The idea of jumping into a self-piloting flying taxi for a trip downtown sounded like the stuff of fantasy only a few years ago, but with so many companies now developing such a vehicle, it’s hard not to believe it’ll soon be a thing.And no, we’re not talking about some crackpot glueing a pair of wings onto an old banger and hoping for the best.We’re talking the likes of Airbus, Uber, and Toyota-backed Joby, all of whom are working on their own projects with the very same goal.Airbus’s single-passenger Vahana Alpha, for example, is an autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s already been several years in development.The Vahana Alpha One prototype took its first full-scale flight test in early 2018, and has since gone on to make well over 50 more.This week the Pendleton, Oregon-based team offered a tantalizing first glimpse of the Alpha Two, its second full-scale demonstrator aircraft and the first to feature a finished interior.
Richard Liu, the billionaire founder of China's JD.com and one of the richest men in China, is facing a rape accusation in a civil court from a University of Minnesota college student.Minneapolis prosecutors also decided not to launch criminal charges against Liu last December, citing insufficient evidence.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Richard Liu, the billionaire founder and CEO of JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant, faces a rape accusation in civil court from a college student in Minneapolis.Liu is accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, then a 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, while he was attending a business program there last summer.As far as the criminal justice system is concerned, Liu is free to go about his business as before.
Elon Musk’s Boring Company will soon be tunneling its way beneath Las Vegas.The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority voted on Wednesday to award the Boring Company a $48.6 million contract to build the LVCC Loop, a high-speed subterranean transportation system designed to whisk people around the giant Las Vegas Convention Center — one of the largest such centers in the world.Used year-round for a multitude of trade shows and conventions that include tech-focused CES, the system will connect the eastern edge of the convention complex’s South Hall with the LVCC New Exhibit Hall, according to Bloomberg.The mile-long route will include three stations, one of which will serve the center’s central and north exhibit halls.Up to 16 passengers at a time will be transported inside large electric vehicles with a chassis based on the Model X design built by Tesla, another Musk-owned company.Construction is due to begin as early as this September with a completion date slated for December 2020, in time for the CES bash in January 2021.
- A large-scale manufacturing process to improve food packaging and keep groceries fresher longer has received top honors at one of the world's largest technical conferences for the packaging industry.It was developed by a team of Purdue University researchers, led by Jeffrey Youngblood, a professor of materials engineering in Purdue's College of Engineering.Md Nuruddin, a graduate student on the team, received the award for best poster during PaperCon 2019 this month in Indianapolis."It is the world's largest technical conference for the paper and packaging industry," Nuruddin said.According to Credence Research, food packaging is a growing billion-dollar market, and overall predicted growth is expected to reach 6% by 2024.Advanced barrier coatings, which help to protect grocery items such as foods and beverages, are growing by as much as 45% each year.
Fujifilm's $10K GFX100 is the most versatile medium-format camera everGoogle Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom livesNASA wants your help bringing back pieces of a potentially hazardous asteroidAcer updates two notebook lines with Ryzen processorsGame of Thrones book by summer 2020, author vows, or 'imprison me'
Fujifilm follows up its 50-megapixel mirrorless medium-format GFX 50S and 50R models with the 102MP GFX100, both the least- and most-Fujifilm-like camera the company's delivered in quite a while.It's pure Fujifilm in the way it matters: very X-T3-like autofocus with fast-for-its-class continuous shooting, 4K video capture, plus the desirable five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization capability that it briefly debuted in last year's X-H1 but didn't appear in subsequent cameras.Oh, and the camera is the first to incorporate a medium-format BSI (backside illuminated) sensor, the architecture now used by many of the cameras shipping today which enables better low light sensitivity and the performance necessary to shoot 4K video or focus tracking while continuous shooting.Whether or not it's worth it depends on a lot of unknowns, including the sensor's dynamic range, image quality and general performance.Just like stepping up from a mainstream camera with an APS-C-size sensor to a larger full-frame model, upping from full-frame to medium format provides benefits like shallower depth-of-field for a given lens aperture and (usually) broader dynamic range because of the larger sensor, even though they cram more pixels into the sensor.In the short time I got to use it, the autofocus seemed quite snappy.
