I wrote earlier today about my frustrations with The Simpsons' voice work, which has become the least interesting part of a show that's doing its best to creatively tread water. A number of people have already responded that the solution to the show's casting problems is for The Simpsons to finally end. That almost happened in December 2011 due to similar circumstances.
McLaren has unveiled a new concept for a Formula One car: the MP4-X. It's a "vision of the future" that looks deadly, but comes with a strong focus on safety. As well as a heads-up display similar to those seen in fighter jets, and tire sensors that warn drivers of imminent blow-outs, the MP4-X incorporates an enclosed cockpit — a change to F1 design currently being considered by the sport's bosses to prevent head injuries.
In its most recent monthly self-driving car report, Google notes that it hasn't set a timeline for rolling autonomous vehicles out to the public in any real way — there are still plenty of kinks to iron out — but it does say that "project lead Chris Urmson's goal is to make sure his 11-year-old son doesn't need to get a driver's license." Presumably, that means that Urmson would like to see these cars have a real impact within five years, when his son is 16.
The way you experience YouTube may be dramatically different before the end of the year. According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key, which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.
Apple has just announced its traditional fall iPhone launch, sending out invitations to the press for an event on September 9th at 10AM PST, as expected. Less expected? The venue, San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. That's a new one for Apple — and it's a massive venue with a 7,000-person seating capacity, so expect a lot of news.