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Ten new testing grounds approved for self-driving vehicles

According to The Verge, the US Department of Transportation approved ten designated sites in nine states to serve as proving rounds for self-driving cars: City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership US Army Aberdeen Test ...
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Norway is starting to shut down FM radio now

The national flag of Norway As reported by this blog from a couple years ago, the Norwegian government has commenced the shutdown of its nationwide FM radio network in favor of a digital signal. The process began on Wednesday in the town of Bodø, in the Nordland province in north-central Norway. ...

Check out the Vicis Zero1, the new Oregon Ducks football helmet

For those in the Eugene area that live or commute near the University along Franklin Boulevard near the intersection with East 11th Avenue have seen a billboard with a football helmet without any insignia have seen the new helmet being used for the Oregon Ducks football team starting this fall. The ...

Have we become too reliant on GPS?

In 2008, a Syrian truck driver was faithfully following his satellite navigation system and ended up 1,600 miles away from where he was supposed to be. He’d meant to go to Gibraltar, off the south coast of Spain. He arrived at Gibraltar Point, England, surrounded by a group of befuddled ...

Project AIX using Minecraft to develop more intelligent technology

(From Microsoft blog, written by Allison Linn, March 13, 2016): In the airy, loft-like Microsoft Research lab in New York City, five computer scientists are spending their days trying to get a Minecraft character to climb a hill. That may seem like a pretty simple job for some of the brightest minds ...

Microsoft is putting data centers into the ocean

Popular Science reported earlier this month on Microsoft’s plan to create and install submersible data centers due to the energy required to keep the servers cool. In the United States alone, half of the power to power the Internet is used to cool the servers so they don’t overheat and ...

Apple answers some questions about their customer letter

Apple released a follow-up response to CEO Tim Cook’s open letter to customers this week. This release seeks to clarify Apple’s intentions behind their rationale for object the U.S. government’s request (via the FBI) to unlock the phone used by one of the shooters in San Bernadino ...

FCC votes to unlock the cable box

The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks to give consumers more choices in the set-top boxes they use to watch cable TV. This will commence the months-long public comment period leading up to a final vote likely later this year. The FCC ...

Morocco turns on what will be the world’s largest solar power plant

The largest solar plant in the world, the Noor 1, outside of the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara Desert, was activated this week. The plant spans thousands of acres and is now generating about 160 megawatts of power. The plant’s next two phases will bring the generation ...

Ford’s self-driving car technology at CES 2016

Mechanisms of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Self-Driving car prototype at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. (Originally from Jonathan M. Gitlin – Ars Technica) As we’ve noted elsewhere, CES has now evolved to be part car show. But not just any car show—the focus is on how technology is transforming ...
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