Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

There you have it folks. More or less official confirmation that we weren't just imagining things or Amazon wasn't just messing things up. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, with a 500 GB of storage space, is real and it's coming. At least according to an NVIDIA employee who we hope is at liberty to confirm such things without endangering his employment. In any case, now that the question has been answered, the next one is "exactly when". Followed by, "will it have Netflix out of the box?"

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Olloclip debuts new ultra-wide/telephoto ‘Active Lens’ for iPhone 6

Olloclip debuts new ultra-wide/telephoto ‘Active Lens’ for iPhone 6

Olloclip is at it again, transforming ordinary smartphone cameras into professional-grade devices with its clip-on lenses. We went hands-on with the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens last fall, shooting photos and videos through the accessory. Olloclip's latest offering is the Olloclip Active Lens which includes just two lenses. A telephoto and an ultra-wide lens fit over both rear and front facing cameras at the same time; it's designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Another draw for this model is portability, as it comes with a new system of pendants to keep Active lens safe when out of use.

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Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

As the mobile industry are starting to settle down around major players, some manufacturers are turning their eyes onto the next big target after our pockets: our homes, and sometimes our cars. The amorphous "Internet of Things" or IoT that encompasses almost anything and everything that can be made "smart" has become the most recent industry buzzword. Naturally, Huawei wants in on it as well, and it is going to do so with its own "Agile IoT Solution", starting with its very own operating system, LiteOS.

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Ford goes backwards with 2016 F-150 tech (in a good way)

Ford goes backwards with 2016 F-150 tech (in a good way)

Cars that can parallel-park themselves aren't new, but Ford's F-150 is borrowing the principle for a common truck headache: safely reversing a trailer. Pro Trailer Backup Assist is joining the options list for the 2016 model year of the aluminum truck, aiming to help avoid moments of "hang on, which way do I turn the wheel?" confusion when trying to back up with a trailer, horse box, or something else hanging off of your F-150, by making it as straightforward as watching the LCD and twiddling a knob.

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Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

Mercedes takes luxury sky-high with its concept private jet interior

While most of us fly economy, crammed into planes like a flying tin can, some people skip business class altogether and head straight for their own private jets. These luxury flyers never have to worry about getting stuck in the middle seat. With this concept design from Mercedes, the choice is between a sleek armchair and a cushy sofa. This concept design is from Mercedes' parent company, Daimler. In a unique partnership between Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik, the concept jet interior does away with walls and rooms. A "dynamic, spiral layout" creates the illusion of more space, while a shift in color scheme is used to indicate separate areas.

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Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Anatel, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency, has just been reported to have finally approved the Apple Watch, both the Sport kind and the stainless steel model. This takes Apple's smartwatch one step closer to its promised 2015 date. But although that fact alone might be interesting enough to Apple fans, especially those in Brazil, the approval had one other, perhaps more interesting tidbit. It showed, for the first time, the mysterious demonstration bases found in Apple retail stores, revealing the secrets inside the interaction between the Apple Watch and the iPad embedded within.

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Apple designs ‘Home’ app as a control hub for HomeKit devices

Apple designs ‘Home’ app as a control hub for HomeKit devices

Apple is getting closer to achieving a "connected home" with its HomeKit initiative. Among Apple's plans for its own Internet of Things is an app to manage everything from your mobile device. Apple is reported to be designing an app for iOS 9 called "Home" which would act as a master control for all HomeKit connected accessories. Aside from the app, HomeKit devices could also be capable of responding to voice commands through integration with Siri.

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Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

It's not unusual for OEMs to venture outside of their comfort zones in search of the perfect pitch. That is especially true for Samsung, who has, at least for the time being, diverged from its usual path with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That said, there are some choices that still boggle the mind and confound imagination. Like these new tidbits that are coming about Samsung's rumored two high end smartphones, particularly the one called Project Zen, the Galaxy Note Edge successor that might not be a successor at all.

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SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey's innovative keyboard app has expanded its selection of keyboard themes on iOS, with a small price tag. The free app just added a new selection of "freemium" themes to download. SwiftKey's Android app dropped its $3.99 price tag last year in favor of a in-app purchases; now, the iOS version is following its lead. SwiftKey only debuted on iOS last year, after gaining popularity on Android systems. The app's late entry into the iOS market was due to Apple blocking system-wide, third-party keyboards from its App Store.

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