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Disney’s Moana gets its first official trailer

Disney’s Moana gets its first official trailer

We're just a couple of months out from the release of Disney Animation Studios' next film, Moana, and today the company is giving us an early look at the movie with its first official trailer. So far we've just seen teasers and promo images, so those who are excited about this release will definitely want to check out the trailer, which features the longest look we've had at Moana yet.

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Uber now lets you request rides using Apple Maps and Siri

Uber now lets you request rides using Apple Maps and Siri

It's been a big couple of days for Uber. Yesterday the company announced that it was rolling out a fleet of self-driving vehicles in the Pittsburgh area for testing, and now the app is getting a pretty major upgrade on iOS. A new update to the Uber iOS app is offering up some increased functionality, as users can now use Apple Maps and Siri to hail a ride.

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Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Just as rumors earlier this week foretold, Pandora has launched a new $5 monthly subscription service called Pandora Plus. This new service is replacing Pandora One, and it's offering a few improvements over its predecessor as well. These come in the form of more skips, more replays, and a new offline listening mode. Paying subscribers aren't the only ones getting some new perks, however, as Pandora is also offering some additional options for free listeners.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer shows off two new Ultra Beasts

Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer shows off two new Ultra Beasts

Last time The Pokemon Company and Nintendo decided to part with some Pokemon Sun and Moon information, they revealed the concept of Ultra Beasts. These new monsters roam the region of Alola and apparently present something of a threat to Pokemon and Humans alike, but for the moment, they're mostly shrouded in mystery. Though we're getting a glance at two new Ultra Beasts in the latest Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer, the mystery still remains, leaving us to guess how Ultra Beasts will factor into the overarching story.

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Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

After receiving a $150 million investment from Ford and Baidu last month, Velodyne LiDAR has introduced the world to its latest LiDAR (Light, Detection, and Ranging) sensor. The next installment in its Puck line of sensors, the Puck Hi-Res looks to corner markets that require higher resolution images that standard 3D sensors can't offer, so it's no wonder that the world of autonomous cars is firmly in its sights.

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T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

T-Mobile takes a swing at AT&T, says its 2G network will stay active through 2020

AT&T recently announced that it would be dropping support for its 2G network next year, and of course, its competitors are seeing that as an opportunity. Specifically, T-Mobile has hopped on the chance to pull some clients who still depend on 2G connectivity away from AT&T, pledging today to keep its 2G network functioning through 2020.

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Amazon Echo devices bring Alexa to UK and Germany

Amazon Echo devices bring Alexa to UK and Germany

In addition to formally announcing the All-New Echo Dot today, Amazon also revealed that its lineup of Echo devices will be launching in the UK and Germany. Of course, this means that our friends across the pond will soon be getting Alexa as well, with all the smart home-focused features that come with her. The Echo and the new Echo Dot will be launching in both regions in the coming weeks, though they're available for pre-order today.

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Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Last month, we told you that Uber had plans to launch a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, kicking off a slew of real-world tests for the system developed by its Advanced Technology Center. At the time, the tests were said to begin before the end of August, but we entered September without any word of self-driving Uber cars arriving to pick up passengers. Despite showing up a little late to the party, Uber has announced that its real-work tests of self-driving technology begin today in Pittsburgh.

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All-New Echo Dot confirmed, wants to put Alexa in every room

All-New Echo Dot confirmed, wants to put Alexa in every room

Late yesterday, Amazon seemed to leak the existence of a second-generation Echo Dot, tweeting out an announcement of the new device before quickly deleting the tweet in question. It didn't take long for the company to officially announce the latest iteration of the Echo Dot, putting it up for pre-order today on its virtual storefront. The All-New Echo Dot - as it's being called - aims to accomplish many of the same things as the first, most notably giving you easy access to Amazon's personal assistant, Alexa.

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Outlook Calendar update brings new Skype features, icons to iOS and Android

Outlook Calendar update brings new Skype features, icons to iOS and Android

Microsoft has unleashed a new update for Outlook on iOS and Android, bringing a handful of quality-of-life improvements to the app's calendar feature. While some of these are geared more toward your personal life, most of them have some sort of application in the professional world, giving users changes that are centered around making the calendar easier to use and edit on mobile devices.

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Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you likely know of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems. The manufacturer has issued a global recall for the device after reports of overheating batteries catching fire and potentially exploding began to surface, and it has been investigating the cause of the problems ever since. It would appear the preliminary results of these tests have led to an early reason why these batteries could be malfunctioning, according to a Bloomberg report.

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iOS 10 release today: how to update iPhone and iPad

iOS 10 release today: how to update iPhone and iPad

We might have a few days left to wait for the arrival of Apple's new iPhones, but for those who aren't planning to jump to a new phone, you're not necessarily being left out in the cold when it comes to upgrades. We're seeing software updates popping up on our various iOS devices, which can only mean one thing: iOS 10 has finally arrived, and after spending a few months in beta, it's now available for everyone to download.

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