Zunum Aero emerges from stealth mode with big plans for hybrid electric planes

“This is our coming out of stealth,” said Ashish Kumar, the founder and CEO of the company, which is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. Zunum, whose name comes from the Mayan word for hummingbird, aims to develop 10- to 50-seat aircraft that can pave the way for what Kumar calls a “golden age of regional travel.” … Continue reading Zunum Aero emerges from stealth mode with big plans for hybrid electric planes

Tesla briefly tops GM as America’s most valuable automaker, amazing analysts

For a time on Monday, Tesla edged out GM in market capitalization to become the most valuable U.S. automaker, even though Tesla is on track to lose almost a billion dollars this year while GM is expected to make a $9 billion profit. The share prices for both car companies dipped today, putting GM ever … Continue reading Tesla briefly tops GM as America’s most valuable automaker, amazing analysts

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Get a colorful 3-D view of human stem cells online with the Allen Cell Explorer

Imagine being able to see inside a transparent human stem cell, like the “Visible Man and Woman” models in biology class. That’s what the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Cell Science lets you do with its brand-new data imaging platform, the Allen Cell Explorer. The cells you see on the screen aren’t made-up animations: They’re based … Continue reading Get a colorful 3-D view of human stem cells online with the Allen Cell Explorer

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Help wanted: Sea lion scientists call on software engineers to help count the marine behemoths, offer $25,000 in prize money

Sea lion scientists need your help. Each summer, researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries in Seattle trek to Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. They take small boats to rocky beaches to tag Steller sea lion pups. They fly planes and deploy hexacopter drones to capture images of the beached behemoths. Cameras mounted on … Continue reading Help wanted: Sea lion scientists call on software engineers to help count the marine behemoths, offer $25,000 in prize money

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Tesla reports record production and deliveries as it closes in on more affordable Model 3

Tesla said it delivered more than 25,000 cars in the first quarter of the year, a record for the company and an increase of 69 percent over this time last year. Of those deliveries, which include only cars with completed paperwork that have been received by buyers, approximately 13,450 were the more than $70,000 Model … Continue reading Tesla reports record production and deliveries as it closes in on more affordable Model 3

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Microsoft reveals hardware specs for new Xbox ‘Project Scorpio,’ the ‘most powerful console ever built’

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1dRgWpGePs[/embedyt] Microsoft today revealed more details about its new Xbox that will debut later this year. The company partnered with Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry to talk about the technology that powers the new console, also known as codename Project Scorpio. Polygon has a solid recap of the announcement here. Essentially, Project Scorpio will improve upon … Continue reading Microsoft reveals hardware specs for new Xbox ‘Project Scorpio,’ the ‘most powerful console ever built’

Nintendo is back in the game: Switch and ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ break launch records

After a difficult few years in the home console business, Nintendo is reporting early success with its newest hardware. The new Nintendo Switch console, which launched Friday, experienced the best 48-hour U.S. sales numbers in Nintendo history, says Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Redmond-based in Nintendo of America, in a new series of media interviews. Although Fils-Aime … Continue reading Nintendo is back in the game: Switch and ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ break launch records

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Dating app Siren, which empowered women, shuts down after running out of money

Sound the alarm for women looking for something other than traditional dating apps: Siren is shutting down. The Seattle-based app, which billed itself as an alternative to sites such as Tinder and Match.com with a focus on empowering women, is closing its doors after running out of money. Siren co-founder Susie Lee penned a blog … Continue reading Dating app Siren, which empowered women, shuts down after running out of money

A puzzle platform’s new tech tricks: How Puzzazz is using Apple Pencil, 3D Touch and Split View

Puzzle technology company Puzzazz has a history of developing novel input techniques for people who solve crosswords and other puzzles on mobile devices, and it’s continuing the tradition with the latest update to its digital puzzle bookstore and puzzle-solving app for Apple’s iOS. Puzzazz 5.0 comes with a feature that let solvers using an Apple Pencil or 3D Touch automatically switch between virtual … Continue reading A puzzle platform’s new tech tricks: How Puzzazz is using Apple Pencil, 3D Touch and Split View

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Google is helping to build another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

Google is investing in another massive undersea fiber-optic cable as a part of its plans to build out network connectivity around the world. The company announced Wednesday that it is helping to fund a project called Indigo, which will connect Jakarta, Singapore, Perth and Sydney to one another. The cable will run for approximately 9,000 … Continue reading Google is helping to build another Asia-Pacific submarine cable