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Uber Calls Off Self-Driving Tests After Death
Pedestrian hit and killed by autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. In the race to get self-driving vehicles and autonomous ride hailing service installed, are companies taking a little too much liberty with their efforts? It may appear so, according to reports that a 49-year-old Arizona woman has died from... Read more
Self-Driving Trucks Expanding In US
Waymo and Google launch self-driving truck pilot project in Atlanta. The next time you’re out on a long, boring drive along a US highway, here’s a fun little game you can play: peek into the windows of any 18-wheelers nearby and see if there’s someone driving them or not.... Read more
Coincheck Starts Repaying Customers After $530 Million January Hack
Compensation to be paid to exchange NEM digital currency holders. The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc has announced that it has started to pay back the money it lost after the exchange was hacked and a large amount of digital currency was stolen from investors. The announcement comes as... Read more
Elon Musk: Colonize Mars If Humanity To Survive New ‘Dark Age’
Head of SpaceX and Tesla founder wants a Mars base to protect humanity in the event of a third world war. Elon Musk says that when the next Dark Age arrives, the only way to preserve the human species will be to have colonies on Mars and the moon.... Read more
New Round Of Toyota Investment In Self-Driving Cars
Car maker invests $2.8 billion into autonomous vehicle software. In the ongoing race to put self-driving cars on the roads, a number of automakers have invested heavily in new technology, teams of innovators, and factory lines that will create these new vehicles. Now, one of the major automakers in the... Read more
Bridging The Tech Employment Divide
Harvard Business Review report calls for business to ‘harness the power of technology’.  There’s little doubt that the worldwide workforce is experiencing a crisis. The economic divide between post-secondary graduates, skilled labor, and unskilled labor has left millions of people working in jobs that don’t pay enough to provide... Read more
Pentagon Calls For Help Analyzing Satellite Images
US Department of Defense is offering $100,000 for AI algorithms. The US Department of Defense has announced it is offering a total prize fund of $100,000 for artificial-intelligence algorithms that can help to correctly identify disparate items in satellite images of disaster-struck areas such as semi-destroyed buildings, bridges and trucks.... Read more
Going Tech-Free Can Make You More Productive
Could you beenfit from a ‘tech-lite’ day? Or does the prospect fill you with panic?! It’s ironic that the very technology that was supposed to streamline our work days and keep us even more connected than before is now being blamed for a lack of productivity. Some experts are... Read more
AI Proves Faster And More Accurate Than Best Human Lawyers
Tech beats people in study by AI platform and law experts. A new study conducted by legal AI platform LawGeex in conjunction with law experts from prestigious universities across the USA threw experienced lawyers against a specialist type of AI trained to evaluate legal contracts, and humanity lost.  The landmark... Read more
Daimler Accused Of Rigged Software On Vehicles To Beat Emissions Tests
German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has alleged that it has uncovered documents that purport to show that investigators in the US have found “several software functions that helped Daimler cars pass emissions tests”. According to the paper, Daimler has been using software that is very similar to that used... Read more
Brave Launches Million Dollar Referral Program
Brave Software, the company behind the Brave Browser, has announced that it’s launching up to a million dollar referral program designed to reward online publishers and YouTube Creators. Brave is using the promotion in the hopes it will speed up adoption of the Brave Browser and grow its users... Read more
FCC Chairman Under Investigation Over $3.9 Billion Sinclair Deal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, is under investigation by the Comission’s own watchdog, but surprisingly enough, not over the dismantling of Net Neutrality Rules… Instead, the FCC Inspector General has launched an inquiry into a massive media deal that Ajit Pai helped to make possible, last year. According to... Read more
What Will Tech Giants Do With Tax Cuts?
Apple, Cisco Systems and other big tech names disclose their plans. When the current US administration voted to enact a massive tax cut plan, a lot of people were outspoken about its shortcomings. The general theme seemed to be that it created more of the “trickle-down economics” that experts... Read more
Amazon Takes On Healthcare Industry
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co to partner on US employee healthcare. Amazon is in the business of revolutions. Apart from single-handedly changing the way consumers buy books, the retail giant also completely upended the publishing industry, giving voice, respectability, and income to authors whose books would... Read more
Amazon’s Cloud Is Now World’s Fifth Largest Software Company
News has emerged that Amazon Web Services (AWS) would be one of the largest software businesses, even if it was completely independent of parent company, Amazon. Newly released figures show Amazon’s cloud business has expanded so fast in the last 10 years, that it’s now the fifth-largest business software... Read more
Uber v Google: Self-Drive Tech Clash Goes Legal
Two of the biggest names in autonomous vehicle tech go head-to-head in court in San Franciso. Ride-hailing firm Uber is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving company spun out of Google. At the heart of the case is the accusation that Uber stole ‘trade secrets’ relating to Lidar (light... Read more
Google Now Sells Audiobooks… Is That A Good Thing?
Google Play Store features new audiobook section and integrates them with Home smart speaker. Google has recently announced that it will now sell audiobooks to its customers, opening up the doors of competition against Amazon’s widely popular Audible. The move will mean that the Google Play Store will host... Read more
Hacking Insurance Is Newest Business Expense
Firms are buying insurance ‘in mad panic’ as cyber-attacks soar. Companies of every size have standard expenses. It might be payroll, office supplies, the lease on their location, a fleet of vehicles, or any of a hundred other considerations depending on the type of industry they’re in. But one... Read more