Microsoft’s autonomous gliders seek out thermal updrafts to stay aloft

 Microsoft wants to build autonomous tech for aircraft that require little to no power to fly. It just completed tests in the Nevada desert of gliders equipped with self-guidance systems that help them track regions of rising hot air and predict their movement, with the aim of staying up in the air for as long as possible. These tests showed that Microsoft’s system for riding the wind holds… Read More

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Ground Control launches with CAA to bring entertainment’s biggest stars to Alexa, Siri, and Google

 Ever since he first started listening to KISS on his 2XL robot tape player, former AOL executive Mike Macadaan, knew that voice commands would be the future for computer interactions. That obsession stuck with Macadaan through his long years as a technology executive focused on user interfaces and then again as a co-founder of the Santa Monica-based venture studio, Science. With the emergence… Read More

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Workday acquires the team behind Pattern, a young startup founded by ex-Googlers

 The team behind Pattern, a two- year-old, Redwood City, Ca.- based startup, has been quietly acquired by Workday, the financial management and HR software vendor that went public in 2012 as now boasts a market cap of $20.9 billion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pattern CEO Derek Draper, who announced the acquisition to his network on LinkedIn, declined to comment further. As part of… Read More

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Google’s Lunar Xprize competition tweaks victory deadline, adds prizes

 Google’s Lunar Xprize competition, which seeks to reward privately funded missions to the Moon, is adding some incentive for participants, and tweaking the deadline to give teams a bit more time. Eligibility for the top prize now includes only the caveat that they must complete their mission by March 31, 2018 – gone is the requirement that they launch their Moon landing craft… Read More

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The most-liked tweet in history says a lot about how the world is doing

 The events that unfolded this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked reactions from all corners of the internet. But one Twitter user, former President Barack Obama, had a response that resonated with millions. Last night, this tweet from Obama became the most-liked tweet on the platform ever, with more than 3 million likes at the time of writing. "No one is born hating… Read More

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform

 The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made.
Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently… Read More

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Apple said to be spending $1 billion on original content in 2018

 Apple’s ambitions around creating original content seem set to grow: The Wall Street Journal reports that it has a budget of around $1 billion to spend on creating its own programming next year. That’s a budget that begins to approach those of dedicated content creators like HBO, which spent just around twice that last year on its own shows. Apple’s first forays into… Read More

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Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

 Tencent, Asia’s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm’s profit in Q2 2017 rocketed 70 percent year-on-year on the back of the success of Tencent’s mobile games, particularly smash hit Honour of Kings which claims over 200 million registered users. Honour… Read More

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SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully attached to ISS

 SpaceX’s latest International Space Station Resupply mission has completed its latest step, with the Dragon capsule launched on Monday loaded with over 6,400 pounds of supplies successfully docked. Dragon met up with the ISS early Wednesday morning, roughly 36 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon capsule, whose payload includes… Read More

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