Volkswagen Group isn't the first automaker to consider autonomous parking, but it could be the first to have it available on production vehicles.VW Group is currently testing an autonomous parking solution that it believes could arrive on production cars as early as 2020."Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers," said Johann Jungwirth, VW Group's Chief Digital Officer, in a statement."We therefore want to democratize the technology and make it accessible to as many people as possible."The system is pretty simple.Since it's not extending that autonomy beyond the garage, it can rely on simpler things like pictures to get around.
Social media is a fluid technology — nearly every day, the major social media networks are announcing a big change, coming under fire for the latest controversy or moving forward in smaller ways.Social Feed is a collection of those smaller changes that you may have missed with this week’s biggest news — like another app misusing Facebook data, Instagram’s new portrait mode, and Mark Zuckerberg dodging questions from Congress.Find Social Feed every weekend for the latest social news tidbits.While Zuckerberg already confirmed that the network had not seen a major impact in user count, another Facebook representative has expanded on that data, suggesting that the network hasn’t even seen a big shift in privacy permissions.Carolyn Everson, a vice president for global marketing at the company, says advertisers aren’t leaving the platform and that users haven’t had any “wild changes in behavior.”Boomerang is bouncing over to Facebook Camera, too
Compared to the wacky ideas of Microsoft or Apple or Google, who all seem bent on redefining what we consider a computer, ThinkPads are conservative and consistent.There are plenty of modern upgrades in this 2018 model: an eighth-generation Core i5 or i7 processor; Windows Precision trackpad; USB-C charging; far-field microphones for voice commands; and an optional touchscreen or HDR display (but unfortunately, not both at the same time).If you want a touchscreen, you have to stick with the 1080p panel, which comes with a standard webcam.It’s the soft-touch black model, which looks as rugged as it is (Lenovo boasts of it passing a dozen military-grade certification tests, along with 200 in-house tests, and the keyboard is spill resistant), but also collects my fingerprints and skin oils readily.Along each side of the laptop are a smattering of ports: two USB Type-C, a docking port, a USB Type-A, and an HDMI on the left; a headphone jack and another USB-A port on the right.Around back is a slot for a microSD card and where you’d put the SIM card for the optional integrated LTE modem.
Some bloke called Elon slurped $500m of itIt’s been a bumper few months for the commercial space industry with the torrent of cash from starry-eyed investors showing no signs of slowing, according to investment outfit, Space Angels.Nearly $1bn was handed to private space racers in the first quarter of 2018 - $975,799,660 to be precise.In a shock to nobody, a man named Elon Musk slurped more than half of that total cash pile with $500m from Fidelity Investments to develop Space X's satellite communications network, Starlink, amongst other things.Twenty more Series B and C deals were also signed in the opening quarter of the year.Satellite communications business, Global Eagle was a distant second in the investment stakes, scoring $150 million from UK-registered Searchlight Capital and tying with Spaceflight Inc., who intend to spend the cash expanding their launch management business and earth imaging satellite constellation (which goes by the not-at-all-creepy name Black Sky.)
Earlier today, Google emailed G Suite customers letting them know a new version of Gmail is on the way.The email was supposed to be ‘customer confidential,’ so naturally it’s already leaked all over the place.The G Suite email was light on specifics, but revealed a few key features coming with the update.In Google’s own words, here’s what’s new:A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the WebEasy Access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail
Google could be releasing a 4K Android TV dongle at its upcoming I/O conference, now less than a month away.An application filed with the US Federal Communications commission (FCC) has revealed that a 4K Android TV dongle is on the way.The application (spotted by Ausdroid) was filed by a company called Shenzhen SEI robotics, and shows both a teardrop-shaped dongle emblazoned with Google’s distinctive ‘G’ logo, and a remote with a dedicated Google Assistant button.Also listed are the full specs for the device.If it is an official product it joins Google’s Chromecast devices, which can already stream Full HD video, 4K, and audio to speakers from a mobile device.Android TV is a far more robust proposition, as an actual TV operating system, akin to Roku.
Carphone Warehouse's in-house network, iD Mobile, is giving you the chance to win one of four £5000 giftcards for Currys PC World.To qualify you'll need to purchase an iD SIM-only deal in the next four weeks, with a winner announced each week.iD's SIM-only deals start from as little as £3.99 per month, which gets you 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB of data.That's not a huge amount of data, but for £5 per month you can up that to 2.25GB and keep the 5000 text allowance, but minutes drop to 250.
