Uber kicks off self-driving car trials in Pittsburgh, is it the future of driving?

Bill Roberson
Uber kicks off self-driving car trials in Pittsburgh, is it the future of driving?
Plus: We take a close look at Apple's iOS 10 release, and Samsung will issue a software patch to help keep Galaxy Note 7 phone batteries from getting too hot - or fully charged.

Uber’s robot cars invade Pittsburgh streets

Pittsburg residents are getting a glimpse at the future today as Uber rolls out their first test fleet of self-driving cars. In a blog post, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the test fleet will have humans in the driver’s seat to take over the driving if need be, and that precaution will likely continue in the near-future as well while the inevitable kinks in such a complex endeavor get ironed out. But eventually, you know drivers will go away.

The Uber test fleet uses the Ford Fusion as the base vehicle and then stacks this camera-and-sensor-laden mini-Ghostbusters-kit on top of the car. If features about 20 cameras, 7 lasers, that spinning Skynet thing and a whole bunch of computer power under the hood. Pittsburgh should make for a good testing venue as it’s full of bridges, tunnels, hills and odd intersections. If Uber’s robot cars can drive safely there, they can probably get it done anywhere.

And it still makes calls, too

iPhone owners, you upgrade to iOS 10 yet? If so, we’ve got a guide to what’s new and different in the latest update. There were reports that the update was bricking some phones early on, but Apple says they have taken care of that glitch. So what is new? Lots of stuff and DT’s Malarie Gokey has a point by point tour of the new OS. One big change: how messaging works, including access to photos, stickers, apps, Mario, drawings and other important stuff.

We’ve also got a great list of the top 15 things to check out in iOS 10, so hit the links below for everything you need to know about Apples latest mobile operating system update.

Samsung hopes to throttle back Note 7 fire dangers with software patch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding phone saga drags on, and we have to say again, if you have one, send it back for a new one. In the meantime, Samsung will issue a software update to hopefully lessen the danger.

The update, due out in a week, will how much users can charge the phone, since that seems to be when the suspect batteries are most likely to pop. So far, it looks like the phones will be limited to a 60-percent charge, which, of course can put a damper on your day, so we’d imagine the sales of portable chargers is about to get a boost. Samsung has recalled each and every Note 7 produced, which is about 2.5 million phones in 10 countries.

Samsung says that overall, only a small number of phones are at risk due to faulty battery packs.  Buyers can return their phones to Samsung for a free replacement, but as you might imagine, the wait time for the new phones is beginning to get long, so we’d advise you do it sooner than later. And don’t bring them onto airplanes, please.