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Database with info on 2.2 million suspected criminals finds its way online

The World-Check Risk Screening database is intended to inform businesses about the company they keep. Over two million records from the database have leaked, including those that track organizations and individuals suspected of terrorism.

Was that an earthquake? Google will now let you know

Google has announced a new partneship with the U.S. Geological Survey to add detailed earthquake information to its search results. Google says this will allow people to get timely information to help them stay safe.

Is BMW teaming up with Intel, Mobileye to develop autonomous vehicles?

BMW, which recently said it would have a completely autonomous car by 2021, is holding a joint news conference July 1 with chip-maker Intel and machine vision technology firm Mobileye. An autonomous car venture is expected.
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Robocup hopes robots can beat professional soccer players by 2050

The Messis, Ronaldos, and Neymars of the world may have competition from robots in a few years –- at least that’s the goal of Robocup, an annual robot soccer competition that kicks off today in Leipzig, Germany.

Square Enix, CNN explore the ethics of human augmentation

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided publisher Square Enix and CNN are hosting a human augmentation conference this August, focusing on the potential for breakthroughs and the moral quandaries of modifying the human body.

Enthusiasm for self-driving cars varies by state, says Volvo

Autonomous cars are most popular in New York and California, and least popular in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas, according to a Volvo survey. People in all states believe they should still be allowed to drive, though.

New Google Fit app reminds you to finish that 3-mile jog you skipped yesterday

Google Fit 5.7 packs a number of noteworthy improvements, chief among them a new home screen that shows a daily summary of your activity. It packs a new Android Wear watchface, too, plus customizable fitness activity reminders.

OnePlus co-founder unveils the smartwatch that never was

Through a post on Twitter, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei released sketches of the company's now-cancelled smartwatch. OnePlus said it cancelled its smartwatch plans in order to focus on phones.

Leaked Galaxy Note 7 image seemingly confirms presence of an iris scanner

Already looking to see what's up with the next Samsung Galaxy Note? Here's a look at the latest news and rumors surrounding the Note 6 (or maybe the Note 7), including talk of an early release to jump ahead of the next iPhone.

A new tool could dramatically change selfie editing

Could a new software program rescue bad selfies? A research group from the University of Hong Kong and Adobe recently taught a computer to automatically clip out portraits by watching actual people clip 1,800 photos.

Is turnabout fair play? GoPro is now suing the makers of the older Polaroid Cube

After the makers of the Polaroid Cube sued GoPro last year, the action camera giant is turning the tables, saying it's the Cube who copied their design. This time, though, it's not the camera in question, but the software and case.

Global internet speeds are on the rise, according to Akamai

According to the latest report from content delivery network (CDN) Akamai, global average connection speeds are up 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, and are up 23 percent year-over-year.