Toyota might use Ford's connected car platform, SmartDeviceLink

Ford announced that it would open-source its AppLink connected car platform at CES two years ago; at the time, it seemed unlikely that any global automakers would bite, considering the industry’s persistent heel-digging on differentiation in the dashboard. But the landscape has changed: Android Auto is in production cars, CarPlay is rolling out, and now, Toyota has announced that it is “exploring” the use of SmartDeviceLink — AppLink’s open-source cousin — in future models.

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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President Obama signs bill curbing NSA powers into law

President Barack Obama has signed the USA Freedom Act bill into law, reinstating the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215 but curbing some of the NSA’s broad surveillance powers.

The bill was passed by the Senate earlier today following a political standoff. Although the House passed the bill last month, the Senate only was able to pass it one day after the Patriot Act’s provisions expired, following a major debate where several proposed amendments to the Freedom Act were shot down.

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Author: Colin Lecher

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Google is using apps to find out what makes a person perfectly healthy

Google confirmed today that it is currently testing a health software suite it calls the “Study Kit,” made up of Android and iOS apps, and a Chrome extension, as a part of its Baseline Study project, developed by Google’s experimental Google X wing and first detailed last July. According to TechCrunch, the testing comes ahead of a wider launch for the project scheduled for later this year. Baseline Study, which began as a limited trial at Stanford and Duke Universities, will take medical data from thousands of individuals to build a picture of ideal human health.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Watch the trailer for HBO's Larry Kramer in Love & Anger

Jean Carlomusto’s sympathetic portrait of the writer and activist Larry Kramer premieres June 29th at 9 PM ET on HBO, but you can see the trailer right now. Larry Kramer in Love & Anger is a fascinating look at an important figure in LGBT history, and it’s also a mesmerizing sketch of gay life over the past 40 years. It’s most effective in showing how the Kramer-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and, later, ACT UP, dragged gay men out of the closet and into political life. The documentary was one of our favorite movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Author: Casey Newton

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A new Mega Man animated series will debut in 2017

Just in time for the character’s 30th anniversary, a Mega Man animated series is set to land on TV screens in 2017. Capcom today announced that a new series is being co-developed by animation companies Dentsu Entertainment USA and Man of Action Entertainment, the outfit behind Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 series and recent Academy Award-winning Disney outing Big Hero 6. The series will be 26 episodes long, presumably with more episodes to come if the show finds success.

In a statement accompanying the official release, Man of Action writer Duncan Rouleau stated that working on a new Mega Man series would exciting. “The 1990s ‘Mega Man’ TV series was cool and different than other series targeted at kids during that time,” he said. “Mega Man…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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Microsoft working on new service to provide Wi-Fi for users everywhere

Clearly making users more productive means providing internet access no matter where they go. According toVentureBeat, the software company is currently developing a cross-platform service that will offer “hassle-free” Wi-Fi around the world.

The new service, called Microsoft WiFi, was first seen online by Twitter user WalkingCat — who also first noticed the OneClip app — and the site has since been replaced with a “Coming Soon” graphic. However, in a statement sent to VentureBeat, a Microsoft representative confirms that the new venture is forthcoming. “We can confirm that we are working on a new service, called Microsoft WiFi, that will bring hassle-free Wi-Fi to millions,” a representative said. “We look forward to sharing additional…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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