Saturday, March 10, 2018
"Waymo pioneered self-driving cars; now it’s playing catch-up on self-driving trucks. Or is it already in the lead there, too?
The self-driving car company, formerly part of Google and now owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced Friday that it will start testing self-driving semitrucks on Atlanta highways next week. The big rigs, made by Peterbilt, will carry cargo bound for Google’s data centers, the company said in a blog post. A human driver will be behind the wheel even as the car’s software pilots it.
“Atlanta is one of the biggest logistics hubs in the country, making it a natural home for Google’s logistical operations and the perfect environment for our next phase of testing Waymo’s self-driving trucks,” the company wrote."
Friday, March 09, 2018
"Let’s be clear, when I say the MacBook has an annoying problem I’m not talking about the paltry number of Thunderbolt ports, the lack of an SD card slot, or the fact that they’re priced way too high for such pitiful processors. The most annoying problem with the MacBook and the MacBook Pro is that the keyboard on each can be brought to their knees by a god dang crumb. But now, a patent found by The Sun suggests a fix could be on the way for future versions of Apple’s laptops.
Currently, if you have a penchant for croissants, toast, or Frosted Mini-Wheats, a single speck of detritus from your meal can spell the end of a typing session. The problem is that the keyboards on the MacBook and MacBook Pro are super shallow. When you press a key it only moves (or “travels”) less than a millimeter. A normal keyboard on a laptop has a travel distance of 1.5 to 2mm while the travel on a fancy mechanical keyboard is often 3mm or more. Travel is one of the many ways you judge whether a keyboard feels nice to type on, and Apple’s shallow travel has earned ire since it was introduced with the MacBook in 2015...."
Apple Might Be Fixing the MacBook's Most Annoying Problem