Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

The New York International Auto Show 2015 kicks into high gear this week, and Volkswagen is ready not with one nor two but five models to show off. Granted, four of them are concepts, but considering they're legacy, they are more than noteworthy. In time for the 60th anniversary of the Beetle line, the car maker is announcing four Beetle concepts, two of which are convertibles: the Beetle Convertible Denim, the Bettle Convertible Wave, the Beetle R-Line, and the pink, yes pink, Beetle Pink Color Edition. Plus, the Golf SportsWagen gets an all-terrain brother.

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You can finally opt out and remove Verizon’s “supercookie”

You can finally opt out and remove Verizon’s “supercookie”

Verizon Wireless is finally letting users completely opt out of its tracking program which uses undeletable tracking codes called "supercookies". Prior to this, customers no longer received targeted advertizing after opting out from Verizon's data collection program. Still, customers' browsing history and metadata was being stored by Verizon. Under its data collection program, Verizon tracks personal data by tagging customers with a unique customer identifier code. This "supercookie" code was un-removable under Verizon's previous opt-out policy wherein users could halt the gathering of their browsing habits, but they would still be tagged with a customer identifier code. Now, users can ask Verizon to remove their customer ID code supercookie.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

It hasn't been a secret that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 would be making it public debut at the New York Auto Show, and leading up to it the auto maker has teased the car in a myriad of ways. We can finally put those teases to rest: the luxury sedan has arrived, and it fulfills all of Cadillac's promises. The CT6 is a big deal for Cadillac for multiple reasons, not the least of which being due to its designation as one of eight new models being launched as part of a multi-billion dollar investment by the auto maker.

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Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook has been found running afoul of the law in Europe, at least according to researchers commissioned to look into the matter. Last month a draft report pegged the social network as being in violation of European law, and so a further look into the matter concluded that Facebook is tracking all of its users...even if they are opting out of being tracked, or if they have visited a Facebook page but don't have an account with the company.

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Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photography storage and sharing website, has been slowly adding features it hopes will make it appeal to a larger audience of photographers, and latest among its efforts is the introduction of two new copyright designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Both designations have been long-requested by Flickr users, and it has already kicked things off in a big way, announcing that SpaceX was one of the first accounts to switch over to a "Public Domain" designation -- making those gorgeous rocket shots available to anyone.

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Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Sony has announced the new Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. With the bundle comes a Steel Grey PS4 console decked out with a partial silhouette of Batman and a subtle emblem reading out the name of the game. A controller with the same steel grey color is included with the bundle, as well as the expected game. That's not the only bundle Sony will be offering, however; it has a second similar one up its sleeve, only for a lower price point and with less flashy designs for those who find that option more preferable.

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Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle is a smart kettle that allows users to set the temperature, monitor the process, and more when warming up water for their morning coffee or afternoon soup. It works, as you'd expect, in conjunction with a mobile app lending hands-off control of the kettle, which can be left on its own in the kitchen (after the water is added, of course). The design itself is modern with a shiny outer shell, but conservative enough to blend in with most kitchens with its round shape and matte black base. According to its maker, this is the first kettle that offers volume and temperature control in real-time on a mobile device.

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Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi details central controller for piloted driving tech

Audi has detailed the latest among its efforts for producing new safety-oriented driving technologies, in this case piloted driving. Such functionality will be managed by a central controller the size of a tablet, says the auto maker, serving as the core upon which future piloted driving systems will be developed. Audi calls this a "key milestone" for autonomous driving functionality in general, and serves to showcase its own particular efforts in an industry that is scrambling to get self-driving cars on the road.

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Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV users revolt after content restrictions hit select channels

Sling TV is an exciting option for television viewers, giving the best of television while offering the convenience and piecemeal freedom that comes with watch-it-anywhere Internet streaming. The service, which is from Dish Network, offers a core package that includes many channels streaming in real-time, counted among them being such popular offerings as ESPN, AMC, Disney, ABC Family, CNN, and more. Some users have discovered that not all is quite as it seems, however, and they have started to revolt.

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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie to arrive in early 2016

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie to arrive in early 2016

A handful of years ago, a rehashed version of "Pride and Prejudice" was released called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and as you'd expect given the title, it incorporates the undead into the storyline. The book was released back in 2009, and fans have been pushing for a movie edition. With zombies (again) enjoying the popular spotlight, it is no surprise that now seems like as good a time as any, and news of an official movie in the pipeline has surfaced. The flick will be hitting theaters in early 2016.

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