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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:27:53 PM mt

Ubers self-driving cars are back on the road after Arizona accident



Uber will be resuming its self-driving car activities in Tempe and Pittsburgh, after an accident in Arizona led the company to temporarily suspend its autonomous driving pilots in those two cities, a spokesperson said.

By the end of the day, Ubers fleet of self-driving Volvo SUVs will be picking up and dropping off passengers in both Tempe and Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, a handful of the companys autonomous vehicles will be roaming the streets of San Francisco collecting mapping data and operating in self-driving mode, but not giving any rides to passengers. (Uber recently caved to Californias demand to register its self-driving cars in the state after initially refusing to do so.)

The program came to a grinding halt Friday when a...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:27:53 PM mt

10 million people now help Microsoft test Windows 10



Microsoft has significantly grown its user base of dedicated Windows testers in recent years. At the launch of Windows 10, nearly two years ago, the software giant had around 5 million testers through its Windows Insider program. Windows Insiders could be your neighbor down the street, your boss, or the barista that makes your coffee in the morning. Anyone can sign up to test Windows 10, and now 10 million people are helping Microsoft refine and improve its operating system.

It wasnt always like this. Microsoft developed Windows 7 and even Windows 8 in relative secrecy, punishing people who leaked early builds of Windows and keeping features hidden for months. Microsoft has now embraced its fans who want to experience the bleeding edge...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:27:52 PM mt

This could be you enjoying a flying Bluetooth speaker disc



Last week I wrote about a new toy called Thumb Chucks. As far as I can tell, they havent taken off. Today I come to you with another toy: the Disc Jock-e. Its a Frisbee that doubles as a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. As much as I want to hate on this invention, I cant deny it kind of makes sense? Im not one for beach sports, Im more of a lounger but I understand that some people enjoy being active when outside. Those people likely want to listen to music, too. Why not use a Bluetooth disc? It would just be a shame if you had to throw it when the beat drops or the chorus is coming up.

This could be you:

Im not totally sure what that app theyre using in the commercial is and whether the Disc Jock-e is actually trying to sell us...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:27:52 PM mt

Rap songs about Donnie Darko ranked



Richard Kellys 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko is returning to theaters this weekend in 4K, in honor of the films 15th anniversary. If you werent already aware of that fact, Im so pleased to be able to bring you a pleasant Monday afternoon surprise.

As one of the top 10 Donnie Darko fans anywhere (but not in a scary way), Ive been preparing for the event by trawling Reddit for photos of super hideous Donnie Darko tattoos, reading articles I dont totally understand about its one-of-a-kind cinematography, and listening to rap songs that reference Donnie Darko eitherobliquely or outright. There are, I am thrilled to tell you, literally dozens of these (theres also a rapper named Donnie Darko, but he doesnt rap about the movie), and...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:27:52 PM mt

Elon Musk launches Neuralink a venture to merge the human brain with AI



SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.

Musk has hinted at the existence of Neuralink a few times over the last six months or so. More recently, Musk told a crowd in Dubai, Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 12:16:09 PM mt

Alicia Vikanders Lara Croft looks just like the new Tomb Raider video games



Alicia Vikanders version of Lara Croft looks identical to the character in the rebooted Tomb Raider video games. The films costume re-creates the grimy jeans and tank top combo, but also nails the little details: arrow quivers rise behind her shoulder, a bandage staunches a wound on her right arm, a second belt does whatever a second belt is supposed to do.

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The Tomb Raider video game reboot has been largely praised for retaining the seriess strong and smart female lead character, while shedding the franchises instinct to objectify her at every opportunity. The new film stills are paired with an interview at GQ, in which Vikander speaks briefly about how the film...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 12:16:09 PM mt

Apple is upgrading millions of iOS devices to a new modern file system today



Apples iOS 10.3 is rolling out today, with a new find my AirPods option and CarPlay improvements. Most of the features in iOS 10.3 arent major, but Apple is actually undertaking a pretty huge shift for all iPad and iPhone users today. Within iOS 10.3, Apple is moving supported devices to its new Apple File System (APFS). Its a file system that was originally announced at WWDC last year, and its designed with the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV in mind.

Apple has been using its 31-year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS devices so far. It was originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks, and not for modern mobile devices with solid state storage. Even its successor, HFS\+, still doesnt address the needs...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 12:16:08 PM mt

Verizon will start testing 4K streams on its Fios TV service



Verizon has agreed to start testing out 4K channels on its Fios TV service as part of a trial with satellite operator SES, the companies announced today. SES will deliver nine 4K channels to Fios users in the trial: Fashion One 4K, Insight, Travelxp 4K, Nature Relaxation, C4K360, 4K Universe, UHD1, SES Demo Channel, and NASA TV UHD.

As youll notice, none of those channels are major networks, so youre probably not missing much, but the trial should help Verizon get ready for a wider 4K rollout in the near future (hopefully). With reported plans for a new internet-based set-top box that may be released later this year, Verizons 4.5 million subscribers may be enjoying 4K content sooner than they think.

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 11:49:26 AM mt

Live a day in the life of a fake news creator



Fake It To Make It wants you to sell lies. The browser-based game, first spotted by Kotaku, is an exploration of how fake news starts and spreads.

Your initial goals in Fake It To Make It are hardly nefarious; youre saving to either buy music equipment for your band, put down a deposit on your first apartment, or buy a used car. Its an echo of real-life fake news creators like the operation run out of Long Beach by two men who were previously unemployed. Creator Amanda Warner cites the story of the infamous Macedonian teens spreading fabricated stories about Donald Trump as inspiration.

By helping players understand the business of fake news, Warner hopes theyll be more skeptical of what they read. I think that better...

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Monday March 27, 2017 @ 11:49:25 AM mt

Sonys PS4 Pro media player app can now play 4K videos



Sony is releasing an update today for its PS4 media player app that enables playback of 4K videos from an external storage device or home server. Unfortunately, content must be in MP4 format, which means you cant (yet) play 4K videos in the popular MKV container. Also, Sony notes that USB drives formatted as extended storage for PS4 games and other data cant be used as a source for videos.

The update should also improve watching videos in VR:

For those of you that own PlayStation VR in addition to PS4 Pro, Media Player will also update to support playback of 4K VR video content. PS VRs display resolution is 1920 X RGB X 1080, so 4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos. Capture stunning 360...

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