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Uber to Launch Self-Driving Car Fleet in Pittsburgh This Month Uber to Launch Self-Driving Car Fleet in Pittsburgh This Month
- August 19, 2016

Volvo and Uber are aiming to develop a "fully autonomous" vehicle by 2021, according to Bloomberg . Uber announced a $300 million deal for Volvo to provide SUVs to Uber for autonomous vehicle research. Google wants in the ride-sharing market, too, and that's a big threat to Uber's business plans. The ride-sharing service announced it's rolling out a fleet of autonomous vehicles for its passengers by the end of the month. (more...)
Ireland's Thomas Barr sets national record in Rio's 400m hurdles final Ireland's Thomas Barr sets national record in Rio's 400m hurdles final
- August 19, 2016

Two silver medals won on water have helped ease the pain, while the sight of a hard-done-by Michael Conlan hoisting his middle finger in the direction of a panel of ringside judges has elevated the boxer to national treasure status. Speaking on RTÉ in reaction to the race's outcome, former athlete Derval O'Rourke called it the "best sprint performance we've ever had in history of athletics". (more...)
Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte made up robbery story, Brazilian police official says Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte made up robbery story, Brazilian police official says
- August 19, 2016

US Olympic swimmers James Feigen , Ryan Lochte , Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger . The judge noted that Lochte had said a single robber approached the athletes and demanded all their money ($400), while Feigen's statement said a number of robbers targeted the athletes but only one was armed. (more...)
New Species of Dolphin Discovered by Smithsonian Scientists New Species of Dolphin Discovered by Smithsonian Scientists
- August 19, 2016

Paleontologists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History found something extraordinary among the items of their own collection: a dolphin fossil revealing a new species , never identified before. The dolphin fossil is actually the skull, and it was first found by geologist Donald J. Miller in Alaska, in 1951. This clarified that the fossil was of one of the most ancient dolphins belonging to 29-24 million years ago and has been named the dolphin Arktocara yakataga . (more...)
Mobile to offer one, unlimited data plan to customers
- August 19, 2016

So, here's an example: two lines on One cost $120 with unlimited data (and autopay). Sprint users will also take a hit in the streaming department as it "optimizes" your video streams by limiting them to 480p. "I declare that the era of a data plan is over", Legere said in a video announcing the news. In a related move, Sprint is making a few adjustments to its plans. (more...)
Android 7.0 Nougat release date pegged at August 22nd Android 7.0 Nougat release date pegged at August 22nd
- August 19, 2016

Now multiple sources are indicating that launch day is Monday, August 22nd. Let's hope that LG will move fast, and that they will roll out the new Android OS upgrade in the month following the official launch of Nougat OS for Nexus devices, so that all the other LG G5 users won't have to wait until next year to test all the new cool features. (more...)
Trump Seeks Volunteer Trump Seeks Volunteer "Observers" To Stop Clinton From "Rigging" The Election
- August 19, 2016

Trump pointed out that he's had huge turnout for rallies in the state as evidence of what he says is overwhelming support. "I've never seen this kind of quandary for candidates", said Franklin & Marshall College government professor Stephen Medvic. (more...)
We suspended 360K accounts over 'violent extremism' We suspended 360K accounts over 'violent extremism'
- August 19, 2016

Now, the total number of accounts they've suspended is 360,000 in roughly the previous year. "We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence or terrorism on our platform", Twitter execs said. "It won't be easy or quick, but make no mistake - we will prevail", Clinton said. The is the latest move by the tech giant since it started cracking down on social media abuse by terrorist members and sympathizers past year. (more...)
Furious California wildfire leaves trail of destruction
- August 19, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County, but there is no relief in sight. "In my 40 years of fighting fire , I've never seen fire behavior so extreme as it was yesterday", Michael Wakoski, the incident commander on the fire, said Wednesday. (more...)
Duckworth takes on Trump, Republican Party at Illinois fair Duckworth takes on Trump, Republican Party at Illinois fair
- August 19, 2016

