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YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:28:00 -0400

(image) Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug...

Europe may harmonize how internet companies fight hate speech

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:57:00 -0400

(image) Internet companies are already taking action against hate speech, but it's no secret that they don't always tackle it in the same way. One may delete the hostile material immediately, while the other might spend days reviewing it before taking actio...

Artificially bright clouds might save the Great Barrier Reef

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:31:00 -0400

(image) Australia's Great Barrier Reef is dying due to changes in ocean temperature, and conventional attempts to save it (such as improving water quality or limiting fishing) haven't panned out. However, scientists might have an unusual approach that works...

China proves its first resupply spacecraft can reach orbit

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:00 -0400

(image) China's space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the e...

Verizon's Galaxy S8 won't help you shop on Amazon

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:25:00 -0400

(image) Samsung already gave a heads-up that Bixby wouldn't be complete when the Galaxy S8 launched, but Verizon customers will have to make do with less than most... for a while, anyway. The American carrier has confirmed to CNET that its version of the S8...

Britain has its first day of coal-free power in 135 years

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:56:00 -0400

(image) Coal power has been a fixture of British culture ever since the country's first plant went live in 1882. It shaped the Industrial Revolution (and the air pollution that followed), was involved in major labor disputes and even led to a famous album c...

YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ+ videos

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:25:00 -0400

(image) YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit too restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including...

'Avatar' sequels start arriving on December 18th, 2020

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:57:00 -0400

(image) James Cameron has spent years drumming up hype for his Avatar sequels with little to show for it (the first sequel was originally due this December). However, his team is finally ready to commit to specific release dates -- for all the new movies. Th...

Recommended Reading: Juicero and the Silicon Valley hype machine

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze Ellen Huet and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg We never bought into the hype of a $700 juicer, but the folks at Juicero were able convince some that its WiFi-connected device was worth the investme...

'The Last Goodbye' is the VR Holocaust memorial we need today

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) You've read about the Holocaust in books and seen it portrayed in films. But it's another experience entirely to walk through the site of a concentration camp in virtual reality, led by a survivor who lost his entire family there. The Last Goodbye, w...

With the Galaxy S8, Samsung grabs the smartphone design crown

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:30:00 -0400

(image) In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit my bias right up front: I have never liked Samsung's smartphones. The Galaxy and Note series have both been wildly successful -- so much so that they basically cemented Samsung's status as Apple's equal...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi...

Waymo says Uber hid a LiDAR device based on its technology

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:36:00 -0400

(image) The legal battle Waymo waged against Uber is getting more and more intense, and the Alphabet-owned division is showing no signs of slowing down. It has just accused the ride-hailing company of covering up a trade secret theft in a new set of court of...

Pinterest fixes its broken visual search tool for Chrome

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:48:00 -0400

(image) Pinterest thought it launched something cool when it added visual search to its Chrome browser in March. It was supposed to be able to pinpoint specific items in an image, say a pair of sunglasses somebody's wearing in a photo, and find pins with sim...

Lawsuit takes aim at Google, Huawei over Nexus 6P battery issues

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:47:00 -0400

(image) A federal class action complaint has been filed accusing Google and Huawei of fraud, breaching warranty and improperly handling customer complaints after a number of Nexus 6P smartphones unexpectedly shut down and became trapped in "boot loop" cycles...

The Moto Z2 Play looks very familiar

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:08:00 -0400

(image) You probably picked up the Moto Z Play for its long battery life, mid-range price and compatibility with Motrola's flagship modular backs. If you were worried that those components wouldn't work on the next version of the handset, don't -- leaked ima...

Valve is trying to end account smurfing in 'Dota 2'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:34:00 -0400

(image) Valve is changing the way Dota 2 is played, at least on a meta level. Beginning May 4th, players will be required to register a unique phone number to their accounts in order to queue up for ranked matches. That's one account per phone number, ostens...

Duolingo has a premium subscription, but lessons are still free

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:54:00 -0400

(image) The idea that learning another language should be free is the core idea behind Duolingo. Over the past few years, the app has strived to make learning a new tongue convenient, portable and fun. Now the company's trying to turn its free language learn...

Adidas will sell more shoes partially made with ocean trash

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:04:00 -0400

(image) In honor of tomorrow's Earth Day celebrations, Adidas is unveiling yet another collaboration with Parley, an organization that focuses on protecting oceans from being polluted. This includes three new models of its flagship running shoe, the original...

The next version of uTorrent will run in your browser

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:14:00 -0400

(image) uTorrent is the most popular Bittorrent client in the world, but it's clearly getting a bit long in the tooth. You can expect some big changes soon, though. TorrentFreak reports that the app will eventually run in your web browser, based on comments...

Volkswagen shows off its vision for a driverless future

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:29:00 -0400

(image) Back in March, the Volkswagen Group dropped rendered concept images of its futuristic Sedric, an autonomous vehicle that would take riders to their destination at the touch of a button -- no human driving required. At Auto Shanghai 2017, VW showed of...

Samsung promises to fix Galaxy S8's 'red tint' problem

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:40:00 -0400

(image) Quite a few of Samsung's newly-released Galaxy S8 handsets have been showing a noticeable reddish tint on their screens. While the company initially said that the problem was easily fixed with a manual calibration, it's since decided to roll out an u...

Arsenal FC delivers match day updates with Alexa

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:23:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's virtual assistant can tell you all sorts of info on a range of topics. Sure, Alexa can already give you sports details, but one English Premier League club is going a step further. With a hand from digital agency AKQA, Arsenal Football Club...

Dell's first HDR display is aimed squarely at video editors

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:01:00 -0400

(image) HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the two main competing standards for high dynamic range displays. Today, Dell lent its support to the former as it announced its first HDR10-compliant display, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor. Dell revealed the new de...

Court documents reveal more shady dealings by Theranos

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:38:00 -0400

(image) Things just got a lot worse for Theranos, the beleaguered blood-testing company that's seen its share of bad press and class-action lawsuits. The latest complaint is mostly based on testimony from 22 former employees and directors, according to the W...