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Here Come the Virtual Reality Olympics … for Samsung Users

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there’s another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events? NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics […]

Uber Software Tracks Drivers for High Speed, Sudden Stops

By Brandon Bailey SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers’ shoulders, Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior — while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes. The global ride-hailing company recently announced an extensive test of new software that aims to increase safety by analyzing […]

Apple Urges Organ Donation Via New iPhone Software

By Brandon Bailey SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes. CEO Tim Cook says he hopes the new software, set […]

After Fire Flop, Amazon Unveils Phones With Its Apps, Ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is back in the phone business — sort of. After its own Fire phone flopped, Amazon is selling special editions of other manufacturers’ phones at a $50 discount. They’ll come with ads on the lock screen and lots of Amazon apps on the home screen. You can hide those apps, […]

Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal

By David McHugh FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. The electric campaign is part of a wide-ranging review of the company’s strategy that also includes increasing profitability, […]