South Korean Capital Launches Self-Driving Bus Experiment

South Korea’s capital launched its first self-driving bus route on Friday, part of an experiment which engineers said aims to make people feel more comfortable with driverless vehicles on the roads. From a report: The new vehicle does not look like a regular bus and has rounded edges along with large windows that make it appear more like a toy …

Indian Actor Wins Court Order for His Personality Rights

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan won interim protection of his personality and celebrity rights from the Delhi High Court Friday. From a report: The court barred not just identified entities from using Bachchan’s persona, without his consent, but also passed a John Doe order, or an order against world-at-large, from infringing his personality rights. The lawsuit before the court flagged Bachchan’s …

Binance Releases Proof-of-Reserves System

Binance has released its proof-of-reserves system, starting with bitcoin, in order to show that the exchange is healthy and solvent. From a report: This comes just weeks after rival exchange FTX collapsed, after seemingly swapping user funds for other, more illiquid tokens — eventually leading to a liquidity crisis. Binance’s goal is to show that it holds its users’ assets …

EU Allows Smartphones During Flights

Within the European Union, airlines will be able to install the latest 5G technology on their aircraft, allowing passengers to use their smartphones and other connected devices just as they do on the ground. From a report: The European Commission has adapted the legislation on mobile communications to the most modern standards. As a result, 5G coverage can also be …

Apple Engineer Says Lossless Isn’t the Be-all And End-all of Audio Quality

Despite Apple Music supporting lossless streaming, wireless AirPods only support lossy Bluetooth codecs. Apple engineer Esge Andersen tells WhatHiFi that’s not really an issue: “We want to push the sound quality forward, and we can do that with a lot of other elements. We don’t think that the codec currently is the limitation of audio quality on Bluetooth products.” Read …

Google: 60% Of The Internet Is Duplicate

Google says “60% of the internet is duplicate.” Gary Illyes from Google posted this slide at the Google Search Central Live in Singapore the other day. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Source: Slashdot

Stable Diffusion Made Copying Artists and Generating Porn Harder

AmiMoJo writes: Users of AI image generator Stable Diffusion are angry about an update to the software that “nerfs” its ability to generate NSFW output and pictures in the style of specific artists. Stability AI, the company that funds and disseminates the software, announced Stable Diffusion Version 2 early this morning European time. The update re-engineers key components of the …

Netflix is Working on ‘Brand-New AAA PC Game’

Netflix has put up more than a dozen job listings on its website for Netflix Games Studio’s Los Angeles office. From a report: These listings give us a few hints about the company’s plans for the new studio. In particular, Netflix is hiring a game director to work on “a brand-new AAA PC game.” Last month at TechCrunch Disrupt, Netflix …

Universal Flu Vaccine May Be Available Within Two Years, Says Scientist

A universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of the virus could be available in the next two years, according to a leading scientist. From a report: An experimental vaccine based on the same mRNA technology used in the highly successful Covid jabs was found to protect mice and ferrets against severe influenza, paving the way for clinical trials …

The Endless Quest For a Better Mousetrap

Inventors have been refining them for centuries. What are they trying to achieve? From a report: Today, there are only a few kinds of mousetraps available at a typical hardware store: snap traps, glue traps, electric traps, bucket traps, and live-capture traps. And yet, inventors have filed more than forty-five hundred U.S. patents for animal traps, about a thousand of …