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Electric Jukebox has a new music streaming karaoke machine

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:20:00 -0400

(image) You might recall the Electric Jukebox, a wand-style microphone and streaming stick that let you sing along to a Spotify-style music catalog at home. The company is still around — in fact, according to Music Ally, its first device sold out five...

Newton is the rare email app that works great on both Windows and Mac

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) There are plenty of good third-party Windows email apps out there, but not many of them work across all the platforms you might use. If you're the type of person who jumps between macOS and Windows, Newton (formerly CloudMagic) might be worth a look....

The Morning After: Thursday, August 17th 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:30:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! This Thursday, Nokia is returning to the flagship phone fight, neo-Nazi sites struggle to find a place on the web and HBO's woes continue.

EE TV gets voice controls thanks to Amazon’s Alexa

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:15:00 -0400

(image) While Vodafone has long abandoned its dreams of a TV service, rival network EE is pressing on with its strange Freeview-bundled-with-some-on-demand-apps box. The hardware now supports Alexa, Amazon's voice-enabled assistant, through an Echo or Echo D...

ASUS goes dual-camera crazy for its ZenFone 4 series

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:49:00 -0400

(image) ASUS' smartphone division was unusually quiet back at Computex a couple of months ago, but now we know why. Today, the Taiwanese company unveiled its ZenFone 4 smartphone line with not one, but five Android Nougat devices in one go: ZenFone 4 Pro, Ze...

Twitch starts its retro 'Starcade' marathon on August 28th

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:02:00 -0400

(image) Twitch has nailed down the start of its Starcade marathon... and unlike many of its other marathons, it won't just involve playing episodes back to back. It'll stream the arcade-themed game show on Shout! Factory's channel starting August 28th at 2PM...

HBO hacking woes continue: this time on social media

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:25:00 -0400

(image) HBO just can't catch a break. The cable network got hacked again, though this time, the perpetrators targeted its social media accounts. A hacker group called OurMine took over the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts not to ask for millions or to...

Roku clamps down on pirate channels

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:03:00 -0400

(image) When Roku introduced private channels, it meant them as a way for developers to try their content before setting it loose in public. Well, that's not quite how it panned out: pirates have been using the channels to stream bootleg material. And Roku i...

Tim Cook condemns 'repulsive' racist violence in Charlottesville (update)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:27:00 -0400

(image) Tim Cook made his stance about Charlottesville clear enough by tweeting out that "violence and racism have no place in America" as the tragic events were unfolding. This internal letter sent to employees that Recode obtained, however, will give you e...

Google Maps Q&A section is going live around the globe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:01:00 -0400

(image) If you're looking up a new place you've never been to before, look for Google's new feature -- it could give you a better idea of what it's like. The big G has started rolling out a Q&A section for both Maps on Android and Search for mobile. It w...

Microsoft delays ‘Crackdown 3’ until 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:28:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft has delayed the much-anticipated heroic brawler Crackdown 3 until Spring 2018. The sandbox brawler was previously scheduled to come out this November alongside the launch of the Xbox One X, but the tech titan pushed back the game's release...

Squarespace pulls hate sites from its web hosting service

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:46:00 -0400

(image) The post-Charlottesville crackdown on internet hate speech is expanding at a very rapid pace. Squarespace, the web design and hosting service, has revealed to The Verge that it's removing a "group of sites" for violating its policy banning advocacy o...

Ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:01:00 -0400

(image) Lawmakers have cautiously supported automakers' experiments with self-driving vehicles, but they've been split on whether cars need a steering wheel at all times in case humans need to take over. But with more and more concepts ditching control eleme...

Motorola designed a phone screen that repairs itself

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:16:00 -0400

(image) Motorola doesn't just want to make phone screens that are shatter-resistant... if it has its way, what cracks that do show up could be fixed on the spot. It recently applied for a patent on a phone screen whose shape memory polymer heals damage when...

Zooming photos is finally a thing for image-driven Pinterest

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:26:00 -0400

(image) Pinterest is adding a couple of new features to help you get more use out of it. First, the app now (finally) allows you to pinch to zoom in on Pins, which it said in a blog post is one of its most requested features. Not surprising as it has been bu...

Horror adventure ‘The Black Mirror’ revived for modern gamers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:49:00 -0400

(image) Despite being released long after the point-and-click game genre's heyday, 2003's The Black Mirror became a gothic horror hit long before the unrelated British sci-fi anthology show. THQ Nordic tapped German developer King Art Games to revive the ori...

Apple starts removing Apple Pay from white nationalist sites

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:15:00 -0400

(image) Apple has suspended support for Apple Pay on a handful of websites selling white-supremacy clothing and accessories, joining a cascade of technology companies currently cutting off hate groups online. Apple Pay no longer works on at least two website...

Meet Jon Hamm's latest character in AR before the movie debuts

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:54:00 -0400

(image) Jon Hamm and Lois Smith take on the future of personal assistants in Marjorie Prime, a movie set to release on August 18th. Co-starring Tim Robbins and Geena Davis, the film explores Marjorie's failing memory of her late husband, Walter, with a digit...

iDevice dimmer switches work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:53:00 -0400

(image) Using your voice to control things around your home is one of the cooler aspects of the future we live in. But, unless you have the right phone or smart speaker, that functionality can be crippled or nonexistent. Platform-agnostic devices for smart h...

Spotify removes ‘hate bands’ from its streaming library

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:21:00 -0400

(image) You can add Spotify to the growing list of companies taking a stand against hateful, racist content. In the last few days we've seen Google and GoDaddy cancel a white supremacist website domain, Facebook and Reddit ban hate groups, Discord shut down...

Start Genesis luxury cars with your voice and Google Assistant

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:10:00 -0400

(image) Hyundai definitely isn't limiting Google Assistant support to its mainstream cars. Its upscale Genesis brand has introduced Google Assistant support that gives you voice control over your vehicle as long as it's hooked into Genesis Connected Service...

Dating app Badoo adds video chat to help you filter out creeps

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:47:00 -0400

(image) Dating apps have been slow to adopt video functionality. Big shot Tinder bought a video service in February but hasn't announced plans to add its functionality, while Hinge just included user-made movie clips for profiles -- a feature that Badoo laun...

Twitter suspends account used for 'Daily Stormer' updates

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:00 -0400

(image) The white supremacist website Daily Stormer keeps popping up, and like a bad game of whack-a-mole, the internet keeps trying to rid itself of the stain. Web hosting company GoDaddy dumped the domain itself, and even though the neo-nazi site briefly r...

US regulators recall refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:07:00 -0400

(image) The Galaxy Note line is having problems again. Don't worry, this is not a Note 7-level emergency. And the issues aren't Samsung's fault or even associated with the original phone model. However, batteries installed in refurbished Note 4 phones by Fed...

Lowe’s Iris smart home system can connect to your Nest thermostat

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:46:00 -0400

(image) Home improvement retailer Lowe's continues to update its Iris smart home system. Originally released in 2014, it added mobile set up, remote monitoring and subscription-based emergency services to it's offered services. Now you can manage your home's...