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Latest Tesla patch enables Autosteer at 90 mph for HW2 models

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:17:00 -0400

(image) The new Autopilot features have been lurking in Tesla's latest electric vehicles for a few months and now they're ready to go live. For HW2 vehicles we're talking things like the Lane Departure Warning system, Autosteer at much higher speeds (90mph v...

Mercedes steps up its electric car production plans

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:29:00 -0400

(image) When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler unveiled plans to have at least six electric cars on the market within a decade, it was clearly being conservative. The automaker has announced that it's accelerating those plans, with over 10 EVs on the road by 202...

FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband subsidies

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:42:00 -0400

(image) When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai froze the plan to include nine broadband companies in the commission's Lifeline program in February, the future of low-cost, government subsidized internet access suddenly seemed uncertain. Now, nearly two months later, Cha...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Bluetooth 5.0

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:00:00 -0400

(image) You didn't have to wait long to see the first phone packing Bluetooth 5.0 -- in fact, it's less than a month away. When Samsung posted the specs for its brand new Galaxy S8 line, it quietly let slip that the smartphones would use the bleeding edge wi...

Tribeca announces art-focused Games Festival with Hideo Kojima

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:37:00 -0400

(image) Tribeca was the first film festival to embrace video games as a storytelling medium, showcasing the world premiere of detective game L.A. Noire nearly six years ago. Now, the organization is teaming up with publication Kill Screen to launch the inaug...

One of Jupiter's asteroid 'moons' is orbiting backwards

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0400

(image) As a rule, you can safely assume that moons and asteroids will all orbit a planet in the same direction. If they didn't, interactions with their host would likely send them flying off course. However, it's now clear that there are exceptions to thi...

Blizzard puts a smidge of 'Overwatch' in 'Heroes of the Storm'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) Blizzard is working hard to overhaul its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm. The studio has announced some big changes are coming in the game's 2.0 update, including a new reward system similar to Blizzard's hugel...

Watch Samsung's Galaxy S8 event in under nine minutes

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:15:00 -0400

(image) After a 15-minute "you can still trust us" intro, endless inspired-by-your-dreams cliches and enough specs to benumb the most caffeinated tech blogger, Samsung actually unveiled two damn good phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. We wouldn't be so cruel as...

Samsung's 'unbox your phone' event gave us a phone that's still a box

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:00 -0400

(image) Before Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 to the world, it teased the audience with a device that would break the conventions of the traditional smartphone. The event's pre-roll animation showed an enormous 1980s brick phone morphing into a 1990s-era fli...

Horror MMO 'The Secret World' returns and this time it's free

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:20:00 -0400

(image) While horror MMO The Secret World never quite became the next World of Warcraft, its unique supernatural vibe made it a cult hit among MMO fans. The game's publisher, Funcom, plans to relaunch the game as a free-to-play "shared-world action RPG," no...

Blue Origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket's capsule

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:55:00 -0400

(image) Blue Origin has given you plenty of glimpses of the outside of its tourism-oriented New Shepard rocket, but what about the inside -- you know, the place where you'll spend all of your time? You now have an idea of what to expect. Jeff Bezos' spacef...

Xbox One's faster, simpler interface is available to everyone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:23:00 -0400

(image) After no small amount of hype, the Xbox One's big spring software refresh is finally rolling out to everyone. The March update centers around a redesigned interface that's designed for speed above all else. It's quicker to perform more than a few tas...

Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:59:00 -0400

(image) Samsung is entering an increasingly crowded club with its new Dex dock, which turns the Galaxy S8 into a pseudo-desktop replacement. It's an idea most recently pushed by Microsoft with Windows Continuum (as seen in HP's Elite X3 and the Lumia 950), b...

Paralyzed man first to move his arm by thinking about it

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:38:00 -0400

(image) Helping paralyzed people move on their own has been a lot tougher than 1970s TV shows led us to believe it would be. For what they believe is the first time, researchers used tech to bypass a quadriplegic patient's severed spinal cord, helping him mo...

The Galaxy S8+ vs. the competition: Big sibling battle

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:12:00 -0400

(image) Samsung knows you like big phones. However, the Galaxy Note's gone MIA this year for understandable reasons, leaving the new Galaxy S8+ to step up with its 6.2-inch screen and curved edges. But the Galaxy S8 line isn't the only big-and-bigger handset...

Google's official calendar app is finally ready for your iPad

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Google Calendar for iOS can be exceptionally useful if you're tired of Apple's stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it's only designed for iPhones... or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has updated Calendar to add...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 UK pricing starts at £689

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:40:00 -0400

(image) Samsung just unwrapped its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, along with some all-important prices and release dates. If you live in the UK, here's what you need to know: The phone comes in two models, the S8 and S8+, and will be sold for £6...

The Galaxy S8 vs. the competition: Both beauty and beast

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:39:00 -0400

(image) Samsung's had a rough year, but it's hoping that its new flagship phones can turn things around. In fact, the company's wants you to see the Galaxy S8 as a new type of handset: bigger and bolder in shape, with personal assistant Bixby and a desktop m...

Self-assembling wires could lead to faster processors

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:24:00 -0400

(image) There's a very real fear that processor speed upgrades will slow to a crawl as it becomes increasingly difficult to make denser chips. Don't tell that to a team of researchers at MIT and in Chicago, though -- they've devised a chip-making technique t...

All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:12:00 -0400

(image) If you're looking to make sure you're among the first to own Samsung's swanky new Galaxy S8 but don't want to line up outside a store on April 21st, you're in luck. Major and minor carriers alike have announced that they're running pre-order campaign...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 can sign into websites using your face

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:02:00 -0400

(image) The Galaxy S8's face and fingerprint detection are about more than unlocking your phone: If Samsung has its way, you'll use them to sign into seemingly everything online. The company is expanding its Samsung Pass feature to use biometrics to sign int...

Periscope livestreams now play inside Twitter Moments

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Twitter Moments are supposed to capture the zeitgeist of cultural events, but that hasn't been entirely true when you haven't had access to as-it-happens live video. Thankfully, that's changing today. You can now play live Periscope streams directly...

Facebook opens up 360-degree livestreaming to everyone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) One of the most useful things that Facebook has done with Oculus is (ironically) make it work on Samsung's GearVR and host 360 degree photos and videos that users can check out on the headset. The social network has now expanded that idea greatly wit...

Samsung's Bixby AI assistant can see as well as talk

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:59:00 -0400

(image) With its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, Samsung also launched its very own AI assistant, Bixby. We know what you're thinking: Do I really need yet another Android helper bot like Google Assistant or even Cortana vying for my attention? Actuall...

Samsung's Galaxy S8 arrives April 21st

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:58:00 -0400

(image) Now that the Galaxy S8 is finally official, the next most important piece of news is when you can buy it and how much it will cost. The new handset will be available in five colors -- of these, the Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Blue options...