Melissa AndersenITworld

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14 strange but true facts from the history of high tech

The first mouse. The first university-degreed computer scientist. And possibly, the first stupid password. Technology has its twists and turns—read on for the most fascinating ones we found.

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Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron can’t fix the diesel scandal, but it’s a modestly green start

Audi says more PHEV models will follow it to the U.S., and right now the Volkswagen satellite company needs all the green cred it can get.

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Lenovo's 360-degree Yoga 900 laptop answers the Surface Book's challenge

Lenovo improved the premium convertible's famous watchband hinge and priced its configurations from $1200 to $1500. Yes, there's Skylake, too.

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Lenovo upgrades its big idea: The 27-inch Yoga Home 900 is for homework or air hockey

That’s not a coffee table, that’s a PC you can put on a coffee table for family games. The Yoga Home 900's a niche product, but Windows 10 offers more possibilities.

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Microsoft promises its $3K HoloLens dev kit for Q1 2016

Scary robots help demo the spatial awareness capabilities in HoloLens, which developers will be able to play with soon.

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Google’s $499 Pixel C will be a premium tablet rocking Android Marshmallow

The high-end Pixel C Android tablet, with an optional keyboard, will be available "by holiday time," Google promises.

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Tested by AAA: People park worse than self-parking cars

Humans lose out to the machines this time. In tests conducted by the American Automobile Association, self-parking cars did the deed faster and more precisely than human drivers.

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Microsoft designed Windows 10 to pull users into Windows Store, and it might be working

The Windows Store needs more users, so the company’s built app discovery into the very fabric of Windows 10. It seems to be working.

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Cheap and convertible Chromebooks debut at IFA: Lenovo’s 100S, Acer’s R 11

Lenovo’s Chromebook 100S costs just $179. The R 11’s 360-degree hinge makes it Acer's most versatile model yet.

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The latest Chromebooks for schoolkids are designed for playground abuse

Today's Chromebooks are ready to be pulled, pummeled, and even doused with water. Take a look at what Lenovo, Dell and Haier have engineered for their youngest users.

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Dell's Chromebook 13 is the first built for business, starting at $399

Clad in carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium, and priced up to $899, the Chromebook 13 is offering quality and choices we haven't seen before in the Chromebook space.

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Nvidia turbocharges the 2016 Audi TT's virtual cockpit with gaming-speed 60fps graphics

A Tegra 3 quad-core processor makes everything from speed and engine revs to 3D Google Earth map views show up in real time.

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9 views of the all-digital 'virtual cockpit' in the 2016 Audi TT

A fast car needs fast digital readouts, and that's what you'll get with this superpowered, 60fps display that replaces the traditional instrument cluster on the Audi TT. Check out the views, from from speed and revs to maps and weather.

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Google, Delphi change story, saying their self-driving cars never got close

The companies dispute a Reuters story that described a coincidental encounter as a “near miss,” saying both cars were “doing what they were supposed to do.”

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Google's self-driving car is now driving itself around the city of Mountain View

Keep an eye out for the adorable little clown car, tooling along at 25 mph on the suburban streets of Google's hometown.