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Local Motors unveils 3D printed autonomous car with drone

Engineers from Local Motors have recently found a way to utilize self-driving cars, 3D printers and drones, all together in one amazing machine.

With the smartwatch market on life support, Google will launch two Android Wear watches in 2017

The timing of the announcement couldn't be more meaningful. Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang told The Verge today

The best games of 2016

10 editors pick their winners and losers to wrap up 2016 in gaming.

MacBook Pro battery life earns Consumer Reports' scorn

What's up with the MacBook Pro battery? After weeks of rumors, Consumer Reports comes down hard on "highly inconsistent" battery life.

Uber told to pull over self-driving fleet by California's DMV

Uber appears to be standing their ground and not planning to conform to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ request for them to acquire a permit.

The team behind 'That Dragon, Cancer' made a VR radio play

'Untethered' wants to make you laugh, not cry.

This bed with built-in subwoofer, TV, lamp and power outlets may be your last purchase, ever

Furlenco's new "Pod" might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season. The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup..

'Poop the Potato' game is here to save you from the holidays

Everybody poops so this should be a very easy concept for all ages.

'Super Mario Run' remake brings parkour to the Mushroom Kingdom

Remember parkour?

Facebook is getting a lot more data requests from world governments

Government officials around the world—and especially in the United States—are knocking on Facebook's door more often. Th

Happy holidays from the TNW family

‘Tis the season for reflection, good tidings, and lots and lots of eggnog – spiked. Happy holidays from The Next Web.

Google Waymo Unveils Customized Self-Driving Minivan

Google’s Waymo has unveiled the first images of its self-driving minivan, a customized version of the Fiat Chrysler Pacifica hybrid.

GitLab 8.15 Released with Auto Deploy and Web Terminal

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Uber to test self-driving cars in Arizona after California roadblock

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Uber deploying self-driving cars from San Francisco pilot in Arizona instead

Uber will be rolling out its third-generation self-driving test vehicles, which are sensor-lated Volvo XC90 SUVs, in Arizona following their loss of registration in California. An Uber spokesperson tells TechCrunch that the cars actually left for Arizona by truck on Tuesday morning, and that they will be deployed there “in the next few weeks” with the full support of state Governor Doug Ducey.

Pokémon Go finally arrives on the Apple Watch

Pokémon Go on Apple Watch was the subject of a little bit of controversy in the run-up to this release: A pair of reports from 9to5Mac earlier this week suggested that Niantic had cancelled plans to build its Apple Watch app , even as it was secretly hard at work on its own wearable devices .

Tesla update caps Autopilot at posted speed limit on undivided roads

Tesla is pushing out an update that will cap the max speed of Autopilot at the posted speed limit while using Autosteer, which controls the wheel while maintaining the car’s lane when engaged, TechCrunch has confirmed. The cap applies on undivided roads, and replaces previous functionality that allowed them to exceed the posted limit by up to 5 mph on these kinds of roadways.

The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift , HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Daydream , a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it's very much . . . well, real. We're still waiting for more games to appear and for the price of truly immersive platforms to fall, but it's an auspicious start for a category that's sometimes felt overhyped.

Google will launch two flagship smartwatches early next year

Though the smartwatch market is still nascent compared to smartphones, it appears that Apple is already starting to run away with it, and its only competition so far has been from Samsung, which doesn’t use Google’s platform on its devices. Fitbit is the leader in fitness trackers, but its recent purchase of Pebble indicates that it will be looking to move into the smartwatch market, as well. None of that bodes well for Google, which has already spent two and a half years trying to make Android Wear a success, with less than stellar results.

Free security tools to support cybersecurity efforts

There are more free information security tools out there than you can highlight with a fist full of whiteboard pointers. While many are trial ware-based enticements designed to lure decision makers to purchase the pricey premium counterparts of these freebies, many are full-blown utilities. A few important categories include threat intelligence tools, tools to build security in during the development stage, penetration testers, and forensics tools.


That might not sound very impressive for 30,000 square feet of solar panels -- and it kind of isn't, especially for its $5.2 million price tag . The panels have been covered in a silicon-based resin that allows them to withstand the weight of passing big rigs, and if the road performs as expected, Royal wants to see solar panels installed across 1,000 kilometers of French highway. There are numerous issues, however. For one, flat solar panels are less effective than the angled panels that are installed on roofs, and they're also massively more expensive than traditional panels. Colas, the company that installed the road, hopes to reduce the cost of the panels going forward and it has around 100 solar panel road projects in progress around the world.

