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Uber to open Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on flying t

Uber’s plan to fill the skies above cities with swarms of electric-powered flying taxis is getting its own dedicated laboratory. The company announced Thursday that it will build a new Advanced Technologies Center in Paris focused on its ambitious Uber Elevate project, the ride-hail company’s first research and development hub located outside North America.

Uber says it will spend €20 million ($23.4 million) over five years to engineer all the backend technology, including AI algorithms and air traffic control systems, necessary to support a full-scale aerial taxi service. The company also announced a five-year research partnership with École polytechnique, the prestigious French engineering school located in a suburb southwest of...

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Fujifilm announces new X-T100 mirrorless camera for $599

Fujifilm has announced the X-T100, the first model in a new line in the company's excellent but increasingly overwrought X series of mirrorless cameras. This one is a relatively low-priced camera that blends Fujifilm's aesthetic with more conventional, mainstream design.

The form factor is generally SLR-like, and the rear controls are nearly identical to the X-T20, often considered the best X-series entry point. There's pretty much no grip, though, while the electronic viewfinder “dome” tilts back to reveal a pop-up flash, and there's a horizontally tilting touchscreen. The X-T100 also eschews Fujifilm's dedicated shutter speed and exposure compensation dials for traditional PASM controls, like the entry-level X-A5; there are two...

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Qualcomm is making midrange Android phones more powerful with its new

What’s more powerful than Qualcommn’s midrange Snapdragon 660 processor, but not quite as powerful as the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chip found in flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S9? The answer is apparently Qualcomm’s newest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 710, and the first chip in the company’s better-than-midrange Snapdragon 700 series that it announced earlier this year.

Qualcomm is holding to the same promises with the 710 that it first touted when it announced the line back in February. That includes twice the AI performance compared to the Snapdragon 660, which Qualcomm says should offer improvements in a wide range of applications from voice-based user interfaces to photography and biometrics. Other parts, like the X15...

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Apple reportedly partnering with Volkswagen to make self-driving emplo

Apple’s once-ambitious self-driving car project has narrowed even further. The New York Times now reports that the company’s negotiations with German automakers, including BMW and Mercedes, to develop an all-electric self-driving car have fallen through, after both companies refused to let Apple have control over the design of the vehicle and the data it produces. Now, Apple is partnering with Volkswagen to turn existing T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for Apple employees, the report says.

We’ve known since last year that Apple’s car division, codenamed Project Titan and once aimed at making both the hardware and software for a new autonomous vehicle, had shifted gears to focus in the near-term on a shuttle service known...

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Instapaper is temporarily shutting off access for European users due t

Popular read-it-later app Instapaper informed all European users today that its service would be temporarily unavailable starting Thursday, May 24th while it continues to make changes to ensure it’s compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The privacy rule, which sets new restrictions on how companies operating in the EU manage and share personal data, goes into effect on Friday, May 25th. News of the shutdown was reported first by writer and technologist Owen Williams.

Here’s Instapaper’s message in full:

Starting tomorrow May 24, 2018, access to the Instapaper service will be temporarily unavailable for residents in Europe as we continue to make changes in light of the General Data Protection Regulation...

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Facebook is expanding its unconventional approach to combating revenge

Facebook made headlines last fall when news surfaced of a somewhat counterintuitive approach to combating revenge porn that involved asking users to upload nude photos to the company’s servers. Now, the official safety division of Facebook says it’s expanding that initial pilot program to the US, UK, and Canada. Previously, the solution had been deployed only in Australia and only in partnership with the office of the Australian government’s e-Safety Commissioner.

In a public post on the official Facebook Safety page, Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis says the company is “partnering with safety organizations on a way for people to securely submit photos they fear will be shared without their consent, so we can block them from being...

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YouTube Music will eventually get Google Play Music’s best features,

YouTube Music — the new YouTube Music, I mean — is Google’s big push to finally create a subscription streaming music service that catches on and can legitimately challenge Spotify and Apple Music. It’s currently rolling out on Android and iOS, but the staggered launch means it’ll be awhile before everyone can actually use YouTube Music. Google Play Music, the company’s existing premium music app, isn’t going away in the meantime. “Nothing will change about Google Play Music in the near future,” Elias Roman, who has been a product manager for both services, told The Verge today.

Google has said that it will give users plenty of notice when it does decide to make big changes. A migration to YouTube Music should be seen as inevitable for...

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Tinder is testing Places, a location-sharing feature that matches you

We knew Tinder Places — the dating app’s new way to connect people through location sharing — was coming, but Tinder officially announced today that it’s testing the service in Australia and Chile. Places will let users find potential matches based off of the places they travel, whether that be a dog park, restaurant, coffee shop, or movie theater. The idea, Tinder says, is to give users a mutual interest. It’s powered through Foursquare, which has already done all the hard work of mapping venues and identifying public spaces. Tinder says this technology will prevent private places from being shared, including doctor’s offices and workplaces.

Each location will populate about 30 minutes after a user has left and will expire after 28...

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Money’s better than e-cigs or nicotine gum at helping smokers quit,

Giving smokers free electronic cigarettes may not help them kick the habit, according to new research. What helps is giving them money instead.

For a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers gave over 6,000 smokers different tools to quit smoking, like free nicotine patches, motivational texts, free e-cigarettes, and free medication or e-cigs plus a total of $600. Overall, only 1.3 percent of smokers had quit after six months. Those who received money fared much better, while e-cigs and medication alone didn’t really help people stay smoke-free.

Although the number of Americans who smoke cigarettes is going down, smoking is still the number one...

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Sprint is charging more for the LG G7 ThinQ than Verizon or T-Mobile

The LG G7 ThinQ will be even more expensive on Sprint than Verizon or T-Mobile. Today, Sprint announced its price for the LG G7 ThinQ will be $792. That’s $42 more than other major carriers. Verizon and T-Mobile are both charging $750, which is already a little too much.

Verizon’s payment plan will be $31.25 a month for 24 months, while T-Mobile’s plan requires you to put $30 down and pay $30 a month for 24 months. Sprint’s payment plan is $33 a month for 18 months, and then you can choose to return it or pay for six more months and own the phone.

While Sprint’s pricing isn’t great if you’re buying the phone on your own, there are some cases where you can get a good deal on it. It’s running a lease one, get one promotion, but you’ll need...

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