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New World Order

Bye-Bye, Buses; Hello, Driverless Pods

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6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Milton Keynes, a town about 45 miles northwest of London, is preparing to become the first municipality in England to have a public transportation system consisting entirely of 100 self-driving electric pods. Customers can order and pay £2 (about US$3.20) for a pod ...

Inventing the Future

This Car Does The Texting For You

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6 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Nissan's newest version of its Altima model contains some thoughtful engineering designed to appeal to those drivers who simply can't let go of their smartphones: Through a dashboard touchscreen, the driver can set a custom text message, such as "I'm driving, can't ...

New World Order

Delta Moves Towards Paperless Cockpits

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7 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Assuming they get FAA approval, Delta Airlines' 11,000 pilots will have a lot less baggage to lug through airports next year: Instead of the traditional flight bag, which contains charts and other necessary navigation paperwork, they will tote Microsoft Surface 2 ...

New World Order

Does Obama Really Want to Strike Assad?

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8 months ago

“I’m not itching for military action.”     — Barack Obama (Friday, September 6) I feel for Obama. The 43rd president has had his share of crises to handle in the first four and and half years in office, but the decision on what to do with regard to Syria is probably his diciest. There are ...