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Your next Lyft ride may cost a little more

Lyft is a popular ride-hailing service and competitor to Uber. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Faiz Siddiqui San Francisco-based tech reporter covering automation and the future of transportation, including Tesla, Uber and Lyft August 7 at 6:56 PM Lyft said riders in multiple cities are paying higher prices, an unwelcome development for thousands of customers as the […]

Emerging Tech

Micro machines: How the next big thing in robotics is actually quite small

A micro bristle bot beside a penny. Max Planck Institute’s Physical Intelligence Department Half a century after Neil Armstrong memorably uttered the words “one giant leap for mankind,” technological innovation has gotten smaller. Yes, we still thrill to enormous, sky-scraping buildings and the gravity-defying power of rockets, but many of the biggest advances take place […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google debuts “next-generation” Assistant, coming to next Pixel phones

Enlarge Google/Screenshot Google on Tuesday debuted an updated version of its Google Assistant platform during the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference. The company said it is internally calling this the “next-generation” Assistant and that it will first become available on Google’s “new Pixel phones” later this year. (Not to be confused with the […]

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Apple introduces a new iPhone every September like clockwork – here’s when we think the next one is coming

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Apple Apple usually launches new iPhones in September like clockwork. Although we never actually know the […]

Mobile

Pony.ai tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test project for “product-ready” driverless cars within a geofenced area in Guangzhou. It’s currently available to Pony.ai employees and “select affiliates” by invitation […]

Gears & Gadgets

50-inch Surface Hub 2S: $8,999, shipping in June; 85-inch version next year

Enlarge Microsoft First announced last year, Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Hub now has a price and release schedule—and a couple of new siblings, too. Surface Hub is Microsoft’s hardware dedicated to collaboration within meetings. It combines several roles, most notably digital whiteboarding and video conferencing, with Teams, Skype, and OneNote built into a single combined, integrated […]