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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Ultra-rare 1957 Ferrari 335S auctioned for $35M

Ultra-rare 1957 Ferrari 335S auctioned for $35M

It's hard to beat a Ferrari when it comes to luxury sports cars retaining their value over the years, and the latest auction for a classic model proves it. In Paris today a 1957 Ferrari 335 Spider Scaglietti was auctioned off by Artcurial, reaching a total of $34.9 million. So, what makes the car so valuable? Well, the car was designed for the track by Enzo Ferrari himself, has been raced by two Formula 1 world champions, oh, and it's one of only four ever produced.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

As Google's self-driving cars continue to make progress and move to more locations for testing, it appears the company is now making plans on how to better charge the small pod cars. A FCC filing discovered by IEEE Spectrum indicated that Google is looking into wireless charging as an option, with plans to install system around its headquarters, as well as the former Air Force base that serves as the self-driving testing grounds.

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The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

Most people have a pretty good idea of what computer malware and viruses look like in the current era: pop-up windows, spam sites set as the homepage, and bogus apps installed if they're lucky, with spyware and software that allows remote hacking being some of the worst. But about in the MS-DOS era? What did computer users of yore dread when getting infected? Well, the Malware Museum offers a historic, and safe, look back at what was conjured up in the 80s and 90s.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

Those who own a late 2013 Mac Pro model and have been plagued by various video issues are in for some good news today: it appears Apple has just launched a new Repair Extension Program that covers the machine's problems. Users that have been affected have experienced issues including distorted video, no video at all, system instability such as freezing and restarting, and even being unable to start up.

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Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google has just announced that a beta of its Android Studio 2.0 software is now available for download, offering new and improved tools for Android app developers. As the latest version of the IDE (integrated development environment), Android Studio 2.0 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but sometime before May seems likely. Those interested in trying it out can download it now from the Beta channel website.

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Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

One of the most common accessories that users pick up for their smartphones has got to be a screen protector, those clear plastic films that stick to the display to prevent scratches and smudges. Unfortunately, trying to get the protector to line up perfectly with the screen, home button, or ear speaker during application, not to mention air bubbles, is one of the most frustrating process. Well, Apple Stores in Japan are the first debut Apple's new solution: handheld Belkin devices that will automatically install screen protectors on iPhones.

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Amazon Echo will now request an Uber too

Amazon Echo will now request an Uber too

Amazon seems to be on roll this week with adding new capabilities to its Echo smart home speaker. First it was ordering pizza for the Super Bowl, then came support for listening to Spotify, and now users can ask digital assistant Alexa to order them an Uber ride. The ride-sharing company has announced that its API is now compatible with Echo, so those in need of a driver don't even need to take their phone out, let alone open the app.

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This robot chameleon changes colors faster than the real thing

This robot chameleon changes colors faster than the real thing

The future of color-changing body armor may be here, and it's in the form of this chameleon-shaped robot. Researchers from China's Wuhan University took a 3D-printed model (which also resembles a cat, but let's not split hairs) and covered it in plasmonic displays, which can produce colors and rapidly change between them by detecting the background with light sensors.

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