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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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VW Buys PayByPhone – An Acquisition to Help You Pay by Phone

It seems like Volkswagen is making a drastic shift by turning itself into more of a mobility company because the latest acquisition says it all. This time, VW is buying PayByPhone, a Canadian company that has been founded with an aim of helping people park their cars via smartphone apps, calls and text messages.

Although VW hasn’t revealed any news regarding the deal, but as far as PayByPhone’s worth is concerned, it has managed to produce about $300 millions in transaction per year. But, how the initiative is expected to be fruitful for the company’s growth?

Since the company already said that it is planning to set a new business unit solely based on parking services, therefore this step might probably introduce VW to new markets and give its payment platform a solid boost.

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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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Twitter Decides to Turn Vine into a Six-Second Camera App

The Twitter owned app that turned so many people into stars has no plans to leave you alone.  It’s because Vine is transforming its app into a camera, which can be used to create six-second videos. However, you won’t be able to upload those videos directly on Vine, but you will be allowed to share them on Twitter or save them on your phone.

The company revealed in a post that while the Vine hosting service will no longer be in use, but the ability to record six-second videos will still be there. The officials also stated that the new version of Vine app will be available for download in January.

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The Huawei Mate 9 – Ready to Make an Impact with Insanely Fast Charging

Nowadays, in this tech-oriented era, smartphone companies introduce back to back incredible features to entertain their respective audiences. However, in such a ridiculously massive competition, a Chinese smartphone company Huawei looks serious to make an impact.

The company is more than willing to meet its customers’ exceeding requirements with Huawei Mate 9, which is now considered to be a remarkable smartphone with brilliant specs. Apart from this, Huawei Mate 9 knows how to stand out. And to do this, it has come up with “Machine Learning Algorithm” that claims to learn your daily habits, so that the device becomes responsive in accordance with your needs.

Another great thing about Mate 9 is its unorthodox high resolution image, which is expected to be the largest in the market.  So, all in all, Huawei Mate 9 is a complete package for those who prefer efficiency with style.

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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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Twitter Hires Former Googler as VP of Product

Twitter finally made a little bit of shuffle in its executive post by hiring Keith Coleman as a new VP of product. Those who don’t know, Coleman has been a Googler for over a decade and led the development of products such as Gmail, Google Chat and Inbox.

However, he arrives here by way of acquisition, as Twitter is absorbing his company, Yes, Inc. With this, it genuinely means that wyd and Frenzy, the two primary apps of Yes will be shut down by Twitter.

Coleman, who has several achievements under his belt, will fill a job that’s been unoccupied since Kevin Weil moved to Instagram in January. And with such news, a question suddenly strikes our mind that how this move will impact the future of Twitter, right? Well, it’s yet to be examined, but when the two creative approaches blend they make a powerful statement. So, wait and watch is all we can say about the entire move.

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Fitbit Eyeing to Buy Troubled Smartwatch Maker Pebble

Fitness wearables manufacturer Fibit looks to be in a serious mood of buying troubled smartwatch maker Pebble, according to The Information. Not only this, the source even says that a deal would officially allow Fitbit to take on Pebble’s technologies and intellectual property, such as its operating system.

Although the amount of buying Pebble is not yet disclosed, but speculations are that Fitbit is buying it for just $40 million. However, the truth is, this particular amount is barely enough to cover up Pebble’s debts amounting to at least $25 million.

And, if we go a little back, Pebble dismissed 25 percent of its workspace in March because of tight financial condition of the company. So, keeping the fact and current scenario in mind, Fitbit is eyeing to make the most out of this deal.

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