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VidCon is more than just online videos

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USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved.


Driverless shuttles arrive at University of Michigan this fall

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The University of Michigan will implement two driverless shuttle buses on its campus this fall. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The University of Michigan will implement two driverless shuttle buses on its campus this fall.


Driverless shuttle service to launch at University of Michigan

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Mcity will launch a driverless shuttle service on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor beginning in the fall of 2017. The electric shuttles are made by French startup NAVYA and are on display on June 21, 2017. Mcity will launch a driverless shuttle service on the University of Michigan's North Campus in Ann Arbor beginning in the fall of 2017. The electric shuttles are made by French startup NAVYA and are on display on June 21, 2017.


Uber's next CEO faces 3 steep challenges

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As the ride-hailing start-up gets set to replace co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick, who resigned late Tuesday after a group of investor firms pushed him to quit, it's on the hunt for a change agent who can revamp a company that's riddled with uncertainty and still hasn't passed one of the biggest tests of a start-up -- its IPO. They include names that were reported in past weeks as Uber searched for a chief operations officer to partner with Kalanick at the helm. A Fox Business report citing unnamed sources mentioned two potential COO candidates, Thomas Staggs, the former Walt Disney COO, and Karenann Terrell, former chief information officer of Walmart. But perhaps the biggest hurdle facing any new chief executive isn't Uber's cultural problems or its legal issues, which range from a federal investigation into its Greyball technology that fooled regulators to an ongoing lawsuit brought by Google's self-driving car company Waymo over allegedly stolen trade secrets.


Man killed in 2016 Tesla autopilot crash didn't follow car warnings

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Joshua Brown didn't keep his hands on the wheel, despite repeated vehicle warnings, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Joshua Brown didn't keep his hands on the wheel, despite repeated vehicle warnings, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.


Alexa, play SiriusXM's Howard Stern station

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The satellite radio subscription service today joins the offerings on Amazon's Echo speaker, with its 200 channels that include music, sports and talk show host Howard Stern. Sirius joins Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and TuneIn radio as music choices customers can request by voice. Siri, on the iPhone, can open up and play songs from Apple Music, while Google's Echo-like Home speaker, can play music from Google-owned YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and iHeart Radio. With the Sirius channels, Echo customers will need to know which specific station they want to listen to, as there's no current way to scroll up and down the station lineup like there is on satellite radio.


Samsung's Bixby finally gets a voice -- sort of

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One of the most anticipated new features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 prior to the phone's launch in March was an artificial intelligence assistant named Bixby that you were supposed to be able to control by voice. Unfortunately while some of Bixby's capabilities made into onto the phones, the voice-based commands that would make Bixby respond more like the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa was delayed, at least in the U.S. (Bixby is fully operational in South Korea, where Samsung is based). On Friday, Samsung Electronics America announced it will give "select" Galaxy S8 and S8 users early access to Bixby's vocal capabilities as part of what it still considered an early preview test. Indeed, Samsung thinks of Bixby as an intelligent user assistant that relies on other senses.


7 amazing ways to use your smartphone camera

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A few years ago, IKEA developed a wild new feature. This "augmented reality" feature helps imagine how an item will look before a customer buys it. Adobe just launched its own stellar app that scans physical documents with your smartphone's camera and turns them into PDFs. These entertainment systems create real time, real world backdrops for the in-game objects.


The Amazon Echo is back down to its lowest price right now

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If you've ever watched a futuristic sci-fi movie and thought to yourself, "Man, I wish that technology was real," you would probably love having smart home tech in your own house. The Amazon Echo is a great place to start if you want to future-ify your home--especially because it responds if you call it "Computer." Sure, you could just check your phone or watch The Weather Channel, but when you're getting ready for work or if you're in bed and not ready to open your eyes, Alexa is there to help you multitask. Beyond the kitchen, Alexa works with loads of devices and services.


Roku vs Apple TV vs Amazon Fire TV--which is the best?

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The market has since exploded, with 5 major streaming platforms currently: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google's Chromecast, and Android TV. The Siri remote is still a sore point among users (especially the iffy touchpad), but it's a big improvement over older Apple TV remotes and includes voice search. What we don't like about Apple TV: The main TV app doesn't feature full support for searching Netflix's catalog of titles, and there's currently no support on the Apple TV at all for Amazon Prime Instant Video (it's slated to debut this fall). What we like about the Fire TV: Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick both now ship with a voice-enabled remote that allows you to query Alexa, just like you can with its smart speakers like the Echo and Echo Dot.