Major carrier Verizon is trying to make more money by selling some of the accessories that may not benefit from the same exposure that its smartphones are usually getting. If you're a gadget fan and you're buying tech stuff, other than phones, quite often, Verizon's new Tech Pack service may be the best thing that could happen to you.Tech Pack is Verizon's new subscription service that offers gadget fans to buy items of various discounts. Since this is a mystery box system, you won't know what you get before opening the package sent by Verizon, but you have 14 days to decide whether or not to keep them.The carrier will include two or three gadgets in the boxes that are sent to Tech Pack subscribers who can choose to keep all or just some of the items inside. The box comes with a prepaid shipping label for returns, but if you don't return a product within 14 days, you'll be charged for it. If you decide to keep some of the products after you're testing them, you'll get nice discounts to … [Read more...] about Verizon launches mystery box service for gadget lovers, here is how it works
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A few years ago, a company called Spaceflight had a wacky plan. The plan, in the words of CEO Curt Blake, was “Let’s buy a Falcon!” Not, like, the bird of prey. Like the big SpaceX rocket that, similar to its avian namesake, swoops back down to Earth once it’s done its job. Buying the full capacity of such a big launcher is like booking out the town's largest, schmanciest bar: You really hope people will come to your party, and also that they'll pay their own tabs. It was a little naive, Blake admits. But Spaceflight had a job to do, and a Falcon 9 seemed the way to do it. Spaceflight is a launch broker that, not unlike a travel agency, takes care of gritty takeoff details for satellite makers. The company wanted—needed—to launch a lot of small satellites. At the time, around 2015, there weren’t many other options. Russia had invaded Crimea, making missions from there more difficult. India, which now holds the record for most satellites … [Read more...] about The SpaceX ‘Clown Car’ Launch Actually Worked—Here’s How
Building the future of transportation is, by definition, a ton of work. You can’t just start cranking out production cars in your backyard, or launching hyperloops, or digging holes. You need entire teams of engineers, reams of designers, visionaries and scientists and bureaucracy experts to boot. This week, we prepped to cover the annual, ultra fancy Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the greatest car buffs get ready to show off their latest dreams. And we got a few interesting peeks into their future roadmap. Porsche restorers imitating Formula 1 cars; electric enthusiasts envisioning future elegance; giant carmakers wondering how 3-D printing fits into manufacturing. Yes, people made their labor evident this week. Plus, we learned more about Tesla’s legal struggz, Drive.ai’s plot to teach robocars how to communicate with humans, and a radar company that wants autonomous vehicles to start looking down. It’s been a week! Let’s get you caught … [Read more...] about This Week in the Future of Cars: Make It Work!
Instead of letting your previous phones collect dust in your desk drawer, you can put them to good use. Aside from selling them for a fraction of what you bought them for, alternative uses for old phones abound. You can turn it into a baby monitor, a dedicated video camera or a makeshift Google Home speaker (as long as it's an Android phone). But one of the more useful ways to breathe new life into your old phone is to convert it into a wireless security camera.As long as your old phone still turns on and the rear camera is operational, you're set. Getting everything set up is very easy and is often (but not always) free. Step 1: Get a security camera app running on your old phone(s)To begin, you will need to choose a security-camera app for your phone. Most apps offer up many of the same features, such as local streaming, cloud streaming, recording and storing footage locally or remotely, and motion detection and alerts.Once you're set up, you will be able to monitor your living … [Read more...] about How to turn your old phone into a home security camera
There’s a race happening right now that stretches from Silicon Valley to Detroit and back: who can make a self-driving car that behaves better than a human driver? It’s a far harder task than it sounded even a few years ago because human drivers know a lot — not just about their cars but about how people behave on the road when they’re behind the wheel. To reach that same kind of understanding, computerized cars need lots of data. And the two companies with the most data right now are Tesla and Waymo. Both Tesla and Waymo are attempting to collect and process enough data to create a car that can drive itself. And they’re approaching those problems in very different ways. Tesla is taking advantage of the hundreds of thousands of cars it has on the road by collecting real-world data about how those vehicles perform (and how they might perform) with Autopilot, its current semi-autonomous system. Waymo, which started as Google’s self-driving car project, … [Read more...] about How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: data