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Samsung Makes Major Move into the World of Auto Tech via $8 Billion Acquisition of Harmon

As a world leader in electronics and tech, there aren't very many industries in which Samsung doesn't already have a strong foothold. Even so, automotive technology surprisingly has a spot at the top of this short list.

Well, that statement was true up until this morning when the South Ko...

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Russia Is on the Verge of Banning the LinkedIn Social Platform

LinkedIn - and parent company Microsoft - might be riding high after a surprising mid-2016 turnabout, but that doesn't mean that everything is sunshine and rainbows for the world's largest professional social media network. In fact, with an imminent shutdown in Russia looming just beyond the hori...

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Blackberry Set to Team up with Ford on Self-Driving Car Software

Blackberry might be not be in the business of manufacturing smartphones anymore, but that doesn't mean that this Waterloo-based tech powerhouse is ready to close up shop. In fact, with a new agreement looming just over the horizon with Ford, it looks like Blackberry could actually be poised to ta...

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Uber Partners with GM's Maven to Create San Francisco-Based Car Rental Program

Using a personal car to shuttle Uber customers around is naturally an endeavor that comes with a hefty amount of wear and tear on one's own vehicle. Fortunately, it looks like a budding partnership between the world's most popular ride-sharing service and automotive magnate General Motors (GM) co...

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Admiral's Social Media-Based Car Insurance Premium Pricing Algorithm Gets Shut Down by Facebook

Across the pond, intrepid developers and programmers from the United Kingdom's (U.K.) Admiral Group recently announced a clever new app that utilizes an algorithm to scan a customer's social activity on Facebook and provide a discount - specifically for first-time drivers - based on the results o...

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MIT's Breakthrough Research Explores Bond Between Artificial Intelligence and Accountability

Should a self-driving car have to explain why it swerved away from pedestrians and potentially put occupants within the vehicle in danger of an accident? What about a robotics system that relies upon artificial intelligence (A.I.) to help perform complex surgery and other medical operations?

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Volvo Aims to Hide Self-Driving Cars from Road Bullies

As we move toward ubiquitous self-driving technology, there's still one burning question that has yet to be answered: How will human drivers react when the know that the vehicles around them aren't being piloted by another living, breathing person?

For Swedish automaker Volvo, the answer...

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Self-Driving Vehicles Gain Traction via Updated German Traffic Laws

Back in September, the White House unveiled a bold new plan to help regulate and govern the emerging self-driving sector within the automotive industry. As we head into November, it looks like Germany is ready to not just follow in the footsteps of the United States, but to also go above and beyo...

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AdWords Alert: Remora's Director of Search Steve Seeley Brings AdWords Partner Bug to Light

If you're a Google Partner, then you probably awoke to a nasty surprise this morning in the form of a late night/early morning email from Google regarding what appears to be missing Company Specialization scores. Additionally, after logging in to figure out what went wrong, you probably noticed t...

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IBM's Watson Set to Bring Enhanced Artificial Intelligence Capabilities to the Slack Communications Platform

Five years ago, Watson took the world by storm when it brought its powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) capabilities to "Jeopardy!" and thoroughly trounced some of the best contestants the show has ever seen. Today, Watson is leveraging this same skillset to enhance and improve the Slack commu...

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Bloomberg Philanthropies, Aspen Institute Announce Global Self-Driving Car Initiative

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that autonomous vehicles are the future - and he's backing up this notion by helping cities across the globe develop policy recommendations and plans for when self-driving cars officially come to market.

In particular, Brian Fung of Th...

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Follow-up: Hacked Cameras, DVRs Responsible for DDoS Assault on Dyn

Well, it looks like the Internet of Things (IoT) really was responsible for the crippling Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against Domain Name System (DNS) service provider Dyn that occurred earlier in October.

The big surprise here, though, is that the basis for this assault s...

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Are Automotive Manufacturers Struggling with Dashboard Technology?

It's no big secret that the world of automotive and the digital sector are becoming more entwined with one another with each passing day. However, just because these two industries appear to be joined at the hip moving forward, that doesn't mean that learning to live together has been an easy - o...

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AT&T Announces Blockbuster $85.4 Billion Acquisition of Time Warner

For AT&T, the new name of the game is building a phone company into a titan of the modern digital media world. At least, that's what most of the pundits are saying after the announcement of a blockbuster deal that will see the Dallas-based organization hand over $85.4 billion in exchange for...

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Tesla Goes "All in" on Autonomous Vehicles, Equips Each New Production Model with Self-Driving Tech

Elon Musk and the rest of the Tesla team are ready to lead the charge toward a completely autonomous automotive future. Don't believe it? Then the fact that every Tesla model produced going forward - including the Model 3 - will come standard with the hardware needed for complete access to the co...

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Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, Others Taken down as Part of DDoS-Based Attack on Dyn

For a hefty portion of the Internet, October 21st is a day that many would rather forget ever happened.

As Wired magazine's Lily Hay Newman reports, Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, and a significant amount of other high traffic websites have experienced outages throughout the day as Domain Name...

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Did Your Smart Fridge or Security Camera System Play a Role in the DDoS Attack on Dyn?

Perhaps the most astonishing revelation regarding the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Domain Name System (DNS) service provider Dyn is the fact that the myriad appliances, smartphones, cars, and devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) could have played a vital role in thi...

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WeChat's New Drone Streams Video to China's Favorite Social Messaging App

It looks like Zero Zero Robotics isn't the only tech luminary looking to add its name to the affordable drone marketplace. In fact, the latest entrant, WeChat, has its sights set on bringing the best of both the worlds of drone tech and social media together with its budget-friendly offering, the...

