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This motion capture system for cars lets a vehicle morph in real time
The end result is a vehicle on the road that can be transformed through effects into any model of any car. You can even edit features of the digital vehicle, like changing the color or swapping out an entirely different make, from a phone. It lets you look through the viewfinder of a Tango-equipped smartphone camera to see and tinker with a life-size version of the car.
Toyota adds most fuel-efficient Prius
Prius Prime drivers can travel for about 25 miles on electric power only and at speeds up to 84 miles per hour. That's before figuring in a federal government tax credit of $4,502 that's available for buyers of the Prius Prime. The Prius Prime is Toyota's latest effort to energize Prius sales, which declined 26 percent last year to 136,632. Toyota sold a plug-in version of the Prius in the US from the 2012 to 2015 model years.
Car parts maker says scam got tax info for 2,400 workers
A Swiss company said Wednesday income tax information was stolen for about 2,400 workers in the United States, putting them at risk of identity theft just as many are awaiting tax refunds. Autoneum North America Inc said the data included 2016 W-2 salary and tax information as well as the current and former workers' names, addresses and Social Security numbers. A Bloomsburg plant employee, Donna Artley, told the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise she believes the data breach helped someone apply for her tax refund.
Ultra Street Fighter II will cost $40 on the Switch, and that's ridiculous
The original Street Fighter II was released in arcades in 1991. Simply put, to charge $40 for a reissue of a decades-old title is absurd. All of which is to say, Street Fighter II is not a new game. The Switch needs games to succeed. Passing off remakes with a few new features of classic titles and gauging prices is not the solution.
Prisma will let you create your own artistic filters in the future
Prisma, makers of the deep learning-powered image app of the same name, is finally letting users create their own filters. Today, the company launched a new web application that lets people upload a sample image and create a Prisma filter based on its characteristics. At the moment, Prisma is only inviting the most active users to try it out, but says it'll be opening it up to more people in the future, and porting it over to mobile too.
Shoes That Order Pizza For You? Thank You, Future!
How about shoes that order your pizza for you. This cheesy technological advancement is being delivered by Pizza Hut in the form of a new type of sneaker called the Pie Tops. This allows them to instantly submit a pizza order wherever they are standing or sitting -- just by pressing the tongue of their shoe, according to a press release.
Should you buy the Snap IPO?
CLOSE Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, plans to go public with an IPO. Interest in the parent of Snapchat (SNAP) is high on Main Street, according to commission-free trading app Robinhood. Buying into a high-profile Internet IPO can be an alluring but dicey proposition for mom-and-pop investors. Snap is also growing quickly, generating revenue last year of $404.5 million, more than six times what it generated in 2015.
Google 'Playables' will let you try games before you buy
Game developers who sell their games through Google's app store will soon be able to give players a taste test of their products. The company announced Playables at GDC 2017, an ad format that acts as mini-games or teasers of gameplay. There's a clear benefit for players, who can try out a game before they throw down money. Now, the process is much more nuanced than that, Hsiao said, as players are more likely to search for specific games.
Microsoft is making it easy to stop Windows 10 rebooting your PC randomly for updates
Microsoft is unveiling some changes to the way Windows Updates are applied to Windows 10 PCs with the upcoming Creators Update. The software giant has long been criticized by Windows 10 users for its aggressive approach to applying updates, and it's introducing some new options to prevent annoying reboots. What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates, admits John Cable, Microsoft's Windows director of program management.
Snap already seems to be running on old ideas
It's unclear whether Snap intentionally leaked these stories or if reporters dug the scoops up themselves, but in either case, the rumors don't create solid backing for Snap's IPO case. Just look at what happened to GoPro when it tried to launch the Karma, or 3D Robotics' entire company. While yes, Snap only explored building a 360-degree camera, the idea doesn't speak highly of its team's brainstorm sessions.
