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Innovation in TV design is moving away from the dark and sleek to something a little more home-y...

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Here’s a sneak peek at what we could be driving around in 2020. The startup Nio debuted the Eve at SXSW. This futuristic self-driving machine does more than just drive – it has an artificial intelligence engine called Nomi that acts like a personal assistant, and can understand and talk to its passengers. Nio has sliding glass digital doors and an interior that displays data to passengers. The cabin is more like a living room, with reclining seats and folding tables. ...

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AUSTIN—South By Southwest’s most overdressed speaker, like many others, came to talk shop about the internet. The chief internet evangelist for Google (GOOG, GOOGL) made his first SXSW appearance as he does others: nattily attired in a three-piece suit. Cerf’s onstage interview by Susan Hassler, editor of the trade publication IEEE Spectrum (its publisher sponsored the session) touched on the internet’s future, its past, and some present and pressing issues we need to resolve.

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AUSTIN—Chris Sacca showed up at South By Southwest (SXSW) in one of his cowboy shirts and with plenty of cowboy attitude. The Lowercase Capital investor and “Shark Tank” regular spent an hour in a Saturday-afternoon onstage interview holding forth—bluntly and often profanely—on issues ranging from his problems with President Donald Trump to Uber’s self-inflicted PR nightmare to what’s wrong with startup culture. “We are in an absolute unmitigated crisis right now,” Sacca said.

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‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ will bring the Tolkien-inspired action to new heights. The Eye of Sauron might see everything, but even the observant dark lord himself probably didn’t see “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” coming. It turns out, however, that “Mordor” was just the first chapter.

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A new product called BrilliantPad will let your pooch poop inside. The company that makes it claims it’s ultra-absorbent and eco-friendly and refreshes automatically. After Fido does his business, the motorized pad dries up liquid and dissolves solids…then the system replaces the soiled pad with a fresh one. BrilliantPad is still in the Indiegogo crowdfunding stage and hopes to raise $50,000. If you have a dog that weighs less than 35 pounds, you can get in on the early-bird price of $99. This self-cleaning potty will definitely be a game changer for dogs and their owners. ...

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Airbus unveiled its new self-flying car concept at the Geneva Auto Show.

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Your computer keyboard has about 64 keys on it. That’s great for letters and numbers—but what about symbols, like these?

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Pretend you’re on three meds: Two orange pills once a day with food, one white pill three times a day, and two blue caplets every four hours. Now imagine you’re taking five meds a day, or 15. Record your meds and when you’re supposed to take them, and boom: You get notifications.

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BARCELONA — 5G wireless data is coming, and it will change everything. It will be in your house, your office and the places in between. It will not just follow your car, but speak to it. 5G wants you to be comfortable about all this, because 5G cares about you.

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Nintendo's new video game system, the Switch, isn't able to browse the internet, stream music...

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PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

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Meet Sedric, Volkswagen’s plan for the future of autonomous ride-sharing. With the press of “The Button” on a remote, your driverless car can both pick you up and take you to any location, or take your kids to school and pick up preordered groceries for you. The windshield will be an OLED display that will show riders information about their surroundings. No word on when we can expect to see Sedric on the streets or how much it will cost, but the thought of having a rolling assistant do your errands sounds pretty convenient. Source: https://www.engadget. ...

