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AirPods finally get update with wireless charging, Siri and more talk time

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With some new and improved features. The second generation of AirPods have finally arrived. Following a hardware update cycle that saw new iPads on Monday and refreshed iMacs on Tuesday, Apple released the long-awaited update to AirPods Wednesday. Keeping the same name and largely same design as the original AirPods first released in 2016, the new earbuds start at $199 and come with a new wireless charging case, the ability to wirelessly summon Siri and Apple's new H1 chip which promises to add an extra hour of talk time. The wireless charging case, which has a little light on the front to indicate when it is charging, uses the same Qi-standard found on recent iPhones and Android devices.


Kroger ends its unmanned-vehicle grocery delivery pilot program in Arizona

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Nuro has partnered with Fry's Food Stores to utilize its autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries in Scottsdale. Supermarket giant Kroger said it soon will end a pilot program in which more than 2,000 grocery deliveries were made in self-driving vehicles from a store in Scottsdale, Arizona. The program, launched last August, featured deliveries in autonomous vehicles from robotics company Nuro from the Kroger-owned Fry's store at 7770 E. McDowell Road for customers in ZIP code 85257. The companies described it as the nation's first program featuring deliveries to the general public from fully unmanned vehicles. Wednesday will mark the final day of deliveries.


This amazing robot vacuum has an app—and it's crazy cheap right now

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This smartphone-controlled vacuum is an amazing addition to you home, especially at this sale price. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Nothing gets us excited quite like a good robot vacuum sale, and there's one that started today youdon't want to miss. Ecovacs makes a smart robot vacuum called the Deebot N79S that works with a smartphone app as well as with Alexa and Google Home.


Tesla's Model Y is coming, but has this Model 3 owner's yearning been fulfilled?

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Is Tesla preparing to offer Model 3 leasing? Tesla is finally putting the Y in sexy – or rather S 3 X Y -- its lineup of car models. The electric car maker is unveiling its new Model Y crossover SUV at Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific Time in Los Angeles. I would be lying if I said I didn't find it alluring. I have long lusted with a protective detachment after the sleek cars that seemed the elusive and unattainable thing I could only dream about.


NYPD partners with a high-tech detective: Algorithm helps spot crime patterns

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When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles (11 kilometers) south in Manhattan. The match, though, wasn't made by an officer looking through files. It was done by pattern-recognition computer software developed by the New York Police Department. The software, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department's 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the NYPD's database, transforming their hunt for crime patterns with the click of a button.


Hey, Google, ditch Siri with a quick shortcut to the Assistant on your iPhone

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Hey, Google, did you know I could bypass Siri with one click on an iPhone and go to you instead? Apple recently upgraded its Siri Shortcuts, which let you record quick one to two-word commands to Siri create a tweet, call the wife, read aloud your daily schedule or play your favorite podcast. One of those options Apple is the ability to record yourself saying, "Hey, Google," in the same manner as you would do with Siri. The phone automatically goes to the Google Assistant app, (which you'll need to have, if you haven't already) and the Google microphone is cued, awaiting your query. Some believe the Google Assistant to be a smarter alternative.


"Alexa, can we talk" – in the car?

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Jefferson Graham takes a look at two products that bring Alexa and voice-activated controls to the auto, Garmin Speak and Roav Viv. MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--"Alexa, find the nearest gas station!" It's a request you'd probably love to get the answer to, especially if you're low on the gas and behind the wheel on a dark, deserted highway. Or, you're hungry and determined to go to Chipotle. Specific music that's not going to come up on your radio.


We love this super-slim robot vacuum—and it's finally on sale again

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The Eufy RoboVac 11S robot vacuum is so whisper-quiet, even kids can snooze when it's running. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Your sidewalk may still be lined with piles of snow and the thought of stepping out without a warm coat on might be enough to give you a chill, but the truth is, spring cleaning is right around the corner. With robot vacuums, you can get ahead of the curve and restore your floors to their pre-winter glory, all without ever having to lift a finger.


New emojis promoted by Tinder represent interracial couples and a win for inclusiveness

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Interracial emojis have been approved by Unicode in response to a Tinder petition. Emojis are getting more inclusive. In response to the more than 52,000 people who signed an online petition posted by the Tinder dating app last year, Unicode, the global organization responsible for emoji standards, released the artwork for emoji that represent interracial couples. Tinder wrote that, "While emojis for people of color and emojis for same-sex couples both became a reality in 2015, one group of people is still excluded from emoji representation: interracial couples. Isn't it time all love was represented?"


No criminal charges for Uber in Arizona death; police asked to further investigate driver

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PHOENIX – Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they didn't find evidence to criminally charge Uber in the crash that killed a woman a year ago in Tempe. But it is leaving possible criminal charges against the autonomous car's operator back in Maricopa County officials' hands. Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Sullivan Polk's Office took the case at the request of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery after he cited a potential conflict of interest. Polk in a Monday letter to Montgomery said her office would recommend that Tempe police further investigate to help Montgomery's office determine if any other charges should be filed against the driver. A report the Tempe Police Department released in June revealed 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, the operator of Uber's self-driving vehicle, was watching "The Voice" via a streaming service when the autonomous car hit 49-year-old Elena Herzberg on March 18 as she crossed a street outside of a crosswalk with her bike.