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The Morning After: Friday, October 20th 2017

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! Lyft got a big boost from Alphabet, and we're ready to help you find a great phone for cheap, or figure out if you need a GoPro Hero 6.

‘The Walking Dead’ VR scene puts you in the shoes of a walker

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:29:00 -0400

(image) Would you submerge yourself in a fear-inducing virtual setting overrun by zombies? That's the world The Walking Dead has expertly crafted during its seven-year run, and now AMC is inviting you to step into it, courtesy of its VR app. You can grab it...

Pioneer and Canada partner to ensure musicians get paid for DJ play

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:15:00 -0400

(image) Pioneer DJ wants to make sure electronic artists get paid for the remixes you hear at the dance club. The company's Kuvo entertainment service has partnered with Canada's performing rights organizations (PRO) and the Society of Composers, Authors and...

Google will pay hackers who find flaws in top Android apps

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:03:00 -0400

(image) Google is probably hoping to raise the quality of apps in the Play store by launching a new bug bounty program that's completely separate from its existing one. While its old program focuses on finding flaws in its websites and operating systems, thi...

Clap for China's president anywhere, anytime with this app

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:08:00 -0400

(image) If you wanted to applaud Chinese president Xi Jinping's recent speech but got stuck in traffic or were halfway around the world, well, there's an app for that now. Chinese internet titan Tencent has released a game that lets you tap the screen to cla...

Newly-discovered lunar cave would be great for a moon base

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:58:00 -0400

(image) Nothing quite captures the 2017 mood to leave Earth forever like dreaming about moon bases. Last month, space agencies from Russia and the US jointly announced plans to collaborate on such a satellite colony. But today's discovery might bring that vi...

Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:57:00 -0400

(image) It happens to the best of us. You buy a new mobile phone, you get a case, you try to be extra careful, but you drop it. Cracked screens happen often enough that most major carriers and device manufacturers have a separate section in their mobile prot...

Google Play lets you test drive Android apps before installing them

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:51:00 -0400

(image) Google's Instant Apps are available in a few places for curious Android users, but they've been conspicuously absent in one place: the Play Store. Wouldn't you want to check out an app before committing to it? You can now. Google is now building I...

‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside this fall

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:06:00 -0400

(image) While Pokémon Go may have lost some of its shine due to a number of problems like poorly run public events and a divisive invitation-only special battle system, the mobile game still has a decent fanbase. The developers have been adding new li...

Now Twitter's quest to become a 'safer' place has a schedule

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:30:00 -0400

(image) You no longer have to wonder when you'll see Twitter implement the new rules promised by its CEO and outlined in that leaked email. The social network has released a "Safety Calendar," which details when it will roll out a series of new rules to make...

Google will 'fix' the Pixel 2's hidden menu button

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:50:00 -0400

(image) Looks like the Pixel 2's "secret" menu button was just leftover code, after all. Google has confirmed to CNET that this was a bug, not a feature, and that it'll be patched out in the future. If you're still enjoying that new phone smell, open up the...

New Tesla lawsuit accuses company of LGBT discrimination

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:07:00 -0400

(image) Tesla has just been hit with its second discrimination lawsuit in as many days. Just yesterday, the company was sued for racial harassment in its factories. A few months back, its diversity panel uncovered a slew of sexism. Now The Guardian reports t...

Wirecutter's best deals: Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker drops to $150

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:01:00 -0400

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. 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...

Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently committe...

'The Daily Show' library of Trump’s tweets opens in Chicago tomorrow

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can...

Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...

Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher' will debut November 17th

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:39:00 -0400

(image) Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...

Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL's display colors

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED displays...

51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't be fixed

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:53:00 -0400

(image) With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...

'Aztez': The bloody indie brawler that should've been big

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night, but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow li...

Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up and running in Texas

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:18:00 -0400

(image) Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...

Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on Android, not iOS

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:58:00 -0400

(image) Back in June, we learned that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, more news pointed to the social platform launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...

Congress seeks transparent online political spending with Honest Ads Act

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:47:00 -0400

(image) Following revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...

Smart lock company August Home purchased by actual lock company Yale

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:33:00 -0400

(image) Smart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. The regulatory bodies involved are expected to approve Sweden-based Assa Abloy's purchase by year's end. "August Home strengt...

Huawei didn’t need American customers to become a smartphone giant

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:01:00 -0400

(image) On October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...