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Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend

Sam Jones The Guardian 09/29/2011

Pentagon launches war court website

Carol Rosenberg McClatchyDC 09/29/2011
Mind-reading car could drive you round the bend

One of the world's largest motor manufacturers is working with scientists based in Switzerland to design a car that can read its driver's mind and predict his or her next move.

Pentagon launches war court website

The Pentagon on Wednesday morning went live with a new, slicker interactive military commissions website — with no new information — ahead of a decision from a senior Defense Department official on whether to go forward with the first death penalty war crimes prosecution of the Obama administration.

Amazon expected to launch ‘Kindle’ tablet Wednesday, taking on iPad

Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon’s could be different — it has a chance to be more than a wannabe.

Kuwait court jails tweeter for insulting Shiites

A Kuwaiti court on Sunday sentenced a Sunni Islamist activist to three months in jail for writing remarks on his Twitter account deemed derogatory to Shiite Muslims, a legal source said.

Hong Kong's 1st Apple store mobbed on opening day

Apple Inc. opened its long-awaited first store in Hong Kong on Saturday, with thousands of fans of the computer and gadget maker pouring in on the first day. Some Apple enthusiasts had camped out for nearly two days to secure a place at the head of the line and be among the first to walk through the doors of the new store.

Al Gore says 'new iPhones' out in Oct.

Apple hasn't said when it will release the next version of the iPhone, but former Vice President and current Apple Inc. board member Al Gore believes "new iPhones" will be here in October.

Google’s Eric Schmidt defends the company’s search practices

Hayley Tsukayama The Washington Post 09/23/2011
Google’s Eric Schmidt defends the company’s search practices

Google chairman Eric Schmidt defended the company’s business practices before a panel of senators Wednesday as the lawmakers lobbed questions on search rankings and Google’s search algorithm.

Swedish daycare to test GPS for tracking kids

A daycare centre in the southern Swedish city of Malmoe said Wednesday it planned to test GPS devices for tracking children when they are out on excursions.

A future for drones: Automated killing

Peter Finn The Washington Post 09/21/2011
Vodafone to Partner With Billionaire Li's Hutchison in Hong Kong

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) said it reached an agreement with Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s local mobile-phone unit to offer wireless services after ending a partnership with SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd.

A future for drones: Automated killing

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, Ga., two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search of an orange, green and blue tarp. The automated, unpiloted planes worked on their own, with no human guidance, no hand on any control. After 20 minutes, one of the aircraft, carrying a computer that processed images from an onboard camera, zeroed in on the tarp and contacted the second plane, which flew nearby and used its own sensors to examine the colorful object. Then one of the aircraft signaled to an unmanned car on the ground so it could take a final, close-up look. Target confirmed. This successful exercise in autonomous robotics could presage the future of the American way of war: a day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial “Terminators,” minus beefcake and time travel.


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