Tom Brant

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Uber Unveils Personal Airplane Design and Plans Tests in 2020
Uber

Uber Unveils Personal Airplane Design and Plans Tests in 2020

The electric plane will be able to take off and land vertically, and Uber hopes to have a fleet of 50 ready for testing in Dallas and Dubai by 2020.
Amazon Offers 'Lex' Chatbot Platform to Devs
Amazon

Amazon Offers 'Lex' Chatbot Platform to Devs

Developers will be able to create their own chatbots using the same language processing that powers Amazon's own Alexa voice assistant.
Facebook Unveils Updated Surround 360 Cameras
Facebook

Facebook Unveils Updated Surround 360 Cameras

Aimed at professional filmmakers, the cameras allow audience members to move around within a 360-degree scene, instead of being stuck in the camera's original position.
Forget Typing: Facebook Teases Internet Mind Control
Facebook

Forget Typing: Facebook Teases Internet Mind Control

You could also be able to listen to speech and other sounds using an artificial skin. It's all part of Facebook's advanced Building 8 research efforts.
Facebook Really Wants to Beam Internet From Planes
Facebook

Facebook Really Wants to Beam Internet From Planes

Even as it faces setbacks with its high-flying drone, Facebook is looking toward other efforts to beam internet from the sky to under-connected areas of the world.
Facebook Brings Social VR to Oculus Rift
Facebook

Facebook Brings Social VR to Oculus Rift

The new Facebook Spaces app, in a closed beta, is the company's latest offering for people who want to share photos and videos with their friends online.
Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks
Facebook

Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks

Updates to the bot platform for Facebook Messenger will let you play a song directly from Spotify and ask questions of small businesses, among other new features.
Now You'll Really Never Get One: Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Edition
Nintendo

Now You'll Really Never Get One: Nintendo Discontinues NES Classic Edition

The last shipments of the console, a miniature version of the original NES that plays games compatible with today's HDTVs, will arrive in stores this month.
Elon Musk Teases Tesla Semi and Pickup Trucks
Elon Musk

Elon Musk Teases Tesla Semi and Pickup Trucks

The Tesla CEO said the semi truck will be unveiled in September, while the pickup will be ready in 18 to 24 months.
Yelp Tests Robot Food Deliveries
Yelp

Yelp Tests Robot Food Deliveries

Bots from Marble, a San Francisco startup, are now delivering orders from Yelp's Eat24 app, dodging pedestrians and other obstacles along the way.
Qualcomm Must Refund BlackBerry $815 Million in Fees
BlackBerry

Qualcomm Must Refund BlackBerry $815 Million in Fees

Qualcomm is also the recipient of a lawsuit from Apple and the subject of multiple government investigations into its business practices.
GM's Autonomous Super Cruise Arrives This Fall
General Motors

GM's Autonomous Super Cruise Arrives This Fall

The feature, available first on the Cadillac CT6, will allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel and let the car steer itself on the highway.
GameStop Investigates Breach of Customer Payment Data
Hacks

GameStop Investigates Breach of Customer Payment Data

The company is investigating a report that data for payment cards used at Gamestop.com has shown up for sale online.
Nab an Adidas 3D-Printed Sneaker This Fall
3D Printers

Nab an Adidas 3D-Printed Sneaker This Fall

The company's first production shoe with a 3D-printed design uses a technology that was originally conceived in the 1980s for rear-projection TVs.
Ford's Crib Concept Tricks Babies Into Falling Asleep
Ford

Ford's Crib Concept Tricks Babies Into Falling Asleep

If your kid is prone to falling asleep during a car ride, this crib could save you a lot of time -- if you can get one, that is.