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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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British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

Cybersecurity officials in United Kingdom have applauded a young cyber specialist for helping halt the global ransomware cyber-attack.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced that the cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, prevented further spreading of the ransomware by registering a domain name. The action has already prevented more than 100,000 potential infections.

In a tweet on Saturday, the anonymous cyber specialist/researcher acknowledged that he initially did not know that his action would help stop the malware.

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Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

With some recently announced versatile new features on board, Google Maps for the Android platform has gotten a slight remake.

Despite the arrival of the new features, Google Maps basically functions in the same way as users know. However, the company has smartly integrated some “Street View” features straight into the navigation view.

When a user asks it for directions, he/she can swipe up from the bottom of the app’s screen to make out all the turn-by-turn steps as before. However, now each of those steps comes accompanied by a Street View picture of that exact turn.

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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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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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Uber denies reports that it tracked users’ devices

Uber denies reports that it tracked users’ devices

Responding to reports that Uber tracked the mobile devices of former users even after they deleted the Uber app, the ride hailing company has denied any wrongdoing.

The New York Times (NYT) recently reported that Uber tracked iPhone users even after the deletion of Uber app from their devices. But, the company claimed that iit never did anything like that.

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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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