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Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

This past September, an Uber executive revealed that the company was entertaining the idea of launching some type of flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. The flying vehicles would be of the VTOL variety -- that is, they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically. Now the company has revealed that it will begin testing such 'flying cars' within the next three years, and that the testing will, at least, take place in Dallas-Forth Worth and Dubai.

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Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

Neil Young’s Pono to relaunch as high-quality streaming service called Xstream

You might remember hearing about the music store/player Pono for one of two reasons: you're an audiophile that was interested in the high-fidelity music that was offered, or the fact that it was founded by musician Neil Young. Either way, the small number of Pono users remaining might be eager to hear that following the closure of its music store last year, it plans to relaunch in the near future as a high-quality streaming music service called "Xstream."

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Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card - now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they'd be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as well. This means that the money is gone, and the party is over.

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Bose slapped with lawsuit claiming your headphones spied on you

Bose slapped with lawsuit claiming your headphones spied on you

It looks like Bose is heading to court, as a new class action lawsuit has been filed against it. The suit centers around a companion app Bose offers for its wireless headphones, called Bose Connect. That app is used to connect Bose wireless products to smart devices, and it can also be used to remotely control those devices.

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Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple just set itself a huge challenge

Apple has pretty big plans for the future, and they'll change the way your iPhone is made. As it is now, Apple needs metals mined from our lovely planet to build its mobile devices - something that has a lot of repercussions, whether those are environmental or humanitarian. According to Apple's new environmental report, though, the company wants to change that.

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Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

In Russia, Android users might be surprised to no longer see Google Search or other popular Google services in their new smartphones. That's because Google has settled with the Russian competition authorities after the tech giant has been found guilty of using its position as Android platform maker to push its own services to Android users. This status quo was challenged by its rivals, particularly Russian company Yandex, who gained a favorable ruling back in 2015. This unprecedented move opens the doors to Google's rivals not only in Russia but across Europe as well.

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Intel axes Intel Developer Forum by canceling IDF17

Intel axes Intel Developer Forum by canceling IDF17

There's big news coming out of Intel today, but it's probably not news that most will want to hear: Intel has decided to quit hosting the Intel Developer Forum, otherwise known as IDF. The conference took place at multiple locations around the world each year and focused on Intel's products. Intel's announcement today unfortunately ends a 20 year run for the show, which started way back in 1997.

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Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

While Uber's main business is its ride-sharing service, the last few years have seen the company develop several additional platforms, including the courier delivery service UberRush. Operating in several large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, UberRush is designed for users to hire someone to pickup and deliver items, such as packages, local online orders, and even food. Now, however, Uber says restaurants will need to switch to using UberEats, as UberRush is being scaled back and streamlined.

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Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm just can't seem to catch a break. Which is probably the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile company. While it is still in a tug of war with Apple, it has just announced its loss to BlackBerry in a different but eerily similar case. The two companies have announced that an arbitration panel is requiring Qualcomm to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. All because BlackBerry says it has actually overpaid Qualcomm some patent royalties.

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Ricoh may follow Samsung’s lead and ditch its camera business

Ricoh may follow Samsung’s lead and ditch its camera business

Following on the heels of a report claiming Samsung has fully abandoned its dedicated digital camera efforts comes a new report saying Ricoh may do the same. According to sources speaking about the matter, Ricoh is considering getting out of the camera business, at least as far as personal digital cameras are concerned. This would mean an end to its Pentax and GR product lines, marking the latest instance of smartphones trampling over the camera industry.

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GoPro ‘trade-up’ program offers HERO5 credit for turning in old cameras

GoPro ‘trade-up’ program offers HERO5 credit for turning in old cameras

GoPro has announced a new trade-up program designed to get consumers to upgrade to the latest action camera models. Under this program, which is open to all GoPro owners, the company will give either $50 or $100 off the price of a new GoPro camera in exchange for turning in an older model. Any old GoPro model can be returned to the company, says GoPro, even if it is 'dented, dinged, [or] destroyed.'

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Qualcomm bites back at Apple over unfair licensing lawsuit

Qualcomm bites back at Apple over unfair licensing lawsuit

Qualcomm is probably the largest maker of mobile processors in the market, which pretty much means it has a large target painted on its back. It isn't a stranger to lawsuits, even those brought against it by government. But when Apple joined the fray, it took on a slightly different story. Last January, Apple sued Qualcomm for, among other things, unfair licensing costs and retaliation. Now Qualcomm is fighting back with claims of its own, saying that Apple was, in fact, the one using shady tactics to harm Qualcomm's business.

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