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Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla promised us something new with its big "D" reveal, and the reality is a new version of the Model S - the P85D - and some smarter driving tech that helps push the EV ahead of its Germanic rivals offer. Announced in LA at an event swamped with existing Model S owners (many of whom were hoping it would be the Model X SUV that was actually the secret star of the show), the "D" isn't a new model as such but in fact new versions of the existing Model S, adding an all-wheel-drive version to across the line-up that boosts traction, performance, and range. Maybe more exciting, though, is the future ability for the car to - in limited circumstances - drive itself to meet you.

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v hands-on

This morning we’ve had our first look at the Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia X3v. This is the USA-based carrier version of the Sony Xperia Z3 - besides the T-Mobile version, of course. This "Sony Xperia Z3v" model - however similar to the Z3 - will be on Verizon’s lines only. This device will be released around the same time as the Sony Xperia Z3 with T-Mobile, both of them heading to the USA with 4G LTE capabilities under the hood, a high-powered camera around the back, and a fully metal and glass build.

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Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

A successful lawsuit filed by Red Bull enthusiast Benjamin Careathers has taken hold this week. Careathers filed a claim with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York back in 2013, suggesting that Red Bull does not actually give you energy in any way different from a common cup of coffee. Because of this, Red Bull has been accused of false advertising. Because of this, Red Bull has settled for $13 million dollars - of which you may be entitled to $10 USD.

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DROID Turbo details before launch

DROID Turbo details before launch

This afternoon a User Guide for the upcoming Verizon Motorola DROID Turbo has been leaked. If this guide is to be believed, the DROID Turbo is launching with a set of specifications that far exceeds the power and the abilities of the Moto X. This is a surprise, to be sure - why would Motorola out-do themselves so quickly after releasing their own flagship model? Is this Verizon’s doing, or is this guide a fake from the start?

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HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

HTC RE hands-on: WiFi action camera or pointless oddity?

Of all the things you'd think could save HTC's fortunes, an action camera which looks like a tiny submarine periscope probably isn't the first thing to jump to mind, but the company's hopes are high for the HTC RE. The stubby WiFi-enabled camera borrows ideas both from smartphone photography and more specialist shooters like GoPro, with a 16-megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording, and automatic clip curation using HTC Zoe. Most curious of all, it's not just for HTC's own phones: the RE will work with Android devices and iPhones in general. Read on for some first impressions.

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Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple will hold an event on October 16th, according to invitations sent out from the company to press this morning, where it is expected to reveal a new range of iPads alongside Mac updates. The event, with the tagline "It's been way too long", will take place at Apple's own campus in Cupertino, CA, and kick off at 10am PST next Thursday. It comes only a few weeks after Apple's big iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus event.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

This morning we dug into the FCC documents for Motorola’s next big release. Really big, as it were - a full 6-inches of display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve heard rumors that Google would pick up Motorola’s next big release as a "Nexus 6", working with 6-inches of display. We’ve also heard that Verizon would be getting the device on their carrier. What we hadn’t heard so far - but what we can basically (nearly) confirm without Motorola saying so is that Verizon’s model will be the same, but with DROID branding.

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Does anyone care any more about new Windows launches?

Does anyone care any more about new Windows launches?

Microsoft last week unveiled the long-awaited Windows 10. Well, it was long-awaited for those corporate customers suffering under the weight of Windows 8. But for the rest of us? Well, I’m not sure we really cared. I remember a time when Windows launches were big things. Back in the 1990s and even early-2000s, whenever Microsoft would hold a special event announcing the new Windows and showing it off, we’d be drooling over the possibilities.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

Assassin’s Creed: Unity First-Impressions

We're just a little over one month away from the full release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we've had our first opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of the game in all its glory. Our demonstration was done on an Xbox One and we've seen single-player, 2-player co-op, and 4-player co-op. In this game Ubisoft presents Assassin's Creed rebuilt, enhancing the bits we liked about previous generations and cutting out the fluff.

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