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Stop calling them flying cars

The technology is interesting, but the name is bad<p>“Uber unveils plan to demo flying cars by 2020,” the CNN headline blares. “No longer a dream: Silicon Valley takes on the flying car,” the <i>New York Times</i> says. Even an esteemed publication like <i>The Atlantic</i> couldn’t resist: “When cars fly,” a recent …

Transportation

Chipotle Says Its Payment System May Have Been Hacked

Chipotle may have been the target of a data breach. The company, which is just starting to recover financially from the impact of a series of food-borne illnesses linked to its restaurants, reported the issue to investors on Tuesday, saying it "detected unauthorized activity on the network that …

Security

Uber’s Flying Taxis Will First Take To The Skies In Dallas-Fort Worth And Dubai

The ride-hailing giant exclusively shared details of its ambitious program to start testing sky cabs by 2020 and putting them into service as soon as 2023.<p>Look, up in the sky. It’s…a taxi! That could become reality in six to 10 years if Uber fulfills its vision of a flying cab system. Ahead of its …

Uber

Why highways should isolate self-driving cars in special smart lanes

The race is on. Tech giants like Google, Tesla and most car makers — from Toyota to Ford and Volvo — are betting billions to get intelligent self-driving cars on the road as soon as possible. Earlier this month, Apple became the 30th company to be granted permission to test autonomous vehicles on …

Transportation

Recorded music revenues up 5.6% in 2016: ‘This isn’t mission accomplished…’

At the end of 2015, 68 million people were paying for a subscription to music-streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and their rivals.<p>A year …

Music Industry

INTERPOL Operation Sweeps Up Thousands of Cybercrime Servers Used for Ransomware, DDoS, Spam

Massive public-private 'cyber surge' in Asia identifies hundreds of compromised websites in operation that spans multiple cybercriminal groups, …

Cybersecurity

Imagine A World With Empty Roads But With Skies Jammed With These Flying Vehicles

The Kittyhawk Flyer says its flying vehicles–which you can fly with a joystick and without a pilot’s license–are the solution to congestion woes.<p>“For those of us who commute, we’ll spend over a year of our lives stuck in traffic.” So said engineer Todd Reichert as he introduced an alternative at …

Drones

Why this former Facebook Messenger product manager is investing in AI

Outsourcing, automation, and connecting strangers on chat apps are among some of the biggest opportunities in conversational commerce forming around chat app platforms, former Facebook Messenger product manager turned investor Seth Rosenberg told VentureBeat.<p>Last Wednesday, amid a rush of Facebook …

Fortune 500

Smart home device adoption sees “big uptick” according to new study

Smart home device installations seen a “big uptick” in 2016, with refrigerators, washers, and smoke detectors seeing year-on-year growth of over 250 percent.<p>That’s according to a new study published by PlumChoice, an Internet of Things (IoT) technical service provider and Z-Wave Alliance, a …

Smart Homes

Uber claims it will having flying cars in Texas and Dubai by 2020

Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, hates the phrase “flying cars.”<p>But he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 — something he said “fits cleanly into our mission” and Uber’s focus on “big …

Uber

Facebook tries to pop your media bubble with new related articles feature

Facebook wants to help you get out of your media bubble.<p>The social network is testing a feature that will provide users with additional context when they see major stories in their News Feeds. This is yet another example of Facebook trying to figure out how to provide extra context and information …

Fortune 500

The future of self-driving cars is here ... in Phoenix (The 3:59, Ep. 216)

Waymo is opening up its pilot in Arizona. Plus, flying cars and Spotify hardware.<p>Waymo, the self-driving car developer, is taking a big step forward in bringing autonomous vehicles to the mainstream.<p>The company, which is owned by Google's parent Alphabet, is opening up its pilot program for …

Transportation

4 Industries Account for Majority of Global Ransomware Attacks

4/25/2017<br>09:45 AM<p>50%<p>50%<p>When it comes to 77% of global ransomware attacks, these four industries take the greatest hit, according to a global threat …

Cybersecurity

We’ve seen so many scary movies about robots we can no longer be objective about them

