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What's on TV: 'Mr. Robot,' 'PUBG' and 'Okami HD'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:25:00 -0500

(image) This week most series are wrapping up with fall finales, but the biggest TV show making its exit is Mr. Robot. While we wait for the new Star Wars flick this weekend, movie fans can check out Dunkirk via video on-demand services or Moonlight on 4K Bl...

Atari's Speakerhat, a hat with speakers, is now on sale

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:46:00 -0500

(image) Yes, Atari's speaker-equipped hats are very much real. At the last possible minute, the game brand has started selling the Speakerhat to the masses. Pay $130 or more ($100 until January 2nd) and you too can get a cap with Bluetooth stereo speakers...

Apple Watch GymKit syncing arrives in exactly one US gym

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:45:00 -0500

(image) GymKit syncing on the Apple Watch technically arrived with watchOS 4.1, but there's been one main obstacle to using it: actually finding a gym that supports it. Only one fitness center each in Australia and the UK have enabled it so far, while Ameri...

Ford exec: Hybrids are better suited for self-driving cars than EVs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:57:00 -0500

(image) Automakers like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Lyft, have been bundling their autonomous car experiments into electric vehicles. But Ford will keep one foot in fossil fuels, at least for now. An executive from the company told Automotive News t...

American Express will stop requiring signatures for purchases

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:03:00 -0500

(image) Mastercard and Discover both announced in recent months that, starting next year, they would no longer require signatures for credit card transactions. Now, the Verge reports, American Express has announced it's also moving away from signatures. As o...

Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:38:00 -0500

(image) Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe...

Airbnb will add VR previews of rooms and cities

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:19:00 -0500

(image) Airbnb has been expanding to serve users' other needs, from partnering with WeWork to find desks for traveling customers to investing in apartment complexes for season-length rentals. But the company isn't neglecting its main rental service. Today, A...

FCC and FTC outline how they’ll cooperate after net neutrality vote

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:59:00 -0500

(image) The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposal to roll back net neutrality protections on December 14th and ahead of that vote, the FCC and FTC have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding each agency's role in policing internet service...

Google app experiments push the limits of phone photography

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0500

(image) Google doesn't want to limit its photographic prowess to its own phones -- it just released an initial batch of "appsperiments" that use the company's knack for computer vision and other technologies to test the boundaries of phone photography. Stor...

Dutch police retire convocation of drone-catching eagles

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:22:00 -0500

(image) Police in the Netherlands may have been a tad too hasty in testing a squadron of drone-catching eagles. NOS has learned that Dutch law enforcement officials are retiring the birds (they're going to new homes) and winding down the program. Not surpr...

Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:01:00 -0500

(image) It's not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC's ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset...

New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:39:00 -0500

(image) As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all...

Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:18:00 -0500

(image) Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-...

Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Less than two weeks after being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai said one of his priorities was to "make the agency's operation more transparent," beginning with a pilot program to release internal documents pertainin...

Researchers create prosthetic hand that offers more lifelike dexterity

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

(image) Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a prosthetic hand inspired by the bionic one given to Star Wars' Luke Skywalker. What sets this one apart from other prosthetics is the amount of dexterity it offers, allowing users to move individual finger...

Amazon's Alexa can now wake you up with music instead of alarms

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) One of the greatest perks of connected speakers is waking up to whatever music you like, not just a buzzer or the radio. However, that hasn't been an option for Alexa-equipped devices like the Echo -- until today, that is. Amazon has added a feature...

Microsoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:02:00 -0500

(image) Developers hoping to get on the quantum computer train early can now get started with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, a free preview version of which was released today. The kit, which was first announced at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Sept...

Russian hackers steal $10 million from ATMs through bank networks

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:38:00 -0500

(image) The recent rash of bank system hacks goes deeper than you might have thought -- it also includes stealing cash directly from ATMs. Researchers at Group-iB have published details of MoneyTaker, a group of Russian hackers that has stolen close to $10...

Xbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:19:00 -0500

(image) The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K vi...

I tried (and failed) to become an Instagram guru

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) The life of a rock star social media celebrity may not be as worthwhile as building hospitals in war zones, but it looks a hell of a lot more fun. Imagine all of those trips behind the red velvet rope to a world where beautiful people like and respec...

Trump to sign directive ordering NASA to return to the Moon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:43:00 -0500

(image) President Trump's administration hasn't been shy about wanting to put people back on the Moon, and now it's taking action to make sure that happens. In a statement, the White House said the President would sign Space Policy Directive 1, which orders...

Apple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:24:00 -0500

(image) Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be wo...

The best gifts for a console gamer

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:15:00 -0500

(image) Don't worry, we're not out to start a console war in our comments: If you're in the market for a new games system, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch and 2DS XL all made it into our holiday gift guide, for different reasons. Once you fig...

Google's Pixel AR stickers are available starting today

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) During Google's Pixel 2 event in October, the company teased its upcoming AR stickers and starting today, Pixel users can actually get their hands on them. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers like Foodmoji...

Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:42:00 -0500

(image) Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to sn...