engineering

Following Amazon’s decision to set up one of its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, the company announced this morning a plan to fund computer science classes in more…

Amazon to fund computer science classes in over 130 NYC high schools

Regardless of what you may think of Facebook as a platform, they run a massive operation, and when you reach their level of scale you have to get more creative…

Facebook is using machine learning to self-tune its myriad services

Boeing’s HorizonX venture arm has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company that focuses on building autonomous aircraft systems for things including site inspection, defence and potentially…

Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this…

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang once told me that one of the things he was most excited about for the future of his company’s tech was bringing the Holodeck to life…

Nvidia built a real Holodeck, aimed at creative collaboration

What’s the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thinks…

Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

Online education company Udacity is growing its new Nanodegree program yet again – it’s adding two entirely new programs to the roster, including a new entry-level self-driving Nanodegree, as well…

You can learn to build aerial taxis with Udacity’s new Flying Car Nanodegree

Big layoff coming to AOL and Yahoo after the merger, Microsoft buys Hexadite, Erica Baker is now director of engineering at Kickastarter and Essential raises $300 Million. All this on…

The conveyor belt has long been the center of wacky adventures. From Charlie Chaplin to Lucy, things whizzing by on a flat belt has made for comedy gold. Now you…

The Blackbelt lets you 3D print really long items

Microsoft’s new Surface laptop gets released and it costs $999.00, YouTube gets a new redesign with support for dark mode, Facebook denies allegation of gender bias and a beekeeper builds…

Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power…

MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

Self-driving cars require self-driving car software, and Udacity’s helping to feed that need with its nanodegree program in the field. Now, the online education company is also making available its…

Udacity open sources its self-driving car simulator for anyone to use

GM-owned Cruise Automation wants you to be able to see the progress it’s making with its self-driving car tests, in a way that’s more tangible than looking at boring lists…

Watch Cruise’s self-driving Bolt EV navigate smoothly to SF’s Dolores Park

Rocket Internet is increasing its focus on Asia after it opened its first engineering hub in the region. Bangkok, Thailand, is the location of the center, which will house a…

Rocket Internet opens its first engineering hub in Asia

Max Friefeld, Jonathan Schwartz, and Oliver Ortlieb aren’t just co-founders – they’re roommates. These three former Makerbot employees are working on creating Voodoo Manufacturing, an effort to “combine software and hardware…

Voodoo Manufacturing raises $1.4 million to make a factory full of 3D printers

MakePrintable, a new 3D printing site, does what it says on the tin. The service will take a 3D model – maybe one you scanned in or something you made…

MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will close the investigation it began six months ago into a driver death that occurred while using Tesla’s Autopilot highway semi-autonomous driving…

U.S. traffic safety agency to close Tesla Autopilot investigation without recall request

The new Markforged Metal X is pretty great. It is a full metal 3D printer that generates real metal parts out of powdered metal which is then hardened under massive…

The Markforged Metal X prints real metal parts

The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected…

The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

Garmin has partnered with mobile telecom giant MTN to launch a line of fitness watches in Ghana. The GPS navigation and sports tech company will offer its vivoFit3, vivoMove, vivoActive,…

Expanding fitness wearables in Africa, Garmin launches a watch line in Ghana with MTN

Say you’re, like, um, gaming on your computer with headphones on. And you’re like… um. Really into the game? And someone sneaks up on you from behind and you don’t…

The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones…

Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

San Leandro-based Airspace Systems is making a business out of solving the toughest problems facing the emerging drone industry. The company designed a drone of its own, jam-packed with sensors and…

Airspace Systems’ ‘Interceptor’ can catch high-speed drones all by itself

Why a design mindset matters

5:00 pm PDT • November 3, 2016

Engineers become engineers because they like to figure out how things fit together, literally and figuratively. This is not always entirely true, but usually. The lines are blurring between traditional…

Why a design mindset matters

Reports may be swirling about Twitter exploring a sale of all or a part of its company, but in the meantime, the social media platform is trimming down internationally. Twitter is shutting down its…

Twitter lays off around 20, shuts down engineering in Bangalore, India

What does the trailer to Inception, a re-mastered Rolling Stones record and the podcast Serial all have in common? They’re all awesome. Their creators also all used iZotope products in the…

iZotope, Photoshop for sound, closes another $7.5M in financing

Dartmouth just became the first national research university to graduate more women than men in the engineering department. More women have been going into engineering in the last several years, according…

Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year

Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte, which has raised $3 million in funding, just launched its engineer genome project to foster software-driven, intelligent job-matching. “We figured out the exact list of attributes…

Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte launches engineer genome project

One of the many reasons women are under represented in “tech-sector” engineering disciplines such as software, mechanical, electrical, computer and mechatronics engineering is because we’ve done a terrible job conveying…

Engineers bridge the divide between technology and society

Excitement about 3D printing has steadily accelerated over the past decade — but this excitement has largely outpaced innovation and development in the field. As a researcher in 3D printing…

Understanding The 3D Printing Ecosystem