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Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Delivering Refrigerators

November 20, 2017

If you live in Southern California and you’ve ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck. Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California.

AI Can Help Apple Watch Predict High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea

November 20, 2017

The world’s most valuable company crammed a lot into the tablespoon-sized volume of an Apple Watch. There’s GPS, a heart-rate sensor, cellular connectivity, and computing resources that not long ago would have filled a desk-dwelling beige box. The wonder gadget doesn’t have a sphygmomanometer for measuring blood pressure or polysomnographic equipment found in a sleep lab—but thanks to machine learning, it might be able to help with their work.

China builds world's fastest wind tunnel to test weapons that could strike US within 14 minutes

November 19, 2017

China is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometres per second. A hypersonic vehicle flying at this speed from China could reach the west coast of the United States in less than 14 minutes.

8 cities where tech talent is outpacing job growth

November 17, 2017

Amazon is making headlines as it searches for a new city to call home for its second headquarters. And the obvious cities have been tossed around, such as Boston or San Francisco. But these popular tech cities come with more competition when it comes to scoring local talent - something to consider if your business is looking to expand or is suffering from an IT skills shortage.

Digital Infrastructure Should Be a Part of Any New U.S. Project, Experts Say

November 16, 2017

New and refurbished infrastructure -- whether it’s a road, a bridge, a rail line -- should be developed with a vision for the future, one that includes multiple layers of smart cities technologies, say public and industry experts. “If you’re going to rebuild the street, put the right sensors in it so we can make better decisions later.

Loss of U.S. Supercomputing Edge to China 'Worrying'

November 16, 2017

A recent list showing the United States losing out to China on the ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers has one former national security scientist concerned. “It is almost like a canary in the mine type of situation,” said Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park at Purdue University. “China has been very aggressive on this end of high performance computing.” And that is “worrying,” he added.

Bill would raise minimum salary for H-1B holders

November 16, 2017

A bill focused on “H-1B dependent” companies passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning -- another step toward the Trump administration’s promises to curtail a foreign worker program it says is rife with loopholes and threatens American jobs. A company is considered H-1B dependent if 15 percent or more of its workforce are H-1B holders.

Amazon's Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time

November 16, 2017

For the past year,  Amazon employees have been test driving Amazon Go, an experimental convenience store in downtown Seattle. The idea is to let consumers walk in, pick up items and then pay for them without ever standing in line at a cashier. Amazon is vague on the mechanics, but the store relies on a mobile app and some of the same sensing technology that powers self-driving cars to figure out who is buying what.

Technology invading nearly all U.S. jobs, even lower skilled

November 15, 2017

Forget robots. The real transformation taking place in nearly every workplace is the invasion of digital tools. The use of digital tools has increased, often dramatically, in 517 of 545 occupations since 2002, with a striking uptick in many lower-skilled occupations, according to a study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city

November 15, 2017

A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix. The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs.

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