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Volvo Takes a Step Further by Putting Real Families in their Self-Driving Cars

Similar to many other carmakers Volvo is on its way towards testing a self-driving technology. So far, we heard about a lot of self-driving tests done by some gigantic automobile companies. All of them include a group of engineers who sit in the car for technical assurance, and they also grab data comprising of the car’s behavior to know what works well and what doesn’t.

Here in the case of Volvo, the story is slightly different as the automobile company is conducting its first self-driving test with an ordinary family, the Hains from Gothenburg, Sweden.

The reason for making Hains family a vital part of this test is quite interesting. Volvo wants ordinary people experience the self-driving test. How such people react when the car goes from manual to autonomous modes, and what sort of reaction comes out of their face while they are not taking the wheel?

Regarding the “Drive Me Project” test, this is what Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo group said, “We want to learn more around how people feel when they engage and disengage autonomous drive, what the handover should be like, and what sort of things they would do in the car when it’s driving them to their destination.”

Well, we will have to wait for the impact of this test. However, Volvo looks optimistic to launch its first fully autonomous vehicle somewhere around 2021.

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Intel Updates Its NUC PCs with New Design, Processors and Ports

If we talk about tiny computers with appreciable specs and functionalities, Intel’s “Next Unit of Computing” (NUC) is considered to be a sensible pick. Although mini computers represent only a few segments of the desktop computing business, but every time NUC comes up with the addition of new features, they help the company reach out to its audience in an effective way.

The reason is simple: NUC PCs are affordable, powerful and extremely ideal in size. And, now they are even turning out to be better, as Intel is upgrading the design, processors and ports of its tiny seventh generation desktop CPUs.

The company is introducing five incredibly new NUC models: two with new core i3 processors, two with i5 and one with core i7 along with two case sizes, where one is designed to serve the larger version of the computer while other fits in with the shorter one.

Apart from the upgraded versions’ compactness, they also serve well when it comes to connectivity. So yes, if you prefer tiny desktop PCs, the new versions of Intel’s NUC PCs should be your choice.

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New Yorkers Now Have Wi-Fi Connectivity Across All Subway Stations

If you have had the experience of traveling by train once in your life, you probably know that cell signals are usually pathetic. And that means calls, text messages or even going online become extremely difficult.

However, the city of New York had promised to its residents that all 279 subway stations would be equipped with W-Fi by the end of 2016, and guess what, they actually did it. As of New Year’s Eve, the officials have made Wi-Fi connectivity available across all subway stations.

Considering the needs of a large number of people who use subway stations every morning and evening, Wi-Fi connection is something that was required badly. With such initiative, subway riders can now use internet to make online shopping, check important emails and stay active on social media. Isn’t that great?

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Double Dragon to Launch Its 4th Series on January 30th, 2017

For game enthusiasts, 2017 will certainly bring a lot of hope and commitments. And, the release of new Double Dragon Series is a serious indication. Arc System Works has acquired all the rights to the series last year and officially made it clear that Double Dragon IV will hit the market on January 30, 2017. By the way, it’s a great time to honor the 30th anniversary of the original game.

Although, the excitement might not be that much high as a different company will launch the series under its name, but some of the game original developers (such as programmers, character designers and directors) are involved in the project. It means that you should be hopeful of getting the same level of entertainment from the new series as well.

However, the details are still unclear, as it looks like the company is planning to reveal more about the game in the coming weeks. So, it’s time for all of us to wait for the moment.

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Now You Can Create Custom Profile Frames from Facebook’s New Tool

Have you ever thought of doing something fun and exciting with your Facebook profile photo? Over the past few years, we have seen Facebook trying to be as much user-centric as it can by introducing features such as video profiles or temporary profile photos.

But, now it seems like the world’s largest social network wants to take it a step further. And for this, Facebook is rolling out a new feature that is specifically designed to allow users to create their own frames for photos and videos.

However, the other side of story tells that Facebook is once again trying its best to copy Snapchat. Well, it’s not what we are saying. In fact, the company has added a couple of features in the past that are clearly inspired by the app. And, the latest custom profile frames tool is more or less like the one uses by Snapchat.

Anyway, let’s talk about the application of this new Facebook tool.

It’s not specifically targeting any individual user, but yes this Camera Effects Platform can surely turn out to be remarkable for event planners. So, go on, log in to your Facebook account and follow the steps to make the most out of the newly added feature.

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru Gets Digital Makeover

When it comes to fast food industry, then we all know that McDonald’s wears the leadership cap. But, during the last couple of years, the most dynamic fast food chain has fallen behind its competitors quite drastically. It’s may be that customers haven’t been provided with an order-and-pay method via smartphones. And, keeping this particular aspect in mind McDonald’s gives digital makeover to its drive-thru by rolling out mobile order-and-pay technology.

