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Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

If you've been waiting for Microsoft's latest Flight Simulator release, the time is close at hand. Today the folks that run the development of Microsoft Flight Simulator revealed that they'd reached an important milestone. Alpha 5 was was released this week, on the 9th of July, 2020, and Closed Beta was moved into final testing!

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Honda recalls 1.4 million vehicles: What you need to know

Honda recalls 1.4 million vehicles: What you need to know

Honda is recalling a massive 1.4 million vehicles in multiple countries, the automaker has revealed, due to a faulty fuel pump. Fortunately, the company hasn't received any reports of wrecks or injuries resulting from this faulty component; if the fuel pump fails, the car may stall or refuse to start. Honda vehicle owners have a few different ways to determine whether their car is covered by this recall -- here's what you need to know.

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Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Self-driving vehicles always look cool on TV and films but getting them right in real life no easy task. Considering the human lives involved, autopilot systems are often put under intense scrutiny to ensure nothing goes terribly wrong. Unfortunately, things do go wrong to different degrees, and, fortunately for one driver in Taiwan, the story didn't have a tragic ending, even if his Tesla met a different fate after crashing into the roof of a truck.

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DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

This morning the folks at 505games announced the Early Access release of DRIFT21, a fully immersive high-end car racing game with fully licensed vehicles and tracks. This game includes hardware steering wheel accessory support right out the gate with Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and Logitec. Users will be able to begin playing immediately with a relatively limited cross-section of vehicles and tracks - but that'll expand QUICKLY.

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Hyundai recalls cars with remote parking assist over software error

Hyundai recalls cars with remote parking assist over software error

On April 16, the NHTSA revealed that Hyundai has recalled certain cars featuring its Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) feature due to a software issue. The system is only available in a couple of Hyundai models, limiting the recall to a bit under 12,000 vehicles total. Hyundai reported the issue on April 9, according to the NHTSA, which notes in a letter that the software error 'increases the risk of a crash.'

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Tesla Model 3 in-cabin camera is for robotaxis but there could be more

Tesla Model 3 in-cabin camera is for robotaxis but there could be more

Cars equipped with cameras facing outward is nothing new and is used for all kinds of safety and object-detection purposes. Cars with built-in cameras facing inside to record people are, however, almost unheard of. As one that often calls dibs of certain features, Tesla's Model 3 is indeed one such rare breed. But before you panic about your privacy, CEO Elon Musk officially confirmed it is not for that. It doesn't limit the company, however, from going beyond that initial purpose.

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NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

NASCAR is turning to esports after canceling real-world races over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Fox Sports will broadcast this first-ever eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series event on Fox Sports 1 and through its Fox Sports app. The event will take place over 90 minutes and will involve some of racing's biggest names, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte.

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Tesla ‘touchless deliveries’ keep cars coming even as coronavirus closes factory

Tesla ‘touchless deliveries’ keep cars coming even as coronavirus closes factory

Tesla has announced that starting at the end of the day on March 23, it will temporarily suspend operations at its Fremont factory. This will enable the company to conduct 'an orderly shutdown,' according to Tesla, which says that it has been and will continue to follow safety guidelines and legal directives in regards to its facilities and operations.

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The Batman 2020’s Batmobile is straight outta Mad Max!

The Batman 2020’s Batmobile is straight outta Mad Max!

The next Batmobile was revealed today by Matt Reeves in a series of photos from front, back, and left side. This is the closest we've gotten to The Batman so far, besides details on who'll be in the cast. The only other real look we've gotten at The Batman so far is a teaser trailer with a glimpse of the Batsuit - with nothing too particularly amazing going on in bit of action.

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Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

If you're on an iPhone today, you'll see changes to Spotify in the next few hours. If you're using an Android device, you'll find Spotify updating "soon". If you're on any mobile device and you've been waiting for Spotify to give you something new - beyond new media, of course - you're in luck. Today's reveal from Spotify shows the app taken out a whole new door.

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Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

The ride sharing program Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to polls for the primary and general election season for voting in 2020 in the USA. This is an expansion of a program they've had in the past. This system of discounted and free ride sharing action started with the Iowa Caucus and continues through ALL primary votes and ALL caucuses leading up to the general election in November, 2020.

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Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view your local weather. Users started noticing the new feature over the last week, reporting that they show up as two small icons in the platform's status bar. Don't expect to get a full weather forecast, but it's not like you're missing much -- you could easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you're not driving a vehicle.

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