Barnes & Noble's $50 Nook came pre-installed with spyware

Barnes & Noble introduced the $50 Nook just in time for the holiday shopping season, but it failed to mention one crucial bit of software pre-installed on its 7-inch e-reader: malware. Specifically, the new Nooks came with an ADUPS program that granted a third party full access to all of a device's data plus complete control privileges. This means someone overseas had the ability to collect your personal information and wipe your Nook clean, if it had the ADUPS spyware installed.

Avril Lavigne asks Mark Zuckerberg to stop bullying Nickelback

“When you have a voice like yours, you may want to consider being more responsible with promoting bullying, especially given what’s going on in the world today,” Lavigne writes. It’s an understandable sentiment. Kroeger and Lavigne must be still be close, having been married for two years. And the constant, unending abuse Kroeger’s band endures has seemingly dipped past the zenith of acceptability.

How The Jetsons Can Help With Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

If you’re scrambling around looking for the perfect last-minute gift this holiday season, the original future family might be just the inspiration you need. From George’s talking alarm clock to a smart elevator that can take you anywhere you want with the push of a button, we’ve rounded up a few of the gadgets and gizmos that made The Jetsons great that you can actually buy today. Even better, they’re all available via Amazon Prime, so you can get them to your home almost as fast as Rosie the Robot could.

US government starts asking foreign travelers to disclose their social media accounts

The US Customs and Border Protection has started demanding that foreign travelers hand over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media account information upon entering the country, according to a report from Politico . The new policy follows a proposal laid out back in June and applies only to those travelers who enter the US temporarily without a visa through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, process. The goal, the government says, is to “identify potential threats,” a spokesperson tells Politico .

A Christmas miracle: RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic arrives on iOS | Cult of Mac

While I haven’t yet had the chance to properly dive into this game, perhaps the best thing about it from a fan perspective is that it eschews in-app micropayments in favor of a one-off payment that’ll get you the whole title to play.

New drone footage shows massive progress on Tesla's giant Gigafactory

Tesla first broke ground on the Gigafactory in 2014 and plans to have it operating at full capacity in 2020. New drone footage shows us how much of the factory is already completed and provides a new level of appreciation for how huge the facility is.

A bug in Twitter's app inflated video ad metrics by as much as 35%

A bug in a recent version of Twitter's Android app inflated video advertising metrics by as much as 35%, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

Obama to shutter registry once used to track Muslims, Arabs

The Obama administration is dismantling a defunct database, a move that may make it more difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to start a "Muslim registry."

Nokia, which still exists, sues Apple over 32 phone patents

Nokia Technologies -- the mobile patent arm, not the phone development team Microsoft bought and sold -- claims Apple isn't paying what it owes.

IoT devices go forth and multiply, to increase 200% by 2021

Juniper Research has released a new study with a bold prediction about the future of human interaction with technology. It found that “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.” The study found that by the end of 2016 there will be roughly 168 million devices that utilize … Read more »

"The Amazon Way on IoT" - John Rossman discusses his latest book

John Rossman: The impetus for the book was a number of different factors. I had the opportunity to do a few client engagements where we were helping to frame and understand what the opportunity was for IoT in their business. What I found was, there was a lot being written in very segmented use case ways of IoT and how it was impacting and really big predictions about the number of sensors, etc, and there’s a lot written in the technical space. But there was nothing that really helped you answer the question ”How should IoT impact my business and how do I go about evaluating the potential for IoT in my business?’ I thought ‘There’s a customer segment that needs to be served, because that’s an essential question that every business leader needs to be asking themselves.”  Then as I started to frame out ‘How should a business leader think about IoT in their business? What are the different models? Every model, every principle, every strategy, one of the best use cases was always — What was Amazon doing in that space?’ And then I looked at ‘What can I write about and think about authentically?’ So those three, factors came together for me and that’s why the book is for business leaders who really need to evaluate ‘What should my IoT plan be?’ I told the story through the lens of Amazon and other great companies to demonstrate the different strategies that IoT can have for a business and leave the user for a set of questions to ask themselves on each strategy.

Death and Donald Trump: Wikipedia's Most-Edited Pages of 2016

The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, on Tuesday released a recap of activity on the site this year, and said that "Deaths in 2016" was "by far the most-edited" entry, receiving some 18,230 tweaks. That's more than double the amount of edits made to the second most active article of the year: Donald Trump's Wikipedia page, which racked up 8,933 changes in 2016.

