MIT students win design competition for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk’ idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was named the winner Saturday after a competition among more than 1,000 college students at Texas A&M […]

Apple builds secret team to kick-start virtual reality effort

Apple has assembled a large team of experts in virtual and augmented reality and built prototypes of headsets that could one day rival Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Microsoft’s Hololens, as it seeks new sources of growth beyond the iPhone. The secret research unit includes hundreds of staff from a series of carefully targeted acquisitions, as […]

Could Apple be selling cars soon?

Apple has registered domain names related to automobiles, adding to speculation about the company’s plans to develop an automobile. The iPhone maker registered the domain names, which include, and in December, according to domain information provider MacRumors had first reported the news yesterday (Jan 8), but said the domain names could […]

New Apple products have big growth potential

BY Michael Yoshikami With Wednesday’s show-and-tell event showcasing an expanded mix of new products and services, Apple firmly planted in the ground three new pathways for growth, which is important for the company and the stock. These launchpads create opportunities to develop new businesses, which will provide upgrade cycles to boost Apple revenue. Prime among the […]

Tesla courts hackers to defend high-tech cars

Hackers swarmed a Tesla sedan in a ‘hacking village’ at the infamous Def Con conference on Saturday as the high-tech electric car maker recruited talent to protect against cyber attacks. It was the second year in a row the California-based company was at the world’s largest gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, and came on […]

Scientists warn over arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence

Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, “a global arms race […]

First electric planes fly over English Channel

Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term. Several companies in different countries are developing electric planes, in hopes of […]

Now, you can pay bills just by clicking a selfie

New York: Paying bills can be fun, if you do it through Mastercard. You just need to click a selfie with your smartphone, blink once at your self-portrait and your bill is paid. That’s with the help of a new mobile app that MasterCard has come up with, reported. The app uses facial recognition […]