Volvo's new S90 and V90 R-Design models are both luxurious and sporty

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Volvo, you’re killing me with these new cars. They’re stunning.

Volvo Cars revealed two new models Wednesday morning: The V90 R-Design and the S90 R-Design. These, if you couldn’t tell by the new suffix and lines of the cars are the sporty versions of the brand’s full size sedan and wagon.

Thankfully, the cars have more than just special matte black, diamond-cut five-spoke wheels and extra athletic trim bolted up. Volvo engineers improved the chassis tuning as well. In fact Volvo calls the R-Design V90 and S90 chassis an “advanced sport chassis” and brags that it “delivers an energetic, road-hugging drive.” Read more…

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Court grapples to define 'online location' in Australia's first site blocking case

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Sites like Pirate Bay are one step closer to being blocked in Australia, just as soon as anyone can figure out the meaning of “online location.”

In Sydney Thursday, the court heard arguments from Foxtel and Roadshow as part of their bid to have Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt blocked for Australian Internet users. It’s the first test of Australia’s new site blocking law, which was passed in 2015.

The law allows copyright holders to seek an injunction in Federal Court that forces Australian Internet service providers (ISPs) to block foreign websites that facilitate copyright infringement. Read more…

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Samsung's new Notebook 7 Spin is a tablet and laptop

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Lenovo had it right from the start — and Samsung wants a piece of the action.

For years now, Lenovo’s Yoga 2-in-1 laptops have attracted customers with screens that can flipped all the way back to become a tablet (and in between for tent and stand modes). 

Samsung’s latest Windows 10 laptops, the Notebook 7 Spin series, has a similar hinge that converts it into a tablet.

The Notebook 7 Spin is available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch screen models with full HD resolution with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video support.

Under the hood is Intel’s Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM (13-inch) or 12GB or 16GB of RAM (15-inch), and 1TB of hard drive storage. You can also configure the 15-inch model with 128GB of solid-state drive storage. Read more…

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Wow! Facebook Reactions are coming to virtual reality.

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Since buying the virtual reality company Oculus, maker of the Oculus Rift, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it very clear that the acquisition wasn’t simply an experiment, but an investment in the company’s future.

On Wednesday, Facebook doubled down on that sentiment by enhancing one of its central features. Now you can add Reactions (those animated emoji on Facebook) to Facebook 360 videos when using Gear VR.

In order to see or create the Reactions, users will need update their Oculus Video app and connect to their Facebook accounts. Sure, the update may seem like a small one, but after Likes, Reactions have become the coin of the realm when it comes to responding to posts, so expanding the reach of Reactions into VR could be important. Read more…

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Kid-friendly smart watch tells them when to brush their teeth, so you don't have to

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Getting a small child to brush their teeth can feel like hosting a nightly WWE wrestling match in your bathroom. But the new icon-based Octopus watch for kids ages 3 to 8 aims to help with this and other daily habits. 

The Octopus watch’s Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $231,000 in pledges — more than four times its $50,000 fundraising goal — which could indicate that at least a few parents are seeking help in the instilling-good-habits department. 

Actually the Octopus, designed by JOY, has three intended functions. It’s a watch, teaching kids to read time using both digital and analog faces. It’s a scheduler that parents can remote-program with pop-up icons to notify kids when it’s time for certain activities: basketball practice, bath time, feeding the cat. And it’s an assistant, providing tips, notes, and reminders for both kids and parents. Read more…

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