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A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:48:00 -0400

(image) 3D printing is a massive category that covers everything from small, DIY, plastic projects to metal meant to be used in Boeing's 787 airplane. Yet another usage has come to light, courtesy of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands....



Venmo reportedly made physical debit cards for a trial run

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:12:00 -0400

(image) Venmo is reportedly taking a leaf out of other digital payment services' book and making a physical debit card. According to Recode, the PayPal-owned mobile app created to make going Dutch with friends a lot easier has already begun testing a card th...



It's now easier to get Purism's security-focused laptops

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:45:00 -0400

(image) Purism is nowhere near as well-known as other PC makers, but you may want to keep it on your radar if you're becoming increasingly concerned about security and privacy. The company, which only used to sell made-to-order machines, has just announced t...



Self-driving cars are safer when they talk to each other

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:32:00 -0400

(image) Most current self-driving technology relies on cameras, radar and lidar. These sensory devices serve as eyes for the car, mimicking what a human driver can see. But a University of Michigan public-private partnership called Mcity is testing V2V, or v...



Windows 10 source code leak is an embarrassment for Microsoft

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:47:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this week, Beta Archive posted Windows 10 source code related to USB, storage and WiFi drivers on its free FTP site. Now, a spokesperson for Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that this code, from the Shared Source Kit, is genuine.



Hackers target UK parliament email accounts

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:12:00 -0400

(image) After a report from The London TImes that the email addresses and passwords of British cabinet members and other government officials were being traded by Russian hackers, it looks like the inevitable next step has occurred: a cyberattack on the UK p...



In 2017, tweets are official presidential statements

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0400

(image) Does a tweet count as an official response to a federal inquiry? Unsurprisingly, the White House thinks so. As reported by Reuters, the White House sent a letter to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee claiming that a pair of Trump twe...



Recommended Reading: Apple's original television aspirations

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Apple Is a Step Closer to Making Its Own TV Shows David Sims, The Atlantic While the company's television aspirations remain largely a mystery, Apple hired two big names this week to help build its slate of original shows. Jamie Erlicht and Zack V...



'Rocket League' will die without cross-console multiplayer

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) All online games eventually die. But the difference between the original version of World of Warcraft and, say, Call of Duty: Ghosts is that WoW was more of a service on an open system (PC). Players were able to gradually migrate to its annual expans...



Sony is losing its grip on the indie market

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Here we go again. In 2011, Microsoft was the indie king. The industry was just blossoming thanks to services like Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, which introduced independent games to huge, hungry audiences. Indie Game: The Movie was about to debut, giv...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We have Galaxy Note 8 rumors, and information about an Amazon beehive -- we'll explain.



Google Home and Assistant can speak Canadian French now

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:20:00 -0400

(image) The first of several new languages for Google's Assistant AI is here, as users have noticed Canadian French as a language option. I was able to switch it on for my Google Home by looking for Assistant Language under device settings in its control app...



Sharp will reportedly start building OLED TV panels next year

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:52:00 -0400

(image) Now that Sharp is under new ownership by Foxconn, it may have big plans for a return to TV prominence. In a move that could explain a sudden push to recover the use of its name from Hisense, the Japanese company apparently has a plan to add OLED TV p...



Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:02:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this month, Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two angered the PC gaming community after sending a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allowed people to create modifications for GTA IV and GTA V single pl...



Report: Obama authorized a secret cyber operation against Russia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:26:00 -0400

(image) President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack US election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the White House deployed secrecy protocols it hadn't used since the 2011 raid on Osama bin La...



'Titanfall 2' DLC adds another weapon slot and new maps on June 27th

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:19:00 -0400

(image) It might be hard to top Titanfall 2's last DLC release that dropped the first new playable titan since the game launched. But the mech-filled multiplayer shooter's next free content block will add something back that fans have been wanting for months...



Facebook’s latest app is designed just for video creators

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:11:00 -0400

(image) In a bid to keep its creator community happy, Facebook announced that it's planning a whole new app just for them later this year. It's essentially a video creation app made just for its star broadcasters, who are also the same folks who are deemed w...



Nike’s SNKRS app uses AR to help you buy limited-edition shoes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:00 -0400

(image) Nike is the latest company to join the augmented reality craze. The sportswear giant has started using the tech to sell limited-edition kicks through its SNRKS app, with the system's first drop being the Nike SB Dunk High Pro "Momofuku," a model desi...



‘Modern Warfare Remastered’ heads to PS4 without the bundle

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:36:00 -0400

(image) If you were disappointed that you had to keep the $80 disc for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in your gaming rig to be able to play the better-reviewed Modern Warfare remaster, you're in luck. Publisher Activision has announced that it will reverse t...



FCC greenlights OneWeb to deliver satellite internet in the US

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:10:00 -0400

(image) Providing internet to remote users beyond the telecom grid has always been a difficult dream to realize. But as Trump assured supporters in Iowa yesterday that better rural broadband would get looped into his infrastructure plans, the ambition at lea...



Wallet-busting Galaxy Note 8 expected to launch in September

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:46:00 -0400

(image) VentureBeat reported today that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung's most expensive model yet. The phone is expected to retail for €999 -- which should put it somewhere around $900 -- and will likely launch in late September. The informa...



Instagram tests sharing posts with only your closest friends

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:23:00 -0400

(image) Instagram's algorithmic timeline is an abject failure if you actually want to see all of your friends' posts. As a way of seemingly admitting that, the photo-and-video-minded social network is testing a new feature called "favorites," according to Th...



Oliver Stone's unhealthy treatment of hacking in Hollywood

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) What's so compelling about Oliver Stone's recent four-part interview series with Vladimir Putin is probably not what the multi-Oscar-winning director intended. It's the same thing that makes his Snowden biopic its own sort of cipher after the fact....



China targets livestreaming in latest censorship crackdown

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:42:00 -0400

(image) China just shut down livestreaming on three major media platforms -- Weibo, the news site iFeng and the video website ACFUN. China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television sent notices to the companies ordering them to...



Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:21:00 -0400

(image) Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anym...