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When Robots Fly with Buddy Michini (Airware), Andreas Raptopoulos (Matternet) and Jan Stumpf (Intel)

IBM unveils Blockchain as a Service based on open source Hyperledger Fabric technology

IBM unveiled its “Blockchain as a Service” today, which is based on the open source Hyperledger Fabric, version 1.0 from The Linux Foundation.<p>IBM Blockchain is a public cloud service that customers can use to build secure blockchain networks. The company introduced the idea last year, but this is …

Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building ‘robot factory’ tech to apply

Y Combinator Partner Daniel Gross today announced that the accelerator-turned-venture-fund will offer its first “vertical” track exclusively for AI startups. YC gathers founders from different industries together in each investment cycle. The organization hosts interdisciplinary demo days and …

Airware buys Redbird to build a full-stack drone services empire

“I want to be the global leader. I don’t want to build the non-relevant European or French player.” That’s why Emmanuel de Maistre just sold Redbird, his drone-powered analytics provider for construction and mining companies, to US drone services giant Airware.<p>Together they can sell packages of …

The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead

Yoav Leitersdorf Contributor<p>Yoav Leitersdorf is a partner at YL Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Trends in Israel’s cybersecurity investments<br>• Cyber insurance is changing the way we look at risk<p>Ofer Schreiber Contributor<p>Ofer Schreiber is a partner at YL Ventures.<p>More posts by this …

New AirMap feature helps drones avoid manned aircraft

A Santa Monica-based startup called AirMap today launched a feature that gives drone operators real time traffic alerts whenever manned aircraft such as helicopters, crop dusters or low-flying passenger planes, are about to enter into their air space.<p>The company’s systems, generally, let drone …

Airspace

ICYMI: Autonomous drone prototypes take flight

Because hordes of flying monkeys are so passé.<p>Today on In Case You Missed It: The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley has developed augmented reality power tools to help DIY-ers with a variety of actual home repairs by projecting information and providing feedback. Meanwhile, the …

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Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

Searching for a new home in a different city is hard, especially if you want a sense of the neighborhood and a true picture of what prospective properties look like. Wouldn’t it be great to have a close-up view of that seemingly perfect house on the market from all angles, as well as a bird’s-eye …

Microsoft helps Mac users ditch Evernote for OneNote with new tool

Microsoft is making it easier for Mac users to ditch Evernote in favor of OneNote, its rival note-taking app, and a part of the Microsoft Office suite. The company has today released a new app called the OneNote Importer tool, which allows Mac users to move all their saved items from the Evernote …

Why LinkedIn should kill the résumé and replace it with the experience graph

Imagine a future where individuals can illustrate their progression of lifelong learning and training and its links to their real-world performance. In this version of the future, the once-ubiquitous résumé has been ousted by the experience graph.<p>The graph itself will grow out of ExperienceAPI …

Africa Roundup: Kenya’s Safaricom takes on Uber, Orange expands Pan-African profile

Uber drivers in Nairobi went on strike to protest the company’s July fare cuts. The move comes amidst greater competition in Kenya’s ride-hail market since local telecoms company Safaricom entered with its own Little Cab app.<p>Partnering with Kenya’s Craft Silicon, Safaricom launched the new service …

Decentralizing IoT networks through blockchain

Ben Dickson Contributor<p>Ben Dickson is a software engineer and the founder of TechTalks.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology<br>• Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?<p>Imagine a washer that autonomously contacts suppliers and places orders when it’s low on …

FTC: State bans on Tesla's direct sales model are hurting competition

Tesla has just gained a valuable ally in its battle to sell cars directly to customers: the Federal Trade Commission. The regulator now argues that state bans on direct sales are "protectionist," propping up the traditional dealership business model rather than protecting companies from unfair …

Tesla opens 100th Supercharger... in a state where sales are banned

You can't buy a Tesla in New Jersey, but now you can Supercharge one up! Tesla's 100th Supercharger just came online in Hamilton, located just a few miles from the NJ state capital of Trenton. The Garden State's very first Supercharger sports six stalls, and, since it's positioned just a few miles …

Tesla will source battery materials from North America exclusively

There is no such thing as a truly green car.<p>All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to recycle–the components that can be recycled, at least.<p>To mitigate such pollution issues and increase supply chain transparency, Tesla …

