Apple to fly drones to improve Maps data

Apple Inc. plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing […]

Apple Developing Car Operating System in Canada

Apple Inc. has dozens of software engineers in Canada building a car operating system, a rare move for a company that often houses research and development projects close to its Cupertino, California headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter. Many of the engineers working in Canada were hired over the past year and about […]

Apple has given up building a car. Will focus on developing a self-driving car system

Apple’s automotive plans have changed, and the iPhone maker is no longer planning to make its car, according to a new report. Instead, Apple will focus on developing a self-driving car system that could be licensed to multiple car makers, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources. The shift followed the departure of Steve Zadesky, […]

Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7, tells consumers to stop using it

Samsung Electronics Co.’s recall of one of its most advanced smartphones descended further into confusion, as the technology giant told consumers to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 and halted its production and distribution, while investigators probed reports of overheating batteries on devices that were supposed to be safe. The company late on Monday U.S. […]

European Commission plans free wi-fi in public spaces

The European Commission wants free wi-fi to be provided in public spaces across its member states within four years. The goal was announced by the president of the European Union’s executive body, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his annual state of the union address. He also wants at least one city in each EU country to have […]

This machine converts food waste to gas for cooking

Do your cooking thanks to gas made from your own food waste: that’s the eco-friendly solution proposed by Homebiogas, an Israeli company that has developed a “digester” that converts organic matter into biogas. Though this biological process has already been known for several years, Homebiogas has produced one of the first home-scale systems, one that […]

3 Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star

For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The ultracool dwarf star, known as TRAPPIST-1, isn’t the kind of star scientists expected to be a hub for planets. It’s at […]