Has Ferrari missed a crucial area of development?

For Ferrari to mount a real season-long challenge to Mercedes for either championship, it needs to be on top of the reliability problems that cost it last year. And it needs the drivers, especially Sebastian Vettel, not to be quite so hot-headed.On top of that, Ferrari needs a car that is a bit faster, especially ...

Snips brings its privacy-focused voice assistant to cars

 French startup Snips is announcing two things for its voice assistant SDK. First, the company is showing off an interesting use case in Nuremberg with a Snips-powered voice assistant in a car. Second, you can now build voice assistants in German. Read More Source: TechCrunch

Hamilton aiming to agree new Mercedes deal before the season begins | 2018 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton says he hopes to extend his contract to drive for Mercedes before the 2018 season begins. Source: F1 Fanatic

MyBagCheck lets you drop off your bags anywhere

 MyBagCheck is a clever system that ensures you’ll be able to spend those extra few hours in a foreign city without having to lug around 50 pounds of Samsonite. The founder, Micah B. Lewis, created the app to allow people who have bags to get those bags picked up and stored during the day, something ...

Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now use its platform for RCS, the next generation of SMS

 Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging, with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE and others now offering features that go far beyond the standard SMS-based messaging apps that tend to ship with your phone — unless, of course, you are an Apple and iMessage user. Read ...

Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers

 Airbnb is rolling out a few new additions to their home-booking system, including new tiers that are aimed at higher-end customers, called Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb. The new Airbnb Plus tier has homes that are verified for “quality and comfort.” The luxury tier, called Beyond by Airbnb, is built around whole trips including ...

Compare Ferrari’s new 2018 F1 car with last year’s chassis | 2018 F1 season

How does the new Ferrari SF71H compare with last year’s car? Take a closer look using our interactive images. Source: F1 Fanatic

Stealth space catapult startup SpinLaunch is raising $30M

 What if instead of blasting cargo into space on a rocket, we could fling it into space using a catapult? That’s the big, possibly crazy, possibly genius idea behind SpinLaunch. TechCrunch has learned from three sources that SpinLaunch is raising a massive $30 million Series A to develop its catapult technology. And we’ve scored an ...

Honcker raises at least $15M from IAC as it takes on the car-leasing-on-demand market

 The car leasing and rental market is forecast to be worth $124 billion in 2022, and today a startup that is hoping to get a piece of that action by making the process of leasing a car easier is announcing a Series A in its effort to get there. Honcker has raised funding from IAC, ...

World champions Mercedes reveal their new car for 2018

Mercedes have unveiled their newest car, the W09. The team hope it can deliver them a record-equalling fifth consecutive world championship double this year. Source: BBC F1