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Japan eyes 2020 Olympics to retake place on tech podium Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV: Japan Inc hopes to use the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show the world it has regained its touch for innovation and technology. The last time Japan hosted the summer games -- Tokyo 1964 -- it wowed visitors with its shinkansen, the sleek… Two people speak on either side of a screen in their own language and the translation appears simultaneously written on the other side But organizers are keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground and, for now at least, say they are not planning such a spectacular stunt
Whatever Happened To Those Dumb Smart Products We Wrote About? | Digital Trends As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart gadgets out there, we wonder if all these inventions are necessary. We compiled this list of 10 of the quirkiest smart home products available in 2017 and decided to return to them in 2019 to see if they're still in existence. Here's what we found. The Smartduvet is a self-making bed that also has built-in dual climate-control technology, making it weird and awesome at the same time Update: It appears that this product is no longer available We guess people decided that they don’t like sharing their umbrellas after all, especially with weird strangers
Looking for a $2,500 smartwatch? Garmin’s got ‘em Somewhere out there, there’s a person willing to pay $2,500 for a smartwatch. Surprisingly, that individual has several high end options to choose from. And while the Garmin name doesn’t exactly scream luxury, the company does know how to build a solid smartwatch — and these ones look pretty decent… At well over three times the cost of an Apple Watch, you’re going to want the thing to last for…well, a long time They all offer a specific design and feature set tailored to those categories, including faces that show off wind speed and a built-in altimeter Though even for them, $1,500 and up is almost certainly pushing it
Watch Tesla unveil its Model Y crossover at 11PM ET The EV could prove a shot in the arm for Tesla after a rough few months. A live stream will be available on Tesla's website starting at 11PM ET (you can sign up for a reminder, if you like) It flip-flopped on Autopilot pricing and store closures in the space of a few weeks It will shut about half as many stores as planned, instead raising prices on most models to maintain revenue targets
VW budgets $9 billion for electric vehicles, with luxury brand Audi taking lead with 30 new EVs Audi is developing a new battery-vehicle "architecture," dubbed premium platform electric, or PPE, that will be shared by other brands, including Porsche. All told, Audi has announced specific production plans for five battery-electric vehicles so far, a list that includes its first model, the e-tron that started rolling down its assembly line in Brussels last September Tesla has new competitor from Audi    3:22 PM ET Fri, 30 Nov 2018 | 01:35
SEC may charge Volkswagen over diesel scandal. Automaker says agency is 'piling on' The automaker said the agency is 'piling on' and that the agency's complaint is without merit. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Hoses connect laboratory emission testing equipment to a red 2016 Volkswagen AG Golf TDI inside the California Air Resources Board Haagen-Smit Laboratory in El Monte, California Volkswagen said the complaint is legally and factually flawed and that the automaker will contest it vigorously
Tesla’s Model Y is a car Elon Musk hopes will distract from everything else Tesla’s fifth major consumer-auto reveal in 15 years could prove to be its most important and profitable car. It's also "the product they can’t screw up." Tesla chief Elon Musk at the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif Some analysts question whether Tesla’s reveal of another upscale car will really help Thanks to the quality issues and scandals over the last year, the brand’s halo has started to dull, Jessica Caldwell, the executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, wrote in a note to clients Wednesday
The Nissan Rogue is smart, handsome, and practical. What’s not to love? The 2019 Rogue is the latest iteration of Nissan’s consistently successful compact crossover SUV. This model routinely outpaces the giants from Honda and Toyota in sales, and there are a few good reasons for that, including a good-looking exterior, reasonably nice interior, and good performance at a value price. Buyers love crossovers, and the competition for the top spot in the best-selling segment of the market is fierce ProPilot is not self-driving technology – it just keeps your car from wandering out of its lane if you’re not paying attention on easy roads
You can now be fined £100 for blaring loud music while driving DRIVERS can now be fined for blaring music too loudly while on the road in a bizarre new rule change. Bradford council has introduced a new order that means drivers in the area can be slapped with … DRIVERS can now be fined for blaring music too loudly while on the road in a bizarre new rule change Without the PSPO, it is difficult for the Council or the police to combat anti-social use of a vehicle which does not constitute a breach of a specific motoring law
Kia and Amazon team up to make charging EVs at home easier Kia teams with Amazon to offer EV charging kits and installation. Bloomberg via Getty Images Amazon's latest partnership with Kia could sway those weighing whether to take the plunge on an electric vehicle Kia owners can choose between a $764 dollar charger from Bosch, the car's official partner, or the slightly cheaper, Alexa-enabled Chargepoint ($699) or JuiceBox ($549)
This robot can park your car for you French startup Stanley Robotics showed off its self-driving parking robot at Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport today. While I couldn’t be there in person, the service is going live by the end of March 2019. And here’s what it looks like. The startup has been working on a robot called Stan. These gia… The startup has been working on a robot called Stan Stan robots will make your car accessible shortly before you land After the door is closed, the startup controls the environment from start to finish Now, let’s see if Vinci Airports plans to expand its partnership with Stanley Robotics to other airports around the world
Nike’s self-lacing shoes stopped lacing. Blame the Internet. Nowadays, an app bug can even break your shoes. It’s a reminder: When your product is on the Internet, you're not really in control of it. Fowler Technology columnist based in San Francisco Email Bio Follow March 14 at 1:37 PM Nike’s most-advanced kicks have been turning into bricks When it works, over-the-air software updates are incredibly useful at prolonging the relevance of a product, Béhar said
How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y Here's what to expect at tonight's big event, and why it matters. Those kinds of splashy data points can create buzz and attention The company emphasized highly automated systems and then backed away from that approach Americans are still lusting after SUVs, particularly smaller ones,  and it’s an appetite that has grown beyond U.S. borders and into other important markets such as China
Daily Crunch: Telegram soars after Facebook outage The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Telegram gets 3M new signups during Facebook apps’ outage In a message sent to his Telegram c… The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit
Daily Deals: Last Chance to Take 12% off Division 2 for PC and Get a Bonus Free Game Division 2 is Out Tomorrow, Nintendo Switch + Mario Game + Mario Pin + Messenger Bag for $330, 14% off Yoshi's Crafted World for Switch, and More. Welcome to IGN's Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy The m15 is the new 2019 successor to the Alienware laptop lineup Some people may have turned their noses up to the original $100 price tag, but at 60% off who's complaining
Bugatti reveals £25,000 'baby' electric car for kids with 30mph top speed BUGATTI has unveiled an exclusive line of mini electric cars for young motoring enthusiasts. The French manufacturer is reviving its 1927 ‘Bugatti Baby’, which was a half-scale model of… Bugatti 3 The new model is a revival of the original Bugatti Baby from the late 1920s Bugatti 3 Just 500 of the mini cars will be made In child mode, it's limited to 1.3bhp with a top speed of 12mph And to top it off, the nose of the car boasts the company's famous 'Macaron' badge made using 50g of solid silver