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Self-driving cars to hit the road in 2015
And that’s not all! Keep up to date with the world of technology with the O2 Gurus’ tech news round-up.
Driverless cars enter the fast lane
Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived. Or at least it’s about to – in January the government will let driverless cars loose on British roads for the first time. Before you get too excited, there are a couple of caveats: only three cities will be chosen to host the robot car trials next year, and the Department of Transport still has to draw up some regulations to keep the autonomous cars in check.
400% battery life!
Even with our top tips for extending your battery life, you’re doing well if you get more than one day’s use out of your smartphone before it needs recharging. But imagine if your smartphone battery could last four days instead of just one. This heady utopia could be closer than you think – scientists at Stanford University have designed a new type of battery that they think can increase the capacity of existing battery tech to 400%. Be still our hearts.
A Bolt out of the blue
Instagram has launched a new app called Bolt, which lets you send friends a photo that will be automatically deleted once they’ve seen it. Sound familiar? It’s the same basic concept as the wildly successful Snapchat. Bolt is only available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa for now, but Instagram says more countries will be added soon. And then deleted shortly after.
If you’re in the market for a fancy new MacBook Pro, now’s the time to upgrade: Apple just updated its Retina range with a nice little spec boost. The laptops are getting faster processors and a bit more RAM so that they’re ready for the OS X Yosemite software upgrade in autumn.
If there’s one thing that rivals the O2 Gurus’ love of tech, it’s a nice nap – and if we can combine the two, well, that’s the dream. So we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Sense sleep sensor that’s just smashed through $1 million barrier on Kickstarter. It consists of a cool orb that monitors your bedroom, coupled with a sensor you attach to your pillow and an app for your phone. It can tell you how well you slept, wake you up when you’ll be most refreshed and let you know how to get a better night’s sleep. Sign us up.
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