Inside the Local Motors lab where 3D-printed autonomous buses are made

Yesterday, Local Motors introduced the Olli, a self-driving, electric 12-seat bus at its new National Harbor location in Ogden, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. Not only is Olli built from 3D-printed components (like the Strati before it), it’s also the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s cognitive learning platform — …

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App distribution for Linux just got way better

Ubuntu’s “snap” package format now works on a bunch of other popular Linux distros, including Arch, Debian, Fedora, and most of the Ubuntu flavors. It’s also coming to CentOS, Mint, OpenSUSE, and even OpenWrt, among others. Traditionally, application developers have to create specific versions of their app for each different …

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Watch three astronauts leave the International Space Station tonight

Tonight, three astronauts onboard the International Space Station will load into a Russian Soyuz capsule, beginning their nearly seven-hour journey back home to Earth. The returning crew is an international bunch, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, British astronaut Tim Peake of the European Space Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. The …

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This is what Apple’s differential privacy means for iOS 10

It was probably the most bewildering part of Apple’s WWDC Keynote: in the middle of a rundown of fancy new products arriving with iOS 10, Craig Federighi stopped to talk about abstract mathematics. He was touting differential privacy, a statistical method that’s become a valuable tool for protecting user data. …

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Android apps and games have landed on the first Chrome OS device

As promised by Google last month, Android apps and games have begun to arrive on Chrome OS. The first device to get them is the Asus Chromebook Flip, and according to Google’s François Beaufort “more devices will follow very soon.” Flip owners who want to access Android apps will have to update …

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BMW's Vision Next 100 is the concept car of my childhood dreams

BMW is on a world tour this year with a selection of concept cars that present its vision for the next 100 years of automotive development. Catering to our wildest adolescent fantasies, these cars are aggressively, almost absurdly futuristic, with this week’s debutant Rolls-Royce and Mini models exhibiting a preference …

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This motion-controlled surgical endoscopy tool is DIY genius

The da Vinci system is probably the most popular surgical robot in the US, but it’s never been operated like this before. An enterprising hacker has got their hands on one of the da Vinci’s delicate mechanical tools, and has managed to connect the hardware up to a Leap Motion controller …

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Google Photos now supports slideshows

Google Photos is a legitimately incredible thing, harnessing the power of advanced machine learning and neural networks to automatically sort your pictures into albums and turn your library into an endlessly searchable database the likes of which would have been difficult to imagine just a few years ago. Until today, however, …

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