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Elon Musk claims customs problem means ‘flamethrower' needs new name

ELON MUSK CLAIMS CUSTOMS PROBLEM MEANS ‘FLAMETHROWER' NEEDS NEW NAME

Device's new name is far more accurate, as the device resembles a roofer's torch or weed burner far more than it does the war-time...

 
 
 
Uber and Lyft want you banned from using your own self-driving car in urban areas

UBER AND LYFT WANT YOU BANNED FROM USING YOUR OWN SELF-DRIVING CAR IN URBAN AREAS

Only 'professionals' such as Uber and Lyft can be trusted with autonomous vehicles in dense urban areas, Uber and Lyft say.

Net neutrality battle: Bicyclist slows real traffic in protest; California bill advances

NET NEUTRALITY BATTLE: BICYCLIST SLOWS REAL TRAFFIC IN PROTEST; CALIFORNIA BILL ADVANCES

A bicyclist slowed down traffic in front of the FCC's Washington offices, calling his protest "Restoring Automotive Freedom at The...

 
 
 
Tesla Model 3s now on display at San Jose's Santana Row and in Walnut Creek

TESLA MODEL 3S NOW ON DISPLAY AT SAN JOSE'S SANTANA ROW AND IN WALNUT CREEK

Bay Area residents and visitors now have three locations where they can get an up-close look, and sit inside, a Tesla Model 3.

Off topic: Jack the Ripper, how Americans live, photos from Mars, Mardi Gras beads

OFF TOPIC: JACK THE RIPPER, HOW AMERICANS LIVE, PHOTOS FROM MARS, MARDI GRAS BEADS

New study boosts theory that Jack the Ripper letters were fake news. How Americans live, sortable by age, gender, race. An In Focus...

 
 
 
Sorry, Elon Musk has no more flamethrowers to sell you

SORRY, ELON MUSK HAS NO MORE FLAMETHROWERS TO SELL YOU

The $500 flamethrowers are sold out, netting billionaire Elon Musk $10 million.

Twitter notified 1.4 million users who interacted with Russian-linked accounts

TWITTER NOTIFIED 1.4 MILLION USERS WHO INTERACTED WITH RUSSIAN-LINKED ACCOUNTS

Some Twitter users questioned whether the notification was helpful.

 
 
 
Tesla car-racing series gets go-ahead from Formula 1 overseer, promoter says

TESLA CAR-RACING SERIES GETS GO-AHEAD FROM FORMULA 1 OVERSEER, PROMOTER SAYS

Planned series featuring race-ready Tesla Model S sedans is also to include a 'drift' competition in which the cars slide around turns...

Off topic: Throwing axes while drinking, acronyms, movie computers, orcas imitating humans

OFF TOPIC: THROWING AXES WHILE DRINKING, ACRONYMS, MOVIE COMPUTERS, ORCAS IMITATING HUMANS

Axe-throwing bars - what could possibly go wrong? Possibly a repeat link, but a good one anyway: 25 words that are actually acronyms....

 
 
 
EBay, PayPal head in different ways with divorce on tap

EBAY, PAYPAL HEAD IN DIFFERENT WAYS WITH DIVORCE ON TAP

EBay shares surged more than 15 percent, while PayPal stumbled after eBay said it will stop using PayPal to process its customers'...

Intel beat by Samsung as top chip maker after a quarter century of world dominance: report

INTEL BEAT BY SAMSUNG AS TOP CHIP MAKER AFTER A QUARTER CENTURY OF WORLD DOMINANCE: REPORT

The Santa Clara chip giant kicked off the memory chip market long ago, left in the face of competition, and now struggles to keep up,...

 
 
 
Google to serve up search snippets from ‘diverse' sources

GOOGLE TO SERVE UP SEARCH SNIPPETS FROM ‘DIVERSE' SOURCES

Like its rival Facebook, Google is making moves to fight the misinformation it helps spread.

Nolan Bushnell ‘applauds' GDC for rescinding his award amid MeToo

NOLAN BUSHNELL ‘APPLAUDS' GDC FOR RESCINDING HIS AWARD AMID METOO

Silicon Valley pioneer and co-founder of Atari was known to have cultivated a party-like work culture.

