The privacy-friendly search engine DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China, company CEO Gabriel Weinberg has told Tech in Asia. Weinberg said he was unsure of when the blockade began, but Chinese censorship monitor Greatfire.org suggests it started early this month. In China, where local search operations […]
HTC has been rumored to be partnering with Google on the next Nexus tablet for a while now, and today we’re hearing more confirmation on that front. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that Google has selected HTC over other manufacturers for its upcoming tablet, with HTC executives flying to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to work on the project.
I recently started to collect retro video games, mostly classic 16-bit stuff. One of the issues here, after you have made up your mind about the console systems you want to collect is to decide whether you want to limit the collection to a certain region. Do you only want to collect European PAL games, […]
Autonomous aircraft are likely to be the future of air travel, but we’re not quite there yet; even with autopilot systems in place, most airplanes are designed with human pilots in mind. South Korean researchers may have a clever robotic stopgap, however. Their tiny PIBOT automaton uses a mixture of flight data and visuals to fly using real controls. It still needs intervention shortly before touchdown, but it can otherwise take to the skies as well as many organic air crews — it may even be a bit better in a few areas, since it uses its camera to align neatly with the runway on takeoff and landing.
This pint-size machine is only flying a simulator right now, and it’s certainly not going to captain an airliner any time soon. However, its creators are only getting started. Besides giving PIBOT enough skill to tackle every stage of flight, they’re already translating its skill to real (if remote-controlled) aircraft. It’s not hard to envision a future where robots stand in for flesh-and-bone pilots in aircraft that can’t easily be retrofitted to fly on their own.
India looks like it has netted its third notable startup exit this year, after Yahoo swooped to purchase Bookpad, a one-year-old company that hosts cloud-based documents, according to local media. Economic Times reports that the deal is worth $8.3 million, while rival publication Times of India speculates a much higher price of $15 million. The acquisition — which is still to be confirmed by the US internet giant — would represent Yahoo’s first in India. It comes some nine months after Facebook bought its first startup from India — Little Eye Labs — in a deal worth $10 million-$15 million; Google was also active in…