Mark Zuckerberg served as a punching bag on Capitol Hill.For more than two hours, the Facebook CEO weathered slams from senators as he sat for the first of two sessions of Congressional testimony this week.On Tuesday, Zuckerberg sparred with a joint hearing of the Senate's Judiciary and Commerce committees.More than a few of the lawmakers used their five minutes of question time to blast Facebook and its 33-year-old billionaire founder.The voter profiling firm acquired the data of 87 million Facebook accounts and reportedly used it during the Brexit vote and 2016 presidential campaign.The scandal informed many of the questions, laced with biting remarks that criticized the company's failure to protect private information on its massive social network.
We’re very close to getting a one-stop-shop when it comes to cooking meals, thanks to a powerful new partnerships between Innit (the popular app that helps you plan personalized meals and gives you video instructions for not screwing them up) and Chef’d (the meal kit and ingredient store that offers more options than Blue Apron or Hello Fresh).Here’s how it works: Let’s say you have a jones for some tasty steak au poivre with roasted rosemary potatoes and green beans after seeing the recipe pop up on your Innit app.Poke a button, choose a delivery date, and checkout with Apple Pay or a credit card, and Chef’d will wrap up a New York strip steak, some peppercorns, fingerling potatoes, and assorted garnishes, and ship them right to your door.Once the ingredients arrive, foodies can simply scan a QR code right on the package to bring up Innit’s “Culinary GPS” video guidance to help them make their sweet steak dinner.It’s not exactly cheap — that fancy steak dinner will set you back $32 for couple’s night or $62 for a family dinner — but it’s still far more economical than eating out, plus the app helps save on prep time by providing premeasured ingredients.“We’re excited to be pioneering the next evolution of the meal kit industry through our partnership with Chef’d,” said Eugenio Minvielle, founder and president of Innit.
Andy Puddicombe’s voiceovers for Headspace, the guided meditation platform he cofounded eight years ago, aim to put users in a thoughtful, receptive state of mind.Last year, to make its programs more accessible to the masses, the company teamed up with production house Nexus for a series of animated videos.Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk with encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter, narrates the short films.His unassuming delivery and smooth British accent work in harmony with the campaign’s playful, often cheeky visuals.“Fortunately, the mind can be tamed … by having an awareness of when our attention has wandered off, and gently bringing it back with a kind and friendly hand.”Error loading player: No playable sources found
ZTE was probably thinking “two is always better than one” when designing its new concept phone, and deciding to add two notches.The ZTE Iceberg, as it’s referred to, has a notch on the top and bottom, according to renders shared by WinFuture, leaving the rest as an edge-to-edge display.The bottom notch contains the phone’s front-facing speaker, while the top notch contains a selfie camera, a sensor for ambient light, and an earpiece for phone calls.ZTE doesn’t stop the experiment there.Weirdly enough, the Iceberg also has raised edges of glass on each corner that give the phone a more angular look than the typical smartphone.It makes the phone look a little like it belongs in a museum as a futuristic artifact or like it’s encased in ice, hence the name Iceberg.
More and more people today, 50 percent in fact, are finding their work and personal lives intertwining, according to a global study commissioned by American Express.The brand always wants to ensure that its messaging is reflecting the world that its consumers are living in, so today American Express is launching what it describes as a “360-degree” marketing campaign and a new brand platform, “Powerful Backing: Don’t Do Business / Don’t Live Life Without It.”The new brand platform is designed to, “celebrate this new reality, that life and business are really interconnected and the unique role that American Express plays in helping support people today,” explained American Express CMO, Elizabeth Rutledge.“I have a strong belief that we are going to look back 10 years from now and that this time and this moment was transformational.I truly believe that we are witnessing a significant change in people’s relationship with work, how they earn a living and in particular how that intersects with their personal life,” Rutledge added.American Express then worked closely with agency Mcgarrybowen to develop a creative platform that would highlight the role that American Express plays in this new blended lifestyle that people are living.
You’re running a lot of your business on Windows Server today—mission-critical apps, Active Directory, Domain Name Servers, not to mention virtual machines and storage.For more than 20 years, in fact, Windows Server has been the operating system of choice for enterprise workloads.This guide shows you how you can use your Windows Server expertise to give your organization a boost in the age of cloud computing, addressing these topics and others:• Why move to the cloud?• What are some ways to use Azure for Windows Server workloads?• Who else is doing this?
