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University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

Concerns about the safety of self driving cars have largely been excessive, but that doesn’t mean caution is not necessary, and that all cities are open to having such vehicles tested on their public roads. Enter the University the Michigan and, as it had previously teased, the official launch of its new simulated city that spans 32 acres and includes by urban and suburban environments. The city is called Mcity, and it was made entirely for testing self driving vehicles.

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Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Today Google introduced a new feature for Google Maps called 'Your Timeline', and it brings about a way for users to explore the places they have travelled (with Maps, at least). If you’re a frequent Google Maps user and you don’t stick to the same locations all the time, Your Timeline provides a nice way for you to take a trip down memory lane…by viewing your actual real-life trips. The feature works in conjunction with Google Photos to add in some visuals, if applicable.

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Lightroom for Android gets slew of bug fixes, new features

Lightroom for Android gets slew of bug fixes, new features

Adobe has pushed out an update to its Lightroom for Android app, improving the mobile photography offering by both fixing some bugs that plagued the previous version and adding in new features that increase the app's usefulness. This brings the app up to Lightroom 1.2. Image editing, among other things, is promised to be faster in this version by allowing users to copy adjustments from one photo and paste them onto another. We’ve details on the rest of the changes after the jump!

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Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Microsoft suffered big financial blow last quarter

Following Apple's recent report, Microsoft has dropped details on its own most recent financial quarter, and it doesn't bring good news: the company had its worst quarterly results ever, something partly attributed to its Nokia happenings and a continually downturned PC market. The company saw a quarterly revenue drop of 5.1-percent, with it raking in $22.18 billion (compared to last year’s $23.38 billion). The company saw a decrease in Office sales despite a slight growth, as well as a drop in Windows volume licensing and Windows OEM revenue.

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PlayStation 4 officially licensed remote launching soon

PlayStation 4 officially licensed remote launching soon

PDP will soon be launching its own officially licensed media remote for the Sony PlayStation 4. The maker has not officially announced its new remote, but a preorder has gone live on Amazon and some other retailers’ websites, with an availability date starting in October. While officially licensed for the PlayStation 4, the remote can also be used with certain other devices found in an entertainment setup, such as a set top box or the TV itself, depending on its connectivity options.

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Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple has detailed its financials for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015 year, and as expected there are a lot of good talking points. We’ve already dug into some of the relevant numbers, but are taking a moment to talk about the Apple Watch specifically. Apple shies away from getting too specific about it smartwatch’s sales numbers, though CEO Tim Cook did say that the quarter was a “great start for Apple Watch”.

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Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Carbon dating may suffer drastically if pollution levels continue to rise, and the reason revolves around fossil fuel emissions. According to a recent study by Imperial College London atmospheric scientist Heather Graven, emissions could drastically “age” the atmosphere over the coming decades and make accurate carbon dating more difficult. It has been known that such emissions have a "dilution" effect, but this recent study shows how drastically.

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Moto G 3rd gen listed early: 2GB RAM, 1080p, and LTE detailed

Moto G 3rd gen listed early: 2GB RAM, 1080p, and LTE detailed

Motorola is, you may have noticed, having trouble keeping it third-generation budget smartphone under wraps. The company has an event coming next week and it is expected the next-gen Moto G will be unveiled during it, but ample leaks — messy as they are — have offered numerous glimpses at the model. The leaks aren’t uniform in their information, and so we still don’t know what the handset will precisely offer. As the clock counts down, however, the leaks are becoming more substantial, such as their latest one from a retailer in Switzerland.

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Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.

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NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

The NFL has offered a subscription streaming service for a while, but it has been limited in both availability and what it offers. That will be changing with NFL Game Pass, a new service that updates its previous offering to include support for additional devices like Apple TV and gaming consoles. Game Pass will, for the most part, be replacing Game Rewind, and it’ll bring on-demand streaming of past regular season games. Unfortunately, live streaming options will still be limited.

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