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'Yakuza Kiwami 2' set for Western launch on August 28th

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 03:03:00 -0400

(image) While Western fans of the Yakuza series are still patiently waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life's delayed PS4 launch next month, Sega decided to tease further by announcing that Yakuza Kiwami 2, the remake of Yakuza 2 from 2008, is also heading to...

YouTube's Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:37:00 -0400

(image) As much work as YouTube may have done to scrub vile videos from its Kids app, there's still some work to go. Business Insider has discovered that the Kids app was suggesting conspiracy theory videos when you searched for certain keywords. If you look...

Nissan's electric SUV concept will enter production

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:34:00 -0400

(image) Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to Autocar that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (abo...

FIFA approves use of video referees at 2018 World Cup

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:35:00 -0400

(image) Video assistant referees are about to get their biggest test to date. In the wake of an earlier general approval, the FIFA Council has authorized the use of VARs at the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. The tool will help refs make decisions on di...

Android Auto can unlock your phone with a swipe

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:02:00 -0400

(image) Google understandably shuts down easy access to your phone when Android Auto is turned on, since you're supposed to be focused on the road. But what if you do need access to your phone while it's still paired with your car? It should be easy from n...

Whistleblower explains how Cambridge Analytica 'exploited' Facebook

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:33:00 -0400

(image) Last night Facebook announced bans against Cambridge Analytica, its parent company and several individuals for allegedly sharing and keeping data that they had promised to delete. This data reportedly included information siphoned from hundreds of th...

Amazon hires former FDA exec for secret health care team

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:03:00 -0400

(image) Amazon has made a big hire for its secret health care division internally known as 1492, according to CNBC: FDA's first chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout. The e-commerce giant reportedly brought him on board to work under former Google...

The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0400

(image) It's safe to say that when a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about Grand Theft Auto, but Fortnite, Epic Games' m...

Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:29:00 -0400

(image) The House of Representatives' investigation into Russia's election interference may have ended, but Democrats are still discussing what they'd like to do if and when they regain a House majority -- and it could have significant repercussions for the...

Uber may offer its self-driving technology to Toyota

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:02:00 -0400

(image) Lyft and Waymo might not be the only ridesharing companies developing self-driving technology with hopes of making it available to others. Nikkei has claimed that Uber is in talks to slip its autonomous vehicle system into a Toyota minivan, marking...

Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:31:00 -0400

(image) The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its definition of an autodialer. The regulations defined...

The Infiniti QX80 is too pricey to have this little tech

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

(image) I'm not kidding (okay, I'm sort of kidding) when I say that the Infiniti QX80 (starting at $64,750) is only slightly smaller than a studio apartment I used to live in. It's a very large SUV that's packed to the gills with luxury features. It's certai...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:05:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend! Other than some highlights from last week, you can check out an Alphabet-backed smart city plan and Facebook's latest Friday night news dump.

Bite-sized, black-and-white game 'Minit' lands April 3rd

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:46:00 -0400

(image) A crew of indie veterans, including half of notable studio Vlambeer, will release Minit on April 3rd for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. In the monochromatic Lo-Fi title, players rushing out their front door to do as much adventuring as possible before...

NASA wants your pictures of clouds to verify its satellites’ data

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:47:00 -0400

(image) NASA announced this week that it's looking for some citizen scientists to help out with a project. Six orbiting instruments make up NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project and they are used to study Earth's climate and the...

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica (update: response)

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:58:00 -0400

(image) Late Friday night, Facebook has announced it's suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) from its site. While you may not have heard of SCL, its political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in the last few years due to...

Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook's F8 event

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:21:00 -0400

(image) Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerb...

Karlie Kloss' coding camp covers more cities and languages this year

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:37:00 -0400

(image) Kode with Klossy, Karlie Kloss' coding camp for girls, is expanding this year. Last year, the program offered 15 camps in 12 cities, but this summer, it's running 50 camps in 25 cities and will teach 1,000 young women between the ages of 13 and 18 ab...

Microsoft tests forcing Windows Mail users to open links in Edge

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:46:00 -0400

(image) Edge might be Windows 10's built-in browser, but it definitely isn't the most popular browser -- NetMarketShare reported just under 4 percent usage share as of February 2018, slipping well below Chrome's 59 percent. And now, it looks like the compan...

Alcatel’s Android Go phone is headed to the US

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:13:00 -0400

(image) Two of the phones Alcatel revealed last month at MWC will be coming to the US, the company confirmed. One is the affordable Alcatel 1X is the brand's first to feature Android Go, a version of the OS customized for lower-performing hardware, while the...

When China hoards its hackers everyone loses

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:45:00 -0400

(image) They say you don't notice something good until it's gone. With China's decision to restrict its information security researchers from participating in global hacking competitions, we're about to see what that looks like on the global "zero day" stage...

Vanguard I has spent six decades in orbit, more than any other craft

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:51:00 -0400

(image) As of this month, the US satellite Vanguard I has spent 60 years in orbit and it remains the oldest man-made object in space. Vanguard I was the fourth satellite launched into orbit -- following the USSR's Sputnik I and II and the US' Explorer I. But...

‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:24:00 -0400

(image) Open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved was one of the bigger early access games back in 2015, eventually launching a couple of years later on PS4, Xbox One and Steam and gathering 13 million players in the process. Now the title is coming to...

Microsoft is giving away 'Sea of Thieves' with Xbox purchases

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:49:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft is gearing up to make playing Sea of Thieves as easy as possible. If you've heard all the hype surrounding the cartoony pirate simulator but don't already own an Xbox (or PC) to play it on, for a limited time, when you buy an Xbox One X you...

iPad users can beta test Microsoft’s Edge browser now

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:21:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft has slowly been rolling out its Edge browser to various devices; it was officially released for iPhones back in November, with the promise that an iPad version was on the way. Now, it's finally here -- but only in beta. Microsoft Edge teste...