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Volvo Is Adding ‘Large Animal Detection’ to Cars Because It’s Easy to Miss a Moose?

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)today announced that automatic emergency braking would be standard on all vehicles by 2022. And thanks to Volvo, that feature will be responsive to moose and other large animals. The automatic emergency…

Breitling’s First Plastic Watch Still Costs a Damn Fortune

If you like the look of a beefy timekeeper on your wrist, but without all the weight, Breitling’s new Avenger Hurricane is the company’s first with a housing made from plastic. Or, more specifically, a new lightweight proprietary polymer it calls Breitlight. Strengthened with composite fibers for extra rigidity, the…

Maker culture: junk robots, DIY tablets, 3D-printed dice, and more

In a world where $5 computers and custom 3D-printed hardware are commonplace, it’s no surprise that maker culture has bloomed. Regular people all over the globe are developing exciting new projects on the daily, and sharing their hard work with the entire Internet. We can watch these everyday engineers design…

Amazon bans cheap USB-C cables in wake of Google engineer’s crusade

For months, Google engineer Benson Leung has been engaged in a one-man war against a seemingly endless stream of terrible USB-C cables. As we detailed back in November, Leung, who works on Google’s Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C teams, has been testing and validating (or invalidating) dozens of cables depending…

Apple reportedly in talks to buy Imagination Technologies

For almost a decade, Apple and Imagination Technologies have been joined at the hip. Every iPhone from the original 2007 model has used a version of a PowerVR graphics core, as has the iPad. Apple’s business has been a huge boon for Imagination Technologies, but the company’s efforts to diversify…

Intel formally kills its tick-tock approach to processor development

Nearly 10 years ago, Intel formally unveiled the new design and manufacturing process it would use for its microprocessors. Before 2007, there was no exact, predictable alignment between the deployment of new manufacturing techniques at smaller process nodes and the debut of new architectures. From 2007 forward, Intel followed a…

Andy Grove, tech titan and Intel legend, passes away at 79

When Sam Foss penned, “Give me men to match my mountains” he was talking about taming America. For the mountains that are the technology industry, Andy Grove was the right man. His vision and drive, and most of all his focus on perfect execution, helped transform Intel from a small…

Microsoft yanks new AI Twitter bot after it begins spreading Nazi propaganda

Yesterday, Microsoft debuted Tay, a new AI twitter bot meant to “conduct research on conversational understanding.” The bot targeted the 18-24 age range and was built using “relevant public data and by using AI and editorial developed by a staff including improvisational comedians. Public data that’s been anonymized is Tay’s…

Apple may design its own servers to avoid government snooping

We’ve known for roughly two years the US government has programs devoted to intercepting computer hardware mid-shipment. These programs are used to insert backdoors or spyware deep into a system’s firmware before it even arrives at its destination. A new report claims Apple is looking into building its own servers as…

AMD appoints former Broadcom, Intel engineer to head CPU development

AMD has appointed a new corporate VP, Nazar Zaidi, to head future development of CPUs, SoCs, and systems engineering. While Zaidi isn’t being billed as a direct replacement for Jim Keller, AMD’s former CPU architect, his position seems to blend both engineering and long-term product focus and development. Keller left…