Tuesday 06.13.17

“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

Cook Says Apple Is Focusing on Making an Autonomous Car System After years of shying away from the question, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has publicly stated that the tech company is “focusing on autonomous systems” for self-driving technology.   - Bloomberg

GE begins testing drones to inspect refineries, factories GE has started testing autonomous drones and robotic "crawlers" to inspect refineries, factories, railroads and other industrial equipment. It is anticipated that the company will announce this new line of business which will impact the oil and gas, transportation and power sectors, in a conference in Berlin today.   - Reuters

Warriors Beat Cavs for NBA Title, Cap 16-1 Run The Warriors finished off the Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win their second NBA championship in 3 years. Kevin Durant was awarded the Final’s MVP Trophy after he averaged over 30 points per game in the series, the first so to do this since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.   - Bleacher Report

Cyber Experts Identify Malware That Could Disrupt U.S. Power Grid Over the weekend, computer-security researchers claim to have discovered the malicious software that could be used to interrupt power-grids in the United States. The code that was analyzed is the same one that shut down electricity in Ukraine’s capital last year.   - Wall Street Journal

U.S. banks launching answer to peer-to-peer payment app Venmo This week, five of the largest American banks will launch a response to the popular mobile payment app Venmo. Details for the new payment network, Zelle will be discussed this week, and the banks are expecting another two dozen banks and credit unions to join over the next year.   - Reuters

Best Buy’s new weapon against Amazon: A try-before-you-buy option Best Buy has partnered with Lumoid to allow its customers to try out products at home for a period before they decide to make the full purchase. The service will be advertised later this month and consumers can expect to try out cameras, audio equipment and fitness trackers.   - Recode

Bloodhound supersonic car set for October trials The Bloodhound, the car expected to break the sound barrier, will begin test trials in October. Although the car is not expected to go anywhere near the sound barrier speed of 762 mph in the October trials, the car’s aim will eventually be to surpass speeds of 800 mph and then 1,000 mph.   - BBC

Herman Miller debuts new smart office furniture that sets activity goals Furniture brand Herman Miller and designer Yves Béha teamed up to create a smart desk that acts as a Fitbit for your workspace.   - The Verge

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