Monthly Archives: July 2018

You are browsing the site archives by month.

Leak provides early details for Trump’s proposed Space Force

Congress is still a long way off from greenlighting Trump's proposed Space Force, but that isn't stopping the Pentagon from outlining plans for the new military branch. Defense One has obtained a leaked draft proposal that reveals some of the potent…

These Production Stills From the Original The Fast and the Furious Are Amazing

While researching details and tracking down visuals for my Los Angeles street racing story earlier this month, I stumbled across the treasure trove of The Fast and the Furious production stills on IMDB. Each of them is beautiful and perfect, a true time capsule of early 2000s grunge fashion and I cannot resist sharing…

Read more…

Comment of the Day: Just Drain the Ocean and Drive Like an SR-71 Edition 

Having car troubles? Why drain the ocean when you could just go faster than the speed of a leak?

Read more…

Man accused of sabotage at Tesla brings his own lawsuit over defamation

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks on stage during the Westworld Featured Session during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (credit: Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)

Martin Tripp, an ex-Tesla technician whom the company has accused of hacking and sabotage, has now countersued his former employer and claimed that Tesla defamed him.

Since Tesla fired Tripp and sued him over a month ago for alleged trade secrets theft, he has since hired a New York attorney to help him file a formal whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CEO Elon Musk has suggested that there could be tens of “bad apples” who have also committed “sabotage” against the company in an apparent effort to thwart Tesla’s ambitious promised ramp-up to produce 5,000 Model 3s per week. In recent months the company mounted an unusual tent-like apparatus known as a Sprung structure that houses a new assembly line as part of its factory in Fremont, California.

Read 13 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Seattle judge blocks release of designs for 3D-printed guns

Today U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted a temporary restraining order sought by eight state attorneys general and the District of Columbia to block the sale of designs for 3D-printed guns. Based on a settlement between Defense Distributed and…

Apple Pay comes to 7-Eleven and CVS later in 2018

Apple Pay is making its way to two of its fiercest opponents. As part of Apple's financial results call, Tim Cook revealed that both 7-Eleven and CVS would introduce support for the tap-to-pay service (and, by extension, equivalents like Google Pay)…

Aeromexico Flight Crashes Shortly After Takeoff, 101 Aboard Reportedly Survive With 85 Injured (Updated)

An Aeromexico flight has crashed shortly after takeoff near Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Mexico. Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza reported the flight was carrying 97 passengers and four crew members. Government officials indicate there were no deaths in the…

Read more…

Aeromexico Flight Crashes Shortly After Takeoff, 101 Aboard Reportedly Survive

An Aeromexico flight has crashed shortly after takeoff near Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Mexico. Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza reported the flight was carrying 97 passengers and four crew members. Government officials indicate there were no deaths in the…

Read more…

Facebook could take on Musical.ly with singing-focused Talent Show

If you've been pining for a new way to show off your singing chops, you're in luck. Facebook is apparently developing a new show that will have users record their performances and send them in as an audition. According to researcher Jane Manchun Wong…

Waymo pilot program shows how self-driving cars could boost transit

Enlarge / One of the earliest families in Waymo’s public trial in Phoenix poses with a Waymo minivan. (credit: Waymo)

Waymo is about to launch a pilot program to explore how self-driving cars can be used in combination with public transit, the Google self-driving car unit announced on Tuesday. Starting in August, employees of Valley Metro, the agency that operates the Phoenix area’s bus and light rail systems, will be able to get Waymo rides to their nearest bus or light rail stop.

Eventually, Waymo hopes to open this service up to the general public, providing first- and last-mile service for customers who want to use transit but aren’t quite close enough to walk to the nearest stop.

Two visions for transit in a driverless future

An important question about the rise of self-driving cars is whether the technology will complement conventional public transit or replace it. Back in May, we talked to Thomas Bamonte, an official at the Central Texas Council of Governments. The council has been involved in self-driving transit projects in Texas, including the startup Drive.ai’s first shuttle service in the Dallas suburb of Frisco.

Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments