Japan Wants Self-Driving Cars In Time For Tokyo Summer Olympics
Mitsubishi Electric and ten automakers will start collecting high resolution 3D maps for self-driving cars to use, with help from the government of Japan.
Alphabet Drones to Deliver Chipotle Burritos at Virginia Tech
Chipotle has teamed up with Google's parent company, Alphabet, to deliver burritos by drone.
Facebook features conspiracy theory as top story on 9/11 anniversary “trending topic”
It hasn't been a good day for Facebook. First, the social network was slammed for deleting posts that included an iconic
Self-driving truck moves deep underground
Volvo wants to make sure its new self-driving truck is able to operate in all environments, including inside a working mine 1,300 meters underground.
Can UK smart city projects harness $7B in private funding?
New research identifies nearly $7 billion in funding for UK smart city projects if players can tap into flows of private capital.
Will IoT-driven brand experiences keep the taps flowing? - ReadWrite
Pernod Ricard is increasingly using the Internet of Things in its digital marketing efforts to build consumer connections to its drinks products.
Zuckerberg slammed over Facebook censoring iconic war photo
After hearing from our community, we looked again at how our Community Standards were applied in this case. An image of a naked child would norma3lly be presumed to violate our Community Standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography. In this case, we recognize the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time. Because of its status as an iconic image of historical importance, the value of permitting sharing outweighs the value of protecting the community by removal, so we have decided to reinstate the image on Facebook where we are aware it has been removed. We will also adjust our review mechanisms to permit sharing of the image going forward. It will take some time to adjust these systems but the photo should be available for sharing in the coming days. We are always looking to improve our policies to make sure they both promote free expression and keep our community safe, and we will be engaging with publishers and other members of our global community on these important questions going forward.
Feds will formally recall Samsung Galaxy Note 7
After reports of exploding batteries, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is officially stepping in to help recall Samsung's Galaxy Note 7.
‘Free’ iPhone 7 offers from AT&T, Verizon, and others are basically two-year contracts
Once you agree to make the trade in, you’ll have to stick with that carrier for two years in order to actually get an iPhone 7 for free. If you cancel service, you’ll either have to give up the phone or pay off its full price, minus however much you’ve been credited on your monthly wireless bills. AT&T and Verizon only offer full payment, but T-Mobile and Sprint will also let you just hand the new phone back, too. It’s worth noting that in no case will you get your old phone back, so breaking the contract early on is a pretty bad idea.
What Is the Difference between iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus?
The iPhone 7 Plus already offers pretty substantial upgrades over the iPhone 6s Plus , but what about the iPhone 6 Plus — Apple’s first 5.5-inch smartphone? How much has changed between the two iPhones? Many customers are likely going to upgrade from their iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus as they reach the end of their two-year contract.
Ford buys commuter shuttle service Chariot
Ford also launched a first of its kind public-private partnership between Ford, other companies, and Bay Area cities. Ford wants to reduce congestion in cities, starting with cities in the San Francisco Bay Area to address what Fields calls a “transportation crisis” in cities. Data from the shuttle service and bike-sharing program will inform commuters that use the Ford GoPass platform. Ford Smart Mobility and the newly created Ford City Solutions teams will look to expand shuttle and bike-sharing services to other cities in the future.
Next iPhone could double as a glucose monitor
“This news comes as no surprise to us, and we’ve been working on a solution for quite some time now,” said DarioHealth CEO, Erez Raphael. “Our team’s agility to navigate the complex mobile ecosystem showcases DarioHealth’s versatility and passion to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in general, and the diabetes healthcare market specifically.”
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GM recalls 4.3 million vehicles worldwide over faulty airbags
This recall does not concern Takata airbags, which have so far been linked to 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Takata airbags use a chemical that can degrade over time, especially in warm and humid conditions, and explode in a hail of hot metal shrapnel. More than 24 million vehicles and 28 million Takata airbag systems have been recalled so far, and in May, a report surfaced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would recall 35 million more .
Philips wants to help you get a better night's sleep
The components of the Dream Family were inspired by feedback from more than 900 patients as well as insights from clinicians who treat sleep apnea. This input combined with Philips’ more than four decades of experience developing revolutionary patient-centric solutions led to the award-winning design of the Dream Family. Since their launch in October 2015, DreamWear and DreamStation have been honored for excellence in design, including recent iF Design, Red Dot, Good Design Australia, and Core77 accolades.
