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Get ready for an explosion of Alexa-powered headphones

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Get ready for the Alexa headphone explosion. Up till now, there haven't been too many headphones that integrate Amazon Alexa. There are certainly some you can buy -- from high-end noise-canceling cans that fit over the ears to true-wireless models -- but even when Alexa is present, its abilities are limited to a subset of what it can do on an Echo smart speaker. That's about to change in a big way. Qualcomm has developed an audio chipset specifically for headphones to integrate digital assistants like Alexa, and a reference design that incorporates the technology: a neckband-style pair of headphones lets you call up Amazon's digital assistant at the touch of a button.


Ford's self-driving cars are first to hit D.C. roads

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Washington, D.C., is tracking more than politics. As of Monday, the nation's capital has its first self-driving cars on city streets. Ford is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami to the D.C. area. But that self-driving Domino's pizza delivery service is still only in Miami -- for now. SEE ALSO: Remember the driver disguised as a car seat?


Best deals for Oct. 22: Save on Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, KitchenAid, Sony Blu-ray players, Echo Show, and more

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With the start of a new week, we rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on top kitchen gear, amazing Blu-ray players, scary horror movies, and handy Amazon devices. We also have deals on adult learning classes from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, now is your chance. First up, Amazon has deals on a number of kitchen appliances, such as save $60 on Instant Pot, which is on sale for $119.95, In addition, Whirlpool's 1.7 cubic feet over-the-range microwave is now $90 off and priced at $179.99 at Best Buy.


Best gifts for gamers who don't want to be walking billboards

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Just because someone you love likes to play video games doesn't mean they want to walk around town looking like a gamer. You know the kind of look I'm talking about -- a shirt with Mario on it, a pair of Sonic the Hedgehog shoes, an Overwatch hat, a mug that says something like "I'd rather be building additional pylons" on it. That kind of style is cool with a lot of people, but for some gamers that kind of overtly game-y merch is just too much. SEE ALSO: PlayStation Classic is Sony's new throwback games console This gift guide is for the sensible gamer, the kind that wants to display their appreciation of games but not be too obvious about it, and maybe even get a stylish without looking like a billboard. This is the gift guide for gamers who don't want to loudly pronounce to the world that they're gamers.


Tesla pulls useless 'Full Self-Driving' add-on from its cars

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For years, Elon Musk has been touting the promise of a self-driving car. Well, it looks like that promise is a little further off than Musk previously thought, if it materializes at all. On Thursday, Elon Musk unveiled a new "lower cost, mid-range" Tesla Model 3 car coming in at around $45,000. At the same time, one eagle-eyed Twitter user noticed another update over at Tesla: the optional add-on "Full Self-Driving" feature was gone. Was causing too much confusion.


This city is letting people try out self-driving cars for free

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If you're visiting Arlington, Texas, and have been itching to try out an autonomous vehicle, you're in luck. The Arlington deployment will be around for the next year. "This is a not a quick demonstration," CEO Bijit Halder said in a phone call this week. If you're interested, you can download the Drive.ai The cars are taking passengers along three routes that hit the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Texas Rangers ballpark, the Arlington Convention Center, restaurant districts, and other venues.


This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the same

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It's not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti -- who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like -- just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. SEE ALSO: Burger King's AI-written ads are beautiful disasters The "visibly clothed" TED TALKER opens the bizarrely inspirational lecture -- given in a "place where you can talk" -- with an anecdote about his or her grandfather, who was "paid for for being old." "He told me there's just enough plastic in the ocean for someone to marry," the TED TALKER states. The audience doesn't care much about the actual TED Talk, but are insistent that they be shown graphs.


Sales for Oct. 19: Save on iPads, Epson printers, FitBits, Beats headphones, Keurigs, Echo Show, and more

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With the weekend here (woot!), we rounded up the best deals on electronics, stuff for the kitchen, and Amazon devices for video streaming and home security so you can do some online shopping during your down time. We also have deals on web design and coding courses from Udemy, in case you're the kind of person who can't just relax. SEE ALSO: You know what's awesome? The new Tile Mate Bluetooth trackers are on sale for $40 off, that's what. Walmart has a number of deals on the Apple iPad, such as Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi in Rose Gold, which is on sale for $570.99,


Transfer your handwritten notes to your computer with this genius pen

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In 2018, practically every mundane, household item can possess smart qualities. Your vacuum can move on its own. You can control your coffee maker through an app. There's even a virtual, personal assistant that can order you pizza, play music, and recite the weather forecast. But there are some tasks that are done just as well -- if not, better -- than their fancy, hi-tech alternatives.


Rumor says one chip maker will supply chips for iPhones, Macs, and *gasp* Apple Car

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is often right about Apple's plans well before they become public. And his latest report might sound tame at first, but -- if correct -- it has tremendous implications for Apple products down the line. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the sole supplier of Apple's A-series chips, which ensures the company's iPhones perform well. Now, in a note shared with MacRumors, Kuo claims that TSMC is so superior to its competitors, that it will continue to be Apple's only chip supplier for A13 and A14 chips, which should be coming in 2019 and 2020, respectively. But more importantly, Kuo claims TSMC will also start making ARM-based chips for Macs in 2020 and 2021, replacing Intel.