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For those who’re an proprietor of one of many eleven million house owners of a Volkswagen automotive that is a part of the corporate’s large emissions dishonest scandal, you may be getting some compensation for the automotive’s misplaced worth. As reported by ABC Information, Volkswagen US CEO Michael Horn (pictured above) testified at present in entrance of a congressional subcommittee and stated that the corporate may pay the house owners of affected automobiles as a option to make up for the truth that resale worth for these automobiles (and certainly just about any VW on the market) goes to drop. Nevertheless, Horn stated that Volkswagen would not be refunding clients cash. The corporate additionally is not planning to offer loaner automobiles for house owners, because the affected automobiles are nonetheless protected to drive (regardless that they’re releasing as much as forty occasions greater than the EPA’s acceptable commonplace).

By way of: Phys.org

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There’s little or no love misplaced between automotive-platform rivals Lyft and Uber. Nowhere is that extra obvious than in a Reuters’ article about nameless sources pointing fingers at Lyft’s know-how chief Chris Lambert because the possible reason for an Uber hack. Based on the report, after a large breach of driver info again in February, Uber launched an investigation to find out who received into its system. That led it to courtroom to find out who was behind a Comcast IP tackle that had accessed the safety key the experience-sharing firm by accident left on GitHub. Regardless that the submitting attracts no connection to the precise hack (which in accordance with Reuters sources was routed by way of a Scandinavian VPN) the courtroom dominated that the knowledge was “fairly probably” to assist the corporate discover the individual (or individuals) concerned within the breach.

Supply: Reuters

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HBO’s Go on-demand streaming service is about to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean as a standalone subscription product, the community revealed right now. Whereas HBO Go has been obtainable in these areas for pay-TV subscribers, twine-cutters will quickly have the ability to take pleasure in too — however with some added advantages. The service is predicted to be just like HBO Now, which is just out there within the US, providing entry to each stay TV as nicely VOD content material. HBO says it plans to rollout the service in Spanish-talking markets throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, plus Brazil (Portuguese), by the top of this yr. First up: Colombia, with extra to comply with thereafter.

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Final night time Engadget introduced you a sneak peek at Fb’s new “Reactions” function, and in the present day the social community confirmed it is now in testing. As an alternative of the usually-requested “dislike” to counter the prevailing Like button, founder Mark Zuckerberg explains (in a video embedded after the break) that this concept is nearly giving extra choices to precise your self. Whether or not or not the emotions of affection, unhappiness and empathy are what you are making an attempt to undertaking, the check is presently restricted to customers in Eire and Spain. In case you are there (or use a browser proxy service like Hola to pretend it) you will see one thing like the image above, after lengthy urgent the Like button on the web site or cellular apps. Relying on how issues go, this might roll out to the remainder of the billion or so Fb customers quickly, nevertheless it appears like several official help for dislike isn’t going to be within the plans.

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In an indication that Apple Pay is gaining traction with much more retailers, VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey has simply introduced on stage at Code/Cellular a plan to roll out Apple Pay in Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s places throughout the nation. You’ll be able to anticipate to see Apple Pay in a couple of pilot Starbucks retailers later this yr, with a bigger roll out in 2016. Apple Pay in KFC ought to begin early subsequent yr, whereas Chili’s is predicted to implement a singular pay-at-the-desk cellular cost answer.

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Transfer over Mars, NASA’s simply confirmed that Pluto, everyone’s favourite Kuiper belt object/celestial punching bag, not solely has expansive fields of water ice on its floor however blue skies as properly. Granted Pluto has neither the thick environment nor international oceans that the Earth does, so the “blue sky” NASA’s New Horizon’s workforce noticed final week is definitely extra of a haze. And, technically, the haze particles themselves would probably seem both pink or gray to the bare eye. Nevertheless, the truth that they seem blue from this distance tells NASA quite a bit.

