GM is using NASA tech to give workers robotic hands (GM)July 6, 2016
General Motors builds a ton of cars. Last year, the company sold more than 3 million cars, trucks, and SUVs just in the US.
As a result, the company is constantly on the look out for ways to make the manufacturing process more efficient.
On Wednesday, GM announced that workers at some of its plants will test out a battery-powered, force-multiplying robotic glove using tech the automaker and NASA developed for use on the International Space Station.
The high-tech glove features a series of sensors, actuators, and tendons that are designed to mimic the dexterity of the human hand, but with amplified gripping force.
In effect, GM is giving its workers robotic hands. Pretty cool!
According to the company, the robotic glove will reduce fatigue for workers engaged in repetitive motions.
The technology — called RoboGlove— was created as part of a nine-year partnership between NASA and GM which culminated in the 2011 launch into space of a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2.
“The succ..Read More
This is what Apple’s iPhone 7 will probably look like (AAPL)July 6, 2016
Wondering what Apple's next iPhone is going to look like? Wonder no more.
This is what you can expect from the iPhone 7 in terms of looks:
This is a concept of the iPhone 7 Plus made by 3D designer Martin Hajek, who often works closely with notorious gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer.
The iPhone 7 Plus is said to exclusively feature a dual lens camera while the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will feature a single, albeit larger, camera.
Earlier on Wednesday, Hemmerstoffer leaked CAD (computer-aided design) renders on nowhereelse.fr, which were obtained from a Chinese source. 9to5Mac first spotted Hemmerstoffer's report.
These supposedly leaked CAD renders of Apple's next iPhone strongly support Hajek's concept above.
Hemmerstoffer has an excellent record of reliability when it comes to gadget leaks, so there's a strong possibility that these renders are accurate.
In his report, Hemmerstoffer posted other renders showing specific parts of the next iPhone, like..Read More
The best iced coffee in the US, rankedJuly 6, 2016
The summer heat is upon us, but there's no reason to sacrifice your daily dose of caffeine because of the weather. Instead of your typical steaming cup of joe, try swapping in an iced coffee for a more refreshing alternative.
We've teamed up with the city-guide app Foursquare to find the top places to grab an iced coffee across the US. Foursquare determined the rankings by taking into account the number of likes, measured popularity, and other ratings from users on its app.
From Boston to San Francisco, these iced coffees are sure to jump start your day, while keeping you cool.
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15. Dark Matter Coffee — Chicago, IL
2521 West Chicago Avenue
“Best damn iced mocha. Take one out to the patio.” — Foursquare user Kat S.
14. Milstead & Co. — Seattle, WA
770 North 34th Street
“The rotating cold brew is always excellent.” — Foursquare u..Read More
Here are the UK’s top 10 YouTube channels right nowJuly 6, 2016
“The Kids Are Alright,” so The Who song goes. And on the evidence of new figures released by research firm Tubular Labs, they are certainly well served by YouTube channels.
The company found that channels targeted at children dominated its list of top YouTube creators in May, while there were also places for some familiar favourites, including PewDiePie.
These are the top 10 YouTube channels in the UK right now.
Methodology: Video intelligence software company Tubular Labs provided the data for this ranking. The YouTube creators are ranked in order of total views in May.
10. NoCopyrightSounds: Free music channel hits the charts
Views in May: 137 million
Total views: 1.4 billion
Subscribers: 6.7 million
NoCopyrightSounds was founded by Billy Woodford in 2011 after he grew frustrated with trying to licence music to accompany videos of him gaming.
Woodford was named as one of the UK's top young entrepreneurs last year by new business news service Startups.
He told the web..Read More
Mirrorless cars are coming — here’s why that mattersJuly 6, 2016
Mirrorless cars are coming to Japan, and will soon be appearing in other countries as well.
A mirrorless car replaces the rearview mirror and the sideview mirrors with camera monitoring systems. These systems basically replace the mirrors with displays that show video footage of the car's surroundings.
According to industry experts, these monitoring systems are much safer than using mirrors because the camera views are wider, thus eliminating blind spots.
Last year, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which sets international safety standards for vehicles, said it will allow carmakers to replace mirrors in cars with cameras and display systems.
Japan passed a law in June allowing for automakers to make and sell mirrorless cars, making it one of the first countries to embrace the technology. The EU is expected to follow suit soon and the US could put in place regulations for such vehicles by 2018, according to a report from Automotive Ne..Read More
Snapchat’s new Memories feature lets you save snapsJuly 6, 2016
Snapchat has begun to roll out a new feature called “Memories” that will allow users to save snaps with the option to add them to their Snapchat Stories, the company announced on Wednesday.
The move marks a further shift away from the app's early focus on in-the-moment sharing, which first began with its introduction of its Stories feature, a visual status of sorts that lets users weave together photos and video clips that can be rewatched for 24 hours after they're posted.
Memories, which users will be able to access by swiping up from main camera screen, will act as a camera roll of sorts for saving and crafting new snaps. Snapchat is also making the vault of photos and videos searchable by keywords, similar to Google Photos or Apple's upcoming Photos app in iOS 10.
Memories will also be eligible to be included in Stories, and can be combined with other Memories or new snaps.
And since everyone has been in the awkward situation where they show a friend a photo in t..Read More
The 25 best paying cities for programmersJuly 6, 2016
If you want a great career in the software industry, you don't necessarily have to move to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although Silicon Valley is the undisputed epicenter of tech, the cost of living is so high that you can do better with a lower salary other cities.
Glassdoor recently sifted through its huge database of salary information to come up with this list of the 25 best cities to be a software engineer, based on average salary adjusted for cost of living.
While several Silicon Valley cities (including San Francisco) still landed on the list, the No. 1 best paying city for programmers isn't even in California.
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No. 25, Huntsville, Alabama: $83,242
Real Adjusted Salary: $83,242
-8.7% below national average cost of living
Median Base Salary: $76,000
Job Openings: 269..