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Inside Intel’s big plan to seize the wheel in self-driving cars

Inside Intel’s big plan to seize the wheel in self-driving cars

Autonomous driving is coming, and unsurprisingly Intel believes it should be at the heart of it. At the former Altera facility in San Jose, California, the company better known for powering your laptop and PC outlined its vision for driverless cars over the coming years. While collaboration is the name of Intel's game, make no mistake: it sees this as a prime opportunity to sell more silicon.

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A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A bunch of Star Wars-themed events are taking place starting today, the 3rd of May, and last until the end of May the 4th (be with you). This is the ump-teenth time in a row that Star Wars has been celebrated on the 4th of May - back since the first Star Wars Geek heard those fabulous 6 words in that order. Fourth really sounds like Force - so let's use it to fill the bottomless pit of need for more Star Wars merchandise and special events, forever!

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Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

In a legal battle between Alphabet's Waymo (previously under Google) and Uber is raging in California. Revelations today suggest that Uber may have given a former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski $250-million in stock options in exchange for a massive amount of data (9.7GB, according to Waymo outside attorney Charles Verhoeven) essentially stolen from Waymo computers. Of course it's not all that simple - there's another company in between Waymo and Uber, but Google suggests that the company in question was created only to act as a shell to cover Levandowki's tracks.

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How long do you expect your car’s tech features to work?

How long do you expect your car’s tech features to work?

Technology is a funny thing. So much of how we perceive the functionality of the devices we use every day depends on the context in which they inhabit our lives. No one really expects their mobile phone to still be capable of running the latest apps, operating system, or tapping into the highest possible network speeds after three years of ownership, but you'd be extremely upset if your refrigerator was no longer able to keep food cool after sitting for five or even ten years in your kitchen. The pace of development for each of these devices - not to mention the features they're expected to offer - is wildly disparate, and we're programmed to accept their different lifespans even if in some cases they feature similar price tags.

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The Surface Laptop is a laser-focused attack on Apple’s MacBook

The Surface Laptop is a laser-focused attack on Apple’s MacBook

"This is the laptop that starts to reset the category," Microsoft's Panos Panay says of the new Surface Laptop, and it's abundantly clear he has Apple in his sights. The brand new Windows 10 S notebook was unveiled in New York City this morning, as part of the MicrosoftEDU event. While Panay wasn't shy about talking up the new notebook's abilities, he also didn't hold back when it came to MacBook comparisons.

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Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Today Microsoft revealed the Surface Laptop, what Microsoft describes as a new more "personal" vision of a personal computer. This notebook computer works with the Surface Pen, it works with the Surface Dial, and it works with the Surface Mouse. It also has a touchpad and a touchscreen, too. Basically this is what Apple originally marketed as the MacBook Air, but here it comes with a bit more functionality and a different approach with materials.

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This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off its education-centric event today by introducing the world to a new version of Windows 10. Dubbed Windows 10 S, Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson took the stage to show off this pared-back version of Windows. There are a few features in Windows 10 S that make it useful not just in classroom settings, but perhaps for personal use as well.

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Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a barnstorming success. Indeed, there are only really two phones that could overshadow it: Apple's iPhone 8 and, ironically, Samsung's own Galaxy Note 8. Expected to make its big debut at the end of the year, the new phablet has some fiery shoes to fill.

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Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Don't expect the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5, or even a Surface Phone at Microsoft's event this week, but do expect its answer to Google's Chromebook. Anticipation for what the software giant will do next with its premium Surface range has never been higher, not least because it was a disappointing glitch in an otherwise healthy financial quarter. It looks, though, like we'll have to wait a little longer to see how Microsoft will address that, because the company is too busy going back to school.

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Pokemon GO update event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

Pokemon GO update event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

The newest update to Pokemon GO brings on lured McDonalds with "dancing pedals" as well as an upgrade for Rural users hunting monsters. This set of updates requires no Pokemon GO file update - unless of course the player hasn't updated for the past several weeks. This update is mainly server-side, which means that it's Niantic's switch the flip, rather than that of the individual user.

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Has-Been Heroes review: Good ideas in a frustrating package

Has-Been Heroes review: Good ideas in a frustrating package

I’m not sure if you've noticed, but these super difficult games known as roguelikes - named for the 1980 game Rogue - seem to keep growing more and more popular. Distinguished by sometimes brutal difficulty, quick runthroughs that often end in failure, permadeath, and an element of randomness, these games are addicting in their challenge. You will fail a lot, but put in enough practice and maybe you’ll finally succeed. There are already plenty of great roguelike games on the market - FTL: Faster Than Light, Rogue Legacy, The Binding of Isaac, and Spelunky, to name a few. Now Has-Been Heroes from Frozenbyte wants to add its name to that list. Does it have what it takes?

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Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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