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AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

You spend a lot of time staring at your phone or tablet — and that’s alright. We do, too. Sometimes, the more important details of life can get past you, though. To better serve the public interest, Facebook is announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER alerts to your timeline. In bringing alerts to your news feed, Facebook promises not to overwhelm you. Rather than feed you blanket alerts, you’ll get ones specific to your area, and where a targeted search is being executed.

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Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Verizon Vehicle promises aftermarket OnStar in 2015

Connected cars may be gradually increasing on dealership forecourts, but Verizon is aiming to get the millions of 4G-free models online this year too. Verizon Vehicle is in effect OnStar as an upgrade, and not limited to GM vehicles: a dongle that plugs into the car's diagnostics port, a companion smartphone app, and the promise of remote fault identification, roadside assistance, and emergency rescue.

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NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

Last year was rough for auto makers, some more than others, as numerous recalls were made spanning a wide range of issues and models. The nature of the recalls were particularly interesting given the number that concerned older models, but that might prove to be a trend in the long run. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's chief Mark Rosekind warned 2015 could end up having more recalls than 2014, doing so despite claims and concerns expressed by others who feel the recalls last year were excessive.

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Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Many modern cars have a modern design twist, eschewing the levers and gear shifts from days gone by in favor of touchscreens and buttons. Too many ambiguous buttons can confuse anyone given enough time, however, and it only takes one wrong push to do something you really, really didn't intend to do -- like sending a moving car to a sudden screeching halt. Such is a problem being experienced by some 2015 Lincoln MKC owners, who have complained that a poorly located start button means potentially dangerous mistakes are happening.

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Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford is hoping to make drivers more antisocial - and thus more safe - while at the wheel, with new apps for its SYNC infotainment system warning contacts when the car is on the move. Integrating Ford's own SYNC AppLink system with Life360, the smartphone app will automatically fire off a spray of "I'm driving, don't distract me" style messages to a preset list of contacts when the car gets underway. There's also find-my-friend location tracking built-in, and triggered by voice.

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Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Earlier this month, ride-hailing service Uber was shut down by authorities in New Delhi, India after a female passenger was sexually assaulted by her driver. Now the company is making new promises to enact better passenger safety measures with the hope of being able to return to service in the city. Uber's fate in Delhi is to be discussed by the city's Transportation Department on December 29th, but the ride service needs to not only convince skeptics in the government, but angry customers as well.

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Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda expands recall over faulty Takata airbags

Honda, which has already been particularly hard hit over the Takata airbags fiasco, has expanded its recall over the issue, adding 1,252 of its 2015 Crosstour vehicles to the list. In this case, it is the side air bag that could potentially be faulty, leading to possible injuries in the event it deploys improperly during a wreck. According to the NHTSA, the air bag might not inflate to the proper level due to inflator tube issues; fortunately, the auto maker isn't aware of any injuries that have resulted from this potential issue.

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Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving cars will have to wait to find out the rules of the road, California's DMV has admitted, with plans to have polices figured out by the end of the year scuppered by autonomous complexity. The Department of Motor Vehicles had been set a challenge by the US government to come up with a rule book for cars able to auto-navigate, but according to the agency there are still far too many questions left unanswered about how models will be deemed sufficiently safe to be let loose on the roads. The problem, the DMV points out, is that nobody has come up with a "driving test" for autonomous vehicles.

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Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over chassis issue

Porsche can add its name to the list of auto makers undergoing recalls as of late, with the company initiating a recall of its illustrious 918 Spyder. This is a limited edition model, and of the 918 units produced (hence the name), 205 of them are being recalled. The reason revolves around the chassis, which could be prone to issues due to a fault discovered through internal quality testing. Though the potential for problems exist, no owners have filed any complaints related to it.

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Keurig recalls 7m brewers for burning coffee addicts

Keurig recalls 7m brewers for burning coffee addicts

Keurig is recalling more than seven million coffee machines, after in addition to squirting pod coffee into a mug, the brewers also sprayed hot water at users themselves. A single machine, the Keurig MINI Plus, is responsible for the headache, with around 90 owners reporting burns after the water inside overheated and jetted out at them. The fix, so Keurig claims, is simple, and it even insists that owners needn't stop using their brewers while they wait for it - just as long as they're willing to take some basic precautions.

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