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US college campuses ban ‘hoverboards’ over fire risks

If you're planning to get around campus on your new hoverboard, you may want to check your school's policy first. According to AP, at least 20 universities in the US have restricted or banned the two-wheeled scooters due to the fire hazard posed by t…

You Can Now Autonomously Park And Summon The Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors has sent out a software update for the Model S which tweaks the car’s Autopilot feature, as well as adding allowing owners to autonomously park and “summon” the car.

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This Week’s Top Downloads

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

You Need a Budget’s New Web App Runs In Any Browser, Switches to a Subscription Pricing Model

This Week's Top Downloads

You Need a Budget has long been one of the most popular personal finance tools around and it’s launching a new web app that comes with a new pricing model.

Review Skeptic Makes It Easy to Spot Fake Hotel Reviews

This Week's Top Downloads

Fake reviews are everywhere online. If you want to check whether a particular hotel’s reviews are real before you book it, the Review Skeptic tool can help.

LastPass Revamps Its Interface, Adds Emergency Access and Better Sharing

This Week's Top Downloads

LastPass is one of the best password managers around. Today it gets a bit better with an improved interface and a handful of new features.

See If Your PC Is VR-Ready With the Oculus Rift Compatibility Tool

This Week's Top Downloads

Preorders for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are finally open to all, but you’ll need a beefy computer running Windows to use it. This tool will check your system and see what you need to upgrade so you’re ready come launch in May.

AutoNotification and Tasker Combine to Create Tons of Custom Notifications

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: Half of the immense power of Tasker comes from third-party plugins. AutoNotification allows you to create powerful notification panels with Tasker. The newest version can even add over 50 buttons to a single notification.

ClutchPoints Gives You all the NBA Game Updates You Need in One Place

This Week's Top Downloads

iOS/Android: If you’re trying to follow an NBA game and you don’t have cable or you’re not in front of a TV, you can always keep tabs on the score from your phone. ClutchPoints not only gives you the score, it shows you real-time plays, video, detailed stats, and more.

The Hazy Desktop

This Week's Top Downloads

Clearer skies would be ideal, but joergermeister manages to take this hazy cityscape and turn it into a remarkable desktop. If you like the look, here’s what you need to get to make it your own.

BitBar Stuffs All Kinds of Customizable Info In Your Mac’s Menu Bar

This Week's Top Downloads

Mac: The menu bar is a great place to store tiny bits of information, whether that’s weather, a calendar, current IP address, or what’s currently playing on Spotify. BitBar allows you to create your own little menu bar information icons, no coding required.

Send Automatic, Recurring Square Cash Payments With This IFTTT Recipe

This Week's Top Downloads

Let’s say your roommate takes care of the rent, and you need to send her a check for your half every month. You could easily set up some monthly reminders, but better yet, make this task entirely automatic.

Camera MX Brings iOS-Style Live Photos to Android

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: There are plenty of alternative camera apps on Android, so it’s a little hard to stand out. Camera MX is doing a decent job though, most recently by adding Live Shots, which allow you to capture brief videos, in an easily shareable format.

Songlink Lets You Create Music Links With Multiple Listening Options

This Week's Top Downloads

Lots of music services let you share songs with others using direct links, but that can be messy when there are so many different music services out there. Songlink makes it easier to share songs with a wider audience by letting people decide where they want to listen when they click the link.

This Week’s Top Downloads

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

You Need a Budget’s New Web App Runs In Any Browser, Switches to a Subscription Pricing Model

This Week's Top Downloads

You Need a Budget has long been one of the most popular personal finance tools around and it’s launching a new web app that comes with a new pricing model.

Review Skeptic Makes It Easy to Spot Fake Hotel Reviews

This Week's Top Downloads

Fake reviews are everywhere online. If you want to check whether a particular hotel’s reviews are real before you book it, the Review Skeptic tool can help.

LastPass Revamps Its Interface, Adds Emergency Access and Better Sharing

This Week's Top Downloads

LastPass is one of the best password managers around. Today it gets a bit better with an improved interface and a handful of new features.

See If Your PC Is VR-Ready With the Oculus Rift Compatibility Tool

This Week's Top Downloads

Preorders for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are finally open to all, but you’ll need a beefy computer running Windows to use it. This tool will check your system and see what you need to upgrade so you’re ready come launch in May.

AutoNotification and Tasker Combine to Create Tons of Custom Notifications

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: Half of the immense power of Tasker comes from third-party plugins. AutoNotification allows you to create powerful notification panels with Tasker. The newest version can even add over 50 buttons to a single notification.

ClutchPoints Gives You all the NBA Game Updates You Need in One Place

This Week's Top Downloads

iOS/Android: If you’re trying to follow an NBA game and you don’t have cable or you’re not in front of a TV, you can always keep tabs on the score from your phone. ClutchPoints not only gives you the score, it shows you real-time plays, video, detailed stats, and more.

The Hazy Desktop

This Week's Top Downloads

Clearer skies would be ideal, but joergermeister manages to take this hazy cityscape and turn it into a remarkable desktop. If you like the look, here’s what you need to get to make it your own.

BitBar Stuffs All Kinds of Customizable Info In Your Mac’s Menu Bar

This Week's Top Downloads

Mac: The menu bar is a great place to store tiny bits of information, whether that’s weather, a calendar, current IP address, or what’s currently playing on Spotify. BitBar allows you to create your own little menu bar information icons, no coding required.

Send Automatic, Recurring Square Cash Payments With This IFTTT Recipe

This Week's Top Downloads

Let’s say your roommate takes care of the rent, and you need to send her a check for your half every month. You could easily set up some monthly reminders, but better yet, make this task entirely automatic.

