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A US software firm which chose Singapore for the world's first public trial of driverless taxis hopes to be operating in 10 Asian and US cities by 2020, an executive said Monday. Doug Parker, nuTonomy's chief operating officer, said the firm is eyeing tests by early next year in three other Asian countries which he declined to name. More than a dozen people in Singapore have already experienced a ride in the "robo-taxi" within the confines of one-north, an enclave of technology and science research institutes outside the central business district.

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Apple has set the date for its iPhone 7 event, where the company may also debut a new Apple Watch. Here's what the next models could hold in store.

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Legendary actor and comedian Gene Wilder has died, according to multiple outlets. According to Variety, the actor died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Starting in Broadway in 1961, Wilder soon became acquainted with writer-director Mel Brooks, and eventually made his splash on the big screen in a memorable role in Bonnie and Clyde. While Wilder was always known for his comedic chops with Brooks, in the role of Wonka he was able to show an earnest, heartfelt side, paired with a distinct sense of whimsy and moments of darkness.

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Fiber channel networking is a different yet similar world compared to Ethernet networking. Learn the basics before implementing a storage-area network.

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Hundreds of thousands of people might've put down $1,000 on a Tesla Model 3, but that doesn't mean we actually know what the inside looks like. The Model 3 is still two years away from real production, and minor design details like "what the cabin looks like" still haven't been confirmed. Thankfully, the internet is on it. Instagram user Richard Hennessy posted a photo of the inside of what looks a lot like a Model 3 being driven around Tesla's factory in Fremont, California. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery The pictures show an interior that looks very similar to the prototype that was demoed in March. There's still a steering wheel, no instruments, a giant center tablet to control the car, and a sleek, covered center console. The presence of a steering wheel is the most significant feature from this photo. We've already heard rumors that the Model 3 will be mostly self-driving, so it would be logical for it to ship without a steering wheel. Of course, having a wheel on a prototype doesn't mean it will ship with one. Even the most advanced autonomous driving technology can't deal with every single situation on the road just now, so a set of controls for humans is still a necessary feature. But the lack of instruments hint that this could still be a mostly self-driving car that's autonomous first, human-controlled second. Other than the wheel, the other big design feature is the center tablet. Tesla has always been a fan of using a large touchscreen display, but the horizontal orientation in the Model 3 is a departure from the tablet in the Model S and X. It provides more screen real estate than those cars, but at the cost of dominating the cabin.

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There's a secret hidden inside every squawking chicken toy, and the team behind YouTube channel What's Inside is determined to find it.

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The European Commission will soon rule that Apple illegally received tax benefits from the Irish government, Financial Times reports. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager reportedly circulated a 130-page ruling for official release tomorrow, concluding that Ireland’s tax deals with Apple (as well as other US companies) constituted unlawful state aid to a select group of businesses. Apple will reportedly be called on to pay back taxes that, according to anonymous sources, could total "billions of euros" — Bloomberg quotes an estimate of up to $19 billion, although The Irish Times suggests it could go as low as €100 million, or around $112 million.

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YouTube’s biggest name is going to star in a game about streaming games on YouTube. Today PewDiePie revealed a new game called Tuber Simulator, that puts players in the role of a budding video game streamer. As in those games, it appears you’ll be able to build your career from a small time, little-known YouTuber, up to a PewDiePie-level celebrity.

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Watch as Samsung's large-screen phone gets the ultimate durability test with only ice to protect it from an impressive height.

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Sony just launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund its FES Watch U e-paper watch as a follow to its first FES watch, which was funded and released in Japan last year. Both the Watch U and FES aren't smartwatches exactly — they don't show phone notifications or track steps — but users can pair them with a smartphone app to change the watchface. Will it ever leave Japan?

