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riding an autonomous shuttle through times square was reassuringly boring

both ends of the p-1 are kitted out with lidar for object detection and collision avoidance, while two camera arrays ensure the vehicle can see stop lights and traffic signs. the shuttle doesn't map out its route on the fly, though: before the first p-1 rolls out to pick up customers, a car with a roof-mounted sensor drives the route first, capturing crucial mapping data. once that data is offloaded, it's processed for a few hours before the coast team fleshes it out further with pick-up stops and other route-specific points of interest.coast's approach is pretty straightforward, but despite performing similar demos dozens of times, its decision to stick a driverless shuttle in the heart of new york city couldn't be more timely. the city's subway infrastructure is quite literally fall...





i didn’t intend to defend holocaust deniers

here's the full email, per recode:i enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there's one thing i want to clear up. i personally find holocaust denial deeply offensive, and i absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue — but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services. if something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in news feed. and of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. these issues are very challenging but i believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech.i look forward to catching...





gorilla glass 6 gives phones a better shot at surviving multiple drops

version 6 is also supposed to withstand drops from "higher heights." corning hasn't talked about improvements to scratch resistance, though, so you shouldn't expect your phone to look as pristine as it did before the fall.the glass is already in production and under study by "multiple customers," although it might not reach shipping phones for "several months." you probably won't see corning's new formula until sometime in 2019. it should be a welcome addition, though. now that many phones have glass backs, curved displays or both, the strength of that glass is more likely to affect the durability of the entire design.





bang & olufsen’s b&o play brand is going away

while it's possible you know bang & olufsen for its expensive top-tier tvs, you're likely more familiar with its range of artfully-designed headphones and speakers, especially under its budget-friendly b&o play sub-brand. but in an annual earnings report released last week, the company revealed that it's doing away with the latter and folding all products under the bang & olufsen banner to make it less confusing for everyone.





spotify users still can't block followers, but that could change

don't count on it coming in the near future. in a statement, spotify said it "does not have any timeline on plans for a block feature." that doesn't rule out work on an addition, but you won't want to pin hopes on the feature arriving any time soon.the apparent change of heart came right as instagram has confirmed that it's testing an option to remove followers. and in both cases, the philosophy is the same: they're acknowledging that users don't want a binary choice between totally private accounts and opening themselves up to abuse. it similarly recognizes that internet harassment can involve passive activities, not just threatening messages or doxxing.





vr standard promises an end to headset connector headaches

the technology is very young. the virtuallink alliance has only published an "advance overview" of their specification for companies that want to take advantage of it ahead of a 1.0 release, and it will be a while after that before headsets adopt the technology. it's also based on an assumption that wireless vr won't become the dominant format. and you may have noticed that htc isn't involved, at least at this stage -- it might not achieve true harmony so long as vive owners are using another connector.even in this rough state, the appeal is clear. it'd lead to faster setup times even as it remained relatively future-proof, and would bring vr to virtually any laptop with enough power to handle it. you could plug a vr headset into a sufficiently speedy ultraportable. this kind of acce...





microsoft promises 'all-new xbox hardware' next month (updated)

while it'd be nice to get a one x with more than 1tb of onboard storage, it's more likely that microsoft will show off an even cheaper one s instead. the previous model was released almost two years ago to fanfare from critics and players thanks to its svelte design and better performance. now that 4k tvs with hdr are becoming more commonplace, the value proposition for the one s is a lot more tangible. a lower price could make it even more attractive for first-time buyers -- a market microsoft would be keen to exploit given the xbox one's current position in the console landscape.whatever happens, we don't have to wait too long to find out. gamescom begins august 21st, with microsoft's opening keynote scheduled for 10:30 am eastern the same day. the event will be livestreamed, and we...





