Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Exacerbated by Lack of Women Engineers, Says Google Exec

According to a Google exec, the Volkswagen emissions scandal could have been avoided or at least mitigated if there were more female engineers working for Volkswagen. Managing Director and VP Sales & Operations for Google UK and Ireland Eileen Naughton…

Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

There’s a striking lack of diversity in the tech world, and this is a well-documented fact. The biggest names in the business – Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. – have all put out diversity reports over the past few years that…

Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facial recognition technology, when deployed on a site like Facebook, is both convenient and disconcerting. Amazing but creepy. If you upload a lot of photos, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is great. Ain’t nobody got time to tag. As it stands,…

Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a…

Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any…

Elon Musk Isn’t Against Flying Cars, He’s Just Worried About Them Falling on Your Head

The everyday futurology musings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk continue to entertain. See: thoughts on self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. This time he’s talking flying cars. Speaking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk show, Musk outlined…

Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt

If you think Google Glass is dead, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt would like to tell you you’re wrong. “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt recently told the Wall Street Journal. “We ended the Explorer…

Watch a Guy Watch His Son’s Birth Live in Virtual Reality

If you don’t pay attention to the incredibly odd promo image above, Samsung has done something pretty cool – for the first time (it’s claiming), someone has watched a birth live-stream in virtual reality. Make no mistake, this is a six…

Apple Donates $50M to Further Racial & Gender Diversity in Tech

Fresh off its big smartwatch event, Apple is donating more than $50 million to groups that help promote diversity in the workplace. Specifically, Apple is donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that aims to help students at…

Gigaom Shuts Down, “Unable to Pay Its Creditors”

Prominent tech blog Gigaom is shutting down, after it revealed it “recently became unable to pay its creditors”. Here’s what Gigaom management had to say Monday evening: Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time.…