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Waze jabs Uber with new carpooling test in San Francisco

Waze jabs Uber with new carpooling test in San Francisco

Google’s navigation app Waze is treading into Uber and Lyft territory, announcing plans to test a carpooling feature in San Francisco that’ll let commuters take a ride together, with those hitching a ride paying the driver for their time. This is a pilot program, and unlike a previous and similar test in Israel, the company won’t take a percentage of the driver’s money. The change may be enough to encourage users to carpool with others, and teases a new option beyond Uber.

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Xiaomi Yi action cam gets a 4K upgrade

Xiaomi Yi action cam gets a 4K upgrade

Xiaomi, popular Chinese electronics maker, has released an updated version of its Yi action camera, but unlike the first one, it doesn't come with a budget-friendly price tag. The new model brings a nicer design and some updated features, namely 4K video recording and dual-band WiFi, but the new features will come at a much higher cost...one that makes the Yi a less attractive GoPro alternative.

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Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) has published a new study that found a combination of concerns about security and privacy are causing some Americans to limit their online activities, something that could, over time, impact the economy and more. The lack of trust in online safety comes at a time when report after report details mass government spying against citizens and cybersecurity breaches that leave ordinary users exposed and vulnerable.

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Amazon tipped to launch its own private-label food by early June

Amazon tipped to launch its own private-label food by early June

Amazon will soon be launching its own perishable foods and other products under its own private-label brands, according to sources, something we've heard talk of in the past. These private-label brands are said to include things like laundry detergent and diapers, as well as food items like baby food, spices, and coffee. We may be seeing some of these products become available by the beginning of June, the sources say, and they’ll include brands like Mama Bear and Happy Belly.

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Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla has hired long-running Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as its new Vice President of Vehicle Production. In his role, Hochholdinger will be aiding the auto maker in achieving its-ever growing production goals, ensuring the company is able to deliver on its Model 3 promises while keeping up Model X and Model S production. Before Tesla, Hochholdinger spent 22 years at Audi, where he has roles in ‘the entire production chain,’ helming production for multiple Audi models and more.

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After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

If you'll forgive the hipster-ish-ness of it all, I was a cord-cutter before cord-cutting was a thing. Not because I wanted to be, but rather due to a childhood in which we didn't have cable and, later on, the habit of living without it. I had an old Dell laptop connected to the TV and a ton of DVDs ripped to its hard drive. The arrangement became more sophisticated over time, it was joined by Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, and I'd say my satisfaction with the arrangement had been increasing every year. Why, then, did I subscribe to cable TV this month?

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Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac has a couple of new PCs-on-a-stick, the ZBOX PI220 and the PI221. Both of the sticks look the same, with only minor exceptions, measuring 5.2 x 1.7 x 0.62-inches in size. The big difference between the models is a fan — one has one, and the other doesn’t — with the latter obviously being ideal for low-demand uses in places where you want quiet operation. Both models feature Intel Cherry Trail processors and more.

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Mirrow Provocator is the size of a Smart ForTwo, but it seats four

Mirrow Provocator is the size of a Smart ForTwo, but it seats four

City driving is best done with small cars — they’re easier to park, easier to zip around in, and easier on gas consumption — but small cars have a big downside. Models like the Smart ForTwo are only big enough for two people, and they don’t have much room for storage. Russian company Mirrow’s Provocator is different (and yet, in many ways, similar) — it manages to squeeze four seats into a small body, shrinking the big-size sedan down into a mini-car.

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Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Study: texting while driving disables driver’s vital ‘sixth sense’

Texting while driving is a serious problem, and it has resulted in far too many pointless deaths. Auto makers have rolled out campaigns in an attempt to educate the public about its dangers, cities have cracked down against such drivers, and researchers have even created devices that disable your car if you get distracted. The problem persists, however, and a new study has shed light on just how dangerous it is: texting while driving doesn't activate a 'sixth sense' that usually protects drivers while on the road.

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Ontario bill will make parents take a class to get vaccine exemptions

Ontario bill will make parents take a class to get vaccine exemptions

Before getting a vaccination exemption, parents in Ontario may first have to attend an educational class teaching them about vaccines, what they are, and why they are important. Such is the foundation of new legislation recently introduced in the region, and it aims to reduce the number of parents who choose to skip vaccines over fears about autism, random conspiracy theories, and other concerns.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review

Perhaps you're still rocking the third-generation X1 Carbon laptop, and you're not quite sure you're ready to upgrade to the fourth-generation model. That doesn't mean you have to forgo this year's update -- Lenovo has the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, a two-in-one tablet/keyboard combo that, combined with a sleek projector-wielding module and a sturdy stylus, form a beastly, highly portable tablet system.

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Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Some time this summer, Microsoft will add fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile, giving mobile users another security option. Microsoft recently confirmed the planned fingerprint support at the WinHEC conference, saying that it’ll be available as part of Windows Hello, the Windows 10 feature in which a device recognizes its owner using facial recognition and more.

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