Normal people are getting their first chance to ride in Google's self-driving cars.Waymo, the autonomous vehicle group owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is going to begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona, the companies said on Tuesday.Waymo has recently been quietly testing the service for a handful of families, learning what potential customers would want from a ride service, the company said in a blog post.It is now expanding the test, and buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so.The Californian firm is urging people to apply to take part in an expanded test, which is the first public trial of Waymo's self-driving cars.The vehicles include human operators from Waymo behind the wheel, in case intervention is required and to take feedback."Over the course of this trial, we'll be accepting hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and transportation needs who want to ride in and give feedback about Waymo's self-driving cars," Waymo CEO John Krafcik wrote in a blog post."Rather than offering people one or two rides, the goal of this program is to give participants access to our fleet every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that's about twice the size of San Francisco."Silicon Valley is racing to master self-driving technology, betting that it will transform the auto industry and be a gold mine for leading companies.
Waymo, the autonomous car company owned by Alphabet – parent company of Google – has begun offering free rides to the public in a new fleet of self-driving minivans.The Chrysler Pacifica is Waymo's vehicle of choice for the trial, which is referred to by the company as an "early rider program" and is running to help establish how driverless, on-demand cars will become a part of people's everyday lives.Like a similar autonomous taxi trial being run by Uber, the Waymo vehicles will have a test driver in the driver's seat at all times, ready to take over should the autonomous system need help.Potential customers can sign up to the service as long as they live in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona; driverless rides will operate in an area twice the size of San Francisco, Waymo says, covering Gilbert, Tempe and Chandler.Customers wanting to try the service, which is free for now, can apply on the company's website.Waymo is looking to work with customers who are willing to use the autonomous minivans as their primary mode of transport.
An image has surfaced in the files of Bayonetta on PC teasing a long awaited port of the cult classic.Platinum Games' Bayonetta launched on PC for the first time last week, and it seems the developer is planning even more ports for the platform.The latest update for Bayonetta weighs in at a mere 22kb, adding a selection of unique avatars for Steam users.However, one of these images is of Vanquish protagonist Sam Gideon.This seems like a pretty effective way to tease a potential PC port of the beloved classic, especially since Platinum Games have been warming to the platform lately.Starring enhanced super soldier Sam Gideon in a futuristic world dominated by hostile robots, Vanquish is an utterly mental action game worthy of the Platinum name.
Jack Ma Yun, the founder of Alibaba Group Holding, will headline a two-day trade fair in June to get American businesses to use the world’s largest online shopping platform for selling their products to China’s 600 million middle-class consumers, a step in fulling his January pledge to help create a million American jobs.The fair, to be called Gateway 17, will be held on June 20 and 21 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, the Midwest automotive city that signifies the birth, subsequent demise and most recent rejuvenation of the US manufacturing industry.China overtook the US in 2016 as the world’s largest retail market, with US$4.84 trillion in sales, with a voracious appetite for everything from clothing to foodstuff to electronics.Chinese consumers are expected to spend more than US$150 billion on foreign-made goods by 2020, according to a January report by eMarketer.It’s also made Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall the two largest e-commerce sites on the planet, in the process propelling the e-commerce operator into a US$286 billion company.“The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for U.S. small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more U.S. jobs,” Ma said in an open letter on Tuesday.
Director Matthew Vaughn has made some very good movies, but none of them come close to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service for pure fun.So it makes perfect sense that the first sequel he’s ever directed is Kingsman: The Golden Circle.The world of impeccably tailored British secret agents is so much fun, who wouldn’t want more?Here’s the first trailer for the sequel, which looks so, so good.If it’s not immediately obvious from this trailer, after the events of the first movie, the remaining Kingsman were exposed, leading to an attack on the secret spy organisation.The Kingsman are forced to go to America and team up with the U.S. version of the organisation, the Statesman including Jeff Daniels, Channing Tatum, and Halle Berry.
A moped thief who ran a red light on the stolen vehicle before crashing into someone's Mercedes presumably got the shock of his life when Tom actual Hardy pelted after him, scaling garden walls and a building site before catching the scoundrel and handing him to police.The Sun reports that the actor witnessed the crash in Richmond, South London, where he lives and "went into superhero mode."However, we've only got bystanders' word for it that it was the Taboo star – the man himself has not commented to confirm or deny.Apparently, Hardy legged it after the thief – one of two on the moped when it crashed – through an "assault course" of scenery before giving him a pat-down at a bus stop.The other suspect was apprehended almost immediately, and both were injured when they were picked up by police.They're now apparently facing theft charges.
