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HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

The most recent models of cars these days are equipped with all kinds of sensors, and yet traffic services still mostly rely on just one source of data: GPS probe data. HERE, the map making service formerly owned by Nokia and now owned by a consortium of three German car makers, is aiming to change that with four new services of its own. Falling under the collective HERE Open Location Platform, the services will pool data gathered from the sensors of different cars. And these cars won’t even have to come from the same brand.

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3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

3D printed wristband turn prosthetic hands into a mouse

While prosthetic limbs have been around for years, we’re still not there yet when it comes to the agile, dexterous, precise replacement hands of science-fiction future. Even something as critical moving a mouse and clicking on it is something that’s extremely difficult for these people to do. Fortunately, 3D printing is again coming to the rescue, with a group of researchers developing a pair of bands, one for the wrist and one for the arm, to allow people with prosthetic hands to click on anything as much as they want. They call it “Shortcut”.

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Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

By doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple has placed its iPhone eggs in wireless audio equipment basket. And not just wireless, Bluetooth headphones, but wireless speakers as well. When it comes to the latter, there is perhaps no brand that rings louder than Sonos. It was only natural that the two would eventually forge closer ties, which happens today as two of Sonos’ most popular connected speakers, the PLAY:1 and the PLAY:5, head to Apple’s online stores and, by next week, physical retail stores as well.

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Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives to the point that it’s no longer sufficient for them to be powerful only. They also need to be able to survive many of the accidents we get subjected to, day in and day out, specifically splashes and drops of water. Water resistance is an important factor among high-end smartphones these days, and Samsung is taking that up to the next level by licensing superhydrophobic glass coating for its future devices, like smartphones and tablets.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

Barely a week ago, we saw signs that BlackBerry’s once rumored “Argon” Android smartphone was actually still on track to be launched. In fact, it would be formally named as the DTEK60, after the DTEK50 unveiled just last July. That has now been practically confirmed in certifications spotted at both the FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance. In addition to the confirmation, the sighting also hints that the smartphone is likely to break cover soon, wrapping up BlackBerry’s schedule for Android devices for 2016.

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus land in some MetroPCS stores

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus land in some MetroPCS stores

If you’re wanting the latest and great iPhone, but on a cheap prepaid carrier network, MetroPCS has good news for you: it is offering both of Apple’s new handsets, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The model has surfaced on the carrier’s website, but you better move fast to get one — MetroPCS says there are limited quantities available for now, and if you don't get one before stock runs out, you'll have to wait a while.

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How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

Live streaming the Presidential Debates has become an event multiple outlets clamored to get exclusive rights to this year - lucky you, live video feeds can be found in multiple places. Today we're going to run down the multiple webpages and video portals through which users around the world on desktop or mobile, Windows or OS X, iOS or Android, will be able to stream the United States Presidential Debates - or at least the first of several. We'll be watching too, but you wont find any political commentary from SlashGear proper - we'll leave that to the hearts and minds of our individual writers and their own personal social networking feeds.

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Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft has some ambitious goals to decrease its impact on the environment, and chief among them is the plan to utilize 50-percent renewable energy by 2018. This renewable energy will come from a mixture of solar power, wind, and hydro power, which the company says it buys through the grid and directly. The 2018 goal is only the start: Microsoft wants to see the percentage increase to 60-percent by the next upcoming decade, and to keep increasing upward from there.

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Uber may offer short VTOL flights in big cities in the future

Uber may offer short VTOL flights in big cities in the future

For now, hailing an Uber ride means waiting for a human driver to show up in a car. In the relatively near future, we expect it’ll mean an autonomous car showing up. In the somewhat more distant future, it could include a different option entirely: a short duration autonomous flight from one place to another. Such a reality was recently discussed by Uber’s Jeff Holden, who said the company is looking into so-called VTOL technology — that is, vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.

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Disney may bid for Twitter, too

Disney may bid for Twitter, too

You can add Disney to the list of companies considering making a bid for Twitter, at least if new sources are correct. According to these individuals, who are said to be familiar with the business plans, Disney is looking into possibly making a bid for Twitter, something Salesforce, Google, Verizon, and Microsoft are also reportedly looking into. As expected, neither Disney nor Twitter commented on the rumor; however, if Disney were to proceed with a successful bid, this would mark its largest acquisition in a decade.

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Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda has priced up the Miata RF, the hardtop convertible version of its MX-5 roadster, which the automaker unveiled unexpectedly back in March. Surprise star of the New York Auto Show, the slick fastback does away with its sibling's fabric roof and puts in its place a multi-section hard roof that unfolds and unfurls in a pleasingly origami style.

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Microsoft Edge isolation features detailed, Win 10 passes 400m devices

Microsoft Edge isolation features detailed, Win 10 passes 400m devices

Microsoft is celebrating a fairly significant milestone for Windows 10, announcing today that the operating system is installed on more than 400 million active devices. That means Windows 10 has added 100 million active devices since the last time Microsoft announced install numbers, which was back at the beginning of May.

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