Nissan and JAXA’s moon rover prototype is more than meets the eye

Nissan and JAXA’s moon rover prototype is more than meets the eye

Nissan has announced that it and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are working together to develop a new rover prototype that could one day explore the moon's surface. Nissan has worked with JAXA on improving driving controllability since January 2020. Lunar rovers are faced with significant challenges when tasked with exploring the surface of the moon.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Map and Battle Pass details spin with Spider-Man

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 Map and Battle Pass details spin with Spider-Man

With Fortnite's climactic showdown with the Cube Queen now over, the game has undergone a rather dramatic change in the transition to Chapter 3. Of course, we wouldn't expect anything less when the transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2 brought similarly massive change. This time around, the map has been flipped upside down, giving players a whole new island to explore.

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Affordable foldable OPPO phone tipped right around the corner

Affordable foldable OPPO phone tipped right around the corner

Samsung clearly wants to make foldable devices mainstream, and, at the moment, it has a bit of a monopoly in that niche market. There are other options, of course, but Huawei's Mate X2 and Xiaomi's Mi Mix Fold aren't as widely available outside of China, and Royole's FlexPai 2 appearing in the wild is practically unheard of. Those won't be the only players in the foldable smartphone arena soon, however, and after years of teasing, OPPO might finally dive into the fray as early as next week.

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Pixel Watch marketing materials confirm unique bezel-less design

Pixel Watch marketing materials confirm unique bezel-less design

The Internet went buzzing a few days back when news of the Pixel Watch broke cover again. It wasn't exactly the first time Google was rumored to be working on its own wearable and, to give credit where it's due, Jon Prosser from Front Page Tech reported the same thing months ago. The most recent report did at least confirm plans for this Pixel Watch again while leaving some things still open to change. The YouTuber, however, is adding fuel to the fire by releasing not simple renders but actual marketing materials for the alleged Google-branded smartwatch.

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Manhart CR 700 Wagon is a fitting sendoff to the glorious AMG V8 engine

Manhart CR 700 Wagon is a fitting sendoff to the glorious AMG V8 engine

German tuning expert Manhart has a dilemma. Electrification is at the core of Mercedes-AMG’s incoming 2022 C63 and C63 S, and it will no longer have its fabulous 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine. Manhart claims the newest C63 will probably come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger and an electric motor.

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Ameca humanoid robot puts AI in a gender-neutral, ‘non-threatening’ body

Ameca humanoid robot puts AI in a gender-neutral, ‘non-threatening’ body

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is one of the most prolific areas of research in several fields. AI has vast potential to improve medicine and many other fields of research. Typically, an AI lives inside a computer system constrained inside the digital realm. However, a company called Engineered Arts has developed what it calls an AB, or artificial body, that will give an AI a physical place to reside.

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Google Pixel account hacks prompt outcry over mail-in repair privacy

Google Pixel account hacks prompt outcry over mail-in repair privacy

The past two years have seen a surge in demand for mobile devices, but acquiring them hasn't exactly been easy. Trying to get devices serviced may have been even worse, with many companies and service centers being forced to resort to mail-in methods. Those always come with some risks while the phone is in transit, but few owners probably expected that their privacy would be violated in the process. That's the nightmare situation that at least two Google Pixel owners have found themselves in, one with rather sensitive information published for the world to see.

The first incident flew under the radar after it was posted on Reddit last week. The account and post were removed, but Android Police was able to take a snapshot of the complaint for evidence. In a nutshell, the OP (original poster) claimed that his wife sent her broken Pixel phone in for repairs using Google's official mail-in service and discovered that nude photos from the phone were posted to the wife's social media account.

In this case, the Pixel couldn't be turned on in order to wipe the phone clean before handing it over for repairs, as Google advises. It wasn't clear but probably implied that the phone didn't have any security lock option set. It was, in other words, fair game for anyone who could repair the phone, which was what allegedly happened in this case.

The matter would have been written off as a fluke if it weren't for a second incident, this time involving a more popular user, game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal. The scenario was slightly similar, except that the hijacker couldn't find any incriminating images to use. The culprit in this case changed her email settings so that security warnings from Gmail and Dropbox would either be sent to spam or deleted.

Google is reportedly looking into the matter, but the case is still wide open. Of course, two incidents don't make a pattern, but it is suspicious that both cases involved an authorized service provider in Texas. Even just one of these, however, is enough to land Google in court, just as how Apple had to settle a similar case earlier this year (via The Verge) to the tune of millions of dollars.

Google does give instructions on what to do before handing over a Pixel phone for repairs, including doing a factory reset and securing your phone. Of course, that's not always possible, especially if the phone wouldn't turn on or if the screen is completely blank. It's always advised to put a screen lock on the phone, even something as simple as a passcode, but the lack of such a security measure is never an excuse for any authorized party to break into private property and steal things.

Apple Watch AssistiveTouch enables control with one-hand gestures

Apple Watch AssistiveTouch enables control with one-hand gestures

Like most consumer electronics, smartwatches have been made and designed for the majority of people. Although worn only on one wrist, the smartwatch often requires a hand from the opposite arm to navigate the user interface. Voice control can only go so far, and smartwatches, just like their smartphone cousins, are primarily touch-centric devices. Fortunately, the Apple Watch has accessibility features that makes it possible to use the smartwatch with just one hand, giving wearers almost magical abilities to control the device.

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Toshiba M550KU 4K Smart TV gets Amazon’s flagship Fire TV Omni tech

Toshiba M550KU 4K Smart TV gets Amazon’s flagship Fire TV Omni tech

Toshiba has revealed its latest flagship TV, and if you liked the sound of Amazon's deep Alexa and Fire TV integration on the Amazon Omni, but prefer a more recognizable brand, this could be the 4K set you've been waiting for. Packing the same functionality as the Omni, the Toshiba M550KU LED 4K UHD Smart TV with Fire TV has a long name and a longer list of features.

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Halo Infinite Review

Halo Infinite Review

After a longer-than-expected wait, Halo Infinite is here at last. Well, it would be better to say that Halo Infinite is now complete since the free-to-play multiplayer enjoyed a surprise release last month. The single-player campaign is out later this week as a separate release, completing Halo Infinite and giving us the long-awaited continuation of Master Chief's story. I've been spending a significant amount of time with both halves of Halo Infinite over the past few weeks, and even though the finished package may not quite reach the series' previous peaks, I think it's safe to say that Halo is back.

Microsoft provided access to Halo Infinite's campaign to me for this review

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Ford and Honda hit with major recalls over brake and hood issues

Ford and Honda hit with major recalls over brake and hood issues

The automotive world is no stranger to significant recalls on various vehicles for different reasons. Recently, Ford confirmed that it recalled almost 115,000 Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs. Those two SUVs look vastly different but are built on the same platform. The recall comes after a government audit uncovered a potential problem with how the vehicles brake in an emergency.

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Best wireless chargers for smartphones (Android and iOS)

Best wireless chargers for smartphones (Android and iOS)

Given the choice, we'd all prefer gadgets that work as part of a wire-free ecosystem. Wireless chargers are the best example of this technology, enabling modern smartphones to recharge without the hassle of cables and power bricks. The market is packed with Qi-certified chargers, but consumers need to be careful when they select a model, as low-quality products can damage phones.

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