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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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AnandTech founder puts down the pen, joins Apple

AnandTech founder puts down the pen, joins Apple

If you've been enjoying some of the words spewing from Anand Lal Shimpi over at AnandTech, you might be missing it from now on. The founder of the website, known and loved for its in-depth analysis of computing hardware and, later on, devices, has announced his retirement from tech writing. He isn't, however, reclusing himself totally from the tech world, as he will now be working for Apple.

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Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

You walk into that big, bold store and tell yourself “don’t forget a catalog on the way out this time”. The Ikea catalog is a good barometer for style on a budget, and something lying around many homes and apartments. If you recently wondered why their staged rooms looked so good while yours looks so plain, the answer may be a bit more complex than you think. Turns out, they probably didn’t stage anything - it’s CGI.

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Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

Five ways tech can make this 4th of July easier on you

The Fourth of July is coming up, and you know what that means. Grilling, relaxing, and trying not to blow digits clean off your hands while lighting off fireworks. Before you head out to a fireworks show run by pros (and thus better than yours), be sure to check out some of our favorite tech, which will make your holiday easy and fun.

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What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

This past Monday, Apple released a commercial depicting what initially appears to be a disaffected teenager ignoring his whole family on a holiday get-together as he stares and thumb-pecks at his iPhone the whole time. In the end, it turned out he was actually shooting footage of his family as a Christmas gift. He edits the footage into a home movie, screencasts it to the living room TV via AirPlay, and the whole family has a Tiny Tim moment as they watch themselves interacting onscreen. Even Grandma is crying tears of joy.

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