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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...



Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations

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

(image) Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.



NASA's high altitude ER-2 scans California's wildfires

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

(image) For the second time this year, swaths of California are burning out of control thanks to unseasonably warm and dry temperatures. To better study what's happening and assess the environmental impact, NASA deployed its high-altitude ER-2 aircraft with...



'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:22:00 -0500

(image) Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix. N...



Tech pioneers tell FCC: 'You don't understand how the internet works'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Today, pioneers of the internet such as Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf sent a letter to the FCC telling them, "You don't understand how the internet works." The letter calls on the FCC to cancel the December 14th vote, which would rep...



Verizon’s NFL streaming isn’t restricted to its own customers anymore

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:24:00 -0500

(image) Verizon and the NFL signed a new $2 billion, five-year deal today. In it, Verizon traded its previous status as the exclusive US wireless carrier for NFL games for the exclusive rights to livestream games to any device, whether a cell phone, a comput...



Google's high-quality Home Max speaker goes on sale for $399

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:57:00 -0500

(image) Google launched its high-quality Home Max speaker with Google Assistant in October, and the last we heard (via a Best Buy leak), it was set to arrive on December 11th. That date was spot on, it turns out, as the Home Max has indeed gone on sale at bo...



Facebook's 'ticker,' aka creeper feed, is no more

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:02:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has killed one of its oldest features, the "ticker," that let you see at a glance what your friends were doing or sharing. First launched in 2011, it used to appear to the right of your news feed (on the web app) showing likes, comments and...



BBC launches Alexa skill for live radio and podcasts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:10:00 -0500

(image) Every BBC radio station and podcast is now accessible through Amazon's Alexa assistant. So if you have an Echo or Echo dot in your home (or any Alexa-enabled speaker, for that matter), you can now launch Radio 1, 6 Music, or an episode of Desert Isla...



Google's Assistant will help 'sync' your smart home devices

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:02:00 -0500

(image) Smart homes can be tricky to manage, especially if you've invested in a bunch of different brands. If you have a Google Home, good news: You can now use the Google Assistant to clean up and "sync" any misbehaving devices. Let's say you have some Phil...



The Morning After: Monday, December 11th 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Welcome to your Monday morning news missive. An anniversary Street Fighter game that crams in 12 (vaguely) different titles, a hacked way of cranking up the sound quality on your cheap Google Home Mini and Welcome To Night Vale gets its own TV show....



Gene therapy gives 'bubble babies' immune systems

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:31:00 -0500

(image) Initial results from a new gene therapy technique suggest it could open the doors to a cure for "bubble baby" disease. Lacking the ability to ward off even the most common infections, infants born with the genetic disorder -- known as severe combined...



Google reveals all the Android Wear watches getting Oreo

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:55:00 -0500

(image) Google left us in the dark for a bit as to which Android Wear smartwatches are getting Oreo. Thankfully, just a few days after its official arrival, we're getting the lowdown on device upgrades. Aside from the LG Watch Sport, which was spotted with O...



Mod gives Google's Home Mini speaker its 'missing' line-out jack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:08:00 -0500

(image) For many, Google's Home Mini speaker has one key disadvantage over Amazon's Echo Dot: there's no line-out jack. If you want more powerful sound without buying a higher-priced model, you have to stream to a Chromecast-equipped speaker system. However,...



'Evil Within 2' trial gives you a taste of surreal survival horror

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:11:00 -0500

(image) Free trials (aka demos) are good ways to get a feel for a game before you buy, but they could be particularly helpful for The Evil Within 2. How are you going to wrap your head around Shinji Mikami's surreal survival horror game based on second-hand...



'Street Fighter' anthology brings online play to classic brawlers

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:35:00 -0500

(image) The original Street Fighter turned 30 this year, and Capcom is marking it in style... if a little late. It's releasing a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection in May 2018 that not only bundles many of the pre-3D titles (ranging from the first g...



OnePlus 5T needs an update to play Netflix in HD

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:02:00 -0500

(image) The OnePlus 5T is defined by its cinematic 18:9 screen, but don't expect to get the full effect while you're watching your favorite streaming service... at least, not yet. Owners have learned that the 5T and its OnePlus 5 ancestor can't play Netflix...