Many consumers are skeptical about Amazon Go — first-day lines aside (AMZN)

Amazon Go could be model for future retail stores. The new convenience store concept from e-commerce giant Amazon relies on cameras and sensors to detect when you enter and leave and what items you grab from shelves. Instead of checking out, you get automatically billed for items as you pass through a special turnstile when you exit the store. Thanks to those features, Amazon is promising that customers will be able to get in and out much more quickly than at a traditional outlet. The folks who lined up outside the first Amazon Go store on Monday in Seattle were obviously excited to take a step into the future of… Read More

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The best motherboard 2018: the top Intel and AMD motherboards we’ve seen

If there is one component that is more important than any other in even the best computers, it’s the motherboard. Not only do the best motherboards essentially serve as the backbone of the entire system, but without a motherboard, a PC couldn’t even function. But that’s not all, the best motherboards are also filled to the brim with all of the features and technology at the forefront of the PC world, and this technology will help you squeeze out even more performance from your hardware. There are even some motherboards that will give you more leeway for overclocking your CPU. It’s critically important then, to make sure that you get… Read More

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Android 8.1 update lets you check the speed of public Wi-Fi networks

One of the niftiest small features that Google announced it was stuffing into Android 8.1 Oreo is the ability to see the speed of a public Wi-Fi signal before you join it. Today, after a bit of a delay, that feature finally started rolling out to users. After updating, Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant will tell you if a signal is Very Fast, Fast, OK or Slow the next time you try to join a public Wi-Fi channel. With “Very Fast,” you should be able to watch high-definition video from the likes of HBO Now and Netflix; and with “OK,” you should be able to do relatively simple internet tasks along the… Read More

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You can visit the Pentagon’s secret nuclear bunker inside Minecraft

Even if the populations of the US or Russia are annihilated in a nuclear apocalypse, the governments responsible for the devastation plan to fight on from vast, underground bunkers. Now, the public can peer inside the secretive complexes thanks to the efforts of arms control analysts who reconstructed these bunkers inside Minecraft. The mistaken missile alert that sent people scurrying for cover in Hawaii last week revealed just how poorly prepared the US government is to protect the public during a nuclear attack. The government’s plans for protecting itself from a rain of thermonuclear fire are much more detailed. Using satellite images, declassified information, and a good amount of guesswork,… Read More

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A video appears to show Tesla’s new Semi already cruising on public roads (TSLA)

A video showing what may be a prototype of Tesla’s electric semi-truck, the Semi, was uploaded to YouTube on January 17. The seven-second clip shows the truck driving down a residential street in California between the company’s factory and headquarters. The truck will be a significant test of Tesla’s production capabilities. While Tesla isn’t expected to start producing its electric semi-truck, the Semi, until 2019, a video showing what may be a prototype of the truck was uploaded to YouTube on January 17. The seven-second clip shows the truck driving down a residential street in Sunnyvale, California, which is located between the company’s factory in Fremont and its Palo Alto… Read More

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