(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)The co-founders of Yik Yak, Brooks Buffington (left) and Tyler Droll speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015.The move mainly affects app discovery sites like Touch Arcade and App Shopper which give information on new apps or recent updates.The founder of AfterPad, a site dedicated to hardcore and indie iOS games, said on Twitter that affiliate links were “AfterPad’s only form of monetisation.” Kevin MacLeod added that if fellow website Touch Arcade dies, “the entire iOS indie scene dies.”It’s unclear why Apple chose to cut affiliate commissions, or whether it is planning to divert those funds back to app developers.Reaction from a site founder using the App Store affiliate program.
The Apple Watch might have just turned two years old — the first series of the smartwatch was launched on April 24, 2015 — but not everyone is keen on showing up to the party.According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just eight per cent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by market research platform Fluent for the survey.“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015.Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.Meanwhile, 15 per cent of iPhone users answered that they would purchase an Apple Watch while only five per cent of Android owners said they would do the same.
Fewer would consider targeting the post at people who are interested in Conway Twitty or Cristiano Ronaldo, though.The Los Angeles-based startup Ranker does, and that’s been a major reason for its climb on Facebook.The site, with more than 26 million readers a month, according to comScore, uses its data gathered from readers’ votes to see how much affinity fans of celebrities, movies, athletes and other pop cultural entities have for other similar entities.Knowing this not only informs Ranker’s content strategy but helps it target readers more effectively on Facebook.“Nobody gets their entire audience on Facebook to see their content,” Ranker founder and CEO Clark Benson said.“But if you can tell Facebook what to target inside that 1 or 2 percent [that sees it], you can get a lot more lift.”
Next time you put a quarter into the jukebox at your corner bar, you won’t only hear a song; you may also see a programmatic ad.On Monday, TouchTunes — the company that owns over 63,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. — made the inventory on the machine programmatically available for the first time.Last year, over 1.1 billion songs were played on TouchTunes’ digital jukeboxes and its jukebox mobile app, according to Susan Danaher, the music network’s head of advertising, sales and marketing.“Previously, we were limited by direct sales in terms of how many advertisers we could talk to,” said Danaher.“But now, we can customize our offering on a more granular level for more advertisers.”TouchTunes is selling ads programmatically through both private marketplaces (mostly videos priced on effective cost per thousand impressions) and open exchanges.
VistaJet is now the first international private jet operator that lets clients book flights on WeChat.The company hopes its newly launched service on the mobile platform can replace the convenience of owning or renting a private plane by allowing affluent Chinese consumers to charter a private jet virtually in an instant.“For Chinese customers who require guaranteed aircraft availability 365 days a year, WeChat could genuinely become an alternative to ownership — merely instant message our team, and we’ll organise the rest, to your own specific taste.” Vista Jet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr said in a statement.The launch comes amid the rapid expansion of VistaJet’s business in the Great China region in 2016, where the number of Chinese clients now makes up 17 percent of their current global customer base.Heading into the year of 2017, the company’s growth has continued in the first quarter, when sales of flight hours doubled compared to the same period the year before.Flohr said VistaJet intends to use the WeChat service to continue this expansion by reaching out to China’s digitally active consumers and simplify the way they charter a private jet.
The larvae of the Galleria mellonella, also known as the greater wax moth, could hold the key to solving our plastic bag problem.Scientists from the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (CSIC), Spain and the University of Cambridge's department of Biochemistry have found that the caterpillar version of the moth has the ability to digest and break down polyethylene, the material most commonly used in plastic bags, according to Phys.org.That's good news for science, because recent discoveries, such as a gut bacteria, aren't able to do it as fast as the worms can, who munch their way through the bag while digesting them.And to ensure that it's not just a simple case of them eating the plastic without actually properly biodegrading it, scientists also mashed up the worms (ewww) and smeared the remains on the plastic, and discovered that the polymer chains in the plastic are actually being broken down.Instead of breeding horse-sized caterpillars to digest plastic, though, researchers plan to figure out just what exactly in the caterpillar -- be it the salivary glands or a symbiotic bacteria -- is breaking down the plastic.Once that's solved, it's possible to replicate the solution on an industrial scale.