Crunch Report | Uber Ordered to Stop Self-Driving Pilot in SF

Tesla Motors was started by a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and strives to create a revolution and accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Tesla vehicles are EVs (electric vehicles), which are transforming the way people drive and move. Tesla has gone public as of June 29, 2010 and has a market cap of $2.47 billion …

Uber Taking 'Millions' In Tax Deductions By Lying To Employees, Lawsuit Alleges

Uber is recruiting software engineers and employees by promising stock options worth “hundreds of millions of dollars,” only to later grant far less valuable options, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The move, the complaint says, permitted the ride-sharing company to take “millions of dollars of tax deductions which it otherwise would not be entitled to take.”


Edward Snowden has been in contact with Russian intelligence officials since arriving in Russia in 2013 , according to a new report from Congress. "Since Snowden's arrival in Moscow , he has had, and continues to have, contact with Russian intelligence services," the 33-page report, issued Thursday by the bipartisan House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked volumes of information on American intelligence and surveillance operations to the media, settled in Moscow after initially traveling to Hong Kong following his 2013 public disclosure of classified information. The Russian government granted asylum to Snowden shortly thereafter. Large portions of the pertinent section, entitled "foreign influence," are redacted, but one paragraph reveals the Russian link, saying that Frants Klintsevich, the deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's defense and security committee, "publicly conceded that 'Snowden did share intelligence' with his government." Snowden immediately took to Twitter following the report's release to dispute the accusations , writing "they claim without evidence that I'm in cahoots with the Russians.

What we want our boyfriends, The Chainsmokers, to buy us for Christmas

Here are things we would like our boyfriends, The Chainsmokers, to buy us for Christmas — many of which are conveniently available at gas stations and women's health clinics.

Steam's Winter Sale arrives with deals on 'Doom' and 'Watch Dogs 2'

Steam's Winter Sale arrives with deals on 'Doom' and 'Watch Dogs 2'

Uber's robot cars move in, and the homeless must move along

In November, private security guards who work at a facility run by the ride-hailing company Uber moved Pitter and the rest of a tent city to other parts of San Francisco. What does Uber, valued by venture capitalists at $68 billion, have nearby? A garage for its self-driving cars.

LG is launching five new phones at CES

LG will expand its K Series smartphone lineup at CES with four new devices, and the debut of its LG Stylo 3, which features a new stylus. The phones really aren’t all that exciting, although some of the models do launch with Android Nougat, so that’s appreciated. The K Series phones’ displays range from 4.5 inches to 5.3 inches. The smallest device, while probably adorable, is lacking specs-wise: it has a two-megapixel front-facing camera, a five-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2,100mAh removable battery, and runs Android Marshmallow.

These wireless earbuds easily rival the AirPods... and cost half as much

Bluetooth wireless earbuds are blowing up right now, perhaps because the best ones are so small and lightweight that you practically forget you’re wearing them. Team up that low profile with tremendous sound and ease of use, and you’ve got the new

Most Popular Featured Playlists of 2016

This year, we started a new Lifehacker tradition, featuring a playlist every week. It’s been a much-needed musical journey in 2016. Here’s a look back at the best featured playlists we’ve shared over the year.


How the Internet of Things is changing the face of business

Amazon’s Alexa is the first piece of technology that has truly opened up the potential for voice interactions because it really works the way you expect. It’s just a matter of time before our new habits start to trickle into our work lives. Voice UI is going to become more and more trusted in business environments – especially in communal areas. We’re going to order supplies, buy lunch for the team, start conference calls, dim lights for demos, and more. Overall it’s the social aspect of voice and it’s marriage with IoT that’s going to to enhance and change our business environments. – Marat Stary ,  getPartnered

The 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2016

The goal of pretty much every businesses is to make money. All the same, there are other important elements to being successful. For instance, business leaders ought to be compassionate. For some, this may seem like some hippy-esque nonsense that won't help a bottom line, but there's actually a case for being an empathic leader. Emma Seppälä, the science director for Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, argues that compassion is actually a standout trait among people that often gives them an edge. It's necessary to have the skills in place to both do good work and lead an organization, but it's even better if a leader is able to aptly and empathetically communicate with those around them.

Elon Musk says Tesla’s vision neural net for Autopilot is “now working well”

Tesla is making progress towards its goal of making its latest cars fully self-driving, according to Elon Musk sharing some updates about the project, and about Enhanced Autopilot, the improved semi-autonomous driver assist system Tesla is planning to release in the near-term, before full autonomy is available. Musk addressed follower questions about Enhanced Autopilot’s progress on Twitter, including work on its new vision system, which is at the core of the Autopilot improvements.

