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Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen Group has unveiled its first concept car today, and boy is it a doozy. Named Sedric (for self-driving car), this new concept is meant to be an SAE Level 5 autonomous vehicle. That means it's envisioned as capable of operating any driving mode in any environmental condition, allowing passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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PlayStation Vue now lets you watch multiple channels at once on PS4

PlayStation Vue now lets you watch multiple channels at once on PS4

PlayStation Vue is getting a nifty new feature today in the form of multi-view. As you could probably already tell from the name, multi-view allows you to watch multiple channels simultaneously and side-by-side, which ensures that you either miss nothing or everything as you try to keep up with it all. The feature is rolling out today for PlayStation Vue on the PS4.

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GameStop praises strong Nintendo Switch launch, promises more stock soon

GameStop praises strong Nintendo Switch launch, promises more stock soon

Folks trying to find a Nintendo Switch this past weekend were met with varying degrees of success. While threads on Reddit were packed with people saying they managed to grab one by lining up early, plenty of others recounted tales of waiting in lines only to walk away empty handed. On the surface, it seems like the Switch has enjoyed a successful launch so far, and now GameStop is offering some insight as the USA's largest video game retailer.

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Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit today unveiled its first fitness tracker of 2017: the Alta HR. While not exactly a new device, it is a redesign of one of 2016's most popular models, and it comes with some improvements that fans of the first will definitely want to consider. The most important is likely the addition of PurePulse technology, which Fitbit says was the most requested feature from Alta users.

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Verizon Galaxy S7 and Edge Android Nougat update incoming

Verizon Galaxy S7 and Edge Android Nougat update incoming

If you own a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on Verizon, you've had to sit by and watch as users on other carriers receive their Nougat updates. While that can be pretty frustrating, there's finally some good news to report: Your wait is finally over, as Verizon has started rolling out Nougat to both devices.

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Nintendo Switch games you can get today (with trailers)

Nintendo Switch games you can get today (with trailers)

So, you went to wait in line this morning and now you have a shiny new Nintendo Switch to show for it. Well done! Now what do you do with it? The answer for many of you will probably be "play Breath of the Wild," at first, because for a lot of people, that's the only launch game that matters. When we look at eShop and retail releases together, though, the Switch actually has a fairly decent launch library, so here's a full list of all the games available today, complete with trailers.

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Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota Research Institute's autonomous driving tests seem to be moving right along, with the auto maker today introducing its 2.0 generation autonomous test vehicle. The plug-and-play test platform has been built on the back of the Lexus LS600hL, and is designed to explore two important facets of autonomous driving.

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Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

There's no lack of accessories launching alongside the Nintendo Switch today, but it can be difficult to distinguish what's essential from what's merely supplemental. Given the Switch's portability and interesting control scheme in the Joy Cons, you'll certainly want to consider some of the accessories you'll undoubtedly be offered when you purchase a Switch. With that in mind, here are a few Switch accessories that are, in my opinion, essential.

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Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Where to get and buy a Nintendo Switch on launch day

Nintendo Switch launch day is here at last, but if you don't have a pre-order, that means you're out of luck, right? Not exactly – a number of retailers have the Switch in stock for walk-in customers today, but it's still going to be tricky to find one. With pre-orders selling out quickly when they were first announced, there's going to be a lot of competition to get these extra consoles.

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Say hello to Orisa, Overwatch’s newest tank character

Say hello to Orisa, Overwatch’s newest tank character

After dropping a couple of hints over the past few weeks, Blizzard has at last revealed Overwatch's next hero, a tank character named Orisa. Though fans initially suspected a new character by the name of Efi Oladele, it turns out that she was merely the mastermind behind Orisa, who is a four-legged robot centered around supporting and protecting her allies in battle.

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It looks like Nintendo Switch will use friend codes after all

It looks like Nintendo Switch will use friend codes after all

Nintendo's online systems have long lagged behind those of its competitors, and one of the best examples of that is the infamous friend code. Since the days of the Wii, Nintendo has substituted friend codes for more robust account systems, requiring players to enter a twelve-character code in order to add a friend to their friends list. With the arrival of the Switch, many of us were hoping for that to change, but it looks like that won't be the case.

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Google clears up statement about first-party Chromebooks, says they aren’t “dead”

Google clears up statement about first-party Chromebooks, says they aren’t “dead”

A few days back, Google senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh made news when he seemed to suggest that Google was done with its line of Pixel Chromebooks. He told reporters at MWC that Google didn't have any plans to produce a new one, which isn't encouraging to those who were hoping to see Google continue to release laptops of its own. Even worse was the fact that he said Google didn't have any plans to replenish the stock of the current Pixel Chromebooks, which are sold out on Google's store.

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