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Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

How serious is Google about its completely autonomous cars? Serious enough to have spun off a company named Google Auto four years ago. The fact that it did so rather silently does show how cautious it is with the venture. For now, the subsidiary only functions as a legal entity to that is held responsible for all of Google's self-driving car paperwork, especially in case things go awry. There is nothing, however, that would prevent Google Auto from becoming a company that will sell these cars in the future, should it ever reach that point.

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There will be another OnePlus phone before the year ends

There will be another OnePlus phone before the year ends

OnePlus is one startup that really knows how to play the marketing game, allowing it to even rub shoulders with industry giants despite being barely two years in existence. With the new OnePlus 2 again making waves, not to mention numbers, one might presume the company has its work cut out for it. Apparently, however, the success has inspired them to be even bolder. In an interview with USA Today, co-founder and CEO Carl Pei reveals that there will be another OnePlus smartphone maybe in time for Christmas.

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Red hot nickel ball sends foam block into color chaos

Red hot nickel ball sends foam block into color chaos

That red hot nickel ball is still burning its way through all sorts of substances -- except for hockey pucks, that is -- and the latest item subjected to its hellish super-heated self is a block of craft foam...the kind you might find poked full of fake flowers. While the steam and sparks and other things we've seen from past burning sessions were intriguing, this latest one is downright fascinating, and a bit unexpected -- the hot nickel ball sends the foam block into chaotic colors.

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Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Body cams have quickly become associated with police officers, but they're not the only ones wearing the little cameras. There are consumer versions designed for recording the important moments in your life, and other occupations are taking advantage of them, too -- firefighters being among them. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has begun using them, at least in certain cases, and late last week it published footage from one of those cameras on its YouTube page. In it we get to see what it looks like when fighting a raging inferno from a firefighter’s point of view.

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Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Soylent’s founder hawks new drink in spiel on solar living

Feel too busy to cook, or can’t seem to master the art of not eating junk? You’ve probably heard of Soylent, then, the meal-replacement drink that promises to meet all your nutritional needs and not taste entirely terrible while doing so. Whether it fulfills its promise if debatable, but that's not the topic of creator Rob Rhinehart's latest blog post. In a long statement today, he detailed his efforts to reduce his environmental footprint, embrace solar, and more. All in all it's an interesting enough read...right up until it turns into a Soylent advertisement.

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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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Apple MVNO talks in US, Europe tipped

Apple MVNO talks in US, Europe tipped

Apple is planning to follow in Google’s footsteps and launch its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in both the United States and Europe, according to sources. The unnamed service is said to be undergoing private trials in the United States, while the European ambitions are said to be at the in-talk stages. Under such an arrangement, mobile (presumably iPhone) users would pay Apple directly for space it leases from established wireless carriers. That assumes Apple will ever move beyond testing.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Reckoning’ DLC arrives tomorrow

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Reckoning’ DLC arrives tomorrow

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is getting its final DLC tomorrow. The downloadable content pack is called Reckoning, and it will be coming first for those with the Xbox One and its older sibling, the Xbox 360. This is the fourth DLC for the game (and the last one, so enjoy it) - it’ll bring with it four maps and the end of Exo Zombies. The upcoming release is joined by a snazzy new trailer showing off what you can expect, and we have it in full after the jump.

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Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

While we do not know how much stock Motorola had available of the 3rd gen Moto G, we do know that they've sold out of their 16GB edition in just a few days. Going on sale the first day it was revealed, July 28th, 2015, the Moto G 3rd gen is no longer available through Motorola online. This isn't a limited edition sort of thing, they're going to make more, but the fact remains: this appears to be a continued success story for Motorola, or at least one that they're ill-prepared to handle demand for.

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Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Would-be Chromecast rival Matchstick has pulled the plug on its streaming dongle, after headaches with Firefox DRM proved insurmountable. The company raised more than $470,000 in crowdfunding cash back in late 2014, persuading backers with its vision of open-source streaming video, place-shifted content, and big-name services like HBO Go, Netflix, and Pandora. Now, Matchstick's creators are promising to pay back every cent they raised, having discovered that taking on Google is easier said than done.

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