Automobiles & Trucks


Tumblr app disappears on iPhone after child sex abuse images found on blogs

The Independent

Tumblr's app has disappeared on the iPhone App Store after child sex abuse images were found on its platform. The company says it is acting urgently to remove the content and to have the app restored onto iOS. The app mysterious disappeared last week, being removed from the App Store with no announcement. While that didn't take it from existing phones, it meant that the app would not update and that nobody could download it newly. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona.


Why Samsung thinks its huge 8K TV is the future of watching television

The Independent

You might not even be used to 4K, which – along with other new technologies like HDR – feels like it only just arrived and it is still expensive to buy the sets and difficult to find content to watch on them. But 4K is already old news, after Samsung revealed its first 8K TV meant for consumers – doubling the name, quadrupling the number of pixels on offer and heralding the future of screens. Samsung's newest television crams a full 33 million pixels into a vast display that it hopes becomes the ultimate way of watching the TV. Despite how it might sound, 8K is actually four times as many pixels as existing TVs, and offers what the company says is a significant improvement and innovation on that technology. But the 8K TV isn't only the consequence of wanting to cram in more pixels or to add bigger numbers to specifications.


How Luxury Brands Are Driving New-Gen Online Personalization

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How Luxury Brands Are Driving New-Gen Online PersonalizationPexels.com According to research by McKinsey, online luxury sales will triple by 2025. Further, 80% of these sales will be digitally influenced. Luxury purchases are no longer the domain of the over forty crowd either. Indeed, millennials are also ready to pay more for personalized luxury items and services.


Nuance spins off automotive segment into new publicly traded company

ZDNet

November has been a month of consolidation for voice recognition software maker Nuance. After selling its document imaging business for $400 million last week, Nuance just announced that it plans to spin off its automotive division into a separate, publicly traded company called Nuance Auto. Nuance said the move will help the company become more focused on its healthcare and enterprise verticals, while giving the automotive segment more room to develop its conversational AI platform. "We are incredibly proud of the Auto business we've built, and at the same time we recognize the growing excitement around automotive technology," said Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin. "We are excited to launch this business for long-term success by separating it into an independent, focused company."


How Autonomous Vehicles Will Upend Transportation - Knowledge@Wharton

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Autonomous vehicle technology is advancing rapidly, and hard-core promoters contend that driverless cars could soon be the norm rather than the exception. Many other knowledgeable analysts, however, say widespread adoption of fully autonomous cars is many years -- perhaps decades -- away. The chief reason for the delay is the years it will take to generate the vast amount of data required to make self-driving cars fully safe. But whenever it finally takes over, driverless technology will do much more than ease daily commutes: It will also have a profound impact on the world's economy, notes Lawrence Burns, a former corporate vice president of research, development and planning for General Motors who supervised and encouraged GM's development of robotic driving technology. His new book with Christopher Shulgan is titled, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car -- And How It Will Reshape Our World. He joined the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM to talk about how a driverless world will map out. An edited transcript of the conversation follows.


Lexus Lets Artificial Intelligence Write Car Commercial, Mild Weirdness Ensues - The Truth About Cars

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Automakers are obsessed with promoting high-tech concepts in an effort to prove to investors and the general public that they aren't falling behind the times. While artificial intelligence remains the gold standard, what constitutes A.I. can get a little foggy. However, in the present, the term can be used to describe any machine that effectively mimics cognitive behaviors, like the ability to learn or create. Car manufacturers want to fine tune specific A.I. examples to be implemented in autonomous driving hardware and high-end, modern infotainment systems. For example Mercedes-Benz wants to use the technology to build a more serious relationship between drivers and its cars by allowing future vehicles to "learn" about the driver.


Fortnite faces lawsuit for 'stealing' rapper's infamous Milly Rock dance

The Independent

An American rapper is planning to pursue legal action against the makers of Fortnite, after the hugely popular video game introduced what appears to be his signature dance move. Brooklyn-based 2 Milly claims the'Swipe It' dance emote in Season 5 is a direct copy of the Milly Rock, a viral dance that he created. Fortnite developer Epic Games charges players around $5 for the Swipe It emote, allowing them to use it in the game as a taunt or celebration. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook after scathing investigation on misconduct and media leaks

The Independent

Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations. In an hour-long video-conference broadcast to Facebook offices around the world, Mr Zuckerberg responded to questions from employees on a range of topics, from Facebook's behaviour over the past 18 months to how it should handle leaks to the media, according to three people familiar with the discussion but not willing to discuss it publicly because it was a private meeting. The idea that Facebook tried to "cover up anything" was wrong, an impassioned Mr Zuckerberg said, using an expletive in his response, according to these people. Some employees responded with muted applause and cheers. The session came at a fraught time for the social network, as executives mobilised to deal with a torrent of criticism of the company.


Volkwagen CEO says Waymo has one-two year headstart in autonomous cars

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkwagen, Europe's largest carmaker, is up to two years of development work behind Alphabet Inc's Waymo in the area of self-driving cars but is committed to catching up, the German group's chief executive told newspaper Welt am Sonntag. "We have to admit that Waymo, the Google business, is ahead of us, arguably by one or two years. But we are determined to catch up. The game is not yet lost. A lot depends also on regulation," CEO Herbert Diess was quoted as saying by the Sunday paper.


Ford and Walmart collaborate to design automated-vehicle delivery

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The Walmart pilot initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford has said it expects to launch commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021. Ford and its partners are using Miami as a testing ground for automated delivery service ideas and automated vehicle technology. The new pilot project will offer customers delivery by Postmates of goods ordered at Walmart stores. Brian Wolf, an executive of Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, wrote in a blog post that the companies will work over the next "couple of months" to figure out what goods can be delivered successfully, especially perishable groceries.