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nuTonomy gets Boston OK to test autonomous cars city-wide

nuTonomy gets Boston OK to test autonomous cars city-wide

Aptiv's nuTonomy has been given permission to operate self-driving cars on the city's public roads. The approval follows more than a year of testing within Boston's Seaport District; the new approval covers the entire city. This makes Aptiv the first self-driving car company to be given city-wide testing authorization.

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Reddit brings dedicated News tab beta to all of its iOS users

Reddit brings dedicated News tab beta to all of its iOS users

In case you missed the initial announcement, Reddit introduced an alpha test for a News tab in its iOS app about a month ago. The feature provides a dedicated in-app area where news content on a variety of categories can be accessed directly. This week, the company revealed that it is bringing that new tab to all of its iOS users, but not everyone is happy about it.

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Netflix Ozark season 2 reveal trailer teases August 31 return

Netflix Ozark season 2 reveal trailer teases August 31 return

Netflix original drama Ozark is finally back in the spotlight. The company has released a reveal trailer for the upcoming second season, which drops on August 31. We get around one minute of scenes from the upcoming season, each hinting at a return of the same dark storyline, but with a narrative that's even more intense.

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited launches on iPhone and iPad

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited launches on iPhone and iPad

Amazon has launched its FreeTime Unlimited subscription for iOS. The service was, at one point in time, limited to only Amazon's tablets. The company later launched it for Android, that paving the way for today's expansion: iOS devices. As on the other platforms, the FreeTime Unlimited for iOS subscription brings a vast quantity of kids content.

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Bethesda lawsuit calls ‘Westworld’ game a Fallout Shelter rip-off

Bethesda lawsuit calls ‘Westworld’ game a Fallout Shelter rip-off

Warner Bros. has been slapped with a lawsuit from Bethesda over its Westworld mobile game, calling it a "blatant rio-off" of Fallout Shelter. The lawsuit was recently filed in Maryland, and it accuses Westworld developer Behaviour of using "copyrighted computer code," among other things.

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Facebook app leaks tool for tracking time spent on social network

Facebook app leaks tool for tracking time spent on social network

Facebook may be planning to launch a feature that tracks how much time someone spends using the social network. The unreleased feature was spotted in the Android app, where it's listed under the menu name "Your Time on Facebook." The leak hints that Facebook may launch a feature that helps users avoid spending too much time on the service by giving them alerts, too.

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NASA details government plan for dealing with asteroids near Earth

NASA details government plan for dealing with asteroids near Earth

NASA has contributed to a multi-agency report detailing ways the United States can prepare to deal with near-Earth objects, more commonly called NEOs. Though our planet isn't at immediate threat of being struck by one of these large space rocks, it's only a matter of time before a comet or asteroid gets too close for comfort. When that time comes, NASA wants to be ready to divert its path.

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Supreme Court: prosecutors need warrant for phone location data

Supreme Court: prosecutors need warrant for phone location data

The US Supreme Court has ruled that officials must have a warrant to acquire a week or more of phone location data. Such information, particularly when mapped over a large period of time, has the potential to reveal sensitive details about someone, such as who they associate with, religious beliefs, and more. The ruling does not, however, require a warrant in all situations.

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GarageBand 10.3 adds 1,000 loops, 400 sound effects, and much more

GarageBand 10.3 adds 1,000 loops, 400 sound effects, and much more

Apple has released an update for GarageBand, its audio recording and editing application. The software is popular amongst both amateur musicians and podcasters, and will no doubt hold its appeal as Apple has made it even better: there are 1,000 new loops, among other things. This update brings the software to version 10.3.

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YouTube livestreams get support for playing pre-recorded videos

YouTube livestreams get support for playing pre-recorded videos

Fresh out of VidCon, YouTube has announced new features specifically for its content creators, not the least of which is the ability to play pre-recorded videos during livestreams. YouTube calls these "Premieres," presenting them as a way to offer existing content as live content for ushering in a planned livestreaming event.

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Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch brings vertical mode orientation

Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch brings vertical mode orientation

A new Nintendo Switch accessory called Flip Grip brings a vertical orientation to the console. The device is intended for games that are best played in vertical orientation, namely some classic titles that are now available for the Switch but with an aspect ratio option designed for old arcade cabinets. The accessory is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

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Microsoft, Nintendo promote cross-play as Sony remains stubborn

Microsoft, Nintendo promote cross-play as Sony remains stubborn

Microsoft and Nintendo are throwing a jab at Sony with a newly launched video that promotes cross-play between the Xbox One and Switch consoles. The issue of cross-play made its way back into public discourse with the launch of a Fortnite on Switch port, specifically the fact that PS4 players can't use their Fortnite accounts on other platforms.

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