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House Passes Self Drive Act, Bipartisan Driverless Car Bill, Paving Way for Driverless Trucks

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved landmark self-driving car legislation, the SELF DRIVE Act. The legislation, H.R. 3388, is the first bill passed at the federal level to address self-driving technology. aims to improve consumer safety by reducing...
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WhatsApp Nets More Than One Billion Daily Users

Messaging app WhatsApp now averages more than one billion daily users each day, according to parent company Facebook. Facebook made this revelation in its Q2 2017 earnings report, stating that WhatsApp users now send 55 billion messages and 4.5...
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Tech Firms Urge FCC to Shelve Plans to Reverse Net Neutrality Rules

The Internet Association, a group representing major tech firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, on Monday urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end plans to reverse 2015 rules prohibiting ISPs from manipulating the speed of consumers...
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London-Based Startup Blockchain Receives $40M in VC Funding – Largest Series B in Fintech Yet

London-based startup Blockchain, a leading software platform for digital assets, announced last week that they have raised a Series B of $40 million with Lakestar and GV (formerly Google Ventures) with additional participation from Nokota Management and Digital Currency...
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Phillips Lighting Debuts ‘World’s First’ Autonomous Indoor Drone

Philips Lighting, a provider of lighting solutions, announced on Friday what it called “the first application” of an autonomous, indoor drone that uses Visible Light Communication (VLC technology) from Philips Lighting to navigate. The drone, developed by Blue Jay, can...
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Qualcomm Demonstrates Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles in Motion

Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., on Thursday demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically...
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HPE Unveils ‘World’s Largest Single-Memory Computer’ Capable of Holding 160 Terabytes of Data

Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday introduced what it called “the world’s largest single-memory computer,” the latest milestone in The Machine research project (The Machine). The Machine, which is the largest R&D program in the history of the company, is...
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Courier Company Hermes Trials Self-Driving Delivery Robots in London

Courier company Hermes announced last week it is partnering with Starship Technologies to launch a testing program for the use of self-driving delivery robots in the London borough of Southwark. Hermes Germany and Starship Technologies have earlier tested parcel delivery...
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Annual Cap on H-1B Visa For High-Skilled Workers Maxes Out in Only Five Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Friday it has attained a cap of 85,000 H1-B visa applications for the fiscal year, only five days after opening the new application period. H-1B visas are often granted to foreign tech workers,...
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Toyota to Invest $35 Million in Research to Develop Advanced Materials With AI, Machine Learning

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor North America, said Thursday it will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years in research that...
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Swift Navigation, Carnegie Robotics Collaborate on Navigation Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power autonomous vehicles, is teaming up with Carnegie Robotics, makers of robotic components and systems. This technology-focused alliance will yield a line of navigation products for autonomous vehicles, outdoor...
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Bosch Collaborates With Nvidia on AI for Autonomous Vehicles

As the race to develop the ultimate self-driving vehicle heats up, Bosch said Monday it is teaming up with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. Bosch, the world's largest automotive supplier, said the AI onboard...
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Raytheon, DARPA Partner on Project to Protect US Power Grid Against Cyberattack

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, has awarded Raytheon multiple contracts to research and develop technologies that will detect and respond to cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid infrastructure. The contracts, which total $9 million,...
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Siemens, LO3 Energy Collaborate on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Blockchain Microgrids

Siemens and New York startup LO3 Energy said Monday they are collaborating in the field of innovative microgrids. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop microgrids that enable local energy trading based on blockchain technology. Siemens is involving...
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Engineers Fabricate World’s ‘First’ Semiconductor-Free Microelectronic Device

A team of researchers in the Applied Electromagnetics Group led by electrical engineering professor Dan Sievenpiper at UC San Diego say they have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device. Using metamaterials, the engineers were able to build a microscale...
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Tesla Acquires Germany’s Grohmann Engineering to Boost In-House Automated Manufacturing

Electric carmaker Tesla said Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, an engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation. Grohmann Engineering develops automated manufacturing systems for batteries and fuel cells, and will...
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Dept. of Energy Awards $32 Million in Funding for Connected Tech Resulting in Energy Efficiency

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on Wednesday announced up to $32 million in funding for what it called “10 innovative projects,” part of its newest program: Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR). With...
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U.S. Education Department Launches EdSim Challenge: Seeks Next-Gen Educational Simulations

