DawentsIT: All Things in Technology news you need to know this Friday-
1.Audi’s new prototype is a self-driving electric car that can change its shape.The Skysphere EV can expand and contract at the push of a button, adding more or less leg room as needed.
2.An 82-year-old engineer designed a machine that makes drinking water out of thin air.By extracting water from the air, the machine can make water out of virtually nothing — and could potentially serve as a remedy to water scarcity.
3.Mailchimp is reportedly eyeing a sale at a $10 billion valuation.The startup is still fully owned by its founders, who may be considering selling a minority stake in the company, Bloomberg reported.
4.Astronauts on the space station held their own Olympics.In the first-ever “Space Olympics,” the seven-person ISS crew faced off in ball games, target practice, and synchronized air swimming.
5.Amazon plans to track its customer service employees by their keyboard strokes and mouse movements.The e-commerce giant intends to implement the technology as a way to prevent workers and hackers from accessing confidential customer data.
6.Instagram and Facebook are designed to mimic addictive painkillers.Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook say apps are designed to be addictive, and one app developer said Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers.
7.A forked road in Yosemite tricked Tesla’s autopilot system.A Tesla that lost control on the road is reportedly the fifth to wreck at the same spot.
8.Over 100 Amazon delivery companies are teaming up to compete with UPS and FedEx.Known as the Frontdoor Collective, the scrappy new company hopes to challenge current delivery giants — and says it has the capacity to deliver one million packages a day virtually anywhere in the US.
9.Some employees say Stitch Fix is losing its way.Stylists — who work with an algorithm to send clothes to millions of customers — worry that changes to their schedules are pushing away talent, and that the company lacks enough trendy clothes.
10.Amazon’s former consumer CEO Jeff Wilke just backed a new digital ad startup.Founded by CivicScience, the startup is aiming to take on Google and Facebook.
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