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Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Buy Twitter?

What do Verizon, Google, Disney, Salesforce, Apple, and Microsoft all have in common? As Jacob Kastrenakes of The Verge points out, these industry titans all share the common trait of taking a pass on the opportunity to buy the rights to Twitter's social media empire.

Of course, with so m...

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The Hover Camera Passport Is Finally Ready to Launch

Back in May, word broke of a consumer-friendly drone from Chinese startup Zero Zero Robotics set to launch by the end of the summer that wouldn't just be capable of following its owner around and taking 4K resolution selfies - it would also be easy on the wallet. While the summer deadline might h...

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Apple's Self-Driving Car Program Shifts Gears Toward "Software Only" Outlook

Back in 2014, the goal of Apple's secretive self-driving car initiative, known as Project Titan, was to shake up the automotive industry via its own branded offering and completely rethink the way consumers view the role of vehicles in their daily lives. Unfortunately, after two years of research...

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RDM Group's "Driverless Pod" Takes the Roadways as Britain's First Self-Driving Vehicle

The list of countries and businesses experimenting with autonomous vehicle technology in real-world scenarios continues to grow at an astounding pace - and Great Britain is the latest contender to join these ranks. However, the offering set forth by English engineering firm RDM Group might not ex...

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Chinese Car-Sharing Tech Company Yi Wei Xing Receives Equity Investment from General Motors

General Motors (GM) might already have its own car-sharing brand (Maven), but that isn't stopping the team in Detroit from taking a more worldly view when it comes to managing this portion of the business.

In particular, TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington points out that this automotive gia...

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Did Photos Just Leak of Google and Chrysler's Self-Driving Pacifica Minivans?

Remember back in May when we wrote a post regarding Google's deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to develop autonomous minivans? Well it looks like the fruits of this combined labor are about ready to hit the streets.

Specifically, The Verge's Andrew J. Hawkins reports that "spy" ph...

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Self-Driving Tech Also Set to Disrupt the Railway Industry

If you're a regular follower of our blog, then you know that the pending emergence of self-driving cars within the daily lives of consumers across the globe is definitely a topic that warrants quite a bit of discussion. However, the automotive industry isn't the only portion of the marketplace th...

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Demystifying Google's Bold New Plan for a User Experience Based Entirely on Artificial Intelligence

Imagine a world where the only separation between you and every facet of the Internet is a friendly and helpful voice that can cater to your every tech question, need, or concern. Sounds like something out of a futuristic utopian science fiction story, right?

Not to Google chief executive...

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Yahoo Earns the Ignominious Distinction of Being the First Tech Company to Search User Emails on Behalf of the Government

If you thought allowing the credentials of 500 million users to fall into the hands of hackers was bad, wait until you hear about the latest digital disaster to emerge from Yahoo's corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

As USA Today's Elizabeth Weise and Mike Snider report, this...

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U.S. Transportation Department Requests Voluntary Self-Driving Vehicle "Safety Assessment"

Last month, we talked about the sweeping new federal automated vehicle policy issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and how this regulatory document proves that the government is taking self-driving technology seriously. Today, United States Transportation Secretary...

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Meet "Daddy's Car" - The First Song Created by Artificial Intelligence

With the emergence of chat bots, self-driving cars, and a plethora of other powerful applications, artificial intelligence (A.I.) seems to be the prevailing story in virtually every industry - and the world of pop music is no different.

As Live Science's Jesse Emspak explains, scientists...

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Apple's Machine Learning Acquisition Spree Rolls On

If there's one thing you can say about Apple, it's that this tech giant has shown that it's more than willing to go all in on machine learning.

Think we're being a little over the top with this sweeping statement? Then the fact that Tuplejump - a machine learning startup that focuses on d...

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Microsoft Unveils Minecraft: Education Edition

Who says learning can't be fun?

In another display of the Minecraft game engine's versatility, Microsoft is going beyond the realm of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and bringing this open world game to the classroom as a powerful new learning tool for burgeoning young minds.

Known...

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2014 Hacking of Over 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Could Be Largest of All Time

Back in August, word started spreading that members of the seedier side of the dark web had access to a database of over 200 million hacked Yahoo accounts. Unfortunately, for the newest member of the Verizon family, that 200 million stolen user credentials number looks like it just jumped over th...

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Six Percent of All Jobs Will Be Automated by Robots in 2021

It's no big secret that chat bots, autonomous vehicles, virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana, and a bevy of other novel futuristic technologies are all taking the world by storm today. However, could these cutting edge digital tools supplant American workers in the not so distant future?

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Microsoft Sets the Wheels in Motion for Another $40 Billion in Repurchased Stock

Microsoft is looking to return money to its shareholders in a major way this coming year, all as the tech giant experiences a wave of unprecedented fiscal growth.

For those wondering how the team from Redmond, Washington, plans on pushing wealth back to those who have helped Microsoft's s...

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Did Apple Just Patent a Paper Bag?

Apple is known for turning heads with its bold approach to consumer electronics and other tech gadgets - but the recent unveiling of United States Patent Application: 20160264304 is stirring up controversy for an entirely different reason.

So what's the big deal with this recent patent re...

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The Inside Scoop on Why Conquesting Is a Waste of Time

The world of search advertising, and pay per click (PPC) in particular, is often framed as an industry that rewards only the most aggressive and bold tactics. In fact, talking heads love to toss out that notion that if you're not willing to "grab the bull by the horns" and employ tactics like con...

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