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What is Google Waymo and when can you expect the first cars?

What is Google Waymo and when can you expect the first cars?

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After many years and millions of miles of testing, Google has launched a dedicated company for its self-driving car efforts.The company, called Waymo, will act like a venture-backed startup, but it's actually a standalone organisation within Google's... >>

This is what Google's new self-driving Chrysler minivans look like

This is what Google's new self-driving Chrysler minivans look like

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Google's self-driving cars have come a long way since those golf cart-looking prototypes we've all seen.Earlier this month, Google revealed it was shaking up its autonomous car efforts by spinning its self-driving project into an all-new company, Waymo,... >>

You now have another way to play Minecraft - on the Apple TV

You now have another way to play Minecraft - on the Apple TV

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Minecraft is available everywhere - every platform, every device - including the latest Apple TV set-top box.The Apple TV edition of Minecraft has just launched. It doesn't come with multiplayer Minecraft Realms or Xbox Live support, but those features... >>

Facebook Messenger now lets you video chat with up to 50 friends

Facebook Messenger now lets you video chat with up to 50 friends

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Facebook wants its Messenger app to be your go-to chat app for all things communications related, including video calls.In an effort to make that dream a reality, it recently updated the chat app's camera with Snapchat-like lenses, and now it's updated the group... >>

Pokemon Go: Here are the generation II Pokemon you can currently find

Pokemon Go: Here are the generation II Pokemon you can currently find

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Niantic has finally given players of its Pokemon Go augmented-reality game some new Pokemon to find.Starting 12 December at 10am PST, you can add "Togepi, Pichu, and select Pokemon originally discovered in the Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver video games"... >>

Facebook Messenger: Here's how to use those new Snapchat-like lenses

Facebook Messenger: Here's how to use those new Snapchat-like lenses

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Facebook Messenger has a built-in camera, and it's a lot like Snapchat.You've heard the story by now: a few years ago Facebook tried to buy Snapchat, but the app rebuffed the offer, and ever since then, the social network has tried launching copy-cat... >>

Apple's new Support app: How does it work and where is it available?

Apple's new Support app: How does it work and where is it available?

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Sometimes you just need a little help - or, should we say, support. We've all been there: you're playing on your iPhone or Mac or iPad or iWatch, and then something happens that you can't explain. Maybe your device has been bricked, rendered unusable,... >>

Lenovo will launch Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book tablet in 2017

Lenovo will launch Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book tablet in 2017

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Remember Lenovo's Yoga Book? Well, a version of that innovative tablet will run Chrome OS starting next year.According to Laptop Mag, which spoke to Jeff Meredith, Lenovo's VP, Lenovo is working on a Chrome OS variant of the tablet. Currently, there... >>

Oculus Rooms and Parties explained: How does Facebook see us being social in VR?

Oculus Rooms and Parties explained: How does Facebook see us being social in VR?

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Virtual reality isn't limited to gaming.Ever since the Oculus Rift VR headset debuted a few years ago, most of the talk surrounding the latest VR craze has centered around gaming. Most of the demos we've seen for the Rift, for instance, are some type... >>

What is Google Chromecast and why should you care?

What is Google Chromecast and why should you care?

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Google Chromecast is a device you can use to send things from your small screen phone to your big screen TV.It's super easy to figure out, set up, and use. With it, you can send a YouTube video on your phone to a TV, or you can send a website on your... >>

Super Mario Run: How to play, how much does it cost and what phones and tablets is it on?

Super Mario Run: How to play, how much does it cost and what phones and tablets is it on?

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Mario is finally available on mobile. After announcing that it was coming to iOS (first) during the iPhone 7 launch in September, Nintendo has finally released its first Mario game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.Super Mario Run stars the eponymous plumber... >>

How does Amazon Prime Air work and where is drone delivery available?

How does Amazon Prime Air work and where is drone delivery available?

