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Ford F-150 and Explorer recall: Almost 350k at rollaway risk

Ford F-150 and Explorer recall: Almost 350k at rollaway risk

Ford has recalled nearly 350,000 of its most popular vehicles, after discovering a fault that could see the pickups and SUVs roll away - even if they've been put in park. The transmission problem affects Ford's F-150 truck and the Expedition SUV, two of its strongest sellers, with the recalls affecting not only the US but Canada and Mexico.

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In 5.3 magnitude LA quake, this app gave an early warning

In 5.3 magnitude LA quake, this app gave an early warning

Every second counts when it comes to earthquake preparedness, but a few beta app users got more notice than others in today's 5.3 magnitude Channel Islands quake. A new app, QuakeAlert, developed by Early Warning Labs, is promising to give a vital heads-up on incoming tremors, and in future it could mean getting through natural disasters unscathed.

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Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Office 365 Personal users get business-tier security tools

Microsoft is enhancing security for non-business Office 365 users, adding advanced Outlook.com email encryption tools and ransomware detection for Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions, among other things. With these changes, user data is better protected while keeping intruders from accessing the information. A couple features are rolling out today with the rest arriving in the next few weeks.

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Tesla: Autopilot was on – and ignored – in fatal Model X crash

Tesla: Autopilot was on – and ignored – in fatal Model X crash

Tesla has confirmed that Autopilot was enabled on the Model X that crashed, fatally, in California last week, though says the driver ignored multiple warnings before the incident. The crash saw driver Wei Huang collide with a concrete highway lane divider last Friday, March 23. He later died in hospital from his injuries.

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Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over power steering issue

Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over power steering issue

Tesla has announced the voluntary recall of 123,000 Model S cars over a potential problem with power steering. The affected vehicles were made before April 2016, according to the auto maker, which says Model 3 and Model X vehicles aren't impacted. At the heart of the issue is a possibly faulty power steering component that could experience "excessive corrosion."

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NVIDIA halts autonomous car testing after fatal Uber crash

NVIDIA halts autonomous car testing after fatal Uber crash

NVIDIA has temporarily frozen all of its autonomous car testing on public roads, after the fatal Uber crash last week that killed a pedestrian. The chipmaker is one of Uber's partners on the ride-sharing firm's self-driving car project, supplying chipsets that power the onboard intelligence for the vehicle.

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Intel responds to Uber self-driving accident with critical analysis

Intel responds to Uber self-driving accident with critical analysis

Intel has responded to last week's fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle. In a lengthy blog post published this evening, Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua talks about autonomous car technology and the wider reality around it, not the least of which is transparency. "I firmly believe the time to have a meaningful discussion on a safety validation framework for fully autonomous vehicles is now," Shashua said.

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Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

An autonomous vehicle belonging to ridesharing company Uber struck a pedestrian earlier this week, resulting in her death. Though a human safety operator was at the wheel, the vehicle was driving itself at the time of the collision, which happened at night as the victim was crossing the road. The accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, and though details have been lacking over the past two days, a video of the collision has just been released.

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Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Early evidence suggests the pedestrian killed by an Uber autonomous car in Arizona may have been to blame in the controversial accident earlier this week. The ride-sharing company's self-driving Volvo SUV fleet was grounded on Monday, after a collision overnight. The pedestrian was taken to hospital, but according to police died of her injuries.

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Pixel XL Android 8.1 charging bug is dangerous [UPDATE]

Pixel XL Android 8.1 charging bug is dangerous [UPDATE]

The Pixel 2 XL, for all its impressive features and camera, has been burdened by numerous bugs, none of which, fortunately, are as dangerous as this new one to beset its predecessor. The original 2016 Pixel XL just received its Android 8.1 update a few months ago, but it seems to have received more than what users bargained for. A charging bug experienced by some, but not all, Pixel XL owners leads to an overcurrent that could become a safety hazard if not addressed immediately.

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Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber has grounded its entire self-driving car fleet in the US and Canada, after one of its autonomous vehicles reportedly killed a pedestrian in Arizona overnight. The vehicle is said to have been driving itself when the incident took place, though with a safety operator at the wheel.

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Ford warns 1.3m drivers: Your steering wheel could fall off

Ford warns 1.3m drivers: Your steering wheel could fall off

Ford is recalling a whopping 1.3 million cars in the US, after discovering that their steering wheels could come loose and detach completely while on the road. The American automaker has warned owners of select Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that, over time, the bolts that hold their steering wheels to the steering column could come loose.

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