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Siri privacy upheaval: Apple apologizes with new audio policy

Siri privacy upheaval: Apple apologizes with new audio policy

Apple is overhauling how it deals with Siri recordings, pledging to do away with human assessment of Siri requests after users voiced privacy concerns that their conversations with the assistant could be overheard for quality testing. The iOS and macOS assistant has been caught up in ongoing controversies around all of the major virtual assistants the past few weeks, with privacy advocates warning that human assessment and intervention is far more prevalent than many users might assume.

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Microsoft Dual Screen Surface: what it needs to succeed

Microsoft Dual Screen Surface: what it needs to succeed

Just as everyone is preparing for the IFA 2019 craze next week, Microsoft dropped what may be a bombshell that will have fans and tech pundits thinking about the company all the way to October. There was no mention, not even a hint, of such a device, the Microsoft Courier's spirit once again haunts the Internet rumor mill.

The time might be right, with all the pieces in place for the dual-screen Microsoft device to make its glorious but terribly long-overdue arrival. But if Microsoft doesn't make sure it checks the right boxes, it might end up with more egg in its face than Samsung with the initial Galaxy Fold.

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2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered First Drive: Electric Everyman

2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered First Drive: Electric Everyman

It's easy to get confused by the badging on the 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered. Once a separate tuning firm for Volvo, Polestar then got bought up and brought in-house, only to be subsequently spun off as a standalone maker of performance-electric cars. Among the details of that final deal are plenty of Volvo parts headed into the upcoming Polestar 1 and Polestar 2, while in return Polestar contributes its know-how for feistier versions in Volvo's range.

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2020 Volvo XC90 First Drive: T8 hybrid, T6, and smug Swedes

2020 Volvo XC90 First Drive: T8 hybrid, T6, and smug Swedes

It's been five years since the second-generation Volvo XC90 began the wholesale reboot of the automaker's range, and it's fair to say that the 2020 XC90 arrives - refreshed and updated - on a high. The Swedes aren't typically prone to either smugness or boasting, but with Volvo sales in the US up almost 5-percent so far this year, versus the industry as a whole down almost 2-percent over the same period, it's clear they're doing something right.

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VW ID Buggy Concept drive: Meet the electric future of fun

VW ID Buggy Concept drive: Meet the electric future of fun

Out of all the events I had the pleasure of attending at Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach - a week filled with priceless classics, stunning hypercars, and the sort of rarities that give automotive enthusiasts palpitations - I wasn't expecting a bright green electric prototype to be the most memorable. I got a chance to take the VW ID Buggy for a spin, and it's fair to say it left a lasting impression.

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The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

2019 marks Formula E’s fifth year of staging races in major cities around the world, and early skepticism around whether electric cars could capture race-fans' imaginations seem finally to have been dispatched. The chassis, brakes, battery and tires are the same for the 11 teams and 22 cars. It’s a team’s intellectual property - the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and battery/thermal management software – that separates the winners from the losers.

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It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is available for purchase (general availability) starting today, August 23, 2019. Today we're looking at the Galaxy Note 10 price, the price of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Galaxy Note 10+, if you prefer), and how and where people will get deals. We've also got a short list of reasons why someone might want to reconsider buying a Note 10 right this minute, including the fact that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus doesn't arrive until September.

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2020 Lincoln Aviator First Drive: Grand Touring hybrid is unapologetic 3-row SUV

2020 Lincoln Aviator First Drive: Grand Touring hybrid is unapologetic 3-row SUV

Lincoln is taking luxury SUVs seriously, and the 2020 Aviator is fine evidence of that. Bringing another three-row option to the automaker's range, it may be smaller than the Navigator but the new Aviator is no less luxurious. Indeed, with a potent 630 lb-ft of torque to play with in 2020 Aviator Grand Touring Hybrid form, there's an argument to be made that this could be the best example of Lincoln's "American Luxury" yet.

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New Android logo and brand update for 2019

New Android logo and brand update for 2019

The big Android news from Google today was the change from Android Q to Android 10, and the end of the desserts. That's important - that's the fun part of the news, and the most tasty - but the part that will matter most to graphic designers is the edits made to the Android logo and design guidelines. Of import here are the adjustments in the eyes, the color shift, and the shift in aesthetics overall.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: The difference a Plus makes

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: The difference a Plus makes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ should be a tougher sell than it actually is. A $1,100 Android phone, scaled so vast that many will struggle to comfortably hold it, the defining feature of which is a pop-out stylus... and yet here we are, in 2019, with a flagship that boasts such user goodwill that even a history of immolation cannot derail it. As always, Samsung has thrown the kitchen sink at its newest Note, but now more than ever the results are mixed.

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Major Apple leak: iPhone Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads

Major Apple leak: iPhone Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads

Today there's been a relatively massive leak of Apple products that'll be revealed in the near future. Sources familiar with the situation leaked three new iPhone models including two "Pro" iPhone models (likely iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max) as well as a successor to the iPhone XR. Also in the mix are a new iPad Pro, a low-end iPad, AirPods, a lower-end HomePod, and a MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display. Apple will also release its previously announced Mac Pro and 32-inch XDR Pro Display by the end of this year.

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2020 Audi RS6 Avant US launch confirmed: Here’s the details

2020 Audi RS6 Avant US launch confirmed: Here’s the details

Welcome to America, 2020 Audi RS6 Avant! The unicorn with near-mythical status in the US makes its debut stateside for the first time later in 2020, the German automaker has confirmed, now in its fourth-generation and packing some serious V8 muscle along with a mild-hybrid powertrain. Frankly speaking, it’s still a mystery to me why station wagons lost their allure in the US. It must be everyone’s thirst for big, hulking land yachts or maybe the stigma of being seen in a boring, plebeian family car. I’m here to tell you first-hand that the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is going to be anything but boring.

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