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Apple's iTunes software comes to the Windows Store

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:39:00 -0400

(image) Nearly a year after it was originally announced and several months later than planned, iTunes is finally available via the Windows Store. While functionally it's the same as installing from a regular download the way Windows users always have used th...

Axon opens ethics board to guide its use of AI in body cameras

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:30:00 -0400

(image) Axon (formerly Taser) is keenly aware of the potential for Orwellian abuses of facial recognition, and it's taking an unusual step to avoid creating that drama with its body cameras and other image recognition systems. The police- and military-focus...

Amazon is doing what it does best: Making money hand over fist

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:07:00 -0400

(image) With the first quarterly earnings report of 2018, Amazon shows no sign of slowing down. It reported sales of $51 billion in the past few months, which is an increase of 43 percent from this time last year.

Apple discontinues its AirPort WiFi routers

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0400

(image) The longstanding rumors of Apple exiting the WiFi router market were true: the company is officially discontinuing its AirPort and Time Capsule base stations. An Apple spokesperson told Engadget that the company would continue to provide hardware and...

Microsoft's Surface revenue up 32 percent alongside its booming cloud

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:42:00 -0400

(image) Perhaps the biggest surprise from Microsoft's third quarter earnings: Its Surface business is still going strong with nearly $1.1 billion in revenue. That's up 32 percent from last year, when sales dipped to $831 million. By this time last year, the...

Wirecutter's best deals: Get Samsung's Level On wireless headphones for $50

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.

EU law would force Netflix, Amazon to stream more European content

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:56:00 -0400

(image) European Union lawmakers have already made it so that people who travel around the EU can access their paid streaming media from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as if they were at home. That data portability law was just the start, howeve...

MoviePass CEO is unsure if it will offer a movie-per-day plan again

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:35:00 -0400

(image) MoviePass is having a rough time of it. The company's too-good-to-be-true offer of one movie per day for $10 subscription model brought it 500,000 subscribers in one month, but MoviePass' finances show that the startup is struggling while still being...

Netflix taps Gabriel Iglesias for comedy series and stand-up specials

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:55:00 -0400

(image) Netflix has ordered multiple projects from comedian Gabriel Iglesias, according to Variety. The first is a multi-cam series called Mr. Iglesias, in which Iglesias will play a high school teacher at his alma mater. The first season will consist of ten...

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...