Hitting the Books: How autonomous EVs could help solve climate change

In terms of our worst areas for carbon emissions, transportation and electricity production easily top the list. According to the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), transportation alone constitutes roughly 29 percent of the country’s total carbon emissions. That’s nearly a third of American emissions dedicated to moving vehicles around. We find this ratio relatively consistent…

Zappos’ pioneering ex-CEO Tony Hsieh dies at 46

Internet shopping just lost one of its most influential figures. TechCrunch has confirmed that Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of online shoe giant Zappos, died on November 27th at the age of 46 from injuries sustained in a house fire. He’s best known for helping to bring online apparel shopping into the mainstream, although he’s…

The Morning After: The best Black Friday deals that are still...

Black Friday is over, but many of the discounts are still available. Packing into stores is a riskier idea than usual this year, but we’re still keeping track of the best offers and continually updating posts to reflect which special offers are expired or any new ones that pop up. Check below for some of…

Recommended Reading: Using AI to create alarmingly realistic fake people

GPS rules everything. And it's getting a big upgradeJon Skillings, CNETSoon, the GPS system the world relies on will offer stronger signals powered by satellites that last longer and are easier to update. CNET explains how vital the system is to everyday life and what the upgrades will do.Meet GPT-3. It has learned to code…

Engadget readers get $200 off Roomba’s i7+ vacuum at Wellbots

We tested the i7+ when it came out and gave it a score of 87. This model has some bells and whistles that aren’t standard in other Roombas, the biggest one being the included Clean Base. That’s just iRobot’s name for the garbage-like attachment that sits on the home base of the i7+, and into…

A virtual company-wide hackathon is worth the investment

At our annual company retreat, we usually run a hackathon for our dev team. But this year (at our virtual retreat), we decided to expand the hackathon framework to the entire company. We took the basic premise of the hackathon — deep work on a single project — and used it to accelerate our progress…

Kamua’s AI-powered editor helps marketers embrace vertical video

A new AI-powered video-editing platform is preparing for launch, designed to help businesses, marketers, and creators automatically transform landscape-shot videos into a vertical format suitable for TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and all the rest. Founded out of London in 2019, Kamua wants to be aligned with tools such as Figma, a software design and prototyping tool…

AI Weekly: The state of machine learning in 2020

It’s hard to believe, but a year in which the unprecedented seemed to happen every day is just weeks from being over. In AI circles, the end of the calendar year means the rollout of annual reports aimed at defining progress, impact, and areas for improvement. The AI Index is due out in the coming…

The DeanBeat: My holiday tech gift guide for the pandemic

During the pandemic, we could all use some upgrades in our lives. Earlier this week, I recommended some gaming products that I’ve enjoyed during the lockdown. And now I’ve got some suggestions for tech that I’ve used to stay sane during a very difficult time. I love to write about technology in the service of…

Daniel Melville interview: What it feels like to have a Metal...

Daniel Melville was born without a right hand. But the 29-year-old man from Reading in the United Kingdom is ready to do some high-fives now that he has a new bionic arm. And it’s not just any bionic arm. It’s a real 3D-printed prosthetic based on the Metal Gear Solid video game series. Open Bionics…

Legalist (YC S16) Is Hiring a Chief of Staff

Why do I have to complete a CAPTCHA? Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. What can I do to prevent this in the future? If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to…

FlashFloppy: Open-source Firmware for floppy emulators

FlashFloppy is a floppy-drive emulator for the ubiquitous Gotek hardware. Connect to retro machines just like a real floppy drive but use disk images on a modern USB stick! Say goodbye to old and unreliable floppy disks Download and play from the disk-image archives for your retro machines FlashFloppy is the #1 floppy emulator: Supports…