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NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent photos of Saturn's north pole

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:53:00 -0500

(image) As Cassini winds down its 20-year mission to Saturn, the spacecraft will maneuver into a series of weeklong orbits, allowing it to get a closer look at the planet's famous rings as it flies by. Although there are still a few days before Cassini graze...

Apple reportedly working to rent new movies early on iTunes

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:07:00 -0500

(image) According to Bloomberg, Apple is in talks with major movie studios to offer early rentals on iTunes. The report, which cites sources familiar with the ongoing discussions, suggests 21st Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros., are trying to...

Drones can safely carry blood bags

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:18:00 -0500

(image) Paramedics and rescue teams can't always afford to wait for blood supplies, especially when they're in remote locations where most vehicles would take too long (or can't visit at all). However, they might not have to worry for much longer. Johns Ho...

The sequel to 'Alto's Adventure' is an 'Odyssey'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:34:00 -0500

(image) Built By Snowman has a busy year ahead of it. In addition to the recently announced Distant, the studio is also working on a sequel to its ultra-soothing endless-snowboarding game Alto's Adventure. Alto's Odyssey will be out sometime in 2017 but asid...

Biggest names in VR band together to create industry standards

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:50:00 -0500

(image) The world's most popular virtual reality headset makers have assembled. Google, Oculus, Sony, HTC, Samsung and Acer have come together to create a non-profit organization called the Global Virtual Reality Association (or the far snappier GVRA, for sh...

Sony revives its $50 PS4 price drop for two weeks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:28:00 -0500

(image) Disheartened that you missed out on a price-cut PlayStation 4 around Black Friday? You're about to get a second chance. In a near-repeat of what happened last year, Sony is resurrecting its $50 discount on the Uncharted 4 slim PS4 bundle between De...

Facebook patent hints at an automated solution for fake news

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

(image) Facebook may have said that it's stepping up its fight against fake news in the past few weeks, but there are signs that it might have had a way to tackle this problem sooner. A recently published USPTO filing from 2015 reveals that Facebook has app...

YouTube in 2016 was all about viral challenges

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:18:00 -0500

(image) Like clockwork, the 2016 edition of YouTube's annual Rewind retrospective video is here to sweep us back through all the whimsy and virality that made its way across the streaming site in the past year. For 2016, YouTube lined up an impressive roster...

Sprint stores are PokéStops and Gyms for 'Pokémon Go'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:50:00 -0500

(image) As rumored, Niantic is bringing brand partnerships to its hit augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. The software developer has announced that Sprint will have the first sponsored locations in the US, with more than 10,500 stores expected to be t...

Scientists find bacteria resistant to last-ditch drug treatments

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:20:00 -0500

(image) If there wasn't already a reason to develop a solution to drug-resistant "superbugs," there is now. Scientists have found bacteria on an American pig farm that resists carbapenems, a variety of antibiotics used only against germs that resist normal...

Bluetooth 5's faster, longer-ranged wireless is here

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:58:00 -0500

(image) Bluetooth is about to become a lot less hassle-prone. The wireless standard's Special Interest Group has officially adopted the Bluetooth 5 spec, clearing the way for device makers to use the much-improved technology in everything from phones to wea...

NASA mission will study Earth's 'breathing' from space

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:33:00 -0500

(image) Scientists know that the Earth "breathes" carbon, particularly through plants that absorb carbon through photosynthesis when they're healthy and give it up when they lose their leaves or die. They haven't had an extremely detailed look at that breat...

Technology is coming for your retail jobs

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:10:00 -0500

(image) Amazon recently unveiled a new type of grocery store: one that doesn't require cashiers at all. Called Amazon Go, the brick-and-mortar location uses sensors and gates to automatically identify what you bought, calculate your total and charge you for...

Mylingo offers real-time Spanish translation in movie theaters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:42:00 -0500

(image) A new app called Mylingo lets Spanish-speaking moviegoers listen to audio dubs in real time, using their own smartphone and headphones. According to the developer, users can download the studio-recorded Spanish tracks directly to their device, where...

SpaceX delays its return to flight until early January

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:21:00 -0500

(image) So much for SpaceX resuming rocket launches before 2016 is over. Elon Musk's spaceflight company now expects to launch a Falcon 9 rocket in early January, when it will carry Iridium-1 into orbit. Iridium had previously hinted that the rocket might...

New in our buyer's guide: the Pixel and Pixel XL, and more!

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Nope, we're not done adding phones to our buyer's guide. Hot on the heels of inducting the new iPhones (and before that, the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10), we're tossing in both of the new Google phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. While we're at it, we decided...

T-Mobile Digits brings calls and texts to all your devices

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0500

(image) T-Mobile is doing its Uncarrier thing again. As the carrier works on bringing its LTE network to US forces and older cars, it's also bringing the latest technology to its existing customers. The company's new Digits program lets you add multiple numb...

VSCO adds full RAW photo support to its iPhone app

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

(image) VSCO, smartphone photographers' image tweaking app of choice, is letting iOS users tap into all the original image data captured on iPhone 6's and up. Alongside a host of new community features, it's offering full RAW image support on capture, import...

North Korea might have hacked the South's cyber command

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:37:00 -0500

(image) South Korea's cyber command, which was established back in January 2010 to fight off cyberattacks deployed against the country's military, wasn't able to protect itself from digital infiltrators. A Ministry of National Defense official told Yonhap Ne...

Nintendo's Switch might play GameCube games

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:13:00 -0500

(image) Following years of pining after GameCube games on the Virtual Console, it looks like Nintendo fans will soon be getting their wish. According to a recent report by Eurogamer, the Nintendo Switch is rumored to be the first Nintendo console to offer Ga...

This weekend's MLS championship will be broadcast in VR

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:58:00 -0500

(image) As virtual reality matures as a medium there are going to be fewer firsts for it. But for now, at least, we have news that for the first time, Major League Soccer will be broadcasting a championship game in VR. That match is none other than Saturday'...

'Skyrim' and 'Fallout' immortalized as virtual pinball machines

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:39:00 -0500

(image) Xbox One and PC owners can now get their hands on Bethesda's all-new Skyrim, Fallout and Doom... themed pinball machines. Available today as DLC for the free game Pinball FX 2, Microsoft gamers can trial these new tables for a limited time at no extr...

Smart cycling glasses show data without blocking your view

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:22:00 -0500

(image) You can already buy smart glasses for cycling, but they tend to have one big catch: the heads-up display partly obscures your view. That's annoying at best, and risky at worst. Everysight thinks it can do better. It's close to finishing development o...

Fitbit buys Pebble's smarts, but not its products

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:01:00 -0500

(image) The rumors were true: Fitbit is buying Pebble. Well, its talent and intellectual property, at least. The wearable maker confirmed today that it has acquired "specific assets" of Pebble, including key staff members and its software and firmware develo...

Comcast finally allows HBO, ESPN streaming via PlayStation 4

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:51:00 -0500

(image) For those who maintain a cable subscription, one of the (many) annoying aspects is that sometimes channels have streaming apps you can't use, despite being a paying customer. Over the years, Comcast has decided that it's not going to allow customers...