Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home – a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be cleaned, recharged, and sent back out into the air. This drone is doing the nearly impossible: it’s flying and landing autonomously and can fly again and again without human intervention and it’s doing it all inside a self-contained unit that is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. The company that… Read More

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Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos just became the richest person in modern history

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history. The Amazon.com Inc. founder’s net worth broke US$150 billion in New York on Monday morning, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That’s about US$55 billion more than Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest person. Bezos, 54, has now topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms. The US$100 billion mark that Gates hit briefly in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom would be worth about US$149 billion in today’s dollars. That makes the Amazon chief executive officer richer than anyone else on earth since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking. Bezos crossed the threshold just as… Read More

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Jurassic World Evolution: How To Unlock Indominus Rex

Jurassic World Evolution is a dream come true for a fan of theme park builders as well as someone who likes dinosaurs. Frontier, the developers behind Roller Coaster Tycoon and Planet Coaster, have a new game that puts players in control of the five islands of death mentioned in the Jurassic Park franchise as they repopulate the islands with dinosaurs and try to succeed where Jurassic Park founder John Hammond couldn’t. The game is narrated by Dr. Ian Malcolm, voiced by Jeff Goldblum who reprises his role from the film franchise. He has a unique dialogue for many things in the game, including the Indominus Rex. The Indominus Rex is… Read More

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When In Rome is the first Alexa-powered board game

Years ago, in the heyday of home video, I played a boardgames that used VHS tapes and electronic parts to help spur the action along. From Candy Land VCR to Captain Power, game makers were doing the best they could with a new technology. Now, thanks to Alexa, they can try something even cooler – board games that talk back. The first company to try this is Voice Originals. Their new game, When In Rome, is a family board game that pits two teams against each other in a race to travel the world. The game itself consists of a board and a few colored pieces and the real magic… Read More

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Should I buy the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 wireless headphones?

The bottom line: Not everyone needs headphones dripping with tech. The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 are solid wireless headphones that don’t have active noise cancelling, jaw-dropping battery life or aptX HD. However, they are comfortable, sound and look good, and last a solid 19 hours between charges. B&O also takes it usual approach to materials too. If something looks like metal, it is metal. Those leather pads? They are real leather, not synthetic stuff. At their launch price the BeoPlay H4 might be a tough sell in a world of super-advanced headphones like the Sony WH-1000xm2. But you can sometimes find them on sale under their standard price online.… Read More

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