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Tesla’s Model 3 scores the company’s first top safety award from IIHS

The verge - 4 hours 13 min ago

Tesla often touts that its cars are really safe, but the company has just received a specific recognition of that safety for the first time ever: the Model 3 was just awarded “top safety pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model S had previously fallen short of earning top marks from IIHS, and the Model X was never tested by the nonprofit group,

The Model 3 is the second battery electric car to earn the award, as Audi’s E-Tron was the first to earn the honor back in August. Like the E-Tron, the Model 3 earned “good” ratings in all categories, which is the best distinction the IIHS gives out. The Model 3 was only really dinged in two places. IIHS said that pre-June 2018 versions of the car only had...

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Space laser prototype to detect ripples in fabric of the universe unveiled - CNET

cnet - 4 hours 18 min ago
The LISA mission will detect gravitational waves from space with an extremely precise space laser system.
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Skullcandy's new Crusher ANC headphones deliver bone-rattling sound with noise cancellation - CNET

cnet - 4 hours 41 min ago
The next-generation vibrating Crusher headphone with Sensory Bass is the company's first to feature active noise cancellation.
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New taser alternative will let police pretend to be Spider-Man

BGR - 5 hours 34 min ago

Police shootings tend to dominate headlines wherever and whenever they happen, and rightfully so, but sometimes "less-than-lethal" weapons like tasers end up being equally deadly. The powerful jolt meant to subdue a suspect can often prove lethal, and police trying to defuse a situation with a taser can end up taking someone's life just the same.

Now, a new option is beginning to emerge which could give law enforcement officers a chance to quite literally wrap up a suspect without causing severe bodily harm. It's called Bolawrap — manufactured by, yes, Wrap Industries — and it's about as close to Spider-Man's web-slinging powers as a person can get.

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New taser alternative will let police pretend to be Spider-Man originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 23:07:30 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Facebook is working on AR glasses it thinks can replace your iPhone and Android

BGR - 6 hours 36 min ago

Facebook is reportedly developing augmented reality (AR) glasses with a twist. These won’t be tethered to a mobile device, but will instead work as a standalone product that could replace smartphones. Facebook aims to release the product by 2025, but the company doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to making hardware that people actually want to buy. Remember the first and only Facebook Phone?

That HTC-made phone never had a future. Plus, Facebook isn't at the top of the list of companies you'd trust with your mobile data. And yet, Facebook's smart glasses that could potentially replace the smartphone would essentially mean you'd have to rely on Facebook for everything smartphone-related.

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Facebook is working on AR glasses it thinks can replace your iPhone and Android originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 22:05:41 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New type of black hole activity discovered in dramatic galaxy transformation - CNET

cnet - 6 hours 37 min ago
Astronomers are surprised by the speed of this wimpy galaxy glow-up.
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There may be a huge Apple Watch upgrade cycle on the horizon

BGR - 7 hours 38 min ago

Over the past few years, the Apple Watch has quickly evolved from a niche product into a mainstream device. Thanks to a number of impressive updates that saw Apple add cellular connectivity, along with a host of health and fitness features, Apple Watch sales have increased at an impressive clip each and every year since its release a few years ago.

What's particularly interesting about the ongoing boost in Apple Watch sales is that Apple is doing a stellar job of selling the device to first-time buyers. To this point, an Apple spokesperson recently told CNBC that 75% of Apple Watch buyers are completely new to the device and aren't upgrading from an existing Apple Watch model.

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There may be a huge Apple Watch upgrade cycle on the horizon originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 21:03:37 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple releases two new trailers showing off its TV Plus children’s shows

The verge - 8 hours 9 min ago
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Apple today posted trailers and new info for two of its original shows destined for its upcoming Apple TV Plus streaming service. The programs, the family-oriented shows Helpsters and Ghostwriter, are slated to arrive on launch day for TV Plus, which will be available starting November 1st. We can’t embed the trailers, but they’re available on the Apple TV Plus sites linked below.

The first, Helpsters, is a show for preschoolers about monsters who love to help people solve problems. The show is made by the Sesame Workshop, and in the trailer, the studio’s knack for blending puppets with real-world locations is on full display. The main monster, Cody, walks down a busy city street before singing a song with her monster companions at...

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Netflix is debating bonuses for directors with popular or award-winning films

The verge - 8 hours 33 min ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Netflix is mulling over paying some form of bonuses to filmmakers whose movies perform well on the streaming platform or nab prestigious awards, according to a report from Bloomberg. The tactic would be a way to win over on-the-fence directors and producers who might be shopping a project around at multiple streaming services, while also entertaining the idea of a traditional theatrical release.

According to Bloomberg, the bonus idea is still being debated internally, but it could be a costly change in strategy for Netflix. The company has traditionally covered the cost of production and paid fixed premiums to filmmakers and producers on top of that.

Hollywood operates differently. Studios tend to grant talent — typically directors and...

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These new true wireless earbuds can last weeks on a charge, and they’re $20 off on Amazon

BGR - 8 hours 33 min ago

How many hours per day do you think you listen to music with your wireless headphones? A couple hours each day? If that’s about right for you, the Cleer Ally True Wireless Earbuds will about 2 weeks or even longer on a single charge. These awesome earphones offer a whopping 10 hours of battery life on a change, and then the included charging case packs another 20 hours. That’s 30 hours of music streaming before you have to worry about recharging them!

Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds, Extended Battery Life Up to 10 Hours, Bluetooth Headphones (Gray): $149.99

Here’s more info from the product page:

  • True wireless listening with Bluetooth 5.0
  • Industry leading up to 10 hours audio playback
  • Included slim recharging case – additional 20 hours of playback
  • Touch pad operation for play, pause, answering and ending calls and access to your voice assistant
  • In-ear sensors for auto-pause when Ally is removed and auto-playback when Ally is placed back in-ear

Cleer Ally Wireless Earbuds, Extended Battery Life Up to 10 Hours, Bluetooth Headphones (Gray): $149.99

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These new true wireless earbuds can last weeks on a charge, and they’re $20 off on Amazon originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 20:08:13 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple and Disney could have merged under Steve Jobs - CNET

cnet - 8 hours 36 min ago
Disney CEO Bob Iger says he would have seriously discussed a merger if Steve Jobs were still alive.
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Google almost had a Pixel smartwatch — here’s why it reportedly failed

The verge - 9 hours 1 min ago

Google’s Pixel-branded smartwatch was supposedly very close to being a real thing. As detailed in a Business Insider report that interviewed six former employees, Google hardware lead Rick Osterloh reportedly dropped the axe on the idea just ahead of the original Pixel phone’s unveiling in 2016. The main reason for the sudden change in plans, according to an employee who reportedly worked on the project, was because they “didn’t look like what belonged in the Pixel family.”

Google was gearing up for its first big attempt at building an gadget ecosystem, and a former employee said the company feared the watches might “...bring down the name of the Google hardware brand.” Also, one former employees said the syncing process between the...

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There’s absolutely no way this ‘space hotel’ will be ready for guests by 2025

BGR - 9 hours 4 min ago

NASA is currently planning to finally send humans back to the lunar surface by 2024. It's an incredibly ambitious and optimistic timeline, and there are plenty of experts who believe NASA may not be able to pull it off.

Sending things into space is hard, and safely ferrying humans to a destination in space is even harder. So, when a company called The Gateway Foundation says it'll have a functional space hotel up and running by 2025 — complete with artificial gravity, luxurious suites, restaurants, gyms, and just about every other amenity you can think of — well, let's just say you shouldn't hold your breath.

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There’s absolutely no way this ‘space hotel’ will be ready for guests by 2025 originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 19:37:53 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Here’s how cross-play will work in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The verge - 9 hours 31 min ago

The next game in the massive Call of Duty franchise, a reboot of the Modern Warfare series, launches in just over a month, in line with Activision’s annual release model. Yet new to this Call of Duty entry is cross-play multiplayer, so you can squad up with your friends across systems. Now, the developers at studio Infinity Ward have detailed how exactly cross-play will work in advance of an open beta that will support the feature kicking off this weekend.

Cross-play in Modern Warfare sounds a lot like how it works in Epic’s battle royale shooter Fortnite, which has become the industry gold standard. Infinity Ward says that Modern Warfare supports keyboard and mouse and controllers on all platforms, and you’ll be able to choose...

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Leaked OnePlus 7T Pro press image reveals the phone’s final design

BGR - 9 hours 35 min ago

Now that Apple has taken the wraps off its next iPhone, the two notable phones left to be fully unveiled in 2019 are the Pixel 4 and the OnePlus 7T. Both have been the subject of countless leaks over the past few months, but with the OnePlus 7T launch event now set for next week, the time for leaks is finally coming to a close. But because this is the internet, iGeeksBlog took a parting shot by sharing the first OnePlus 7T Pro press image.

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Leaked OnePlus 7T Pro press image reveals the phone’s final design originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 19:06:28 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Reddit is back online after outage - CNET

cnet - 10 hours 5 min ago
The site went down for thousands of users on Wednesday afternoon.
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‘Breaking Bad’ fans: You’ll only have three days to catch the movie in theaters

BGR - 10 hours 6 min ago

Breaking Bad fans who've been looking forward to the Netflix movie that will serve as a sequel to the fantastic AMC series probably don't need to be reminded that the October 11 premiere date is drawing closer. That's when El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will arrive on the streaming service and pick up where we left off with Aaron Paul's fan-favorite character, Jesse Pinkman -- showing us what happened after Jesse sped away from the gang of neo-Nazis, finally free.

Netflix, meanwhile, has also made another important note about October 11. That's also when El Camino will begin a short theatrical run. And when we say short, we mean really short.

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‘Breaking Bad’ fans: You’ll only have three days to catch the movie in theaters originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 18:35:51 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CBS and WarnerMedia ban e-cigarette advertisements amid vaping health crisis

The verge - 10 hours 16 min ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

CBS and WarnerMedia have both decided to ban advertisements for Juul and other e-cigarette makers amid global health concerns over a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has claimed the lives of seven people and hospitalized hundreds of others. The decision, reported first this afternoon by CNBC, follows a similar ban from WarnerMedia-owned CNN announced last week.

CBS tells CNBC it will consider allowing vaping ads once research can show definitively that the products are not harmful. WarnerMedia, which has run Juul ads in recent weeks on cable channels it owns like TBS and TNT, will no longer accept such ads, which have spiked, in particular from Juul, since news of the vaping-related lung disease cases came under heightened...

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India bans e-cigarette sales and says there’s an ‘epidemic’ of kids vaping

The verge - 10 hours 28 min ago
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

India has banned e-cigarettes as US health inspectors investigate a series of deaths linked to vaping. Reuters reports that an executive order prohibits selling, producing, importing, or advertising e-cigarettes. First offenders could receive up to one year in prison and a 100,000 rupee ($1,400) fine; later violations could cost up to three years and 500,000 rupees. The ban doesn’t apply to actually using e-cigarettes — but it means users can’t legally buy refills for their vapes.

Traditional cigarettes are legal in India, although they’re highly taxed. E-cigarettes, however, have held a less certain position. The government has been weighing a ban for years, despite concerns over the legality of stopping imports, and Reuters reported on...

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