The Democrats contrasted their event Thursday to the Republican County Chairman's Breakfast Wednesday. He says he was disappointed at the lack of focus on Trump. She is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's openly disavowing him and Rauner's steadfast refusal to say whether he'll support the outspoken NY real estate developer. (more...)
Vulnerable Children's Minister Anne Tolley: 'I'll call it, 'my ministry' Vulnerable Children's Minister Anne Tolley: 'I'll call it, 'my ministry'
- August 19, 2016

It is how this ministry performs, rather than its name, which will make a difference for vulnerable young people", said Tolley, who will also become the first Minister for Vulnerable Children. Ms Pilott said the social services sector had been in a state of flux since Child Youth and Family went under review, and she said the timing of the new ministry would not help. (more...)
The Vote on the Future of a Native Alaskan Community The Vote on the Future of a Native Alaskan Community
- August 19, 2016

Should they stay, or should they go? The vote is essentially advisory because either scenario would cost millions - money the impoverished community of almost 600 people doesn't have. It is also costly: estimates put the price of relocation at $80 million to $200 million, while it would be approximately $27 million for the short-term solution of rebuilding infrastructure on the island. (more...)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided won't have DX12 at launch Deus Ex: Mankind Divided won't have DX12 at launch
- August 19, 2016

Catch him again when " Deus Ex: Mankind Divided " releases next week Tuesday, August 23. Those who pre-order now can still get access to the Day One Edition which features an extra in-game mission, weapon packs. "Contrary to our previous announcement, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided , which is shipping on August 23rd , will unfortunately not support DirectX 12 at launch". (more...)
'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs 'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs
- August 19, 2016

They studied 61 pairs of zebra finches and their offspring for two years, starting from breeding time. This short timeframe is when the embryos grow to fill most of the egg and can hear outside sounds through the shell, including calls from their parents. (more...)
Astronomers capture the insane explosion of a white dwarf star Astronomers capture the insane explosion of a white dwarf star
- August 19, 2016

The nova occurs when a white dwarf stars gains matter from the other star over a period of time. During the lengthy wait between explosions, the system goes nearly completely dark and the white dwarf stops stealing gas altogether. Theorists think that the system does not just go back to square one. The most spectacular eruptions, with a ten-thousandfold increase in brightness, occur in classical novae and are caused by a thermonuclear runaway on the surface of the white dwarf. (more...)
Volvo teams up with Uber to produce driverless cars Volvo teams up with Uber to produce driverless cars
- August 19, 2016

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick told Bloomberg Businessweek that customers in downtown Pittsburgh will be able to summon self-driving cars from their phones for the first time. "When there's no other dude in the auto, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle". Self-driving technology is not ready for the masses. (more...)
Twitter Finally Introduces Harassment Filters for Everyone Twitter Finally Introduces Harassment Filters for Everyone
- August 19, 2016

Twitter's other big move is a quality filter to better evaluate what tweets show up in your notifications tab. It is created to improve the kind of content you'll see in notifications by automatically filtering out tweets based on an account's origin, its actions, and whether it is spam. (more...)
Lillie Lexie Gregg to enter Celebrity Big Brother house? Lillie Lexie Gregg to enter Celebrity Big Brother house?
- August 19, 2016

This came after Samantha, 50, was left fuming over being put up for eviction this week, with her rage particularly aimed at Bear, who nominated her. 'The embarrassment and humiliation I've had... Guess we'll have to call him Polar Bear from now on. 'She's really proud of Marnie, she loves her to pieces, they're family - but she's not been as impressed with some of the other stars in there. (more...)
US routs Argentina 105-78, moves into men's basketball semis US routs Argentina 105-78, moves into men's basketball semis
- August 19, 2016

It is not as stark against Spain as it is against other teams, though, and that is particularly true when it comes to depth. Some Brazilian police were on hand to keep the fans back, but some were there like everybody else: to get as close to super stardom as possible. (more...)
Oil prices rise on U.S. inventory drawdown
- August 19, 2016

Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday as the weekly USA inventories report showed significant declines in stockpiles of both crude and gasoline. However, for the first 5 months of 2016, US crude oil was exported to 16 different countries , six more than in 2015 and double the number of destinations in 2014. (more...)

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