Sony's new flagship phone belongs in a museum
Ergo, Sony no longer gives a fuck and has decided to just go out in a blaze of glory. It has a Snapdragon 835 processor that will help it churn out 4K video with the added bonus of HDR. At a time when every other phone maker is zigging toward negligible screen bezels and efficient single-handed design, Sony is unapologetically zagging toward crazy specs in a chunky phone with hardware capabilities from the future.
Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys
When shoppers order from a website, the thinking is that they aren't as susceptible to tossing extra goodies into their carts. That's what candy maker Mars says it did in China, under a partnership with online retail giant Alibaba that helped it sell more gum. Mars said the array of impulse products presented to each shopper was determined by an algorithm, which drew from about 500 options. Last year, Hershey also started offering dessert recipes featuring its chocolates through online meal-kit company Chef'd.
Spotify is preparing to launch a Hi-Fi music tier
Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless audio version of its streaming service, according to multiple sources. The offering, which is currently called Spotify Hi-Fi, will offer lossless CD-quality audio to users - similar to what Tidal offers in its Hi-Fi service. If Spotify has any luck converting a portion of its 40 million paying customers, the additional revenue could finally push the company into profitability.
The Nintendo Switch indie strategy: release new games every week
According to Nintendo representatives at GDC 2017, once a game is greenlit for release on Switch, the publishing process has been smoothed. Nintendo claims over 60 indie titles will be coming to Switch, many in the coming months. While it's launching with few games alongside the Switch, Nintendo representatives confirmed the system will see the release of new games every week. One of those new games will be SteamWorld Dig 2, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed indie title.
Watch the first trailer for Mindhunter, David Fincher's new serial killer series on Netflix
David Fincher helped launch Netflix's House of Cards in 2013. Now, the director is back with a new series called Mindhunter, about a pair of FBI agents who interview imprisoned serial killers to solve unsolved cases. Anna Torv (Fringe) and Coter Smith (X2) also star. Fincher will produce the series along with Charlize Theron, and will direct three of the episodes. Mindhunter will debut on Netflix in October.
Robots and drones map site of former leprosy colony
A team of architectural and robotic researchers are using drones and specialised robots to map former leprosy colony. Between 1907 and 1959 Peel Island, off the coast of Brisbane, Australia, was a quarantined hospital for people with leprosy - many lived in very poor conditions. Today the island is heritage listed and a draw for tourists, but many of the old buildings are in disrepair and are too dangerous structurally for people to enter.
The Decibel is a modular speaker for people who hate buying new speakers
It's been a few months since Google's Project Ara was canceled, but the dream of modular technology is still alive and well. Decibel is an Indiegogo project from The Module Project that claims to be the last speaker you'll ever buy. It's designed to be completely modular, allowing for users to easily upgrade, replace, and recycle individual parts as time goes on. Adding to that uncertainty is that The Module Project is a new company that's crowdfunding the Decibel as its first product.
The Best Apps And Products To Break Your Procrastination Habit
We rounded up several apps and products that were created for the sole purpose of helping you focus on your work. If you want to type away on a computer screen free of distractions then Focuswriter might be the program for you. Writeroom, which works for Mac, is another great option for writers who seek to type without a computer screen's extra clutter.
Snap Nears a Debut That Could Lift Market for New Tech Stocks
Strong demand is expected for the market debut of Snap Inc., whose initial public offering will be priced later on Wednesday. Snap's offering will be one of the biggest and highest-profile market debuts of recent years, raising billions of dollars, giving lift to a moribund market in new stocks and minting paper wealth for its top investors. In going public, Snap has leapt ahead of other technology darlings like Uber, Airbnb and the data-analysis provider Palantir.
FCC Chairman takes a swing at net neutrality
President Trump's new Federal Communications Commission chairman is adamant on jettisoning Obama administration net neutrality regulations, especially as the industry moves toward next generation 5G networks. What he clearly thinks doesn't work are the net neutrality regulations that aim to level the playing field for Internet traffic. Content companies such as Netflix and Google were in favor of the FCC using its power to protect an open Internet.

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