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No your eyes are not playing tricks on you – your mobile Google Maps app did just turn into a Ms. Pac-Man game. Google’s gag is just in time for April Fools’ Day. The game plays on real-life streets from wherever you are. You get the full Pac-Man experience, including the infamous sound effects. Just open up your app and you can start playing. Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/play-ms-pac-man-google-maps-april-fools-day-trick-2017-3 More:

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Meet Chris. The first AI device to keep your digital life connected while you’re behind the wheel. The no-touch gadget is designed for drivers so they can keep their eyes on the road. Chris listens and talks to you using artificial intelligence and understands speech recognition and gesture control. Now when you get a call, voicemail, Facebook, What’s App, or email message, you can safely answer without taking your eyes off the road. The company that makes it, German Autolabs, says you can also control music and navigation. ...

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SpaceX has successfully completed the first reflight — and landing — of an orbital class rocket. The Falcon 9 launched from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday evening, returning to an ocean-based barge a short while later.

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Would you believe it if Lyft rolled out an actual, physical product to hail a ride? A one-use wearable, giving you streamlined access to all the service's cars at the lyft (lolz) of your thumb? You shouldn't believe it — well, not completely. The ride-hailing app is currently shilling Mono, a wearable with some legitimately cool specs: it has BLE tech to pair with your phone, a micro-controller synched with the Lyft API that reads gyroscope and accelerometer data to request rides, and motion-triggered LED confirmation indicators to let you know your trip status without having to check your phone.   Just stick your thumb in the air wearing the Mono, Lyft claims, and you'll soon be ferried on your way.  SEE ALSO: Lyft just came out with its biggest innovation yet: buses But you'll (probably) never see someone rocking a Mono to get a ride home after a night out on the town — it's April Fools' Day season again, and the wearable is Lyft's idea of a viral prank, designed to confound the internet and get us all buzzing. The only problem is, Lyft didn't just make a joke prototype for a one-off photoshoot — the company went all the way in, creating actual working Mono devices.  Sure, we have all the hallmarks of a viral prank campaign — a slightly ridiculous concept that's just believable enough, especially with the hyped-up videos and web presence to back it up. But bringing Mono to life makes it less a prank and more a one-off promotion, like Pizza Hut's pie-ordering sneakers for March Madness.  We're giving away 5 Monos! Post a photo of the Mono on Twitter/Instagram tagging @lyft, #GetMono, and #Sweepstakes. https://t.co/O58NUdhPSh pic.twitter.com/jb4ZjqYaIY — Lyft (@lyft) March 30, 2017 It's almost like Snapchat Spectacles on a small scale: a wearable created to give users a physical extension of an experience typically tethered to smartphones. Mono's little more than a novelty item — obviously, no one's really gonna walk around with their thumb in the air more than once or twice for kicks — but it is kinda cool looking and, dare I say it, fun.  That's what April Fool's is all about, right? We'll cut Lyft some slack here for the full-out effort even with the botched delivery — just as long as they don't immediately start bragging about how #woke hailing a car with your thumb can be.  WATCH: I tried a self-driving car in London and lived to tell the tale

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Palmer Luckey, the mind behind the Oculus Rift, will leave Facebook at the end of the week. It's unclear if he resigned on his own terms, but his departure comes two months after the high-profile Zenimax lawsuit.

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Yes, we know we should move more, sleep better, eat right. This amazingly thin, stylish band smoothly and reliably tracks your steps, calories, and sleep. Above all, the Alta HR is the slimmest tracker ever made with continuous heart-rate tracking.

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One of the key reasons Apple’s (AAPL) Mac became so popular was that, in addition to its good looks and powerful performance, it catered to creative types. Available April 11, the Creators Update is designed to serve as the backbone of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality capabilities. Originally called Windows Holographic, Windows Mixed Reality will allow developers to create mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s Hololens for the consumer market.

