Pony.ai and Toyota partner to build self-driving cars and services

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving car startup Pony.ai today announced it’ll team up with Toyota, the Japanese automaker with a 9.46% share of the global car market in the fiscal year 2018, to explore “safe” mobility services across a range of industries. Specifically, the two companies say they’ll collaborate on a pilot program to “accelerate the development […]

The Void teases Marvel, Sony VR experiences

The Void recently opened its new San Francisco location and in an interview the chief creative officer Curtis Hickman teased upcoming VR experiences from Marvel and Sony Pictures. I spoke with Hickman over the phone earlier this week to talk about the new location’s launch, the company’s gradual global expansion, and their plans for new, upcoming […]

Manhattan-sized horde of volcanic rocks journeys across the ocean

Kaboom. Somewhere beneath the waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean, likely around the island of Tonga, a volcano recently erupted. The proof lies in a sprawling raft of extremely lightweight volcanic rock called pumice, which is so porous that it floats. NASA posted satellite images of the drifting mass on Aug. 23, though the geologic […]

Galactic Starcruiser, the Star Wars hotel

All aboard for the galaxy far, far away. On Sunday at D23 Expo, Disney unveiled new details about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the much-hyped Star Wars resort and experience coming to Disney World in Florida.  In essence, it’s a Star Wars hotel on steroids. Guests sign up for a two-day, two-night itinerary aboard the Halcyon, […]

Toymaker Hasbro now owns Death Row Records and people have suggestions

Ready yourself for some Snoop Dogg Monopoly.  Hasbro, the maker of Mr. Potato Head, Twister, G.I. Joe, and the aforementioned board game designed as a “critique of American greed,” is now the proud owner of Death Row Records. Yes, you read that correctly.  So reports Rolling Stone, which details the circuitous route by which the […]

7 things I learned during my first acquisition as a product manager

It was 10 minutes to midnight when my phone buzzed with an unusual notification — a meeting request with our CEO and one of our biggest corporate clients. Subject line: “Urgent Update.” Time of meeting: “immediately.” Within a few minutes, I was on a call with the CEO getting updated on our successful acquisition. For […]

Greta Thunberg is unfazed by stormy seas

On day 12, the waves picked up. Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s wind-powered journey across the Atlantic Ocean hit a particularly stormy stretch on Sunday. Thunberg and her sailing team, en route to a U.N. Climate Action Summit (and Mashable’s Social Good Summit) in New York City, hit rough seas some 300 miles from Canada’s Nova […]

The teenager who made millions on Bitcoin is staking it all on this obscure token

Erik Finman was 12 years old when he bought $1,000 worth of Bitcoin in the summer of 2011. The world’s first digital currency was just two years old and trading for $10, a time when most folks, if they knew about Bitcoin at all, associated it with the dark web drug trade or its fringe […]

HPE builds supercomputer for NASA, aimed at future moon missions

Big quote: “HPE has a longstanding collaboration with NASA Ames, and together, we continue to build innovative HPC technologies to fuel space and science discovery that increase overall efficiency and reduce costs,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI, at HPE. “We are honored to have designed the new Aitken supercomputer […]

How Patrice Désilets survived the odyssey of making Ancestors

You may forgive Patrice Désilets for getting emotional last week during the Opening Night Live event at Gamescom 2019, when the trailer showed for his game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. That’s because he’s been on his own personal odyssey to make the game for the past five years. Désilets was famous as the creative director […]