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Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

Amazon Prime Music releases exclusive recordings as ‘Amazon Acoustics’

The Video portion of Amazon's Prime service scored its own exclusive this week with the signing of the three ex-Top Gear hosts, but now it's Music's turn, as the company debuted an exclusive collection of acoustic recordings. The collection, simply titled Amazon Acoustics, features a wide range of big-name artists and indies, with 32 tracks of both original recordings and covers. While the tunes are exclusive to Amazon, they aren't just for Prime members, as regular customers can purchase them as well.

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This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

When you really think about it, a toaster would make a great charging station for mobile devices. You could drop multiple phones or mid-size tablets into it, it would keep gadgets standing upright and away from spills and heavy objects being set on top, and it could bake your device to that perfect level of crisp. Well, maybe that last feature wouldn't be so great, but the rest would! The makers of the Foaster probably thought the same, as they came up with a multi-device charging station that looks just like the everyday kitchen appliance.

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BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

BMW i3 owners offered cash to delay car charging

If you're a BMW i3 owner and live in California, you could get paid over $1,000 directly from BMW to not charge your electric vehicle during peak hours. It's part of a trail program that sees the car company teaming up with PG&E, California's utility provider, to try to offset heavy demand on the power grids. i3 drivers can basically be compensated for putting off their charging by an hour or more.

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NVIDIA issues Shield tablet recall for overheating batteries

NVIDIA issues Shield tablet recall for overheating batteries

If you're an owner of NVIDIA's Shield tablet and you notice it's feeling a bit warmer than usual, you should probably turn it off and listen to the company's notice. The company has just issued a voluntary recall for the 8-inch, Android-based device over concerns about the battery overheating and posing a fire risk. There's no mention of how many instances there's been of fire damage, but NVIDIA does ask users to stop using the tablet, except to back up any data and to participate in the recall.

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Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

Windows 10 90-day free trail version now available

While 14 million people or so may have already installed Windows 10, Microsoft's just-released operating system, you may be curious to try it without wanting to make the full commitment yet. See, while Windows 10 may be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, installing it will completely overwrite the older OS. Thankfully, Microsoft has made a free, 90-day trial version of Windows 10 Enterprise available, letting users try Windows 10 without completely eliminating their Windows 7 or 8.1 installation.

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iPhone 6s part leaks reveal camera rings, flex cables, home button

iPhone 6s part leaks reveal camera rings, flex cables, home button

As Apple is expected to announce its next iPhone in September, as it does every year, production of the device has surely begun by now. With that comes the occasional leak of things like small internal parts, such as what was revealed on Thursday. French site Nowhereelse was first to show images of components that are said to be from the iPhone "6s" and "6s Plus," including the device's flex cable, exterior camera ring, and a part from the home button.

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Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla owners who are eager for the next big software update for their electric vehicles may not have much longer to wait. The next update, expected to bring the software to version 7, will enable highway auto-steering functionality and automatic parallel parking, and is almost ready for release. This comes the CEO himself, Elon Musk, via several posts on Twitter early this morning. No firm release date was given, and there's still one last issue they need to prepare for, but if all goes well we should be downloading the new software soon.

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Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google's Street View cars are great at providing detailed maps and imagery of roads and intersections, but what if they could collect more data to add to their maps, like the quality of air in an area? That's just what Aclima hopes to achieve, as they've just announced a partnership with Google that will put their environmental sensors on a handful of Street View cars in a new pilot program aimed at improving pollution awareness.

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Dashlane comes to Apple Watch with one-touch password changes

Dashlane comes to Apple Watch with one-touch password changes

Popular password management service Dashlane has just released an update for its iOS app that introduces Apple Watch compatibility. While looking up and reading passwords from your wrist is hardly ideal, it's Dashlane's flagship feature — one-touch password changer — that makes the Apple Watch app shine. That tool is how Dashlane differentiates itself from managers like 1Password and LastPass, automatically changing and updating passwords on websites with the touch of a single button.

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California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

It seems several instances recently of private drones preventing firefighters from dealing with California forest fires have frustrated authorities enough that they're issuing rewards for information on the pilots. San Bernardino County officials are now offering $75,000 in total to catch the drone pilots involved in obstructing three different fires — $25,000 for each incident. The drones not only got in the way of firefighters' aerial efforts, but actually delayed their response in stopping the fire, in turn causing more damage.

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