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Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 7:18pm

Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google's self-driving car project, has reached an important milestone: it has started making fully autonomous grocery deliveries on public streets.

Fry's Food, a brand owned by grocery giant Kroger, launched a self-driving grocery delivery program back in August in partnership with Nuro. Fry's has been using Nuro cars to deliver groceries to customers near one of its stores on East McDowell Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Initially, these deliveries were made by Toyota Priuses that Nuro had outfitted with its sensors and software. There were also safety drivers behind the wheel. Nuro says it has made 1,000 deliveries using these vehicles since August.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina charms with some welcome holiday horror

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 7:15pm

Enlarge / Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) toasts friends and family at the witchy winter solstice in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special. (credit: Netflix)

Looking for a palate cleanser after all those wholesome Christmas movies saturating every TV channel? We recommend "A Midwinter's Tale," a special holiday episode of the Netflix horror series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It caps off a strong first season for the fledgling series. And Sabrina has just been renewed for a third and fourth season (16 episodes in total), which means we'll get even more sinister witchy goodness in the future.

The series is based on the comic book series of the same name, part of the Archie Horror imprint, and it's much, much darker in tone than the original Sabrina the Teenaged Witch comics. Originally intended as a companion series to the CW's Riverdale—a gleefully Gothic take on the original Archie comic books—Sabrina ended up on Netflix instead. It's a stronger series for it, evidenced by rave reviews and a rapidly expanding fan base.

(Some spoilers for season 1 below.)

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Better than Black Friday: Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones for $265 - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:14pm
The top-rated Series II almost never dips below $299. Grab one before they're gone!

Mazda Skyactiv engines explained - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
With the new Skyactiv-X, Mazda has a trio of ways to show the internal combustion engine is not dead.

Galaxy Note 9 looks stunning in these photos - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Samsung's latest Note has even more to reveal.

Netflix renews Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for parts 3 and 4 - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:54pm
The renewal comes months ahead of part 2's debut.

Sonic the Hedgehog's movie leans into its body controversy - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:53pm
Maybe it's always leg day for Sonic.

Stan Lee's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:52pm
Spidey's co-creator offers some advice from beyond the grave.

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive review: Crocodile eyes, family-friendly heart - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - December 18, 2018 - 6:49pm
Striking looks, kid-friendly tech and a premium cabin should put this three-row SUV atop shopping lists.

Luminar lends lidar know-how to Audi's self-driving startup AID - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:47pm
The goal is to deploy its AV platform in 2021.

2019 Ford Ranger first drive review: Bad mudder trucker - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - December 18, 2018 - 6:47pm
Now a modern midsize pickup, the Blue Oval looks ready to battle against Toyota, GM and Nissan.

Ofcom: More spectrum for all the good boys and girls. Except you, EE. You've had your fill

The Register - December 18, 2018 - 6:40pm
UK mobile networks had better open their wallets

Ofcom has revealed plans to offer more of the airwaves to mobile networks, increasing capacity by around 22 per cent overall, and by 62 per cent in the more attractive sub-1GHz portion of the spectrum.…

Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 6:34pm

Enlarge (credit: FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

A Southern California man has become the latest person to sue the federal government over what he says is an unconstitutional search of his phone at the Los Angeles International Airport.

According to his lawsuit, which was recently filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Haisam Elsharkawi had arrived at LAX on February 9, 2017 and was headed to Saudi Arabia to go on a hajj, the Muslim religious pilgrimage.

After clearing the security checkpoint, Elsharkawi, an American citizen, was pulled aside from the Turkish Airlines boarding line by a Customs and Border Protection officer, who began questioning him about how much cash he was carrying and where he was going. Elsharkawi complied with the officer’s inquiries and dutifully followed him to a nearby table.

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5G is finally starting to feel real - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:26pm
Qualcomm gave us a glimpse of the 5G future earlier this month. Now AT&T is launching its mobile 5G service in a handful of cities.

Jaguar Land Rover testing automatic car doors with help from a veteran - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:25pm
The doors, while not necessarily new in the industry, could provide a big mobility boost.

SpaceX raising $500 million to help build satellite broadband network

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 6:18pm

Enlarge / SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites. (credit: Elon Musk)

SpaceX is raising $500 million from investors to help build its worldwide satellite broadband network, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

The company run by Elon Musk has agreed on financing terms with existing shareholders and new investor Baillie Gifford & Co., who will pay $186 per share for new stock, valuing the company at $30.5 billion, according to Journal sources. SpaceX hasn't received the money yet but could announce the deal by the end of December, the Journal reported.

The funding round would pay for initial costs but not the entire project, which the Journal report said could cost as much as $10 billion. We contacted SpaceX about the funding today but the company declined to comment.

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Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit: 'We need to do more' - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:05pm
The report shows improvements on tackling problems like false information, fake accounts and voter suppression.

Amazon Digital Day 2018 sale slated for Dec. 28 - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:03pm
Its annual sale on intangibles -- Kindle books, movies, games and more -- begins to ramp up starting on Dec. 26.

Apple Watch Series 4: Both sizes, compared - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
Take a closer look at the 40mm and 44mm models in steel versus the Series 3.

Brit startup Graphcore tossed a £200m early Christmas pressie for machine learning CPU

The Register - December 18, 2018 - 5:57pm
Bristol firm says it will 'triple' headcount

AI chip startup Graphcore has managed to grab $200m from investors, part of which will be used to hire more engineers on the west coast...the west coast of Britain for the absence of doubt.…


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