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Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Apple letter to NHTSA confirms self-driving car ambitions

Just when it seemed like Apple's much-rumored self-driving car project was on the verge of collapse, more evidence surfaces that Cupertino still has plans in place. A recent letter from Apple to the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been dug up, where the former writes that it is "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now monitors where you go after a ride, but you can stop it

Uber now keeps track of where you go after your ride ends. The tracking spans the first five minutes after you reach your destination. The data gathered from this monitoring is used to improve Uber's service, including pickups and drop-offs. If you, like many users, aren't happy about being surveilled by the Uber app, you can disable the feature before your next trip.

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DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products to choose from is never a bad thing, but it does require more leg work. Which service has the features you can't live without? Is there some hard-to-find fine print you should know about? Does the service you're leaning toward offer the best value for your money? We've answered all those questions and more.

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2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Review: Flawed but feisty boredom-buster

The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth had an advantage as soon as it gurgled onto my driveway. I'm a sucker for a small Fiat, though as with so many of my flaws I blame my parents for my weakness. Growing up, my mom had a series of tiny city cars from the Italian automaker: a bright red original 500, a rattling 126 with a fiddly manual choke, a boxy Uno and a couple of comparatively sleek Puntos, among others. None would win any awards for refinement, but all had its own particular charm.

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Beware of Dangerous Fake Apple Chargers – Here are ways to spot them

Beware of Dangerous Fake Apple Chargers – Here are ways to spot them

Apple chargers tend to be on the expensive side, but the next time you're tempted by an inexpensive alternative, you may want to think twice. The UK's Chartered Trading Standards Institute has issued a new report that says many fake Apple chargers aren't up to snuff when it comes to safety standards. The resulting issues from using a non-compliant charger could include anything from shocks when unplugging the charger to damage to your phone.

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Will Rogue One ruin Star Wars? [POLL]

Will Rogue One ruin Star Wars? [POLL]

Will the next Star Wars movie be the straw that broke the camel's back in Star Wars fandom? This month the second in an infinitely-long line of Disney-backed Star Wars films will debut with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What we're discussing today is whether the release of this film will prove to Disney and Lucasfilm that they've made a mistake by continuing to milk the cow what is George Lucas' Star Wars universe.

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2018 Audi TT RS First Drive

2018 Audi TT RS First Drive

Get ready for trouble: the 2018 Audi TT RS is most definitely going to stir up some problems among the new Porsche Cayman S, Mustang GT350, Corvette Stingray, and BMW M2. Having driven all five of these road-legal racers, I have no doubts that the TT RS will hold against its best German and American rivals. It’s a fast car that happens to look great, excelling on the track while still delivering all the creature comforts you'd want in a daily driver.

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Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Good news for those of you with an Xperia XZ or Xperia X Performance: your wait for Android 7.0 Nougat is about to come to an end. Sony announced this morning that the upgrades to Nougat are beginning to roll out, so if you don't see the OTA update yet, it's only a matter of time before it appears. That's all well and good for Xperia owners, but for the rest of us still waiting, what kind of timetable can we expect before Nougat arrives on our devices?

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Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

If you haven’t yet experienced receiving unwanted even invitations, a.k.a. spam, on your iPhone or iPad’s Calendar app, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. iOS users have reported suddenly being plagued by numerous such invites on their devices, and declining them seems to make it actually worse. After days of silence, Apple has finally but unofficially acknowledge the situation and is promising to take action. But as spam filtering only happens on Apple’s end (for now), all that users can do is wait and use these workarounds to get rid of those notifications (for now).

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DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW is open for business, and cord-cutters with a taste for live television have another option for their home entertainment. AT&T's play for Millennials - and indeed anyone who wants to trim their monthly spend on huge TV channel bundles from traditional cable TV providers - launches with a tempting $35 per month promotion and plenty of fanfare, but is it really the PS Vue and Sling TV eclipsing, Netflix replacing, Amazon Prime Video burying super-service DirecTV NOW would have you believe? Read on for the drawbacks and small-print.

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2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

To describe the CR-V as a success for Honda is to damn it with faint praise. Since its arrival in 1997, nearly four million have sold in the US. In fact, the CR-V is the country's top-selling SUV, and it helped Honda's truck sales go from little more than a rounding error to almost half of the vehicles moving off dealer forecourts each year.

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