Technology 

Tesla isn’t the self-driving leader you might think it is – Roadshow

The self-driving status quo has been upended, according to a new study. The latest Autonomous Driving Leaderboard has been released by Navigant Research. It’s a visual indicator of the companies on the bleeding edge of self-driving technology. It also indicates which of them have the resources and industry clout to take their ideas all the way from the drawing board to the market.  Take a moment to think about which companies you feel are closest to bringing self-driving vehicles to market. Names such as Tesla and Apple will likely come to…

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Alibaba hits back at US over market blacklist – CNET

Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder, has urged the Chinese government to crack down on counterfeiters on more than one occasion. VCG via Getty Images The Office of the US Trade Representative has blacklisted Alibaba’s popular online shopping platform again this year over its problem with fake goods. And Alibaba is not happy. The Chinese e-commerce titan published a point-by-point rebuttal in response to the US Trade Representative’s 2017 list of notorious markets released Friday, on which its eBay-like Taobao platform is listed for the second consecutive year. China has long had a…

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Entertainment 

Avengers 4 set: Captain America & Iron Man with ANT-MAN in the past – How is it possible?

The can apparently be no doubt by now that Avengers 4 will involve a major alternate timeline or some serious time-travelling. Previous images from the Atlanta set have clearly shown Chris Hemsworth as an old-school Thor with long, flowing hair. The new images show Chris Evans as a very clean-cut and brightly uniformed Captain America with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. The setting and their costumes appear to place them in the destroyed New York shown at the end of the first 2012 Avengers movie. There is absolutely no way…

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Technology 

Titan AI Robot Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Titan The Titan’s shape reminds me a little of an old-fashioned TV, which belies this “bot’s” intentions to be on the cutting edge. The Titan AI Robot combines the functionalities of a smart speaker with a touchscreen — similar to the Amazon Echo Show ($229.99 at Amazon.com). Titan seeks to stand out with facial and speech recognition that supposedly help the device interpret your mood and respond accordingly. Titan’s AI uses that information to make food, movie and music recommendations based on how you’re feeling. Titan is also launching an…

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Avengers Infinity War: Did the trailer give away the plot? Chris Hemsworth SPEAKS OUT

A few weeks ago the long-awaited first teaser for Avengers Infinity War landed, becoming the most watched trailer ever with 230 million views in a day. Since then Marvel fans have been dissecting the footage, frame by frame, to work out what’s in store for the film’s plot. Now Thor star Hemsworth has spoken out on the new trailer, claiming it doesn’t actually reveal much. Speaking with IGN, the actor said: “It doesn’t give much away, for sure, because I remember watching it going, ‘Aw, it doesn’t tell people enough.’…

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10 Facts 

Frankenstein: Top 10 things you never knew about the legendary horror

1. The movie database imdb.com lists 70 full-length films with “Frankenstein” in the title, plus another 100 or so shorts or TV episodes. 2. Mary Shelley wrote the book when she and her not-yet husband Percy Shelley were visiting Lord Byron in Switzerland. 3. She subtitled it The Modern Prometheus after the mythologal Titan who is said to have created man from clay. 4. Despite the impression given by horror films, Mary Shelley’s monster was actually very eloquent. 5. The first edition was published anonymously and only 500 copies were…

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Space 

Op-ed | An argument for space fission reactors

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2017 of SpaceNews magazine. America’s space program has long held a special place in the public’s imagination, but NASA missions are limited by budget constraints. NASA must use its funding wisely to implement balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop enabling technologies, such as technologies to power future NASA missions. Speaking as the former project manager of three successful missions — Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini — and the canceled Prometheus-Icy Moons Orbiter, I have a unique perspective to share. Space nuclear power has long…

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China wants debt-ridden LeEco founder home but he’s saying no – CNET

China wants Jia Yueting home to settle his debts, but he won’t listen. VCG China’s deadline for the founder of embattled LeEco to return home has passed, but Jia Yueting is still nowhere in sight — at least, not in the country. Jia won’t be returning to China because he has to stay in the US to oversee and drive “many tasks” relating to the development of the FF91, but he has requested for his brother to meet the regulators last Friday, he said in a statement posted on Chinese…

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Avengers Infinity War ending REVEALED after LEAK? What does this mean for Avengers 4?

WARNING POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD The Marvel extravaganza is only four months away and is expected to be 2018’s highest grossing movie. Just last month Avengers Infinity War’s first trailer became the most watched ever with over 230 million views. While the synopsis sees the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy team up against Thanos, who is in search of the six Infinity Stones, there is mystery surrounding the plot and the film’s 2019 untitled sequel. Now a leak discovered by The Brick Show, from multiple sources, has unveiled LEGO set…

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