Self-Driving Car Prototypes Need Less Human Help

Self-driving car prototypes appear to be getting better at negotiating California streets and highways without human backup drivers intervening, according to data made public Wednesday by California transportation regulators.

The data reflect safety-related incidents reported by 11 companies that have been testing more than 100 vehicles on public roads, primarily in the Silicon Valley neighborhoods where the technology has grown up. The reports were made to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, which posted them online.

The documents catalog the number of times from December 2015 through the end of November that humans took over control from a car’s software for safety reasons.

Waymo, as Google’s self-driving car project was recently rebranded, did far more testing than the other 10 companies combined — and had much greater success.

Its fleet drove itself more than 635,000 miles with 124 safety-related “disengagements,” which must be reported when the technology fails or the backup driver takes control out of concern the car is malfunctioning.

The Google project’s disengagement rate was the equivalent of two incidents every 10,000 miles, a notable decrease over the prior year, when there were eight disengagements per 10,000 miles.

“This four-fold improvement reflects the significant work we’ve been doing to make our software and hardware more capable and mature,” Dmitri Dolgov, Waymo’s head of self-driving technology wrote in a blog post .

Waymo’s chief critic acknowledged the improvement, but John Simpson of the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said the number of disengagements shows the cars still “simply aren’t ready to be released to roam our roads” without human backup drivers.

Other companies also showed improvements.

Nissan reported 28 disengagements over 4,099 miles, or 68 incidents per 10,000 miles — far better than the 106 in 1,485 miles (713 per 10,000 miles) it reported last year.

Cruise Automation, a startup acquired last year by General Motors, reported driving the second most test…
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Must Try: A Vegetarian Burger That Tastes and Bleeds Like Real Meat

Because of videos, documentaries, photos, and articles exposing the real deal of the meat industry, circulating easily around the internet world, the number of people turning vegans and vegetarians are on the rise. In fact, from data gathered by Ipsos MORI, the number of vegans and vegetarians has increased to 350% from 2006 to 2016.…
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Study Shows that Stressed-Out Dogs Love Bob Marley

If your dog is starting to annoy you with having no chill, barking, and running around like crazy, you might want to consider this new study of dogs being more relaxed when listening to reggae or slow rock music.  A study has shown that dogs are more relaxed when listening to reggae music. Scientists found…
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Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android

Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015. The apps are rooted in the Chrome browser, rather than the Android OS itself, and have until now been limited in scope. For example, Progressive Web Apps could only exist on the Android home screen. Google says the new Progressive Web Apps can appear in the app drawer section of the launcher, as well as be managed via the device’s settings. Progressive Web Apps will be able to receive incoming intents from other apps, and support full Android notifications (rather than Chrome notifications). Google said it hopes to eventually enable Progressive Web Apps for all browsers that function on Android. The new beta build of Chrome with Progressive Web Apps in tow is expected to become available in the days ahead.

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Sprint Flips On 3-Channel Carrier Aggregation for iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint gave some of its high-end smartphones a speed boost this week. The company added 3-channel carrier aggregation to the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and the LG V20 and G5. The HTC Bolt already supports 3xCA, and Sprint plans to update a half dozen more phones soon. The update, which binds together three spectrum bands, boosts potential top download speeds from 100 Mbps to more than 200 Mbps. Sprint says 2xCA is already available in some 250 markets and that it has added 3xCA to about 100 markets. The 3xCA technology will serve as the base for Sprint’s forthcoming HPUE network technology. Combining HPUE, 3xCA, 256 QAM, and MIMO can deliver 1 Gbps speeds, according to Sprint. Sprint will begin deploying HPUE in its 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41) later this year. The company said 55% of its post-paid phones will support HPUE by the end of this year, with the rest to follow in 2018.

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Firefox OS dies off

Firefox OS dies off

Way back in 2013 (was it really that long?!) we got our first look at the ZTE Open, a smartphone running on a whole new operating system from Mozilla – Firefox OS.

Today, just four years later, the entire connected devices division have been laid off and the project has been closed off. Around 50 people were working on Firefox OS last we heard, and Mozilla tell us that ..

We have shifted our internal approach to the Internet of Things opportunity to step back from a focus on launching and scaling commercial products to one focused on research and advanced development, dissolving our connected devices initiative and incorporating our Internet-of-Things explorations into an increased focus on emerging technologies.

The mobile OS hasn’t been pushed for over a year now and, if I’m honest it’s a bit of a shame. We’ve seen Windows Mobile / Windows Phone die off and now this. Even when I saw the rather underpowered ZTE Open for the very first time, the idea of a lightweight operating system using web technologies seemed to have a future – and it ran reasonably well on low-powered phones which would have struggled with Android. Sadly though, we quickly entered a world where even budget phones had very reasonable specifications and they were more than capable of running Android.

Imagine a phone powered by HTML5 though.. imagine how fast that thing could go.

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  • aLLreLi 4-port Travel Wall Adapter – Review

    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review
    You’re about to go on holiday, you’ve got everything – the sun lotion, the wet wipes (is that just me?) and your gadgets. Wait though, what about those travel adapters you bought? You put them in that “special place” didn’t you? Are they in the bottom of the suitcase or are they in the loft somewhere?

    And while we’re at it, should it be adapter or adaptor? Nobody seems to know. Some people reckon it’s an American English thing, but nobody really seems to know which one is right. Isn’t the English language fun?

    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review

    This is a clever 4 port charger which will pump out 6.8A / 5V total. It’s quite a tiddly thing too, measuring in at just 8.59 x 4.98 x 3 cm. So, if you get your credit card out and put it on the desk, it’s roughly that size but 3cm deep.

    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review

    For travelling it’s ideal because you slot in the appropriate plug for the country you’re visiting. You’ll probably need to check which country has which socket though, because that good ‘old British plug is what you need in the UK, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and a number of other places. An EU plug is supplied, as is an American one and an Australian one. No more travel adapters! You’ve got them all in the box.

    To connect it to the main charger, you just take the appropriate plug and slot it in. It’ll firmly connect and click into place – you remove it again by pressing the small white button at the base of the charger to release it. If all else fails and you lose the appropriate plug, you can either use a travel adapter along with another plug out of the box, or get something like this and plug it in – it’s a standard connector.

    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review

    The charger itself is fitted with “Smart Charging” cleverness which will stop your devices getting damaged but will, at the same time, charge the flip out of them. There’s over current protection built in and you’re get the fastest possible charging speed at up to 2.4 amps per port. Each device, and the maximum / safest charging voltage and amperage, is detected. Get to your hotel, plug it in, get your cables (not supplied) and whack in your phone(s), your tablet(s), your controllers, cameras, whatever you have. A blue LED will light up and you’ll get the best charge possible – whether there’s one or four devices in.

    The unit itself is plastic and lightweight. Couldn’t ask for more really. Top banana. Available from Amazon UK for £11.99 or Amazon USA for $16.99.

    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review
    aLLreLi 4 port Travel Wall Adapter   Review

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  • SkyPixel and DJI Celebrates their Anniversaries by a Photo Contest Blowout

    As technology picks up with the fast growing advancement of daily living, making memories last have been a central focus for inventions. To name a certain development that affects a person’s sentimentality, Cameras were born. Cameras have evolved numerous times — from a bulky sliding box invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, to the smallest GoPro…
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    Researchers Create Old and Obese ‘Modern’ Crash Test Dummies to Better Reflect ‘Realistic Americans’

    Crash test dummies used to have bodies like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike. However, there’s a new generation of crash test dummies coming out that will be older and packing more pounds to better reflect the present crop of American motorists. Researchers have revealed two new models that they believe will better reflect American society.…
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