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A new survey out this week from LendEDU, an online financial services marketplace, found 93% of millennials who have Uber will continue to use the ride-hailing app despite recent scandals.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are finally here, and they’re just what the company needs after last year’s Note7 fiasco. And while the phones push the boundaries of smartphone design, they’re also surprisingly expensive — especially when compared to Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Samsung had a rough 2016. Now that its Note7 has literally gone up in flames, the company needs a hit to revitalize its image. Which is where the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus come in.

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AmazonFresh is testing out a new delivery service in Seattle called AmazonFresh Pickup. Shoppers will be able to order their items online, drive to a grocery pickup location and have them delivered to their car in 15 minutes. You don’t even have to get out of your car. The service will be free to Amazon Prime members, with no minimum order – in the hope of increasing Amazon’s physical retail presence. If Pickup takes off, it could change the game for all “click and collect” grocery retailers in the future. Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-fresh-pickup-prime-revealed-seattle/

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Snap (SNAP), parent company of Snapchat, may have more in common with Twitter (TWTR) than you might think, a new report from S&P Global Market Intelligence claims.

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A Tesla employee is suing the company, saying he experienced racial harassment, racial...

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The House was expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would stop the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules that would stop your internet service provider from tracking your browsing behavior and selling that information to advertisers.

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Destiny 2 is the official name for the sequel to hit sci-fi shooter Destiny. Confirmed by Bungie itself following the leaked image of a poster with the same name, we also get a glimpse of a smoking cityscape in the name reveal.

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Apple rolled out the new iOS 10.3 update Monday — and if you took the plunge and upgraded to the new OS, you might have noticed your iPhone is running a bit more quickly and smoothly than it did before.   That alone shouldn't be a big surprise. New software should make your phone hum, and this update in particular includes a fancy new modern file system that has played a part in freeing up more storage space on devices than the previous OS.  SEE ALSO: Definitely don't follow these DIY steps to give your red iPhone 7 a black front But that's not the only reason your iPhone now has some extra pep, according to Apple engineer Renaud Lienhart. He took to Twitter to reveal one of the undocumented tweaks to the OS.    iOS 10.3 feels “snappier” because many animations were slightly tweaked & shortened, for the better. — Renaud Lienhart (@NotoriousBUGS) March 28, 2017 The animations he's talking about come when you open, close or switch between apps, as BGR notes. This doesn't mean the apps will be running faster when you use them — it has to do more with improved responsiveness, which I noticed right away while switching between open apps on the new OS. It's a small change, but it makes multitasking on the iPhone even more seamless than before. You should update your device to iOS 10.3 for more than just the speed boost, too. It's always a good call to keep your phone's OS current, since updates usually fix issues and bugs, like the Safari ransom bug that 10.3 knocked out. That, and you'll finally be able to track down pesky AirPods when they get lost and avoid dropping a $69 fee (not nice) for a replacement.  WATCH: A new way to take selfies — and six other features the iPhone 8 might have

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This month, Expedia (EXPE) killed off the world’s best app for air travelers: FlightTrack Pro, which it had bought in 2010. Its attractive, tidy screens show you far more detail than the airline generally provides—not just the departure and arrival times, but also the terminals, gates, flight maps, aircraft type, speed and altitude, weather radar, and so on. FlightTrack Pro, dead at ate 8.

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A small cash donation can go a long way, especially if you multiply it by millions. Lyft is launching a new scheme for riders that'll automatically round up the fare to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to charity.

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Uber suspended its self-driving car pilot program on Saturday after one of its vehicles was involved in a smash in Tempe, Arizona. No injuries were reported, and cops said the other car appeared to have been at fault.

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Ask Zhenan Bao why she went from designing batteries to creating synthetic, human-like...

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GameStop’s (GME) shares plummeted more than 13% on Friday after it reported weak sales the day before, but Nintendo’s new Switch console may help the video game retailer turn things around.

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