A SpaceX rocket explodes and Google’s new self-driving cars are on public roads.
Here’s your tech top three, the stories you need to know this week
1. SpaceX rocket explodes A SpaceX mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station exploded near just over two minutes after lift-off on Sunday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The spacecraft was carrying more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, including two pairs of HoloLens, Microsoft’s virtual reality headsets.
2. Apple loses e-book antitrust appeal An appeals court confirmed a lower court’s ruling that Apple illegally conspired with e-book publishers to raise prices.
The federal appeals court voted 2 to 1 against an Apple appeal As a result, Apple must pay consumers $400 million dollars as part of a settlement the company reached with e-book buyers and 33 state attorney generals. It’s not clear whether Apple will continue to appeal the decision. It could push it all the way to the Supreme Court.
3. Prince pulls music Apple Music launched this week, but there was one major artist missing from the streaming service. Prince. The legendary pop singer isn’t just snubbing Apple though. He’s pulled his entire music catalog from every streaming service, except for Jay Z’s premium, artist-owned Tidal.
In focus this week, autonomous machines making your life easier.
Google’s new self-driving cars hit the streets after more than a year of development and testing. Here they are on the roads around Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.
The cars have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and are a big technical leap forward from the modified Lexus SUVs that Google has been using.
In normal use, passengers play no part in steering or controlling the car. It really is autonomous. It has to watch the road and make decisions in real time.
On these residential streets with no lane markings and parked cars, it tended to drive closer to the center than a human might while its hazard lights constantly blinked. The Lexus SUVs are a very common sight around Mountain View and by the end of the summer, the new Google cars will probably be too.
And Sereneti Kitchen showed us its latest prototype of Cooki, a robot that can cook. You choose a recipe on a smartphone app, load trays with prepackaged ingredients and it’s ready to go.
The ingrediants are dumped into a pot and Cooki’s robotic arm stirs them until the meal is ready. A consumer version of Cooki is expected to go on sale in a year for five hundred dollars. It will have a ring at the top with different types of seasoning and sensors to monitor the temperature of the food.
So in the future, a robot will take you home and have dinner waiting for you when you get back.