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You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

You’re overestimating Google’s driverless cars

Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road. The search behemoth's plans to start tests of its control-free "pods" out in public had already collided with California's DMV, which demanded that at least rudimentary steering and pedals be fitted before they'd be road-legal, but that may only be the start of Google's headaches.

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Would you pay $400 for an Apple wearable?

Would you pay $400 for an Apple wearable?

Apple is considering a $400 price tag for its mysterious wearable devices, sources suggest, which if the Cupertino firm's eventual strategy would put it at the upper end of the market. The device - which, according to the latests rumors, could be announced at Apple's September 9th event alongside the iPhone 6, but not actually launch until sometime in the new year - is believed to be one of an eventual range of wearable devices that could include the so-called iWatch.

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HTC One M8 with Windows Review

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset they've ever made, providing a new path of opportunity for Microsoft in the process.

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Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Apple and Samsung just can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. Samsung recently announced that it was planning to hold its Unpacked event on September 3, where it will unveil the products it anticipates carrying it through to the end of the year and beyond. Apple, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that it, too, would be holding a special press event on September 9. Like Samsung, Apple will show off wares that will carry the company through the end of the year.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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3D printed Apple Pi Mac: DIY creator speaks up

3D printed Apple Pi Mac: DIY creator speaks up

This week we’ve had a tiny chat with the creators of the tiniest Mac ever made. With the power of 3D printing and Raspberry Pi, Adafruit Industries have created a Mac desktop computer that works with a 2.8-inch display - it’s nearly pocketable! It’s relatively easy to make yourself, too!

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Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung - at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers - now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

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