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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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Watch the new Pokemon Generations series on YouTube

Watch the new Pokemon Generations series on YouTube

Fans of the Pokemon Origins miniseries will want to mark their calendars, because The Pokemon Company announced today that it will be launching a new series titled Pokemon Generations later this week. Premiering on YouTube on September 16, this new series seems to be a follow up to Origins, though it also appears to be a little more ambitious than its predecessor, looking to touch on major moments from all of the main series Pokemon releases, from Red and Blue all the way up to X and Y.

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Sonic Mania Genesis-themed collector’s edition release made official

Sonic Mania Genesis-themed collector’s edition release made official

It's safe to say that Sonic Mania is a game that has old-school Sonic fans more excited than they've been in a long time. It's been a turbulent road for the Blue Blur ever since he made the jump to 3D, with many hoping to see a return to his 2D platforming roots. Sonic Generations got us halfway there, while Sonic Mania fully embraces the character's 16-bit past. If you've avoided gameplay videos thus far, one look at the freshly revealed collector's edition of the game is all you need to see just how much of a throwback Sonic Mania is to the 16-bit era.

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Amazon Alexa gets new skills from GE, Food Network

Amazon Alexa gets new skills from GE, Food Network

Amazon has announced a big milestone for Alexa today, revealing that its little personal assistant now has over 3,000 skills for users to pick and choose from. 3,000 different Alexa skills is a fairly large achievement when you consider the development kit is only a year old, but it's made more impressive by the fact that Alexa's skills have tripled since June. To celebrate the announcement, Amazon detailed two new skills that are arriving today and a handful that will be launching before the end of September.

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PlayStation 4 HDR patch arrives tomorrow

PlayStation 4 HDR patch arrives tomorrow

When Sony announced the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro last week, one major announcement it made was that all existing PlayStation 4 consoles, regardless of model, would be receiving firmware updates to enable high dynamic range (HDR) functionality. That update, which is part of Patch 4.0, will be arriving tomorrow, Sony has announced.

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Super Mario Run release level demoed by Shigeru Miyamoto

Super Mario Run release level demoed by Shigeru Miyamoto

By now, you've probably heard the news: after all of these years, Mario is coming to mobile devices. Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage during Apple's iPhone 7 keynote last week to reveal Super Mario Run, a new game reminiscent of endless runners that will feature the mustachioed plumber. During the announcement, one of the main talking points centered around the fact that you can play Super Mario Run with one hand.

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Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter is continuing its push to become a destination for all things streaming, announcing a partnership with Deezer today that will see the music streaming service added to the Twitter roster of Audio Cards. Deezer is joining other streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Rhapsody, and support for Deezer tunes in Audio Cards is rolling out today on iOS and Android.

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4K TiVo BOLT+ announced with 3TB of storage

4K TiVo BOLT+ announced with 3TB of storage

TiVo has announced that it will be giving its BOLT something of a makeover, announcing the pricing and release details for the new BOLT+ today. The BOLT+ is similar in a lot of ways to the original BOLT, offering up support for 4K resolutions and features like QuickMode and SkipMode, but with this latest release, TiVo is stepping up its game a little bit.

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