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Holocaust deniers are being sincere so we won't ban them from Facebook, says Mark Zuckerberg

The Independent

Mark Zuckerberg has defended the rights of holocaust deniers to stay on Facebook – because they are being genuine. The Facebook boss said that he found the belief that the holocaust did not happen was deeply offensive. But he said that the people using his site to promote should be allowed to use it and that the posts should stay up. There are many things that people get wrong and those that claim that the holocaust did not happen are one of them, he suggested during an interview. He claimed that since the people are mistaken in their belief, rather than intending to harm anyone, they will continue to be allowed to post on the site.


Rolls-Royce air taxi idea has propulsion but needs airframe

ZDNet

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the propulsion side of an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) concept, which the company said could be used from personal transport through to military applications. The vehicle would be able to seat four or five people and would use a M250 gas turbine engine to power six low-noise electric propellers, as well as charge a battery. The M250 would be housed in the rear of the aircraft, with the company stating it delivered the first version of the series over 50 years ago and currently more than 16,000 remain in service from a delivery total of over 31,000. "In this hybrid-EVTOL configuration, it could carry four or five passengers at speeds up to 250mph for approximately 500 miles, would not require recharging -- as the battery is charged by the gas turbine -- and would be able to utilise existing infrastructure such as heliports and airports," Rolls-Royce said. The concept could be reality by "early to mid 2020s", the company claimed; however, it would need an airframe and partners to work on parts of the electrical system.


New iPhones and vast array of new Apple products to be released at September event, reports suggest

The Independent

Apple is about to launch three new iPhones. And that is just the beginning, according to new rumours. The company will update just about every single one of its products around the September event where it usually launches new products, a new report has claimed. Previous reports have suggested that Apple will launch not just one new iPhone at the event, but three. And all of them will be packed with the new features that first arrived with the iPhone X.


Tesla goes big in China with Shanghai plant

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Tuesday landed a deal with Chinese authorities to build a new auto plant in Shanghai, its first factory outside the United States, that would double the size of the electric car maker's global manufacturing. The deal was announced as Tesla raised prices on U.S.-made vehicles it sells in China to offset the cost of new tariffs imposed by the Chinese government in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump's heavier duties on Chinese goods. Musk was in Shanghai Tuesday, and the Shanghai government in a statement said it welcomed Tesla's move to invest not only in a new factory in the city, a center of the Chinese auto industry, but in research and development, as well. China has long pushed to capture more of the talent and capital invested by global automakers in advanced electric vehicle technology. Tesla plans to produce the first cars about two years after construction begins on its Shanghai factory, ramping up to as many as 500,000 vehicles a year about two to three years later, the company said.


Why fully automated cars are a lot further away than you think

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Don't hold your breath waiting for the first fully autonomous car to hit the streets anytime soon. Car manufacturers have projected for years that we might have fully automated cars on the roads by 2018. But for all the hype that they bring, it may be years, if not decades, before self-driving systems are reliably able to avoid accidents, according to a blog published Tuesday in The Verge. The million-dollar question is whether self-driving cars will keep getting better – like image search, voice recognition and other artificial intelligence "success stories" – or will they run into a "generalization" problem like chatbots (where some chatbots couldn't make unique responses to questions)? Generalization, author Russell Brandom explained in the blog Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock, can be difficult for conventional deep learning systems.


Driverless cars have serious health and safety benefits but the public needs to learn to trust them

Daily Mail

From reducing road deaths to cutting emissions, driverless cars promise huge safety benefits, however new research suggests the public are still sceptical. People's concerns around this emerging technology were brought to the fore after an automated vehicle being tested by ride-hailing service Uber killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix. Later that same month, 38-year-old Walter Huang died in an accident in California after his Tesla, which was operating on autopilot mode at the time, smashed into a median on Highway 101. Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has previously lamented about what he believes is an unfair focus on the mishaps, rather than the benefits, of autonomous vehicles. 'It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage,' Musk bemoaned in a tweet bakc in May.


An unmanned car may soon deliver your Kroger groceries

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Earlier this month, it said that digital sales for the past quarter had grown 66 percent. "We cannot just rely on physical stores to reach all of our customers for delivery and and pick-up," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer, in an interview with CNBC. Nuro, founded in 2016 by Google engineers, is an autonomous car company built explicitly for the business of transporting goods. That means its cars are slimmer and designed differently than ones meant to carry people. Nuro does not yet have special refrigerated cars, but is working on a new iteration of vehicles with such technology.


Listening to audiobooks is more engaging than watching films – even if you don't realise it, study finds

The Independent

Audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than TV and film – even if you don't realise it, according to a landmark new study. The new research from UCL suggests that having a book read to you causes physiological changes including an increased heart rate and heat spreading through your body. During the experiment, scientists had 103 participants of various ages listen to a range of different books, and compared their responses to how they felt when they watched the same scene in a film or TV adaptation. The study included emotional scenes from Game of Thrones and the Girl on the Train, for instance, both from the original book and their hugely popular adaptations. 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.


Busy Britons are suffering from 'gadget confusion', study claims

The Independent

Busy Britons are suffering from "gadget confusion," a study has found. Research revealed millions are baffled by the number of buttons, symbols and switches on devices which are difficult to use. It also emerged a large percentage claim they don't have the time to read instructions and three quarters confessed to being confused by gadgets. Why the connected home's best place might be the garden New at-home beauty gadgets you need to try The latest smart gadgets keep homes cosy -- and safe -- all year round The best kitchen gadgets for creating healthy meals, fast Why the connected home's best place might be the garden Another eight in 10 admitted using a "trial and error" approach when it comes to their devices and appliances. And more than a third can't be bothered to try different settings or options.


Car ads make motorists think 'autonomous' and 'autopilot' means vehicle can drive itself

Daily Mail

Car makers have been warned of the dangers of suggesting vehicles with some automated features can drive themselves. Experts say manufacturers are lulling drivers into a false sense of security by using terms such as'autonomous' and'autopilot' in their advertising. A report says it poses a danger as drivers become over-reliant on the technology and lose concentration at the wheel. Modern vehicles increasingly offer partly automated features such as keeping the car within its lane, speed controls or emergency braking. However, experts say fully self-driving cars are still a long way off in the UK.