Fiat Chrysler’s new Uconnect 5 software is built on Android, adds Alexa support and better OTA updates

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Fiat Chrysler (FCA) today announced the newest version of its infotainment system for cars, Uconnect 5. The new system adds tons of new features for future Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat vehicles, including integrated Alexa support, improved over-the-air firmware updates, and support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The core of Uconnect 5 is completely new hardware: the Atlantis architecture, replacing the previous Powernet one, combined with a switch over to a heavily skinned version of Android on the software side of things. The new Atlantis hardware is much more powerful, featuring a better processor, 6GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of flash memory, plus support for larger and higher-resolution displays (up to 12.3…

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Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain

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In the early days of the web, everyone wanted a .com domain for their site. As a result, all the good ones got snapped up. But .com no longer has the cachet it once did. In fact, many new businesses and individuals are opting for other top-level domain extensions. One of the most memorable is the .tech extension. It’s short, it’s memorable, and most importantly, it resonates very well with the field of technology. For example, a website on .tech clearly calls out that the website is about technology There are tons of great names on .tech available now, and you owe it to your company to at least check for your dream brand. Right now, you can save on your next domain for your next big idea with $7.99 for 1 year (down from $49.99), $24.99 for 3 years (down from $149.97) and $39.99 for 5 years (down from $249.95).

Start searching for the perfect domain extension here and get your .tech site online today.

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“Fecal abyss” found under London gets 3D model

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A 15th-century cesspit found under Somerset House in London has been lovingly recreated as a 3D model that you can explore in your web browser. [via Londonist]

Archaeologists from MOLA also uncovered a number of interesting objects from the pit:

“These include a rare 14th century ‘Penn’ floor tile – a decorating material of choice for palaces and monastic sites – pottery drinking vessels and tableware dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, as well as a range of metalwork artefacts including a finger ring, iron spur, belt buckle, bone-handled fork and pendant.”

Cess not included. But there’s lots of other historical architectural delights on Sketchfab. Read the rest

Enter to win a free streaming device plus 1 year of free service

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Most streaming fanatics have access to perhaps one or two go-to platforms that they use to binge-watch their favorite shows every night. But there’s always that elusive streaming platform that we secretly crave but never sign up for—leading to bitter nights filled with missed content.

So why not enter to win not only a 1-year subscription to the streaming service of your choice but also a free streaming device as well?

The Pick Your Streaming Service & Device Giveaway allows you to do just that, and it’s completely free to enter.

After you sign up, you’ll automatically be in the running to win one best-selling streaming device—ranging from an Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google ChromeCast, and more—along with a 1-year subscription to a popular streaming service of your choice (Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, Disney+, or HBO).

There’s no hidden cost to enter the contest, and you’ll be notified directly once a winner has been selected.

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Read and Write Excel (XLSX) Files With Go

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Excelize is a library written in pure
that provides a set of functions that allow you to read and write from XLSX files generated by Microsoft Excel™ 2007 and later. It supports saving a file without losing original charts of XLSX. This library is only available in version 1.10 or later of Go. The full API docs can be accessed using Go’s built-in documentation tool or online at
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go get

Create an XLSX File

Here is a minimal example that will create an XLSX file:    






package main



import ""



func main() {


Preorders for Motorola’s Razr are now backed up until mid-February

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If you place a preorder for Motorola’s Razr right now, you won’t receive the phone until February 18th — more than 10 days after its launch date. The resurrected Razr, now with a folding screen, will exclusively hit Verizon on February 6th. Preorders opened up yesterday, and delivery dates for the $1,500 device were quickly pushed out by several days.

Motorola’s website, which is also taking preorders for the Razr, lists the same February 18th estimate at the moment. The company delayed preorders by a month, claiming that interest in the phone had exceeded its initial expectations.

Verizon is offering a number of promotions for those purchasing the Razr; you can save up to $500 if you trade in a recent phone and pay the Razr off over a…

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Today’s best discounts are on Amazon’s Echo Buds, the latest iPad, and more

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Today’s best deals are a mix of fresh offers we’re seeing for the first time and a few returning favorites. The headliner is Amazon’s Echo Buds, which are $40 off right now, bringing the truly wireless earphones down to a much more reasonable $90. If you’re looking for a set of affordable wireless earbuds that offer noise cancellation, your search is over. Despite the annoyance of charging these via Micro USB, you won’t find a better value.

The seventh-generation iPad has received a significant price cut — the same one we saw during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At Amazon and Best Buy, the base model with 32GB of storage starts at $249.99 (usually $329.99). If you want more storage (four times as much, specifically) the 128GB version…

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Netflix’s first full Ghost in the Shell trailer shows the series like you’ve never seen it before

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To call Netflix’s visual take on Ghost in the Shell different would be an understatement. The animated series has gotten a full makeover in the form of CGI that looks more suited to a Pixar film or a video game; it’s a beautiful, albeit drastic, change from the drawn animation most fans have come to know. In the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, which is set to arrive this April, Netflix offers a full look at the cast, from Major to Batou.

Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk series centered on a counter-cyberterrorist organization that spans manga, anime, games, and films. Although there have been several iterations of its story, Ghost in the Shell generally follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg cop, and crime-solve…

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Find the USB-C hub of your dreams

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As the technical garbage fire that is USB-C burns merrily along, efforts continue to help us connect one gadget to another with reliable outcomes. is a website that compares the myriad of superfically identical but differently-capable USB hubs currently available, so you can decide which $20 piece of junk at least has the holes, slots and dangly bits you require.

I scrolled down and spotted the Chotech model that I recommend [Amazon], so I know the page’s creator has done the work on power delivery and Thunderbolt/DP. But it’s expensive, designed exclusively for current-issue MacBooks, and lacks other essential features like VGA, so it isn’t perfect! Read the rest

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