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Fitbit's Xbox coaching app helps you work out between games

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:44:00 -0500

(image) If you're a gamer, you know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the screen to get in some exercise. Fitbit, however, doesn't think you have to. It's trotting out an Xbox One version of its Coach app (released on mobile and PCs in the fal...



Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New Zealand next month

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:27:00 -0500

(image) At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New...



Microsoft taps 'Minecraft' leader to run its game studios

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:45:00 -0500

(image) Now that Phil Spencer is managing Microsoft's broader game platform strategy, who's going to fill his shoes? Now we know: Microsoft has appointed Matt Booty, the overseer of the company's Minecraft teams, as the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. H...



Autoblog's 2018 Detroit Auto Show roundup

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 -0500

(image) By Jeremy Korzeniewski Yes, the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for the latest and greatest American pickup trucks, like the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram 1500, and 2019 Chevy Silverado. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to interest those...



Google will consider load times in mobile search rankings

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:37:00 -0500

(image) Google is always optimizing search, but has given mobile more prominence lately, including axing its long-running Instant Search feature last July to unify searching on desktop and device. Their latest tweak, which goes into effect July 2018, aims to...



Nintendo unveils Labo, DIY cardboard add-ons for the Switch

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:19:00 -0500

(image) If you thought Minecraft was the best thing for kids on the Switch, get ready for Nintendo to (once again) blow your mind. Behold Labo, a set of DIY tools built on cardboard sheets that turns the console into a powerhouse of play. Make a piano, with...



Google may be bringing its handy Smart Replies to Gboard

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:19:00 -0500

(image) Smart Replies may be cold and impersonal, but they've been handy if you've just wanted to acknowledge a work message or answer a simple question. And soon, you might not even have to open the app. The 9to5Google crew has discovered code references su...



The most eye-catching cars and tech from NAIAS 2018 in Detroit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

(image) The North American International Auto Show's press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over. Next week the NAIAS opens to the public and if can't make it to the Mitten State yourself but still want a peek at what's tuc...



DoorDash's delivery drivers will take restaurant leftovers to food banks

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:40:00 -0500

(image) DoorDash announced a new project today aimed at reducing the amount of food thrown out by restaurants each year. A 2016 report released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that restaurants that took part in its survey donated just two percent...



Ubisoft inadvertently releases 'Assassin's Creed' DLC a week early

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:21:00 -0500

(image) Ubisoft has a history of premature software releases, but here's one you might not mind. The developer has confirmed that it inadvertently released its Assassin's Creed Origins add-on The Hidden Ones to Xbox One users a week ahead of its January 23rd...



Huawei and its peers won't win over the US without trust

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

(image) Standing in front of a slide simply titled "Something I want to share," the CEO of Huawei's consumer product division is about to break tradition. Richard Yu is going to directly address the reported partnership with AT&T that fell through at the...



Yahoo Sports teams with NBA on live games, AR and more

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:36:00 -0500

(image) Verizon isn't just obsessed with football. The carrier has unveiled an expanded partnership with the NBA that will make basketball games and related content available across Yahoo and "other Verizon media platforms." To start, it's making much ado o...



Instagram is testing a text-based 'Type' feature for Stories

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:07:00 -0500

(image) Instagram keeps updating its Stories feature lately with new additions to keep things interesting. The company recently added polls, a way to surface past Stories and has been experimenting with cross-posts to WhatsApp. Now, according to a report at...



Apple lands Kristen Wiig comedy series produced by Reese Witherspoon

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:48:00 -0500

(image) Apple has now landed its fifth scripted TV series and its third produced by Reese Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The latest addition is a comedy starring SNL alum Kristen Wiig and is said to be inspired by a...



Facebook reopens investigation to see if Russia influenced Brexit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:23:00 -0500

(image) This past December, Facebook investigated whether Russia had used the social network to influence the EU Referendum vote, or Brexit. At the time, the team found little evidence of UK-related activity from the "Internet Research Agency" in Russia. Now...



Apple plans to add 20,000 jobs, new campus in the US

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0500

(image) Apple is determined to show that it's investing in the US economy despite its tax moves and foreign manufacturing. The company has announced a slew of investments it claims will pump a total of $350 billion into the US economy, highlighted by its fo...



YouTube snags the rights to Eminem-produced satirical film ‘Bodied’

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:57:00 -0500

(image) YouTube has acquired the rights to Eminem-produced Bodied, a satirical film that takes place within the Oakland hip-hop scene. It's co-written and directed by Joseph Kahn -- director of 2004's Torque as well as music videos for everyone from Taylor S...



Google says fix for WiFi bug on Cast devices is coming tomorrow

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:36:00 -0500

(image) After weeks of reports from users losing WiFi connections due to Google devices with the "Cast" feature, the company has responded. According to an entry on Google's support page, the company has identified the issue and will release a fix to roll ou...



Xfinity customers will get a ton of Winter Olympics content next month

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:30:00 -0500

(image) The Olympics offer a unique technical challenge for TV broadcasters and cable companies every few years. With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a few weeks away, Comcast has announced its plans to offer a pretty huge variety of coverage for its Xfinity T...



Facebook adds livestream features to old videos

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Facebook says its Live videos are wildly popular and generate around six times the interaction other videos do. That's why it's testing a new feature that adds the elements responsible for making Live a more engaging, interactive experience to non-Li...



'chaiOS' bug can cause iMessage to crash with a text message

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:38:00 -0500

(image) There's a new bug floating around called "chaiOS" that appears to be a basic GitHub link. However, when you text it to a person via the iMessage app (whether on iOS or MacOS), it will crash the app and possibly cause the device to freeze and restart....



GAO expects delays in SpaceX and Boeing astronaut flight certification

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:19:00 -0500

(image) It's no secret that NASA is pretty far behind schedule when it comes to returning to human spaceflight. Currently it's working with two contractors, Boeing and SpaceX, for eventual crewed flights. Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Tec...



Google's Project Fi now offers unlimited data (with a catch)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Google's Project Fi can make sense if you only use a smattering of data and want to save money, but it hasn't been an especially good deal if you consume gigabytes like they're going out of style. Thankfully, there's now an unlimited option... of sor...



Google tool lets you train AI without writing code

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:35:00 -0500

(image) In many ways, the biggest challenge in widening the adoption of AI isn't making it better -- it's making the tech accessible to more companies. You typically need at least some programming to train a machine learning system, which rules it out for co...



Lyft and Aptiv will partner on self-driving cars beyond CES

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:01:00 -0500

(image) This year at CES, ride-hailing app company Lyft partnered with Aptiv, an autonomous tech company, for a pilot program involving self-driving cars. Modified BMWs were available for on-demand rides to up to 20 destinations within Las Vegas as part of t...