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'Yooka-Laylee' is at the heart of a 3D platformer revival

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) A few years ago, the 3D platformer was in a bad place. Mario was still around, but the genre had little support elsewhere. Colorful games like Crash Bandicoot, Pyschonauts and Jak and Daxter had vanished in favor of grittier, more realistic adventure...

Google and Symantec go to war over our internet security

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) Google and Symantec are engaged in a war about each other's security practices, with all of us caught in the crossfire. As TechCrunch reports, Google believes that Symantec has been improperly issuing security certificates for tens of thousands of we...

Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Uber's fleet of electric vehicles in London is set to rise in the coming weeks after the company announced an expansion of its partnership with Nissan. The two companies have committed to deliver an additional 100 Nissan LEAF EVs, trebling the number...

Comcast could chase cord-cutters with 'Xfinity Instant TV'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:20:00 -0400

(image) For years we've seen Comcast preparing to distribute video like an internet service instead of traditional cable methods, and now there's word it will roll the project out widely. While recent rumors indicated Comcast has signed deals preparing to co...

Adidas' All Day app aims to help you stay fit and eat healthy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this month, at SXSW, Adidas teased it was working on new, "open" digital fitness products. And today we're getting a clearer picture of its strategy, thanks to the introduction of All Day, an app for iOS and Android that's designed for "versa...

Razer's 2017 Blade Pro boasts a new CPU and THX certifications

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) If you've been eyeing one of Razer's "professional gaming laptops" since December, you're going to want to wait just a little bit longer. That's because the company announced today that it's releasing a new iteration of its flagship laptop, the Blade...

Netgear releases two (slightly) cheaper Orbi routers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:00 -0400

(image) Mesh WiFi networks, which use a handful of base stations to eliminate black spots in your home, are great but for one thing: the price. After all, dropping the better part of $500 on a router set is pretty steep when you've got bills to pay and food...

Square's payment service arrives in the UK

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:15:00 -0400

(image) When Jack Dorsey isn't preoccupied with his CEO role at Twitter, he's also busy running the other company he founded, Square. It's all about money, and is primarily known for little devices that, when paired with its mobile app, quickly get small bus...

Facebook adds nearly everything Snapchat does to its main app

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Facebook's quest to mimic Snapchat is undeniable at this point. In just the last few months, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger have all integrated some form of Stories -- a disappearing slideshow format that Snapchat is famous for -- while Facebook L...

Vizio's latest 4K TVs are dirt cheap

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Vizio continues to push TV prices down to the point where it would be crazy not to go 4K on your next TV. With its latest D-Series, a 65-inch 4K (Ultra HD) model costs $900, while the 55-inch Ultra HD model is just $570. To be sure, these are not fan...

Urbanears built AirPlay and Chromecast into its WiFi speakers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) The last time we covered Urbanears, the company was hawking headphones with quilted padding. Now, some six years later it's getting into the crowded wireless speaker game. Long story short, the Connected Speakers are colorful noise boxes that you can...

There are over 770,000 registered drone owners in the US

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:07:00 -0400

(image) Over 770,000 drone owners have registered to fly in the US since the FAA made it mandatory in December 2015, Administrator Michael Huerta told drone group AUVSI yesterday. As Recode notes, that's up from 670,000 at the beginning of the year, meaning...

Amazon's new Prime perk gets you the best seats in the house

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:10:00 -0400

(image) With the weather beginning to brighten up, Amazon's introducing a new perk for Prime members that aims to get you to down your Kindle, drag yourself off your comfy sofa and venture out to see some live gigs and events. Starting this Thursday, Amazon...

The Morning After: Tuesday, March 28th 2017

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to Tuesday, and we're letting an AI influence our tweets, see cell division that looks like the intro to an X-Men movie, and hear about Andy Rubin's new smartphone. In case you didn't know, he was the gu...

Amazon is buying the 'Amazon of the Middle East'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:05:00 -0400

(image) Amazon wants to be a one-stop shop for the entire world, but has struggled to get a foothold in the Middle East. After months of deliberations, the company has finally purchased, the "Amazon of the Middle East." Russ Grandinetti, Amazon VP,...

Google Home and WiFi launch in the UK on April 6th

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:36:00 -0400

(image) Google's Home speaker is coming to the UK on April 6th, the company said today. Hosting an event in a makeshift London home, the search giant unveiled its hardware plans for Europe, confirming that the smart speaker will cost £129, undercutting...

IKEA launches its own low-cost smart lighting range

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0400

(image) For many people, their first foray into the world of home automation begins with lighting. There's a good reason for this: smart bulbs easily fit into existing furnishings and can be operated using just a smartphone, which (mostly) everybody now owns...

NASA prepares the ISS for its second space taxi dock

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:17:00 -0400

(image) NASA has begun preparing the ISS' second space taxi dock for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon. Flight controllers at NASA Johnson Space Center have taken control of the station's robotic arm, the Canadarm 2, to relocate one of its...

SpaceX prepares to reuse the first rocket it landed on a barge

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:14:00 -0400

(image) We might be days away from witnessing SpaceX make history. The private space corporation has conducted a static test fire (yet again) of the first rocket it landed on an ocean platform. SpaceX wants to make sure it's in tip-top shape for lift off, be...

What's on TV: 'Planet Earth II,' 'Review,' 'Legion' and 'Walking Dead' finale

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:48:00 -0400

(image) This week it's time to pick up some new demo material for your Ultra HD television, since Planet Earth II is available in 4K and HDR. Other than that it's a big week for finales, with Legion and The Walking Dead wrapping up their most recent seasons...

The Apple TV Remote app is finally optimized for iPads

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:18:00 -0400

(image) No, we still don't have an iPad version of the Instagram app, but another longtime holdout has gotten some big(ger) screen love. Apple has finally given its Apple TV Remote app a refresh tailored for the slate's display. The iTunes listing says that...

Gigantic drones may be the key to low-cost air shipping

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:31:00 -0400

(image) Wonder why some companies still ship products on boats instead of speedy aircraft? It's because air freight is much more expensive -- the costs of the crew and fuel quickly add up. Natilus, however, thinks drones might offer a solution. The startup i...

Dell's 8K monitor is available for $5,000

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:44:00 -0400

(image) Dell introduced its 31.5-inch 8K monitor at CES, which the company claims is the world's first consumer screen to meet such a ridiculous resolution. While it took a backseat to the artist-aimed Canvas at the tech show, the Ultrasharp 32 is finally av...

Scientists turn spinach into a farm for human heart cells

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:53:00 -0400

(image) In the future, you might not have to resort to exotic materials to create heart cells -- you could just raid your grocery store's produce section. Scientists have invented a process that turns spinach leaves into farms for functioning human heart cel...

Elon Musk's Neuralink will plug AI into your brain

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:22:00 -0400

(image) Somewhere between rolling out new Teslas, launching re-usable rockets and digging a tunnel under Los Angeles, Elon Musk managed to start yet another new company. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Musk's latest project is called Neuralink and...