Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

Kia tops J.D. Power 2016 IQS, quality rises for brands across the board

After 21 years on the market as a car company, Kia Motors has topped this year's J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. This makes Kia the top company on the J.D. Power 2016 IQS study out of all 33 makes in the United States, marking the first time in 27 years that this list was topped by a non-premium vehicle brand. This year was also a good year for vehicle quality across the board. "Manufacturers are currently making some of the highest quality products we’ve ever seen," said vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, Renee Stephens.

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SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud rolls out Suggested Tracks recommendation feature

SoundCloud is rolling out a new feature called Suggested Tracks to all of its supported platforms, the company has announced. The feature monitors a user’s listening activity and uses that to determine what new artists and tracks the user may enjoy, offering them up as suggestions. This feature is made possible via a machine learning algorithm, says SoundCloud. With it, the company is better positioned to attract those interested in listening to music, an audience largely focused on Spotify and similar competitors.

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Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram has announced an upcoming feature that will make it easier to enjoy content posted in languages other than your own. In the “coming months,” Instagram will display a translation button in user bios and on feed posts that are written in a language other than the one used in your account, making it possible to see translations immediately without copying and pasting the text into a translator or waiting for the entire Web page to translate.

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Star Wars Rogue One : Who is K-2SO?

Star Wars Rogue One : Who is K-2SO?

A security enforcer droid sits in the "sidekick" spot in the next big Star Wars film - here's what he's all about. He goes by the name K-2SO, Kay-two ess-oh, and he's a security droid. He's got a fully articulated head (swiveling on a joint with more movement than, for example, C-3PO), and he's taller than an average human. He's also quite a bit more deadly than your average humanoid character in the Star Wars universe.

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Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox has been updated with new productivity tools, including the ability to scan documents with the mobile app and have them saved directly within Dropbox. The company teases that this is just the first step in a larger rollout of improved productivity features, and it’s a good way to kick things off. Joining document scanning is improved photo management, the ability to view version histories of items, more robust file sharing, and more.

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KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

KFC ‘Watt a Box’ is a box of chicken with a built-in phone charger

It's a problem as old as time: one minute you're eating a piece of fried chicken, the next minute your phone is dead. Chaos ensues. The chicken is in a box and you can carry it toward the nearest outlet, but who wants to be the person sitting near an outlet with a box of chicken? Not you, that's who. Fortunately KFC in India has a solution -- it's called the Watt a Box, and it's a box of chicken that doubles as a phone charger.

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Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

Today we have a peek at the next iPhone - a concept for a device that may be Apple's vision for the iPhone 7's next-of-kin. There's word that the iPhone 7 wont be a miracle of engineering and mind-blowing madness - that it won't be the major upgrade this 2-year cycle Apple always works with would have us expect. This is not the iPhone we were expecting, or hoping for. Instead, the big change in smartphone action, I hope, will be coming in 2017. This device will be the real brain-blaster.

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Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung's Gear 360 camera is finally going on sale in the US, but you're almost certainly not able to actually buy one. The 360-degree camera was revealed alongside the Galaxy S7 earlier this year, but until now has only been available for sale in markets outside of the US. Now, Samsung is kicking off sales, but in a very limited way.

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Hasselblad X1D crams medium format sensor into mirrorless camera body

Hasselblad X1D crams medium format sensor into mirrorless camera body

Just as was predicted, Hasselblad has announced its new X1D camera today, billed as the world's first medium format mirrorless camera. That means they've managed to fit a 50-megapixel medium format sensor into a small, compact interchangeable lens body. And because it's the same sensor Hasselblad uses in their high-end H6D camera, the X1D easily outpaces full-frame mirrorless camera models.

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LG TVs to bring true black Aurora Borealis to Iceland

LG TVs to bring true black Aurora Borealis to Iceland

This week the folks at LG have revealed a concert that'll take place in Iceland. There the band Of Monsters and Men will be playing a set where, behind them, massive LG displays will be showing captured visions of the Aurora Borealis. Color on black, light shining through the displays just as the Aurora shines through the blackness of the sky. This event will be taking place on the 20th of July in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

OS X has a new name, but macOS Sierra is otherwise business as usual for Apple: continue to draw together the Mac on your desk and the iPhone in your pocket. That means features we've become familiar with on iOS, like Siri and Apple Pay, making the leap to your Mac, but also a blurring of the lines between your different devices and what's in the cloud.

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