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When Tesla flipped the switch and activated its Autopilot software late last year, it didn’t take long before Model S owners began pushing the software to the absurd limits. In short order, we began seeing videos of Model S owners engaged in downright dangerous behavior, from a driver who decided to eat breakfast while his Model S zoomed down a highway at 90 MPH to an individual who turned on Autopilot and then decided – I kid you not – to go sit in the backseat. Such activities may make for entertaining viral videos, but when the “toy” you’re playing around with is actually a 5,000 pound car that can cause untold amounts of damage, such behavior is nothing short of a legitimate and very real danger to the public at large. DON'T MISS:  7 hidden iOS 10 features iPhone users can look forward to As a result, Tesla a few months ago said that it would implement measures to limit some of the more ridiculous activities Model S owners were engaged in. “There’s been some fairly crazy videos on YouTube,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call a few months ago. “This is not good. And we will be putting some additional constraints on when autopilot can be activated to minimize the possibility of people doing crazy things with it.” Tesla did end up restricting the use-cases for Autopilot, and now comes word via Electrek that the company plans to implement even more safeguards around the software. New safeguards surrounding Autopilot are reportedly the result of recent Tesla Model S accidents that transpired while drivers were misusing the Autopilot feature. For instance, a recent Tesla accident in China occurred when a driver was busying himself with retrieving a cloth from the glove compartment and wiping down his dashboard. In another accident in Montana, Tesla discovered that a Model X driver ignored repeated warnings to assume control over the car. That being the case, once Tesla introduces its next-gen Autopilot software, there will be more constraints regarding when and how drivers can use the feature. As it stands now, Autosteer is designed to turn off when a driver fails to respond after 15 seconds of "visual warnings and audible tones." With an impending update, the restrictions will become just a tad more restrictive. According to sources familiar with the Autopilot program, Tesla will add a safety restriction that will result in not only the Autopilot disengaging after alerts are repeatedly ignored, but also blocking the driver from re-engaging the feature after it was automatically disengaged. The driver will not be able to reactivate the Autopilot until the car is stopped and put in ‘Park’. So far, it looks like it would only affect the  Autosteer  feature of the Autopilot and  TACC  would still be available for the duration of the drive. The goal of the new restriction appears to be to encourage Tesla owners to respond to the visual alert and not to ignore them. There’s no official word on when Tesla plans to roll out this update to users. Meanwhile, Tesla’s next-gen Autopilot software and hardware is reportedly in its final testing phases. According to reports, upcoming Tesla models will sport more radar units and enhanced camera systems all around the car, all making for much smarter software. According to reports, Tesla’s next-gen Autopilot suite will, among other things, be able to more precisely display other cars on the digital dash along with the exact direction and angle they are moving in. Other features reportedly in the works include the ability to identify and react appropriately to traffic signs and traffic lights.

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The attacks by suspected foreign hackers, said to target Arizona and Illinois, lead the bureau to urge election officials to beef up their computer systems' security.

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Today, Apple used a rejected stock photo to announce that it's having an event on September 7. The company is all but guaranteed to release a new iPhone or two, along with possibly unveiling a new Apple Watch and/or new Macbooks. It's all pretty straightforward. But, because it's Monday afternoon on the internet and we still have over a week to wait for the actual event, let's speculate wildly about what those colorful dots might actually mean. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the iPhone 7: Apple just sent invites for a big event on September 7th Luckily, Twitter is ON IT with a bevy of #hottakes: https://twitter.com/jetscott/status/770293749289193472 https://twitter.com/pierce/status/770293206839799808 https://twitter.com/carlfranzen/status/770292901792321536 https://twitter.com/geoffreyfowler/status/770293223038316544 https://twitter.com/MKBHD/status/770292523789090817 https://twitter.com/jjvincent/status/770295188052905984 https://twitter.com/mg/status/770298925886558210 https://twitter.com/JonyIveParody/status/770297747710865408 Amongst all the navel-gazing over an event invite, there are actually some details we can tease out of the event invite. It's basically a stock photo for bokeh, the effect you get with a camera with objects that are out of focus. Good bokeh (like you see in the invite image) is traditionally the preserve of expensive cameras with big lenses, exactly the kind of thing that's missing from smartphone photography. So, the obvious deduction is that Apple is planning a major camera update. Leaks have shown us camera modules with two sensors (and two lenses) on the iPhone 7 Plus, so it's very possible the bigger iPhone will have a better camera that can produce, uh, very pretty event invites. Nothing else jumps out from the event invite. The location and time are exactly in line with previous Apple events, and there's precious little else I can tease out from the event image. But if you can channel your inner  Da Vinci Code , there's probably some Illuminati symbols waiting to be found.

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The launch of a new iPhone in the second week of September has become so regular an event that you could set your Apple Watch by it. Equally consistent is Apple’s teasing or trolling with the invite, which I’m now going to indulge in deciphering for the 2016 edition. Firstly, without trying to insult your intelligence, I have to state the obvious in pointing out that the focus for this upcoming iPhone event will be the camera.

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In this YouTube video of a hammer hitting a looking glass, it's as if Thor got mad at his own face while shaving.

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By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over 1 billion euros in back taxes. The Commission declined to comment on Monday. The European Commission accused Ireland in 2014 of dodging international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from tax collectors in return for maintaining jobs.

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New regulations and looming government decisions could whittle some 200 electric automakers down to just 10.

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In September, we'll get to see what else Mark Zuckerberg's AI system can do aside from make toast.

