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Why the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 is my favorite high-tech car

This is one highly advanced crossover, my top pick right now for cars that are paving the way to fully autonomous driving.


Google looks for content makers to test its Jump VR video camera

If you're an aspiring virtual reality content producer, Google wants to give you a chance to test the Jump camera system it developed for recording video to be used in VR environments.

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Personal robot that shows emotions sells out in 1 minute

SoftBank Robotics Corp. sold out of its 1,000 personal robots, priced at $1,600, after the machines had been for sale for just one minute.


4 news apps that will change everything

News apps have always failed, but four apps emerged this month that have cracked the code at last.

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Apple Watch expected to take a big chunk of smartwatch market

The Apple Watch is expected to snag nearly two-thirds of the smartwatch market for all of 2015, according to a new forecast from IDC.

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Foxconn, Alibaba join SoftBank in global robotics push

Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank is teaming up with Apple manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group in a global push to manufacture and sell robots for the home and workplace.

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How a bad keystroke can lead you to SpeedUpKit 'scareware'

Dozens of misspelled domain names that spoof major brands are leading unsuspecting PC users to a questionable tune-up application called SpeedUpKit.

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Microsoft Surface Hub goes on sale in September

Microsoft has a gigantic new member of its Surface family of touch-enabled devices called the Surface Hub, a widescreen all-in-one computer that can act as the focal point of conference-room meetings.

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Spotify gets ready to battle Apple Music with fresh pile of cash

Spotify isn't going to let Apple walk all over it and has secured a new investment round to defend its position in the increasingly competitive streaming music sector.

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Apple Music faces antitrust investigation in New York, Connecticut

Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut have launched an investigation into the music streaming industry, apparently with a focus on whether the recently unveiled Apple Music has broken antitrust rules.

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Life gets tougher for alternative mobile OSes Tizen, Firefox and Ubuntu

The future's not looking bright for alternative mobile operating systems Firefox OS, Tizen and Ubuntu.

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Here comes the modular mobile revolution

The modular mobile revolution promises customization, flexibility, high performance, lower cost and eco-friendliness. What's not to love?

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Does Intel have a major advantage in tablets?

Intel's two pronged strategy to fully support Android and Windows will give it a market advantage

ChipSip's SiME smart headphones

ChipSiP's smart headphones include Google Glass-like display

The company plans to launch the product in October.

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Laser-projected mouse melds trackpad, touchscreen

Most computer mice are made of plastic, glass or metal. But one vendor has done away with those materials, and created a virtual mouse beamed from a laser projector.

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Why you want Google Photos

Google Photos is a powerful photo editing, cloud storage and search service. It solves all the major problems associated with taking thousands of photos over time -- problems of discovery, storage, management, editing and more.


Google teams with GoPro in broad virtual reality push

Google has developed a camera system capable of capturing immersive video for virtual reality, expanding the company's efforts in this hot new field, and it's partnering with GoPro to commercialize it.

Oculus is already producing high-res video like this short, called 'Lost.

Virtual reality could be the most important gimmick ever based on a brain flaw

Virtual reality therapy is being widely used for mental and physical therapy, is about to be huge in entertainment and still works only because human brains are stupid in very specific ways.

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