100% Electric Cars Are Now Outselling Plug-in Hybrids in the US

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>Range anxiety isn’t holding back the electric car. Sales figures are in for the first half of 2013, and they show that 100% …

Electric Vehicles

Audi competition aims to unlock the potential of connected cars

We've all heard about how connected and self-driving cars from Google, BMW and others are going to change our lives, but how? Audi wants to find out with its Urban Future Award, a four-city, multidisciplinary competition. Each team has a different quest, but all center around the ways that …

EU to require that EVs and hybrids make noise to alert pedestrians

The EU has been talking for years about requiring pedestrian alert noises on electric cars and hybrids, and some vehicles already do. In the future, however, those warning systems will be mandatory. The European Parliament has backed a proposal that would require sound-making hardware in new …

Tesla Pays Telefonica Millions To Power In-Car Wireless In UK, Germany, Spain, Holland

Those with a sharp eye who visited the Geneva motor show or who own a Model S in Europe may have already noticed a connection between Telefonica and Tesla by way of the “car connected by Telefonica” signs on the sides of cars, or through the in-car navigation system that played Spanish ads. Now the …

Tesla Model S is 'low hanging fruit' for hackers to remotely track or unlock cars

Tesla has toughened the Model S' underbody to help prevent any more fires, but apparently it needs to add some reinforcement to its network features too. An enterprising hacker can't quite drive one of the electric vehicles away (they'd need a key fob to start the car), but holes in the auto's …

Tesla toughens up the Model S' underbody to prevent battery fires

Tesla's Model S may have a good safety record, but even two accident-related battery fires are too many for the perfection-obsessed (and image-conscious) automaker. Elon Musk has revealed that every Model S built from March 6th onward has both aluminum deflector plates and a titanium underbody …

Consumers mostly trust expert reviews, but branded content & user reviews have a place

Attention marketers: Look to expert reviews before you deploy your own branded content to attract consumers.<p>According to a new Nielsen study, 85 percent of consumers look to content from experts before they make a purchasing decision. 67 percent of consumers said an endorsement from an unbiased …

New Jersey is the latest state to ban Tesla's direct-to-customer car sales

Tesla's direct-to-customer sales model just hit another big roadblock. New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission has voted in favor of a rule banning direct car sales, effectively kicking Tesla out of the state as of this April. For those keeping score, this is the EV maker's third such defeat, …

Tesla's raising $1.6 billion to build its battery 'Gigafactory' and mass-market $35k car

If you've been dreaming of a Tesla but can't afford a Model S and its $70k+ sticker price (before tax credits), the company is announcing a major step towards building an electric vehicle in your price range. CEO Elon Musk has targeted 2017 for building a vehicle that costs half that, and has …

Battery production, design modifications delay Tesla's Model X SUV another year

During an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i> prior to Tesla's earnings call yesterday, CEO Elon Musk discussed a few interesting tidbits. The most significant revelation is that the Model X SUV, which was first detailed in 2012 and originally set to begin production late last year, is now delayed until 2015. …

Volkswagen's Golf GTE is the fast plug-in hybrid you might actually buy

There aren't many quick plug-in hybrids with reasonable price tags, but Volkswagen may just lower the cost of eco-friendly performance with its newly unveiled Golf GTE. The hot hatchback mates a 148HP gas engine with a 101HP electric motor, giving the Golf enough combined power to reach 62MPH in …

Tesla Beats In Q4 With Adjusted Revenues Of $761M, Expects 35,000 Car Deliveries This Year

Today after the bell, Tesla reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including non-GAAP revenue of $761 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.33. In the period, the company delivered 6,900 cars, a figure that it pre-announced in January.<p>The company’s revenue grew 26% from the …

Car emissions hurt you more than electricity generating: Here's why

As an electric car owner, you're probably used to the accusatory look people give you when they inquire as to where your electricity comes from.<p>The answer they're looking for is power stations, of course--before launching into a tirade about plug-in vehicles being just as dirty as regular …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Reportedly Met With Apple's Top Deals Exec

Last year, multiple analysts recommended that Apple buy Tesla to make a bold push into the auto industry. As it turns out, the Cupertino, Calif. may …

OpenTable launches pilot mobile payment program in San Francisco

Soon you'll be able to use OpenTable to not only book your restaurant reservation, but pay for your meal as well. As rumored last year, the program is currently being tested at new diners and restaurants in San Francisco area, with plans to expand to new eateries and locations in the future. …