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Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

LIDAR manufacturer Luminar has inked a new deal with Airbus, to provide its laser scanners for Airbus UpNext's next-generation aircraft. The agreement could see Luminar sensors featuring on future VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, as Airbus explores potential routes to autonomous flight and pilotless airtaxis.

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Apple is spending $430 billion more on 5G and silicon: Here’s why

Apple is spending $430 billion more on 5G and silicon: Here’s why

On the heels of its Spring Forward event that took place last week, Apple has announced that it will be committing $430 billion in US investments over the next five years. While these investments will support the engineering of its own in-house silicon and the build out of 5G, Apple also says that it will add 20,000 jobs across the country in the same time period as well. Today, the company listed a number of states where it will focus its efforts.

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Epic Games Store expands Windows app offerings with itch.io and Brave

Epic Games Store expands Windows app offerings with itch.io and Brave

Today, Epic announced that it's adding a new batch of PC apps to the Epic Games Store. Not only are more Windows apps heading to the Epic Games Store, but Epic has even added a dedicated page for them. There are some widely-used apps in today's collection of newcomers, along with some interesting choices like the itch.io store.

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Amazon is bringing palm-scanning payments to Whole Foods stores

Amazon is bringing palm-scanning payments to Whole Foods stores

If you live in Seattle, you'll soon be able to pay for your groceries using the palm of your hand -- literally. Amazon has announced plans to bring its Amazon One palm-scanning payment tech to several of its Seattle-area Whole Foods stores, enabling customers to register their payment card to their palm signature for contact-free checkouts.

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Overwatch boss Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

Overwatch boss Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

It's something of the end of an era over at Blizzard today, as Jeff Kaplan has announced that he's leaving the company. Kaplan has been at the company for nearly 20 years, and got his start at Blizzard working as a designer and one of the game directors on World of Warcraft and later its first two expansions, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Kaplan is perhaps best known, however, as the lead game designer and game director on Overwatch.

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Discord reportedly ends buyout talks, including those with Microsoft

Discord reportedly ends buyout talks, including those with Microsoft

Earlier this year, we heard a rumor which claimed that popular messaging and voice chatting service Discord might be looking to either sell or go public. At the time, Microsoft was said to be interested in buying Discord for as much as $10 billion. That report had some Discord fans on edge because Microsoft doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to buying up and maintaining messaging services.

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Microsoft could dare Apple to change its most controversial app policy

Microsoft could dare Apple to change its most controversial app policy

A leak of Microsoft's plans for its next major Windows 10 update suggest they'll allow developers to bypass in-app commerce sharing. In effect, Microsoft would not be taking a percentage of in-app purchases from apps made by developers that use their own 3rd-party in-app commerce system. This would be the first time a major app store would allow such a thing on their own operating system's official app store.

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Geico security breach exposed customers’ driver’s license numbers

Geico security breach exposed customers’ driver’s license numbers

A letter submitted by insurance company Geico to the California attorney general's office details a data breach that took place earlier this year, exposing customers' driver's license numbers. The letter doesn't include certain pertinent details such as how many people were potentially impacted by the security issue, though it did note the numbers may be used as part of unemployment benefits fraud.

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Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store shut downs

Sony backtracks on PS3, PS Vita store shut downs

Back in March, Sony revealed its plans to shut down the digital PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita storefronts this summer. The announcement received a lot of pushback from gamers, and today, Sony announced that it's making an about-face - the PS3 and PS Vita stores won't be shutting down this summer as originally announced, and will instead stay online so users can continue to purchase games and other media for those platforms.

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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO just got some very bad news

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMO just got some very bad news

At one point in time, Amazon was poised to go hard with its Lord of the Rings license, and while that might still be true for the company's upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show for Prime Video, it's no longer the case for its planned MMO set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Amazon has cancelled the game, which is just the latest in a string of setbacks for a gaming division which just can't seem to catch a break.

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Universal Studios Hollywood reopens and it has a new dinosaur to celebrate

Universal Studios Hollywood reopens and it has a new dinosaur to celebrate

As expected -- and after a very long wait -- Universal Studios Hollywood has reopened to the public, though it's not quite the same as it was before it shut down. The theme park opened its doors on Friday in California, giving the public access to its attractions, including a new ride and an updated Jurassic Park attraction with a massive new dinosaur.

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NFL’s first official sports betting partnerships include FanDuel, DraftKings

NFL’s first official sports betting partnerships include FanDuel, DraftKings

The National Football League has announced its first official sports betting partnerships, giving football fans the opportunity to easily bet on game outcomes and their favorite teams. The business move represents the latest major deal penned by the NFL, which recently announced a media deal that'll bring many games to Amazon's video platform.

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