Yearly Archives: 2018

The US Drops Out of the Top 10 In Innovation Ranking

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. South Korea and Sweden retained

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Elon Musk To Stay At Tesla For Another Decade

Thelasko writes: “On Tuesday, Tesla’s board announced that it had convinced Musk to stay at the helm for another decade with a truly gargantuan performance-based pay package,” reports Ars Technica. The pay package is in a series of 12 milestones

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More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks

Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: According to a freshly updated map of community-owned networks, more than 750 communities across the United States have embraced operating their own broadband network, are served by local rural electric cooperatives, or have

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Fantasy Fiction Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin Dies At 88

sandbagger shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source): Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like

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Apple Will Release Its $349 HomePod Speaker On February 9th

After it was delayed in mid-December, Apple finally announced the availability of its new smart speaker. The company announced it will release the HomePod on February 9th and that preorders for the device will start this Friday, January 26th. The

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Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Fixes For Older Versions of MacOS

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Apple released its round of bug fix/security updates — including iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 — today. In doing so, it also offered some security updates

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Tesla Model S Plows Into a Fire Truck While Using Autopilot

On Monday, a Tesla Model S plowed into the back of a fire truck on a freeway near Culver City, California. The driver is claiming the car was on Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system. As a result, the National Traffic

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DJI’s New Mavic Air Drone Is a Beefed-Up Spark With 4K Video Support

Earlier today, DJI announced the latest entry in its popular line of consumer drones: the Mavic Air. The drone starts at $799, which is $400 more than the Spark’s current going rate and $200 below the cost of a new

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Coinbase Is Making $2.7 Million a Day

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bitcoin News: In information released to shareholders this week, Coinbase revealed that it recorded turnover of $1 billion last year, which works out at an astonishing $2.74 million a day or $2,000 a

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French Train Engineering Giant Alstom Testing Automated Freight Train

French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. From a report: The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km (60 miles) without driver intervention. Automation will free the train driver to

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