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Microsoft might be about to launch an upgraded Xbox One at E3 in June, but it's still busy creating special edition designs of its existing console. Like some previous bundles, this new special edition is white, but it has a hugely customized top plate. Microsoft claims Tony Stark (Iron Man) helped customize the console, and the center includes an arc reactor that lights up.

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Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said the carmaker is in talks with external partners to start new digital mobility businesses but added these talks do not involve Apple or Google . Speaking at a press conference to discuss full-year results in Wolfsburg on Thursday, Mueller said the company was looking for ways to expand its offering in the area of digital mobility services. "Please understand if I cannot name these companies, but we are not in talks with Apple or Google," Mueller said.

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Valve has partnered with Bitcoin payment service Bitpay to bring everyone's favorite cryptocurrency to games platform Steam. Bitpay says it was approached by the company because it wanted to internationalize its operation, making it easier for Steam users in emerging markets to to buy games without using a credit card. "While more users are coming online in in these countries, traditional payment options like credit cards often aren't available," said Bitpay in a blog post.

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Before NASA astronauts can fly in new spacecraft from Boeing and SpaceX, they'll have to rack up hundreds of hours of practice on training simulators. This week, two of NASA's commercial crew astronauts tried out new touchscreen simulators in a Boeing facility in St. Louis, preparing to use Boeing's CST-100 Starliner crew capsule and SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to dock with the International Space Station.

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It's too easy, almost lazy, to lump Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa into the same category. They're both virtual personal assistants made by two of the biggest, most influential companies in tech. They both answer questions, add things to shopping lists, control your smart lights, and tell awesome dad jokes.

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Data company Markit and trade body ISDA have offered concessions in a bid to settle EU antitrust charges and stave off a possible fine, the European Commission said on Thursday. The competition authority charged the two companies and 13 banks with blocking Deutsche Boerse from the lucrative credit derivatives market in 2007 and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2008. The Commission dropped the banks from the case in December last year for lack of evidence but Markit and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), which represents firms involved in the derivatives market, remained in its crosshairs.

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You will upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft's aggressively nagging Windows 10 upgrade prompts claimed another victim on Wednesday morning. KCCI 8 News Meteorologist Metinka Slater was just trying to tell us the weather in southwest Iowa, but Windows 10 had other ideas.

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Take a look around Mars through the eyes of a space rover using a 360° video that NASA has published online. The two-minute video provides 360° views of the Martian landscape, featuring footage taken on April 4 by the Mast camera atop NASA's Curiosity rover, which first landed on the planet in 2012. A press release explains what viewers see before them: "The scenes show wind-sculpted textures in the sandstone bedrock close to the rover, and Gale Crater's rim rising above the crater floor in the distance.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian online retailer PT Bhinneka Mentari Dimensi is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in 2018 partly to invest in logistics and stores, a director said on Thursday. Bhinneka, which specializes in electronic products such as computers and gadgets, saw its revenue at least double last year, Andi Boediman told reporters. The company also expects a strong performance this year, Boediman said. He declined to say how much the IPO was planning to raise and give a number for the company's revenue. (Reporting by Eveline Danubrata; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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US military agency DARPA is determined that the fighting vehicle of the future is all about mobility. Its Ground X-Vehicle Technology program (GXV-T) has long been dedicated to developing armored vehicles which are lightweight, responsive, and smart, able to autonomously detect and dodge incoming threats like rockets and navigate any terrain. Now, DARPA's vision is getting closer to reality, with the agency awarding contracts to eight institutions to develop its ideas.

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The home lighting app has been redesigned to improve users' control of their equipment.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. reported a stunning jump in its first-quarter earnings as its high-end home appliance sales offset a loss for its smartphone business.

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Panasonic Corp forecast its profit to fall in the current business year amid slower growth in emerging markets as well as planned investments in automotive technologies and high-end consumer electronics. The company said it expects operating profit of 375 billion yen ($2.86 billion) in the year ending March, down from 416 billion yen in the previous year. It had flagged the weaker outlook last month, showing that even one of the strongest of Japan's consumer electronics companies is struggling to grow as the domestic economy grapples with weaker consumer spending and slower exports to China.

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Earlier this month, Verizon employees initiated the largest strike in the US in four years. More than 30,000 workers joined picket lines protesting the telecom company's handling of contract negotiations. As the strike enters its third week, Verizon has suggested that striking workers are attacking its network, severing fiber-optic cables and vandalizing terminal boxes.

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Samsung, buoyed by its new Galaxy S7, is reporting improved profits for the past quarter, while LG's mobile division sunk deeper into the red with a $168 million loss. The primary cause for LG's increased expenses was marketing around the launch of the modular G5 smartphone, LG's new flagship, although the company's other products didn't fare too brilliantly either. LG mobile sales at the start of this year fell by 15.5 percent in monetary terms, with 13.5 million smartphones representing a 12 percent decline in shipments.

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With more and more users signing up from around the world, not just the US, Pinterest has developed a means of highlighting local content and trending ideas with its new "Featured Collections" boards, it was reported by VentureBeat. Users will be presented with local boards or trending ideas from their own country that could be of interest.

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Fresh off a star-making turn as Finn in The Force Awakens, John Boyega's next big role will be as a small bunny. Boyega will play Bigwig the rabbit in a four-part animated adaptation of seminal children's book Watership Down being developed by Netflix and the BBC. Alongside Boyega's bunny will be voices from X-Men star James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult — recently seen semi-naked and high as a kite on chrome spray in Mad Max — and Sir Ben Kingsley.

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — An Apple employee that the company described as "young and talented" was found dead in a conference room inside the company's headquarters in Cupertino, authorities said.

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Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. ...

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Today, Apple announced the release of the very first apps made using CareKit, an open software platform that lets developers create iPhone apps that can help people manage various medical conditions and share information with their doctors. Among the four apps released today is one that helps users manage their diabetes, and one that people can use to track symptoms of depression. For Apple, the move signals the company's first real step into the realm of true health care, as opposed to scientific research or simple health tracking.

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