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Google needs partners to actually build its self-driving car

After helping push the entire automotive industry forward when it comes to autonomous driving, it appears Google is ready for some help with its own driverless cars. As the leader of the project told The Wall Street Journal, the folks in Mountain View aren’t looking to replicate what Detroit-based and international automakers do best (build […]

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How Samsung became the king of CES and where it’s going next

  Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung’s lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of the show. Its blowout media events are the largest and most difficult to get into. Samsung […]

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Amazon adds Disney and Dora to FreeTime Unlimited kids service

  There’s a new way to amuse, educate or just distract your offspring while Mommy has a little sippy-poo for the holidays — Amazon has just dumped a bunch of new content into FreeTime Unlimited. The kid-centric service runs $2.99 a month for Prime subscribers, and includes around 4,000 educational books, 400 “age-appropriate” apps and several […]

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Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos

Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp promised back in October that the company will continue releasing updates for the Fire phone despite its rather poor performance — like this big software upgrade, for instance. The latest version of Fire phone’s OS comes with a long list of new features, including the ability to translate text […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he’s “deeply offended” by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its suppliers’ Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been exposed before, and while the firm has tried to be more proactive in recent years, a new BBC investigation suggests the same problems still […]

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BlackBerry’s surviving, but not as a smartphone company

It’s been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it’s clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit’s latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from $4.4 billion last year to a much more […]

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Twitter may tap Foursquare to make location more relevant in tweets

  Twitter’s been focused quite a bit on mainstream appeal over the past few years — often to the point of ignoring aspects of its platform that sorely need some updating. Take the way Twitter handles location: You can manually add where you’re tweeting from, but that data doesn’t yet serve much of a purpose. […]

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Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone

Look, Facebook kind of has to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co. are taking things one […]

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Google and Verizon strike a deal to use each other’s patents

Google has been forging patent deals left and right with smartphone manufacturers to both get technology and fend off lawsuits, and now it’s taking a similar approach with American carriers. The search firm has reached a deal with Verizon that gives both sides access to patents covering a “broad range of products.” Neither side is […]

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Microsoft wants you to stream apps and games

Microsoft has explored software streaming before, but it looks like the company is about to give it a second shot. The company is hiring people to work on “Arcadia,” a technology that ZDNet understands will let you stream “certain apps” and games on Microsoft’s platforms. It’s not clear just what the Redmond crew is building, […]

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DJ music store Beatport to relaunch as a free streaming site

When we talk about buying music online, we tend to think of stores like iTunes or 7digital. There was a time — especially for DJs — that buying online meant browsing vinyl on sites like Juno or Chemical (in the UK at least) from the comfort of your PC — and, the joy of getting it […]

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Security flaw lets Delta passengers access strangers’ boarding passes

If you’ve been dreaming about tanning on Miami Beach versus visiting your family in Minneapolis this holiday, a security flaw involving Delta Airlines’ electronic boarding pass system might just make that a reality. Dani Grant, a product intern at BuzzFeed and founder of Hackers of NY, realized she could share the URL to her boarding […]

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MoviePass’ new subscription lets you watch any flick in any format

  MoviePass’ usual watch-every-day subscription is tempting, but it’s limited to standard presentations. What if you want to see that shiny new blockbuster in an advanced format? That’s where the company’s new, experimental MoviePass Premium comes into play. Paying up to $45 per month lets you see a movie each day at an AMC theater […]

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Apple found not guilty in iPod antitrust lawsuit

Today, Apple was found not guilty in an iPod antitrust case that was brought against it almost a decade ago. The decision comes after a week-long trial that accused the Cupertino company of forcefully locking in consumers into iTunes software and preventing them from using other services thanks to the now-defunct FairPlay DRM. Prosecuting attorney […]

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Instagram gives you more control over your photo filters

  Instagram’s photography thrives on filters, so it’s only fair that you get as much control over those filters as possible, right? The developers clearly think so. An update rolling out today to Instagram’s Android and iOS apps lets you reorganize and hide filters; if you’re obsessed with Sutro’s vignettes, you can bump it to […]

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Pebble’s smartwatches now support Android Wear notifications

What’s a little startup like Pebble to do when there are so many Android Wear smartwatches out there? Two things: cut the price, and make the watches as useful as possible. After recently adding apps for Dominos Pizza and PayPal, the company is updating its Android application so that it’s compatible with Android Wear notifications. Which […]

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