Volkswagen reaches $14.7 billion Dieselgate settlement for US owners

As expected, Volkswagen has reached a deal this week with US regulators to compensate owners of vehicles affected by its massive diesel emissions cheating scandal — a systematic global deception of customers and regulators that resulted in millions of vehicles being sold globally that produce unexpectedly high levels of pollutants. Details of …

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Ford dealership steals art from indie game Firewatch

A Ford dealership in Quincy, MA spent all day being bombarded with inquiries from video game journalists after blatantly ripping off art from indie game Firewatch. The title, developed by San Francisco-based studio Campo Santo, is set in the Wyoming wilderness and uses a heavily stylized visual aesthetic courtesy of graphic …

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Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for forcing Windows 10 installation

A lot of people have complained about Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 installation strategy. One person has actually gotten some resolution: according to The Seattle Times, Microsoft is paying $10,000 to Teri Goldstein, who runs a travel agency in California, over an automatic Windows 10 installation. Goldstein claims that Windows 10 installed itself on …

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The recalled Jeep shifter is just bad user interface design

The recalled Jeep shifter that may have been involved in Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s death is a straightforward example of how things get harder to use when you take controls out of hardware and put them into software. It’s a UI problem, and an entirely avoidable one. First things first: …

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Dogs can smell low blood sugar in people with diabetes

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered one more reason why dogs are great: their superior sense of smell is inspiring advancements in the medical field. In a study published today in Diabetes Care, the researchers determined that during a hypoglycemic attack in people with Type I diabetes, the amount …

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Microsoft is shutting down Xbox Fitness

Xbox One owners are going to have to find another tool for working out in front of the TV: today Microsoft announced plans to shut down its Xbox Fitness service. Xbox Fitness launched more than two years ago, and since then has received a steady stream of updates, something Microsoft …

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Google updates Maps and Earth apps with super sharp satellite imagery

Google has updated its mapping applications with new, higher-resolution imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite, the company announced today. That means Google Maps and Google Earth now contain far sharper and more detailed photographs, which Google used to update its cloud-free mosaic of the planet. By stitching together selective portions of …

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