Happy Monday, Austin. We hope your weekend was a great one, and that the new work week goes well.
Here’s a look at some of the technology-related stories making news and generating buzz around the internet this morning:
Uber brings ‘flying car’ event to Dallas
Ride-hailing service Uber has had its issues in Texas -- one key example is the company’s big fight with Austin over regulations and decision to pull out of the city. But on Tuesday, Uber will make some waves in the Lone Star State, as the company hosts a conference in Dallas focused on vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft technology — more commonly known as “flying cars.” The folks over at The Verge have a nice piece about the event, where they point out that the “flying cars,” if built, would “take off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerate into forward flight using wing-borne lift.” The conference seems to be Uber inviting tech companies to come up with ways to create the technology, and then Uber would buy that technology.
Either way, if it results in real flying cars, we’re on board.
Elon Musk plus Amber Heard equals some buzz
It’s really more celebrity gossip than tech-related news, but hey, we’ll talk about it anyway. Actress Amber Heard -- who happens to be an Austin native -- has confirmed that she is dating Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Over at Gizmodo, they ask the crucial question: Will Musk and Heard end up dying on Mars together? It’s anybody’s guess...
Is technology killing the Icelandic language?
Not many of us speak Icelandic -- or even give any thought to the language used only in Iceland -- but some in the North Atlantic nation are concerned that the language is being killed off by technology. The reasons are varied, but part of the issue is that robots and computers can’t comprehend the language.
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