The War to Remotely Control Self-Driving Cars Heats Up


Even in the middle of the day, the 50-mile trip from San Francisco to San Jose is a pain. Like a toddler, Bay Area driving toggles between slumber (rush-hour slogs) and frenzy (passing-happy speeding). It's enough to make one eager for the day when robots rule the roads. And it's more than enough to make me envy Evan Livingston, who doesn't have to show up in person this meeting, held in a Lincoln MKZ sedan roaming downtown San Jose. No, Livingston is sitting comfortably in his office in Portland, Oregon, when he appears on the screens inside the car and announces he'll be our teleoperator this afternoon.

Apple streaming event: New News service asks people to pay for magazines, premium articles and websites

The Independent

Apple has unveiled a complete update to its news offering, known as News, which allows people to pay to subscribe to magazines as well as newspapers. The company suggested that the new service is the best way of reading magazines online, as well as offering a way for news organisations to sell premium subscriptions. People will pay just $9.99 per month and get access to all of the magazines and news organisations available through the app. Subscribing to the various outlets included in the service would cost over $8,000 per month, it said. We'll tell you what's true.

Apple updates TV app so people can watch original shows and host of other channels on iPhones and Macs

The Independent

Apple has announced a complete update for its TV app – as well as changes that will bring it to other company's smart TVs. The update brings the company's new streaming service, known as Apple TV, to all of the supported devices. But it also allows for new ways of watching content from other companies, too, allowing people to watch video from companies such as HBO or Amazon Prime. Unveiling that Apple TV service, it said it had worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston among others. We'll tell you what's true.

Apple streaming event sees launch of TV, news and games subscriptions – but few details about how they will work

The Independent

Apple has launched a whole host of new services, intended to make more money from the people who have already bought its products. In what was hailed as one of the most significant Apple events in years, the company did not reveal new products or software but instead a range of premium services, intended to counter a drop in iPhone sales by bringing in revenues after people buy their products. There are news subscriptions, TV and games – as well as a new way to pay for anything, with a titanium credit card. The highlight of the announcement was Apple TV, a streaming service built to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Apple invited many of the world's biggest stars and directors on stage to talk about its TV shows, on which the company is thought to have spent billions of dollars.

Huawei P30 Pro leaked images reveal nearly everything about new flagship Android - except the price

The Independent

The world's second biggest smartphone maker is about to unveil its latest range of flagship phones, but an inundation of leaks mean there is little to reveal that is not already known. Huawei will show off the P30, P30 Pro and P30 Lite - as they are expected to be called - in what the Chinese manufacturer hopes will offer a trio of rivals to Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones. The latest leak of the new phones, which comes just hours before the 26 March unveiling event in Paris, shows complete front and rear images of the three Huawei devices. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

EU passes 'meme ban' copyright rules that could change the way the internet works

The Independent

The European Union has passed controversial copyright rules that campaigners claim could change the way the internet works. The suite of reforms include rules that could force internet companies to ban memes and to stop them showing links in the way they do today. Supporters claim the rules are required to ensure that music companies and news outlets are properly paid for the content that technology companies distribute. But opponents, who assembled in force, allied with those tech firms to argue that it could change the way the internet works and destroy some of its fundamental principles. We'll tell you what's true.

Apple's new News app crashing on iPhones and Macs as soon as it is released

The Independent

Apple's brand new News subscription service appears to have run into problems as soon as it was released. News is a subscription service within Apple News that allows people to sign up for $9.99 and get unlimited access to 300 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. But the new app – which arrived in an update yesterday, after the launch event – appears to have caused some of the devices that run it to crash. Numerous users reported problems, specifically with the versions of the app on iPhone XS Max and on Mac. Opening the app would see it break almost straight away, and then shut down again, affected users said.

How AI is transforming the Smart Cities IoT? [Tutorial] Packt Hub


According to techopedia, a smart city is a city that utilizes information and communication technologies so that it enhances the quality and performance of urban services (such as energy and transportation) so that there's a reduction in resource consumption, wastage, and overall costs. In this article, we will look at components of a smart city and its AI-powered- IoT use cases, how AI helps with the adaption of IoT in Smart cities, and an example of AI-powered-IoT solution. Hence, a smart city would be a city that not only possesses ICT but also employs technology in a way that positively impacts the inhabitants. This article is an excerpt taken from the book'Hands-On Artificial Intelligence for IoT' written by Amita Kapoor. The book explores building smarter systems by combining artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things--two of the most talked about topics today.

2 pairs of 3D VR headsets on sale for less than $15


At the rate technology is progressing, things we believed would only exist in movies like Minority Report are a reality today: self-driving cars, data that helps us predict the future, and don't forget -- cool, futuristic gadgets. Once upon a time, playing games or watching movies in 3D was a fantasy -- but now, this immersive technology is completely transforming the way we entertain ourselves. You can dive into your favorite games with these 3D glasses, making your battles and victories even more intense than you thought possible, and bring your favorite movies and shows to life in a brand new way. These 3D virtual reality glasses bring on a whole new meaning to binge watching (you won't even mind that hike in your Netflix fees). Designed for Android and iOS smartphones, enjoy a sharp, customizable viewing experience with the adjustable pupil distance and sight distance controls.

Born to be airborne: Japanese firm aims to sell flying motorbikes by 2022

The Japan Times

Technologies Inc. aims to release a mass-market flying motorcycle by 2022, Chief Executive Officer Shuhei Komatsu said. Technologies, which mainly develops small drones, hopes to sell the product, called a "hover bike," in emerging economies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia with poor road infrastructure. Many companies around the world are developing flying cars. Technologies is among those trying to enter the market. "We'll create a (flying) bike first, in order to get flying cars widely used in society eventually," Komatsu said.