The U.S. Department of Education has launched the EdSim Challenge, which it says is aimed at stimulating the marketplace for computer-generated virtual and augmented reality educational experiences that combine existing and future technologies with skill-building content and embedded assessment. EdSim...
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IBM Drives Machine Learning Into the Mainstream With Watson-Enabled Platforms

IBM is firing on all gears in its quest to drive machine learning into the mainstream. The company announced a string of collaborations on Tuesday, all powered by Watson, its technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine...
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AIM Introduces New RFID Standard for Healthcare Industry

AIM, the worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing information, educational resources and standards to providers and users of these technologies for nearly half a century, announced Wednesday the release of Medical Electrical Equipment & System Electromagnetic Immunity...
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Amazon Introduces $2.5 Million Alexa Prize AI Competition

Amazon announced Thursday the launch of the Alexa Prize, an annual university competition dedicated to accelerating the field of conversational artificial intelligence (AI). The goal of the inaugural competition is to build a “socialbot” on Alexa that will converse with...
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China Unveils World’s Largest Radio Telescope

The largest radio telescope in the world was opened for business on Sunday in a mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to China's official Xinhua News. FAST is believed to be the world's most sensitive radio telescope. Engineers...
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Guardtime Federal, Galois get $1.8M Federal Contract to Verify Blockchain-Based Integrity Monitoring System

Guardtime Federal and Galois announced Tuesday that they have jointly been awarded a $1.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to verify the correctness of Guardtime’s Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI). The contract will fund a significant...
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DARPA Seeks Proposals to Develop City-Wide Drone Dragnet Systems

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals for wide area surveillance of small unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in urban terrain. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in systems for performing these...
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Google’s Project Zero Prize: Hack Android Device and Win $200,000

Google announced Tuesday that it is starting a new contest to capitalize on the success of previous vulnerability programs. The Project Zero Prize is aimed at finding a vulnerability or bug chain that achieves remote code execution on multiple...
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Airbus Plans to Test Autonomous Flying Taxis by 2017

First, Uber came up with the concept of self-driving taxis, now, the world’s second largest aeronautical company says it is working on an “air taxi.” Airbus group says it is developing the CityAirbus, an autonomous air taxi for individual passenger...
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Department of Housing, Comcast Partner to Offer Internet Services to 2 Million Households

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative said today that public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, the company’s high-speed internet adoption program...
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Microsoft, Researchers Claim ‘Record’ Feat In DNA Storage

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Washington say they have reached what they call “an early but important milestone in DNA storage by storing a record 200 megabytes of data on the molecular strands.” According to Microsoft, the impressive...
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DARPA’s Drone Intelligence Enables Drones Travel In Flocks

In what it called “collaborative unmanned air systems,” the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working on technology that will enable drones fly together  in a flock or in formation. According to DARPA, its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment...
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China’s 93 Petaflop Supercomputer Outranks Others: Processor Locally Made

China has retained its dominance as the country with the fastest computer, this time, with the Sunway TaihuLight at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China. This machine has a normal performance range of 93 petaflops, peak performance of...
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Quantifind Channels Machine Learning To Help Marketers Increase Revenue

Quantifind, a data-centric technology company, today announced general availability of SIGNUM Analysis, a cloud-based, self-service analytics application that gives marketers a new way to identify consumer data that drives business performance. SIGNUM is built on Quantifind’s explanatory analytics technology, which...
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Airline Industry To Develop New Black Box Tech For Better Data Recovery

The airline industry today pledged to agree to standards by the end of the year for faster recovery of data to help investigators determine the cause of air accidents. A French ship picked up a signal from one of the...
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Hitachi’s AI Technology Enables Dialogue In Japanese

Hitachi announced today that it has developed a basic artificial intelligence (AI) technology that analyzes huge volumes of Japanese text data on issues that are subject to debate, and presents in Japanese both affirmative and negative opinions on those...
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FAA To Test British Drone-Jamming Device At US Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting ready to test a UK-developed system with the capacity to jam signals to small drones. This is part of the efforts by the FAA to find solutions for detecting small, unmanned aerial...
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This Insect-Like Drone Can Perch Anywhere

