Best Tech Stories around the web #229

This week: MIT engineers develop a new way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, Google Maps adds a new translation feature, Spotify in augmented reality and soon a race with autonomous cars.

INNOVATION

MIT engineers develop a new way to remove carbon dioxide from air by MIT.edu

A new way of removing carbon dioxide from a stream of air could provide a significant tool in the battle against climate change. The new system can work on the gas at virtually any concentration level, even down to the roughly 400 parts per million currently found in the atmosphere. Read more

DESIGN

Google Maps adds a new translation feature that speaks place names out loud by techcrunch.com

Google Maps is adding a feature that will make it easier for people traveling in foreign countries where they don’t speak the local language: built-in translation with text-to-speech support. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

Spotify’s Magic Leap app will change playlists as you change rooms by theverge.com

Spotify has released a version of its music streaming app on Magic Leap’s headset, the augmented reality company announced today. The app will show a location-aware three-dimensional Spotify interface on top of your world with the ability to automatically change playlists as you move between rooms. You’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to use the app. Read more

QUERKY

Racing’s most hallowed ground will host autonomous cars in 2021 by digitaltrends.com

In American motor sports, there is no greater stage than Indianapolis Motor Speedway — home of the Indy 500. The speedway was built as a testing ground for new automotive technologies, and it will take on that role again when it hosts its first race for autonomous cars in 2021. Read more