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Roborace self-driving race car gets an upgrade, but when will it actually race?

Roborace will upgrade its self-driving race cars with a new Nvidia computing platform as developers aim to get the first race series for autonomous cars off the ground. While the series has run multiple public demonstrations, it’s still unclear when it will stage its first actual race. The race cars — dubbed “ Robocars ” by series organizers — will now use Nvidia’s Pegasus AI autonomous-driving computing platform. It replaces the Nvidia Dri...
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LG’s 2018 TV lineup gets smarter and faster, adds Google Assistant

With its monstrous 88-inch 8K OLED still sweeping headlines, LG has formally announced its full TV line for the new year, just a few days ahead of CES 2018. The lineup will see the return of the “Wallpaper” OLED, which garnered significant attention and critical acclaim last year, along with three other OLED models and a full suite of LG Super UHD LED televisions. The common thread throughout most of LG’s 2018 TV line are significantly fast...
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Pilot of world’s biggest passenger jet calms the nerves of anxious fliers

A new year hopefully promises new adventures, some of which could involve taking a flight to a faraway place. That’s all well and good if you don’t mind flying, but for nervous plane passengers, booking a ticket could mark the beginning of a steady increase in anxiety levels as the big day approaches. While some particularly nervous fliers may be convinced they only have a 50 percent chance of making it to their destination on any given fli...
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Ripple passes Ethereum to become the second most valuable cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency Ripple surged on the final Friday of 2017, reaching a market cap of more than $86 billion , CNBC reports. Ripple, which is officially known as XRP, saw its value rise by 55.9 percent. At its peak, the currency was valued at $2.23 a coin. Since then, it has fallen to $2.17 , but it is still the second most valuable cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, according to Coinmarketcap.com. Ethereum is currently the world’s thir...
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Google Photos is choosing your happiest pics for a ‘Smiles of 2017’ video

As the curtain comes down on another year, you might be taking a moment to swipe through your photos from 2017, enjoying (hopefully) happy reminders of the friends you met, the places you went, and the things you did. Looking back on the year has prompted Google to offer users of its Photos app a Smiles of 2017 video, which uses AI to pull together all your images featuring, you guessed it, smiles. Or at least, what its algorithm perceives ...
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Forget lithium-ion — this graphene-based power pack recharges insanely fast

Regardless of whether you are simply whiling away the hours on a long journey with your Nintendo Switch or are left unable to work because your iPhone X or MacBook is out of juice, running out of battery charge on the go is pretty darn annoying. That’s where a new new graphene-based fast charging USB-C battery pack, currently sweeping Kickstarter , wants to help. Describing itself as the world’s first portable USB-C power bank which works u...
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Look what happened when Google Street View met Bing Streetside

Google’s Street View cars have been steadily mapping the world since 2007, driving millions of miles to capture images of roads, buildings, landscapes, and plenty more besides . But did you know Microsoft’s Bing has a similar service? Called Streetside, Bing’s camera-equipped cars are also puttering across the U.S., collecting imagery for a growing database of street-level views that allow web users to check out a place online almost as if ...
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What is an eSIM? Find out everything you need to know

The humble SIM card has survived for quite a while, but it now finally looks like it’s on its way out. Why? Well, the eSIM, a much smarter technology, is here to save the day. Before we dive into what an eSIM is, it might be helpful to understand what a SIM is . A SIM, which stands for “subscriber identity module,” basically contains the information that authenticates your identity to a carrier. In other words, the SIM card is what tells a ...
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More than a brand, this documentary details the fight to preserve Patagonia

Despite its immense beauty, few people think much of Patagonia outside of the popular outdoor brand . Back in 2011, the Chilean government approved plans for HydroAysen, the largest hydroelectric project in the country’s history. The proposed environmental permits would affect vast regions of wilderness within Patagonia and the Rio Baker. HydroAysen called for five dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers, with an additional 1,200-mile clearcut ...
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2018 Infiniti QX80 First Drive Review

We could try to make artful metaphors to describe the appearance of Infiniti’s current QX80, but nothing we or anyone else could say will take the edge off seeing the bulbous SUV in person. A small percentage of car buyers might find the rig’s appearance inoffensive, but everyone else will call it like they see it: ugly. The QX80’s unsightly aesthetic is a real shame, too, because most everything beneath the surface is stellar. “Don’t judge...
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White House points finger at North Korea as the source of 2017’s WannaCry attack

The United States is publicly attributing the WannaCry ransomware attack  to North Korea, counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert said during a White House briefing. The attack took place for three days in May across 150 countries using the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which encrypted Windows-based PCs and demanded Bitcoins in return. “This was a careless and reckless attack,” he stated. “It affected individuals, industry, governments. A...
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Could Nokia be planning a new QWERTY keyboard phone?

As first spotted by Nokia enthusiast website Nokia Power User , a new Nokia smartphone was recently approved by the FCC . Named TA-1047 in the documentation, details on the possible handset are sparse, but it is rumored the device will be dual-SIM, and will have a diagonal measurement of 5.5-inches, and dimensions of 133 x 68 mm (5.23 x 2.67 inches), making it smaller than the budget-friendly Nokia 2 . While rumors are still circulating abo...
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Is the Pentagon’s shadowy secret UFO research program still going on?

If the truth is out there , the Department of Defense may still be determined to find it. Stories published in the New York Times and Politico  almost at the same time both detail a secret Pentagon program that went on for years, spending tens of millions of dollars to investigate “unidentified aerial phenomena,” also known as UFOs. Called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, it spent five years investigating reports from p...
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The 10 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

Let’s face it, our most-used PCs are smartphones. As our dependence on mobile technology grows, so does the need for constant and instant communication with our family, friends, and even work colleagues. Messaging apps have grown to provide rich services and interaction with others, from free text messaging, to voice and video calling, and even photo and file sharing with the added benefit of encryption . Here are some of the best messaging...
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Definitive Technology Demand Series D9 review

Those who follow home audio closely are likely aware that there have been some incredible new offerings in the realm of “affordable,” high-end bookshelf speakers lately. We use the term in quotes, as a $500-600 price point is no drop in the bucket for most of us, but if you’re willing to tighten your belt a bit for the sound of music, offerings like KEF’s Q150  and ELAC’s Uni-fi UB5  are brilliant contributions to the space that allows buye...
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