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Apple submits letter to NHTSA; sends strongest hint yet about ‘Project Titan’

Apple submits letter to NHTSA; sends strongest hint yet about ‘Project Titan’

In a recent letter submitted to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tech biggie Apple has, for the first time, publicly addressed the autonomous car industry.

The letter submitted to the NHTSA by Apple underscores the company’s official comment on the federal government’s guidelines for automated vehicles. The guidelines were issued by the federal government last September.

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS has been accepted for use by Russia's government

Jolla’s Sailfish OS has been accepted for use by Russia's government

In a Tuesday announcement, Finnish software house Jolla has revealed that its Sailfish smartphone operating system has been certified by Russia for government as well as corporate use.

The announcement implies that Jolla's Sailfish OS will now be used by Russia for its official government business.

The move comes after a previous report that the use of the Sailfish OS has been licensed by a new Russian firm called Open Mobile Platform (OMP) for developing "a whole new operating system for domestic markets in Russia."

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BITAG lays down its recommendations for IoT industry

BITAG lays down its recommendations for IoT industry

On Tuesday, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) put forth its recommendations for the rapidly growing ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) industry, suggesting a few security standards for IoT devices.

The BITAG was formed in 2010 by former FCC Chief Technologist Dale Hatfield, together with bigwig tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable, among others. The key objective behind the formation of the group was to lay down some of the best practices for broadband management and security.

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Facebook develops censorship tool to hide posts about prohibited topics from Chinese users

Facebook develops censorship tool to hide posts about prohibited topics from Chinese users

In a report published on Tuesday, the New York Times has revealed that a censorship tool has been built by social network Facebook, to get into China by hiding posts about prohibited topics from its users in the country.

The censorship tool has been quietly developed by Facebook in an attempt to persuade the Chinese authorities to permit the social network to re-enter the country after a seven-year ban. Facebook’s move to develop the censorship tool implies that the company wants to remain unbanned in China.

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Rumors circulating about Xiaomi’s smaller Mi Mix version --- Mi Mix Mini

Rumors circulating about Xiaomi’s smaller Mi Mix version --- Mi Mix Mini

A recently released XiaomiToday report has revealed that rumors are making rounds on the Internet about Xiaomi's plans to launch a smaller variant of its Ocotober-released Mi Mix smartphone.

The smaller version of the Mi Mix, as per the report, will likely be called Mi Mix Mini.

Rumors about Xiaomi's plans to launch the Mi Mix Mini handset were apparently rooted in a leak about the handset by the Xiaomi community. Going by the leaked information, the Mi Mix Mini will be Xiaomi's new bezel-less smartphone, which is currently codenamed 'Nano.'

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Amazon Alexa can now send text messages for AT&T mobile customers

Amazon Alexa can now send text messages for AT&T mobile customers

On Friday, the Amazon Alexa voice assistant gained the capability to send out text messages for US wireless carrier AT&T's mobile customers.

Alexa is Amazon's voice-controlled digital assistant which can be accessed from the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot devices. Alexa has the capability to answer the consumers' questions, play music, call a cab, and help manage the calendar.

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Latest version of Spotify desktop app reportedly fixes hard drive-killing glitch

Latest version of Spotify desktop app reportedly fixes hard drive-killing glitch

According to Ars Technica, the latest version of music streaming service Spotify’s desktop app -- version 1.0.42 -- comes with a fix for the hard drive-killing desktop glitch.

The glitch which Spotify has reportedly fixed in the newest version of its desktop app is chiefly related to the excessive amounts of data which some versions of Spotify's desktop app may be writing even when they are idle.

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Boosted warns owners of its second-gen boards of possible battery malfunctions

Boosted warns owners of its second-gen boards of possible battery malfunctions

In a blog post released this week, electric skateboard maker Boosted has issued a warning to the owners of its second-generation electric longboards about the possibility of battery malfunctions, and, thus, a potential fire risk.

Boosted CEO Sanjay Dastoor said in the blog post that the company has initiated “a thorough investigation” into the possible battery malfunctions affecting its second-generation electric longboards.

Dastoor also added alongside that, while the issue is being investigated, the shipments of the boards to new riders are being temporarily halted.

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FOVE opens pre-orders for its ‘FOVE 0’ eye-tracking VR headset

FOVE opens pre-orders for its ‘FOVE 0’ eye-tracking VR headset

On Wednesday, Japan-based firm FOVE announced the launch of pre-orders for its first commercially available device --- the ‘FOVE 0’ eye-tracking VR (virtual reality) headset.

According to FOVE’s announcement, pre-orders for the FOVE 0 eye-tracking headset – for which the company launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign last summer – begin at a special discount cost of $550 for its first week, from now till 8 a.m. PT (local time) November 9.

Thereafter, the cost of the FOVE 0 eye-tracking headset will go up, to $600.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 handset will have a whole lot of display

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 handset will have a whole lot of display

According to a report released recently by Korean publication The Investor, Samsung’s next-generation flagship handset – the forthcoming Galaxy S8 – will likely have a significantly high display area ratio, so much so that it will be almost entirely screen.

The Investor’s report comes within days of the iMiD 2016 display exhibition which was held in Seoul last week.

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