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The 2017 Lincoln Continental Allegedly has 40,000 Interested Buyers

With a design as head-turning as the 2015 Lincoln Continental concept, the Lincoln Motor Company surely knew it had a winner on its hands, but perhaps not this much of a winner.  The automaker revealed its all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental in January, a very subtle evolution of the original concept, and already the company says it has a list of 40,000 interested buyers. The report comes from Automotive News, which met with Dan Marks, chairman of the Lincoln National Dealer Council, at the  ...

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Samsung Patents Smart Contact Lenses With a Built-in Camera

Smart Eyes Samsung just took another step into science fiction. South Korea has just granted the tech giant a patent for contact lenses with a display that can project images straight into the user’s eye. The news comes from a Samsung-centric blog SamMobile. The lenses are equipped with a built-in camera and sensors that can be controlled simply by blinking. Content is sent to your smartphone through embedded antennas. This is where the data is processed. It seems that Samsung is developing  ...

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Singapore is Getting the World’s First Fully Autonomous Taxi Service This Year

Real Autonomy Car companies around the world are making impressive strides toward making autonomous cars a reality. And with the technology for these vehicles looming on the horizon, it’s prompting the public to reimagine how the technology will fundamentally shift our way of life and present new opportunities for peripheral industries. But despite this promise, the world has yet to see autonomous vehicles prove their real potential. We’re not looking for proof of the most basic  ...

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AltspaceVR wants to make VR chat sessions part of everyday life

There are plenty of ways to hang out with other people in VR, from competitive games like EVE: Valkyrie to the Gear VR’s group video streaming options. But one of the most fully developed platforms is AltspaceVR, a cross-platform virtual environment based around mirroring real-world social activities. After several months on the mobile Gear VR headset, AltspaceVR launched a few days ago on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, and it added support for the HTC Vive soon after.  ...

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Drones, News

FAA committee says small drones should be allowed to fly over cities and crowds

A working group commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration has released a set of recommendations for how small drones should be regulated, opening a path for commercial drone flight over populated cities, and even creating a special class of drones that would be allowed to fly over large crowds at low altitudes. The report argues that drones that weigh 250 grams or less should be allowed to fly with little to no restrictions, so long as they can prove there is a minimal chance of  ...

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This $10 Laser Uses Your Smartphone to Turn a Wheelchair into an Autonomous Vehicle

Infrared Systems Researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratoy (CSAIL) have developed a new infrared depth-sensing and rangefinding system that can work outdoors just as well as it can indoors. This is already a significant improvement in the technology, given that measuring distance using infrared-based systems can easily be disrupted by ambient light. To work properly, they need to be indoors and require low-light conditions. Needless to say they are  ...

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Mazda Patents Suggest a New RX-7 Could Be on the Way

Any list of “dearly departed” road cars cannot be complete without mention of the storied Mazda RX-7. For many enthusiasts, it was the pinnacle of Japanese sports car engineering, and much of that boiled down to its very special (and high-revving) Wankel rotary engine.  Mazda famously ended production of the Wankel in 2012, not particularly because it wanted to, but because it had to. The last-gen “Renesis” unit failed to pass muster in European emissions testing. Since then however, Mazda  ...

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Teach You to Play the Guitar

Real-Life Guitar Hero When different disciplines such as music and technology come together, they can spark remarkably interesting ideas. Thus, it’s no surprise to see that—for those of you who are aspiring musicians, avid guitar players, or anything in-between—there’s a new program out there that promises to help you master the guitar. Allen Van Wert, who is known as one of the fastest guitar pickers in the world, developed an artificial intelligence program called the Ultimate Picking  ...

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News, Video Games

Fallout 4’s second add-on changes up settlement life next week

Prepare to enter the Wasteland Workshop The next expansion for Fallout 4, "Wasteland Workshop," launches on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One April 12. Bethesda Game Studios debuted the add-on’s first trailer, viewable above, alongside the release date announcement. As previously detailed, "Wasteland Workshop" will cost $4.99; it’s also part of the larger Season Pass, which is now available for $49.99. The second of three planned content additions to  ...

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