Trying to Win the Public's Trust With Autonomous Cars, at 120 MPH
For that, Audi has an in-car alarm clock: The repeating tone grows louder until the driver wakes. It will also have a facial recognition system that can tell if the driver is asleep. “At this point, substantial effort in the automotive community is ...
July 16, 2015
Nesting, the Vice Media Way
Mr. Morris said he is a fan of Soylent, the powdered meal replacement designed to fuel Silicon Valley's young tech workers and named for the '60s-era sci-fi novel that inspired the '70s-era dystopian film “Soylent Green.” Mr. Morton . Mr. Morris ...
June 10, 2015
Scent Received, With a Tap of a Smartphone
One of the first uses for Scentee technology was a promotion for Oscar Mayer, in which winners in a lottery could get a cartridge of bacon scent that would be paired with an alarm clock app to “wake up and smell the bacon.” Perfume makers also have ...
July 8, 2015
No! Greek vote shocks Europe
Greece has voted by a big margin against Europe's latest bailout offer, raising the prospect that the country could now suffer a worse economic disaster and lose its place in the euro. More than 60% heeded left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' call ...
July 5, 2015
Can the Swiss Watchmaker Survive the Digital Age?
Instead, it would combine the functions of a Fitbit, a device that tracks physical activity, with a traditional Swiss timepiece, a $1,200 entry-level Frédérique Constant watch. A Silicon Valley company would produce the tiny sensors that count steps ...
June 3, 2015
Sky's new £15 Now TV box is still the cheapest way to own a 'Roku'
To me, someone totally disinterested in watching sport, that sounds like an insane amount quite a lot of money, but if you're an avid sports viewer the monthly option is clearly the way to go. Similarly, if you have a particular sport you're interested ...
August 6, 2015
Can big data help you get a good night's sleep?
A French expatriate who grew up in Paris, Kahn, 63, is a Silicon Valley oracle whose track record predates the web. He founded The insight led him to develop a sleep-cycle alarm that could determine the best time to alert a person within a certain ...
June 29, 2015
Greece has voted by a big margin against Europe's latest bailout offer, raising the prospect that the country could now suffer a worse economic disaster and lose its place in the euro. More than 60% heeded left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ' call to vote "no. " He hopes to force Europe to hand over more money with less austerity attached, and cancel some of Greece's enormous debt. But the result sets Greece on an uncertain path that could force it to abandon the euro and print its own currency -- with huge damage to the economy. Yanis Varoufakis, the outspoken Greek finance minister, said the vote was a "majestic, big YES to a democratic Europe. They've already rescued Greece twice since 2010, with loans totaling 240 billion euros ($264 billion). Before Sunday's referendum, European leaders said a "no" vote would destroy the basis for talks, because it would show that Greece was unwilling to take the steps needed to put its finances in order and get its economy growing. Tsipras had "ripped apart the last bridges that could move Europe and Greece towards a compromise," said Sigmar Gabriel, leader of Germany's Social Democrats and deputy to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
quite a lot of money, but if you’re an avid sports viewer the monthly option is clearly the way to go. Similarly, if you have a particular sport you’re interested in, having the option to opt-in for just one day won’t break the bank every now and... Alongside Sky’s own services, the Now TV box lets you install a whole range of third-party ‘channels’ too – from BBC iPlayer and All4 through to Facebook and Spotify. It’s obvious why Sky wouldn’t want these rivals offering subscription services alongside Now TV and Sky Movies on its own hardware, but it’s a business decision that hurts the user. Unfortunately, while the hardware can support streaming in 1080p, Sky’s version of the Now box currently only offers up to 720p. While not much comfort, it should at least be reassuring to know that 1080p would be possible through a software... Overall You’re not going to buy this box because you love how it looks, and you’re likely to be buying it to subscribe to all three packages – else why not just get a full Sky package. The reason you might well buy it, however, is because you want to access on-demand programming from some of the UK’s largest broadcasters on your aging non-smart TV, but you don’t want to pay very much money to do so. It’ll appeal to anyone who...
So I was well aware of the task I had ahead of me convincing my friends, colleagues, and contacts that I now had a PA. And, I didn't even really have a PA. For a week, I decided to try out "Amy Ingram," a virtual PA designed to schedule meetings... In practice, all you need to do is link your calendars and then CC "Amy Ingram/amy@x. ai" into an e-mail conversation about setting up a meeting. She then takes over, chats to your contact like a real PA to sort the best time and location, and the next thing you should expect to see is a calendar invite. Dennis Mortensen, the CEO of the company that created Amy Ingram, x. ai, told me earlier this month that some people have been so convinced she is human, they've even sent her flowers, whiskey, and chocolates. The set-up It all began with a friendly "hi. ". I hate meetings before 11AM — so please try to avoid those as I am usually busy in the mornings. Yet it felt odd constructing an email with only the most basic of information, eschewing any sort of salutation. Amy was ready. A rocky start The first meeting Amy attempted to arrange was via a PR I have known for years. I casually dropped Amy into our e-mail conversation. But, Amy: We hadn't decided yet. OK Amy, just this once. I sent an email asking Chris where we should meet.