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california may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers from lawsuits in cases where vehicles haven’t been maintained according to manufacturer specifications. That could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries and deaths caused by defective autonomous vehicles, said Armand Feliciano, vice president for the Association of California Insurance Companies. For instance, manufacturers might avoid liability if the tires on self-driving cars are slightly underinflated or even if the oil hasn’t been changed as regularly as manufacturers suggest, he said. “When is the last time you followed…

amazon or walmart? some retailers are choosing alliances

Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides. Kohl’s shoppers can find Amazon devices at some stores, and return items they bought from the online retailer. Nike has made some of its sneakers available through Amazon. The owner of Sears is selling Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon in some markets. And Best Buy is teaming up with Amazon for voice shopping. Meanwhile, Walmart, which has the most store locations, is assembling a coalition of its own: buying smaller online brands and becoming the highest-profile partner to Google in voice shopping. And the discount chain that touts low prices announced a web partnership Monday with high-end department store Lord & Taylor. “When you are in an historic uncharted chaotic situation, you often see these strange…

x days with iphone x: changing habits to embrace the future

The future of the smartphone, as Apple calls its new iPhone X, means breaking old habits. With no more home button, this mostly means replacing presses with swipes and the fingerprint ID sensor with facial recognition. In my 10 days with the iPhone X, I tried to fool its Face ID feature . I bought three sandwiches, popcorn and a ruler with Apple Pay. I read an e-book and listened to podcasts. I ran a marathon. I followed that with a Netflix marathon on the couch. I’m still adjusting. Most of the changes aren’t necessarily better — just different, forced upon me to accommodate a larger display and other forward-looking gizmos. SWIPE, SWIPE, SWIPE Fortunately, the new gestures are mostly simple. Instead of pressing the home button to return to the home screen, you swipe…

twitter, buzzfeed join for breezy online morning show

Twitter and BuzzFeed initially planned to start their new morning show, “AM to DM,” each weekday at 8 a.m. Then they considered their likely audience, and scheduled it for 10. Now there’s time to wake up leisurely, have coffee and fire up your smartphone. Hosts Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones, who like four-fifths of the show’s audience are under age 35, don’t have to rise at an ungodly hour. It’s all so civilized. Launched quietly in late September from a studio in BuzzFeed’s Manhattan office, “AM to DM” is a breezy mix of news and pop culture. Viewers can click on Twitter and watch the stream live, or catch highlights later in the day. “It’s been kind of fun,” said Shani Hilton, head of U.S. news at BuzzFeed. “It feels like the early…

justice league: dc looks beyond batman & superman

Peace never reigns in the pages of DC Comics. There’s always a world to be saving, a cataclysm to avert. The making of the DC superhero team-up film“Justice League”was hardly any more tranquil. Made in the wake of the disappointment surrounding its predecessor, “Batman v Superman,” and the critically-panned “Suicide Squad,”“Justice League” was, like a jetliner given new wings in midair, retooled on the fly. Warner Bros. sought to lighten the tone of Zack Snyder’s grandiose and muscle-bound DC universe — a much-publicized pivot that came just as tragedy was striking. Snyder, the “300” filmmaker, had overseen this latest series of DC movies starting with “Man of Steel,” but he stepped down after “Justice League” had been shot following the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon, the “Avengers” director known for snappy…

ibm says it’s reached milestone in quantum computing

IBM has announced a milestone in its race against Google and other big tech firms to build a powerful quantum computer. Dario Gil, who leads IBM’s quantum computing and artificial intelligence research division, said last week that the company’s scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits. Gil says it’s the first time any company has built a quantum computer at this scale. Quantum computing, a technology that’s still in its early phases, uses the quirks of quantum physics to perform calculations at far higher speeds than current computers. Seth Lloyd, an MIT mechanical engineering professor not involved in IBM’s research, says it’s likely that IBM still has glitches to work out but the 50-qubit announcement is a sign of significant progress.…