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Volkswagen drivers can now unlock their cars just by talking to Apple’s Siri
Siri is now allowing Volkswagen drivers to unlock their cars with just the command of their voice. We all know that life in 2018 can be pretty busy. Often you rush to your vehicle with your hands full of the most essential things – your workbag, your laptop and... Read more
Tech Employees Unhappy At Govt Use Of Their Work
Employees of Amazon, Google and Microsoft raise complaints about Government use of their tech In 2015, Apple drew intense praise and criticism for its refusal to hack one of its own products following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The company claimed to field nearly a dozen requests... Read more
You Can Now Whisper To Alexa…But Why?
Amazon’s Alexa can now listen and respond to whispers, but will she whisper back? Amazon has finally unveiled a feature that its Alexa/Echo virtual assistant has needed for a long, long time: the ability to respond to a whisper. Unfortunately, the programmers forgot to give Alexa a crucial feature... Read more
Tech Industry Fighting Back Against Climate Change
Google introduces carbon map tool to help fight climate change. There’s so much focus and media coverage of political reactions to a recent UN climate change report right now, enough that many people are far more interested in the antics of world leaders and crisis deniers than the actual... Read more
Walmart Files Patent For Shopping Cart That Tracks Shoppers Heart Rates 
Walmart, the US shopping giant has quietly patented a new type of shopping cart called the “System and Method for Biometric Feedback Cart Handle.” The new type of cart would see Walmart shopping carts fitted with sensors akin to smartwatches fitted on special handles, that would then transmit that data to Walmart’s servers.... Read more
Working Apple-I Computer Sells For $375,000 At Auction 
An extremely rare working Apple-I logic board from 1976 sold for $375,000 on Tuesday this week.    The Apple-I is one of only a few fully functional models still known to exist. The Apple-I exists at a special point in history for personal computing. It was the first computer that was essentially plug-and-play (by the standards of 1976)... Read more
American Life Insurer Adds Fitness Tracking To All Policies 
Smart move, or the beginning of a privacy nightmare?  The North American life insurance company, John Hancock, has announced that it will no longer underwrite traditional life insurance policies, and instead only sell ‘interactive’ policies that include optional fitness tracking through wearable gadgets and devices. The move by the 156 year-old company follows... Read more
Alphabet’s Internet Loon Balloons Reach New Heights 
Alphabet perseveres through complex technological and practical problems to set new records. Alphabet’s High Altitude Loon Balloon system set a new milestone last month by linking 7 balloons together that were flying 600 km apart, and casting the Internet in a 1000 km diameter, and all from just one ground up-link... Read more
Apple Live Event: Next Gen Apple Watch S4 Is a Lifesaver
Apple has revealed the next generation Apple Watch S4, and here’s what you need to know On Wednesday, Apple kicked off a highly-anticipated live event from Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino headquarters. The Mission: Impossible theme, plenty of humorous throwaways, and a running agent, complete with furniture hurdles... Read more
New Tech Finds Trapped Team, New Tech Must Save Them
Israeli tech helps find soccer team and their coach – but how will tech save them? On June 23rd, a group of a dozen children between the ages of 11 and 17 explored a local cave with their soccer team’s coach. When torrential rain began to flood the cave,... Read more
Tech Companies Pushing Back Against US Govt Use
A growing number of tech companies are pushing back against US Government use (or abuse) of their products. Microsoft was one of the first headlining companies to recently voice concerns over its products being used to enable a practice that many people find inhumane. Numerous employees came together to... Read more
Facebook Grounds Internet Drone Project
Facebook has announced the end of plans to build drones that could give sustained and stable internet access to the developing world. The ‘Aquila’ Internet Drone Project has been grounded, ending Facebook’s plans to build a network of high-altitude solar-powered drones in the skies that could have given sustained... Read more
What’s New With The Apple HomePod?
The latest update aims to bring more features to user devices – and make it worth the money. In the home virtual assistant sphere, Amazon’s Echo has pretty much barreled through the gates and managed to stay in the lead, at least in terms of consumer response and brand... Read more
What’s Apple Up To With Self-Driving Cars?
We investigate the great mystery. Google, Uber, Tesla, Toyota, and so many other interested parties have a dog in the self-driving car fight, but one long-time competitor seems to be taking their time about getting out on the roads. Apple has been on again, off again with its efforts,... Read more
Ossic Headphones Kickstarter Pulls Plug Despite Raising Millions
Desptie attracting more than 10,000 investors, the ‘3D audio headphone’ project has come to an end.  After taking thousands of crowdfunded pre-orders on the Kickstarter website, for a high-end pair of Virtual Reality ready ‘3D sound’ headphones, the audio startup Ossic suddenly announced earlier this week that the company has ran... Read more
Delivery Drones Are On Their Way… Again
Zipline’s delivery drones may be fastest and most capable in the world. In 1993, the state of Alabama was hit by a winter superstorm. Called on its Wikipedia page “the storm of the century,” the infamous Blizzard of ’93 as it’s called was essentially a hurricane that dropped snow... Read more
Cyclists Need Beacons So Self Driving Cars Will See Them
An industry expert has warned that in the future cyclists will have to be equipped with ‘bicycle to vehicle’ beacons so that they will be ‘visible’ to  autonomous vehicles. Giving a keynote speech at the Symposium on the Future Networked Car, 2018, – a part of the Geneva Motor... Read more
IBM Builds Computer The Size Of A Grain Of Salt
And it costs less than 10 cents to make! IBM has unveiled what it says is the world’s smallest computer. Each of the new computers will be roughly the size of a grain of salt, and each one will cost less than 10 US cents to make. But no-one is... Read more