Texas Instruments aims to make car HUDs bigger and brighter

From CNET: If you get into a new Lincoln Continental or Navigator, its optional head-up display (HUD) may surprise you with its brightness, clarity and visibility through polarized glasses. Those qualities come courtesy of a fundamentally different technology than used by other automakers. Instead of an LCD image reflected onto the windshield, Lincoln uses a Digital Light Processing chip (DLP) from Texas Instruments, which actively projects its imagery to the windshield.

Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada

From The Verge: Amazon launched Prime Music and Alexa in Canada today, along with three devices that support the voice assistant: the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot. Amazon says Alexa will speak English with a Canadian accent and have local knowledge and local skills — Alexa's voice-activated apps — made by Canadian developers. Amazon anticipates 10,000 skills will be available for Canadian customers this year, including skills from Air Canada, CBC, the Weather Network, TD Bank, and Bank of Montreal.

Verizon: No 4G-Level Data Caps for 5G Home Service

From PC Mag: Verizon's upcoming 5G home internet service won't have the kinds of data limits you expect from current wireless services, the company said today.

Verizon has been trying out its new 5G home internet service for months. In a tour of its New Jersey lab, we got a closer look at the 5G antenna setup we saw at Mobile World Congress in February. It's a silver device the size of a paperback book, which connects to a Wi-Fi router with a display. You're supposed to put in a window facing Verizon's 5G service tower.

OnePlus backdoor means hackers could take over your phone

From CNET: Hackers who get hold of some OnePlus phones can get virtually unlimited access to their files and software through use of a testing tool called EngineerMode the company evidently left on the devices.

HTC reveals standalone Vive Focus VR headset and cancels Daydream plans

From The Verge: HTC has officially revealed the Vive Focus, its all-in-one VR headset. As previously announced, the Vive Focus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking. It should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset to see release, though HTC isn't saying exactly when it'll be available.

Firefox's big-bang update brings you speed and a new look

From CNET: Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox Quantum, and even if you long ago switched to Google Chrome, it's worth giving the browser upgrade a spin.

Why? First and foremost, version 57 of the open-source browser is faster -- twice the speed of Firefox 52 from March as measured by the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark. Mozilla knows Chrome won many of us over with performance, but after months testing it, I can affirm Firefox 57 delivers its promised big bang.

MMO Tera Disables In-Game Chat Due to Malware Threat

From PC Mag: Ask anyone to name a massively-multiplayer online game and chances are their response will be World of Warcraft. But there are many more MMOs out there that have been running for years and continue to attract millions of players. One of those games is Tera, developed by Bluehole Studio and published by En Masse Entertainment.

Qualcomm rejects $105 billion takeover bid from Broadcom

From CNET: Qualcomm to Broadcom: Take your billions and go homecomm.

The board of directors at Qualcomm, the world's largest maker of chips and processors for phones, unanimously rejected a massive unsolicited takeover bid from Broadcom, which makes chips for everything from cable modems to set-top boxes and digital video recorders.

Google’s Pixel Buds have started shipping

From The Verge: It might feel like Google is following Apple’s script right now: remove the headphone jack from your flagship phone, ship the phone with a depressingly bad dongle adapter, and announce a new pair of revolutionary Bluetooth headphones to divert the you-caused frustrations of your customers into additional retail transactions. But Google took things to a whole new level with the Pixel 2: it didn’t even include a cheap pair of USB-C headphones. For all I know, many Pixel 2 owners have never even heard music.

Facebook Takes on Yelp With Newly Rebranded 'Local' App

From PC Mag: Got no plans this Friday night? Facebook wants to help you find something to do.

The social network last year launched a standalone app called Events to help users discover activities — from festivals and 5Ks to neighborhood fairs and nightlife. Today, that app is getting some Yelp-like features and a new name: Facebook Local.

As TechCrunch pointed out, Events was never hugely popular with users: SensorTower data indicates it only received about 100,000 downloads. Facebook is likely hoping to have more success with Local.


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