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Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai has introduced its new Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, allowing those with Apple’s wearable to control certain functions on their car from the convenience of their wrist. One such feature is flashing the car’s lights from the Apple Watch — a convenient way to find the car in a crowded parking lot or scare away a nosy passerby. Using Blue Link, the wearable can also be used to lock the doors using Apple Watch and as a remote start button for firing up the engine from “almost anywhere”, says the auto maker.

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Pinterest rolling out Buyable Pins on iOS

Pinterest rolling out Buyable Pins on iOS

Early this month Pinterest officially launched a “Buy It” button on the site, its latest effort to monetize its service by serving as an e-commerce portal for the items found in its pins. The idea is that many visitors use Pinterest to find crafts and other DIY projects, and so these "Buyable Pins", as Pinterest calls them, makes it easy to get the items needed without having to leave the site for a different one.

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Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Cherubs noise-isolating earbuds are made from ceramic

Love earbuds but haven’t found the right type for your needs? Cherubs is the latest to join the market, and they are fairly average except for one big reason: they are made from ceramic rather than plastics or other common materials. The use of ceramic is said to improve the earbuds’ audio functions while also serving as a sort of natural noise isolator due to the density of the substance. Silicone earbuds join the ceramic for a tight, isolating fit.

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Moto G 3rd gen surfaces in retail shots

Moto G 3rd gen surfaces in retail shots

We've seen shots of the upcoming third generation of the Moto G a few times now, but this latest leak -- assuming the shots are legit -- gives us our best look at them thus far. They are press images, likely the same shots we'll be seeing show up on retailers' websites in the near future. The same oblong rear camera design is present as well as the familiar Moto G dimple. The handset hasn't yet been announced, but the increasing leaks and sightings hint at an upcoming launch.

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Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft is narrowing its focus, and as such has been pushing some of its extraneous efforts toward others. Earlier today word surfaced that Microsoft has struck a deal with Uber that will see workers and assets being transferred, and now it is being followed up with another announcement: AOL is getting the brunt of Microsoft’s advertising operations, as is advertising tech company AppNexus. The AOL deal in particular is said to involve a 10 year partnership, and under it AOL is going to be carrying search results from Bing instead of from Google.

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Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Drones -- and by drones, we mostly mean RC copters of various sorts -- are more common than ever, and the public is still learning how to use them; not just according to the law, but also according to social standards. Common decency says not to fly a quadcopter over a neighbor's property, for example, and to not use it for spying purposes. Unfortunately some people consider such devices' very existence troubling, and go to extreme measures to eliminate them.

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Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook is eyeing the future and as such will be launching its first office in Africa, it has been announced. The office will be in a Johannesburg suburb and will be run by Nunu Ntshingila. So far Facebook has about 120 million users in Africa, a small number compared to the more than a billion people who call it home. The social network's Internet.org and Facebook Lite will play a part in getting users on board.

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BenQ XR3501 35″ curved gaming monitor launches in July

BenQ XR3501 35″ curved gaming monitor launches in July

BenQ has introduced its new XR3501 display, something said to be the first 35-inch curved monitor targeted at gamers. It features a 2000R curvature and a 144Hz refresh rate, and is joined by a high resolution of 2560x1080 to match the demands of PC gamers. The curved display is promised to “consume” the gamer’s visual field, bringing details into one's peripheral vision. It lends a better experience to certain games like flight simulators and racing games, and will be available starting next month.

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This morning’s fireball was just space junk, says NASA

This morning’s fireball was just space junk, says NASA

Random fireballs in the sky, depending on your perspective in life, are either very exciting or very scary. Presumably both emotions were experienced by witnesses this morning when a bright fireball appeared in the darkened early morning sky over a few southern states. The event was captured by many in the form of pictures and videos, and it spurred all sorts of unfounded speculation: aliens, secret government experiments, the end of the world. The reality, though, is far more mundane.

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Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Study says HUDs could make driving more dangerous

Head up displays, more commonly called HUDs, put digital images on a driver’s windshield so they can see data — speed or navigation instructions, for example — without having to take their eyes off the road. The common thought process has been that this technology makes driving safer — eyes are always forward, and devices like smartphones are tucked out of sight. A new study from the University of Toronto, however, indicates otherwise — rather than improving safety, HUDs could actually make drivers more dangerous by meddling with their attention.

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