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Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Alphabet’s driverless car division Waymo LLC has confirmed that it will work in partnership with ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. to develop autonomous vehicles.

Without elaborating specifically on the terms of the partnership, Waymo and Lyft announced on Sunday that they would work together to develop products and technology for self-driving vehicles.

The deal is being seen as an effort of the two companies’ effort to deal a blow to rival firm Uber Technologies’ similar ambitions.

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Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications have reportedly hit an operational deal to work in partnership on certain wireless communications plans.

On the condition of anonymity, a source revealed that under the newly signed deal Comcast and Charter will only sell wireless services to their respective customers.

In addition, the two companies hit an agreement to only work together to approach any of the key wireless firms about mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals. They also agreed not to enter into any material transaction without each other’s consent.

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Facebook could launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Facebook may launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is reportedly making preparations for releasing a line-up of TV-style shows on its site as soon as in June this year.

Facebook has repeatedly said that video is one of the top priorities for the company going forward. Thus, news of release of TV-style shows is not surprising at all.

Citing anonymous sources, media outlets reported that the social-networking giant will mainly release two kinds of shows: longer, traditional television-style scripted shows and shorter shows that will be updated by the company on daily basis.

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Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

California-based pet food maker Party Animals recently announced a voluntary recall for a couple of lots of its Cocolicious dog food after inspectors warned that it might contain pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a dangerous chemical that is often used to euthanize animals. This chemical has been tested positive in the 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food as well as Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food.

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Nintendo reveals global Switch sales figures

Nintendo reveals global Switch sales figures

Announcing its earnings for the final quarter of its 2016 fiscal year on Thursday, Nintendo revealed its global sales figures as well.

In Japan, the mobile gaming giant sold 600,000 units of the Switch console from March 3 through March 31, which marked the end of the company’s fiscal quarter.

In the Americas, the company sold 1.2 million units of the new console during the same period of time. Another 940,000 units were sold in Europe, Australia and beyond.

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Exercise improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years: study

Exercise improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years: study

A review of randomized controlled trials has shown that physical exercise including aerobic exercise or strength training of moderate intensity significantly improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years.

Lead researcher Joseph Northey, a PhD candidate at University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport & Exercise, Australia, said that the review of 39 studies showed that thinking and memory skills were most improved when participants exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis.

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Google Home finally allows multiple accounts

Google Home finally allows multiple accounts

Many Google Home users often complain that it lacks support for multiple accounts. However, that problem no longer exists as Google has already done the needful.

Following the most recent update, the Google Home now allows users to have multiple accounts with personalization as well as neural network voice recognition. In simple words, the service can now distinguish who is talking to it and respond accordingly with that account’s information.

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Man accuses Bose of intercepting what he’s listening to

Man accuses Bose of intercepting what he’s listening to

A newly-filed proposed class-action lawsuit accuses audio equipment manufacturer Bose of illegally wiretapping a customer via his headphones.

According to the suit filed in a federal court in Chicago, an Illinois resident Kyle Zak purchased a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless Bluetooth headphones for $350 in March this year.
The headphones use an application called “Bose Connect,” to pause, skip as well as to perform other controls.

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Apple reportedly having trouble with the iPhone 8’s signature feature

Apple reportedly having trouble with the iPhone 8’s signature feature

Apple is reportedly having trouble in getting the iPhone 8’s signature design feature to actually work as it would be a bezeless display spanning from edge to edge. It means there would be no room to accommodate a physical home button on the handset. Thus, the company has to “kill” it.

However, some reports suggested that the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant maker may not be able to do so this year.

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Hackers reveal how NSA breached global money transfer system

Hackers reveal how NSA breached global money transfer system

A group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers recently released documents and computer files showing how the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) misused weaknesses or security holes in commercially available software to breach the global money transfer system.

Shadow Brokers alleged that NSA accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system via service providers in several countries the Middle East as well as Latin America.

The most recent release of the documents and computer files was the latest in a string of disclosures by the hackers in the past few months.

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