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Ford exec: Hybrids are better suited for self-driving cars than EVs

12 December, by David Lumb[ —]
Automakers like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Lyft, have been bundling their autonomous car experiments into electric vehicles. But Ford will keep one foot in fossil fuels, at least for now. An executive from the company told Automotive News t...

American Express will stop requiring signatures for purchases

12 December, by Mallory Locklear[ —]
Mastercard and Discover both announced in recent months that, starting next year, they would no longer require signatures for credit card transactions. Now, the Verge reports, American Express has announced its also moving away from signatures. As o...

Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties

11 December, by Rob LeFebvre[ —]
Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe...

Airbnb will add VR previews of rooms and cities

11 December, by David Lumb[ —]
Airbnb has been expanding to serve users other needs, from partnering with WeWork to find desks for traveling customers to investing in apartment complexes for season-length rentals. But the company isnt neglecting its main rental service. Today, A...

FCC and FTC outline how they’ll cooperate after net neutrality vote

11 December, by Mallory Locklear[ —]
The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposal to roll back net neutrality protections on December 14th and ahead of that vote, the FCC and FTC have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding each agencys role in policing internet service...

Google app experiments push the limits of phone photography

11 December, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Google doesnt want to limit its photographic prowess to its own phones -- it just released an initial batch of "appsperiments" that use the companys knack for computer vision and other technologies to test the boundaries of phone photography. Stor...

Dutch police retire convocation of drone-catching eagles

11 December, by Jon Fingas[ —]
Police in the Netherlands may have been a tad too hasty in testing a squadron of drone-catching eagles. NOS has learned that Dutch law enforcement officials are retiring the birds (theyre going to new homes) and winding down the program. Not surpr...

Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials

11 December, by Rob LeFebvre[ —]
Its not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBCs ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset...

New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays

11 December, by Jon Fingas[ —]
As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesnt say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And thats crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all...

Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs

11 December, by Rob LeFebvre[ —]
Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-...

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