From “The Jetsons” cartoons to the “Terminator” movies, we all have preconceived notions about robotics.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Of all the futuristic technologies that …

Robots

People are being banned from ever leaving Instagram

A bug in Instagram is stopping people leaving it.<p>People who attempt to deactivate their account are instead finding that they have to stay on it – …

Social Media

Avery Dennison Opens I.Lab to Showcase Intelligent Labels, RFID

Avery Dennison has opened a new interactive center at its European headquarters in Oegstgeest, Netherlands. The I.Lab Experience Center showcases the …

eCommerce

Hacker Jailed Two Years For Making Software That Causes DDoS Attacks

Today, England’s Old Bailey court jailed 20-year-old hacker Adam Mudd two years for initiating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against …

Security

How leaked NSA spy tools created a hacking free-for-all

Hackers have compromised thousands of computers around the world with a government-grade spy tool.<p>A backdoor published in a trove of leaked NSA hacking tools is being loaded onto vulnerable Windows computers. The attacks demonstrate what happens when people fail to regularly update their …

Security

Uber Plans to Test Flying Cars Within Three Years

Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday detailed ambitious plans to take to the skies with flying cars, as the ride-hailing company is reeling from a series of controversies including a lawsuit that could impede its crucial self-driving vehicle initiative.<p>At a conference in Dallas, far from the San …

Uber

An Honest Trailer for The Social Network

I never saw <i>The Social Network</i>, since I already knew the outline of the Facebook story, and thought it had to be boring. Now I don't need to, since …

Social Media

YouTube Kids app is now available for current LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs

Announced back in February, YouTube Kids is now available for LG, Samsung, and Sony smart televisions. Oddly, none of these models run Android TV, with an Android app for the big screen only listed as “available soon.”<p>Nintendo Switch<p>The TV interface for YouTube Kids is near identical to the phone …

Samsung

Your Google Home Will Now Respond to Just You

We’re six months into the release of the Google Home, and while the reviews are still pretty dang good, one mega frustration for lots of people is the gadget’s inability to tell one person from another. Basically, the last thing you want is for the digital assistant to spill your schedule to anyone …

Google

Juniper Networks +3.3% as cloud solutions provide earnings boost

Juniper Networks (JNPR -1.7%) is up 3.3% postmarket following Q1 earnings that beat on top and bottom lines, with solid sales growth in Asia Pacific …

Investing

Is This Finally Our Flying Car?

Every living human being dreams of a flying car. Why? Is it the Jetsons? Is it the exhaustion from the traffic jams during which we look up and see …

Foundation for Economic Education

'Breakthrough' bending wave technology turns your smartphone's display into one big loudspeaker

Redux believes its technology could replace traditional smartphone speakers in as little as 2 years.<p>Never mind getting rid of the headphone jack – …

Phones

Chinese, Russian Cyber Groups Research Shadow Brokers Malware

Cyber communities in China and Russia have started digging into the most recent release of malware from Shadow Brokers.<p>Chinese and Russian cyber …

Security

How Education Research Can Track Intrapersonal Changes

Education research should focus on situations and processes, not just on differences between groups of people. Intrapersonal research advocates …

Pedagogy

U.S. Department of Defense releases security configuration standard for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Government-wide, agencies are turning to open source software to enable faster innovation, lower costs, and better security. For the defense and …

Cybersecurity

Wall Street thinks Twitter’s business is shrinking

Twitter reports earnings on Wednesday, and for the first time, Wall Street expects the company to report a year-over-year decline in revenue.<p>Wall Street thinks Twitter’s business is shrinking, and expects the company to report its first-ever year-over-year revenue decline when it releases earnings …

Markets

Amy McDonough was one of Fitbit’s first employees back in 2008, before Fitbit was the household name it is today. She is now the Vice President and General Manager of the Fitbit Health Group.

News > Blog<p>This Fitbit VP Talks Wearables, Fitness Data and Workplace Equality<p>April 25, 2017 <b><br>Kelsey Davis</b>, Manager, Digital Media, Consumer Technology …

Wearable Tech