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Waymo's goal with its autonomous-driving, ride-hailing program

Alphabet's Waymo is now offering rides in its autonomous minivans to users in Phoenix. Here is what it hopes to find out.

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How NASA's A.I. moonshots idea could help your enterprise

Every few weeks, a group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., meets to talk about how artificial intelligence can be used to make what might seem like crazy ideas a reality. This is the JPL's informal A.I....

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CEOs rate productivity 'very low' from emerging tech

CEOs and other senior enterprise managers rated four breakthrough technologies "very low" in terms of productivity improvement in the next five years, according to a Gartner survey.

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OK, Google, let's put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home now recognizes who you are when you talk to it. This technology is too powerful and useful to leave at Home.

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Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and...

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Blockchain used to power Brooklyn microgrid for solar energy re-sale

Siemens and a Brooklyn-based energy start-up have created a blockchain-based microgrid for residents of three neighborhoods to sell energy from rooftop solar panels to each other and the utility.

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Blockchain: Overhyped buzzword or real-deal enterprise solution?

While blockchain technology may be a hotspot in data privacy, experts disagree about whether it’s a good fit for enterprises that have traditionally relied on centralized data control.

Quantum computing advances toward the enterprise

It may still sound like science fiction, but quantum computing could be a reality within a decade.

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Review: da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D printer produces good quality, multi-colored objects

The da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix is XZYprinting's first fused filament, fabrication 3D printer capable of using two different colored filaments at the same time. While quality is still average, this machine is surprisingly capable.

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With robots on the job, it won't be IT as usual

With more companies welcoming robots into the workforce, IT managers need to start prepping for the changes coming their way.

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Samsung's Bixby voice assistant won't ship with Galaxy S8 on April 21

Samsung's highly promoted Bixby voice assistant won't be shipping with Galaxy S8 on April 21, as previously announced.

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Boeing turns to 3D-printed parts to save millions on its 787 Dreamliner

Boeing will begin using at least four, and perhaps as many as 1,000, 3D-printed titanium parts to construct its new 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft

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New guidelines point to an augmented future

The augmented reality guidelines will promote interoperability, their creators said.

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New ransomware demanded high score on anime-style shooter game not bitcoins

No bitcoins? No problem for victims of Rensenware...just reach an astronomically high score in lunatic difficulty mode and encrypted files would be automatically decrypted.

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Six in 10 people believe their lives will improve with autonomous vehicles

A new study shows connected and autonomous vehicles will transform most people's lives by, among other things, reducing the stress of driving; reducing accidents; and lowering insurance costs.

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Mingis on Tech: Energy microgrids, what's up with Apple -- and drones!

Here's one way to re-build the electric grid: Do it piecemeal with microgrids. With that squared away, we turn to figuring out what Apple is up to and check out DJI's new Mavic drone.

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Coal plummets to 1978 levels as renewables climb

For the first time since 2009, U.S. energy production declined mainly due to fossil fuel – and particularly coal -- production dropping 7% over the past year.

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Tesla to begin taking orders for its solar roof shingles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk today tweeted an update on the sale of his company's latest product, roof shingles that double as solar power generators.

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Elon Musk’s next venture may link human brains with computers

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may be preparing to launch a new company that will develop technology to neurologically link human brains to computers.

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Solar power-related jobs in U.S. grew 25% in 2016

New data from The Solar Foundation’s annual job census show the number of jobs in the U.S. solar-power industry grew at historic levels in 44 states.

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