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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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Titan Aerospace: These are the drones Google just bought

Titan Aerospace: These are the drones Google just bought

Google is adding a drone specialist to its roster of recent acquisitions, with startup Titan Aerospace set to bring its Solara solar-powered unmanned planes to the search giant's airstrip. Billed as "high altitude persistent solar-electric UAVs," the Titan Aerospace drones will theoretically fly for up to five years without needing to land, cruising more than 12 miles up and flying at speeds of up to 65mph.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 Review (Developer Preview)

Windows Phone 8.1 is no point update. In fact, if it wasn’t so keen on keeping in naming step with Windows on the desktop, Microsoft could probably have called its new smartphone OS version something more impressive: what started out as an aim to bring the virtual assistant Cortana and the useful Action Center to the platform blossomed in the process to include a whole flurry of tweaks and additions. Question is, has Windows Phone kept its crisp, clean charms while still gaining abilities? We’ve been in deep with the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview; read on for our impressions.

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Samsung Gear Fit Review

Samsung Gear Fit Review

The Samsung Gear Fit is very close to being a concept brought to life. With its shard of curved full-color AMOLED touchscreen and unusually narrow design, the smartwatch/fitness band hybrid is certainly eye-catching - the number of people who’ve spotted it on our wrist and asked about it is proof of that - but does the functionality and usability match up? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung cannot be ignored, and the importance of the Galaxy S5 cannot be overlooked. New bearer of the crown of “best-known Android smartphone” it’s a chance not only for Samsung to make money, but to demonstrate what cleverness it can bake into a flagship device. Samsung’s approach to innovation has been more scattershot than focused, however, and with each generation of Galaxy there’s been equally as many needless bells & whistles as there have been legitimately useful additions. The Galaxy S5, Samsung insists, has been built with deliberation, but has the company spent its time on the right enhancements? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible revealed

2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible revealed

The new 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible has been revealed, the 625 HP droptop version of the Z06 coupe announced back in January, with Chevrolet promising no compromise in performance despite the missing roof. In fact, the 2015 Z06 Convertible is 20-percent stiffer than the old, fixed-roof Z06, Chevrolet claims, and demanded no structural changes over its hard-top sibling. Under the hood is the new LT4 6.2L supercharged V8.

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NSA exploited Heartbleed for two years claim insiders [Updated]

NSA exploited Heartbleed for two years claim insiders [Updated]

The NSA has not only known about the Heartbleed bug for at least two years, but exploited it in regular surveillance attacks, insider sources have alleged, opting to keep the security flaw a secret because of its value to intelligence gathering. Heartbleed, which has forced companies big and small to update the security of their sites after a flaw in the SSL believed to be keeping users' details safe, has prompted a mass change in passwords over the past week.

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Google will sell you Glass – but should you buy?

Google will sell you Glass – but should you buy?

No more invitations, no more only-for-developer limits: next Tuesday, April 15th, Google will sell you Glass. Oh, there are still some provisos, sure - you need to be in the US, for a start, and have $1,500 to spare - but they're small-fry compared to the gated community the Glass Explorer Program has been until now. That leaves one big remaining barrier to overcome: should you buy Glass in the first place?

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Samsung Gear Fit: 5 things we love (and one we hate)

Samsung Gear Fit: 5 things we love (and one we hate)

Samsung's Gear Fit and Galaxy S5 are here, promising a brace of new features and a reboot to the South Korean company's wearables strategy. Our full reviews of both are well underway, but as it's perhaps the more unusual of the two devices, we thought we'd share some of the highlights from the Gear Fit that have caught our eye. Read on for five things about the Gear Fit we love, and one early frustration.

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