought it to the forefront of the tech industry with Google Brain that started in 2011. Early this year, the internet giant went further to step up its efforts in deep learning with its acquisition of artificial …

Who needs Google Glass? A 13-year-old boy just created his own eyewear

13-year-old Clay Haight made something not many kids his age would make: his own version of Google Glass.<p>As Make reports, when he was 10 years old, …

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Doctors are ready to test temporary 'suspended animation' to save people with severe injuries

It sounds straight out of a bad sci-fi movie: doctors pump patients' veins full of a preserving agent to keep them in suspended animation. But that procedure could come to a hospital near you in the next few years.<p>The idea is to give doctors a bit more time to treat people with serious trauma. In …

Deals: The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) at Over 90% Off

<b>Build 14 iOS 8 Apps Using Swift + BONUS iOS 7 Developers Course – 70+ Hours of Elite Instruction!</b><p>Our iPad Insight deal for today is a hugely exciting one for anyone who wants to get into developing iOS apps. It’s The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course – available for pre-order now at over 90% …

Imogen Heap’s sensor-packed gloves will change digital music making forever (interview)

Digital music is made out of square and sine waves. These sounds don’t have bodies. They don’t have a character, but according to musical mastermind Imogen Heap, wearables can bring them to life.<p>Heap believes she’s found a way to make digital music making a bit more human. And all it takes is a …

Smash's new wristband helps perfect your tennis swing

We've come a long, long way since the days when smart wristwear did little more than track your footsteps. Need proof? Smash has unveiled a wearable dedicated to tennis. The wristband uses motion sensors to track many aspects of your swing, ranging from spin to your favorite shot types. Once you're …

IRL: A few rounds with Babolat's Play Pure Drive smart tennis racquet

The market for connected, stat-tracking tennis gadgets has blossomed seemingly overnight. Some companies offer motion-sensing, snap-on attachments; others sell fancy racquets with built-in sensors. The French company Babolat is taking the latter route with its pricey but capable Play Pure Drive …