Google’s unique self-driving cars will hit public streets this summer

Google’s unique self-driving cars will hit public streets this summer

Almost a year after it unveiled its first self-driving bubble car prototype, Google is finally ready to take it off the test track and let it loose on California’s public roads. In fact, the search giant says it has a “few” models ready to embark on the next phase of testing, which will see vehicles […]

‘Divinity: Original Sin’ casts its classic RPG spell on consoles

‘Divinity: Original Sin’ casts its classic RPG spell on consoles

Lots of people thought that Diablo 3 wouldn’t have been possible on consoles and it proved the best version of the title. Now it’s time to see if the same holds true of last year’s breakout role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin in the form of an Enhanced Edition. The decidedly old-school RPG’s getting a revamped […]

BT under pressure to sort out super-slow broadband installations

BT under pressure to sort out super-slow broadband installations

We all want super-fast internet in our homes, but for many people that’s borderline impossible, because there’s no fibre optic infrastructure in their area. When they’re told that a connection is finally available, it can also feel like forever before engineers set up the line. If you’ve been in a similar situation, then you might […]

European carriers could block internet ads for their own benefit

European carriers could block internet ads for their own benefit

While advertising has become a necessary evil, some companies have become specialists in helping you rid yourself of it. If you live in Europe, you could soon find help from an unlikely ally, after a Financial Times report noted that some operators are ready to block ads from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo on your smartphone. […]

What is a ‘phablet’ anyway?

The team at Vooza explain one of the most popular new gadget phrases of the past few years. I like the idea of Fonz-only tablet… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny […]

The Amazon Echo finally lets you shop with just your voice (sort of)

Given that the Amazon Echo voice-controlled assistant is made by, well, Amazon, it’s not too much of a stretch to assume you’d be able to use it to do some shopping, but so far that has not been possible. A firmware update pushed out today changes that by helping you reorder items you’ve previously purchased […]

iON Cameras and Contour merge to compete with GoPro

iON Cameras and Contour merge to compete with GoPro

iON Cameras and Contour — both specializing in action-based POV and wearable video cameras — have announced that they are merging. The companies have a combined global distribution in over 10,000 stores in 40 countries and will be in a better position to give dominant competitor GoPro a run for its money. The Contour and iON brands will co-exist while […]

Medium just made it easier to keep up with your favorite topics

Medium has today added a neat feature to help you keep up with the topics you’re interested in. Instead of just following specific users, you can now follow tags too. There’s a new follow button on the top right of dedicated pages for tags. Click on it, and you’ll see stories related to that tag […]

MIT researchers create an algorithm that removes digicam photo reflections

Professional photographers understand the complexities of compensating for errant reflections when shooting a scene through a window. But what about the rest of us who are using arguably less than stellar equipment for the same kinds of shots? MIT researchers are getting ready to present a new algorithm — at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in June — […]

NTT Docomo’s Iris Scan Phone

NTT Docomo’s Iris Scan Phone

By Alexander Martin A model for Japan’s mobile communication giant NTT Docomo demonstrates unlocking the company’s new Arrows NX F-04Q smartphone with an iris scan during a press preview in Tokyo. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Forget passcodes or fingerprint scans. Now you can unlock a smartphone with the blink of an eye. Japan’s largest mobile carrier, […]

Slack Opens European HQ in Dublin

Slack Opens European HQ in Dublin

By Lisa Fleisher CONNECT Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. Slack Slack, the fast-growing messaging service popular in workplaces, has opened up a European office in Dublin, a hot city for U.S. tech firms. Slack on Thursday said it would hire 100 people over the next two years in Dublin, which will “play a central role in […]

Chambers’ Final Cisco Call Covers Deer, Golf and Trademark Themes

Chambers’ Final Cisco Call Covers Deer, Golf and Trademark Themes

By Don Clark CONNECT John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.  Steve Marcus/Reuters John Chambers has never been stingy with words during Cisco Systems ‘ quarterly earnings calls. The CEO didn’t disappoint Wednesday afternoon during his swan song to a packed session, which included an ode to a very large […]

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