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In BMW Electric Car, Software 'Coding' Unlocks Hidden Features Owners Want

And may void warranty<p>The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission electric car even though it has a range-extending engine.<p>That's because its gasoline range (EPA-rated at 78 …

Google's self-driving cars might be too good at braking for cyclists

Google's self-driving cars are cautious by design, but in at least one instance, it may be a bit too much. A cyclist posting on a road bike forum says that an encounter between themself and a self-driving car ended up with neither moving more than a few inches for a good two minutes. The cyclist …

3D Printed Micro-Fish Robots May Soon Join The Fight Against Disease, Inside Our Bodies

Professors Shaochen Chen and Joseph Wang of the Nano Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego have 3D printed tiny robots – thinner than the width of a human hair — they’re calling micro-fish, that may one day be used to treat a variety of human ailments.<p>These micro-fish …

UC San Diego

U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

<i>By Andrew Chung</i><p><i>NEW YORK (Reuters) –</i> Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.<p>The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. …

Obama Administration To Open Wearable Tech R&D Center In Silicon Valley

The White House and the Department of Defense are working with the private sector to build flexible, wearable electronics.<p>The Obama administration and the Pentagon are giving the wearables industry a big push. On Friday, defense secretary Ash Carter will announce that the Department of Defense is …

Silicon Valley

New Horizons May Get Its First Mission Beyond Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons probe made history when it made the closest ever flyby to Pluto. But it’s job may not be over yet.<p>The space agency announced yesterday that it has picked a new potential target for the probe in the solar system’s Kuiper Belt.<p>The target in question is 2014 MU69, an object in the …

Space

Six amazing sights that look even better from the ISS

The astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe’s natural phenomena like no one else<p>Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. The astronauts on the International Space Station(ISS) …

Mount Everest

Uber Hires Security Researchers Who Hacked Moving Jeep

Apparently, hacks can pay off.<p>The two security researchers who demonstrated they could hack into a moving Jeep have been hired by Uber. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, will join Uber next week. The hires come as the …

Report: $1.9 Billion Invested In Space Travel Startups Since 2014

A new report says space travel startups have raised a staggering $1.9 billion since 2014. Venture capital database CB Insights released the report, titled “Future of Frontier Tech,” which also says that drone startups have raised $285 million since 2014 and virtual/augmented reality companies $1 …

Startups

Five best third-party Android launchers to customize your device experience

One of Android’s best features is the ability to download and install custom third-party launchers. Don’t like the way your phone home screen looks or how the apps are organized? Fine. Change it. But finding the best one, or a good one for that matter, can sometimes be a daunting challenge. And …