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Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google has a come a long way since they started rolling out their Street Vew cars years ago. They started out with major highways and busy streets. Eventually they started documenting some of the paths less traveled, utilizing camels, snowmobiles, and other means of transportation to capture the most accurate views of the paths we take. But for their latest endeavor, they had to think smaller. Much smaller.

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Obama to touch on self-driving cars in State of the Union Address

Obama to touch on self-driving cars in State of the Union Address

Today, President Obama, one of the more tech savvy, or at least tech conscious, president, will be discussing one of the thorniest topics in the tech industry in his State of the Union Address. And no, it's not about privacy and encryption this time, though we bet that will be included as well. According to government officials, the president will be touching on the topic of advanced transportation efforts in the country, which is to say self-driving cars. Their regulation, or rather the lack of it, has repeatedly been cited as one of the biggest hurdles in pushing the technology that would give the US an even more prominent spot in the automobile industry.

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Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Here’s a robotic suitcase that follows your every step

Even Mary Poppins didn't have a bag this smart. OK, so maybe it doesn't have unlimited space inside, but NUA Robotics' intelligent suitcase isn't something you'll easily lose. You may lose sight of it but it won't lose sight of you. Combining camera sensor and Bluetooth connectivity, this robotic suitcase not only detects and identifies its owner, it also follows him or her around, navigating through streets and walkways to keep up with its human master. As long as its master doesn't go up the stairs, that is.

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Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

Rolls-Royce moving to aluminum space-frame in 2018

While many car maker's vision of the future involve technology-centric machinery and gadgets inside the car, Rolls-Royce is taking a slightly different look. The luxury marque has started its move to employ a new kind of architecture for its upcoming models. It envisions that by early 2018, all its cars will be sporting a new, proprietary aluminum space-frame architecture that promises to add even more stability and strength to Rolls-Royce's line of comfortable and luxurious vehicles and it will be starting its public tests soon.

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The Biggest Automotive Tech News of 2015

The Biggest Automotive Tech News of 2015

Automotive is the next big segment poised for technological revolution. Tomorrow's car might have four wheels and at least two doors, but as autonomous driving systems, next-generation infotainment, and a mixture of ride-sharing and on-demand ownership grow in both complexity and ubiquity, they're going to look as much like the vehicle currently parked in your drive as that does to a Ford Model T.

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The 8 best and 4 worst things in Tech for 2015

The 8 best and 4 worst things in Tech for 2015

The year 2015 in technology was a year of improvements. Many of the best devices were succeeded by machines that were incrementally better, and we continue to live in an environment where we're either satisfied with what we have, or continue to wait for the next big thing, which seems to perpetually be right around the corner. What you're about to witness - in no particular order - are the 8 best devices released this year followed by the 4 worst happenings in the tech universe.

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New premium LG SIGNATURE line to be unveiled at CES 2016

New premium LG SIGNATURE line to be unveiled at CES 2016

Korean manufacturer LG puts dozens of consumer electronics products every year to the point that it might be hard to decide which one to buy or even save up for. This coming CES 2016, LG will be trying to make that decision a bit easier, though probably also more expensive. It will be revealing a new lineup of premium home entertainment and appliance products that will bear its new LG SIGNATURE brand. And from the tone and looks of things, it will be a set that will flaunt some luxury design elements and perhaps price tags to match their class.

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Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Kelly Slater is an eleven-time world surfing champion and last week he announced that he and his company called Kelly Slater Wave Company has created the ultimate wave machine. According to Slater the machine allowed him to create the longest, ridable open-barrel man made wave in the world. He even posted a video of himself riding the massive wave.

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OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

A new nonprofit research center called OpenAI has been announced, and it aims to improve humanity through the advent of artificial intelligence. Despite his concerns about such technology, one of the investors behind the center is Elon Musk; Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Jessica Livingston and others join him in committing what will eventually be $1 billion or more to the project. According to Musk, all those on board have “made a substantial commitment.”

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Chinese researchers working on a car driven by your brain

Chinese researchers working on a car driven by your brain

If human-less self-driving cars of the future creep you out, then this latest experimental automotive technology from China might offer you some respite. Or freak creep you out even more. Researchers from the port city of Tianjin have revealed what they claim is the country's first ever car to be driven without the use of human hands or feet but with a driver still in control. All it takes is some brain power. And some highly specialized equipment, of course.

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The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The rise of email and digital communication has been good to me. It's allowed me to effectively disregard nearly every envelope that comes to my house. Sure, I'll get the occasional birthday card, but otherwise, I can't think of many things that I even care to open, as there is a digital counterpart in my inbox for everything important. Well, soon I might just have a digital copy of everything that comes through the USPS, whether it's important or not.

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North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is searching tourists’ laptops, web history

North Korea is, of course, an awful place to be, and not the first idea most have for an international vacation. The nation has been trying to increase its tourist numbers over the last couple years, however, going so far as to offer mobile Internet access (revoked) and Internet ‘cafes’ lacking in peripherals. If neither of those things deter you from visiting, though, there’s the latest warning from the State Department stating, among other things, that North Korean customs will search through your Internet browser history.

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