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Apple reportedly invests in its own MicroLED screens

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:25:00 -0400

(image) Apple quietly acquired a company called LuxVue in 2014 that was working on low-power MicroLED display technology. A report by Bloomberg indicates that development has continued and that Apple is making a "significant investment" in the new technology...

NASA's portable antennas help bring space data back to Earth

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:40:00 -0400

(image) Spacecraft don't usually have much flexibility when it comes to sending data back to Earth: they either have to venture within range of a dedicated ground station or offload it by returning to the planet. NASA may soon have a more flexible option: it...

Tinder's parent company sues Bumble over patents

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:07:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that Tinder (or rather, its parent company Match Group) and Bumble are arch-rivals in the swipe-right dating app space, and that battle just escalated. Match Group has sued Bumble for allegedly violating two patents, one for the "orna...

AR firm Avegant cuts half its workforce and picks new CEO

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:34:00 -0400

(image) Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (i...

Facebook may have broken FTC deal in Cambridge Analytica incident

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:06:00 -0400

(image) Facebook may face more legal trouble than you might think in the wake of Cambridge Analytica's large-scale data harvesting. Former US officials David Vladeck and Jessica Rich have told the Washington Post that Facebook's data sharing may violate the...

US Navy launches submarine with gamepad-guided periscope

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:35:00 -0400

(image) The Navy's fourth USS Colorado attack submarine has recently gone into service with an Xbox controller onboard. No, not so sailors can play Overwatch: they'll actually be using the gaming device to steer the vehicle's two photonics masts, which you c...

Twitter may be the next to ban cryptocurrency ads

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:01:00 -0400

(image) Twitter may soon join Facebook and Google in cracking down on ads for cryptocurrency-related products. Sky sources have claimed the social network will institute worldwide ban against ads for initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency wallets and token...

Coca-Cola and US government use blockchain to curb forced labor

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:32:00 -0400

(image) The quest to end forced labor has created some unusual technological allies. Coca-Cola, the US State Department and a trio of crypto organizations (Bitfury Group, Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Emercoin) have launched a pilot project that will use...

After Math: Space Farce

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It was a parabolic week for space nerds. The president teased the creation of a fourth military branch dubbed the "Space Force," world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76, and NASA's acting chief retired without someo...

L'Oreal buys an augmented reality beauty app maker

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:29:00 -0400

(image) Makeup empire L'Oreal wants to promote its huge collection of brands the high-tech way, so it's buying Modiface to make that happen. It's now in the process of acquiring the beauty tech company, which has been teaming up with big cosmetics brands for...

GE test-flies the world's largest jet engine

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:56:00 -0400

(image) Airliners are growing ever bigger to haul more people per flight, which means they need appropriately massive engines -- and GE Aviation is happy to oblige. It recently conducted the first test flight of the GE9X, widely billed as the world's larges...

'Yakuza Kiwami 2' set for Western launch on August 28th

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 03:03:00 -0400

(image) While Western fans of the Yakuza series are still patiently waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life's delayed PS4 launch next month, Sega decided to tease further by announcing that Yakuza Kiwami 2, the remake of Yakuza 2 from 2008, is also heading to...

YouTube's Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:37:00 -0400

(image) As much work as YouTube may have done to scrub vile videos from its Kids app, there's still some work to go. Business Insider has discovered that the Kids app was suggesting conspiracy theory videos when you searched for certain keywords. If you look...

Nissan's electric SUV concept will enter production

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:34:00 -0400

(image) Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to Autocar that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (abo...

FIFA approves use of video referees at 2018 World Cup

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:35:00 -0400

(image) Video assistant referees are about to get their biggest test to date. In the wake of an earlier general approval, the FIFA Council has authorized the use of VARs at the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. The tool will help refs make decisions on di...

Android Auto can unlock your phone with a swipe

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:02:00 -0400

(image) Google understandably shuts down easy access to your phone when Android Auto is turned on, since you're supposed to be focused on the road. But what if you do need access to your phone while it's still paired with your car? It should be easy from n...

Whistleblower explains how Cambridge Analytica 'exploited' Facebook

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:33:00 -0400

(image) Last night Facebook announced bans against Cambridge Analytica, its parent company and several individuals for allegedly sharing and keeping data that they had promised to delete. This data reportedly included information siphoned from hundreds of th...

Amazon hires former FDA exec for secret health care team

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:03:00 -0400

(image) Amazon has made a big hire for its secret health care division internally known as 1492, according to CNBC: FDA's first chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout. The e-commerce giant reportedly brought him on board to work under former Google...

The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0400

(image) It's safe to say that when a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about Grand Theft Auto, but Fortnite, Epic Games' m...

Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:29:00 -0400

(image) The House of Representatives' investigation into Russia's election interference may have ended, but Democrats are still discussing what they'd like to do if and when they regain a House majority -- and it could have significant repercussions for the...

Uber may offer its self-driving technology to Toyota

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:02:00 -0400

(image) Lyft and Waymo might not be the only ridesharing companies developing self-driving technology with hopes of making it available to others. Nikkei has claimed that Uber is in talks to slip its autonomous vehicle system into a Toyota minivan, marking...

Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:31:00 -0400

(image) The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its definition of an autodialer. The regulations defined...

The Infiniti QX80 is too pricey to have this little tech

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

(image) I'm not kidding (okay, I'm sort of kidding) when I say that the Infiniti QX80 (starting at $64,750) is only slightly smaller than a studio apartment I used to live in. It's a very large SUV that's packed to the gills with luxury features. It's certai...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:05:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend! Other than some highlights from last week, you can check out an Alphabet-backed smart city plan and Facebook's latest Friday night news dump.

Bite-sized, black-and-white game 'Minit' lands April 3rd

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:46:00 -0400

(image) A crew of indie veterans, including half of notable studio Vlambeer, will release Minit on April 3rd for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. In the monochromatic Lo-Fi title, players rushing out their front door to do as much adventuring as possible before...