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Hyperloop company to develop its technology in France

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:30:00 -0500

(image) You'd be forgiven for forgetting that there are two companies trying to create Elon Musk's vision for the future of transportation. Beyond signing a few deals to explore routes with local cities, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies still lags behin...

NOAA's next-gen weather satellite sends back its first images

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:16:00 -0500

(image) NOAA's and NASA's GOES-R weather satellite has beamed back its first set of images, a couple of months after it left the planet. The spacecraft that's now known as GOES-16 used its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument to capture photos, includin...

EA Access members get 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' five days early

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:55:00 -0500

(image) If you're an EA Access subscriber you'll be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda's first ten hours almost a week ahead of everyone else. Like Electronic Arts has done for games in the past, folks on Xbox One will be able to play the highly-anticipated...

Faraday Future sued over missed payments on $2 million VR video

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:48:00 -0500

(image) Faraday Future may have had a new car to show off at CES earlier this month, but everyone's left Las Vegas and old problems are cropping up. Now, the company is being sued by a video effects company for failure to pay for a virtual fly-through of one...

Samsung's chip business posted record earnings in Q4 2016

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:24:00 -0500

(image) Samsung expected a 9.2 trillion won ($7.8 billion) operating profit for Q4 2016, but the final figure is slightly larger despite the Note 7 scandal rocking its world last year. According to the Korean conglomerate's full earnings report, it posted a...

LG G6 photo shows off some rounded corners

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:00:00 -0500

(image) We've already learned a lot about LG's next mobile standard-bearer, but a picture posted by The Verge provides a look at the G6 -- well, half of it anyway. We can't tell much about its tall 2:1 (1,440 x 2,880) screen ratio without seeing the rest of...

Super-fast camera records light-based 'sonic booms'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500

(image) Scientists have suspected that light can create its own conical wakes, like a sonic boom, but how do you capture something that happens so quickly? With a very fast camera, naturally. Washington University in St. Louis has recorded these photonic sho...

Android Instant Apps begins limited testing

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:31:00 -0500

(image) Back at last year's Google I/O conference, the search giant introduced a new concept that the Android team had in the works: Instant Apps. The abbreviated applications would be streamlined enough to start working immediately after users open them wit...

Google X co-founder Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:48:00 -0500

(image) Silicon Valley's most in-demand robotics professor has returned to Alphabet Inc.'s Nest. As Recode reports Monday, Yoky Matsuoka will step back into the Google fold as Chief Technology Officer at the smart home devices company.

What's on TV: 'iBoy,' 'Beware the Slenderman,' 'Resident Evil 7'

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:55:00 -0500

(image) While we take a week off from football ahead of the Super Bowl (unless you count the Pro Bowl), there are plenty of ways to fill the time. Netflix is dropping in its odd cellphone-superpower iBoy flick, while HBO airs a Slenderman documentary. The Pa...

Scientists make a viable semi-synthetic organism

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:25:00 -0500

(image) Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have already created organisms with synthetic DNA letters, but they weren't ready for the real world when they couldn't even keep the artificial base pair in their genetic code. However, the team has made...

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta's scientific search engine

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:27:00 -0500

(image) In September, Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan promised to spend a whopping $3 billion of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's extensive capital over the next 10 years, as it works towards its lofty goal of curing, preventing or managing all...

Xbox One gets its first taste of Creators Update features

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:47:00 -0500

(image) You don't have to wait long to try some of the big Xbox One upgrades that Microsoft has been promising lately. The company is trotting out an Xbox Insider preview update that includes a few of the bigger improvements that will come alongside the Cre...

'Final Fantasy XV' kicks off a limited-time carnival event

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:26:00 -0500

(image) It's not just multiplayer games that can host limited-time events. Square Enix is launching the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a time-sensitive Final Fantasy XV feature, today (January 23rd) at 8PM Eastern. So long as you have the Holiday Pack add-on (fr...

Ajit Pai confirmed as new head of the FCC

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:03:00 -0500

(image) Just as expected, Ajit Pai has been named as the new chairman of the FCC, replacing the outgoing Tom Wheeler. Pai has worked at the FCC since May of 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama as the senior Republican party commissioner. In his ti...

Right to Repair bills introduced in five states

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:35:00 -0500

(image) Anyone with a cracked iPhone screen knows what a pain it is to go through Apple to get it repaired. You have to make a Genius Bar appointment, which may or may not still require you to wait around for a service technician. Then it could be hours befo...

Yelp's redesigned homepage puts photos front and center

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:10:00 -0500

(image) Yelpers everywhere will soon be greeted with a new homepage. Earlier today, Yelp announced it's rolling out a redesign that focuses on showcasing imagery from users, as well as content from different local services (think: not only restaurants). Yelp...

Humanoid beer-and-pizza-fetching robot is charmingly retro

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:45:00 -0500

(image) Delivery robots are starting to hit the streets, but few do it with as much joie de vivre as a new device called the Fundroid. The gender-neutral beer-and-pizza-fetching robot, lovingly nicknamed Funnie, debuted at the Software For Artists event Sund...

The White House's Spanish-language website is gone, for now

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:14:00 -0500

(image) Under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the White House maintained a Spanish-language version of its official website, while the Obama administration also updated its companion Twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca. Since noon on Friday, just after Pres...

White House adds four 'Skype seats' for press briefings

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:55:00 -0500

(image) Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will "open up the briefing room to journalists wh...

AT&T adds an international roaming day pass with catches

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:35:00 -0500

(image) AT&T subscribers haven't had the greatest international roaming options. The carrier's Passport plans give you a tiny amount of data even at the highest tier, which could make it cheaper to unlock your phone and use a travel-friendly SIM card. At...

China just made VPNs illegal

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:35:00 -0500

(image) Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Us...

Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:10:00 -0500

(image) Clickbait headlines and fake news aren't limited to the web and social networks. They're also problems in mobile services, and Snapchat wants to do something about it. The company is instituting rules that prevent Discover publishers from misleadin...

Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:42:00 -0500

(image) Google Voice is undoubtably useful, but it has also been neglected for a long time. Fortunately, the rumors were true: Google just released a pretty major visual overhaul of Voice, and there are a handful of new features on board as well. Most obviou...

Samsung will keep using the Galaxy Note brand

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:19:00 -0500

(image) Now that Samsung has pinpointed the suspected causes of the Galaxy Note 7's battery fires, there's one question on many people's minds: will the Galaxy Note brand carry on, or is it tarnished forever? If you're a fan, you can relax. The company's D...