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Ford put drivers into camouflaged ‘seat suits’ to develop a self-driving language

Ford's self-driving vehicles have been on the roads in Miami.Image: ford That man who dressed as a car seat to make it look like he was in a self-driving car last year was, in fact, not a terrible Halloween costume, but part of a study for Ford’s self-driving cars.  At the time, pesky reporters quickly uncovered that the disguised driver was with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Now we also know that that covert driving attire was to help Ford’s self-driving car team shape a “common language” for cars to…

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Flight-sharing startup Blackbird offers low-cost ‘plane-pooling’

Like Uber Pool, but for private air travel.Image: Blackbird No shoes were removed, no toiletries put into separate clear bags, and there was no need to arrive two hours before the flight.  As part of flight-sharing app Blackbird’s media flight, we walked right onto the tarmac to the door of our plane at the small but busy San Carlos Airport. San Francisco International is just 10 miles away, but this tiny airport would end up being much more efficient for a quick jaunt down the California coast. SEE ALSO: Behind…

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Facebook shuts down News Feed customization feature Friend List Feeds

9 years ain't bad.Image: Aytac unal/Anadolu agency/Getty Images Welp, they had a good run. Facebook is doing away with Friend List Feeds, the customized news feeds that showed only posts from a group of Facebook humans of your choosing (plus, ya know, ads). According to TechCrunch, earlier this week, Facebook rolled out messages to some users that “Friend lists feeds will be going away soon,” and Facebook confirmed the change. SEE ALSO: 10 things you didn’t know you could do with Facebook Messenger Here’s the full eulogy: Friends list feed…

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From iPhone 9 to iPhone XS: What will Apple call the 2018 iPhones?

Image: Lili Sams/Mashable Let me blow your mind with this rumor: Apple is going to unveil new iPhones in the fall. Yes, that we know. But we also “know” a little more than that. Obviously Apple has so far not said a single word about its 2018 iPhone models, but the rumor mill has been chugging away, and the consensus is Apple will launch three different iPhones: a successor to the iPhone X, a large-screen version of that phone, and a new model that mostly mirrors the iPhone X design,…

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Rocket Creates Sky Ripples When It Passes Through Ice Crystals in a Cirrus Cloud

In this rare and amazing amateur footage, a NASA rocket is seen going supersonic just as it is passing through ice crystals in a cirrus cloud, creating ripples in the sky that looks like shockwaves. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/rocket-creates-ripples-in-the-sky/

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The PGA just got hit with ransomware

This club was built for mining.Image: Sam Greenwood/getty Raise that single gloved-hand to your mouth in shock: The hackers have gone after golf. America’s last bastion of proud visor-wearers is scrambling this week, after unknown criminals took over the PGA of America’s servers on Tuesday — locking the golf association out of its files just days before the official Aug. 9 start of the PGA Championship in Missouri. And you better believe those hackers want bitcoin.  SEE ALSO: Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it…

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Huawei has its eyes on Samsung after beating Apple in smartphone sales

The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year.Image: Jaap arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Huawei is basically screaming, “Can you hear me now?” The Chinese smartphone maker said yesterday that it is positioned to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by the end of next year. Huawei just upped its 2018 yearend shipment prediction to more than 200 million, which Huawei chief executive Howard Yu previously expressed as his goal. SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about…

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The internet didn’t hold back roasting MoviePass

Saddled with just over $129.5 million in debt, Brookstone has filed for bankruptcy and looks to close all of its shopping mall locations.Image: Getty Images You may have just sat on your last massage chair at Brookstone. Retail chain and shopping mall staple Brookstone has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As a result, after over 40 years of business, the company announced it would be closing all 101 of its shopping mall locations. Its e-commerce store, as well as its 35 airport based retail locations, will remain open for business.…

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Huawei is now the second largest smartphone maker

This bad boy was selling well.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has finally done it: The Chinese giant shipped more smartphones in one quarter than Apple, and is now second only to Samsung.  The company shipped 54.2 million handsets in the second quarter of 2018, an enormous year-over-year increase of 40.9%, according to IDC. Samsung was in first place with 71.5 million handsets shipped, a year-over-year change of -10.4%. While Apple shipped 41.3 million handsets, compared to 41 million in the same period last year.  SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about to…

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Android fix will stop predictive text suggestions for ‘sit on my face’

Google has promised to stop its Android phones from suggesting “my face” when its users text “sit on.”  Cory Doctorow came close to a disaster when he texted his kids’ babysitter, “Hey! Are you free to sit” and Android’s predictive text came up with “on my face.”  SEE ALSO: Here’s how malicious Android apps are sneaking malware onto your phone “Needless to say, I have never entered that string into my Android device,” he insisted in his tweet.  I tried it and got the same thing, basically. Strange. pic.twitter.com/52sBQjITgX —…

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Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s tweets

I said that?Image: vicky leta/mashable It’s just too good. The New York Times reported on Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is putting President Trump’s tweets under the microscope. He may use the Tweets to help determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the Russian election tampering investigation.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling Mueller reportedly wants to question Trump about the intention of certain Tweets, particularly those about James Comey and Jeff Sessions. Mr. Trump, what was your intention when you called…

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Elon Musk visits Shanghai to announce first Tesla factory outside U.S.

Right after Tesla raised the prices of its cars by at least $20,000 each due to China's increased import tariffs on American-made cars, the company announced it would open its first international factory in Shanghai today. This will allow the car manufacturer to circumvent the newly imposed taxes.Image: Shanghai Municipal People’s government A looming trade war with China hasn’t slowed down Elon Musk or his beloved brainchild Tesla. Right after the car company was forced to raise the prices of its cars by at least $20,000 each due to China’s…

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Elon Musk has deployed Boring Co., SpaceX team to help save Thai kids

Elon Musk offers his resources and expertise to the Thai government.Image: Joshua Lott/Getty Images What is that saying about life and art again? Elon Musk has sent engineers from his SpaceX and Boring Company teams to assist with the rescue efforts of the boys’ soccer team stuck in a cave system in Thailand.  SEE ALSO: If tech CEOs were Founding Fathers, here’s who they’d be Twelve boys and their soccer coach have been trapped in the cave system since June 23, when a Monsoon turned what was meant to be…

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Volkswagen’s all-electric race car makes history on Pikes Peak

Volkswagen's all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak has broken records.Image: volkswagen For the last 100 years, cars have been setting records on top of Colorado’s Pikes Peak. Another record has been broken this year, but this time it comes courtesy of a specially-designed electric race car developed by Volkswagen, the I.D. R Pikes Peak. SEE ALSO: Trapping carbon pollution underground for thousands of years is key to fighting climate change The prototype, helmed by French racing driver Romain Dumas, broke records on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, clocking a time…

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