If you like Google’s cute self-driving car, then you’re probably going to appreciate the futuristic self-driving bus in the image above that’s going to start transporting passengers as soon as next year. Powered by BestMile tech, the bus has been approved for its first commercial deployment, with a pilot program set to kick off next spring in the city of Sion, Switzerland. More →
Nowadays everyone’s got a camera handy, which means you can easily take photos and record videos of things happening around you. Just the other day we saw a scary video of an aircraft making a landing right after passing very near to a huge lightning strike as filmed by a storm chaser. Now it’s time to look at a video recorded by a geologist in Switzerland who captured the exact moment when 2,000 cubic meters (70,000 cubic feet) of solid rock broke loose from a mountain, plummeting some 1,000 feet into a valley.
However, this particular mountain move was expected. More →
What do you do when pesky mountains hinder your ability to transport people and goods as fast as possible between various destinations? Some countries will build railways around those mountains, but if you’re Switzerland, and you have to deal with your Alps, you just go ahead and build the world’s largest tunnel even if it takes more than 15 years to do it. More →
Surprise! The bank that in the past has happily helped launder money for drug cartels and terrorist organizations has no qualms about helping you evade your taxes too.
It’s safe to say that executives for Swiss watch companies slept soundly last night after seeing the debut of the Apple Watch. While many were hoping for a piece of luxury craftsmanship that would leave Switzerland scrambling, what Apple actually delivered was a square-shaped device that looks very bulky on your wrist. That said, this is no time for Swiss execs to get complacent — after all, that’s what Nokia and BlackBerry did just after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. More →
After being ousted by Amazon’s Web Services, the controversial site WikiLeaks has run into another snafu, this time with its DNS provider, EveryDns.net. Via a statement, EveryDns stated that due to “interference issues” that are affecting the service of others, the company has ceased resolving wikileaks.org; the service was provided to WikiLeaks for free. In response to the DNS shutdown, WikiLeaks tweeted the following message:
WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: http://188.8.131.52
In a subsequent tweet, the company then announced that it had moved to Switzerland; the site’s new domain name is now wikileaks.ch.
A very vocal opponent of the WikiLeaks cable publishings has been the Independent Senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman. The Senator has introduced legislation, dubbed the SHIELD (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination) Act, that would make it illegal to publish information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government” or information relating to “a classified source or informant.” We have to wonder where Sen. Lieberman’s legislation was when CIA operative Valerie Plame was outed. No word on when the new legislation will hit the Senate floor.
Meanwhile, Amazon has released a statement stating that the reason for its removal of WikiLeaks’ data from its AWS servers was not a result of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks or government pressure, but rather the fact that the site did not operate within Amazon’s terms of service. More →
Fresh off the wire, Apple is reminding everyone that their flagship product, the iPhone 4, will go on sale in 17 additional countries beginning July 30th. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland to be exact. Hit the bounce for the full release. More →
Good news for Android users situated in Canada and and 11 Western European nations, as today Google announced the immediate availability of its free Google Maps Navigation application in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. To get Google Maps Navigation 4.2 you’ll need to live in the aforementioned countries and have an Android phone running 1.6 and up. Also announced by Google was the addition of support for French, German, Italian and Spanish for Google Voice Search. This update applies not only to Android, but BlackBerry and iPhone as well. No update to the application is needed to gain support for the additional languages, but if you’re the paranoid type you can grab the app at m.google.com or the iTunes App Store. More →
We imagine that there will have been an inordinate number of sick days claimed yesterday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, as the iPad went available for sale in the aforementioned nations. The price of the device, as well as data plans for the 3G model, vary greatly from country to country, so if you’ve not already done so, hit up your respective online Apple webstore to check out how much you’ll need to shell out to become the laughingstock envy of your neighbors. Also let us know if you’re outside the U.S. and finally got an iPad!