This Week in Tech and Science: October 21, 2015

Tesla’s autopilot, the growth of YouTube Gaming, Dropbox’s foray into productivity and more.


Tesla’s autopilot, the growth of YouTube Gaming, Dropbox productivity and more.

On the Radar

The Latest in Tech and Science News

YouTube Gaming Grows


Google continues its quest to one-up Twitch: YouTube Gaming now allows users to live stream from Android, along with the ability to sponsor gamers you like (for $3.99 a month).

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Dropbox Eyes Office


In a bid to make itself something greater than a cloud storage system, Dropbox’s Paper web app intends to supplant Word and Google Docs. If we had to guess, we’d say this is just the start of the company’s foray into productivity apps.

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Tesla’s Autopilot


Elon Musk has announced that fully autonomous cars should be hitting the highways within three years. Meanwhile, his company is rolling out autopilot software to existing Model S vehicles across the globe.

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AT&T NumberSync


If you’re one of the many who juggle multiple smartphones, AT&T is aiming to make your life a little easier. Its impending NumberSync feature allows multiple devices to share a single number, which is hopefully the final step before we ditch phone numbers completely and go straight to portable usernames.

Learn More: Here

Reviews and Guides

Advice from the Crew

Sony’s RX1R II


Technically speaking, this may just be the best compact camera ever built for the consumer market — not just by Sony, but by anyone. Read the Review

Noteworthy Reads

Stories from Around the Web

A painstakingly assembled report from FiveThirtyEight looks at Uber’s true impact in New York City, but the key takeaway is this: Uber isn’t contributing to increased congestion in the Big Apple.

If you’re curious how (and where) Apple tests its bevy of accessories, Backchannel has a luscious behind-the-curtain look at the labs where the magic happens.

Apps like TimeHop are great for resurfacing wonderful moments, but they’re also unable to accurately determine which memories you’d rather not relive. Now, Facebook is allowing users to filter those out by date as well as by people’s names.

Looking Ahead

What We’re Testing Now

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