British Teenager Points Out Error in NASA Data

A 17-year-old British teenager pointed out a major error in a set of data that NASA collects from the International Space Station (ISS), the media reported. A-level student Miles Soloman from Tapton School in Sheffield, was working on the TimPix project – which lets school students in the Britain access data recorded by radiation detectors.…


Uber Says Customers Give Up Right to Sue When They Agree to Use Service

A US appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service. The case could have wider implications for Internet businesses, which often require customers to agree to bring disputes through private arbitration as part…


Google Pixel, Pixel XL Bluetooth Issue Fix Is Being Rolled Out

Ever since launch, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL users have been thronging the company’s product forums with several complaints related to audio failure, LTE connectivity issues, and even Bluetooth. Now, the company has rolled out a fix to one of these problems – the Bluetooth connectivity issue that caused connections to break without warning…


Facebook Messenger Adds Support for Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has been keeping itself busy lately, testing and rolling out new features for its apps. On Thursday, it was reported that the company was testing out Messenger-like text bubbles for its comment section. And earlier this month, Messenger got a Snapchat-like Stories feature, called Messenger Day. Now, Facebook has introduced two new features for…


BMW’s self-driving car will aim for full Level 5 autonomy by 2021

BMW says that the car it intends to field with self-driving tech by 2021 will have Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 capabilities, according to the automaker’s SVP of Autonomous Driving Elmar Frickenstein, who shared the info during a panel in Berlin on Thursday, Reuters reports. Level 5 autonomy would mean that the vehicle…


Amazon adds Alexa to its main shopping app

Amazon’s virtual assistant just got a much wider audience. The company announced it’s integrating Alexa into its main shopping app on iPhone, starting today with a full rollout expected by next week. The assistant can do more than just provide a voice interface to Amazon’s retail store, however – it can also control your smart…


CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna shines hope on the future of genetic modification at SXSW

Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of CRISPR Cas9 technology, or the ability to program genes using a special enzyme, spoke about the promises of this technology on stage at SXSW this afternoon. In a keynote today, Doudna noted that while this technology is very young (less than five years old), “it’s been deployed very rapidly for existing applications,”…


The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model

Four former reporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix India’s “broken” business media landscape and simultaneously prove that there’s an audience — and business — for paying for quality journalism in the country. Subscription-based media is thriving in the West. The New York Times has seen its digital subscription base swell following the election of President…


Oculus CTO John Carmack is suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million

The feud between Oculus and ZeniMax Media is opening back up once again, this time with the CTO of Oculus, John Carmack, suing his former employer for earnings that he claims are still owed to him. The suit is largely unrelated to the $6 billion trade secrets suit which ended last month with a $500 million judgment against…


Chowbotics raises $5 million for salad-making robots named Sally, of course

Chowbotics Inc. has landed $5 million in a Series A round of venture funding to develop what it’s calling food service robots. These are machines designed to prepare food in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, or food courts in airports, malls and hospitals. The company’s flagship product, Sally, is a salad-making robot that uses 20 different food canisters to…