Jaguar Land Rover joins $7.9 million program to test self-driving cars

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Jaguar Land Rover announced Monday morning that it is putting five highly automated vehicles on U.K. roads this year to test both connectivity and self-driving tech.

Imagine, for example, if your car knew about a patch of black ice before it crossed it and warned you so you could avoid.

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This project is part of a much bigger vision than just black ice warnings, however.

The JLR vehicles are joining the £5.5-million ($7.9 million) U.K. Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK-CITE) project that includes 100 vehicles and a 41-mile test corridor between Coventry and Solihull, England. The project will utilize newly installed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems on public roads that will send information about traffic jams and road conditions before they can be seen. Read more…

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Canon's 1D X Mark II DSLR records 4K video for a whopping $5,999

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Not to be outdone by Nikon’s high-end D5 DSLR, Canon has announced its own full frame DSLR with 4K video recording: the EOS-1D X Mark II.

As the successor to the EOS-1D X, the Mark II is not a camera for the budding photographer or even the intermediate shooter. Its $5,999 (body-only) and $6,299 (kit with 64GB CFast memory card and card reader) price tag should tell you that this camera’s aimed at professionals — folks who will pay top dollar for high performance.

And what performance it has

Let’s talk video first. The 1D X Mark II is Canon’s first “affordable” DSLR with 4K video recording — yes, there was the 1D C, but that DSLR was launched at $15,000 — capable of recording in 4K at up to 60 frames per second (fps). The camera can also record in full HD at up to 120 fps for some really sweet slow-motion video. Read more…

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Porsche won't offer self-driving cars, report says

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Self-driving cars are going to be the future of mobility. That is, for everyone but Porsche.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt that the performance carmaker does not plan to develop an autonomous car, Reuters reports.

“One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself,” Westfalen-Blatt said. Adding, “an iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road.”

Despite not wanting to offer a self-driving car, Porsche is still investing in both plug-in hybrids and fully electric models. A plug-in hybrid 911 with an all-electric range of 31 miles will be on sale as soon as 2018, Blume told Westfalen-Blatt. Read more…

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See the nearly complete Apple UFO headquarters in this new drone video

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Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of drone videos of the new UFO-style headquarters of Apple being built. But none have been as revealing as a new video posted on Monday that shows the advanced stages of the facility’s construction

Captured by Bay Area drone videographer Duncan Sinfield, the clip offers our first look at the interiors of the spaceship-like headquarters. We also get to see a few component parts of Apple’s underground auditorium, which has circular roof and, in its current state, really does look like something from another planet

The massive solar panel array is also shown, one that will serve as a backup power solution for the campus. Read more…

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Microsoft's tracking of the Iowa caucuses is an early fail

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Maybe we should stick with the hand-written ballots. 

The website tracking the Republican caucus results in Iowa experienced intermittent outages on Monday, a stumble for what had been a highly touted new system from Microsoft on its Azure cloud computing platform.

The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. People that tried to access the site were met with a messages: “The service is unavailable.”

The new system had been lauded as a significant leap forward in technology for a process that is often done with paper ballots sorted by hand.  Read more…

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Samsung to unveil Gear 360 virtual reality camera, report says

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Just one day after Samsung announced the debut date of its Galaxy S7 smartphone, there are new rumblings that the company will also release a long-rumored virtual reality camera

Samsung may have offered some hint as to its VR intentions later this month via its promotion for the Feb. 21 unveiling of the S7.

Although that announcement was focused on the next iteration of the company’s flagship smartphone, the teaser video on Sunday included Samsung’s Gear VR device prominently displayed as part of the brief visual

The new device will be called the Gear 360, according to a report from SamMobile, and will house two 180-degree fisheye lenses Read more…

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