Feds And Samsung Say Stop Using Galaxy Note 7 Phones, Now
That’s because airlines have increasingly made movies and TV shows available free for streaming on smart devices in flight, to avoid the cost of installing new screens on seat-backs. For now, Note 7 customers are cut off from this entertainment.
Amazon is doubling down on retail stores with plans to have up to 100 pop-up stores in US shopping malls
As of August, Amazon had 16 pop-up stores in the US, nearly triple the six it had at the end of last year, according to the source. That number is expected to exceed 30 this year, and could go up to as much as 100 by next year, as new stores are popping up almost every week in shopping malls across the country, this person said.
Apple Music's mega-hit Frank Ocean exclusive 'Blonde' is now on Spotify
One-off exclusives like "Blonde" have become the central competitive maneuver for Apple Music and Tidal as they fight to win your business over Spotify, by far the biggest subscription music service worldwide by members. Spotify is the only service of it's kind allowed to stream free, on-demand tunes with advertising, a proposition that works effectively as stepping stone to reeling in new paid members. So competitors like Apple Music and Tidal lean on exclusives.
The iPhone 7 is finally water-resistant, but Samsung's latest phones can go deeper
The iPhone 7 is rated with IP67 water resistance, which means
it's capable of functioning down to one meter (3.3 feet) of water
for up to half an hour. That's enough to protect the iPhone 7
from rain and accidental drops in shallow water, and that's
great. Hopefully it means all future iPhones will be
Samsung is speeding up Galaxy Note 7 replacements
However, if you don't have access to the original packaging, Samsung will launch a database website so customers can look up their unique IMEI numbers to see if their unit is defective. You can find your IMEI number next to the USB charging port on your Note 7.
Phil Schiller Suggests Using Lightning Dock to Listen to Music While Charging Your iPhone 7
Apple introduced its new flagship iPhones without a headphone jack, and has since explained why they went with this decision. Still, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been around for a very, very long time, and people have headphones that connect to devices with it. This isn’t the first time that Apple has abandoned a feature or piece of technology it has felt was overdue to be replaced, and it certainly won’t be the last.
What does your car say about you and your driving style?
According to a recent study conducted by German motorists organization ADAC for European motoring lobby group FIA, recent models of major car brands tend to be quite chatty about what happens during rides. And they shamelessly whisper what they know to the manufacturer via the Internet.
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GE to pay $1.4B for two 3D printing companies to expand manufacturing http://www.computerworld.com/article/3116417/3d-printing/ge-to-pay-14b-for-two-3d-printing-companies-to-expand-manufacturing.html … via @computerworld
The Best Thing About the Death of the Headphone Jack Are These Sex Memes
We may have lost our beloved headphone jack, but it’s human nature to find an iota of hope in even the worst tragedies. Thanks to a host of different technological innovations and the beautiful creativity of the human brain, we can express those small, but mighty sentiments of hope using the power of memes. As it turns out, Apple’s complex system that allows you to charge your phone while plugging in your headphones is the perfect metaphor for the complex nature of human sexuality, love, and desire:
Airbnb Will Hold Hosts to Higher Standard, Hire More Minorities
The San Francisco-based company will ask hosts to agree to an anti-discrimination policy that goes beyond U.S. legal requirements, it said in a a 32-page report authored by Laura Murphy, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union. The new rules, crafted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and civil rights attorney John Relman, will ask property owners to affirm that they won’t discriminate based on "race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age."
Ex-city leaders launch U.S. smart city consulting firm
An article on the State Scoop site reports on the formation of the CityFi consultancy by veteran leaders of such cities as Los Angeles, D.C. and Chicago. The consultancy aims to advise urban governments on the deployment of connected sensor technologies that are the bedrock of smart city initiatives.
Google Photos for iOS now lets you turn your Live Photos into GIFs
Google Research first introduced the ability to edit Live Photos earlier this summer with the excellent Motion Stills app . That app searched your Camera Roll for Live Photos and edited them down into GIFs or movies with minimal shake. It was fun and the value was obvious. After all, what’s the sense in having great little clips attached to your images if you can’t share them to, say, Instagram? That feature has been rolled right into Google Photos 2.0.
Elon Musk asks for help solving the “complex” riddle of SpaceX’s rocket explosion
Musk is seeking any additional footage of the explosion, asking via Twitter the people send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The call for external video almost certainly means data on the ground isn’t providing what they need in terms of information to come up with an answer, and different angles on what was going on outside the rocket could provide a key ingredient in arriving at an answer that can help SpaceX move forward.
