Cars are the new hot spot for companies to sell you things

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When everyone’s a passenger instead of a driver, the car experience really starts to change.

As we take more and more Lyft and Uber rides — and eventually once autonomous cars drive us around — the purpose of the car will transform. The space once centered on getting us from point A to point B is already becoming yet another portal to sell us stuff.

Services like Cargo and Vendy bring products like gum or earbuds into cars tied to ride-hailing services so you can have them there and then. It’s a vending machine in the age of ride-hailing apps. Uber has already exclusively partnered with Cargo as a side hustle for drivers. Grab in Singapore similarly has partnered with the in-car commerce startup with a captive customer base in the back seat. Read more…

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Cat S61 review: Tough as nails but not for everyone

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Cat S61
$1,022
The Good

Lots of unique features • Durable to very high specifications • Different than anything else on the market

The Bad

Buggy software • Mediocre specs • especially considering the price

The Bottom Line

The Cat S61 is an interesting phone, which is a label that doesn’t fit too many phones these days. However, the software needs work, and the price tag is too high for what it offers.

Mashable Score3.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve2.0
Performance3.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

Here’s a quick test to see whether you need a phone like the Cat S61: Do you work in construction? Do you often repair stuff around the house? Do you drop your phone once a week or more? Do you use your phone in very inhospitable conditions, such as extreme cold or wet places? Read more…

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Save $60 on this device that's seven chargers in one

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Between your tablet, e-reader, smartphone, and every other smart gadget on the market, you have a lot of devices you use on a daily basis. The problem is, you only have a limited number of outlets and USB ports and don’t have enough time to charge each item one by one. It’s even worse when you live with someone who has just as many — if not, more — gadget as you.

Turns out, all you really need is Okra’s Desktop Universal Charging Station. 

There are a lot of chargers out there, but this might be one of the smartest designs to date. Okra’s charger sits nicely on your desk or kitchen counter and can charge up to seven — count ‘em, seven — gadgets simultaneously.  Read more…

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Learn to build your own video games with this set of Unity development online courses

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It can be overwhelming for a newbie who has never dealt with code before to dive into game development head first, but the Complete Unity Game Developer Bundle (on sale for only $39) is beginner friendly and will guide you through game creation from start to finish.

Across seven courses and over 200 lessons, you’ll get to explore the different facets of making a game, beginning with animation and ending with monetization. You’ll learn procedural content generation, in which you’ll study how to automate building in-game elements, and immerse yourself in Cinemachine, a Unity-exclusive tool where you can produce cinematic content that drives your game’s story. You’ll also get up to speed with the C# language, which you can later apply in developing mobile games. And you’ll learn how to create self-destructing AdMob banner ads so you can make dolla dolla billz with your games. Read more…

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Here's why the feds are freaked out about a drone attack

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U.S. officials sent out a warning after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was attacked with explosive drones in a failed assassination attempt.

The Aug. 4 attack targeted Maduro while he was giving a speech in Caracas. He was unharmed but seven soldiers were hurt. It raised concerns worldwide that commercial drones could be used to harm people. 

ABC News obtained a bulletin from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and National Counterterrorism Center officials detailing that concern. The bulletin was issued earlier this week.  Read more…

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Netflix is testing ads and people are freaking out

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Say it ain’t so. 

The company that almost single-handedly introduced us to binging video has apparently gone decidedly old-school with the latest innovation being tested on its platform. That’s right, Netflix is running commercials. 

So reports Cord Cutter News, which notes that the streaming giant is showing some subscribers ads for other video content between shows. 

We reached out to Netflix in an attempt to determine just how many users are affected and other details about this brazen attempt to mess with our streaming bliss, but received no response as of press time. However, the company did confirm the news in a statement provided to Cord Cutter News.  Read more…

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