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Arcade classic '10-Yard Fight' is the Switch's first football game

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:32:00 -0400

(image) Nintendo has been keen to capitalize on nostalgia, however, its latest attempt has us scratching our heads. Next week the Switch will have a football game to call its own, but rather than, say, a classic Madden, Mutant League Football from EA or Tecm...



CRISPR pioneer wants to make an at-home test that detects disease

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:02:00 -0400

(image) Biotech company Mammoth Biosciences is working on a simple, portable test that would give everyone, from healthcare professionals to just people at home, the ability to detect various diseases, infections and cancers quickly and easily. The test woul...



Microsoft shuts down a 'Halo Online' fan mod

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:51:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft takes copyright violations as seriously as Nintendo does, it'd seem. The Xbox-maker has requested that a fan-made version of Halo Online stop production. Microsoft canned the Russia-only, free-to-play Halo Online back in 2016. From the soun...



Someday, every piece of a person will be replaceable

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:30:00 -0400

(image) In the past half decade, medical science has made tremendous advances in reproductive organ transplant techniques. In the span of just four years, we've seen the first successful penile transplant, the first child born from a transplanted uterus, and...



Alexa will soon have a memory

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:16:00 -0400

(image) You'd be forgiven for thinking that Amazon's Alexa was an amnesiac: it can't remember important long-term info, or even that you started talking to it a few moments ago. Soon, though, it'll be considerably less forgetful. Amazon's Ruhi Sarikaya ha...



Nintendo Labo review: A labor of love

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Over the last week, I've spent more than 20 hours folding and assembling cardboard, and I've learned a few things. One: You don't want to follow exactly in my footsteps. And two: Nintendo's Labo is ingenious. It's something few other companies co...



Disney's 'Force Jacket' prototype allows you to feel every VR punch

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:40:00 -0400

(image) We're only starting to take advantage of all that AR and VR can offer. Now, the challenge is to make the experience immersive, engaging your entire body in whatever your brain is perceiving. That's just what Disney is working on with the Force Jacket...



Fake Mark Zuckerbergs tried to scam Facebook users for cash

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:21:00 -0400

(image) A number of Facebook and Instagram accounts have been parading as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, tricking vulnerable individuals into sending large amounts of money in order to collect bogus lottery winnings, the New York Times...



Dropbox's Paper documents app now supports custom layouts

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Dropbox has been pushing out a bunch of updates to its core products over the last few weeks, and its collaborative document-building service Paper is the latest to get some major tweaks. As of today, Dropbox is adding the ability to build Paper temp...



HD vinyl is a promise, not a product

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:30:00 -0400

(image) Günter Loibl thinks vinyl needs an update. Two years ago he filed a patent for a new way to make records, using lasers (rather than a traditional cutting lathe) to pack the grooves tighter and add 30 percent more usable space. Thanks to the lase...



House sends key music royalties bill to the Senate

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:14:00 -0400

(image) Today, the Music Modernization Act passed the House of Representatives in a unanimous vote (there were no negative votes, but 16 representatives did not cast a vote). The bill still needs to be passed by the Senate, but considering the overwhelming s...



Tile brings video and voice to its trackers with help from Comcast

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Tile's Bluetooth trackers help people keep tabs on their keys, wallets and other items they don't want to lose, and today the company is making it a little easier for some to keep track of their important objects. Tile is teaming up with Comcast so t...



Dutch police seize revenge porn site Anon-IB

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:42:00 -0400

(image) Dutch police have seized revenge porn site Anon-IB, Motherboard reports. The site currently redirects to a Dutch police force website with an image stating, "Cybercrime teams from the Dutch police have seized the Anon-IB forum in an ongoing investiga...



IBM is using blockchain to confirm the origins of jewelry

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:23:00 -0400

(image) While blockchain is the system that supports cryptocurrency, the decentralized ledger can have wide applications outside of crypto. Today, TechCrunch reports that IBM has set up a blockchain system to trace the provenance of jewelry. TrustChain acco...



Europe wants to regulate how tech giants treat other companies

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:02:00 -0400

(image) Europe is introducing new rules for Google, Apple, Amazon and other large platforms forcing them to handle customer complaints better and be more transparent about rankings. The proposed regulations, released by the EU Commission, affect search engin...



Tesla loses Autopilot chief Jim Keller (updated)

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:41:00 -0400

(image) Tesla's Autopilot chief has left the building. The automaker hired veteran chipmaker Jim Keller from AMD back in 2016 before it announced that it's working on its own AI chip. Keller worked for Apple before AMD and was a key figure in the development...



Google wants the Clean Power Plan to stick around too

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:22:00 -0400

(image) If we don't want the seas to boil and the skies to burn, we need to stop polluting the world with climate altering gases. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to gut the Clean Power Plan, legislation aimed at curbing America...



Mozilla’s 'Hubs' is a VR chatroom for every headset and browser

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400

(image) On a Manhattan rooftop earlier this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, Mozilla previewed its newest concept, a group VR hangout service called Hubs. Unlike the virtual-reality environments shown off by Facebook and others, you don't need to sign in t...



Snap's new Spectacles offer better quality for more money

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:38:00 -0400

(image) As rumored, Snap has unveiled a new set of Spectacles with new colors and better specs that address user complaints with the first model. To better aid in their spring break beach appeal, the new models are finally water resistant, for one thing. Wit...



Sonos confirms only newer speakers will support AirPlay 2

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:29:00 -0400

(image) When Sonos announced forthcoming support for AirPlay 2 back in October, it was pretty vague about exactly what that would look like. Now, it's clarified matters, and while support is definitely on its way, there are a few caveats involved. In an anno...



TCL's premium 4K HDR Roku TVs start at $649

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

(image) TCL had a pretty good year in 2017, with over 23 million TVs shipped around the world. It even climbed the ranks to become the number two TV brand in the US, according to last September's NPD report. One of the reasons for that is the affordable pric...



AMD's 'Combat Crate Bundles' help gamers quickly build PCs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:31:00 -0400

(image) Thanks to the stupidity that is Bitcoin mining, graphics cards for gaming have become wildly over-expensive. AMD has come to the rescue with the Combat Crate Bundle, giving you the main components you need to build a decent PC. For $550 (at Amazon, N...



Garmin's Approach S10 GPS golf watch is simple and cheap

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Garmin has added an entry-level golf watch to its growing number of wearables for those who love the sport but aren't obsessed enough to shell out two Benjamins for one of the brand's other devices. The Approach S10 has a 1.3-inch sunlight readable (...



The Morning After: Cyborg dragons, Facebook's AI and hate speech

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:48:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Facebook is still making money. Samsung's made record profits and Elon Musk tweets about building a cyborg dragon. Of course. Oh, and the latest pro-gamer recruit is a 13-year-old 'Fortnite' player. We're upgrad...



LG celebrates record profits by making its biggest ever acquisition

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:05:00 -0400

(image) LG has revealed its biggest acquisition yet shortly after it announced that it has reached its highest quarterly profit since 2009. The Korean corporation has snapped up Austrian company ZKW, which is known for manufacturing lighting and electrical s...