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Apple Releases Fix to Security Flaw in Mac Operating System

Apple Inc. released an update to its latest operating system for Mac computers and said it’s changing development practices after a significant security flaw was disclosed Tuesday that allowed people to log in without a password, potentially making private user data vulnerable. The issue, discovered in the macOS High Sierra operating system for laptops and desktops that was released in September, …

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Here’s How Much the Pixel 2 Camera Improves with Android 8.1

Android Oreo 8.1 is nearly here, and although it doesn’t appear to introduce many new features on the surface, there’s one enhancement Pixel 2 users are sure to appreciate: support for Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip inside this year’s Pixels. Google pushed out the final build of the beta for Android 8.1 on Monday, and it’s available to all Pixel models, as well as …

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Tesla Delivers the World’s Biggest Battery, and Wins a Bet

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk may have overpromised on production of the company’s latest electric car, but he is delivering on his audacious Australian battery bet. An enormous Tesla-built battery system—storing electricity from a new wind farm and capable of supplying 30,000 homes for more than an hour—will be powered up over the coming days, the government of South Australia state said …

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Amazon Echo vs Echo Plus: What Should You Buy?

Amazon recently released an all-new Echo, which is smaller, more attractive, and at $99, less expensive than the original.(Echo and Echo Plus, respectively. Credit: Tom’s Guide) However, there’s also a new Echo Plus ($149), which has a smart-home hub built inside. So which smart speaker should you get? Amazon Echo versus Echo Plus: Smart Speakers Compared Amazon Echo (2nd gen) Amazon Echo Plus …

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Wal-Mart says it’s preordered 15 of Tesla’s new electric tractor trailers

Wal-Mart is planning to test Tesla‘s electric tractor trailers and has already preordered 15, the retailer told CNBC on Friday. Five of the preordered vehicles will be for Wal-Mart U.S., and 10 will be for Wal-Mart Canada, the company said. Wal-Mart planning to test new Tesla semi trucks from CNBC. “We have a long history of testing new technology – including alternative-fuel …

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is a parkour master

Parkour! That’s what we should all be devoting our combined robotics expertise towards. There’s no nobler human pursuit, so of course we should create a robot that can master the so-called ‘sport of kings.’ And yes, that is the true sport of kings. Boston Dynamics has shown off its new version of SpotMini, a robot dog that’s slightly less intimating cased in …

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Tesla unveils its largest Supercharger station in the US

About halfway between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, right off Interstate 5, is the tiny town of Kettlemen City. It’s home to a cheese factory, a hazardous waste facility, and as of today, the largest Tesla Supercharger station in the country. It has solar rooftops and a lounger for vehicle owners to hang out while their Tesla car recharges. …

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Why You Should Check Out The New Firefox Quantum Browser

Mozilla claims its updated web browser is twice as fast as its last one, and uses a lot less memory than the competition—Google Chrome in particular. It’s called Firefox Quantum, and it might give the web’s most popular web browser a run for its money. How Quantum Compares to Chrome Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as the previous build …

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Next year’s iPhones could be even bigger and cheaper than iPhone X

Apple released two base models of the iPhone in 2017 — the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X — which may have been a questionable strategy. The iPhone 8 has reportedly struggled in the market in the shadow of iPhone X, which may lead Apple to go back to selling just a single base model in 2018. However, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi …

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BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up on high-power charging network

BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, and the Volkswagen Group (with subsidiaries Audi and Porsche) will join up to create a high-power charging network for electric vehicles called “Ionity,” which will build and operate around 400 charging stations across Europe by 2020. The collaborative venture formed by the automakers is intended to make it easier for Europeans to manage long …

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