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Audi gets permit to test self-driving cars in California

Audi gets the first permit to test driver-less cars in California.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 17, 2014 at 12:15 AM

HERNDON, Va., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- On Tuesday, Audi got the first permit issued by California to test self-driving cars.

New state laws took effect today allowing automakers to do such testing on California roadways.

Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America said, "Audi is a driving force behind the research taking automated driving from science fiction to pre-production readiness."

California isn't the first state where Audi has" tested it's autonomous vehicles. According to the press release, Nevada and Florida have joined forces with the automaker to test the cars.

The German automaker isn't alone when it comes to testing self-driving vehicles, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Ford and GM.

Many expect to have such vehicles on the road by 2020.

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Apple's latest operating system rolls out Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday afternoon, Apple's newest operating system -- iOS 8 -- will be available for users to download on compatible devices.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Hot on the heels of the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is set to release its latest operating system -- iOS 8.

The operating system will be available for download on the iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPod Touch 5. Apple lovers can start downloading the iOS Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm EDT.

While it's not the huge overhaul users saw last year with iOS 7, there will be some major changes.

Here are a few of the highlights:

The biggest one will be on the onscreen keyboard. As users type a message or email, a list of suggested words will come up.

The Messages app has a new microphone icon. Just tap it to send a voice message.

Video and group messaging will be easier. You can choose to allow people to see your location for a period of time or indefinitely.

The Photos app will automatically sort photos into albums and comes with new editing tools.

Apple says more features will come this fall to better link up mobile devices to Mac laptops and desktop. Those won't be available until an update for iOS 8 comes out.

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