February 19, 2016

Flexible smartphones may be coming sooner than you think

Companies have been promising us futuristic, paper-like displays since forever, but so far we remain unimpressed. The ReFlex, a prototype flexible smartphone from Queens University is tantalizingly close to what we've been waiting for, though. To build it, the team mated a 720p flexible LG OLED display to bend sensors and haptic feedback motors. Powering the device is an Android 4.4-powered board, complete with custom drivers, placed in the non-flexible part beside the display.

Read more... http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/17/reflex-bendable-smartphone/

February 18, 2016

Mark Cuban on Apple vs FBI

Apple was instructed by the FBI to build a version of IOS that would let the FBI install that version on a terrorist's phone enabling it to use a brute force method of pushing through every possible combination of passwords into the phone until it unlocked the phone.  The goal is to find out if there is anything of value to the FBI's investigation into a horrific terrorist act.

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-on-apple-vs-fbi-2016-2

Feds: The AI in Google's Self-Driving Car Is Now a Legal Driver

A car's legal driver doesn't always have to be human, according to U.S. vehicle safety regulators—it can also be artificial intelligence.

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration told Google that the artificial intelligence system that controls its self-driving car can be considered a driver under federal law. The legal interpretation by federal regulators was made in response to a November petition from Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving car project.

Read more... http://fortune.com/2016/02/10/google-self-driving-cars-artificial-intelligence/

Fandango snaps up Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

Fandango is growing its cinematic empire by acquiring the movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and its parent company Flixster, Deadline reports. As part of the deal, Flixster owner Warner Bros. will take a minority stake in Fandango. The news comes after Fandango also snapped up the streaming video service M-Go back in January, a move that made it clear it wanted do more than offer showtimes and online ticketing. Now, it's going to be an even more formidable opponent against the likes of Moviefone (which is owned by AOL).

Read more... http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/17/fandango-buys-rotten-tomatoes-flixster/


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