KaiOS has quickly become one of the most popular mobile platforms in the world, bringing smartphone-style features to cheap feature phones.The platform previously received a $22 million cash injection from Google last year, and it’s now received a $50 million round of funding.The funding round, led by Cathay Innovation, includes Google and TCL as well, according to an emailed press statement.So what will the team do with its cash injection?“With the Series B funding, Kai plans to expand into new markets, invest in product portfolio research and development, and expand its ecosystem by accelerating the growth of the KaiOS developer community; to further bridge the digital divide,” KaiOS Technologies explained in the statement.Google is bringing more than just money to KaiOS though, as it’s also delivered Youtube, Google Assistant, and Google Maps.
Fujifilm has just officially announced its next medium format camera, the GFX 100.The GFX 100 introduces some major leaps over the prior models, including a much higher resolution, in-body image stabilization, and much faster performance.It will be available starting on June 27th for $9,999.95.Inside that hulking, three-pound frame is a new, 102-megapixel sensor and that five-axis in-body image stabilization system, which Fujifilm claims provides up to 5.5 stops of shake correction.In addition, the GFX 100 is the first medium format camera with phase detection autofocus, greatly improving its autofocus performance over the prior GFX models.Fujifilm claims it provides performance gains of up to 210 percent over the contrast-detect systems in the GFX 50S and 50R.
Before NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft can reach out and grab a piece of asteroid Bennu, it needs to find a safe spot on the space rock's surface.And for that, NASA wants your help.Osiris-Rex, which arrived at Bennu on Dec. 3, 2018, aims to become the first US spacecraft to return a sample from an asteroid to Earth.Japan's Hayabusa mission brought back asteroid particles in 2010, with another asteroid-wrangling mission out of Japan under way this year.Since the NASA craft arrived at Bennu, the team has discovered an extremely rocky terrain that threatens the vehicle's safety."We ask for citizen scientists' help to evaluate this rugged terrain so that we can keep our spacecraft safe during sample collection operations."
Acer is beefing up a pair of its notebook lines with new chip muscle.The computer maker said Wednesday that the Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks would be powered by the second generation of AMD's Ryzen mobile processor.The announcement comes a week before the start of the Computex tech show in Taiwan.The Nitro 5 – a notebook aimed at gamers – is getting the second-generation Ryzen 7 3750H processor and the Radeon RX 560X graphics card."Users can expect stunning visuals and responsive performance from the new AMD technology," Acer said in a statement.The productivity-focused Swift 3 is getting the second-generation Ryzen 7 3700U processor and Radeon Vega graphics card.
Scaleworks isn’t your typical venture company.The San Antonio-based private equity firm acquires startups with between $4 million and $10 million in annual run rate (ARR) and works to grow them, while additionally extending 12-to-16-month venture loans to B2B businesses as much as six times their monthly recurring revenue.Scaleworks bought eight companies with its first $60 million fund, which collectively grew 52% to $80 million in revenue last year.In February, it launched a second fund — this one totaling $80 million — to snatch up startups with greater than $4 million in ARR, and one of the first acquisition targets was announced today.Scaleworks says it acquired SearchSpring, a privately-funded Colorado-based ecommerce company that provides AI-powered search and navigation products to direct-to-consumer brands like Moen, Kate Somerville, Volcom, Wet Seal, Natori, Bikini.com, Wildfox, Lime Crime, Wine Enthusiast, Charles & Colvard, SaintBernard Sports, and Bethesda Game Studios.Since its founding in 2007, SearchSpring says it’s powered over 9.2 billion searches.
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Now you can snag one for yourself, as we’ve just been alerted to a special sale on last year’s Botvac D6 Connected model at Best Buy, saving you $330 off the retail price through 10 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday.But the Botvac D6 is no slacker: we reviewed it last year and found its cleaning capabilities to be superior to most robot vacuums on the market right now.Other features include Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, and we were able to clean fairly large spaces without the need to empty after each use.In fact, we were going three or four days between emptying — and that was with us operating the vacuum on a daily basis.Of course, the app tells you when the D6 needs its dustbin emptied, so no need to check.The app also lets you map the interior of your home in order to keep the bot out of areas you don’t want it to go.
