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Self-driving technology is going to change a lot more than cars
How self-driving technology could transform everything from retail to transit.

The advent of self-driving technology will transform the design possibilities for all sorts of vehicles, giving rise to new vehicle categories that don't exist now and others that straddle the line between existing categories. It will also change the economics of transportation and delivery services, making on-demand delivery a much faster, cheaper, and more convenient option.

#waymo #uber #selfdrivingcars
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Just 'Cuz
One of the most insane music videos ever made
#music
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Withings Shall Rise Again
One of the best wearables manufacturers has been on a wild ride, but its founder claims a bright future lies ahead.

As the wearables market emerged a decade ago, France’s Withings took its place among a class of pioneers that included such names as Fitbit, Pebble, and Jawbone. And in its home territory, Withings’ rise had French Tech boosters hoping that it just might be the startup hit the country craved.

So when the company was acquired by Nokia for $192 million in 2016, the news came as a shock. Withings’ cofounders insisted at the time that the deal would help them accelerate growth. Instead, within a year Nokia had snuffed out the Withings brand name as part of a broader, ill-fated strategy that involved writing down the entire value of the deal to almost zero and putting the Withings business up for sale.

#wearables #smartwatches #applewatch #nokia #withings
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Broadband Isn't An Election Issue Because No One Actually Cares About the Electorate
It’s rare that the digital divide even gets lip service, let alone a robust platform from candidates.

Yet few candidates, from local mayoral races all the way up to the Senate, provide lip service to the fact that millions of Americans still lack access to broadband, and even fewer flesh out a robust policy to address it. At a time when politics is more divisive than ever, basic issues such as access to the internet are being overshadowed by the massive ideological clashes happening across the country.

#politics #trump #broadband #business
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Dogmatic And Corrupt Politician Does Something Dogmatic and Corrupt

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) isn’t mincing words about his so-called “right to try” bill, signed into law by President Trump on Wednesday. In a feisty letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Thursday, Johnson put things bluntly: “this law intends to diminish the FDA’s power.”

The revelation substantiates a leading criticism of the law, which was otherwise pitched as a compassionate measure to help people suffering from life-threatening illnesses obtain easier access to experimental therapies. Critics feared it would simply undercut the agency’s regulatory power to ensure experimental treatments are used safely, while offering little aid to patients. After all, the FDA already has a prompt and lenient system for providing such patients access to experimental treatments, and 38 states already have similar “right to try” laws. Proponents, meanwhile, said the new federal law would give desperate patients hope and dismissed concerns that it would weaken the FDA.

#drugs #fda #gop #trump
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Bang & Olufsen Releases Overpriced Product; World Shocked

The Beoplay Earset’s immersion is middling at best, with outside noise leaking in. These aren’t noise-cancelling earbuds by any stretch, and it wouldn’t be fair to assume that they should filter all outside noise, but my listening is often interrupted by outside interference. This would urge me to crank up the volume to drown out outside noise, but as we know all too well, turning up the volume when using in-ear headphones is especially bad for you.

#audio #earbuds
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The Drones Are Coming, And They Have Umbrellas.

The new Free Parasol developed by Asahi Power Service promises to be keep you in the shade and out of the rain, hands-free, reports Sora News 24. While the drone-umbrella is currently only in prototype form, according to the Free Parasol website, the company is hard at work on creating their own flying umbrella. Due to all the regulations surrounding flying drones in public places, Asahi Power Service will reportedly first start selling the drones to private ventures, like golf courses. They hope to have it flying over golf courses, rainy day sidewalks, and beaches by 2019 for the low, low cast of $275 (30,000 yen) plus whatever insurance you’ll have to buy for flying a drone six feet off the ground.

#drones
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Gimp's Much-Needed 2.10.0 release has arrived
It's been over half a decade since the last release

I like Gimp. I like Open Source in general, but I especially like open source graphics programs since I like the idea of art being free. The problem is that while Blender provides 95% of the functionality of the expensive, paid options, Gimp seemed perpetually stuck as a competitor to PhotoShop circa 1999. I won't go into details, but if you were truly serious about your art, you didn't have Gimp. You had Adobe or Corel.

To make matters worse, a upstart open source project rose up and began rapidly iterating. Krita stole much of the thunder than Gimp once had and rapidly replaced it in most open source graphics tool chests. At this point, I don't know a single artist who uses Gimp, but I know many who use Krita.

I have yet to take Gimp for a test spin, but it doesn't matter. It's free and you should try it too. Don't take my word for it. Open source alternative to evil empires like Adobe and Autodesk should always be given a chance.

#gimp #adobe #corel #krita
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Snapchat Launches New Spectacles
They are better in every way, but they don't do anything new.

As I said earlier, I was a defender of Spectacles. I thought they were an awesome idea that Snap simply got carried away with. They should have always recognized them as a sort of niche product meant for heavy users of the platform. Instead, they tried to make them mass-market, made WAY too many of them, and ended up with a success that appeared to be a failure.

I think that Snap could make Spectacles much more than this current set is. Unlike Google Glass, Spectacles could very well have been our first taste of true, always-on, augmented reality. I can imagine AI-enabled auto-snapping, recognizing other people wearing them and place their Bitmoji face on them, then display that on the screen. Obviously, all of this is for a future of greater bandwidth and processing power, but Snap could have teased it a bit here.

That said, I can't argue with the safer direction they took. The design is leagues better, the technical details are superior, and the support for prescription glasses is huge. And as I said, Spectacles are a cool idea already, and are unique to the focused use model of Snapchat. Facebook would have a very hard time implementing something like this.

All said, the new Spectacles are exactly what the first Spectacles should have been. I don't think these will ever achieve the massive, pop-culture hype of the first pair, but they do stand a good chance at turning Spectacles into a going part of Snap's business. Once they integrate more AR features, then they may become pop-culture gold again, though.

#snap #snapchat #spectacles #facebook #snapspectacles
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