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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.

 
 
 



Google officially launches ARCore, brings Lens to more phones

Google officially launches ARCore, brings Lens to more phones

Two of the Pixel 2's main software selling points are expanding with announcement of new partnerships and devices today. ARCore 1.0 is officially launching and Google has... Read more ...

Sony may launch three new devices at the MWC - two XZ2 phones and a surprise

Sony may launch three new devices at the MWC - two XZ2 phones and a surprise

The rumor mill has been pretty clear that we'll see the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at the MWC stage. But it seems that there will be a surprise third entry. Sony... Read more ...

The GM 8 Go with Android Oreo surfaces, could be heading to MWC

The GM 8 Go with Android Oreo surfaces, could be heading to MWC

Google through its senior VPs Hiroshi Lockheimer in a blog post earlier today revealed that some of its partners would be announcing new smartphones powered by Android Oreo and... Read more ...

Galaxy S9, S9 Plus EU Pricing & Pre-Order Info Surface

Galaxy S9, S9 Plus EU Pricing & Pre-Order Info Surface

European Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus price points surfaced yesterday , courtesy of Evan Blass, and now some new pricing info surfaced, along with availability info. This... Read more ...

Looks like Google is finally building dark mode straight into Android

Looks like Google is finally building dark mode straight into Android

One thing Android users have consistently asked for over the years is a dedicated dark mode for browsing at night - and it seems Google has finally decided to accommodate this... Read more ...

Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Google Assistant is adding Routines and location-based reminders

Alongside news of Google Assistant's forthcoming multilingual support and the addition of more languages this year, Google also announced this morning its smart assistant would... Read more ...

Multilingual Google Assistant to add more than 20 languages to its repertoire

Multilingual Google Assistant to add more than 20 languages to its repertoire

Despite being available in eight languages, Google Assistant is expanding its multilingual capabilities, with Google aiming to add support for more than 20 additional languages... Read more ...

No one is talking about the latest game in the blockbuster ‘Metal Gear'...

No one is talking about the latest game in the blockbuster ‘Metal Gear' franchise - but it's actually pretty great

A new "Metal Gear" game launched this week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It's called "Metal Gear Survive," and it's pretty good! You're forgiven if this is the first... Read more ...

Apple's $200 AirPower will supposedly launch next month, but this $36 model...

Apple's $200 AirPower will supposedly launch next month, but this $36 model is available now

According to a new report from a Japanese Apple blog, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat will finally be released next month. And according to earlier reports from multiple... Read more ...

Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

The Google Assistant is going global, with Google's AI gaining new language support, deeper integration with Android phones, and smarter functionality. Previewing its Mobile... Read more ...