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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

Verizon’s Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know

In case you missed the news, Verizon has decided to bring back unlimited data plans. The largest wireless carrier in the US has likely been feeling the pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint's own unlimited plans. Of course, these days "unlimited" seems to mean "limited in these specific and annoying ways," so is the same true for Verizon's plan? Here's everything you need to know.

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NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

NES Classic Edition first impressions: Feels like the first time

It might be strange to see to the words "NES Classic Edition first impressions" in the title of this article when the infamous mini console has been out for more than four months now. Like many of you, I've spent those months looking high and low for one, only to be greeted by "sold out" notifications everywhere I looked. I was finally able to get one last week, and since it was first hooked up to the TV, it's seen almost constant play. I'll share my opinion on whether or not the NES Classic Edition was worth the four month wait later (more on why that particular article will be delayed in a bit), but for now, I thought I'd share my early thoughts on it.

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ROLI BLOCKS Review: Modular music system has room to grow

ROLI BLOCKS Review: Modular music system has room to grow

ROLI has made a name for itself with weirdly tactile, expansively flexible musical instruments, and its ROLI BLOCKS promise to bring that to the mainstream. The British company built its reputation among electronic musicians for its rubbery-buttoned keyboards that allow for hitherto-unachievable levels of expression; problem is, even the smallest Seaboard RISE is $800. On paper, therefore, the much cheaper BLOCKS make perfect sense, but how do they hold up in practice?

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Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting technology will be in charge of Ford's self-driving vehicle due to hit dealerships in 2021, as well as under the hood of other manufacturers' cars.

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Call of Duty 2017: 4 things you need to know

Call of Duty 2017: 4 things you need to know

It appears that we're getting a Call of Duty shake up in 2017. During Activision's most recent round of earnings, Call of Duty was a fairly hot topic. Even though it's still one of the biggest gaming franchises around, Activision feels the need to get back to basics this year, and here are a few things you should know about this decision.

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A $1,000 iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition” makes perfect sense

A $1,000 iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition” makes perfect sense

Would you pay $1,000 for an iPhone, even if it was the most ambitious iPhone Apple had ever made? That's the question being asked amid rumors of a super-premium price for the so-called iPhone 8 "Anniversary Edition", expected to arrive later this year. Now believed to sit at the top of a three model pyramid, the flagship - also known by some as the "iPhone X", in honor of the tenth anniversary of the smartphone - will spare no expense on the latest and greatest components and parts.

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Tesla Model 3 test production tipped to kick off this month

Tesla Model 3 test production tipped to kick off this month

Tesla will reportedly begin test production of the new Model 3, its most affordable electric car, later this month, insiders have claimed. The automaker confirmed this week that it planned to pause production of the Model S and Model X, its current models, at its California facility for a week this month. That, Tesla said, was in preparation of Model 3 production, including adding capacity to its paint shop.

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How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes - launch week, mind you - one fellow spent a whopping $900 (or more, so he suggests) on gacha. Gacha is the monetization technique used in random-toy vending machines around the world, here used to distribute characters in Fire Emblem Heroes. While the game itself is free to play, users are encouraged to attain new characters (heroes) to use whilst playing. Gamer Kookoo22 decided that Fire Emblem Heroes was put together well enough that he'd give the gacha element a go - over, and over, and over again.

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Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event details plus expanded Gen 2 news

Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event details plus expanded Gen 2 news

As Valentine's Day draws ever nearer, the potential for Pokemon Go's Gen 2 update grows ever riper. One mighty Gen 2 update has the potential to be as much of a change to the platform as Gold/Silver were to the original series. Clues appeared in the most recent update to the game's APK file for Android pointing to a new set of Johto updates. This collection added to the already significant backlog of not-quite-published bit of code. UPDATE: The Valentine's Day event is official!*

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Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

The Huawei Mate 9 represents a real maturation of Huawei in a number of areas - most importantly in the company's dedication to a solid final product. What we've seen from Huawei in the past is a set of fairly good or really great components mixed with questionable execution. Here in the year 2017, Huawei has a smartphone that's ready to compete with the biggest brands in the United States, as well as the rest of the world.

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2018 Ford Expedition boosts tech and space for 8: First impressions

2018 Ford Expedition boosts tech and space for 8: First impressions

You'd be forgiven, in today's EV-obsessed climate, for thinking full-sized SUVs are on the way out, but the 2018 Ford Expedition wants to correct you. The new truck, revealed today in Dallas, sits atop Ford's five-strong line up of SUVs, from the smallest EcoSport due to arrive in the US later this year and then up through the Escape, Edge, and Explorer. I stopped by Ford's HQ in Dearborn, MI last week to clamber all over the new Expedition in advance of today's debut.

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