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Friday
Jan152016

Amazon Subsidiary Gains Approval to Ship Ocean Freight

[NyTimes] : "Drones might get all the attention, but Amazon's interest in more traditional methods of moving things around is not slowing down.

The retailer's China subsidiary has received United States approval to ship ocean freight for other companies. That could make it cheaper and easier for sellers on …"

Friday
Jan152016

Michigan’s Failure to Protect Flint

[NyTimes] : "Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan is scrambling to deal with a terrible water crisis created by his administration in the city of Flint, which is poor and has a black majority. The damage to the nearly bankrupt city and its nearly 100,000 residents by lead-tainted water caused by corrosion in the pipes …"

Friday
Jan152016

U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion on Self-Driving Cars

[NyTimes] : "DETROIT — With automakers and technology companies rushing to develop self-driving cars, the Obama administration on Thursday pledged to expedite regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles and invest in research to help bring them to market.

Until now, the federal government has taken a hands-off …"

Thursday
Jan142016

SpaceX Release Epic Footage Of Last Month's Falcon 9 Landing

[Link] : Space Photo credit: SpaceX/YouTubeOn December 21, 2015, space exploration history was made. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 pulled off one of the world’s first …
Thursday
Jan142016

Nest Thermostat Glitch Leaves Users in the Cold

[NyTimes] : "The Nest Learning Thermostat is dead to me, literally. Last week, my once-beloved “smart” thermostat suffered from a mysterious software bug that drained its battery and sent our home into a chill in the middle of the night.

Although I had set the thermostat to 70 degrees overnight, my wife and I …"

Thursday
Jan142016

No Business Too Small to Be Hacked

[NyTimes] : "Just as the holiday shopping season neared, a toy company, Rokenbok Education, was navigating a nightmare situation: Its database files had been infected by malware.

Online criminals had encrypted company files, making them unusable, and were demanding a hefty ransom to unlock the data. Rokenbok, a …"

Thursday
Jan142016

From Tesla, a New Car Smell That Vegans Can Get Behind

[NyTimes] : "For the eco-conscious car buyer, Tesla's luxury electric vehicles, with their neck-snapping acceleration, are proof that performance doesn't have to be sacrificed at the altar of saving the environment.

But for some discerning consumers, there is a nagging problem. The leather in the seats and …"

Thursday
Jan142016

The Zappos Exodus Continues After a Radical Management Experiment

[NyTimes] : "Zappos, the online shoe retailer experimenting with the radical self-management system Holacracy, is continuing to hemorrhage employees.

In a post on the company's website, Arun Rajan, the chief operating officer, said 18 percent of the company, or some 260 people, had left the company since …"

Thursday
Jan142016

U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate

[NyTimes] : "Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties.

The initiative will start in two of the nation's major destinations for global wealth: Manhattan and Miami-Dade …"

Wednesday
Jan132016

Michigan Tech's anti-drone drone snatches drones in mid air

[Link] : Safety drone fires a net at its prey before dragging it to safety.

Drones are in the mainstream now, and for every good drone operator, there's a nefarious one looking to do something nasty with theirs. A team of researchers from Michigan Tech is hoping to prevent disasters by building an anti-drone …

Wednesday
Jan132016

It's That Time of Gruyère: Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back

[Link] : It’s that time of gruyère again: After President Obama gives his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night we’re inviting Cabinet officials, members of Congress, Senior White House officials and special guests for a day-long engagement event on social media – inspired by President Andrew …
Wednesday
Jan132016

Uber Invites Developers to Build Apps for Customized Passenger Distractions

[NyTimes] : "Uber, the huge ride-hailing service, delivers millions of rides to passengers. Now the company wants to give people something to do while they're in the car.

On Tuesday, Uber introduced a way for smartphone app developers to create “trip experiences” for riders. The idea, the company says, is to …"

Tuesday
Jan122016

How Peach’s Most Interesting Feature, the Hybrid Command Line, Is Becoming Mainstream Again

[Link] : Shortly before the end of the workday last Friday, an app called Peach suddenly became the hottest social network among a small but influential …
Tuesday
Jan122016

The Sorry Legacy of Internet Explorer

[Link] : Starting today, Microsoft will no longer support most versions of Internet Explorer, one of the most contentious pieces of software in history.The …
Tuesday
Jan122016

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

[NyTimes] : "As North Korea dug tunnels at its nuclear test site last fall, watched by American spy satellites, the Obama administration was preparing a test of its own in the Nevada desert.

A fighter jet took off with a mock version of the nation's first precision-guided atom bomb. Adapted from an older weapon, …"

Monday
Jan112016

Rethinking the Airplane, for Climate’s Sake

[NyTimes] : "EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — It will never soar into the wild blue yonder, but the dusty Peterbilt truck parked outside a hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center here may represent the future of low-carbon aviation.

Perched on steel supports behind the truck's cab is a 30-foot airplane …"

Monday
Jan112016

David Bowie, Pop Star Who Transcended Music, Art and Fashion, Has Died at 69

[NyTimes] : "David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personae, died Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.

Mr. Bowie's death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning.

He died …"

Sunday
Jan102016

Tesla's Model S now drives up to meet you

[Link] : The Summon feature saves you from dealing with tight parking spaces, including your garage.

When Tesla first unveiled its semi-autonomous driving upgrades for the Model S, it made much ado over the ability to summon your car -- you wouldn't have to go into the garage (or walk across a large parking …

Sunday
Jan102016

A Start-Up That Aims to Bring Back the Farm-to-Vase Bouquet

[NyTimes] : "Where Christina Stembel lives in California, she is surrounded by flower farmers, yet 80 percent of the flowers sold in the United States are imported. She is trying to help change that percentage with her San Francisco-based company, Farmgirl Flowers.

“I think that the local flower movement is …"

Sunday
Jan102016

Richard Sapper, Designer of Sleek Housewares, Dies at 83

[NyTimes] : "Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose sleek, precision-engineered prototypes spawned the Alessi espresso maker, the Tizio lamp and the IBM ThinkPad, died on Dec. 31 in Milan. He was 83.

The cause was complications of cancer, his daughter Carola said.

Mr. Sapper also designed for Mercedes, Fiat …"

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