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Amazon has announced that its Prime Air drone delivery programme is now making deliveries in the UK.It's already delivered to two customers and will expand to more customers soon. But the trial is restricted to rural farmlands and will only deliver small... >>

You can now control Netflix using Google Home - here's how

You can now control Netflix using Google Home - here's how

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Now you can ask Google Home to pause House of Cards on your TV.Google Home could easily beat Amazon Echo - if it offered more integrations and skills. The addition of Netflix support is a major step in the right direction. Google's voice-activated speaker... >>

Done with Evernote for invading your privacy? Try these other note apps

Done with Evernote for invading your privacy? Try these other note apps

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Evernote recently updated its privacy policy to include some alarming changes, and users have threatened to ditch the note-taking service.In a privacy policy release, unveiled on 14 December 2016, Evernote said its employees sometimes review users’... >>

This Harman Kardon speaker packs Microsoft's Cortana

This Harman Kardon speaker packs Microsoft's Cortana

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The first speaker with Cortana built-in is almost here.Last week, Microsoft hinted it wanted to compete with devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo, both of which are always-listening, connected speakers packing their own voice assistants. Although... >>

Twitter launches live video: Here's how to broadcast from the app

Twitter launches live video: Here's how to broadcast from the app

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Twitter has updated in a major way: you can now broadcast live video from within the iOS and Android app.In an effort to go after Facebook Live Video and other streaming services that offer broadcasting functionality, which is when you can hit record... >>

Amazon Prime Air launches in UK: Watch the first drone delivery here

Amazon Prime Air launches in UK: Watch the first drone delivery here

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Amazon's drone delivery fleet has crossed the ocean. Sort of.The Seattle-based company has announced that its Prime Air drone delivery programme is now making deliveries in the UK. It's already delivered to two customers and will expand to more customers... >>

Finally! You can now save Instagram posts to revisit later - here's how

Finally! You can now save Instagram posts to revisit later - here's how

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It's the little things in life that make you most happy, right?We don't know about you, but our camera rolls are filled with screenshots of other people's Instagram posts. When scrolling through Instagram, we always see a cute outfit-of-the-day image... >>

You could hail a self-driving Uber the next time you're in San Francisco

You could hail a self-driving Uber the next time you're in San Francisco

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Uber is skipping past California's regulations and testing self-driving Volvos around Silicon Valley.Many car companies have been testing their self-driving concepts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is cool, but not really, since no one realistically... >>

You can now use Photoshop with the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

You can now use Photoshop with the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

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Starting today, you can change your brush size in Adobe Photoshop with a swipe of your finger - as long as you own Apple's latest MacBook Pro.When Apple demoed its MacBook Pro on stage in October, it really emphasised how the new Touch Bar works with... >>

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

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Google makes operating systems, and Android Things is the latest example.Google's Android OS powers smartphones and tablets. Google's Android Wear powers wearables like smartwatches. Google's ChromeOS powers laptops and desktops. Google's Android TV powers... >>

Snapchat Groups: Here's how to use the new group chat feature

Snapchat Groups: Here's how to use the new group chat feature

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Nine months after Snapchat overhauled its chat experience, it has launched a new chat feature: Groups.Groups is basically a way for you to chat in groups. Snapchat said it announced the feature just in time for the holidays because it's a "great time... >>

BBC and ITV launch BritBox video streaming service in the US

BBC and ITV launch BritBox video streaming service in the US

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The BBC said toward the end of 2015 that it would launch a video streaming service exclusively for the US. Today, the BBC has confirmed the service will launch in early 2017, but in collaboration with ITV as well.The two broadcasters have been developing... >>

Now Panasonic wants to automate store checkouts with this basket

Now Panasonic wants to automate store checkouts with this basket

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For whatever reason, the tech giants don't like cashiers nor the traditional check-out process at stores.Amazon recently unveiled its cashier-less, checkout-less store in Seattle, and now according to The Wall Street Journal, Panasonic, which is known... >>

Apple iOS 10.2 update now out with new TV app, emoji, and more

Apple iOS 10.2 update now out with new TV app, emoji, and more

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Anyone with a device running iOS 10 can now download the latest iOS update.Called iOS 10.2, it marks the second major update to Apple's mobile operating system that launched in September. It's been in testing since October, with seven betas made available... >>