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Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid tech

Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, has announced a new business deal with BMW that will have the latter supplying Karma with various electric car tech. This includes EV systems and hybrid system, as well as high-voltage battery charging systems. Karma announced the news on Thursday, praising BMW for the quality of its parts while teasing that it will be bringing “a stunning car back to the market.” The first of BMW’s supplied parts will be put in Karma’s plug-in hybrid flagship model.

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Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

Microsoft HoloLens research grant recipients revealed

This past summer, Microsoft put out a call for grant proposals with the goal of getting some creative and innovative uses for its HoloLens in the pipeline. On Wednesday, the company announced the recipients of its academic research grants, the total of which is five, as well as the five runner-ups. Says Microsoft, "It’s so exciting to see the academic community respond to Microsoft HoloLens with such enthusiasm, and we suspect this is only the beginning."

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Amazon Prime Now adds restaurant delivery in LA

Amazon Prime Now adds restaurant delivery in LA

Amazon is offering restaurant delivery in Los Angeles via its Prime Now delivery service, the company has announced. Those located within a Los Angeles zip code can use the Prime Now mobile app, assuming they’re a Prime member, to order food from supported restaurants. Those orders can be tracked using the app, and will be delivered directly to one’s door, whether it’s an apartment, office, or elsewhere.

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T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile, in its latest Uncarrier event, announced that video will now stream “free” from certain video services, with “free” meaning it won’t cut into a subscriber’s existing high-speed data allotment. The initial change will include a total of 24 video services, but the carrier teases that additional video services will be encompassed by the free streaming change in due time. Counted among the initial included services are Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV.

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Cox to launch ‘Flare MeTV’ video service by year’s end

Cox to launch ‘Flare MeTV’ video service by year’s end

Cox Communications will soon take the wraps off a new online TV service called Flare MeTV, though the company is staying tight-lipped about all the details at this point. When it first arrives, Flare MeTV will serve as an aggregator of already-available Web videos, which isn’t terribly exciting. In the future, though, the company plans on Flare MeTV offering some traditional TV programming when it gets the right licenses in place.

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Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch is the latest company to give users an extra dose of security by adding two-factor authentication to user accounts. The company made the announcement on Monday, saying the new security feature is offered in partnership with Authy, which delivers push notifications to authorized smartphones rather than text messages, removing some of the hassle that comes with enabling two-factor authentication.

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Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Secure Islands, confirming recent rumors that have cropped up. Secure Islands is an Israeli security company offering “advanced information protection solutions,” says Microsoft, and through the acquisition it will help Microsoft business customers secure their sensitive data. Secure Islands is already used by some big name companies for data protection, including Vodafone.

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Museum unveils first discovered baby Pentaceratops skull

Museum unveils first discovered baby Pentaceratops skull

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science researchers took the wraps off the first-ever discovered baby Pentaceratops skull. The unveiling took place yesterday at a free public showing reportedly attended by hundreds. The skull had been sealed within a plaster jacket to protect it during its airlifting out of New Mexico. During the unveiling, the researchers cut that plaster open, revealing the skull.

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Los Angeles street lights will double as cell towers soon

Los Angeles street lights will double as cell towers soon

Los Angeles will be the first city to launch Philips’ SmartPole Street lighting, the company has announced. These LED light poles feature “small cell technology” developed by Ericsson — that is, they function as small 4G LTE cell towers. The city’s mayor says this effort will involve “taking advantage of previously untapped real estate” in Los Angeles, which has more light poles than an other American city. The benefits will be two-fold, with LED lights using less electricity and the cellular technology improving network coverage.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 releases Feb. 23

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 releases Feb. 23

We've seen the game in numerous videos, and it will take the franchise to new heights, or so the story goes. Still, Plants vs. Zombies fans couldn't get too excited, as they've still been waiting for information about when the latest installment in the series will be released. That changed today, with the launch date being officially announced. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be arriving for gamers on multiple consoles on February 23, 2016.

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Drone maker DJI acquires stake in camera company Hasselblad

Drone maker DJI acquires stake in camera company Hasselblad

DJI, the company behind some of the more popular consumer drones, has acquired a minority stake in the camera company Hasselblad. The latter of the two companies made the announcement today, saying DJI has entered into a new corporate partnership with it through the acquisition of a minority stake in the camera company. This won’t change anything on the consumer end of things, and the two companies will continue to operate as they have been.

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Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber unveils new San Francisco carpooling option

Uber is toying with a new carpooling service that is, at the moment, limited to the San Francisco region in California. The service is called “POOL TO SF”, and it is notable for its locked-in rate, giving potential commuters the ability to see what they’d pay and essentially “claim” that rate if they like it. For example, someone commuting from Mountain View to San Francisco could pull out the app, see that it would cost $22 for the trip, and make their carpooling decision based on that.

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