Vacuum-maker Dyson is reportedly working on an electric car

UK-based vacuum maker Dyson is possibly working on an electric car, according to government documents that may have accidentally disclosed this information. According to The Guardian, th

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UK-based vacuum maker Dyson is possibly working on an electric car, according to government documents that may have accidentally disclosed this information. According to The Guardian, the UK government says it will shell out £174 million — or $246 million —€” in taxpayer funding to Dyson to develop “a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.” The company would create 500 jobs, mostly in engineering, but more importantly it would join of the ranks other untraditional automakers like Apple and Google in building a new generation of clean-powered cars.

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Redbox could launch a streaming service again

Redbox, the operator of DVD rental kiosks found in supermarkets and convenience stores, is reportedly attempting to launch a video streaming service again.

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Redbox, the operator of DVD rental kiosks found in supermarkets and convenience stores, is reportedly attempting to launch a video streaming service again.  The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., company is testing a new platform called Redbox Digital, which will compete with established video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple, according to a report in Variety on Thursday citing unnamed sources.

Redbox declined to confirm the news and said in a statement: “Redbox continually looks for ways to enhance our customer experience while maintaining our priority of managing our business for profitability and cash flow. … As such, we regularly conduct tests of potential offerings, as part of our ongoing commitment to provide value for our stakeholders.”  Redbox shuttered its first streaming service in 2014 after only 18 months. Redbox Instant, a partnership with Verizon, charged $6 a month to watch movies online, but the service proved unprofitable.  Analysts say Redbox struggled to compete with Netflix, which offered subscribers a wider array of content.  Redbox faces even more competition with the rise of Amazon’s streaming video platform, not to mention Netflix’s successful original programming.

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Google wins over its biggest cloud customer yet: Apple – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Apple is reportedly spending between $400 and $600 million for the services and will cut back on its dependency on Amazon Web Services.

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Apple recently began storing part of its iCloud and service data with Google’s cloud platform, according to CRN, citing sources close to the situation. Apple is spending between $400 and $600 million for the services. As a result, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker will cut back on its   A shift toward Google could indicate that Apple is in the midst of liberating its data from its competitors. Apple indicated on its earnings call in February that it is planning on building more of its own data centers, Apple has plans to open three new data centers within the next two years, giving the company a total of seven data centers globally. According to Re/Code, the team working on the project is known internally as “McQueen,” a reference to Steve McQueen in the film “The Great Escape.” The nickname alludes to Apple’s plan to break free from its competitors’ cloud services.  “We believe this build is a signal that Apple is increasingly likely to move away from AWS in the next 18-24 months,”dependency on Amazon Web Services (AWS), per the report.  

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Michael Kors New Smartwatches Making A Statement

Michael Kors has shown the world what he has planned in the wearables market with two watches that will ship in the Fall of 2016.

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Only two watches will make it to department stores and Michael Kors stores when they ship in the fall of 2016 ahead of the holiday shopping season. The wrists of women will have the opportunity to be adorned by a gold-plated wearable, while men will be treated to a sporty black number with both retailing for $395.   “We began by exploring a large number of designs, which we eventually narrowed down to a few body options,” Kors, chairman and chief creative officer, said. “There were many rounds of prototypes to get to the final product line.  “We looked closely at a range of colors and materials, so there were a lot of samples with various plating and material combinations before we arrived at the best options for both the watch and the straps. We also spent a lot of time exploring designs for the digital watch faces, because they’re an important part of what we are offering our customer.”   As each runs Android Wear, users will simply need either an Apple iPhone or one of the many Android options in order to get the true “smart” aspects from these timepieces. Those include but are not limited to: fitness/health tracking, text messages, email, and app notifications.  Both allow for customization  –  “It was important to us that the display watch was customizable, so users can incorporate their own personal style into their smartwatch,” Kors chairman and CEO John Idol told Mashable. “For example, through the day, customers will be able to change out straps or the watch face to reflect their mood or personal style.”   “Not only do we think the wearable technology business is going to grow in the future, we also saw the huge opportunity in the current space for products that look luxurious and focus on the design as well as functionality,” 

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Alphabet may ditch Boston Dynamics and its robot dreams

Frustrated with Boston Dynamics’ slow pace in building a marketable product, Google’s parent company Alphabet is apparently looking to unload robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics, which it acquired a little more than two years ago.

