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Best wireless headphones for making calls - CNET - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
The microphone and communications features are better on some wireless headphones than others. Here are some our current favorites for making cell-phone calls.

We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us

Ars Technica - 1 hour 31 min ago

Enlarge / Waymo signage is displayed on the open door of a Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, on Monday, July 30, 2018. (credit: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

For the last 18 months, Waymo vehicles have been ferrying passengers around the southeast corner of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company has tightly controlled information about the project by contractually prohibiting passengers from discussing the experience.

That was supposed to change last week when Waymo officially launched its commercial service, Waymo One. The company said it would lift its nondisclosure requirement for at least some passengers, allowing them to talk to the press about what it's like to be an ordinary passenger in a Waymo car.

For the last week, reporters like me have been scouring the Internet to find Waymo One customers we can talk to—and coming up empty. Waymo One may have officially launched, but the program was still limited to people who were previously part of Waymo's earlier testing program. And so far none of these people had come forward to talk about the experience publicly.

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Some Facebook fact-checkers aren't sure if their efforts are working - CNET - News - 1 hour 31 min ago
One former fact-checker told The Guardian that the tech firm used people in her position for "crisis PR." Facebook has pushed back against the report.

Best Buy announces "Nick of Time" sale for last minute deals on gadgets - CNET - News - 1 hour 35 min ago
Best Buy promises deals on iPhones, MacBooks, Samsung TVs and Beats headphones.

Robot with a neck? High-tech bot turns out to be guy in a costume - CNET - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
A robot who appeared at a Russian technology forum has a (flesh and blood) leg up when it comes to realism.

Get Full Throttle Remastered and Lego The Hobbit free! - CNET - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
These games would normally cost you $35. What's the catch? Sorry, no catch!

Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new Austin office

Ars Technica - 1 hour 52 min ago

Enlarge / Apple's existing campus in Austin, Texas. (credit: Apple)

Earlier this year, Apple announced it would launch a major new campus in the US, its second largest behind the Cupertino headquarters. Now we know where.

Apple announced this morning that it will spend $1 billion to open a new campus in the southern tech hub of Austin, Texas, and that it will open new offices and add 1,000 new jobs each to San Diego, Seattle, and Culver City, California, which is a municipality in the heart of Los Angeles. Further expansion is also planned in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Boulder, and Portland. It also plans to invest $4.5 billion in data centers like those in Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona this year and next.

The company has gone to great lengths to position this as part of a narrative about the vast number of people it currently employs and will employ in the future across the United States. Apple hopes this will counter criticisms about its manufacturing operations and partners in China. The industry giant says it is on track to create 20,000 new jobs in the US by 2023. It also plans to spend $30 billion on new facilities by that date. Apple currently employs about 90,000 people in the US.

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Google vows not to sell its facial recognition technology for now - CNET - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
The search giant says it needs to work through “important technology and policy questions” first.

The Galaxy S10 looks like this, according to leaks and renders - CNET - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
Half the fun is guessing the Galaxy S10's flagship design.

From HQ2 to Trump, Amazon to face a lot of challenges in 2019 (The 3:59, Ep. 504) - CNET - News - 1 hour 58 min ago
Plus, Apple is building its own HQ2, in Austin, Texas.

Lincoln Continental might soon rock suicide doors, new teaser hints - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 15 sec ago
It's a solid nod to history while also being something relatively unusual in 2018.

The 15 best 2018 phones to give as gifts - CNET - News - 2 hours 47 sec ago
The bonanza of quality phones resulted in some serious gems. We help you sort out the best budget, midprice and high-end handsets.

Google Assistant learns how to speak Australian - CNET - News - 2 hours 6 min ago
Your Google Home can now speak with a British or Australian accent.

NASA spots Mars InSight lander from space - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the newest machine on Mars. You can even see the solar panels.

Microsoft is putting together a Microsoft 365 subscription for home users

Ars Technica - 2 hours 15 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Patty's Photos / Flickr)

Microsoft has had success in the enterprise space with its Microsoft 365 subscription, which bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and remote management with Enterprise Mobility + Security. Its home-oriented Office 365 subscriptions have also been growing steadily, with 32.5 million subscriptions as of the company's most recent financial reports. And now Microsoft is planning to bring these things together with a Microsoft 365 subscription aimed at non-corporate users, reports Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft 365 Consumer would be a subscription bundle with a consumer focus. Foley notes that there have been job advertisements alluding to such a product, and the move would seem to be consistent with the company's plan to re-engage with consumers. At its Inspire partner event earlier this year, the company said that it wanted to target "professional consumers" by offering software and services to enhance their "Modern Life and Devices." The meaning of this is not entirely clear, but it seems to mean that the company will continue to make its services work better wherever you use them (greater support for iOS and Android phones). Syncing and replication will ensure that your work and current context moves seamlessly between devices.

Less clear is what a Microsoft 365 Consumer bundle would actually include. Office 365 is an obvious component; it's already being sold to consumers, and it remains the heart of Microsoft's productivity vision. But beyond that? Windows 10 is, for home users, functionally free already. There have long been fears/rumors/speculation that Microsoft will move to a monthly Windows subscription model for consumers, but there are no signs that this is happening. Given the way Windows 10 has been positioned—the "last version" of Windows that will be updated and upgraded indefinitely—it's hard to imagine it ever happening.

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Audi will turn a car into a literal movie theater at CES 2019 - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 26 min ago
It's not like you'll have anything better to do when cars start driving themselves.

Once Upon A Deadpool's $1M opening proves even rereleases can be fun - CNET - News - 2 hours 27 min ago
The third Deadpool release this year removes the swear words and adds Fred Savage. And he's the real star.

Vitamin Water will pay you big bucks to give up your phone for a year - CNET - News - 2 hours 37 min ago
We'll find out if $100,000 and a lie-detector test can keep one person from touching any smartphone for 12 months.

Best Christmas 2018 drone deals: $100 off DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom, $600 Parrot Anafi, $79 Ryze Tello and more - CNET - News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Pick up a GPS-enabled camera drone for less than $70 or a great selfie drone for $80.

iPhone XS specs vs. XS Max, XR, X: What's the same and different - CNET - News - 2 hours 46 min ago
See how Apple's new 2018 iPhones compare with last year's iPhone X, spec by spec.

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