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Nissan, eyeing fully self-driving cars, offers a glimpse of its new semi-autonomous Leaf – The Verge

Nissan says the next generation of its all-electric Leaf vehicles will feature the Japanese automaker’s most advanced driver assistance system yet. Nissan first revealed its plan to include the ProPilot technology, which allows single-lane autonomous driving, in the forthcoming version of the Leaf back at CES last January. Now the automaker is offering a sneak peek of its latest effort to take on Tesla in the race to sell more advanced, mass-market electric vehicles. The glimpse of the interior, behind-the-steering-wheel display looks similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, which offers similar functionality…

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An ode to my $7 HTC pack-in headphones – The Verge

Headphones are an interesting slice of the technology market, where companies build products that are as much gadget as they are art. Design, style, and personal taste in sound quality and tuning are just as important as the more technical aspects of a pair of headphones. And there have never been more choices: from cheap, sweat-proof headphones for working out, to $300 pairs of cans for blocking out the sounds of your delayed commute, to $55,000 headphones that can probably re-create the voice of god with some accuracy. Despite this,…

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Leaked photos of the Tesla Model 3 ignite an internet power struggle – The Verge

Yesterday afternoon, popular gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee tweeted out a link to an article on a Tesla fan site of new leaked photos of the upcoming, hotly anticipated Model 3 electric car. “Yo Tesla Model 3 looks better and better in every leaked photo,” Brownlee tweeted. “Gotta love the incremental updates.” Tesla Model 3 Exterior and Interior (while super charging) But the next day, Brownlee woke up to find that his tweet had been removed and replaced with this message: “This tweet from @MKBHD has been withheld in response to…

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Anki’s Cozmo robot now has a visual programming mode to teach kids to code – The Verge

Cozmo was supposed to be the new face of robotics for Anki, previously known for its collection of connected toy cars. After Cozmo’s launch last October, the company offered SDKs for research groups to play with the robot’s facial and spacial recognition capabilities and path mapping, but this was mostly limited to adult developers who were familiar with programming in Python. To bring the focus back to Anki’s target market — kids — today the company is releasing a visual coding component for Cozmo so children can, too, program the…

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Bigger hail might pummel the US as climate change gathers more force – The Verge

Last month, hailstones as big as baseballs pounded the Denver area, knocking down power lines, damaging homes, and smashing through windshields “like tissue paper,” The Washington Post reported. The hailstorm hit during rush hour, when lots of cars where on the road, and ended up being Colorado’s costliest catastrophe, totaling $1.4 billion in damages. But if climate change goes unchecked, we might see more of these extreme hailstorms in the future, according to new research. Just about every car in this #Golden office parking lot has #Hail damage. #CoWx pic.twitter.com/d5YZPbD1Nj…

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Can Pandora get its groove back? A roundtable discussion – The Verge

Pandora announced today that CEO Tim Westergren has stepped down from his role as chief executive and is giving up his seat on the board. This is the second departure for Westergren, who helped found the company and took it public. He transitioned to a strategy role after the IPO while Pandora was ran by a series of professional managerial types. Westergren returned to the helm in 2016 as Pandora, struggling to turn a profit, ventured into the on-demand streaming space occupied by Spotify and Apple Music. Sirius XM, which…

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Zume’s robot pizzeria could be the future of workplace automation – The Verge

Zume Pizza, a food delivery startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding to a new location in the heart of Silicon Valley — with the help of robotic companions. The company, which starting today will deliver fresh pizzas to Palo Alto and the Stanford area in addition to its hometown of nearby Mountain View, says it has pioneered a robot-assisted technique for pressing pizza dough in a perfect circle in just nine seconds. That allows the operation to improve efficiency and let its human employees spend time on…

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One Video: I Dare You by The xx – The Verge

Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video? Maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long….

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Climate change will hit the South and Midwest the hardest – The Verge

Southern and Midwestern US states will suffer the biggest economic losses from climate change, according to a new study. Some of these areas, already among the poorest in the country, stand to lose as much as 20 percent of the value of the goods and services they produce. In other words, climate change will make poverty worse in many areas. The consequences of climate change will vary among regions in the US, according to a new study published today in Science. Counties along the Atlantic Coast will suffer the biggest…

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Car companies have learned little from smartphones – The Verge

With all this 10th anniversary talk of the iPhone going on sale, I can’t help but look back at all the devices disrupted by that rectangular slab of software and silicon, with one notable exception. The list includes wristwatches and bedside alarm clocks; remote controls and light switches; point-and-shoot cameras; printed maps and calendars; and home stereos and MP3 players, including Apple’s own iPod. In retrospect, the changes were as swift as they were decisive. But there’s one holdout that’s still ripe for disruption: cars. The rise of the iPhone,…

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