Facial Recognition Could Replace Boarding Passes Within 4 Years

Illustration of how biometrics would workKeep your passport in your pocket.

By Rick Richardson

Goodbye, passport; so long, boarding pass. And get ready for this – your means of entry at airports could soon just be your face.

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Dan Tanciar, a deputy executive director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, said that biometrics for international travelers, which allow passengers to board a flight or clear passport control via a photo, are right around the corner.
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GM Plans a Car with No Steering Wheel in 2019

View from inside the vehicleA change in how federal safety standards are interpreted would be required.

By Rick Richardson

If the Department of Transportation grants GM's latest safety petition, the automaker will be able to deploy its no-steering-wheel, pedal-less autonomous car next year.

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GM has not only revealed what its level 4 self-driving vehicle would look like but also announced that it filed a safety petition to be able to deploy its utterly driverless version of Chevy Bolt, called Cruise AV, in 2019. The company describes it as "the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls."
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FCC OKs First Wireless Distant Charger

Diagram of how wireless charging worksThe technology differs from existing systems.

By Rick Richardson

Charging your mobile device wirelessly is undoubtedly less of a hassle than plugging it in, but still requires the device be in physical contact with its charging station actually to work.

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That’s about to change now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the first wireless charger that works from up to three feet away.

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Google, Rolls-Royce to Create Self-Piloting Ships

Illustration of self-piloting shipCars just need to replace one driver; ships have to take over for entire crews.

By Rick Richardson

Self-driving cars weren't even on the horizon a little more than a decade ago, but now it seems that every major automaker and the most prominent firms in Silicon Valley are hot on the trail of driverless cars.

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Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google’s parent), is widely considered the front-runner in autonomous driving. Waymo has compiled more than 3.5 million miles driven on the highways and byways of the U.S.
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Wireless Keyboard Never Needs Batteries

Mac and Wintel keyboardsSolar = forget about it.

By Rick Richardson

Wireless keyboards are the way to go but changing batteries or recharging your keyboard is a pain in the neck – even if you only have to do it once every month or two.

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What you might not know, however, is that there are wireless keyboards that never need to be recharged.
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Bitcoin Mining Uses More Electricity per Year Than Ireland

Electrical lines with city backdropThe price doesn't necessarily keep pace.

By Rick Richardson

The process of creating, tracking, verifying and reporting on the cryptocurrency transactions using bitcoin is called “mining.”

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The network of computers mining bitcoins uses more electricity in a year than the whole of Ireland, according to statistics released as the price of a bitcoin hit a new record high.

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