A tiny drone referred to as a micro aerial vehicle (MAV) by researchers can fly, hover, and even perch on surfaces, according to a publication in the journal Science. The researchers behind the device say it has numerous applications, including...
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Australian Claims He Invented bitcoin: Skepticism Prevails

Craig Wright, an Australian tech entrepreneur, has identified himself as the creator of controversial digital currency bitcoin on Monday, but experts remain divided over whether he really is the elusive person who has gone by the name of Satoshi...
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Microsoft Goes The DNA Storage Route; Partners With Twist Bioscience

Microsoft has given the green light for the acquisition of 10 million strands of DNA from Twist Bioscience, which the company plans to use to encode digital data. Twist Bioscience, a San Francisco-based forensic startup that manufactures storage-ready DNA,...
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Self-Driving Trucks Powered By Smart Technology Successfully Complete Trip Across Europe

A fleet of self-driving trucks from major manufacturers like Volvo and Daimler has completed the first ever cross-border trip made by a convoy of largely autonomous vehicles. This feat, which saw the trucks drive across Europe, is the first...
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WhatsApp Implements End-To-End Encryption For Its Over 1 Billion Users

Following the latest updates, end-to-end encryption is now available to WhatsApp’s over 1 billion users when they use the app. This means that nobody - not the police, hackers, or even WhatsApp or its owner Facebook - can read...
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Adobe Prepares Urgent Patch For Flash Vulnerability

Adobe announced April 5 that it would soon issue an emergency update for its widely used Flash Player software due to a flaw which, if left unfixed, could let a remote attacker hijack an entire computer. This update may...
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BBC Gives Out Micro Bit Computers To One Million Youngsters To ‘Inspire’ Next-Gen Coders

BBC is making good on a promise it made in May 2015 to distribute tiny computers to one million children with the intention of “inspiring” them to embrace coding. The tiny devices, called Micro Bits, can be plugged into...
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Linkedln, Google, Others Publish New SMTP Strict Transport Security For Email

Engineers from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Comcast, LinkedIn and 1&1 Mail & Media Development & Technology have collaborated to improve email security through the development of the SMTP Strict Transport Security. This is a new mechanism that allows email providers...
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Dyson To Invest $1.4bn In Battery Tech Over Next Five Years

Dyson, the UK-based producer of vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, has announced plans to invest £1 billion ($1.4 billion) into battery technology over the next five years following “exceptional growth” in 2015. This move follows a 20 percent rise in...
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Seagate Unveils 10TB Hard Drive For Cloud Data Centers

SeagateTechnologies announced Wednesday the launch of a 10-terabyte helium-filled enterprise-class 3.5-inch hard drive. The helium-filled Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5-inch HDD incorporates seven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) platters with 1.43 TB capacity each as well as 14 heads. The manufacturer...
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Researchers Can Now Access Yahoo’s Largest Machine Learning Dataset

Yahoo announced Thursday the public release of what it called “the largest-ever machine learning dataset to the research community.” The dataset stands at a massive ~110B events (13.5TB uncompressed) of anonymized user-news item interaction data, collected by recording the...
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Lenovo, Google Partner To Develop Project Tango Smartphone

Lenovo and Google announced a partnership Thursday to create a new smartphone that makes use of a 3D augmented reality technology known as Project Tango. The next-generation sensors developed by the two companies were fully displayed for the first time...
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ACE Develops Data Recovery Solution for Failed WD Self-Encrypted Drives

ACE Data Recovery, provider of hard drive data recovery services, has developed a custom hardware/software solution that can recover data from failed encrypted Western Digital hard drives. ACE adds an ability to extract self-encrypted data from not only external My...
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Kroll Ontrack Offers Data Recovery Discount for Select Storage Devices

With dangerous storms causing historic flooding and property damage in Missouri, Illinois, Texas and many other Midwest and Southern states, Kroll Ontrack, a provider of technology-driven services, is offering free diagnosis and an $850 flat fee for data recovery...
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DriveSavers Recovers Nearly 200 Floppy Disks Belonging to Star Trek Creator

DriveSavers, providers of data recovery, eDiscovery and digital forensic services, said Monday that the company has recovered nearly 200 floppy disks belonging to Star Trek creator—the late Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry created scripts for the futuristic show on a typewriter. And...
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Juniper Networks Hack May Have Exposed Encrypted Government Data