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PlayStation does not have an official mascot character, but when it did, developer Naughty Canine’s Nathan Drake would in all probability match the invoice. Very similar to Microsoft did final yr with Halo: The Grasp Chief Assortment to get followers prepared for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One, Sony’s gone again and revamped the three most important Uncharted video games and put them into Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Assortment to prep people for subsequent spring’s Uncharted four: A Thief’s Finish on PlayStation four. How do the eight, six and 4 yr previous video games maintain up? And was the remastering actually crucial? Tune in on this submit, Twitch.television/joystiq (if you would like to hitch us in chat) or the Engadget Gaming homepage at 6pm Japanese / 3pm Pacific as myself and Sean Buckley discover out.

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A number of days in the past, it was revealed that the A9 chip in Apple’s new iPhone 6s is manufactured by two totally different corporations, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). Extra notably, reviews began circulating that the battery life within the Samsung A9 units was notably worse than that of the TSMC iPhones. Some checks have revealed that the TSMC chips final as a lot as two hours longer than the telephones with Samsung silicon inside. Now, Apple has issued an official response that downplays the distinction as solely a matter of some proportion factors.

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Sony America introduced on Thursday that the anticipate its PS4 common distant is almost over. The a lot-anticipated accent is about to go on sale for $30 “later this month,” in accordance with an organization publish. The distant will serve to switch the DualShock controller for non-gaming purposes. It is going to talk by way of a Bluetooth connection and be capable of management as much as three further AV units. What’s extra, it’s going to even be suitable with quite a few present streaming apps together with Crunchyroll, HBO Go, Netflix (obvs), Twitch and YouTube. If you cannot wait to buy it in individual when it truly hits retailer cabinets, Amazon, Greatest Purchase, Gamestop and Toys R Us all have it obtainable for pre-order.

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Adobe’s Lightroom cellular apps have been already free to obtain. Nevertheless, the software program nonetheless required a Artistic Cloud login or so that you can personal the desktop model to get any actual use out of it. Nicely, that is not the case anymore. Adobe nixed the membership requirement for Lightroom on iOS this week, and it will quickly to the identical for the Android model that debuted earlier this yr. Now that the photograph-modifying app is absolutely free to make use of in your telephone or pill, you are free so as to add it to your photograph-modifying arsenal. There is a smattering of latest options as properly, together with a Dehaze filter to enhance photograph high quality, Focused Adjustment software for targeted tweaks, an in-app digital camera for snapshots and extra. As we beforehand reported, you can too choose pictures for retouching in Photoshop Repair earlier than simply returning to Lightroom because of the newfangled Artistic Sync know-how. New variations of each Lightroom cellular for iPhone and iPad can be found in iTunes now.

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You thought the USPS had it robust with all that rain, sleet, snow and hail they should cope with? Attempt delivering mail all through the Malay archipelago, the world’s largest island chain. Nevertheless, the Singapore Submit thinks it might have an answer: Fly parcels between islands on the backs of UAVs. To that finish, the mail service just lately trialled the idea by efficiently delivery two gadgets from mainland Singapore to neighboring Pulau Ubin.

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Medium’s administration unveiled a radically redesigned publishing platform on Thursday together with a number of latest formatting and manufacturing options. These new writing instruments embrace the power to incorporate Twitter-fashion @-mentions, further textual content formatting choices (together with drop caps to start out paragraphs) and a slick “TK reminder” that prompts customers earlier than publishing that they’ve forgotten to complete a thought and left a TK reminder within the textual content. Moreover, the corporate is rolling out a cellular publishing app for each iOS and Android, in addition to a builders API in order that the CMS could be built-in into different websites and apps. Medium has additionally made it simpler to import present blogs and publications into its customized area system. Even the corporate emblem acquired an refresh.

