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Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

Google’s self-driving cars rolling out to public roads for testing

It seems that there is no stopping Google from pushing its autonomous cars into the public's presence, even with recent reports of a number of car accidents involving precisely this type of self-driving vehicle. Starting this summer, Google will be introducing some of its test fleet to public roads for actual "out of the lab" testing. Of course, it will be taking every precaution and will include its safety engineers inside the cars for now. Though given Google's previous sentiment, that could probably cause even more accidents.

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SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

Some drones return themselves safely to the ground when the battery is low, but others just start to die and sink quickly. On top of that, any number of catastrophes or troubles can surface that means your drone will be hurtling toward the potentially damaging earth at a fast rate. Such is a time for a parachute, in this case the SmartChutes, which is described as an "autonomous parachute recovery system" for quadcopters. When your drone falls, the parachute deploys.

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Acura recalls cars after auto-brakes get distracted

Acura recalls cars after auto-brakes get distracted

A glitch in its semi-autonomous driving system is forcing Acura to recall almost 20k cars, because over-zealous safety systems might unexpectedly slam on the brakes. The luxury arm of Honda is promising drivers of the 2014-2015 MDX sedan and RLX SUV a software update that will make the optional Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) a little less zealous, after finding that it could be confused by certain types of road furniture.

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Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

As expected, a new Windows smartphone called the LG Lancet is coming to Verizon Wireless, something the carrier made official today. The LG Lancet is said to be the first Windows Phone offering on Verizon to feature Advanced Calling 1.0, which gives users HD voice calls when talking to another Verizon user with an Advanced Calling handset. In addition, the phone brings with it Windows Phone 8.1 and a load of modest but notable features, including support for a 128GB micro SD card.

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I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I told my grandmother about Mercedes-Benz’s self-driving F 015 concept the other week, and she was horrified. “However could you trust it to drive you safely?” she wanted to know, perhaps thinking of how her DVR regularly and unpredictably dumps her favorite recordings and extrapolating that to a crazed silvery space-pod crashing and taking her grandson with it. In fact, I told her, I trust autonomous vehicles far more than I do my fellow human drivers, and recent news of self-driving car crashes in California has done nothing to change that.

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tDCS study shows brain zapping (probably) isn’t making you smarter

tDCS study shows brain zapping (probably) isn’t making you smarter

We've seen numerous tDCS headsets over the years, such as the Foc.us headset targeted at gamers and the Halo headset that tries to make you smarter. A new study shows that you might want to think twice before going all-in with tDCS units, however, at least if getting smarter is your goal. A new paper from researchers at the University of North Carolina detailed a double-blind study involving 41 participants that aimed to see how effective tDCS headsets are. The results were less than stunning.

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Smartphone video microscope finds blood parasites

Smartphone video microscope finds blood parasites

The challenge for medical professionals that work in the field, especially in developing nations where the lab facilities we take for granted in the US and other countries aren’t available, is having the equipment needed to diagnoses medical conditions. A team of researchers led by engineers from UC Berkley has developed a new microscope that works in conjunction with a smartphone to detect and quantify infection by parasites in the blood.

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Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch has been vocal in the recent past about its smartwatch ambitions, and its focus lies on the battery life — arguably, the Achilles heel of wearables, something often poor enough that many have elected to hold out until better battery tech comes about. Back in February we heard word that Swatch was planning to launch a smartwatch sometime in the next three months, and at the time there was again mention of the company’s battery tech efforts, including a portfolio boasting flexible power packs and bendable batteries.

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America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America’s smartest bridge is going to dazzle you

America is gaining its smartest bridge, with the Tappan Zee Bridge - aka "The New NY Bridge" - debuting a slick LED lighting system that promises lower power and more flexibility. The project, a 3.1 mile long stretch across the Hudson River, will be outfitted with more than 3,000 LED lights from Philips, including many which can change color just like the company's hue lamps for the home. When I caught up with Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, he argued it was the natural next step for connected living.

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Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

The smartwatch market is saturated with good wrist-wear, but which is best? That’s always going to be a matter of preference, but Consumer Reports is typically a good barometer for which item in a category is ‘best’. Recently, Consumer Reports stacked the top 11 smartwatches up (maybe literally, I don’t know) to see which belonged at the top of the heap. Hate it or love it, the Apple Watch is the best on test for Consumer Reports, with the Apple Watch (steel) taking top honors.

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