 
 
 
Apple responds to U.S. investigations over iPhone battery slowdown

APPLE RESPONDS TO U.S. INVESTIGATIONS OVER IPHONE BATTERY SLOWDOWN

Apple confirms it's fielding questions from the Justice Department and the SEC over its slowing down of iPhones.

AMD's upbeat 2018 start: Strong results ahead of new HQ opening

AMD'S UPBEAT 2018 START: STRONG RESULTS AHEAD OF NEW HQ OPENING

AMD shares climb more than 5 percent on chipmaker's strong results and outlook.

 
 
 
Off topic: Danger symbols, virtual boyfriends, pets on planes, whisper opera

OFF TOPIC: DANGER SYMBOLS, VIRTUAL BOYFRIENDS, PETS ON PLANES, WHISPER OPERA

Do you even pay attention to biohazard warnings anymore? Why danger symbols can't last forever. Female gamers in China are spending...

Tesla Model 3s bought by firm selling Tesla's secrets: report

TESLA MODEL 3S BOUGHT BY FIRM SELLING TESLA'S SECRETS: REPORT

Engineering firm's CEO says 10 auto makers are customers for the information his company gleans from studying Model 3s.

 
 
 
Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads amid fears about scams

FACEBOOK BANS CRYPTOCURRENCY ADS AMID FEARS ABOUT SCAMS

Facebook said the ban on cryptocurrency ads is intentionally broad as it tries to improve how it detects scams on the social network.

Google Brain founder Andrew Ng creates $175 million AI Fund

GOOGLE BRAIN FOUNDER ANDREW NG CREATES $175 MILLION AI FUND

The AI pioneer got backing from some of Silicon Valley's biggest venture capital firms to create the fund.

 
 
 



YouTube Music Premium & YouTube Premium Now Available In 17 Countries

YouTube Music Premium & YouTube Premium Now Available In 17 Countries

YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium are now available in seventeen countries, including the US, Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, among others. The... Read more ...

Elon Musk says Tesla hit with 'extensive' sabotage by rogue employee

Elon Musk says Tesla hit with 'extensive' sabotage by rogue employee

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Apple fined $9 million for misleading Australian customers over Error 53 claims

Apple fined $9 million for misleading Australian customers over Error 53 claims

The Australian consumer watchdog, ACCC, took Apple to court in April last year for its uncompromising repair and warranty policy, specifically regarding the Error 53 bug that... Read more ...

IBM's new AI supercomputer can argue, rebut and debate humans

IBM's new AI supercomputer can argue, rebut and debate humans

IBM gave reporters in San Francisco a demonstration of Project Debater. Think Deep Blue, but instead of playing chess, this system debates. Computer scientists have labored for... Read more ...

Huawei P20 Pro updated with camera tweaks, June security patch

Huawei P20 Pro updated with camera tweaks, June security patch

It seems that the P20 Pro is a major success for Huawei in the Western European markets, but not so much in the United States where the Chinese handset maker probably has a one... Read more ...

Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users

Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users

Google also highlights smaller features that are now available in Messages. In late-April, Google's plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor... Read more ...

Android Messages for web arrives along with a few other new features

Android Messages for web arrives along with a few other new features

Remember earlier this year when it sounded like Google was prepping a web version of Android Messages? Well, it turns out that that's happening. Google today rolled out... Read more ...

Huawei might be blocked from Australian 5G network

Huawei might be blocked from Australian 5G network

While ZTE is fighting for survival in the US, fellow Chinese company Huawei is also struggling in Australia. While the consequences of losing this battle is less likely to make... Read more ...

New leak reveals Chrome Gold variant of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

New leak reveals Chrome Gold variant of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

The Xperia XZ2 Premium is just a new Sony's smartphone with a 4K display rumored to go on pre-orders in the upcoming days. Since its revelation, the smartphone is expected to... Read more ...

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'

The FIFA World Cup is already rolling along, but this week we're getting ready for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix. AMC has the season premiere of Preacher... Read more ...