This week in “The Machines Are Catching Up With Us,” researchers are saying deep learning tactics are improving our ability to predict severe weather events.In fact, with new advances in artificial intelligence, computers will soon be analyzing radar images to spot when dangerous hailstorms will hit with as much accuracy as a human meteorologist.Machine learning is one of the most fascinating growth fields in all of technology — and now, you can get in on this exploding area with this AI and Deep Learning package.Best of all, you can get this career-changing training from TNW Deals for practically any price you want to pay.No matter what you spend, you’ll automatically get the e-book Deep Learning with Hadoop.You’ll uncover how to use the Hadoop environment to create your own deep learning models, which work like a replicated neural network in the human brain to transfer and process information.
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider.To be the first to know, please click here.US consumers are more likely to use the voice assistant in their smartphones over the one in their smart speakers when at home, according to a new report from Fluent.Among smart home device owners, just 25% turn to such devices for information when in the home, while 47% default to their smartphone’s voice assistant.This signals that US consumers are willing to embrace smart home devices — 20% of American households own a smart home gadget — but they aren’t yet on track to reduce their reliance on smartphones when in the home.Consumers won’t shift voice assistant usage toward smart speakers until these homebound devices develop more unique use cases.
Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have flocked to their Facebook privacy settings to sever their connection to third-party apps that no longer wanted to have access to their data.But deleting them all took forever because you had to remove them one by one.Now Facebook has released a new way to select as many apps as you want, then remove them in bulk.The feature has rolled out on mobile and desktop, and Facebook also offers the option to delete any posts those apps have made to your profile.Facebook confirmed the launch to TechCrunch, pointing to its Newsroom and Developer Blog posts from the last few weeks that explained that “We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use.In the coming month, we’re going to make these choices more prominent and easier to manage.” Now we know what “easier” looks like.
Researchers in Scotland have discovered the dinosaur equivalent of humans stepping in fresh cement.A series of fascinating dinosaur tracks tracing back to 170 million years ago are still visible in a tidal area on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.This area was once a shallow lagoon.The tracks show herbivorous sauropods (relatives of the famous Brontosaurus), and theropods (older cousins of the even more famous Tyrannosaurus rex) once strolled through the muddy ground during the Middle Jurassic period.A team of researchers led by University of Edinburgh paleontology student Paige dePolo cataloged around 50 footprints.Drone photographs of the site helped the scientists analyze the fossil tracks.
The media-sharing app will disappear from your wrist-based device with the latest iOS update of the software.Instagram is the latest in a growing list of companies — Twitter, Amazon, eBay, Whole Foods, and Google Maps — that’s ended support for the Apple Watch version of their app.Instagram’s smartwatch app was built using the original watchOS 1 SDK, but Apple obsoleted this at the beginning of this month as it tries to push developers toward building native apps that will perform better on more recent iterations of the Apple Watch.Despite Apple warning companies about the change at the end of last year, Instagram neglected to update its app accordingly, causing it to disappear this week.The loss probably won’t come as a huge surprise to those familiar with the Apple Watch’s Instagram app.After all, the Facebook-owned company clearly didn’t have much time for it, with most new features for the iPhone version failing to make it to Apple Watch.
It's become a deadly autumn tradition in northern India: after the rains of the late summer monsoon subside, farmers set fires to their fields to clear stubble after the harvest and send choking smoke rolling across the countryside.Last year, the chief minister of the Delhi state likened the city to "a gas chamber."While crop burning has been illegal for years, there hasn't been a large enough deterrent to effectively crack down on the practice, in part because it's been difficult to measure exactly how much smoke from the fires is making it downwind to the city.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have demonstrated that in October and November, a peak burning season in nearby Punjab, about half of all pollution in Delhi can be attributed to agricultural fires on some days."On certain days during peak fire season, air pollution in Delhi is about 20 times higher than the threshold for safe air as defined by the World Health Organization," said Daniel H. Cusworth, a graduate student at SEAS and first author of the paper.To model how much of that pollution is coming from the fires, the researchers used satellite data from NASA to identify hotspots corresponding to active fires.
Imagine that you’re the driver of a four-door family sedan approaching a stop sign.As a result, you decide to let the bicyclist cross the road first, before you proceed to cautiously enter the intersection.Current methods allow you to visually identify the bicyclist, but training systems to recognize and understand complex negotiations on the road remain a challenge for the $10.3 trillion autonomous driving industry.In fact, autonomous driving represents “the single hardest computing problem the world has ever encountered,” as NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang admitted when he unveiled some of the world’s most powerful graphics processors during the GTC 2018 keynote in San Jose, California.Bridging the Real and the Virtual“The world drives 10 trillion miles per year,” Huang said in a pointed presentation — but Atsmon pointed out that self-driving cars only covered three million miles of roads last year.