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NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

NHTSA “Quiet Car” safety standard will make hybrids and EVs noisy

The NHTSA has announced that it has set a new "Quiet Car" safety standard that will make sure that hybrids and EVs make some noise when they are traveling at low speeds. The problem with near silent EVs and hybrids is that people with low vision or who are blind may not know that the vehicles are there leading to accidents if they walk out in traffic ahead of the vehicles. The NHTSA says that mandating a certain noise level will help prevent about 2,400 injuries each year.

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WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp has been around for a while and the company has been good about bringing out features that its user base is clamoring for. One of the big features that WhatsApp users have been requesting for a long time is the ability to make video calls within the app. WhatsApp has announced that after lots of requests it is bringing video calling to the mix.

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HP Z2 Mini packs workstation performance into a 2.3 x 8.5-inch package

HP Z2 Mini packs workstation performance into a 2.3 x 8.5-inch package

HP has rolled out a new mini workstation that is to normal workstations what the Alienware Alpha is to normal gaming PCs. The new HP PC is called the Z2 Mini and the little beast packs workstation grade hardware into a package that measures only 2.3-inches x 8.5-inches. Despite the small stature of the computer, the device has the hardware inside that is needed to allow professionals to use power hungry CAD software and to support other compute-intensive industrial uses.

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Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

The way you knew a car was your Lyft ride for since the service started was to look for the pink Glowstache. Things are changing at Lyft and the company has unveiled the next generation of in-car communications for drivers and riders and it is called Amp. The Amp is an in-car communications device that helps drivers and passengers find each other.

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Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Boomphones Re-Up are headphones and a portable speaker in one

Typically if you want headphones for private listening and a portable speaker to share the music with a group, you need two devices. The new Boomphones Re-Up that have turned up on Kickstarter allow you to have both private and group listening with one device. Re-Up can be turned from headphones into a portable speaker at the press of a button.

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Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the music for where you are and what you are doing. The new updates roll out this week on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Audi cars with automatic trans feature software that “distorts” emissions tests

Audi cars with automatic trans feature software that “distorts” emissions tests

Another emissions cheating scandal may be brewing and this time out it's with Audi, VW's luxury brand. VW is still trying to dig its way out of the emissions cheating scandal with its cars and the scandal spilled over into some Audi and Porsche models. This new emissions cheating issue is in Audi cars with automatic transmissions and VW apparently admitted the issue.

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Homemade USB Killer destroys computer components

Homemade USB Killer destroys computer components

I'm not sure why you would want a flash drive style device that is capable of destroying some of the components inside a PC. The only use I can think of is vandalism at schools or work, which is what at least a few of the commenters on a YouTube video posted by Thomas Kim seem to be interested in. Kim posted a video showing the steps needed to build a DIY USB Killer that blasts voltage through the USB port of a PC to make it shut down.

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Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music Unlimited service has launched in the UK. The service is an on-demand streaming music service with a catalog of over 40 million songs that is also packed with thousands of hand curated playlists and personalized stations for subscribers to enjoy. The service works in conjunction with a new Amazon Music Unlimited App that features Alexa voice controls.

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HTC Vive VR Red Alert 2 remake uses Unreal Engine

HTC Vive VR Red Alert 2 remake uses Unreal Engine

As it is with most new gaming devices, how fast the device is adopted by the public depends on many things from pricing to the available games. The HTC Vive and other VR headsets are appealing , but not quite to the stage yet where the gaming masses are ready to play. One of the things that could get gamers ready to buy is a sweet game that makes you really want to play.

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Sevenhugs Smart Remote control anything you point it at

Sevenhugs Smart Remote control anything you point it at

Sevenhugs has a very cool remote control that is on Kickstarter and has destroyed its funding goal. The product is called the Smart Remote by Sevenhugs and this remote claims to be able to control any device you aim it at. The screen on the remote will adapt to the device you are aiming it at to give you control you need.

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LG’s 1mm Wallpaper OLED TV said to be launched in 2017

LG’s 1mm Wallpaper OLED TV said to be launched in 2017

There are multiple places where products that have wireless tech inside have to go for certifications before they can come to market. Often we see the FCC leak details on coming devices, but this time out it appears that the entire 2017 LG OLED TV line has been leaked by the WiFi Alliance. Presumably the TVs were being tested to ensure compliance with WiFi specifications.

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