Matternet’s Drones will fly and refuel themselves

Earlier I reported on startup, Matternet, and their drone-based pharmaceutical delivery service.

Now these drones will not only deliver autonomously, they will refuel themselves, thus shaving what can be life-saving minutes off the drug drop off process, and freeing up the care-giver to focus on their primary charge.

For more read: Matternet’s autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves — TechCrunch

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NTSB finds Tesla Autopilot crash due to inattentive driver

excerpted from: TechCrunch article

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting this week to discuss the results of its investigation into a 2016 crash in which a Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged collided with a transport truck, resulting in the death of the Tesla’s driver Joshua Brown.

The NTSB report follows a finding earlier this year from NHTSA that found no evidence that Tesla’s Autopilot software didn’t work as intended. The NTSB similarly found that the system operated as intended – but also cited the driver’s inattentiveness, a result of his excess reliance on the Autopilot tech, was a cause in the death.

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Shorthand Made Easy: AutoText

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no reply necessary.” I often conclude my communications this way, not only as a selfless way to let recipients off the call-to-action hook, but also as a selfish  means to reduce incoming email.

Any text you often use should be AutoText. Here’s a quick way to create an AutoText entry in Outlook and Word.

Creating AutoText

  1. Type and format the text you wish to save.
  2. Select the text.
  3. On the Insert tab, click Quick Parts, then Save Selection to Gallery. The New Building Block dialog appears.
  4. Enter name (recommend 4 or more characters), and select AutoText from the Gallery drop-down.
  5. OK.

To use the AutoText entry, just type the name you created and press space, Enter or (for entries shorter than 4 characters) F3.

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These ARE the droids I’m looking for

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In time for the holidays, Sphero, makers of smartphone controlled toys like Ollie and BB-8, will have R2D2, zooming around your table top, complete with lights, chirps, and retractable third leg.

In case you were wondering what to get me.

 

Arianna Huffington deletes her employees emails when on vacation (and you can too)

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Enjoying your vacation? How can you, when you have that nagging urge to check your email, and the added anxiety of returning to a mountain of email upon your return?

Arianna Huffington’s wellness company, Thrive Global, adopted a simple solution: During the time an employee is on vacation, new emails are deleted and the sender is urged to callback later.  

“Thank you for your email. I am out of the office … please email me again when I return as this email will be deleted

Their tool, Thrive Away, takes the pressure off employees to respond to the emails received during vacation. But you don’t need to work at Thrive to employ this strategy. Here are instructions on how to set up your own Delete-and-Reply Vacation AutoResponder using Outlook.

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Creating a Delete-and-Reply Rule in Outlook

  1. Click File and select Automatic Replies.
  2. Check Send automatic replies.
  3. Check Only send during this time range and set vacation time.
  4. Leave Inside my organization field blank.
  5. Click Outside my organizatIon tab and enter a ‘.’
    (This field is required, but will be superseded by the rule template).
  6. Click Rules.
  7. Click Add Rules.
  8. Check Delete and Reply with, then click Template.
  9. Enter reply text (for example, “Sorry I’m not home right now, I’m walking on a spiderweb..in Ibizia. Your message has been shredded into less than nothingness. Please contact dmsnyder@moo.cow or re-email me when and if I return”).
  10. Close.
  11. Click OK, and click Yes to confirm ‘all senders’.
  12. OK. OK.

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Taking a (not so sneaky) Peek at iOS 11

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Multi-tasking made easy with Dock

iOS 11, released in BETA in June, promises many cool features for Mac fans to crow about. Including:

  • Improved multi-tasking with Dock
  • Better Apple Pen support
  • Document Scan

and more.

Click below to see quick video playlist highlighting 6 new enhancements.

DeLorean’s Comeback: Flying Cars

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“Roads? We don’t need roads!”

Paul DeLorean, nephew of the original DeLorean founder, is looking to make good on old Doc’ Brown’s words with DeLorean Aerospace’s DR-7 VTOL.

On the drawing board, this two-seater Vertical Take-off & Landing craft boasts an all‑electric twin engine propulsion system, a 19 foot wingspan, and a range of 120 miles on a single charge.

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what, no gull-wing doors?

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