The hand-built Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept microbus clearly snagged a lot of interest when we introduced it to you in March. So on Saturday Maxim went to Pebble Beach to take a much closer look.
Your future computer or phone will be capable of stupidly fast transfer speeds. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group unveiled the USB 3.2 specification that effectively doubles the current USB 3.1 spec by adding an extra lane. As such, it will allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps for USB 3.0, yielding 10 Gbps, or two lanes of 10 Gbps for 20 Gbps with USB 3.1. As a bonus, the “superspeed” USB-C cable you’re currently using already has the capability for dual-lane operation built in.
Google.org is investing $50 million to alter how we think about work. From throwing money at training in in-demand fields like coding, to simply making life easier for people in low-wage positions, Mountain View is looking to the future. For example, the internet juggernaut knows that college isn’t for everyone, so it’s working on a tool so people can easily compare vocational and technical training programs. Google hasn’t specified how such a system will work, or how many training providers will be included, but in theory it’d put tech-ed programs alongside one another so you could find out which would suit your needs or offer the skills needed to land a job in your current city.
Time to hang 10, futuristic bros!
Puerto Rico-based Lift eFoil electric surfboards use a submerged hydrofoil to lift the board clear of the water at speed, in the same way that modern America’s Cup catamarans ride high above the waves.
The FAA is still trying to figure out the best way to regulate drones to ensure safety. Last week, a committee tasked with tackling the issue met for the first time, including representatives from Amazon, Ford and NYPD. One of the items discussed was a better way to identify registered drones from the ground since any ID numbers are pretty much invisible while the UAV is airborne.
Sony was late to the vinyl resurgence with a new turntable of its own, and it’s going to be later yet with its effort to jump back into pressing records. Nikkei reports that thanks to demand, the perpetually tardy tech company will first start putting Japanese music (and some modern hits) to wax, with production starting next March. In fact, the company has already outfitted a recording studio with a press so it can produce masters in situ. If there’s a roadblock, it’s that Sony is apparently having a hard time finding engineers to help guide the pressing process.
Target is taking on Amazon’s Prime Pantry with its own version called “Restock.” The company announced a trial run of its new service today, which it tested with employees earlier this year. Like Prime Pantry, with Restock, customers can fill a box with up to 45 pounds of loot for a flat added fee. But Target is undercutting Amazon by a dollar, pricing their box at just $5. Additionally, Target is offering next-day service with their boxes, whereas Amazon’s usually arrive within four business days.