amazon's prime day still broke records, despite glitches

the company's own products were the real prime day winners. the best sellers were the fire tv stick and the amazon echo dot. additionally, amazon recorded the most single-day sign-ups in history for its prime service on june 16th. however, in characteristic amazon fashion, we don't have any concrete numbers on how many sign-ups the company netted or how many of their own products they sold.some of the bestsellers by country include the six-quart instant pot (in both the us and canada). the 23andme dna test was also incredibly popular in the us, apparently because no one learned anything about dna sharing from the golden state killer case. other winners from around the world include sandisk memory cards, philips hue light bulbs and the lifestraw personal water filter.





senate bill could bring emergency alerts to streaming services

the bill would have the american government explore the prospect of delivering emergency alerts through internet media services "such as netflix and spotify." it's not certain to happen even if the readi act becomes law, but this could ensure that you'd see an alert even if you're caught up in a glow marathon.other changes would eliminate the choice of opting out for some federal alerts on phones, including missile alerts, and would require repetition for alerts from either fema or the president.the bill faces a long and uncertain battle. the earlier alert act (which would give the federal government sole control over missile alarms) has passed the senate, but there's no guarantee it will become law. the quickest improvements might come from the fcc instead. the regulator recently se...





reddit steps back in time with live chat rooms

channels won't have varying rules like the subreddits themselves, but they will have keyword filters, rate limiting, bans and locks to prevent people from abusing the system. and similar to the extensions you can get for some chat apps, there will be a programming kit to enable subreddit-specific features.reddit is straightforward in explaining the addition of chat to wired: it's all about fostering community collaboration. the company saw how people came together when creating the communal r/place mosaic, and wanted to give people a place to discuss things in real time within reddit rather than driving them to slack or other tools. this gives users a reason to stay on reddit for the entire process, offering both a more consistent experience and helping the site's bottom line. while it...





riding an autonomous shuttle through times square was reassuringly boring

both ends of the p-1 are kitted out with lidar for object detection and collision avoidance, while two camera arrays ensure the vehicle can see stop lights and traffic signs. the shuttle doesn't map out its route on the fly, though: before the first p-1 rolls out to pick up customers, a car with a roof-mounted sensor drives the route first, capturing crucial mapping data. once that data is offloaded, it's processed for a few hours before the coast team fleshes it out further with pick-up stops and other route-specific points of interest.coast's approach is pretty straightforward, but despite performing similar demos dozens of times, its decision to stick a driverless shuttle in the heart of new york city couldn't be more timely. the city's subway infrastructure is quite literally fall...





netflix is bringing its stand-up comedy to siriusxm radio

the current plan is to take clips from exiting specials and air them on the station, much like how sirus xm's other comedy channels operate. except, of course, rather than pulling from artist-produced comedy albums, you'll hear bits and pieces of netflix specials.the difference between sirius xm's other comedy offerings and this one is, well, this is more or less a 24/7 commercial for netflix. and with the streaming service's kitchen sink approach to specials lately, it's not like you're going to be hearing classic clips from richard pryor, george carlin, lily tomlin or mitch hedberg alongside excerpts of dave chappelle, chris rock, iliza shlesinger and bill burr (above). instead, expect up-and-comers with various degrees of talent filling in the gaps.netflix has been expanding into ...





congress' social media hearing was a ‘stupid’ sideshow

those are efforts we were already aware of, though we did find out out that facebook, apparently, can't decide when it should ban offensive pages like infowars. but the fact that the latest hearing was another wasted opportunity, just like mark zuckerberg's appearance before congress in april, isn't completely facebook, twitter or youtube's fault.throughout yesterday's session, us house representatives from both sides of the aisle seemed to be more interested on their personal agenda. republicans like rep. smith (tx) talked about how he felt conservatives were being censored, accusing google of blocking his searches for "jesus, chick-fil-a and the catholic religion." democrats, on the other hand, said the committee should be having hearings on russian election interference and trump...





