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Google and Fiat Chrysler team up to build fleet of 100 self-driving minivans

Google and Fiat Chrysler team up to build fleet of 100 self-driving minivans

Alphabet Inc's Google unit and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will be working together to come up with a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans. It is the first time that Google has been directly working with an automaker.

Under the deal, Google will be able to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software into a passenger vehicle. Google and Fiat Chrysler engineers will work in unison to fit in Google’s self driving technology into the Pacifica minivan.

Brazil orders 72 hours ban on WhatsApp in drug investigation case

Brazil orders 72 hours ban on WhatsApp in drug investigation case

A local court in Brazilian state of Sergipe has ordered the telecom operators in the country to block WhatsApp for 72 hours. The court had earlier ordered WhatsApp to provide chat records in an ongoing drug investigation case. But, WhatsApp informed the court that the platform can’t access chats in unencrypted form. WhatsApp recently started offering end-to-end encryption for chats and messages shared on its network.

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Solar Impulse 2 starts 16 hours flight from California to Arizona

Solar Impulse 2 starts 16 hours flight from California to Arizona

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg successfully took-off for 16 hours journey on solar-powered airplane from California for Arizona on Monday morning. The plane, called Solar Impulse 2, will take 16 hours to reach Phoenix. Its wings are wider than of a Boeing 747 and are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charge batteries and power propellers. When there is no sunlight, the plane runs on stored energy.

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Puma’s BeatBot technology that matches Usain Bolt’s running speed record

Puma’s BeatBot technology that matches Usain Bolt’s running speed record

Puma has taken the idea of fitness to altogether a different level by creating a robot that is able to match Usain Bolt’s 2009 speed record of 44.6 KPH. The robot known as BeatBot has been created by ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York.

The robot that looks like a shoebox on wheels is a programmable, self-driving and line-driving one that is made to push runners by providing them a real visual target to beat. Runners can enter the time and distance of the race of their choice.

Twitter To Now Appear Under News Category in App Store

Twitter To Now Appear Under News Category in App Store

Twitter will no longer be available under the ‘social networking’ category in the app store, because the 140-character micro-blogging platform has found its way into the ‘news’ category now. This displays the company’s efforts to reposition itself. Twitter is focusing on mass market as the company was successful in gaining the rights to stream the NFL's night games on Thursday.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the company is committed towards bringing about improvements in its services for making its fast, simple and easy to use.

Uber reduces waiting time to 2 minutes, levies cancellation fee in selected cities

Uber reduces waiting time to 2 minutes, levies cancellation fee in selected citi

Uber is trying out a new policy in the US in Phoenix, Dallas, New Jersey and New York in which riders will have just two minutes to hop into their waiting Uber rather than five minutes. Uber is trying a shorter waiting window as it aims to improve efficiency on its ridesharing network.

Comcast raises data cap to 1 TB in selected areas

Comcast raises data cap to 1 TB in selected areas

Comcast announced late Tuesday that it has raised the data cap to a terabyte’s worth of data per month. The new data cap will be applicable from June 1 in areas where broadband usage caps are strictly enforced. Comcast said that it took the decision, as it has been experimenting. Comcast team has gone through feedbacks and has learnt a lot about customer requirements.

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