Baby, We Won’t Drive Our Cars: The Future Of Automotive Transportation | TechCrunch

Innovations cluster around periods of revolutionary change.

Just as the combination of domestic horses drawing wheeled vehicles paved the way for increased trade during the Bronze Age and development of the steam engine and locomotive powered unprecedented economic growth during the Industrial Revolution; the confluence of ridesharing, electrification, connected cars, and autonomous vehicles will unlock a new transportation paradigm with innumerable benefits for human society, changing not just how we move but how we live.

As with any period of rapid change, this transition creates the opportunity for many new transportation tech startups with bright ideas for how to advance the state of the art in human mobility.

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The Apple Watch Just Got the Perfect Rival: Microsoft’s Band (from WIRED)

If Microsoft wanted to grab a slice of the impending Apple Watch audience, it couldn’t have crafted a better plan than with its just-released Microsoft Band. The company’s first wearable piggybacks off of the style and functions we’re already familiar with in today’s activity trackers. But with nifty features, a more affordable price tag, and a broader potential audience, Microsoft is taking a different approach than Apple and other wearable makers.

via The Apple Watch Just Got the Perfect Rival: Microsoft’s Band | WIRED.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft Join Forces to Prevent Another Heartbleed

More than a dozen tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM, have joined forces to try to prevent another Heartbleed-like security breach.

Heartbleed is one of the biggest and widespread vulnerabilities in the history of the modern web. The problem stemmed from an errant line of code in the open-source project OpenSSL. About 66% of web servers rely on OpenSSL to encrypt data and keep things secure.

The bug in OpenSSL meant that the secret-encryption keys — which are what ensures that your passwords and other data are securely transmitted — could be stolen from a web server without anyone knowing. The bug existed in OpenSSL for more than two years before being publicly patched and announced.

The program, dubbed the Core Infrastructure Initiative, is an an offshoot of Linux Foundation and designed to “fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions,” according to a description on its website. The group will work with “an advisory board of esteemed open source developers to identify and fund open source projects in need.”

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The Best New Superzoom Cameras |

What are bridge cameras?

Bridge cameras fill the gap between low-cost point-and-shoots and more expensive mirrorless ILCs and DSLRs by melding the best features of both. They have fixed long zoom lenses and easy to use Auto and Scene modes as well as advanced settings, (electronic) viewfinders, and excellent image quality.

To compete with smartphones, these models often come with Wi-Fi connectivity and apps for iOS and Android for simple picture transfers and remote viewfinder features. Bridge cameras also usually fall between the two categories when it comes to pricing.

If you are looking for a better camera than what’s included in your smartphone, one of these bridge cameras is what you need to get the professional quality pictures you want without the technical difficulties and high prices of ILCs and DSLRs.

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