'Stop using' the Galaxy Note 7, says US safety commission
The US plans to formally recall the Galaxy Note 7 and is telling consumers to power down and cease charging the phones immediately.
Xbox (for Windows 10)
More games are coming down the pipe, however. The future Microsoft-exclusive titles coming to the Xbox app include Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Recon, Sea of Thieves, and Scalebound. On the topic of buying games, you don't actually purchase Windows 10 titles using the Xbox app. When you click a game title in Xbox, it launches the Windows Store, the marketplace from which you actually make the purchase. I'm not a fan of adding extra steps to a process like this. I also personally dislike the Windows Store for another reason: It's filled with casual and mobile games, which prevents the marketplace from having Steam's PC-gaming feel. Your mileage may vary, however.
Samsung Shares Drop Over FAA Warning on Galaxy Note 7
Investors wiped more than $10 billion off Samsung Electronics Co.’s market value Friday after air-safety regulators singled out the company’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone as a potential fire hazard, prompting airlines to issue warnings to passengers.
Feds: Stop using the Samsung Galaxy Note7
Following Samsung’s announcement that it will replace Galaxy Note7 smartphones weeks after their release, today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement warning of the device’s potential health hazards. This comes after multiple people have documented cases of the phone’s battery exploding.
Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to elect Hillary Clinton
"The Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world," Muskovitz says. "We believe their positions, especially on immigration, which purport to improve the lives of Americans, would in practice hurt citizens and noncitizens alike. In contrast, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton in particular, is running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit."
VW engineer pleads guilty to diesel emissions scandal
VW engineer pleads guilty to diesel emissions scandal
James Liang reportedly developed a defeat device for a Volkswagen Jetta diesel car
Check out this story on detroitnews.com: http://detne.ws/2ccCIlv
The best iPhone 7 deals available for pre-order today
We've chosen the best value iPhone 7 deals in the UK to help you pay as little as possible for Apple's new phone. At the top of this page you'll find a handy price comparison tool for comparing every iPhone 7 deal in the UK to find your perfect offer. Underneath that we've selected what we think are the best value deals overall and also for each network so you can see at a scan where the best deals are. We'll be updating this page constantly to make sure it's all up to date at all times. iPhone 7 deals are live now with an 'on sale' date of September 16th - if you pre-order today that's when you'll get your phone!
Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex failure’
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX founder and chief Elon Musk said on Friday he was unsure why one of the company’s Falcon rockets burst into flames on its Florida launch pad last week, destroying both the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into orbit.
Dual-Camera System Said to Remain as Exclusive Feature to 'High-End iPhones'
Before now, rumors suggested that Apple would be implementing a dual-camera system across the 2017 iPhone lineup, meaning it would be available in the 4.7-inch variant as well. However, with the logic that Kuo is pointing out here, it seems more likely that Apple wold keep the dual-camera system in next year’s model, too. The OIS functionality was kept across two generations of iPhones, too, before finally making it to the iPhone 7 this year.
Samsung is finally working with the U.S. government on a formal recall of the Galaxy Note 7
“Samsung continues to ensure that consumer safety remains our top priority. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note 7s and exchange them now.” Samsung Electronics America president Tim Baxter said. “New Note 7 replacement devices will be issued to exchange program participants upon completion of the CPSC process. In the interim, consumers can return their Note 7 for another device.”
The North Dakota Pipeline Showdown Leads To Government Halting Construction
The pipeline is the latest in a series of tragic stories for the tribe: in 1958, the government took away land to build a new dam, flooding former homes. In 1851 and 1868, the government signed treaties with the Sioux—and promptly broke both.
The pipeline, which will travel through four states, is 1,170 miles long—nearly as long as the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. But because it doesn't cross international borders, it wasn't subject to as much federal review. The permit was fast-tracked; by treating the entire pipeline as a series of small construction projects, the company behind it, Energy Transfer Partners, was able to avoid the reviews normally required by the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
First 9/11 conspiracy now this Siri joke? Facebook Trending is having a really bad day
First a Siri joke, now a 9/11 conspiracy? Facebook Trending is having a really bad week
This girl isn't real, and it’s proof that CGI isn't creepy anymore
The biggest problem facing the animation community is an effect called the ‘uncanny valley’. We’re confronted with this when we see something that looks nearly human, but just not quite.