The recent breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were behind the infiltration. They may have been able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government...
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Lottery Software In Several States Hacked By Insider

Eddie Tipton, a former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been convicted of fraud for fixing one jackpot in Des Moines.  Prosecutors allege his scheme extended far beyond Iowa, and he may have tampered with lottery drawings...
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Seattle Virtual-Reality Startup Bags $6 Million VC Fund

Pixvana, a Seattle-based virtual-reality video technology startup, has recently received $6 million in funding from investors. The startup aims to create web-based tools to improve virtual-reality video for film and television studios and other media companies, according to Forest Key,...
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Only In Tokyo – Good Drones Catch Bad Drones With Net

Seems like everywhere you look these days, you literally trip over a drone. Even though the technology is still evolving, drones are increasingly being deployed for a wide variety of uses - ranging from photography, exploration and package delivery,...
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Silicon Valley Investors Push Artificial-Intelligence Research Center

Select Silicon Valley investors and allied technology companies revealed Friday they are set to establish an artificial-intelligence research center to develop what they referred to as “digital intelligence,” to "benefit humanity." The organization which is to be named OpenAI, will...
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Chinese UAV Company Tout’s “World’s Most Powerful” Drone Computer

DJI, a China-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer has released what it calls the “most powerful computer designed for drones.” The Manifold is an embedded computer equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 processor. The computer “enables developers to transform...
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Tesla’s New Autopilot System Averts Head-0n Collision

A Tesla Model S P85D owner, Jon Hall, an Uber driver, posted a dash cam video on YouTube that seems to demonstrate how the autopilot technology works by helping him avoid a near head-on collision with another vehicle. Hall was...
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Tor Project Launches Tor Messenger, Anonymous Chat App

The Tor Project, a non-profit which runs the Tor network, a system of routes and servers designed to disguise Internet activity, has launched the beta version of Tor Messenger, an encrypted message client. This new project is aimed at those...
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Google to merge Chrome OS and Android

A new report in The Wall Street Journal indicates that Google plans to merge Chrome OS and Android by 2017. Chrome OS is the operating system that currently runs on Chromebooks. Chromebooks will get a new name and an...
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Library of Congress Rulings Greenlight Device Jailbreaking

Vehicle owners, security experts and enthusiasts can now legally tinker with their gadgets due to several exemptions granted by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) this week. Car companies predictably are not pleased with this action was previously banned in...
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Galaxy View Largest Commercial Android Device, Touts Samsung

Samsung Electronics unveiled the Samsung Galaxy View on Wednesday, which it called the “largest Android mobile device on the market.” The Galaxy View has a 18.4” Full HD screen, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage (with...
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Senate Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Bill: Eschews Amendments

Despite months of advocacy by privacy organizations asking Congress to either reform or kill the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) due to privacy concerns, the bill passed the senate on Tuesday in a 74-21 vote. Basically, companies will have increased...
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Self-Driving Cars? Check Out These Self-Driving Pods!

Two Italian researchers have developed a concept for a new mode of autonomous public transportation which may be released in 2020. The researchers, Tommaso Gecchelina and Emmanuele Spera are collaborating to develop Next, which are self-driving pods that can...
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Walmart to Test-Drive Drone Delivery

Wal-Mart is set to test the use of drones for home delivery, checking warehouse inventories and curbside pickup. The retail giant applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for these purposes, which means it plans to...
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Machine-Learning Artificial Intelligence to Handle Google Queries

This may be a new setup in the whole search algorithm equation, but Google has introduced a machine-learning artificial intelligence named RankBrain to process as much as 15 percent of daily search results. While this is not a replacement...
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Tesla Model S Equipped With New Autopilot Software For More Hands-off Driving

Owners of Tesla’s Model S sedan in North America experienced a radical software upgrade to their vehicle as the company “pushed” out a suite of semi-autonomous technology that allows the vehicle perform some of the driving duties once exclusively...
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RWE Seeks to Establish Lemonbeat as International Communications Protocol for Smart Devices

RWE Effizienz GmbH, a provider of smart solutions for energy efficiency and electricity storage solutions, is currently seeking to make the Lemonbeat smart Device Language (LsDL) - its homegrown communications protocol for smart devices - the new international communications...