How Google Maps Can Help You Avoid Speeding Tickets

Screenshot of speed functionUser report results finally make their way into the app.

By Rick Richardson

Drivers will soon have an extra set of eyes on the road, courtesy of Google.

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Google’s navigation app, Google Maps, is starting to roll out speed limit and speed trap features.
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IBM’s New Quantum Computer Could Make History

It might not change EVERYthing, but it doesn't have to.

By Rick Richardson

IBM recently debuted its System One quantum computer. It’s not the biggest or most powerful computer the company makes.

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But IBM thinks it’s the one that’ll end up in a museum 50 years from now, and it’s hard not to agree. The IBM Q System One consolidates thousands of components into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment.
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5G is Coming: Ford Leads the Way

Ford wants its cars to ‘talk’ and ‘listen’ to each other by 2022.

By Rick Richardson

Several companies demonstrated C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) communications technology developed by Qualcomm at CES 2019. But Ford may be the most aggressive in bringing C-V2X to market.

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C-V2X is the latest incarnation of so-called vehicle-to-everything (V2X), a communications technology that allows cars to “talk” to each other and infrastructure.
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What’s Ahead for the Smart Home in 2019?

Asian woman using smart refrigeratorLook for more "smart services."

By Rick Richardson

We’re early in the year, so this might be a good time to propose some predictions for tomorrow’s smart home.

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Video Kills the Telephone Call. The proliferation of smart speakers has continued unabated nearly since their inception, but recently we’ve seen a new feature taking center stage on these do-it-all devices – video.
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The New $99 Tax Service for the Masses

Page of calendar showing date of 15th“Taxes should be as easy as ordering a cab.”

By Rick Richardson

The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible.

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Unlike Dr. Jack Kevorkian (remember “Doctor Death”), Visor won’t kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high-end tax advisors that most Americans can’t even access to get help filing and paying their taxes. It’s like having a personalized accountant for the cost of a high-end, do-it-yourself tax-prep service.
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RCS: What It Is and Why You Might Want It

Young businessman typing on smartphoneSitting out this dance? Apple.

By Rick Richardson

A lot of people have become bored with SMS messaging, and the tech industry is very aware of it.

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While services such as Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger and the WhatsApp app allow you to add photos, GIFs and videos to your messages, they are not universal solutions – for example, you can’t send a WhatsApp message if your correspondent uses Facebook Messenger. The answer – or so Google and other companies are hoping – is Rich Communications Services or RCS.
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Honda Reveals Fluoride Battery Breakthrough

Battery life illustrationThe "someday" technology becomes more practical.

By Rick Richardson

Honda Research Institute has announced a breakthrough battery chemistry developed in collaboration with California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers.

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The technology, which was detailed in a newly published study, has a better eco-footprint while enabling the use of higher energy density materials in comparison to existing battery tech.
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Software Will Determine Who Wins the Driving Experience Battle

Driver using software on phone in carIf you don't have to focus on the road, how will you spend your time?

By Rick Richardson

Sirius XM’s recent all-stock $3.5 billion purchase of the music-streaming service Pandora raised a lot of eyebrows.

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A big question was why Sirius paid so much. Is Pandora’s music library and customer base worth that amount?
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Vaporize Invisible Smartphone Filth

Shark Tank fans should jump on this one.

By Rick Richardson

Some people are entirely unaware of just how filthy their smartphones are. Other people know full well that smartphones are a hotbed for bacteria, but they still don’t bother to do anything about it.

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The PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer is a device that was initially funded on Shark Tank that should be an essential accessory for every smartphone owner. It’s a box that blasts your phone with UV light, killing 99.99 percent of bacteria on both sides and the edges of your phone.
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Be Weaponized

Illustration of computer security threatsThat's a good thing.

By Rick Richardson

Artificial intelligence has the potential to bring a select set of advanced techniques to the table when it comes to cyber offense, researchers say.

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Last week, researchers from Darktrace said that the current threat landscape is full of everything from opportunistic attacks from teen hackers to advanced, state-sponsored assaults, and in the latter sense, attacks continue to evolve.
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Quantum ‘Compass’ Promises GPS-Free Navigation

Quantum compass navigationWhy does it matter? For one, pirates.

By Rick Richardson

British scientists have developed a self-contained and tamperproof "quantum compass" that doesn't rely on GPS signals to provide a highly accurate measure of where it is in the world.

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The compass is a quantum accelerometer that is capable of measuring tiny shifts in supercooled atoms and so calculate how far and how fast the device has moved. Having a device like the quantum compass aboard a ship, the captain knows exactly where his ship is without having to rely on orbiting satellites.
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190 Universities Launch 600 Free Online Courses

MOOC logoHarvard and MIT are among the participants.

By Rick Richardson

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free).

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These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.
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MIT Investing $1 Billion in AI College

MIT AI collegeStudents can enroll next fall.

By Rick Richardson

Ever since the beginning of the artificial intelligence (AI) boom in the early 2010s, there’s been a corresponding drought in talented AI developers and researchers.

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The way to fix this is to educate more of them, and last month, MIT announced a $1 billion initiative to do exactly that: It will establish a new college of computing to train the next generation of machine learning mavens.
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