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Nissan Rogue Dogue SUV puts Fido first

The best seat in the Nissan Rogue SUV “Rogue Dogue”  special edition is the padded cargo compartment for carrying your dog comfortably. It has been outfitted with a safety harness, non-spill water bowl, pull-out ramp for loading and unloading, a doggie shower and dryer, and even a video camera for capturing your dog’s head-out-side-window experiences. It’s all feasible for production, Nissan says. But for now it’s a one-off  project on display at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) running Friday through Sunday, April 23. As if the Rogue needs ...

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Mirai, the infamous IoT botnet, now forces ‘smart’ appliances to mine Bitcoin

Earlier this year, I declared the Internet of Things had officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of a new smart toaster being shown at CES. I should have known better. What’s even more useless than a smart toaster? A smart toaster that’s been hacked to mine Bitcoin. It’s a concept as incomprehensible as it is stupid. Seven years ago, mining Bitcoins on CPUs was Totally A Thing people did. Six years ago, GPUs like AMD’s HD 5000 series were tearing up the hash charts. Four to five years ago, you could still ...

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New composite image shows auroras on Uranus

The gas giants Jupiter and Saturn have garnered more attention over the years because they’re closer, and let’s face it, they look cool. Uranus is easy to overlook out there in the outer solar system, but there are some newly released images from NASA and the ESA that might make you notice it again. The images are a composite of data from Hubble and the Voyager 2 probe showing aurora activity in the planet’s atmosphere. Uranus is the third largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter and Saturn. It’s ...

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Best drone picks for every budget

Drones come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can get a nanocopter for a few bucks, or an industrial-strength rig for thousands. We’ve picked out what we think are some of the best options for a variety of budgets and applications. Aside from the sheer fun of hobby flying, photography (and videography) are the most popular application of drones, so we have several of those among our picks. In the commercial market, site surveys, industrial inspections, and architectural research and planning ...

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Astronomers spot a massive explosion from the collision of two stars

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex is a group of nebulae and stellar nurseries positioned some 1,500 light years away from Earth. This is a place where new stars are born, but also apparently where they meet an early end. New observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile reveal a giant fireworks display in Orion Molecular Cloud 1 (OMC-1) that was caused by two young stars colliding. The ALMA data was processed and released by scientists working with the National Radio Observatory (NRO). The NRO timeline for the ...

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AMD’s Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X reviewed: Taking the fight against Intel to the midrange market

Roughly five weeks ago, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 processor family. While the new chips are extremely powerful, they’re not particularly cheap. Today, AMD released its new Ryzen 5 midrange CPU family, aimed squarely at Intel’s desktop Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. Can AMD pull a win out of its hat two months in a row? AMD is launching multiple Ryzen 5 processors today, from the Ryzen 5 1400 (quad-core, SMT, 3.2GHz base, 3.4GHz turbo) to the Ryzen 5 1600X (six-core, SMT, 3.6GHz base, 4GHz turbo). We have two ...

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AMD buys into wireless VR: Is it the start of something bigger?

It’s no secret AMD has had its struggles in both the CPU and GPU markets, and has been left behind by Nvidia when it comes to the booming area of GPGPU (General Purpose computing on GPUs). AMD is aiming to change things up by focusing heavily on the emerging VR and AR markets. It has been working hard over the last several years to become a dominant supplier of GPUs for use in VR and AR, including sponsoring device companies like SulonQ and even VR-based internet cafes. Now, it has acquired ...

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Super Cruise: Will Cadillac’s self-driving car be better than Tesla?

Cadillac announced on Monday delivery plans for its Super Cruise autonomous driving technology. The company said Super Cruise will be the safest self-driving technology on the highway because of extensive features that make sure the driver doesn’t forget about driving the car. That is Cadillac’s barely veiled poke at Tesla Autopilot, which has given the driver considerable leeway in keeping his or her hands on, or off, the wheel. Cadillac calls Super Cruise “the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway.” Super Cruise is due first on the Cadillac ...

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Nvidia claims Pascal GPUs would challenge Google’s TensorFlow TPU in updated benchmarks

Last week, we covered Google’s internal benchmarks of its own TPU, or tensor processing unit. Google’s results revealed that the TPU is much faster than a conventional GPU for processing inference workloads, at a fraction of the power consumption. While machine learning still takes place on GPUs, Google’s TPU results are a significant leap forward for inference processing — and Nvidia, as one might expect, has its own take on those numbers. According to a new blog post published by Nvidia, the comparison would’ve been quite different if Google had used ...

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Uber sued for shortchanging drivers with new upfront pricing system

Uber rolled out its new upfront pricing scheme a few months ago, and it has proven popular with riders. Drivers have been expressing skepticism about the numbers on their end, and now there’s a lawsuit alleging Uber has used the new cost structure to rip off its drivers. The proposed class action lawsuit claims that Uber regularly shows higher fares to riders than it does to drivers. Uber then apparently pockets the difference in addition to taking its usual cut from the driver. Before upfront pricing was rolled out last ...

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