minneapolis has the fastest mobile internet among us cities

in q1 and q2, speedtest users ran more than 12 million mobile network speed tests on more than 2.8 million mobile devices. the company's us mobile performance report indicated that t-mobile is the fastest overall carrier, retaining its crown from last year. verizon was second, with at&t and sprint third and fourth. however, verizon was the fastest in 45 out of the top 100 most populated cities and washington, dc. t-mobile took the crown in 33 locales, at&t in 12 and sprint won in only five cities.the data might be illuminating (or disappointing) for those in laredo, texas; anchorage, alaska; madison, wisconsin; reno, nevada; and lubbock, texas. ookla says those had the slowest mobile speeds among the cities it looked at. downloads in laredo averaged a relatively sluggish 18.52 mbps. howev...





trump claims russia has stopped its cyberattacks against the us

to start, trump told members of congress in a july 17th meeting that the us was reportedly "doing everything in [its] power to prevent russian interference in 2018." if cyberattacks weren't a real possibility, why show concern about russian meddling just a day earlier? director of national intelligence dan coats also stressed in a july 16th statement that russia was conducting "ongoing, pervasive efforts" to undermine the us, indicating a continued threat.it's certainly an unusual statement to make in light of dozens of indictments (some made just before trump's meeting with putin) against russian intelligence officers and russia-linked individuals for attempting to interfere with the 2016 election through everything from ad campaigns to hacking electoral systems. and that's not ev...





‘fortnite’ funko pop! toys will be here for the holidays

funko's pop! line has recreated figures in movies, video games and other media for years, so it's no surprise they're turning to fortnite, a game so popular that its emote 'dances' made their way to the world cup. the company didn't release any images with the announcement nor hints of what the final designs will look like, so it's anybody's guess which outfits they'll choose to immortalize from the game's ever-increasing collection of skins. but if the toys are a big enough hit, who knows? maybe epic games will follow gears' lead and give us a playable pop! version of fortnite.





hyundai offers virtual showroom on amazon

just like other consumer items on amazon, you can see prices and options for each model of hyundai, click on different colors to see it applied to photos of the cars and even add aa specific auto to your wishlist. when you're ready to buy, however, you'll be taken to the hyundai.com page for that specific model. you can look at a kona, ioniq, sonata, elantra, accent, santa fe sport or tucson in more detail via amazon's site. you can also request a test drive in your own driveway and search inventory available in your area. there's also a lease/buy calculator and another "locate a dealer" link at the bottom of the hyundai gallery on amazon."this collaboration with amazon provides customers with the ability to learn about hyundai vehicles in a way that matches their expectations for n...





i didn’t intend to defend holocaust deniers

here's the full email, per recode:i enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there's one thing i want to clear up. i personally find holocaust denial deeply offensive, and i absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue — but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services. if something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in news feed. and of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. these issues are very challenging but i believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech.i look forward to catching...





robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

the records were spotted by bob diachenko, kromtech security's head of communications, who notified robocent of the leak. the data were secured shortly thereafter and the company's co-founder, travis trawick, told zdnet that the records contained in the cache were from "an old bucket from 2013-2016 that hasn't been used in the past two years." it's unclear how long the records were exposed, but robocent says it's looking into the leak. trawick said those who were affected will be notified if robocent is "required by law" to do so.it has been a bad few years for voter data security. last year, information on nearly 200 million us citizens was exposed by a political ad-targeting strategist, and a voting machine supplier leaked personal information from over 1.8 million chicago resid...





why does google owe the eu $5 billion?

what has google done wrong?the eu believes that google has abused its dominant power in ways that are designed to crowd out other businesses. officials say that since 2011, the company has "imposed illegal restrictions on android device manufacturers and mobile network operators." these restrictions have ensured that google has been able to "cement its dominant position in general internet search."officials say that the search engine has "made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators." the payments are allegedly intended to ensure that carriers only installed google search on their devices. and since users are often satisfied with their default option, google's products remained the most used across the continent.the other part of the charge relates to ho...