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Diagnose car troubles before they even happen using this $15 device

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Hoping to ditch your clunky car because of an impending utopian future in which self-driving cars render car ownership obsolete? While autonomously driving vehicles have been all the talk for a few years now, they're still a distant dream (the closest thing is Waymo's new app, which has a waitlist). That doesn't mean you have to constantly lug your car to the mechanic for the smallest of issues. Here's a game-changing hack: Get an OBD scanner. WTF is that, you ask?


Dude's five-year 'Minecraft' game comes to an unfortunate end

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Ending five years of anything is hard, but you'd ideally like to go out in a blaze of glory. It's not quite the situation that saw the unlucky end of a five-year run of Minecraft, reportedly the longest known on the game's hardcore permadeath mode. SEE ALSO: 'Minecraft' update removes in-game references to its controversial creator As Polygon reports, talented Twitch streamer Philza ended his lengthy five-year run after being attacked by a dreaded zombie baby in magic armour, and finished by a spider. That's how I die?" said Philza as the screen suddenly flicked over to'Game Over.' "Of all the things, I knew it was going to be something stupid." Playing for that amount of time in permadeath mode -- once you die in the game, that's it, no respawning and the world is reset -- is truly impressive feat, but that doesn't make this moment any less brutal.


Elon Musk is annoying the hell out of people who work with self-driving cars

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Elon Musk really went for it this week at Tesla's Autonomy Day, ripping into widely used self-driving technology like laser sensors and (over)promising to put 1 million self-driving Tesla taxis on the streets next year. These bold claims certainly stirred up some feelings among autonomous vehicle experts and industry leaders. On Friday, Velodyne president Marta Hall released a long statement -- with a lot of ALL CAPS -- defending her company's main product, LiDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles. Tesla only uses cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and a radar unit for its sensor suite. "I personally like the Italian designed Tesla aesthetics and I applaud his leap toward the electrification of cars! However, I would not trust its'Autonomy,' claim, because the company has claimed its Auto Pilot feature is, 'Almost Autonomous.' IT IS NOT ALMOST AUTONOMOUS and it gives autonomy a bad rap," Hall wrote in an email statement.


Tesla to launch Model 3 in the UK within a week

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Tesla's Model 3 will launch in the UK on May 1 or 2, CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday. Launches in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong will follow "shortly thereafter," Musk said. SEE ALSO: Tesla's new video shows a Model 3 driving itself like it's no big deal Musk later clarified that the UK order page will go live either on May 1 or May 2. The company will delay the $1,000 Full Self-Driving (FSD) price hike until May 10 to accommodate those who were unable to order in time (previously, the price increase was scheduled for May 1). On Friday, Musk also added that he's hoping to cover "all of Eastern Europe" in 2019. Tesla Model 3 was officially unveiled in 2016, but first units were delivered in the U.S. in the second half of 2017.


Bumble's new feature will alert you when someone sends you a dick pic

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Dating apps have a dick pic problem. Unsolicited lewd photos and harassment have become part and parcel of dating app culture in recent years. Bumble has decided to put its weight behind combatting the issue that has long dogged dating app users. Bumble is launching an AI tool that will warn users when they've been sent an obscene photo. SEE ALSO: OkCupid launches anti-dick pic pledge to cut down on harassment.


Amazon employees listening to your Alexa chats can see where you live

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It can see you when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake, it knows if you've been bad or good, so pray an Amazon employee with access to audio recordings of your Alexa conversations doesn't also avail themselves of the ability to look up your home address for goodness sake. Although, to be fair, your prayers likely won't do much good. According to Bloomberg, some Amazon employees who listen to and transcribe customer conversations with Alexa can look up the location data of those customers. Mashable was able to independently confirm that some Amazon employees do indeed have access to Amazon device location data. SEE ALSO: Reminder: Your'smart AI' often involves a low-paid contractor surveilling you This news follows a report earlier this month, also from Bloomberg, that Amazon employs a mix of employees and contractors spread across the globe to listen to recordings of some people's interactions with Alexa.


Elon Musk banks on his self-driving taxi service as Tesla burns through cash

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Tesla's robo-taxis are needed more than ever. The company lost $702 million in the first three months of the year and the EV maker doesn't expect to be profitable again until the second half of the year, according to first quarter earnings results reported Wednesday. Revenue was lower than expected at $4.5 billion. CEO Elon Musk had braced for a losing quarter back in February when he announced the $35,000 base price for the Model 3, but he still sounded disappointed on Wednesday's investor call to discuss the sluggish numbers. "The brand is losing steam," Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, said in an email.


Crush your next job interview with this AI-powered coach — now 73% off

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There's a reason why a quick internet search for "interview tips" produces so many results: It's a generally nerve-wracking process that you can really only hone through experience. And when the repercussion of doing a poor job means you might miss out on an amazing opportunity, interviews can have a "do or die" feeling that only adds to the pressure cooker you're probably already feeling. That gives you two choices: Spend hours nervously (and probably ineffectively) prepping, or use this Interview School Premium Plan -- it's an AI-powered platform that delivers up-to-date interview questions and precise feedback on your answers. This helpful subscription is like having your own personal interview coach -- but unlike hiring a real human, this subscription is far more affordable and readily accessible to you at all hours of the day. You can prep for your interviews in a way that'll increase your confidence, with mock interviews using data from the most recent round of interview questions reported from real companies like Dropbox, Slack, SurveyMonkey, and more.


Kids hack dad's facial recognition lock in easiest way possible

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Hacking facial-recognition systems is so easy a kid could do it. One Irish politician found this out the hard way when he discovered the reason he kept finding his laptop battery drained. It turns out his kids were using his campaign flyers -- prominently featuring a picture of his face -- to bypass the facial-recognition lock on his computer. "So, I was wondering why the battery on my laptop was running down every time I left it at home," Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, who represents the Midlands Northwest constituency, tweeted Tuesday. "Turns out the kids have been using my election leaflets to get through the facial recognition lock..." So, I was wondering why the battery on my laptop was running down every time I left it at home.


Ford wants to build a better app store for cars

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Last year Ford brought on the startup Autonomic to create the Transportation Mobility Cloud, or TMC, to build "smart" car applications for real-time data and connectivity in cars. On Tuesday, Ford announced Amazon Web Services will power the cloud-based platform. The platform has since been available for all car makers, not just Ford. It creates a space for services and apps, like those used for parking, real-time traffic information, and in-car payment options. Think of it like the Apple App Store, but with apps and services made solely for the car.