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Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Chicago considers banning autonomous cars

Uber recently kicked off its real-world autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh, and Chicago is scrambling to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen in its own city. Mere hours after Uber started its Pittsburgh testing, municipal councilmen Anthony Beale and Ed Burke made an ordinance proposal that would ban self-driving vehicles from operating on its own roads. Such a ban would prevent Uber from setting its self-driving cars loose in Chicago, or at the least enable the city to fine the company if it does so anyway.

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Resident Evil: Vendetta CG movie arrives Spring 2017

Resident Evil: Vendetta CG movie arrives Spring 2017

There’s an animated movie based on the Resident Evil franchise in the works, and it is called “Resident Evil: Vendetta.” The movie will be available in spring 2017, according to the official movie website. As well, Capcom has teased the upcoming title by releasing some still images taken from show footage, presenting them at the Tokyo Game Show today. The company also plans to release a trailer of some sort this weekend, giving fans their first look at the movie.

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LG Signature 77″ OLED 4K TV heads to preorder for $20,000

LG Signature 77″ OLED 4K TV heads to preorder for $20,000

LG Electronics USA has a new massive television, and you will be able to order one for yourself starting this upcoming Saturday. The 77-inch LG Signature OLED TV boasts 4K Ultra HD resolution and smart functionality, but it doesn’t come cheap: the model can be preordered soon for $19,999 USD. If that seems steep (it is), keep in mind everything you get with it — in addition to “the most lifelike images on any television,” according to LG, buyers also get LG Signature Concierge, an exclusive service available to registered owners 24/7.

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NASA: Charon’s red spot comes from ‘graffiti artist’ Pluto

NASA: Charon’s red spot comes from ‘graffiti artist’ Pluto

Pluto’s moon Charon has a red spot, which NASA recently showcased in a high-resolution photo captured by New Horizons. That red spot, it turns out, is a bit of graffiti ‘gifted’ from Pluto itself; the stain is composed of an organic material dubbed tholins that originate from Pluto’s methane gas. When the methane gas escapes Pluto’s atmosphere, the space agency says, it ends up trapped by Charon’s gravity and eventually freezes in place, finally converting into heavy hydrocarbons via exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

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PlayStation Vue will soon offer HBO and Cinemax

PlayStation Vue will soon offer HBO and Cinemax

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s over-the-Internet live television service, will soon offer HBO and Cinemax as channel options for those who want them. The announcement coincides with another one — HBO Now will soon be available on both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, giving those with a standalone HBO Now subscription — regardless of whether they have Vue — the ability to watch shows through it on their PS console. The HBO Now support, of course, won’t cost anything.

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Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Forget placing an order through Domino’s website — the company has made it possible to order a pizza directly within Facebook Messenger via a bot, giving customers in the United States the same feature that has been available in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a short while. In its current form — which will no doubt be refined in due time — users who have an online account and existing orders can use the Messenger bot to reorder their last meal or place an “easy order,” as well as track their meal's status.

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Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Walmart patent details self-driving shopping cart robots

Imagine this future: you use your smartphone to order a self-driving car, which pulls up on its own and takes you to the grocery store...in this case, Walmart. When you get there, you just stand by the carts and wait patiently while a small robotic device fetches one and brings it to you, no searching or yanking necessary. Such may one day be reality if a newly awarded Walmart patent -- which describes an autonomous shopping cart system -- is anything to go by.

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Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify now has 40 million paying subscribers, the company has announced, ten million more than it announced back in March. Company CEO Daniel Ek teased followers with the new milestone on Twitter, saying in a tweet that ’40 is the new 30. Million.” This is contrasted by the 100 million plus users the company has on its free tier, and comes at the same time as now-former Spotify Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Levick announced his departure from the company.

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Twitter livestreaming video apps arrive for Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV

Twitter livestreaming video apps arrive for Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV

Twitter has launched livestreaming video apps for the Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, giving owners of those devices the ability to watch livestreaming videos from Twitter. This will include, says the company, Thursday Night Football games and livestreaming content from others like Campus Insiders, Bloomberg News, MLB Advanced Media, Pac 12 Networks, Cheddar, and the NBA.

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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection arrives for PS4, Xbox One in November

Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection arrives for PS4, Xbox One in November

Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection will be available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting this upcoming November. According to the company, more than 100 million copies of Assassin’s Creed games have been sold thus far, marking a big milestone for the franchise ahead of November’s “The Ezio Collection” launch. The Ezio Collection will include Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations, among other things.

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HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

In 2014, officials discovered the HMS Erebus, one of two ships that sank in the Arctic while on a mission to travel across the Northwest Passage. The location of the second ship, HMS Terror, was still being sought, though, a mission that itself has reached its conclusion thanks to the Arctic Research Foundation and a single tip. The HMS Terror was discovered in King William Island’s Terror Bay on September 3; according to researchers, it is very well preserved and all signs point to it having “sank gently” to the sea floor.

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