Honda in talks with Alphabet's Waymo on self-driving car technology

Honda is reportedly in negotations with Waymo —Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary —for a deal that could place the latter's technology in some of its vehicles. Both companies said the current talks are oriented toward research , according to Bloomberg . If successful, Honda could provide modified vehicles that would join the Waymo fleet being tested in four U.S. cities. While Waymo does have some custom test vehicles of its own, the company is increasingly turning to existing automakers for the next steps in development. Fiat Chrysler for instance is providing 100 modified Pacifica minivans, now slated to start driving in early 2017. Last year GM and Ford reportedly tried to sign deals with Waymo's predecessor under Google X, but never settled on an arrangement —likely because of disagreements on who would own data and technology. Honda will continue to work on its own self-driving technology, it said, aiming for its first commercial sales in 2020 or sometime thereafter. Waymo has been explicit about its goals, saying its technology could be used in "the ridesharing business, trucking, logistics, even personally used vehicles and licensing with automakers.

This is the world's smallest and happiest snowman

The holiday season gets bigger and more hectic every year -- and maybe you're looking for a smaller, more adorable way to celebrate. Here's one: the world's smallest snowman. This microscopic frosty was built by the nanofabrication lab at London's Western University. He's adorable, but you'll need an electron microscope to see him in person: according to the lab's Tumblr page , the snowman stands at just three microns tall, or about 0.003mm. For comparison, a human hair is about 75 microns thick (0.075mm).

Techtool Pro 9 diagnostics app: What's new for macOS Sierra - TechRepublic

The program also offers data recovery features for recovering information from damaged volumes and previously deleted files. Micromat warns data recovery may not always prove successful, and the process is, in most cases, not possible using SSDs. Using Techtool Pro 9, I didn't have success recovering several test files—including applications, photos, documents, and spreadsheets— that I deleted and attempted to restore from a flash drive. The exception was when the deleted files were still present in the Trash; Techtool Pro 9 was able to successfully locate and restore those deleted files. CleverFiles' Disk Drill 3 , however, successfully recovered numerous test files, as well as many others previously saved and deleted on the same media.

A flight was late because someone named their Wi-Fi hotspot ‘Galaxy Note 7’

Airlines aren’t taking the ban against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 lightly. A clever but highly irresponsible troll by a passenger aboard a Virgin America flight out of San Francisco nearly resulted in the plane being grounded and searched for the recalled smartphone. According to BBC News , someone switched the name of their portable Wi-Fi hotspot to “Galaxy Note 7_1097,” which gave other passengers (and the flight’s crew) the impression that Samsung’s device was somewhere on the plane — and actively being used.

The Most Common Kettlebell Swing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

We’ve written about the benefits of adding kettlebells to your workouts and how the kettlebell swing exercise boosts your leg strength . Now the caveat: the kettlebell swing is hard to get right, with people making little mistakes that put them at risk of injury. Learn to avoid a world of hurt by knowing what not to do.

Michael Fassbender Joins the List of People Not in Star Wars

Soon, the world of acting will be divided among those who’ve appeared in a Star Wars movie and those who had the chance but weren’t picked/were too busy/just flubbed the audition. And no, there won’t be a third group of people who never tried out. Everyone will be considered and only the few chosen will be invited.

Dino VR adventure 'Robinson: The Journey' stomps to Oculus soon

Considering that the game got a boost in graphical fidelity when it moved from PlayStation 4 to the higher-powered PS4 Pro , it should look even better on a high-end PC running a Rift headset. After all, the display is higher spec and most VR rigs eclipse Sony's consoles in terms of raw computing power.

How the smart machine era will change our children's world

The benefits are many and profound. By eliminating the cause of 94% of accidents, Carbots will purge the road carnage from our society. Time wasted today can be used to sleep or work. Carbots can drive in close, efficient formation, saving energy and time, and making good use of today’s carpool lanes. Because we don’t need to store carbots near you, we can turn urban parking lots into parks. They will make extensive travel practical for millions. They will clear DUIs from our courts. They will bestow freedom of motion on those who can’t drive. They will disrupt nearly every aspect of daily life, all of it for the better.

Hyundai wants to change the way we move

On the list of wearable robot suit makers, you might not expect to see ‘car manufacturer’. But you shouldn’t be too surprised. Last week, Hyundai revealed two of its exoskeleton prototypes .

The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift , HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Daydream , a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it's very much . . . well, real. We're still waiting for more games to appear and for the price of truly immersive platforms to fall, but it's an auspicious start for a category that's sometimes felt overhyped.

