Tech

Uber Technologies Inc. has halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology.   The 49-year-old woman, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode under the…
March 20, 2018
Do you have free will? Can you make your own decisions? Or are you more like an automaton, just moving as required by your constituent parts? Probably, like most people, you feel you have something called free will. Your decisions are not predetermined; you could do otherwise.   Yet scientists can tell you that you…
March 17, 2018
Graphene is definitely a wonder material – you can use it to make filthy water drinkable, feed it to spiders to make the strongest material on Earth, or hit it with a bullet to turn it into diamond.   You know, just everyday stuff. The newest application for graphene isn’t quite as world-changing, but it’s…
March 16, 2018
Earlier this week, tech genius Elon Musk admitted that he considered purchasing satirical news site The Onion four years ago, but ended up deciding against it. Instead, he poached some key members of The Onion’s staff for work on his own secret project.    Now, The Onion is firing back with its own beautiful brand of satire. And as…
March 16, 2018
For a smartphone with only a few incremental updates over its predecessor, the Galaxy S9 made quite the impression. It’s a fantastic smartphone, and I’ve had to reshuffle the top five phones in this list as a result.   After some more time with the iPhone X, I’ve also reshuffled the order for the latest…
March 14, 2018
Twitter may soon allow any user to sport the signature blue badge that already shows up on the accounts of many celebrities, athletes and public figures. The social networking platform’s chief executive said Thursday that the verification process is “very broken” in part because some people have seen the badge as an endorsement from the…
March 13, 2018
Elon Musk, the tech billionaire who wants to colonize Mars, is seriously worried about advances in artificial intelligence. Speaking during a Q&A at the SXSW film festival and tech conference in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Musk said the two things that stress him most in life right now are production difficulties with the Tesla Model…
March 13, 2018
All day long, we’re inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and “assistants” chime in with their own soulless voices.   Such interruptions seem logical to our minds: we want technology…
March 12, 2018
It’s getting easier and easier to stick with last year’s model than upgrading to the latest one. New smartphones are only getting incremental updates over their predecessors these days, and that’s the case with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9.   That’s not to say the Galaxy S9 isn’t a superb smartphone. It’s absolutely one…
March 12, 2018
The Boring Company has a new focus. Yesterday, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to let the world know that the company will prioritize mass transportation over individual vehicle usage.   According to Musk, the Boring Company’s tunnels will “prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars”. He didn’t say that the tunnels would never support cars,…
March 12, 2018