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Google Co-Founder's Flying Car Takes Off

Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available later this year

(Newser) - Airbus' flying car might have competition. Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley startup named for the location of the Wright brothers' first controlled flight and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has revealed its flying car prototype and says buyers will be able to get their hands on a similar design... More »

The Key to Easy Life Insurance: a Selfie?

Insurance companies testing facial analytics

(Newser) - A selfie reveals more than whether it's a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you're aging, and, when paired with other data, could someday help determine whether you qualify for life insurance, the AP reports. Several life insurance companies... More »

Why These Immigrants Gravitate to Math, Science

The age one came to the US plays a role

(Newser) - It's formally called the Regeneron Student Talent Search, but it's more casually known as the "Junior Nobel"—and the high schooler who wins the elite science prize walks with $250,000. A study on last year's finalists turned up something interesting, reports Teen Vogue : 83%... More »

The 10 Best Jobs in the US

They pay well and are gratifying

(Newser) - A career in technology is a good way to go, according to Glassdoor . The jobs site has ranked the 50 best jobs in the country based on average starting salary, job satisfaction, and the number of available positions, with "highly skilled" professions in tech, health care, and finance dominating... More »

Tech Bigwigs Headed to NYC for Trump Tech Summit

It could be 'super awkward'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has invited some of the biggest names in tech to a summit at NYC's Trump Tower on Wednesday, and a good number of them have RSVP'd yes, per USA Today and Investor's Business Daily . Reported "ayes" are Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Apple's Tim... More »

Data Specialist Spends All Day Getting 'Smart' Kettle to Work

Twitter heats up before the kettle does

(Newser) - English data specialist Mark Rittman just wanted hot water for his 9am tea, but one thing led to another and it wasn't until dinnertime that he managed to fully diagnose the problem with his WiFi-enabled "smart" kettle, hack a workaround, and use voice control to tell his kettle... More »

Go Ahead, Bend Panasonic's New Battery Over and Over

Flexible battery made for watches now, perhaps smartphones down the line

(Newser) - A flexible lithium-ion battery that can be used in a wide array of consumer devices may be closer to market than ever. At the Ceatac technology expo in Japan, Panasonic showed off its new bendable battery, for now designed for "card-type and wearable devices" such as watches and fitness... More »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

One Company Still Makes VCRs. It's About to Stop

Goodbye, old friend

(Newser) - It's the end of an era—which you probably thought ended years ago. The last maker of the VCR (that's videocassette recorder for the lucky souls who never had to deal with rewinding a movie because the person who watched it before you didn't) will kill production... More »

Monster $32B Tech Deal Came Together in 2 Weeks

Sprint parent SoftBank bid for ARM Holdings is its latest move into 'Internet of Things'

(Newser) - SoftBank, owner of Sprint, wants to make further inroads into the "Internet of Things," and it hopes the $32 billion acquisition it just made will help it achieve that end. Per the AP , the Japanese tech company has purchased Britain's ARM Holdings , a firm that designs the... More »

Everything You Need to Know About Pokémon Go

Just make sure you don't break your foot

(Newser) - Pokémon Go has proven to be a hit with players since it launched in the US, Australia, and New Zealand last week. The augmented reality smartphone game also is a "certified financial hit," writes the Atlantic . Need proof? Just look at Nintendo, which owns a 32% stake... More »

IBM Supercomputer to Help 10K Veterans Beat Cancer

First Watson competed on 'Jeopardy!'; now it's being brought into VA facilities

(Newser) - In January, President Obama handed the reins to Joe Biden to head a "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer , and a major step toward that end has just been made. Per Fortune , IBM will donate its Watson supercomputer technology—the same technology that beat humans on Jeopardy!, CNET notes—to... More »

Result of Nest's 'Virtually Unlimited' Budget: Goose Egg

After Nest CEO announces departure, details trickle out about Google, employee woes

(Newser) - Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest—the smart-thermostat manufacturer sold to Google two years ago for $3.2 billion—announced Friday he was leaving to work as an adviser to Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (Google and Nest's parent company), the AP reports. And as more details leak, it... More »

America's Nuke Program Runs on Floppy Disks

And not even the tiny ones

(Newser) - To anyone born after 1995, the floppy disk is better known as that thing that resembles the "save" icon. To the Pentagon, it's the gizmo that controls America's nukes. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds US government agencies spend $60 billion a year operating and... More »

Girls Beat Boys in Federal Tech Test

But only 43% of 21,500 students tested as technologically literate

(Newser) - For the first time, a federal test measured tech skills for America's students—and the girls handily beat the boys in nearly every category, per US News & World Report . On the National Assessment of Educational Progress engineering and technology exam, given in 2014 to 21,500 eighth-graders from... More »

Domino's Now Has a Pizza- Delivery Droid

Meet DRU

(Newser) - Self-driving cars seem nice, but an Australian tech startup that usually builds robotic targets for live-fire military training has just announced what we've really been waiting for: a pizza-delivery robot, courtesy of Domino's, reports Engadget . Meet DRU (Domino's Robotic Unit) , an autonomous 3-foot-tall delivery vehicle (currently in... More »

John Oliver Devotes Whole Show to Apple Encryption Tiff

'Think of the government as your dad,' show host warns

(Newser) - First John Oliver took on Donald Trump . Now the HBO host is taking on Apple, the government, and encryption, a safeguard he labeled on Sunday's Last Week Tonight as "the best way to keep people from reading your emails short of making the subject line 'Fwd: Fwd:... More »

How to ID a Terrorist: V Signs?

Scientists say everyone's hand geometry is different and may help ID terrorists

(Newser) - Trying to ID masked terrorists appearing in propaganda or execution videos is one of counterterrorism's biggest obstacles. But a researcher at Jordan's Mutah University and his team think they've found one physical tell that could prove invaluable: the victory sign formed by making the letter "V"... More »

Finally, a Car That Makes Potholes All but Disappear

The tech is available for the first time in midsize non-luxury cars

(Newser) - Potholes aren't just uncomfortable to drive over: The damage caused by them costs America's drivers $3 billion annually, reports the American Automobile Association in a study it released Wednesday. Good thing, then, that Ford's 2017 Fusion V6 Sport sedan should be able to handle them. The American... More »

Your Pilot May Not Remember How to Fly a Plane

Feds warn about skills fading away as automation takes over

(Newser) - Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Probably not at the helm of a commercial flight, according to a new Department of Transportation report . It finds that automation has driven manual flying mostly out of the cockpit, leading to concerns that pilots may not be getting enough training to... More »

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