Volkswagen may try to clean up ‘dieselgate’ mess with buy-back plan

As we all know, Volkswagen is in trouble after admitting to cheating on emissions tests for a huge number of cars, a scandal known as “Dieselgate.” How many? Nearly half a million in the U.S. alone. So what now? Well, VW is expected to present a plan today to buy back all the cars affected. That won’t be cheap, but in the end, it could be cheaper than the total fines VW may be facing, which quick math says may total $18 billion dollars.

For owners just too attached to their Beetles, Golfs and Jettas to let them go, VW is likely going to set up a fund to fix them, and that fund alone could be a billion dollars. Meanwhile, this is just the start of VW making amends for the vast cheating bust. The Federal Trade Commission will also want their pound of flesh for VWs ironic and downright misleading “clean diesel” ad campaign.

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There’s been a ton of attention focused on virtual reality lately, but we don’t want to overlook its close cousin, augmented reality. We checked out these “Virtuali-tee” t-shirts from Curiscope. Put one on, hit the AR app and boom, instant anatomy lesson. Then, put that phone in a VR headset and you can dive even deeper into what going on, right down to the microscopic level.

The Curiscope team says this is just the beginning of their efforts, and they also offered a nifty 4K great white shark anatomy VR video as evidence. They say they want to mix VR and AR to fill the learning space between the classroom and a gaming console, because if kids – or anyone – are going to use AR and VR, might as learn something along the way, right?

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The fight against cancer goes on, and researchers in Singapore say they are having success targeting anti-cancer medications using magnetic bubbles and ultrasonic vibrations. The team says they use magnets to guide the medicated bubbles and focus them on a tumor with much greater efficiency, and then use ultrasonic vibrations to burst the tiny spheres and release the medication within the tumor, making much more effective use of the medications.

Advances against cancer can’t come fast enough, and we hope these guys continue to have successful tests.

Cars

The VR goggles you wear to shoot alien ships is helping Magna design car parts

Canadian automotive supplier Magna has started using virtual reality in its research and development department. The technology helps engineers get a better view of what they're working on, whether it's an interior part or a powertrain.
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The best shows on Netflix right now (April 2019)

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Smart Home

Oh, Zuck, no! Facebook rumored to be creating a voice assistant to rival Alexa

Facebook hasn't been a big player in the smart speaker market, but that may be changing: The social media giant is reportedly working on a digital assistant to compete against Alexa and others.
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Digital Trends Live

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Hackers targeting Google Chrome, Apple AR glasses, and a Panasonic camera unboxing highlighted this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with the general manager of CyberHat, Yifat Bar-Eli, to talk about cyber security.
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On episode 83 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Ryan Waniata explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including Google's new gaming patent, Apple's upcoming event, and more.
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On episode 95 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Adrien Warner explored the biggest stories form the world of tech. On the docket this time: A recap of the recent Apple event, McDonald's digital drive-throughs, and more.
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On episode 99 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Sam Slaughter broke down the biggest news stories from the world of tech, and talked to some fascinating guests, including astronaut Scott Kelly.
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On episode 101 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Dan Gaul broke down the biggest stories from the world of tech, and talked to some fascinating guests. On the docket this time: The Amazon blimp, HP's anniversary sale, and more.