The chief of police in Tempe, Arizona, where an Uber self-driving car just hit and killed a pedestrian, has told the San Francisco Chronicle that "I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident."
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 9:49 pm
Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two days. The house was packed at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum with wealthy investors forced to stand in the back or sit on the floor. Meanwhile, […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 9:18 pm
Today marks the kickoff of Amazon’s annual semi-secret MARS Conference in Palm Springs, which means two things. No, you weren’t invited. The start of several days of pictures featuring Jeff Bezos palling around with his best robot friends. Last year the ‘bot loving billionaire wowed the internet with a fairly menacing shot taken inside 1.5 […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 9:10 pm
Facebook's former VP of ads has weighed in on the ongoing disaster involving his company's apparent negligence in allowing data on as many as 50 million users to be used for nefarious purposes by Cambridge Analytica. In a post on (what else) Facebook, Andrew "Boz" Bosworth gave variations on the line we've come to expect from tech in these situations: They're not supposed to do that, and anyway how could we have known?
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 9:06 pm
It’s not every day that Oracle’s billionaire founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison launches a new business, but such is the case today. That new company? Sensei, a new L.A.-based wellness brand that will focus first on developing hydroponic farms and later . . . well, details are scant, but they’re coming soon, we’re told. […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 8:37 pm
It looks like someone found a practical use case for AR that’s not about trying on makeup or catching Pokémon. Ebay today introduced a new AR-powered feature that helps sellers figure out the best box to use for shipping their items to buyers. The technology works with a range of products, the company says, including […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 8:02 pm
Color is looking to add a new test to its line of genetic testing, this time focusing on hereditary factors that may affect a person’s chance for being prone to cardiovascular complications like arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. Called the hereditary heart health test, Color’s new test looks to isolate the genes that can be partially responsible […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 8:00 pm
While it sometimes feels like everyone has a podcast nowadays, the truth is that most Americans still don’t listen to podcasts regularly. The Y Combinator-backed team behind The Podcast App is planning to change that. And yes, that’s the app’s real name. Co-founder and CEO Martín Siniawski argued that most existing podcast apps were built years ago, “when […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 7:18 pm
Facebook’s latest public controversy may have claimed its first major casualty. According to reporting from The New York Times, the social media giant is poised to part ways with its high-profile chief security officer, Alex Stamos. That story suggests that Stamos created friction within Facebook by pushing for an aggressive approach to exploring and disclosing […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 6:59 pm
During CES, the single piece of electronics I spent the most time with, apart from my laptop and camera, was a Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game handheld. These cheap handhelds, sold as impulse buys at drug stores and Toys 'R Us (RIP), are the latest thing to be collected and emulated in full by MAME and the Internet Archive.
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 6:28 pm
“Enjoy a light, social high,” says the funky bottle of California Dreamin’ cannabis -infused sparkling pomegranate juice. Launching today at Y Combinator Demo Day, California Dreamin’ is serving up an alcohol alternative that still gets you lit, but without the same hangover or health issues. Each bottle contains 10 milligrams of THC — an industry-standard […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 6:09 pm
Earlier today, news broke of a fatal crash involving one of Uber’s self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona. In response, Uber halted its self-driving car programs where it currently operates, including in Pittsburgh, Toronto, San Francisco and Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and others have since […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 5:21 pm
Hoping to tamp down the furor that erupted over reports that its user data was improperly acquired by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has hired the digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg to perform an audit on the political consulting and marketing firm. In a statement, Facebook said that Cambridge Analytica has agreed to comply and give Stroz Friedberg access to […]
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 5:15 pm
A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It's the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it's hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when the entire car has essentially been designed around preventing exactly this situation from occurring.
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 4:33 pm
IBM is hard at work on the problem of ubiquitous computing, and its approach, understandably enough, is to make a computer small enough that you might mistake it for a grain of sand. Eventually these omnipresent tiny computers could help authenticate products, track medications, and more.
Posted on: 19 March 2018 | 4:15 pm