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Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:44:00 -0400

(image) After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiF...

2018 FIFA World Cup will be the first with instant replay

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:18:00 -0400

(image) Soccer (or, to the rest of the world, football) traditionalists have shunned video replay for years, claiming it would alter the sanctity of referees' calls. But well-documented flubbed calls like those that erroneously eliminated England and Mexico...

Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:37:00 -0400

(image) A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it...

Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots from your phone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:06:00 -0400

(image) Many modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some...

Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:11:00 -0400

(image) Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (gulp). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film It's No Game, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during...

Air Force enlists hackers to hunt bugs in its site

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:15:00 -0400

(image) Bug bounties have been a staple among startups and online businesses since the days of Netscape Navigator but the federal government has been slow to adopt the beneficial code hunts. However, a year after the DoD's first such program, Hack The Pentag...

FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:03:00 -0400

(image) The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an...

Google Trips is now more helpful for anyone afraid to fly

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:32:00 -0400

(image) Last year, Google released Trips, an app for iOS and Android that helps you keep track of your itinerary while traveling. It automatically collects information from your Gmail inbox, organizes it and makes it available offline. It even offers suggest...

You're not too old to play with Hot Wheels in 'Forza Horizon 3'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:12:00 -0400

(image) The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo...

Samsung's auto-reply app fights distracted driving

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:51:00 -0400

(image) Let's be honest: too many of us are using our phones while driving. It's a problem and it's dangerous, but we do it anyway. Samsung knows this and has come up with a new app cleverly named In-Traffic Reply to help. The app, currently in beta, aims to...

Facebook's live video problem is only getting worse

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:43:00 -0400

(image) Facebook's struggle with livestreams of terrible crimes is still very real, and appears to be worsening. Local media report that a young Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast a murder-suicide where he hanged his baby daughter before taking his own...

Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to get royalties right

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:08:00 -0400

(image) Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired...

'Danger Zone' turns the best part of 'Burnout' into a full game

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:24:00 -0400

(image) It's been nine long years since we had a proper Burnout game. But when Paradise launched back in 2008 it didn't come with the franchise's trademark Crash Mode, the arcadey feature that tasked players with hurtling themselves through an intersection t...

SOBRO: The smart coffee table for cold beers and chill tunes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) Coffee tables aren't the most glamorous piece of furniture. If you're anything like me, they inevitably become a repository for loose stuff like keys and remotes. StoreBound's SOBRO smart table aims to be a lot more useful. It's not just nice to look...

A Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded on woman's arm

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:47:00 -0400

(image) Dina Mitchell was reading a book on Tuesday in her Wisconsin home when the Fitbit Flex 2 on her wrist exploded, causing second-degree burns, she told ABC News. Mitchell reportedly tore the device off of her arm as it was still on fire, and doctors ha...

Police will scan every fan's face at the Champions League final

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:26:00 -0400

(image) If you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security -- and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th...

Google turns 'Hamilton' hype into a VR history lesson

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:55:00 -0400

(image) We're all a bit more versed in American history these days, thanks in great part to playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning hip-hop-infused musical, Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program will bring 5,000 disadvantaged stud...

Reddit is stripping away some of its personality

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

(image) Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...

'Call of Duty: WWII' takes you back to Omaha Beach November 3rd

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:16:00 -0400

(image) Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...

'The Protectors' shows how VR can help save African elephants

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...

The first 4K livestream from space starts at 1:30PM ET

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:40:00 -0400

(image) Astronaut Peggy Whitson has already broken plenty of new ground in her current role as a commander aboard the International Space Station, but she's about to break some more. As promised, Whitson will star in the first-ever 4K livestream from space t...

Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your next night in

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:23:00 -0400

(image) Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartph...

Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer Reports' top rating

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:59:00 -0400

(image) Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...

FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:38:00 -0400

(image) The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins...

Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for fashion tips

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's Echo smart speakers just went in an unusual (but potentially very helpful) new direction. Meet Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you j...