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Tesla might have a new partner to develop self-driving car 'brains'

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Tesla might soon have a new AI chip built specifically for its cars to bring the Autopilot system to full-on self-driving status, and it's probably getting help. The automaker teamed up with chipmaker AMD to design the chip, according to a CNBC report citing a source familiar with the matter. A 50-person team is reportedly working on the chip, headed by former Apple and AMD chip designer Jim Keller, who joined Tesla from AMD last year. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment about the AMD collab when reached by Mashable via email, while a spokesperson on behalf of Global Foundries told us that Jha's comments about Tesla were "not reported accurately."


Bose launches new flagship headphones with Google Assistant

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Bose's new premium, noise-cancelling headphones, QC35 II, come with Google Assistant support, the company announced Thursday. And Google Assistant on a pair of headphones like these is definitely an interesting feature. Hardware-wise, the QC35 II appear to be just a mild update of their predecessor, the biggest difference being the new Action button on the right earcup, which launches Google Assistant. Bose says its microphone system, combined with noise cancellation, will make working with Assistant a pleasant experience even in noisy environments.


Apple TV 4K review: A solid update that costs too much

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It builds on everything that was great about the 2015 Apple TV while making significant improvements where they count. In the nearer term, Apple's Siri Remote at least makes it much, much, easier to find the 4k content that's already available. You can also now access Apple TV controls right from your iPhone's Control Center, thank to a new Apple TV Remote shortcut in iOS 11. A future update will bring a dedicated Sports section to tvOS to make it easier to watch live sports, with the option for score notifications.


The latest surveillance robot is designed to patrol rough terrain (and fight crime)

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Knightscope, the robot security company famous for the R2-D2-like machine that recently drowned itself in a mall's pool, has just unveiled an off-roading robot. With its four wheels and high clearance, the K7 -- which measures in at more than five feet tall and nearly seven feet long -- is intended for diverse terrain and uneven topography. During the infamous robot "drowning" at a mall in Washington D.C., real security guards had to wade into the coin-filled pool to rescue the hapless Knightscope robot. In 2016, a five-foot tall, 300-pound Knightscope K5 robot ran over a toddler at a mall in California.


How to control every light in your house with Philips Hue’s voice commands

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By using your voice to ask Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant, you now have the means to control every light in your house without getting up. With simple phrases like "Alexa, turn on lights in the living room," or "Alexa, turn living room to orange," you can adjust the lights in any room with your voice. Pairing Hue with Siri is simple, giving you an unprecedented amount of customization with your lighting setup. Not only are Philips Hue voice commands a cool feature, but they can actually help improve your life altogether.


Medical delivery drones are coming to Switzerland

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"We hope this will improve quality of care for hospital patients and will bring significant cost savings to hospital systems." So instead of relying on roads for transportation, doctors, nurses, and technicians can send and receive test samples and results via the drone, and the system's accompanying app. Using the Matternet system, a technician would package the blood sample in a standardized box bearing a QR code. In countries where Doctors Without Borders work, medical drone delivery is crucial since roads and safe, timely passage are rarely an option.


BlackBerry to work with Delphi to protect self-driving cars from cyber threats

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BlackBerry will team up with automotive company Delphi to provide some much needed support for self-driving cars -- but the project won't have anything to do with old-school smartphone service. The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry's QNX operating system to Delphi's self-driving car platform. The partnership will bring the QNX OS to Delphi's proposed Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform, which the company calls a "fully integrated automated driving solution," slated for release in 2019. Most modern cars boast infotainment centers and other systems that are connected to the cloud in one way or another, so keeping vehicle systems and data secure is of paramount importance, especially with the spread of V2V communication systems and other connected car operating systems from other software giants like Android and Linux.


Chris Cillizza's Twitter Ratio is so bad, we're not sure his account can survive

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They call it the Ratio, and it's coming for CNN political pundit Chris Cillizza. For a long time, Cillizza, a pundit who has mastered the art of the bad take, was accused of having one of the highest Ratios on the political internet and some of the least popular tweets. Previously, Fast Forward discovered that Paul Ryan had the highest Twitter Ratio of the seven major politicians they studied--a fact that brought tears of joy to some tired #Resistance eyes. We had the lab analyze Chris Cillizza's tweets and compare them to pundits with similarly sized followings across the political spectrum: Joy Reid, David Frum, Meghan McCain, Matthew Yglesias, Ana Navarro, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Jonathan Chait.


Amazon might invade your face with Alexa-powered smart glasses

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Amazon's is reportedly working on a pair of Alexa-powered smart glasses that could be announced at an upcoming product launch event, the Financial Times reports. Amazon first showed interest in building a pair of smart glasses when it was granted a patent for a pair back in 2015, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. An illustration for a pair of smart glasses Amazon patented in 2015. The electronic device controls the variable-transparency layer to operate in a first state in which the variable-transparency layer is transparent and to operate in a second state in which the variable-transparency layer is opaque.


13 hidden features in iOS 11

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Once the the Notes app has been added as a Control Center shortcut, enable "access from lock screen" (Settings Notes Access from Lock Screen) to get your notes without unlocking your phone. Enable "automatically save offline" in Safari's settings to save the stories you want to read later, even if you won't have a connection. The setting is hidden in Apple's Accessibility settings (General Accessibility Siri Type to Siri) and, when enabled, it changes the default Siri input from voice to text. Choose "scan documents" from the Notes app to quickly import physical documents into your notes using your iPhone camera.