Self-Driving Cars: Do Not Pass Go

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The following is a guest post.

The hottest technology in automotive circles today appears to be that of the self-driving vehicle, which – theoretically – will soon be capable of operating on roadways without any human intervention. Touted as the “next big thing” by a range of tech utopians, car industry insiders and software developers, these automobiles have the potential to change the way millions of ordinary people get around on a daily basis as well as increase the mobility of people who currently can’t drive at all. Search giant Google is one of the top names in this rapidly emerging space, but despite the massive hype currently surrounding these cars, there are some serious roadblocks that will most likely push their mainstream adaptation back a decade or more. Continue reading

The Drill Down 181 – Week of Oops

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This week Tom and Andy discuss Research In Motion’s recent missteps, Google crowdsources map refinements, AT&T admits to network failures, ,more news on Nintendo’s next console, Sony’s Playstation Network clobbered by intruders, the effects of Gawker’s redesign on their traffic, Netflix becomes the largest subscription business in the US, How (and why) Apple tracks your location and who’s using this info now.

Later, we discuss a major failure of Amazon’s cloud service, the multiple sites it affected and whether cloud services are the right choice for small enterprise. Finally we discus various rumors on the upcoming changes in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

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