Video: Google's self-driving car gets in minor fender-bender

We finally have video documentation of the moment when one of Google’s self-driving cars slammed into a passenger bus last month. And it’s … really underwhelming. In the video (published by the Associated Press), you can see the interior of the bus as Google’s car slowly collides with it. The …

Read More »

Las Vegas Utilities Really Don’t Want the Strip to Go Solar

This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The glittering Las Vegas strip is not an obvious model for energy conservation. Yet hidden above the glowing Eiffel Tower, neon resort awnings and a black pyramid that shines a beam of light into space, is one of the …

Read More »

Tovala’s Smart Oven Wants to Replace Your Microwave

The Tovala smart oven is not a microwave, but it kind of looks like one. An expensive one. A pretty one. One you might find in an upscale urban apartment building with all the amenities. But it’s not a microwave. It’s a 26-pound robotic personal chef. The first clue that …

Read More »

20 podcasts that will make you smarter

President Barack Obama speaks with Marc Maron in Maron’s garage for an episode of the “WTF” podcast. The past couple years have been huge for podcasts. Episodes of true crime series “Serial” were downloaded more than 80 million times, President Barack Obama visited comedian Marc Maron’s garage for his “WTF” …

Read More »

Don’t You Dare Vacation Without These Must-Have Apps

It’s almost vacation time, which means rest, relaxation, and maybe a few drinks. But a week away from everyday life doesn’t come without its own potential complications—which can be avoided with the help of a few apps. Conquer the airport, master your road trip, find the perfect hotel (or Airstream …

Read More »

Fitbit Alta: Fitness-tracking goes super-stylish

Fitness wristbands are what you’d call a stealth blockbuster. We, the people, bought 17 million of these things last year, and IDC predicts we’ll be buying 125 million of them a year by 2019. You’re already seeing them on a heck of a lot of wrists these days. They make …

Read More »

If You’ve Got the Guts, This App Shares Your Camera Roll for You

Four years ago, right around this time, everyone started getting excited about an app called Highlight. It had an obnoxious yet hypnotic logo, breathless hype, and a jump on the hot new trend of “ambient reality.” Ambient reality was another way of saying SoLoMo, which was another way of saying social-local-mobile. Highlight …

Read More »