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UPS Announces Plan To Train Drivers Using Virtual Reality

UPS announced Tuesday its plans to incorporate virtual reality (VR) technology into its training program for new drivers, according to CNN. New drivers will reportedly not be allowed to step foot behind the wheel until they can successfully pass. VR will help to provide drivers with a more realistic training experience by allowing trainees the ability to drive the company’s 10,000-pound truck through advanced technology. Trainees will understand how to maneuver in UPS trucks on city streets as they learn how to spot road hazards. The tests are slated to last roughly three to six minutes….

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Airbnb Announces Permanent Ban On White Supremacists

Airbnb announced Tuesday its decision to place a permanent ban on white supremacists from booking lodging through its services, according to The Independent.  Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk confirmed the new policy in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Blecharczyk’s announcement comes on the heels of the violent protests that broke out among alt-right supporters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The co-founder asserted that his company will cancel reservations after he was alerted to a large gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville.  Blecharczyk told Bloomberg TV that the “hate displayed this week has…

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Android 

Qualcomm announces new depth-sensing technology for Android cameras

Second generation Spectra Module Program brings 3D depth-sensing and improved biometric authentication to Android devices. Qualcomm introduced the Spectra ISP powered Clear Sight dual-camera system in 2016 with the promise of “astonishing results that mimic human vision.” Today it is upping the ante with the second generation Spectra Module Program that brings 3D computer vision to Android products using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Platform. That’s the sort of news that gets futurists and engineers excited, but everyone benefits here, and not in a small way. What Qualcomm is promising amounts to…

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Facebook announces ‘Watch’ video streaming platform, going head-to-head with YouTube

There will soon be one more streaming option for consumers. Facebook is already on a lot of folks’ daily internet stops to get their fill of memes and cat photos for the day. Soon, there will be one more reason to stop in. The company announced its Watch platform, and is hopeful that a staple of original programming will entice viewers. The programming will be available to view on mobile devices, desktop and laptops and smart TVs — though Facebook didn’t specify platforms at launch. Like YouTube, users can subscribe…

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Android 

Anker announces Alexa speaker with one neat trick

Similar to the Echo Dot, but less expensive. Anker is well known for providing quality accessories at a fair price, primarily through its Amazon storefront. That relationship with Amazon grows deeper today with Anker’s announcement of the Eufy Genie smart speaker. The Eufy Genie functions similarly to Amazon’s Echo Dot, but is $15 cheaper. The Eufy Genie includes the ability to listen for Alexa commands and outputting audio to larger speakers or playing back audio through its own speakers. Anker also says it will also release an upgraded version of…

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