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Throughout its Max design convention this week, Adobe previewed a variety of options which are at present in the works. For instance, the corporate is constructing a software referred to as Monument Mode that’ll permit you to take away undesirable individuals, automobiles and different objects from these trip photographs with a single click on. The thought right here is that once you go to a well-liked landmark (or monument), it may be troublesome to snap a great photograph in a crowd. Monument Mode employs an algorithm that distinguishes between shifting and stationary objects, so if somebody walks within the body, you can also make the required edits shortly. The device truly captures reside footage, nixing these shifting objects to create the shot you’ll be able to truly use.

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It has been just some days because the FCC granted AT&T’s waiver request that allowed the corporate to lastly activate its WiFi calling function, and now WiFi calling is formally stay. AT&T confirmed as a lot in a weblog on its website, and it really works simply as you’d anticipate. Proper now, solely an iPhone with iOS 9 will work, however so long as you are on a WiFi connection, your telephone will route calls by way of that connection when you mobile sign is dangerous. It is a function that T-Cellular and Dash have offered for some time now, however regardless it is excellent news for a choose group of consumers on the USA’s second-largest wi-fi community. We’re hoping that different telephones in addition to the iPhone quickly, however in case you are amongst that choose group of suitable clients, you may give it a attempt now.

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The unique Chromecast proved that massive surprises can are available small packages. Regardless that it was only a $35 HDMI dongle the dimensions of a pack of gum, it had the facility to rework any TV into a sensible one, so long as you had a smartphone, pill or pc close by. Positive it wasn’t as full-featured as different media streamers, however for the worth, it was a discount. Quick-ahead to 2015, and there is a model-new Chromecast on the town with a brand new look and a promise of quicker speeds, all on the similar worth. No, it isn’t that a lot better than the unique, nevertheless it nonetheless delivers nice bang in your buck.

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The MiiVerse web site is about bringing Nintendo’s on-line group collectively, amongst different issues. However up till at present, the digital hub was lacking options that would have made it much more helpful. Fortunately, Nintendo has revamped the location (once more), including a handful of social tidbits that customers are sure to understand. Together with now with the ability to see what’s trending on MiiVerse, you may as well get a fast glimpse at how different gamers throughout the community are doing on their video games — by way of the Play Journal feed. And in case you’ve got by no means visited it, you’ll be able to take a look at the refreshed website at miiverse.nintendo.internet.

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For those who’ve been making an attempt to grow to be a driver for Lyft, however your automotive does not meet the minimal necessities (like having 4 doorways), the corporate has an answer. It is partnered with Hertz automotive leases for what it is calling “reasonably priced” day by day, weekly, and month-to-month charges. Along with giving new drivers an opportunity to earn some additional money, the partnership can also be meant to assist present drivers keep on the street when their car is within the store or is in any other case unavailable. A pilot program has already launched in Las Vegas. On the driver occasion this morning, the experience-sharing platform additionally introduced a partnership with Shell for a cents-per-gallon fuel rewards program. Drivers get a singular PIN code that gives gasoline reductions relying on how typically they refill. The extra fuel they use, the cheaper the gasoline. Energy drivers might earn free gasoline with the system. It is launching in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston and shall be obtainable in any respect Shell stations nationwide by the top of the yr.

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Present strategies for detecting the antibodies that point out HIV an infection are agonizingly sluggish and cumbersome. Nevertheless a new DNA nanomachine developed by a world group of researchers (and funded, partially, by the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis) might shorten the method to a matter of minutes.

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Apple followers are used to getting the newest and biggest earlier than others, from apps all through to, uh, U2’s newest album. However, they’ve additionally needed to discover ways to be affected person, as an example, when it took a number of years earlier than the Beatles launched their again-catalog onto iTunes. That is why it is a purple letter day for Harry Potter followers, since Apple has signed an “unique” element with JK Rowling’s individuals. For the primary time, the digitally-enhanced variations of the world-well-known novels can be found on iBooks full with excessive-high quality illustrations and animations. The texts are nonetheless on sale on the official Pottermore web site, however do you have to need to learn them in your iPhone or iPad, you possibly can seize every one for $9.ninety nine a pop.