Uber Self-driving Car Causes Pedestrian Fatality

excerpted from: CNN-Money

Uber has removed its self-driving cars from the roads following what is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous car.

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, according to the Tempe police. The department is investigating the crash.


“The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles,” the Tempe police said in a statement. “It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.”

Uber said it is “fully cooperating” with local officials. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.


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Google Lens does Text Capture and More!


Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.



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Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!



Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.


To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question markmario-clipart-mystery-box-3, then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).



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Rise of Rubik’s Robots

Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo‘s, robot can solve Rubik’s Cube in under a second.

But then, speed isn’t everything..




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LiveWire 2019: Do Androids Dream of Electric Harleys?

You’ve seen Black Widow on one in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and next year you’ll be able to ride one yourself.

The iconic Biker company, Harley-Davidson, has partnered with e-motorcycle company Alta Motors, to produce an electric motorcycle. Titled Project LiveWire, these two wheeled beauties hit the streets sometime next year (Avenger, not included).



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Ready for Water Drones? PowerDolphin says you are


Had enough of flying drones and ready to take the fun underwater? Check out PowerDolphin. For the angler-enthusiast its a tool to find fish, and, using the recontroled bait release, get the fish to come to you. The extreme sports type can capture up close kite-surfing selfies. Want to channel your inner Hassehoff? Use the remote controlled tow release drop that life preserver in reach of a swimmer in need (also see Lifeguard drone help resume two young swimmers).

Among its features:

  • 120 wide angled HD camera
  • remote-controlled bait deploy
  • Tow-cable that can tote and release life-saving equipment


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Editing an Email Subject line in Outlook

WithEmail, a good subject line is essential for good filing, however not every sender considers that when composing their email. If you received an email that needs a more descriptive subject, follow these steps to edit the Subject line.

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To Edit the Outlook Subject line

  1. Open the message.
  2. Click the chevron (▿) at the far right of the message header. The header will expand down.
  3. Click your insertion point on the subject line and edit the text.
  4. Close the message, selecting Yes, when prompted to save (alternatively, press CTRL+S to save edits prior to close).

Want to edit the subject lines a little quicker?  Change your Outlook View Settings to  edit subjects lines directly from the Message List.

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Modify your view settings to edit subject lines from the Message list.

  1. Click View and select View Settings. The Advanced View Settings dialog appears.
  2. Click Other Settings button. The Other Settings dialog appears.
  3. Check the Allow in-cell editing.
  4. OK. OK.

Click the subject line you want to change, and edit directly in the Message List.


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apples to: Outlook 2016, Office 365