A Silicon Valley “flying car” startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a “personal flying machine” this year.“Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality.We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them,” said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California.“Today we’re announcing our first prototype of The Flyer, a personal flying machine that will become available for sale by the end of 2017.”The video showed the single-seat aircraft -- with two pontoons and a spider web-like platform -- taking off from a lake at an undisclosed location and hovering above the water, where it is meant to be used.The craft, propelled by eight rotors, takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter.
LONDON — It was Kellyanne Conway who convinced Jimmy Wales toOn Tuesday, the Wikipedia cofounder announced Wikitribune, a new community-powered news outlet that aims to combat fake news and mistrust of the media — and he says it was remarks by the controversial Trump advisor who inadvertently pushed him to do"I've been thinking about this for quite a long time, I've been
Artificial intelligence and other technologies will cause people “more pain than happiness” over the next three decades, according to Jack Ma, the billionaire chairman and founder of Alibaba.“Social conflicts in the next three decades will have an impact on all sorts of industries and walks of life,” said Ma, speaking at an entrepreneurship conference in China about the job disruptions that would be created by automation and the internet.A key social conflict will be the rise of artificial intelligence and longer life expectancy, which will lead to an aging workforce fighting for fewer jobs.Ma, who is usually more optimistic in his presentations, issued the warning to encourage businesses to adapt or face problems in the future.He said that 15 years ago he gave hundreds of speeches warning about the impact of e-commerce on traditional retailers and few people listened because he wasn’t as well-known as he is now.“Machines should only do what humans cannot,” he said.
The enthusiast world is geeked for the debut of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, which will happen later this year.It's not terribly expensive, but what if it could be even cheaper?The latest Civic Type R rumor to leave the rumor mill is that the 2018 CTR will be offered in both base and Touring trims, as opposed to the 2017 CTR, which is offered in just Touring trim.The rumor comes by way of a HondaPro Jason tweet, a serious Honda enthusiast who's pretty reliable in these matters.Honda did not immediately return a request for comment, but automakers traditionally don't spill the beans on future product, even if it's just a lesser version of a model that already exists.When the 2017 Civic Type R Touring goes on sale this year, it should carry a price in the mid-$30,000 range.
Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO, ZoomA Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO, Zoom.Why would a Chinese immigrant work against all odds to journey from a small town in Shangdong province to the mecca of tech innovation Silicon Valley, put his time in working his way up the corporate ladder — all so that he could found a company that provides audio and video conferencing solutions in the face of an already crowded and well established market?The founder is Eric Yuan and the company he founded, Zoom, offers a service that unifies cloud video conferencing, online meetings, group messaging, and software-defined conference room solutions into one platform.“I told quite a few friends that I was going to start a company.Today the San Jose, CA-based company (just down the street from Cisco) has over 500 employees, and over 200% Y-O-Y revenue growth in 2016, servicing over 18 billion annual minutes, with 50% of the Fortune 500 and 90% of the top 200 Universities as customers, according to Yuan.
The ransomware that drove last year's boom in file-encrypting malware is back, and this time it's even harder to detect.Ransomware cost its victims some $1bn during 2016, with Locky one of the most widespread variants, infecting organisations across the globe.However, the start of 2017 saw a sudden decline in the distribution of Locky, to such an extent that another form of ransomware -- Cerber -- has usurped Locky's dominance.But after being all but written off, Locky is staging a comeback.Cybersecurity researchers at Cisco Talos have observed a surge in emails distributing Locky, with over 35 thousand emails sent in just a few hours.This time, however, the Locky campaign is harnessing an infection technique associated with the Dridex botnet, in an effort to boost the chance of compromising targets.
Feast of solo, multiplayer and online game modesMash-up approach to classic gameplayAdventure mode teachers you to play with skill and strategyAnother brilliant Switch sofa party gameAvailable on Nintendo Switch (version tested), PS4So, you’ve got yourself a PS4 or a brand spanking new Nintendo Switch.
As a supplier, Delphi is responsible for developing all manner of systems and selling them to automakers.Its latest might actually keep owners away from the dealership, at least some of the time.Delphi is working on over-the-air (OTA) software updates, which it hopes to sell to a number of automakers to help them gain an advantage as cars become increasingly digitalized, Bloomberg reports.It wouldn't be just for new cars, either -- Delphi's system reportedly works with cars from all the way back in 2010.It would permit these cars to update certain systems, whether it's engine control units or infotainment, wirelessly and without a trip to the dealer.Delphi hopes its new-car OTA systems could be put to use as early as 2020.