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Uber Self-Driving Car Prototype

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

By about 2 hours ago.

It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. More →

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Google Nexus 6 Size Advertising

Nexus 6: Another reason why Google might favor phablets over smaller phones

Nexus 6: Another reason why Google might favor phablets over smaller phones

By about 2 hours ago.

Google surprised Android fans who were anxiously waiting for a new Nexus smartphone last year by only launching one new handset, a 6-inch Nexus 6 phablet that proved to be too big for some users. The correlation between the gadget’s name and its screen size might help explain why Google had to release a phablet last year. Google may have also done it to show developers what apps running on a vanilla version of Android look on a phablet, though.

That said,  there might be one other reason behind Google’s decision to only launch a bigger Nexus phone in 2014. More →

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Game Changers

Apple Web TV Service Delay

Why Apple’s cable-killing TV service might be delayed

Why Apple’s cable-killing TV service might be delayed

By about 2 hours ago.

Earlier this year, we learned that Apple was beginning to get serious about launching a web TV service of its own — something to compete with the other over-the-top services that have started popping up around the market. Having its name attached to the service will be a plus, but Apple wants to truly differentiate itself from the competition.

Unfortunately, that could mean we won’t see the Apple’s service any time soon. More →

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Google Security Questions

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

By about 3 hours ago.

A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset.

Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding the problem is that many users, as a result, also have a difficult time remembering their security question answers in the first place. This is especially true when the questions chosen are exceedingly specific.

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Need for Speed DOOM

Need for Speed, DOOM and Street Fighter V: Game trailers of the week

Need for Speed, DOOM and Street Fighter V: Game trailers of the week

By about 3 hours ago.

Every week, a landslide of video game trailers hit the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don’t have release dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we’ve decided to collect our favorites into a single post. More →

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Mario Kart Mad Max Fury Road Mashup

Mario Kart: Fury Road is the most essential mashup trailer of the year

Mario Kart: Fury Road is the most essential mashup trailer of the year

By about 4 hours ago.

Are you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. More →

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BGR-Smartphones-2014

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

CNBC pundit declares smartphones ‘over,’ says Apple could be the next BlackBerry

By about 5 hours ago.

It’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. More →

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Project Fi Launch Invites Availability

Excited to try Google’s game-changing Project Fi? You’re in for a long wait

Excited to try Google’s game-changing Project Fi? You’re in for a long wait

By about 5 hours ago.

Google’s recently launched MVNO wireless initiative sounds like an intriguing proposition for Nexus 6 owners, especially now that the company is sending out the first invites for it. However, many users who have asked for an invite might have to wait a longer time before they’ll be able to actually start using it. More →

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Spotify iOS App Update

See what Spotify’s next major iOS app update looks like

See what Spotify’s next major iOS app update looks like

By about 5 hours ago.

On Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners. We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. More →

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Best Smartphone Battery Innos D6000

This Android phone has a massive 6,000mAh battery and costs just $290

This Android phone has a massive 6,000mAh battery and costs just $290

By about 6 hours ago.

Now this is a phone that should give you at least a full day’s charge… and very likely at least three. GizmoChina brings us word that Chinese manufacturer Innos has just released a new smartphone that features a huge 6,000mAh battery, which just happens to be the biggest battery we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. Innos says this will deliver power that lasts between three to five days per charge depending on use. More →

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