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Ancient city's LiDAR scans reveal as many buildings as Manhattan

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:33:00 -0500

(image) When researchers surveyed the ruins of a Purépecha Empire city in Mexico the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it took them two seasons to explore two square kilometres. Good thing they decided to use LiDAR, because the city called Angamuco turn...



Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:58:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the ide...



Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show premieres this weekend

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:32:00 -0500

(image) As promised, Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show is premiering on February 18th -- and you now have a better idea of what to expect going in. The streaming service has posted a preview of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale that gives a feel for wha...



Google app beta adds built-in screenshot-editing tools

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:01:00 -0500

(image) Google app is extremely close to rolling out a built-in screenshot-editing tool -- so close that you can now try it out as a beta tester on Android. If you join the app's beta program and download version 7.21, you'll find an option that says "Edit a...



Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this week, we endured another school shooting. This time, in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 students were killed. During the shooting's aftermath, hoaxes and disinformation spread on Twitter. It's a phenomenon that happens after every t...



Labor board says Google legally fired diversity memo writer

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:59:00 -0500

(image) James Damore may claim Google was wrong to fire him over his memo criticizing the company's diversity culture, but a federal government overseer begs to differ. The National Labor Relations Board has published a January memo recommending a dismissal...



Rocket League Rivals brings absurd car-based soccer to the real world

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

(image) This week Hot Wheels unveiled Augmoto, an AR-enhanced course that makes the brand's track races a lot more video game-like. However, in the other direction it's also introducing Rocket League Rivals, a remote control vehicle kit that brings the popul...



Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on DJI's Mavic Air

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

(image) If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long enough to know the things you want, and the result is the Mavic Air. Not to give you any spo...



littleBits launches more accessible $40 'Hall of Fame' kits

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

(image) littleBits kits are a great way to teach kids how to build their own toys and electronics, but they're not exactly cheap. The Star Wars Droid inventor set, for instance, will set buyers back $100, while others could cost as much as $300. Now, the sta...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:45:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. Once you return from Wakanda, you can check out SpaceX's next rocket launch and revisit our Apple HomePod review.



Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asia business

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:57:00 -0500

(image) Late last year Uber sold off its business in China to a competitor, and now it looks like the Southeast Asia region could follow a similar path. CNBC reports that it's preparing to make a deal with Grab, a company that claimed to have 95 percent of r...



Facebook: Two-factor authentication spam was caused by a bug

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0500

(image) A number of people have been receiving random notifications from Facebook after giving the social network their phone number for two-factor authentication. Worse, if they attempt to cancel that by replying to the message, say with STOP or CANCEL, Fac...



Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:36:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it's still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and de...



LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:22:00 -0500

(image) Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has heard that LG is planning to unveil a new flagship phone, nicknamed Judy. The star attract...



Atari will use cryptocurrency to bolster its online gambling business

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:14:00 -0500

(image) In its latest bid for relevance, Atari is glomming onto the cryptocurrency craze. The company is hoping to bolster its gambling business in Europe with Atari Token, according to Bloomberg. "Our aim is to take strategic positions with a limited cash r...



Twitter pulls the plug on its official Mac app

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:12:00 -0500

(image) We had high hopes about Twitter for Mac after the company acquired Tweetie and put its name on the desktop app, but now Twitter is shutting it off. This evening its Support account revealed that its app has been pulled from the Mac store, and in 30 d...



Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:49:00 -0500

(image) Just over two years ago, Google announced it would convert a 1,300-acre former Hemlock Semiconductor facility in Clarksville, Tennessee into a new $600 million data center. Today, the search giant broke ground on the site -- and Google CEO Sundar Pic...



How Mattel is using AR to let you preview Hot Wheels playsets

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:00 -0500

(image) Taking a cue from Lego, Mattel is betting on augmented reality as a new way to entice shoppers. The company will introduce an AR app this fall, which will generate a virtual version of its Hot Wheels City playsets when you point your phone or tablet...



Cyber attacks reportedly cost the US as much as $109 billion in 2016

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:53:00 -0500

(image) Cyber attacks are increasingly becoming a fact of life. North Korea attacked aerospace and telecom networks last year. Olympics officials confirmed a recent attack that took place during the opening ceremonies. While Russia denied its involvement in...



Google Pixel 2 users report warming phones and shortened battery life

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:19:00 -0500

(image) If you've noticed your Pixel 2 running warm lately or found its battery life to suddenly be shortened, you're not alone. As 9to5Google points out, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users are reporting on Reddit and Google's Pixel User Community that their phone...



IKEA and Teenage Engineering preview their collaboration on Instagram

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:49:00 -0500

(image) Teenage Engineering is known for its wonky-looking yet functional synths and speakers, while IKEA furniture fills college (and folks who still live like it's college) apartments. Their powers combined has produced...some neat, boldly-colored speakers...



Essential’s Amazon-exclusive phone comes with Alexa onboard

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:22:00 -0500

(image) Oh, you thought Essential was out of new color options to show off? Not quite. The company announced today that a new, so-called Halo Gray model is now available to purchase exclusively from Amazon. Unlike the other, limited-edition versions of the P...



How security became more important than convenience

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Since the dawn of infosec, the belief that we users are a group of dullard cattle who blindly trade our own security for convenience at every turn has been trumpeted by the stewards of IT and the infosec-arrogant, while bolstered by old research. No...



Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' VR mock-doc is live on Pixel phones

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:37:00 -0500

(image) Big-budget VR tie-ins are nothing new. Dunkirk got its own version from Intel, Blade Runner 2049 has one that debuted at Comic-Con and even Spider-Man got his own virtual reality "experience" when the reboot launched last year. Wes Anderson's Isle of...



Smart Fortwo EV Cabrio is the tiny car for the big city

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:10:00 -0500

(image) There are cars out there that fill a need in someone else's life. Maybe you live in a large city and don't have the room or desire for a truck with a powerful diesel engine. Or you're part of a couple that has no need for an SUV with seats for eight....