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Tesla Is Using Google Glass to Build Cars Better

Google Glass has thus far been a flop for regular people doing normal things. But for more boring tasks enhancing productivity and increasing profit, there’s still promise. A report from Electrek claims that Tesla is using the new Enterprise Edition headsets at its Fremont factory. The report joins a few…

Turn Your Roomba Into the Star Wars Droid You Already Pretend It Is

iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaners are about the closest thing you can get to having a real Star Wars droid at home. In fact, many Roomba owners are happy to pretend their robovac is just a shorter version of R2-D2 while it works away, and this decal set will help make…

An iPhone Is the Latest Thing to Catch Fire on a Plane

Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage , and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight. According to a KOMO news report,…

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…