Ctrl-Walt-Delete: New TiVos, old TiVos, and ad-skipping

Welcome to the first-ever second episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete! With the release of the new TiVo Bolt, Walt and Nilay discuss its new features, Walt’s review of the first TiVo back in 1999, and the great relevance of the Bolt’s ad-skipping features. Spoiler alert: Nilay still owes Walt $100.

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We took Google’s self-driving car prototype through an obstacle course at the mall

As Google has expanded throughout Mountain View over the past decade, its repurposed office buildings have developed a certain sameness: perfectly mundane exteriors, accented by the multicolored Google bikes scattered outside. Building RSL2 is different: it was previously known as the Mayfield Mall, and for that reason, its roof is an enormous multilevel parking lot. On this day, there isn’t a car in sight — and if you live in the Bay Area, where parking spaces are conserved as zealously as water in Mad Max: Fury Road, it looks a little like the promised land.

And then something comes into view from across the lot. Something small and purposeful, moving toward you at an eminently reasonable speed. Its movements are self-assured and…

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EPA to set new limits on levels of harmful ozone pollution in atmosphere

For the first time since 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency will tighten a federal limit on the amount of harmful ground-level ozone in the air, The Wall Street Journal reported. Ground-level ozone is associated with shortness of breath and aggravated lung conditions among people who breathe it, especially children and the elderly. The new standards are the latest in a string of environmental and energy policy changes mandated by President Obama’s Clean Air Act.

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Here’s Apple’s idea for a smart ring

Apple has some interest in another wearable: smart rings. A patent application published today describes an interactive smart ring that could work in conjunction with larger devices, like a phone. As Apple describes it, the ring could have a touchpad or a touchscreen, it’d likely have haptic feedback to let a wearer know when something has happened, and it could include a microphone for dictating commands. The ring might even be able to determine what you’re writing by following the motion of your hand.

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Amazon will ban sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast

Amazon plans to discontinue sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast, two enormously popular streaming devices that compete with the company’s own Fire TV and Fire TV stick. Bloomberg Business first reported on an Amazon memo dispatched to all merchants on the e-commerce site, warning that both products will disappear on October 29th. New listings for either device are no longer permitted. “Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, and Fire TV are excellent choices,” the company said in a statement.

Amazon’s reasoning, which is sure to come under a firestorm of criticism, is that it wants to sell living room devices that are fully compatible and optimized for its Amazon Prime Video service. “Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important…

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