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Frustrated with Boston Dynamics’ slow pace in building a marketable product, Google’s parent company Alphabet is apparently looking to unload robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics, which it acquired a little more than two years ago.

Alphabet is cutting its losses and looking to unload the company, according to a Bloomberg report. The company is known for its four-legged Big Dog and a slow-moving humanoid robot that became a video sensation.  Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg also reported that Toyota Research Institute, a division of Toyota Motor Corp., and Amazon.com, which uses robots in its warehouses, are potential buyers.  Google bought Boston Dynamics with just a few weeks left in 2013 as part of a wide-ranging shopping spree of robotics companies.  The question remains, however, that if Alphabet sells Boston Dynamics, does that mean the company is backing away from robotics all together or simply offloading this one piece.

“If they’re selling Boston Dynamics, it would seem to me they’re moving away from robotics, as strange as that might sound,” said Jeff Kagan, an independent industry analyst. “I would think if Google was still interested in robotics, it would hang on to Boston Dynamics and possibly make another acquisition for shorter-term realization.”

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Everything to Know About Sony’s PlayStation VR Headset

Sony’s PlayStation VR virtual reality headset is coming out this year.

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More than 50 games will be available for the PlayStation VR this year  The device will compete with similar headsets from companies like Oculus and HTC. But instead of requiring a high-end, $1,000+ PC, PlayStation VR will be powered by users’ PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. The headset allows gamers to play titles in a more expansive and immersive environment.  The PlayStation VR will launch in October of this year for $399

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Bosch Joins Internet Of Things Race With New IoT Cloud Service

Bosch joins the cloud computing bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things. The company aims to have all of its electronics IoT- enabled through IoT Cloud by the year 2020.

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Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch’s IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.  Outside the home, the company’s IoT Suite also includes connected parking spots that allow consumers to reserve a spot prior to arriving, and auto-racing applications that could monitor essential racecar details even in a distance through a pit crew.

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Obama calls on tech industry at SXSW to help solve nation’s problems

AUSTIN — President Obama on Friday called on the tech industry to help solve some of Washington’s thorniest problems — from upgrading outdated federal networks to connecting rural classrooms to resolving the national privacy vs.

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President Obama called on the tech industry Friday to help solve some of Washington’s thorniest problems — from upgrading outdated federal networks to connecting rural classrooms to resolving the national privacy vs. security debate sparked by the current legal battle between Apple and the FBI.  “The reason I’m here is to recruit all of you,” he said. “We can start coming up with new platforms, new ideas across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems we’re facing today.”

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Intel buys 3D firm Replay for sports tech

Intel took another step into what CEO Brian Krzanich has called the digitization of sports with the purchase of 3-D video technology firm Replay Technologies on Wednesday.

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Intel took another step into what CEO Brian Krzanich has called the digitization of sports with the purchase of Israeli 3D video technology firm Replay Technologies on Wednesday.

Intel has been focusing on finding new technologies that make use of its chips and has been working with Tel Aviv-based Replay since 2013.  At an NBA All-Star weekend in February, Intel used Replay’s “free dimensional” or freeD video on TV and online. The tech creates “a seamless 3D video rendering of the court using 28 ultrahigh-definition cameras positioned around the arena and connected to Intel-based servers. This system allowed broadcasters to give fans a 360-degree view of key plays,”.

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Boeing’s self-cleaning lavatory zaps germs with UV light

It could be the cleanest bathroom in the sky, and you’d hardly have to touch a thing

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For those who are worried about the cleanliness of airplane bathrooms (and who isn’t?), Boeing is working on a solution. This week it unveiled a prototype of a self-cleaning lavatory that zaps germs with UV light.  The company says it uses far ultraviolet light to kill 99.9 percent of germs on the toilet, sink and other surfaces where bacteria can lurk. It claims three seconds of exposure to far UV light is enough to disinfect all the surfaces in the room.  Far UV is not the same wavelength as the potentially damaging UVA or UVB light that you might find in a tanning bed, for instance.   “In the prototype, we position the lights throughout the lavatory so that it floods the touch surfaces like the toilet seat, sink and countertops with the UV light once a person exits the lavatory. This sanitizing even helps eliminate odors.”

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