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Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google self-driving car loses controls for pod pilot

Google has been putting work into its self-driving car ambitions for years, bidding it as a way to revolutionize modern transportation: the elimination of drunk drivers, transportation for those who can't drive, and more are all potential benefits from our automated future. In a new video dubbed 'A First Drive', Google rolled out a prototype vehicle equipped with the self-driving technology and used it to take outsiders -- everyday folks outside of Google, that is -- for a spin.

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Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Microsoft demos real-time convo translation using Skype

Back in 2012, Microsoft Research gave a demonstration of its real-time conversation translation using Skype, which takes one user's spoken words and translates them almost instantly into the other user's language, doing so by replicating each voice for an authentic conversation.

Today at the Code Conference in California, the company showed off an update to this, and at the same time announced that the software -- dubbed Skype Translator -- will be available before the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app.

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CitizenM high-tech hotel arrives in New York

CitizenM high-tech hotel arrives in New York

In late March, it was revealed the high-tech and youth-centric hotel CitizenM would be making its US debut in New York, bringing with it the same connected features as its Amsterdam and London siblings. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the ability to control everything with a tablet.

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Where would tech be today without Apple?

Where would tech be today without Apple?

Imagine a different world, a world without Apple, the most dominant company in the world. Better yet, imagine a world where Apple never existed and never launched its computers, never offered the iPod or iPhone, and never unveiled an iPad.

Now that all of that is in mind, imagine what the world would be like. Would it be a better world? Would the technology industry have more innovative companies delivering technologies we have now? Would companies that Apple demolished along the way have found a way to succeed and do what Apple hasn’t?

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