Brilliant Beer Mug Won't Block the TV While You Chug
Make no bones about it, life is a struggle. From navigating the daily rat race, to raising a family, to trying to watch TV while enjoying a frosty brew from a giant mug. Every time you take a sip, the other side of the mug usually blocks your view, but not with the brilliantly engineered TV Beer Mug.
Odd invention turns your hoverboard into a speedy wheelchair
If you’ve always missed the comfort of sitting while riding your hoverboard, this quirky invention might just be what you’re looking for.
AirPods Will Work with Mac, iOS 8+ Devices, and Even Non-Apple Devices
While the W1 chip inside the AirPods is definitely a technological marvel, the AirPods ultimately connect to the iPhone over Bluetooth. The way Apple had put it at the event, it seemed like it had developed a proprietary communication interface. This means that the AirPods can be connected to other iPhones running iOS 8 or higher and they can also work with Android devices, though they won’t connect automatically to them. Instead, one has to use the pair button located on the carrying case of the AirPods.
Amazon may go where Netflix won't: live sports
It will be an uphill battle for Amazon to obtain streaming rights for sports, which are the most expensive properties in media. For perspective, ESPN pays the National Football League nearly $2 billion a year for broadcasting rights. Amazon also recently lost a bid to stream Thursday Night Football games to Twitter.
Business Insider launches official account on LINE, the messaging app beating Facebook in Asia
Business Insider launches official account on LINE, the messaging app beating Facebook in Asia
5 flops from the world's most famous inventors
You can thank risk-taking inventors for their numerous contributions to modern living. But behind many of these inventions were fantastic flops — things that either worked and didn't make succeed in the market, or just flat out failed.
Google Tag Manager: What Marketers Need to Know : Social Media Examiner
Say you are promoting an event, like Social Media Marketing World, and you want to put a tag on the event page for people who have visited the page, but haven’t yet purchased a ticket. If you’ve haphazardly put tags everywhere, you could lose track of what page your tag needs to be on. With Tag Manager, you can specify it to fire the tag if the url has “smmw16” in it.
Why Winnipeg’s Transit System Revived the Old-Timey Token
Designing a modern token is harder than you’d think. Winnipeg’s transit coins have to be easily distinguishable from Canadian money, by sight and by touch. The full fare tokens, for adult riders, are plated with copper and brass. The youth fares, for kiddos 6 to 17, sub nickel for copper. They’re both smaller than a Canadian quarter, for easy pocket-fishing.
Taylor Swift donates $5,000 to help fund a fan's funeral and medical expenses
"No words could express how sorry I am for your loss," Swift wrote. "I know that you will keep Katie's memory alive. Please know how much I am thinking of you and saying a prayer for your family."
Woman orders beautiful new dress online and receives a terrible surprise
Redditor aronmoney recently shared a picture on r/WTF of a beautiful new dress her friend received in the mail. Imagine the look on her friend's face when she realized her purchase came with a stunning surprise: a little mouse skeleton, sewn into the garment.
Could robots replace us in security jobs?
A Silicon Valley company called Knightscope has introduced a range of robots that eradicate the need for foot patrolling security guards in a range of workplaces and public spaces. These security robots are called the K3 and K5 Autonomous Data Machines. The robots resemble a “Doctor Who” dalek, or maybe a large mobile rubbish bin depending on your point of view. This is not surprising as when the idea of a security robot comes to mind, you are inclined to think of robots like Robocop or Atlas rather than Pepper .
Rare Photos From Inside NORAD Will Give You Retro-Armageddon Nostalgia
Original caption from 1970: PATHS OF A SATELLITE - Deep within Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain are large display screens which show what is going on in space. These screens in the NORAD Combat Operations Center can show the routes space satellites will take as they circle the earth, such as the ones here charted by a computer. By pushing buttons the battle staff members can see the paths a satellite will follow for as many as twelve revolutions in the future. While guarding the continent against air attack, the command is also responsible for keeping tabs on space objects orbiting the earth. (Photo scanned by Memory Hole 2 from the book NORAD Command Post: The City Inside Cheyenne Mountain by Henry W. Hough)
T-Mobile's free iPhone 7 offer requires upfront costs and lots of patience | ZDNet
Matthew Miller wasn't planning to purchase any new iPhone 7 devices for his three daughters, but T-Mobile's trade-in offer sounded too sweet to pass up. Turns out, it's not a bad deal, but it's not exactly free.