Well, it’s practical: Google’s next self-driving car is a Fiat Chrysler minivan
 There’s a lot to like about Google’s own self-driving cars, but if you’ve got kids, you’d need a fleet just to get them to the soccer game and back. That, presumably, is why the Google initiative’s first direct collaboration with an automaker will automate a nice, roomy new Pacifica minivan. Read More ...
Google, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivans
Google and Fiat Chrysler have announced a new deal that will have the Internet giant buying 100 or so plug-in hybrid minivans from the auto maker for its self-driving vehicle program. Google will work with Fiat Chrysler to integrate its self-driving technology directly into the minivans, which were launched in February. Engineers from both FCA and Google will be teamed … Continue reading...
Well, it’s practical: Google’s next self-driving car is a Chrysler-Fiat minivan
 There’s a lot to like about Google’s own self-driving cars, but if you’ve got kids, you’d need a fleet just to get them to the soccer game and back. That, presumably, is why the Google initiative’s first direct collaboration with an automaker will automate a nice, roomy new Pacifica minivan. Read More ...
Why does Princess Leia have a British accent in Star Wars? Retconned at last!
At long last, an original Star Wars (A New Hope) faux pas has been foiled, and it's thanks to fiction writer Claudia Grey. She's the author of the newest Star Wars book: Bloodlines, and she's taken aim with its main character Leia Organa. The problem? Leia speaks with a British accent in A New Hope while being interrogated by Grand … Continue reading...
India: Apple can’t import and sell refurbished iPhones here
Apple wants to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but the nation isn’t interested in letting that happen. According to an official with India’s telecommunications ministry, India has denied Apple’s request over fears that an influx of used iPhones will undermine the nation’s own Make-in-India program and local manufacturers who may not be able to compete with Apple otherwise. The information … Continue reading...
Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts
Twitter wants to make it easier to find new accounts to follow, and so it has introduced a new Connect tab that will help connect you with other Twitter users. The tab shows accounts that Twitter thinks you’ll want to follow based on who you already follow, the kind of tweets you “like,” current events, accounts from your local area … Continue reading...
Venerable audio company Bowers & Wilkins bought out by Gideon Yu’s EVA Automation
 Bowers & Wilkins, an audio gear brand that has been familiar to millions for decades, is being bought out by EVA Automation, a two-year-old company that has never released a product. Yet the old company’s name and CEO will remain. You’re not going to hear about a weirder deal today. Read More ...
Teen develops low-cost bioreactor for growing mini-brains
A teenager has developed a new type of miniature bioreactor called SpinΩ that can be used to grow miniature brains -- the bioreactor costs about $400 to make, which is substantially cheaper than the $2,000 or so conventional systems cost. The teenager is Christopher Hadiono, and he was 16-years-old when he first approached Hongjun Song about spending the summer of … Continue reading...
Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death cost Microsoft $1 billion
The Xbox 360 is perhaps one of my favorite consoles of all time. There were so many great games that I enjoyed on it, and nearly a decade later, I still have my trusty 360 that still gets used from time to time. Of course, I don't have my original launch 360. That device died long ago, as did many … Continue reading...
Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words
We've all been there. You're in a hurry to get out the door, and you can't find your keys. You just saw them. They were on the counter, or was it your dresser? And it's in that moment that you think about attaching some device to your key ring that will let you find them, regardless of how well-hidden they … Continue reading...
Oculus Rift to be sold at retail stores before preorder backlog cleared
Those who preordered the Oculus Rift are among the most enthusiastic supporters of virtual reality, but they’re also getting jerked around more than they probably expected. After a series of shipping delays, Oculus […]...
Let’s Explore the Millennium Falcon in 3D space
Those of you already exploring the virtual reality spaces you've always wanted to explore will know the (1st world) pain of not having every space you've ever dreamed of. Not yet, anyway. What the folks at Archilogic are doing is drawing in new customers using their own well-trained abilities to turn any floor-plan into a fully-rendered 3D space. They've got … Continue reading...
GoPro releases a pair of mobile video editing apps
 GoPro is going more mobile. Today the company announced two new mobile apps — one creates GoPro-ish videos automatically and the other gives the user more control. Both are free and both are welcome additions to the GoPro ecosystem. These apps might sound familiar. Earlier this year, GoPro purchased the teams behind Quik and Splice and have relaunched the apps with several updates but… Read More ...
Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier
There are times when you're using your phone, and you just don't have two free hands to operate everything. If you need to occasionally use your Android phone with just one hand, you'll be happy to know that Google has recently released a huge update to their keyboard. And it's going to make your one-handed life a lot easier. The … Continue reading...
When innovating stops making sense
 If you listened carefully to business news last week you could hear the sound of a giant tree falling in a quiet forest. It happened when Rovi bought TiVo for $1.1 billion. It was a merger of convenience, a way for TiVo to get out of its slump and die a gracefully without much shareholder pain. The buyer, Rovi, is a meta-data provider to set-top boxes while TiVo was the original set-top box,… Read More ...
OnePlus 3 tipped to launch in two versions
Over the last several weeks, there have been a number of leaks that have shown us a bit about what we can expect to see in the new OnePlus 3 flagship smartphone. We have seen the device turn up in benchmarks packing 6GB of RAM and we have seen a version of the device hit AnTuTu packing 4GB of RAM. … Continue reading...
Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has proven to be a very popular devices thanks in large part to the cool screen with its curved edges. Rumors are now swirling that both Huawei and Xiaomi are going to be launching smartphones that use the screens with curved edges that are being produced by Samsung and LG. The rumor claims that these … Continue reading...
Galaxy Tab E lands at AT&T May 6
AT&T has announced that it will have a new tablet for customers to check out from Samsung on May 6. The new tablet is called the Galaxy Tab E and it will be offered for $0 down and $10 monthly when added to a new or existing Mobile Share Value Plan. The tablet has an 8-inch HD screen and features … Continue reading...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashes into mobile with an alarm app
You might disparage his acting skills (and some might argue with you on that), but one thing no one will be able to deny is that The Rock is built like, well, a rock. And he probably didn't get that bod just by sitting on his posterior all day. Now The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, wants others to also achieve … Continue reading...
Amazon Prime Now finally lands on web browsers
Ever needed some grocery, or maybe even food, delivered to you ASAP? Amazon's Prime Now has been fulfilling those cravings for more than a year now. But if you ever found yourself separate from your smartphone for one reason or another, you're out of luck. Until today, that is. Amazon has at long last given its Prime Now delivery service … Continue reading...