A five-story vending machine for cars just opened in Nashville

Buying a car is a hellish process. The reward for spending hours researching the right one is a trip to a local dealership — an experience that assaults the nerves in such a way that it’s only rivaled by appointments with the dentist. But what if buying a car was easier than that? What if it was as easy as, say, a vending machine?

A few years ago, a company called Carvana followed in the footsteps of companies like CarMax by trying to move the car buying experience completely online. The process of purchasing a car on Carvana’s website includes all the steps that normally take place at a dealership: getting approved for and selecting financing, selecting a warranty, and signing the contract. It’s a process that, in an interview with T…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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Minecraft Listed For Wii U Release

Mojang’s sandbox survival and crafting sensation, Minecraft, may be set for release on Nintendo’s Wii U, according to a listing by European ratings board PEGI.

The listing, which was spotted by NeoGAF user HypnoDarkrai, states Minecraft Wii U Edition will be released this year. Neither Nintendo, Mojang, nor its parent company, Microsoft, have officially announced the release.

Nintendo is scheduled to have a Direct event today (November 12) to offer updates on upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases. The stream is will take place at 2 PM PDT (10 PM GMT/5 PM EDT). It may be that the announcement is made during this.

As with all previous Nintendo Directs, the stream will be available to watch on Nintendo’s own website and on Twitch. GameSpot will also host a live stream of it and provide in-depth coverage.

Microsoft spent $2.5 billion to buy Mojang and the Minecraft property in September, 2014. According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, its in-development augmented reality headset, HoloLens, was a major part of the decision to acquire the studio and its game.

“Let’s have a game that, in fact, will fundamentally help us change new categories,” Nadella said. “HoloLens was very much in the works [when Microsoft announced the deal last year], and we knew it.”

Microsoft has also confirmed that it will introduce Oculus Rift support for Minecraft in 2016.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Bluetooth will get much more powerful next year

The ever-growing number of connected gadgets on the market is putting a strain on our Bluetooth connections. To keep up with the increased burden, the Bluetooth standard is getting an upgrade, with longer range, faster speeds, and mesh networking all in the works for 2016. The incorporation of these new features is being overseen by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), an industry body that counts companies such as Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and Lenovo among its backers.

“There is significant demand from our members and the industry at large to enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we’re announcing today,” said SIG chairman Toby Nixon in a press statement. “Current projections put the market potential for Internet of Things…

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Author: James Vincent

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Walmart's Black Friday deals include curved 4K TVs and game consoles for cheap

Black Friday creeps ever earlier. This year, Best Buy is offering its best deals on Thursday, while Amazon is doing its best to destroy the concept entirely, starting its price cuts three weeks early. Today Walmart has joined the fray, detailing the deals consumers can expect on Thanksgiving week. As with several of its peers, the retailer is starting the party early, cutting $200 off curved 4K Samsung TVs, selling Roku SE media players for $25, and offering consoles for $50 cheaper than normal.

The deals can be perused on Walmart’s official app — a neat way to force bargain hunters into a download — and start at 6PM on Thanksgiving day. That’ll give you time to get your turkey finished and your family out of the door before you sprint…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Your Xbox One is getting a lot faster today

I’ve used an Xbox One daily since its release nearly two years ago. It’s been a painful experience. You’ll usually find me shouting at my Kinect to make it understand my English accent, or swearing profusely after the friends app randomly refreshes and loses my place as I’m scrolling. I get really particularly angry (sorry neighbors) when the party app crashes for the 5th time in a day. It’s easy to blame Windows 8, the operating system that has powered the Xbox One for two years, but the problems run much deeper.

Microsoft picked a weird app model for the Xbox One which meant things like viewing a friends list required you to open a separate app. It has been slow, cumbersome, and buggy for the past two years. Thankfully, Microsoft has…

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Author: Tom Warren

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There is a new PS Vita with a Dragon Quest slime instead of an up button

Big news out of the Japanese RPG-themed limited-edition PlayStation Vita scene today, as Sony has announced a Dragon Quest model to tie in with the release of Minecraft clone Dragon Quest Builders in January. And unlike last year’s wonderful Dragon Quest PS4, it’s not just a simple color change — the company has taken the bold, brave, and dare I say revolutionary move of changing a button entirely.

You would have thought, perhaps reasonably, that pressing “up” on the D-pad would mean “up.” But on this Vita, it does not. It means “Slime.”

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Author: Sam Byford

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The golden Pax vaporizer is what mainstream pot culture looks like

Maybe the slow cultural acceptance of marijuana is tied to how ugly it looks when smoked. Cigarettes and cigars will kill you, but damn if a century of media and marketing hasn’t made them look cool doing it. The face of pot, though, is my college roommate carving a bong out of a Dasani bottle. Or, on classy occasions, two adult friends taking turns sucking the trunk of an elephant-shaped, rainbow-colored glass pipe.

Even vaporizers, the self-proclaimed smoking tech of the future, tend to look like something serendipitously broke loose from a costume at a Steampunk convention. Today’s announcement of a flashy, golden Pax 2 changes the script.

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Author: Chris Plante

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