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Hyundai plans 38 EVs as it tries to catch up with rivals

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:12:00 -0500

(image) Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have revealed ambitious plans to bring as many as 38 green cars to market in the next eight years, with seven models slated for launch in the next five. Most of them will be electric vehicles, senior vice president Lee K...

Redbox returns to internet video with On Demand service

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:44:00 -0500

(image) The last time Redbox tried online video in earnest it... didn't go so well. The company's Redbox Instant was effectively trying to challenge Netflix head-on, which seemed foolhardy even in 2013. After lots of teasing, though, it's ready for a comebac...

Microsoft unveils improved AI-powered search features for Bing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft unveiled a handful of new intelligent search features for Bing at an event held in San Francisco today. Powered by AI, the search updates are meant to provide more thorough answers and allow for more conversational or general search queries...

Microsoft adds more AI smarts to Office 365

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft has been adding cloud-based artificial intelligence to its popular Office suite for years now. In addition to new AI-focused upgrades to Cortana and Bing, the company also announced several new tools for Word, Excel and Outlook to help you...

Microsoft's Cortana can now suggest follow-up tasks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft may not be the biggest player in the AI assistant space, but it has some tricks that could give it an edge. The software giant has used an AI-themed event to demo Cortana's widening abilities, most notably to 'chain' skills together based...

Attorneys general request last-minute delay for net neutrality vote

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:12:00 -0500

(image) The FCC's controversial vote on net neutrality protections is scheduled to take place tomorrow, and as we get down to the wire, opposition to the proposal hasn't slowed. Today, 18 state attorneys general sent a letter to the FCC asking for the commis...

The Predator is coming to Ubisoft's 'Ghost Recon Wildlands'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:51:00 -0500

(image) It's been 30 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch headed into the jungles of Central America, only to find himself hunted by a stealth alien warrior nicknamed the Predator. Now players of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft's open-world tactical shoo...

Net neutrality is a double-edged sword for small ISPs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:00 -0500

(image) I have a love-hate relationship with Title II," Tyler Booth told Engadget. Booth is the president of Portland, Oregon-based ISP Stephouse Networks. His company serves over a thousand people in a 500 square-mile area, many who wouldn't have broadband...

Bragi's AI earbuds will recognize the sounds around you

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:18:00 -0500

(image) Bragi is determined to stand out in the increasingly crowded smart earbud space, and it might just have an ace up its sleeve. The startup and its partner Audio Analytic are promising to show off the first "context-aware earphones" at CES in January -...

WWE wrestling is coming to Facebook's Watch tab in January

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:57:00 -0500

(image) We still don't know how many people actually click the Watch tab on Facebook, but that isn't stopping the social network from signing programming deals at a rapid clip. The latest benefactor of Facebook's billion dollar video fund is a bit surprising...

PepsiCo pre-orders 100 Tesla electric semi trucks

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:35:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's recently-revealed electric semi truck has taken the shipping world by storm, it seems, with orders for the vehicles coming from Walmart, DHL, Anheuser-Busch, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaws (no relation to Bob). Now PepsiCo tops the list w...

'Fez Pocket Edition’ is now available on iOS

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:14:00 -0500

(image) The 2D puzzle platformer Fez from the independent game studio Polytron has had a long road in its journey to iOS, but now it's finally here. You can now purchase Fez Pocket Edition from the App Store for $4.99. It's designed for both the iPhone and t...

Facebook found essentially no Russian effort to sway Brexit vote

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:52:00 -0500

(image) In October, UK officials asked Facebook to look into the possibility that Russian groups had attempted to sway the Brexit referendum through the site. They were particularly interested in whether ads were purchased by Russia-linked accounts and how m...

Google Assistant lands on older Android phones

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:35:00 -0500

(image) Google Assistant has been available on recent Android phones for a while. However, that still puts it out out of reach of many Android users when a whopping 46.5 percent of active Android users are running a version older than Marshmallow. To help ad...

Mirai botnet creators plead guilty to charges over 2016 attack

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) The individuals behind the Mirai botnet that caused nationwide internet outages in October of last year have pleaded guilty to federal charges, ZDNet reports. Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman were indicted by a court in Alaska earlier this m...

Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore limited HomeKit functionality

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:05:00 -0500

(image) Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for iPhone and iPad following last week's discovery that HomeKit had a major security vulnerability. The bug, first reported by 9to5Mac, allowed unauthorized users to access connected smart devices like lights, thermosta...

Target acquisition brings same-day delivery to stores in early 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:51:00 -0500

(image) If it wasn't already obvious that Target is nervous about Amazon, it is now. Target has acquired another same-day delivery startup, Shipt, for a cool $550 million. The deal should speed up Target's plans to offer same-day delivery in its stores. I...

Facebook nabs a trio of shows from Machinima for its Watch tab

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:36:00 -0500

(image) The last time Machinima was in the news it was for paying "influencers" to say nice things about the Xbox One. Now, the company has inked a deal with Facebook for three new shows that'll live on the social network's Watch platform, according to Deadl...

Patreon nixes controversial fee increase amid backlash

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:21:00 -0500

(image) Patreon CEO Jack Conte announced today that the modern-day patronage system will not be implementing the controversial fee changes that it announced last week. While the service will still work to fix the issues it was trying to correct with the addi...

Electric eels might be the key to powering implantable devices

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Science has been inspired by eels for aquatic exploration before, sure, and now researchers are eyeing electric eels for motivation. The idea is to create a flexible self-powering device that could keep the juice flowing through a pacemaker or an int...

Students solve a 60-year-old space radiation mystery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Earth's Van Allen Belts are an area of energetic particles that surround our planet and are held in place thanks to Earth's magnetic field. These radiation belts trap charged particles, protecting us from the effects of some of space's most harmful r...

Amazon Echo now streams Spotify and SiriusXM to multiple rooms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:00 -0500

(image) Amazon brought multiroom audio support to its Echo speakers a few months ago, but let's face it: unless you're a big fan of Amazon Music Unlimited, it hasn't been very useful for on-demand streaming. That changes today. As promised, Amazon has added...

Modern copyright law can't keep pace with thinking machines

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) This past April, engineer Alex Reben developed and posted to YouTube, "Deeply Artificial Trees", an art piece powered by machine learning, that leveraged old Joy of Painting videos. It generate gibberish audio in the speaking style and tone of Bob Ro...

Apple invests $390 million into Face ID and AirPod tech

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:39:00 -0500

(image) Apple has made another investment with its Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF), awarding Finisar $390 million. If the name doesn't sound familiar, its work will. Finisar is the company behind the iPhone X's Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode for selfie...

Netflix fires exec who said Masterson accusers weren't believable

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:18:00 -0500

(image) Last week, HuffPost reported that one of the women accusing actor Danny Masterson of rape was told by a Netflix executive that higher-ups at the company didn't believe the women making accusations against him. Now, that exec has been fired.