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Think you know everything about Tinder? Guess again.  The company is testing a secret version of its app called Tinder Select, a invitation-only service reserved for some of the app's more influential users: the really rich, really famous, really successful and, yes, the really hot. SEE ALSO: Confessions of a Tinder Tourist: The rules of right-swiping abroad Rather than separate app, the service, which was first reported by TechCrunch, is a section of the existing Tinder app that's activated when a user is invited to join. Sort of like an exclusive club within Tinder, users who are part of Select are matched with each other, though they continue to see matches from "normal" Tinder users as well, according to someone who has seen Select.  It's not clear what exactly qualifies someone to be part of Select, but it seems Tinder has curated the group pretty closely. Some users who are part of the service are able to invite others to join as well. Tinder has created features to lure more celebrity users in the past. The company introduced verified profiles in 2014. Apparently, its more famous users had trouble getting dates because people thought their profiles were fake.  "This will allow celebrities to enter Tinder in a different way," Tinder CEO Sean Rad said at the time. Now, it appears the company is looking to do even more to help famous and influential users find each other.  Tinder is far from the first dating app to court "elite" users. The League, another dating app that's only for the good-looking and successful, vets all new users based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and at times has had a waiting list well into the six digits.  It's not clear if Tinder plans to build out Select as its own offering or keep it around as a quiet experiment. A company spokesperson referred to Tinder Select as "an early test," but declined to comment further.  WATCH: Someone has invented a waterproof toupee that looks just like real hair

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2013. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought a marker to a cybersecurity conference Tuesday. The occasional advisor to President Trump had a few things to say to attendees of the V4 Cybersecurity Conference, and he needed a visual aid to get those points across.

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Nintendo’s new Switch is the single most important product launch in the company’s history. Nintendo’s stock price has certainly seen a slight uptick since the Switch went on sale March 3 — the stock closed at $27.65 on Tuesday compared to $26.04 on launch day — but the company shouldn’t celebrate quite yet. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is a fantastic game, which is surely driving sales, but its luster will wear off after a few months and gamers will begin clamoring for new titles.

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This is Baxter, and it knows it just made a mistake. Researchers are testing out mind-mapping techniques to help train robots to improve their ability to perform tasks on an assembly line. Instructors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University have been working with Baxter on various tasks. In this video, an instructor is wearing an electroencephalography (EEG) monitor on her head, and the robot is monitoring the data stream, looking for specific brain signals that let it know whether it is doing the task correctly. ...

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You know about “Hey Siri” and “OK Google,” right? On recent phone models, you can trigger your voice assistant without even having to touch the phone.

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Amazon’s cloud service went offline last week, taking parts of the internet with it. The good news: Amazon has addressed the issue, and is working to ensure nothing similar happens again. Indeed, the incident last week was an aberration that shouldn’t scare you into not trusting AWS anymore, according to two analysts we spoke to.

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The Nintendo Switch is here, and these are the games you’ll want to buy and avoid. Nintendo’s innovative home console/portable hybrid machine, the Switch, is finally here. We’ve put the system through its paces, and while the tech is impressive, the real reason to consider buying it is for the games themselves. The Switch arrived with only 10 launch games, a paltry list compared to the other consoles and handhelds that have released in the past decade or so.

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Today is a big day: The company that created Snapchat, that baffling (to parents) smash hit (among teens), is going public. This, you understand, is for a company whose growth stalled last year, whose software features have been copied by Instagram, and whose losses keep growing—It lost $515 million last year, and $373 the year before. All of which might make you wonder more than ever: What the hell is SnapChat?

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Life could get a little easier if Ford’s plan for deliveries comes to life. The automaker unveiled its plans for Autolivery at Mobile World Congress. The vision for Autolivery looks like this: Once you place an order from an app. the package will be delivered in a self-driving van, and then a drone will fly it up to a landing pad on the balcony of your 30th-floor apartment. Ford hopes to improve delivery methods in urban areas and help alleviate gridlock and air pollution. Don’t expect to see this new fleet on the road anytime soon, as Ford expects to roll it out in 2021. ...

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‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ is an audacious reimagining of a classic franchise. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is one of those rare games you fall in love with the moment you begin playing. From the characters and soundtrack, to the quirky humor and slick controls, “Breath of the Wild” is a “Zelda” game through and through.

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Your smartphone is surprisingly vulnerable to viruses and malware. Unfortunately, that sector is malware. Conversations with security professionals here at Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile tech show, provided a dismaying, but necessary, reminder that the computers in our pockets are targets for authors of malware and other scams — and that many of us don’t care about those risks.

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Admit it, my people: the way of the world is to go wireless.

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