Camera MX Brings iOS-Style Live Photos to Android

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: There are plenty of alternative camera apps on Android, so it’s a little hard to stand out. Camera MX is doing a decent job though, most recently by adding Live Shots, which allow you to capture brief videos, in an easily shareable format.

Songlink Lets You Create Music Links With Multiple Listening Options

This Week's Top Downloads

Lots of music services let you share songs with others using direct links, but that can be messy when there are so many different music services out there. Songlink makes it easier to share songs with a wider audience by letting people decide where they want to listen when they click the link.

This Week’s Top Downloads

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

You Need a Budget’s New Web App Runs In Any Browser, Switches to a Subscription Pricing Model

This Week's Top Downloads

You Need a Budget has long been one of the most popular personal finance tools around and it’s launching a new web app that comes with a new pricing model.

Review Skeptic Makes It Easy to Spot Fake Hotel Reviews

This Week's Top Downloads

Fake reviews are everywhere online. If you want to check whether a particular hotel’s reviews are real before you book it, the Review Skeptic tool can help.

LastPass Revamps Its Interface, Adds Emergency Access and Better Sharing

This Week's Top Downloads

LastPass is one of the best password managers around. Today it gets a bit better with an improved interface and a handful of new features.

See If Your PC Is VR-Ready With the Oculus Rift Compatibility Tool

This Week's Top Downloads

Preorders for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are finally open to all, but you’ll need a beefy computer running Windows to use it. This tool will check your system and see what you need to upgrade so you’re ready come launch in May.

AutoNotification and Tasker Combine to Create Tons of Custom Notifications

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: Half of the immense power of Tasker comes from third-party plugins. AutoNotification allows you to create powerful notification panels with Tasker. The newest version can even add over 50 buttons to a single notification.

ClutchPoints Gives You all the NBA Game Updates You Need in One Place

This Week's Top Downloads

iOS/Android: If you’re trying to follow an NBA game and you don’t have cable or you’re not in front of a TV, you can always keep tabs on the score from your phone. ClutchPoints not only gives you the score, it shows you real-time plays, video, detailed stats, and more.

The Hazy Desktop

This Week's Top Downloads

Clearer skies would be ideal, but joergermeister manages to take this hazy cityscape and turn it into a remarkable desktop. If you like the look, here’s what you need to get to make it your own.

BitBar Stuffs All Kinds of Customizable Info In Your Mac’s Menu Bar

This Week's Top Downloads

Mac: The menu bar is a great place to store tiny bits of information, whether that’s weather, a calendar, current IP address, or what’s currently playing on Spotify. BitBar allows you to create your own little menu bar information icons, no coding required.

Send Automatic, Recurring Square Cash Payments With This IFTTT Recipe

This Week's Top Downloads

Let’s say your roommate takes care of the rent, and you need to send her a check for your half every month. You could easily set up some monthly reminders, but better yet, make this task entirely automatic.

Camera MX Brings iOS-Style Live Photos to Android

This Week's Top Downloads

Android: There are plenty of alternative camera apps on Android, so it’s a little hard to stand out. Camera MX is doing a decent job though, most recently by adding Live Shots, which allow you to capture brief videos, in an easily shareable format.

Songlink Lets You Create Music Links With Multiple Listening Options

This Week's Top Downloads

Lots of music services let you share songs with others using direct links, but that can be messy when there are so many different music services out there. Songlink makes it easier to share songs with a wider audience by letting people decide where they want to listen when they click the link.

Tesla’s new firmware improves Autosteer, adds remote parking—of a sort

An empty driver’s seat is no impediment to this Model S driving into or out of your garage now.

It’s been a big week for electric vehicles, thanks to CES. Faraday Future made waves, Chevrolet debuted the Bolt, Volkswagen gave us the Budd-e electric camper van, and Arcimoto’s SRK turned out to be our surprise of the show. Tesla doesn’t do auto shows or CES, but it evidently didn’t want to be left out; it’s just begun rolling out its latest firmware, version 7.1. The update includes improvements to the Model S’ various driver assists and adds a new beta feature that allows the car to drive into or out of one’s garage remotely.

According to the firmware release notes posted over at the Tesla Motors Club forums, the improvements to Tesla’s adaptive cruise control systems include better traffic awareness, and the Autosteer function has been refined so that it won’t exceed the speed limit by more than 5mph (8km/h) on residential streets or roads without a central divider.

The new beta feature is called Summon. This lets a Model S drive or reverse into or out of of a parking space, up to 39 feet (12m). We should caution that Summon can only be used on private property at this point; outside of special permits granted by states for manufacturers to test self-driving vehicles, there are no currently-approved vehicles that the general public can use on the roads to be driven autonomously.

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In The Big Book of Madness, you will learn to love losing

Prepare to go mad.

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage right here—and let us know what you think.

“Oh, bugger, we’re out of madness.”

This is the sanitized version of an oft-heard new phrase in our house. Variations include “I’ve gone mad” and “you need more madness in your deck!” All of these are often combined with the phrase “we’ve lost.”

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Saturday’s Best Deals: PS4 Fighting Controller, MicroSD Cards, Desk Lamp, and More

A specialized PS4 controller, a popular kitchen thermometer, and ultra-cheap microSD cards highlight today’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.

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Dear Car Companies: Stop Punishing Employees For Driving The Competition

You may not know this, but some automakers have special parking lots in the middle of nowhere for employees who “go rogue”—who dare to drive cars from competing manufacturers. Here’s why I think it’s bullshit.

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You Can Buy The Best BMW M3 Ever Made For Less Than The Price Of A Ford Fusion 

Whether we like it or not, cars are becoming faster and harder to handle without computer intervention butting in more times than an in-law at a cheap wedding. That’s why it’s a breath of fresh air to know that focused driver’s cars like this spectacular BMW E90 M3 are still within the budget of most reasonable car nuts, but not for long.

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