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Why Trump’s election was the ultimate wake-up call for Silicon Valley, @BradStone writes

Internet rightfully outraged that this woman didn't win her office ugly Christmas sweater contest

Maya Moore didn't win her office ugly Christmas sweater contest, but she did win Twitter's heart.

Justice League Adds Two More Pieces From the DC Universe

Today, Warner Bros. released its 2017 preview press kit, which contains descriptions and cast lists for all of the company’s 2017 movies. The entry for Justice League has all the usual suspects (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, etc) with two interesting additions. One of them was previously rumored, the other just makes sense, but neither had been officially announced until now.

Gareth Edwards Says a 4K Restoration of Star Wars Exists, But Which Version Is It?

So not only does one exist, it was seemingly pretty recently completed. And presumably, work has carried on since then to restore the other films in 4K. But whether or not Disney would be releasing the original Star Wars films in 4K isn’t the real question up for debate—hell, it’s almost inevitable. The question is, and one that Edwards artfully dodges in his answer, is if this was a restoration of the Special Edition cut of the film... or if it’s a restoration of original theatrical cut, the cut fans have waited to see released in high definition for years and years. (We reached out to Lucasfilm for comment, and will update if and when we hear back.)

Make Safe, Raw Cookie Dough With Graham Crackers

If, like me, you’re an ardent fan of raw cookie dough, you were probably super bummed to hear of this year’s tragic flour recall . (Thanks, 2016.) Luckily, the geniuses at delish have come up with a raw cookie dough recipe that’s made with graham crackers instead of flour, and it is delicious .

Video: 5 big takeaways on MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar - TechRepublic

The MacBook Pro 2016 brings a new design and a bold and controversial new feature with the Touch Bar. See TechRepublic's video review of Apple's new flagship laptop for professionals.

The New Japanese Power Rangers Series Sounds Delightfully Bonkers

Traditionally, Super Sentai shows— the superhero series that Power Rangers borrows its action footage and costume designs from —only last for a year before they’re replaced by a new team and new premise, and next year is the turn of the 41st Sentai series, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger . Unlike Power Rangers , which has dabbled with space-based themes in several series, it’s the first time a Sentai show has directly used space—or, specifically, star signs and constellations—as a theme. That’s cool enough, but new details about the show have started to appear recently in Japanese magazines that make the Kyuranger team sound absolutely crazy.

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53 Peter Thiel's startup helps authorities track illegal immigrants
54 Double parker receives shoppers' wrath in the form of shopping carts
55 Lifehacker on Twitter
56 The Depressing True Story That Helped Create American Gods' Version of Vulcan
57 The 22 biggest tech scandals of 2016
58 6 ways cities will become smarter in 2017 - TechRepublic
59 Lifehacker on Twitter
60 The World’s Largest Hedge Fund Is Building an Algorithmic Model From its Employees’ Brains
61 Nokia expands number of patent suits against Apple in escalating battle
62 Ridiculous man recreated a classic 'National Lampoon' scene for a good cause
63 The People and Things We'll Actually Miss From 2016
64 Report: Uber Launches EV Fleet in Madrid
65 Turns Out 2016 Was the Year Self-Driving Cars Took Over the Road
66 How G.I. Joe Will Adapt to a Brave New World In Its Latest Comic
67 CRTC declares high-speed Internet a basic service, creates $750-million fund
68 Fire station Christmas card features 6 super cute firefighter's babies
69 The UN Just Gave Scientists the Green Light to Mess With Natural Selection
70 India hopeful Trump will continue US support of smart cities
71 Is BlackBerry going all-in on its QNX driverless car tech?
72 Space Invader Invades Space
73 BitTorrent's live video app is now available on iOS
74 Son travels 5,000 miles to surprise his mother, scares the sh*t out of her
75 The 12 Best Holiday Episodes Scifi and Fantasy TV Series Have to Offer
76 Malware From DNC Hack Now Found in Ukraine App, CrowdStrike Says
77 Incoming Star Could Spawn Swarms of Comets When It Passes Our Sun
78 Raspberry Pi's gorgeous Pixel desktop can now reinvigorate old PCs and Macs
79 This Gingerbread Apple II Computer Is Perfectly Edible Inside and Out
80 The Writer and Director of Passengers Address the Film's Controversial Plot Point
81 Diana Steals the 'God Killer' in New Wonder Woman Image
82 A Farewell to Wii U, the Game System for Nobody
83 Scary Imaging Shows Baby's Legs Ripping Through the Mother's Uterus
84 Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Vsauce Glasses Hack!
85 Will vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new cars save lives?