Self-driving Uber saw pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash, new NTSB report says

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More details have emerged about the self-driving Uber car crash that killed a woman in Arizona earlier this year. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary findings Thursday about the March 18 fatal crash.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was struck and killed while walking a bicycle across a four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona. A 44-year-old Uber test driver was at the wheel of the modified 2017 Volvo XC90. The car was in autonomous mode and had been for the 19 minutes before the crash.

According to the report, the system first observed Herzberg through its radar and LIDAR sensors, which uses light to measure distances and objects, about six seconds before hitting her. At first the computer classified her as an “unknown object,” then as a vehicle, and then as a bicyclePrevious reports had come out that the software misclassified Herzberg.  Read more…

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This giant, 65-inch smart TV from VIZIO is only $600 right now

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If your summer vacation plans include not actually going on vacation and vicariously living through everyone on Instagram instead, we have a better plan for you:

1. This gorgeous 65-inch 4K XLED smart TV from VIZIO is on sale for just $600.

2A ton of new stuff is hitting Netflix in June including new content by the Obamas, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and new seasons of Arrested Development, Sense8, Queer Eye, and Portlandia. And binge-watching all of those on a massive 65-inch HD screen instead of a laptop sounds freaking heavenly.

Our bodies are ready.

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Facebook and Instagram crack down on shady political ads

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Facebook is taking new steps to make good on its promises to fight against election interference.

Today, the social network announced a series of changes to its ad policies that are meant to increase transparency around political ads.

Beginning today, Facebook and Instaram are requiring all U.S ads with any type of political content to be labeled with information on who paid for the ad. This includes not just campaign ads, but any type of ad that pertains to a political issue, such as tax policy or immigration.

Besides the disclosure on who paid for it, people who come across the ads will also be able to click into a dedicated archive with additional information about the advertiser, such as their age, location, and gender, as well as their budget for that campaign. Read more…

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Lawsuit alleges Apple might have known about Touch Disease before launching the iPhone 6

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Ugh, the iPhone 6’s problems keep coming back to haunt Apple.

Years after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus made headlines for “Bendgate” and “Touch Disease,” new information made public (via Motherboard) from an ongoing class-action lawsuit on the latter has revealed the two issues might be related.

The new details were discovered in a document made available by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, the same judge who presided over the Apple v. Samsung trial. The lawsuit alleges “Touch Disease,” which can cause the touchscreen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to flicker and become unresponsive, is directly related to its structurally weak aluminum casing. Read more…

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These weed-killing robots could give big agrochemical companies a run for their money

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Smart weed-killing robots are here and they have the potential to disrupt the entire pesticide industryEcoRobotix claims their robot could reduce the use of herbicide by 20 percent. Other examples include Blue River, a startup that develops smart agriculture equipment, and University of Sydney, which has built its own entire series of agri-bots. Read more…

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