Woz: Tesla, not Apple, will have the next tech moonshot

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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A big admirer of Elon Musk.

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When it comes to the next great tech breakthroughs, Steve Wozniak isn’t betting on the company he founded.

Instead, he believes Tesla is at the forefront of anticipating the world to come.

In an interview with Bloomberg Canada, Woz explained that he believes Elon Musk will be behind the things no one has really thought of.

“I think Tesla is on the best direction right now,” he said. “They’ve put an awful lot of effort into very risky things.”

Woz said Musk anticipated things like electric cars, self-driving cars and the need for efficient transportation systems. He expressed admiration for Musk’s Boring Company, which believes that digging holes beneath the surface will obviate traffic.

“I’m going to bet on Tesla,” he said.

Why, though, is Tesla different? “They started with a car — the Tesla Model S — that made little sense in engineering terms in how much you have to build for what price and what the market will be,” he said

Why, then, did the Model S succeed? “It fit one person’s ideal of this will be the most beautiful, you know, a very beautiful, elegant and simple device to use,” said Woz.

“It was really built for Elon’s own life. What car would he like? And when things come from yourself, knowing what you’d like very much and being in control of it […] that’s when you get the best products,” he explained.

Some might imagine that Woz had Steve Jobs’ — and his own — attitude in mind when he chose Musk as the next standard-bearer. After all, Apple created the sorts of computers that no one thought even looked like computers. (Which was, of course, why real human beings gravitated toward them.)

Now, however, Woz didn’t mention Apple as being in the vanguard of the next big thing. A clue to why emerged from his subsequent words.

“Look at the companies like Google and Facebook and Apple and Microsoft that changed the world — and Tesla included. They usually came from young people. They didn’t spring out of big businesses,” he said.

Apple is now a very big business. Might Woz be slyly suggesting that Cupertino can’t quite match the more cavalier creative nature of Musk? I think he just might.

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/woz-elon-musk-succeeds-because-he-creates-to-please-himself/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Sana’s smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

Richard Hanbury, the company’s chief, worked on the technology as a solution to his chronic pain issues that make it hard to go to sleep. It was put to the test when Bertrand Piccard relied on the technology to make sure he had enough rest when he piloted the Solar Impulse on a round-the-world journey last year. He could only nap three hours a day divided in 20-minute blocks and needed the extra help to make the most of each. At the moment, Sana Health is testing the device on athletes in need of restful nights while traveling.

Sana Sleep isn’t just for pilots and athletes, though: it’s for everyone who’s having trouble going to bed. Now that the company has successfully closed a $1.3 million round of seed funding, it’ll start working towards mass production. Hanbury says you’ll be able to buy the mask by the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest, and it will set you back $400.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/28/sanas-smart-sleep-goggles-2018-release/

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mother killed in boating mishap

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has lost his mother in a boating accident, and his father has been injured.

Kalanick’s parents, Bonnie and Donald, were boating on Pine Flat Lake near Fresno, California, on Friday when their craft struck a rock and sank, according to a preliminary report by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputies later found a man and woman on shore. He had moderate injuries and the woman was deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Kalanick’s father was flown by helicopter to a regional medical center.

“Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

Kalanick reportedly was close to his mother. He posted these photos to Facebook on Mother’s Day, earlier this month:

Recode’s Kara Swisher, who also writes for Vanity Fair, published an outtake from a profile she did of Kalanick for VF. It gives a glimpse of Kalanick’s relationship with his mother and father.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-ceo-travis-kalanicks-mother-killed-in-boating-mishap/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Mind-controlled bionic hand can help stroke patients move again

The cap picks up on the user’s intention to open or close the paralyzed hand, the computer it’s attached to amplifies those signals and the Ipsihand follows those commands. So, how does the technology work? It’s based on what David Bundy, the lead author of the team’s paper published in the journal Stroke, discovered a decade ago. See, the parts of the brain that control movements are located on the other side of the limbs you want to move. If, say, you want to close your left hand, it’s the right part of your brain that does the work. That also means that a stroke survivor who can’t control his left arm and leg sustained damage on the the right side of his brain.

Bundy and neurosurgery professor Eric Leuthardt, however, found out that the electric signals that indicate movement first appear on the side of the limb you want to move. Those signals are responsible for activating the other side of your brain, which causes the actual movement. In stroke patients, the initial signals get lost in the ether, since the part it’s trying to activate doesn’t work anymore. That’s where Ipsihand comes in.

Out of 13 subjects, 10 were able to finish 12 weeks of testing, picking up blocks and building towers, fitting tubes around smaller tubes and moving their hands to their mouths. Their scores improved by an average of 6.2 points on a 57-point scale. It doesn’t sound like much, but as Leuthardt said, it could be “the difference between being unable to put on their pants by themselves and being able to do so.”

During those tests, the team found that patients improved based on how well the system read the signals from their brains. The more the researchers improve its capability to pick up signals, the better Ipsihand will be at helping survivors move their hands again.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/27/mind-controlled-ipsihand-stroke-rehab/

Before you install the Amazon Video app on Android, read this

Ask almost any security expert, and they’ll tell you switching on “unknown sources” on your Android phone or tablet is one of the worst things you can do for device security.

But that’s exactly what Amazon has asked its app store customers to do for years.

The heart of the problem is Amazon’s requirement to allow installations from “unknown sources” — that is, any app or game that hasn’t been carefully vetted by the Google Play app store. That’s because while almost all of Amazon’s apps are already in Google Play, the retail giant’s own third-party app store, dubbed Underground, isn’t allowed.

Opening your Android phone or tablet up to apps and games outside Google’s protective walled garden also makes your device infinitely more vulnerable to malware.

A spokesperson for Amazon said “millions” of devices have Underground installed, but warned that “customers should take care only to download content from sources they trust, like Amazon.” That includes Amazon Prime Video — the company’s competitor to Netflix — which is only available on Android through the Amazon Underground store.

But it’s not Amazon’s app store that’s the problem — it’s the giant hole you have to punch in Android’s security to get it installed in the first place.

You can read more of this story on our sister site ZDNet.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-underground-app-store-android-security-risk/#ftag=CAD590a51e

BMW Motorrad Concept Link looks like it came from Tron

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

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