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Navya already sells fully self-driving cars, including in US

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:00

Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project, plans to launch its first commercial service for self-driving cars later this year, essentially a fully automated ride-hailing service covering about 100 square miles in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is called Navya, and its two self-driving cars currently on sale include the Autonom Shuttle and the smaller Autonom Cab. Navya says its vehicles have been designed for “last mile” travel, i.e.

How to use the coolest new features in iOS 12

Macworld - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 06:00

At last, iOS 12 is here, bringing a batch of new features to tinker with. Most (if not all) of these features aren’t exactly earth-shaking, in part because Apple spent much of its development process cleaning up the relatively buggy mess of iOS 11 and turning its sequel into something worthy of the Apple name. In fact, many already exist on competing operating systems in some form or another.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re not fun or useful, nor does it mean that they’re not welcome. We here at Macworld have spent the last several months tinkering with all of these new options in the iOS 12 beta, and over that time a few have emerged as our favorites. Once you get used to them, iOS 11 feels ancient and inefficient by comparison.

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Turkey's Erdogan defends gift of luxury plane from Emir of Qatar

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 05:55

President Tayyip Erdogan has defended his decision to accept a luxury plane from Qatar at a time of economic hardship, saying it was a gift, not a purchase, and that it had been donated to the Turkish state, not to him personally. State broadcaster TRT Haber said last week the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had given Erdogan the aircraft, which Turkish media said was a Boeing 747, sparking criticism from Turkey's opposition. A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Sezgin Tanrikulu, had expressed concern that the aircraft had been bought rather than donated, noting that Turkey was in an economic crisis, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:31

A Japanese submarine has for the first time joined a naval drill in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday, in an expansion of Japanese activity in the disputed waterway claimed by China and others. It was the first time a Japanese submarine had conducted drills there. The exercise, which involved the submarine trying to evade detection, was conducted away from island bases built by China to push its claims in the strategic sea.

Denuclearisation to top Moon's Pyongyang agenda

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:39

Denuclearisation will be high on the agenda for this week's inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday on the eve of his third meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon will fly to the North Korean capital on Tuesday for the latest stage in a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula, although progress has stalled in denuclearisation talks between Pyongyang and Washington. "I've confirmed the sincere willingness of both Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump on several occasions," Moon said during a Cabinet meeting.

Elon Musk tweets new images of SpaceX's forthcoming BFR spacecraft

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 02:28

That's one big effing rocket. With the imminent reveal of the mystery passenger who will be flying around the moon in SpaceX's forthcoming BFR, Elon Musk tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft. SEE ALSO: SpaceX books its first passenger to fly around the moon The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced last year, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people.  BFR's booster will be powered by 31 Raptor engines, while the ship itself will have 7 Raptor engines, which appear to be arranged like a honeycomb. pic.twitter.com/dUpiavvM1Z — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 pic.twitter.com/d1KEp44zjm — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 In another tweet, Musk confirmed a forward-moving wing near the nose that appears to retract or expand when required. Forward moving wing — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 You might've already spotted SpaceX's new render of the BFR ship, when the company announced that it had signed a passenger to fly around the moon on Thursday. Musk hinted it might be a Japanese passenger, prompting Twitter to throw out names of very rich people like entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima. SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17. pic.twitter.com/64z4rygYhk — SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2018 SpaceX will reveal the identity of the passenger on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. PT via webcast.  Is it you? WATCH: Someone designed a toiletry kit you actually will want to use

Rivers Rise, Rescues Continue As Florence Rain Pounds North Carolina

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 01:52

LUMBERTON, N.C. -- The roar of a fan boat echoed through a flooded

Time Magazine To Be Sold To Billionaire Couple For $190 Million

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:20

Billionaire Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, are buying Time magazine from

Hillary Clinton Slams Trump Admin's 'Despicable' Acts: 'Our Democracy Is In Crisis'

Top Stories - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:12

Hillary Clinton said President Trump had done “so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track.”

The Latest: Typhoon death toll now 69 in Philippines, China

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 23:43

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Typhoon Mangkhut (all times local):

A Palestinian Has Fatally Stabbed an American-Israeli Activist in the West Bank

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 23:20

The victim was identified as Ari Fuld, an outspoken Israel advocate on social media platforms

$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:24

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape.

Erdogan says luxury jumbo is 'gift' from Qatar emir

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:55

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the emir of Qatar gave a luxury jumbo jet as a "gift" to Turkey, rejecting opposition claims the plane had been bought in a costly purchase for the presidency. In comments published Monday, Erdogan said Turkey had shown interest in buying the on-sale Boeing 747-8 plane -- reportedly worth around $400 million -- but Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani insisted on offering the plane as a gift. When the Qatar emir was informed of this he gave it as a gift, saying 'I won't take money from Turkey.

Roads shut after 2 fall ill in UK city where ex-spy poisoned

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 20:51

LONDON (AP) — Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent.

Jeff Flake Suggests Delaying Kavanaugh Vote Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:49

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Sunday became the first Republican on the Senate

Boeing 787 plant in South Carolina to reopen Sunday after storm-related closure

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:29

Boeing Co's South Carolina plant, where it assembles 787 wide-body jetliners, was set to reopen operations on Sunday night following a lifting of evacuation orders for coastal areas threatened by deadly storm Florence, a Boeing spokesperson said on Sunday. Boeing had suspended operations at the North Charleston plant on Tuesday and flown several 787 Dreamliners from the South Carolina factory across the country to an airport near Boeing's wide-body plant in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle.

Republicans Appear Ready To Push For Brett Kavanaugh Vote Despite Sexual Assault Claim

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 17:53

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee appear ready to move

Rains from Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 17:48

Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast.

Florence Flooding Breaches Makeshift Levee Reinforcement In North Carolina

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 17:25

LUMBERTON, North Carolina -- In the days before Hurricane Florence struck,

Seven hurt, one critically, in brawl in southeast English town

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 17:11

Seven people were being treated in hospital, one of them in a critical condition, after they were involved in a fight in a residential street in the southeastern English town of Luton on Sunday, police said. Police said on Twitter that they attended the scene after receiving reports of a large number of individuals fighting.


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