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UNBOXED: Fitzroy Satchel by Toffee
September 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Want to feel like Jack Bauer and have a reliable bag for all your gadgets? The Fitzroy Satchel by Toffee is a stylish option.

Brightly-colored 3D printer takes additive manufacturing to school
June 30, 2016 at 11:56 am

The da Vinci miniMaker is an education-focused 3D printer that's aimed at encouraging the next generation of designers and engineers to get to grips with additive manufacturing.XYZ Printing has married beginner-friendly features and ease of use with a bright, colorful and fun design.

'Harmful' robot aims to spark AI debate
June 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

The basic machine is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can. Mr Reben has nicknamed it "The First Law" after a set of rules devised by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov. He said he hoped it would further debate about Artificial Intelligence. "The real concern about AI…

Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives—But Also Take Them
June 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

IF YOU FOLLOW the ongoing creation of self-driving cars, then you probably know about the classic thought experiment called the Trolley Problem. A trolley is barreling toward five people tied to the tracks ahead. You can switch the trolly to another track—where only one person is tied down. What do you do? Or, more to…

Opera’s new battery-saving feature bursts out of beta
June 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Battery efficiency is a major selling point of smartphones, tablets, and laptops alike, so any way to cut back on the amount of power we use to improve their charge-life is a boon. That’s what Opera is hoping will take it into new realms of popularity with its latest update, which it claims can reduce…

Robotic road rage? Google's self-driving car learns how to honk
June 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

Next time you're jammed in gridlock and somebody starts off a chorus of aggravating honks, it mightn't be a frustrated human driver leaning on the horn. Google engineers have been training the company's autonomous vehicles to pick up on impending collisions and use the horn as a tool to improve road safety, for human and…

Honda shows off self-driving cars at new Calif testing facility
June 2, 2016 at 10:41 am

Honda Motor Co gave a sneak preview of its self-driving prototypes on Wednesday, saying it was already on its way to offering semi-autonomous safety functions to the mass market. The Japanese automaker has been less vocal about its plans for self-driving cars than larger rivals like Toyota and General Motors, which in recent months have…

Uber is testing its first self-driving car
May 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

The company confirmed that it's testing a self-driving car on Pittsburgh's streets. The car is a hybrid Ford Fusion and looks "like it should be driven by a superhero," Uber said in a blog post Thursday. In actuality, if you spot the car on the road, you'll also see a trained driver who's monitoring the…

Another Driver Blames Tesla For Autopilot Crash
May 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

Another day, another Tesla crash. This time, a Tesla TSLA -0.44% Model S driver claims that his car’s Autopilot failed to react to a van parked on a busy road somewhere in Europe and slammed into its rear. The driver, Chris Thomann, who blamed the crash on Tesla and said that the entire front of…