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Google named the streets in its self-driving car facility after famous movies and cars

Backchannel writer Steven Levy published a map of the Google self-driving car facility that includes streets named "Fury Road," (after the new "Mad Max" movie), "McFly Way" (after the "Back to the Future" series of movies), and "Kitt Road," (a tribute to the car from "Nightrider.")<p><b>Here's the full</b> …

Nintendo confirms it will launch its first smartphone game in March

We’re a matter of weeks away from seeing Nintendo software on non-Nintendo devices.<p>The publisher’s first smartphone game is coming in March, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima wrote in an editorial for Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun (via industry analyst Serkan Toto). Kimishima wrote this …

Google's creepy plan to kill the password

The password may be broken, but is 24/7 biometric tracking really any better?<p>In the grab bag of Google/Alphabet's big projects for 2016 is Project Abacus. It's basically the company's plot to kill the password in cold blood, by replacing it with smartphone user authentication via an uncrackable …

Feds Approve BMW's Driverless Self-Parking System

One immediate beneficiary of this week’s announcement by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that the feds would pony up a proposed $4 billion and otherwise grease the wheels to allow quicker adoption of autonomous driving technology is BMW.<p>That’s because the National Traffic Safety …

Guide to the Windows Store: Finding and installing apps

If you're looking for new Windows 10-optimized apps that are designed for both desktops and mobile devices, you'll need to go through the Windows Store. The Store has been completely revamped from its Windows 8 iteration, but it's not too difficult to navigate (it's an app store, after all). In the …

Microsoft will support Windows 7 and 8.1 on some devices with Intel Skylake CPUs through July 2018 (Updated)

Microsoft today announced updates to its support policy for Windows on certain types of computer processors. The changes show Microsoft wanting Windows 10 to be running on the latest silicon.<p>The news is particularly important to Microsoft’s longtime partner Intel. The 14-nanometer Intel Core …

Apple's Advantage Over Android Embarrasses Google

A recent study by the University of British Columbia (Android Permissions Remistified) shows that four out of five Android users would like the ability to deny permissions for certain functions to applications when they are run. And in that simple statement lies Android’s continuing problem, and …

If you fall for this smartwatch hack, you practically deserve it

We’ve seen a clever smartwatch hack or two, but this is not one of them.<p>A University of Cophenhagen student found a way to infiltrate smartwatches and trick them into giving up sensitive data like passcodes and personal identification numbers by accessing their motion data and offloading it to a …

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The Division gets 1TB Xbox One bundle

Microsoft has announced yet another Xbox One bundle, this latest one focused on Ubisoft's upcoming shooter The Division. The $400 package comes with a 1TB Xbox One and a digital copy of the game. You can see the packaging in the image below.<p>It's available to preorder now at a range of US retailers. …

Apple Music is about to wall off its radio stations

Apple Music is shutting down its ad-supported radio as of January 28, pushing Beats 1 as the premier free “broadcast” for Apple. Apple sent the news out in an email to subscribers and free listeners today.<p>You’ll still be able to listen to all the Apple Music radio as an Apple Music member, but not …

Groupon bundles offer best deal yet on Apple Watch

Looking to pick up an Apple Watch but don’t want to spend extra on watch bands or a charging stand?<p>Groupon has your dream bundle, then, with a Sport edition of Apple’s famous wearable, along with third-party knockoffs of the Milanese Loop and leather strap and a charging stand all for the price of …

Inbox by Gmail adds Photos-integreated attachment picker, posts can be pinned to Google+ Profile

Google has been sprucing up their web apps this week as the first new updates of 2016 start to trickle in. Inbox by Gmail on the web adds a super convenient photo and attachment picker, while Google Plus now allows users to pin posts to their profiles.<p>The attachment picker in Inbox is brought up by …

Where Is Apple's 5K Thunderbolt Display?

It is approaching five years since Apple began shipping the Thunderbolt Display in September 2011, leading many to wonder when the monitor will receive a long-anticipated update, if ever.<p>Apple could have refreshed the Thunderbolt Display with USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2 and a tapered iMac-style design …

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Senior bitcoin developer says currency 'failed experiment'

Mike Hearn, a prominent developer of the cryptocurrency, has sold his coins and quit work on bitcoin citing deep-seated issues<p>A senior bitcoin developer has declared the cryptocurrency a failed experiment, blaming the end of the currency on the refusal of the community to adopt new standards which …

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You can now make Twitter polls last as short as you want

Twitter polls can now be timed anywhere between five minutes and seven days<p>There's a question burning in the back of your mind, and the only people that can answer it to your satisfaction are your Twitter followers. That's exactly what Twitter polls are for -- but maybe you don't want to wait a …

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Apple To Kill Free iTunes Radio

Apple is ending its ad-supported iTunes Radio online music service on Jan. 29, marking a major change in strategy for the tech giant.<p>Only Apple Music …

Apple Loop: Latest iPhone 7 Leaks, Apple Chases HBO and Time Warner, Microsoft's Apple Attack

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes all the details on iOS 9.3, the continuing anger over Apple’s removal of the headphone jack in the next iPhone, Microsoft’s attack on the iPad Pro, Apple’s potential purchase of Time Warner, the impressive …

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