The only way to beat laziness is with guilt, and so that’s what Future sells.Future actually got me to the gym where my coach kicked my ass remotely with a 30 minute lifting routine I’d never have stuck to by myself.It’s probably the most expensive app you’ve ever seen, charging $150 per month.The remarkable retention and Future’s potential to become a gateway for your fitness and nutrition spending have roped in some big name investors.Other backers include Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, and Caffeinated Capital.Athletes are betting on Future’s promise of democratizing the personal training they get, including Golden State Warrior Sean Livingston, and NFL stars Ndamukong Suh and Kelvin Beachum.
A millennial with his finger on the pulse of a generation of young adults carving out their own paths, in careers and in life.As owner of ET Enterprises, Taylor has started and developed several companies, including the marketing and software firms MilliSense and GrowthHackers, the data-driven social-media platform PopSocial, the drug-addiction recovery app Hayver, and the charitable foundation, Southside Fund.And now he is set on applying those skills in an entirely new arena: the world of fine art.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As the chief executive of ET Enterprises, Taylor oversees several businesses, including the marketing and software firms MilliSense and GrowthHackers, the data-driven social-media platform PopSocial, the drug-addiction recovery app Hayver, and the Richmond, Virginia-based charitable foundation, Southside Fund.As a successful entrepreneur looking for tangible ways to invest his money, he decided to start collecting artwork.
Office 365 can generate a lot of questions from enterprise users, but few reach the magnitude — in volume, in exasperation — as, "Where do I save my files?"That's because corporate Office 365 subscriptions come with two competing destinations: the personal storage space managed by OneDrive for Business and the most unsettling public, or at least collaborative, document libraries of SharePoint and its mutating team sites.At one level, there's no right answer.As long as you save the document or file somewhere — assuming you can remember where that somewhere was — everything is good.But that won't make the question retreat.So we've tried to come up with a round-up of advice in the form of answers to the sub-queries underlying Office 365's biggest: Where does this document go?
When you’re setting up your battle station, peripherals like monitors, keyboards, mice, and headsets are almost as vital as your graphics card for getting the most enjoyment out of your games.These devices are what you actually use to interface with your computer’s hardware, and even the beefiest PC gaming build is wasted if you’re suffering with crappy accessories.Alienware is best known for its powerful PCs (both desktops and laptops), but it recently expanded into the world of gaming accessories in an effort to compete with market-dominant brands like Razer.A handful of these peripherals are on sale right now as part of Dell’s ongoing Memorial Day sale, and we’ve rounded them up below.These gaming deals feature discounts of up to $700, so whether you’re looking to upgrade to an ultrawide curved monitor or you just need to replace your old worn-out mouse and keyboard, check these out:Alienware 7.1 wireless gaming headset
Game of Thrones fans have been waiting and waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in author George R.R.Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.And although the HBO blockbuster show ended on May 19, there's still no sign of the new novel.But on Tuesday, Martin wrote about the book on his Not A Blog website, and he seems to have set himself a deadline.Martin was responding to a video from Air New Zealand offering him a free trip to that country so he can finish the book at long last."Point is, George, you've been saying, 'Winter is coming' for ages now," the video teases.
With Redmi set to announce its Redmi K20 in less than a week, the Xiaomi sub-brand has teased more details of its upcoming flagship on Weibo.According to the teasers, the Redmi K20 features a 4,000mAh battery.A listing on the Compulsory Certification of China reportedly revealed that the regular K20 features 18W fast charging, while a second version of the phone features 27W fast charging.Elsewhere, Redmi also teased an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Redmi K20.It’s a seventh-generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor that features a 15-percent larger scanning area and is 10-percent faster at unlocking relative to the previous generation.The seventh-generation scanner is also 30-percent more successful at unlocking under direct light and low temperature compared to the sixth-generation.
The WWDC 2019 presentation takes place at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, June 3 in San Jose, California.The weeklong conference will likely show off upcoming versions of iOS 13 and the latest MacOS as well as reveal new hardware.If previous years are any indication, the WWDC invitation usually hints at a theme or initiative Apple is likely to unveil.This year, there are five illustrated drawings each of an Animoji character: monkey, robot, skull, alien and unicorn.The artwork shows each character having their Animoji mind being literally blown with a puff of smoke projecting emojis, coding symbols and icons for things like Swift and Metal.In previous years, Apple has been criticized for its seeming lack of support of creative professionals.