According to Business Insider, McDonald’s will be launching its mobile order-and-pay app next year to facilitate its valued-customers with the easiest way of ordering their happy meals.

Initially, the technology will roll out to selected locations in the US. Moreover, it will also hit the international market such as Canada, France, UK and Australia to cater a wide range of audience across the world.

It’s not the first time McDonald’s is experimenting to be more customer-centric. The reputed fast food chain has made a couple of technological tests before including “Create Your Own Taste” menus at selected locations in 2014. But, this move will turn out to be reasonably impactful in terms of customer convenience.

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Samsung’s Ultra-Modern Gear S3 will hit the Market on November 18th

Can’t wait to wear your new Gear S3 smartwatch?

Well, you no longer have to wait because Samsung Gear S3 will hit the US market on November 18th. And, the happiest news of all is that you can preorder it from the 6th of this month.

To make your order, you can go to Samsung’s official website straightaway. Also, you will be able to buy it from Amazon, Best Buy, T-Mobile, Verizon and Macy’s AT&T.

The news is not something new as Samsung has already made an official announcement of its Gear S3 smartwatch at IFA presentation two months ago. But, there is a lot more you should know about its features.

Gear S3 comes in two flavors, a Classic and a Frontier, but the truth is they both look similar. Both of the models visualize a stainless steel chassis which is water resistant of course and coated in scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+.

However, apart from similarities, Samsung Pay is the only feature which makes Gear S3 a real BIG THING for sure, which also makes it the first smartwatch to support the MST tech. It means you can pay for goods quite easily wherever credit cards are accepted. Sounds good?

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A Modern Twist to Samsung’s Mobile Accessories is displaying a Good Sense of Style

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has now become a past because the company keeps customers’ satisfaction on top of the chart. And, Samsung’s latest range of stylish mobile accessories is bringing the curiosity back once again.

Each accessory is meant to be connected with a smartphone or tablet to double the dose of entertainment and enhance functionality at the same time. However, the products are only available in South Korea, but in the initial days of November they will be available in multiple markets across the world.

In total, there are only six products including a battery pack, a wireless charging tray, two wireless speakers and in-ear headphones. But, the only thing that makes these accessories different and entirely unique is their sleek and stylish design.

On the other hand, we still have to wait for prices because Samsung has not revealed any pricing information officially. It seems like value for each accessory will vary depending on the country you’re in.

Feature image courtesy of: https://yhoo.it/2eumuFo

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Apple Goes with 16GB of RAM for Macbook Pro to Save Battery Life

Apple is always known for designing quality products and this is what the company has tried to incorporate on its new laptop edition, Macbook pro. However, despite of attributing super power Skylake processors, incredible GPUs, efficient SSDs and new thermal architecture, Apple limited its RAM capacity to 16GB.

On the other hand, a huge number of Mac users were expecting the company to bump up the maximum RAM to 32GB, but all their wishes were spoiled and left them with so many questions.

Such a chaos couldn’t stop one user who dropped an email to a general apple line about a 32GB RAM option and got surprised after hearing an instant response from marketing chief Phil Schiller himself.

Below mentioned are the details of an exchange between both of them;

Q: The lack of a 32GB BTO option for the new MBPs raised some eyebrows and caused some concerns (me included). Does ~3GBps bandwidth to the SSD make this a moot issue? I.e. memory paging on a 16GB system is so fast that 32GB is not a significant improvement?

Schiller: Thank you for the email. It is a good question. To put more than 16GB of fast RAM into a notebook design at this time would require a memory system that consumes much more power and wouldn’t be efficient enough for a notebook. I hope you check out this new generation MacBook Pro, it really is an incredible system.

Although the response from Phil Schiller was immediate, but will it be enough to satisfy the needs of tech savvies, especially those who prefer Macbook over other laptops?

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Instagram is Looking Serious to Add Live Video Option

Facebook launched its ‘live video feature’ back in January, which is considered to be an effective way to connect with the loved ones on the spot. Moreover, this incredible live video feature is playing an integral role for entrepreneurs and brands to indulge with their fans and customers more effectively.

But, it seems like Facebook owned social network Instagram is curiously looking to launch its live video option too.

As reported by Russian website tjournal.ru, it seems like Instagram is testing out a live video feature.  The screenshot used as a feature image here suggests that live videos on Instagram will appear the same way as stories.

However, unfortunately there is not much news gathered regarding its usability, as clicking on it takes users to a “popular live broadcasts” page which isn’t loading.

Feature image courtesy: https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/21/instagram-tests-live-videos/