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Earlier today, Apple sent out official invitations for a special event set to take place on September 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. While Apple’s iPhone 7 will undoubtedly be the primary focus of the event, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see Apple take the opportunity to announce some other new products as well. To help get you up to speed regarding what Apple likely has in store for us come September 7, we’ve put together a short but sweet summary highlighting all of the potential new products Apple may introduce to the world next week. DON'T MISS:  Big Pokemon Go update is about to bring some exciting new features iPhone 7 This one is a no-brainer. Every September, the collective eyes of the tech world all hone in on Apple’s September media event to take a look at what type of new features the company’s next-gen iPhone brings to the table. With the iPhone 7, word is that we won’t see any groundbreaking new features, but that’s not to say that the iPhone 7 will be a ho-hum upgrade. Of course, it goes without saying that the iPhone 7 won’t ship with a 3.5mm headphone jack. In turn, it will be interesting to see how Apple plans to handle audio for the device. While lightning-based audio will obviously be an option, some have speculated that Apple may ship wireless earbuds with each new iPhone 7 sold. We consider this unlikely but Apple certainly isn’t afraid of abandoning what it deems to be legacy technologies in favor of more advanced alternatives. To that end, we have seen reports that Apple has been working on advanced Bluetooth earbuds with custom radio chips designed for best-in-class battery life. Headphone speculation aside, the iPhone 7 has a few other features worth mentioning. Aside from faster internals, it’s believed that advanced camera technology will be the key selling point of both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models. The iPhone 7 Plus in particular will reportedly be graced with a dual-camera system that should provide superior camera performance all across the board, including improved performance in low-light settings, improved color fidelity and much more. As for the 4.7-inch iPhone, it will likely boast a more advanced camera sensor along with an optical image stabilization feature that was previously only available on the iPhone 6s Plus. One other tidbit worth noting is a rumor that the iPhone 7’s home button will be flush with the device and will not be a mechanical button as we’ve seen in years past. To that end, rumor has it that the iPhone 7 home button may utilize a series of sensors that will vibrate when pressed, thereby creating an illusion that the button can be depressed. Other iPhone 7 rumors we’ve seen claim that the entry-level model will have 32GB of storage. On a related note, some sketchy reports have suggested we might even see a 256GB storage option on the iPhone 7. Additionally, we’ve seen conflicting reports pointing to the addition of either a Blue or Space Black model to the iPhone 7 lineup. Apple Watch 2 It’s been nearly 18 months since Apple rolled out the original Apple Watch and we’re certainly due for an upgrade, especially with the impending rollout of WatchOS 3. With the Apple Watch 2, which Apple will presumably want to roll out ahead of the holiday shopping season, we can expect to see faster internals, improved battery life and the addition of GPS functionality. Taken together, Apple’s next-gen Apple Watch may finally become the breakout hit that many initially anticipated the original would be. MacBook Pro Apple’s notebook line has been somewhat stagnant in recent months, but that may be about to change with the company’s next-gen MacBook Pro. We’ve seen conflicting rumors as to whether or not Apple plans to release a new MacBook Pro next week, but given what we’ve heard so far, we’re definitely going to keep our fingers crossed. Per the rumor mill, Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel and Touch ID functionality. Specifically, the OLED touch panel is said to replace the function key row and will feature options that will dynamically change depending on whatever app happens to be in use. iOS 10/WatchOS 3 overview Lastly, we can expect Apple to briefly provide us with an overview of iOS 10 and WatchOS 3. That said, it'll be interesting to see if Apple announces any new updates to the software that it didn’t want to divulge at WWDC this past June.

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Something bad is happening in a futuristic theme park filled with robotic cowboys in the full-length trailer for the HBO series "Westworld."

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Here are two lines from T-Mobile’s latest "Uncarrier" missive, in which the company proclaims that it has "listened to customers" and is changing its new T-Mobile One plans less than two weeks after announcing them. With T-Mobile ONE, even video is unlimited at standard definition so you can stream all you want. At this point it appears that T-Mobile is operating with definitions of "unlimited" and "data" that are are only tangentially related to reality.

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A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling lawsuit, which was filed in 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans.

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Ya está disponible 'online' el cortometraje 'Team Thor', hilarante parodia estrenada en la Comic-Con 2016 de San Diego, realizada por el director de 'Thor: Ragnarok'.

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Toy maker Funko crafts a Barb figure from "Stranger Things" in its signature Pop Vinyl style, complete with eyeglasses, pink ruffled blouse and a purple Trapper Keeper.

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Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. According to most leaks thus far, both handsets are expected to be premium devices when it comes to build quality as well as internal components and performance. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to hear that the phones will reportedly be more expensive than their predecessors, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. DON’T MISS:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery The smaller of the two, the Sailfish, is expected to cost $449 for the 32GB model — at least according to Nexus Blog’s  unnamed sources from HTC. That’s $70 more than last year’s 16GB Nexus 5X, and $20 more than the 32GB option. It’s unclear at this time whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB Sailfish model, or how much the extra storage would cost. The 32GB Nexus Marlin is reportedly priced at $599, which is $100 more than last year’s 32GB Nexus 6P. The 2015 Nexus phablet also came in 64GB and 128GB options, priced at $549 and $649, respectively. It’s likely that Google will also have Marlin versions with more built-in storage, but Nexus Blog doesn’t know what to expect. Comparatively, the Nexus phones' main rival is expected to have 32GB, 128GB and 254GB options – that’s the iPhone 7, launching in mid-September. While Apple is yet to announce the new iPhones, multiple independent reports indicated that these new storage upgrades are in the cards for the iPhone. Google is rumored to have plans to announce the new Nexus devices at some point in September, and then the company will reportedly release them in early October.

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