Tech Talk 10/15

Introducing the Microsoft Surface Book

Surface BookLast week, Microsoft launched the Surface Book, its first-ever laptop. Five days after opening preorders, the laptop sold out. Clearly it was a crowd-pleaser. The Surface Book weighs a little over three pounds and is claimed to be twiceas fast as the MacBook Pro, making it the fastest 13-inch laptop ever created. It is machined out of a single piece of magnesium. And it has a muscle wire lock so you can remove the keyboard entirely in order to use as a tablet, while flipping the display around to draw on it like a clipboard. Basically, the best of both worlds

‘Thirsty’ Concrete

Check out this video of concrete that can absorb 880 gallons of water a minute. While traditional concrete has to be permeable enough to soak up at least 300 millimeters of water an hour in order to safely handle a major storm event, Topmix Permeable concrete lets through almost 36,000 millimeters of water an hour. Clearly this would be a worthwhile investment in countries prone to flooding.

Haven’t we heard enough about autonomous cars yet? Clearly not…

TeslaTesla finally launched its autonomous car update in beta, instantly making thousands of cars already sold to customers way better. The update does not make the cars completely autonomous; however, the Autosteer feature does use many measures including a deep learning algorithm in order for the vehicle to perform better. CEO Elon Musk does stress that users should “exercise caution” in the short term, but in the long term the car should be more efficient at being autonomous. This update is quite ironic due to Musk’s clear stance against artificial intelligence.

UberRush

Uber’s new delivery service allows users to get goods instantly from local businesses in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. This service, called UberRush, expanded from the company’s UberEVERYTHING department that aims to deliver virtually anything to its customers. As Uber’s CEO and cofounder, Travis Kalanick, has repeatedly said in the past, “If we can get you a car in five minutes, we can get you anything in five minutes.” Uber is partnering with several ecommerce platforms, including Shopify, Bigcommerce, and Delivery.com, to allow businesses of various sizes to tap into Uber’s fleet of delivery people.

Contributor: Ricky Rajani

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