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Uber wants to test its flying taxis by 2020

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:40:00 -0400

(image) Today in Dallas, Uber is taking the wraps off its flying car plans. The company's three-day "Elevate" summit is meant to discuss all things relating to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft and how Uber sees them as a major part of its future st...



The Avengers take on gaming icons in 'Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:18:00 -0400

(image) After a year of silence, Capcom has announced eight new characters for its crossover fighter -- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Doubling down on Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Ultron and Rocket Racoon join the playable roster. On the...



I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) At the Tribeca VR arcade this year, there were displays ranging from the harrowing to the distracting, but few were as eye-catching as Treehugger:Wawona. It's an interactive art installation that had headset-wearing participants hugging and caressing...



MTV's 'Catfish' will introduce internet trolls to their victims

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:42:00 -0400

(image) MTV's Catfish: The TV Show, a documentary series that brings together online couples who have never met in real life with sometimes disastrous results, is branching out. Instead of pursuing potential romances, the broadcaster is seeking people who wo...



Google refines its search results to curb fake news

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) Google's quest to fight fake news isn't stopping with identifying bogus stories and an emphasis on fact-checking. The internet giant is rolling out changes to its search results in hopes of curbing both fake news and offensive material. To begin with...



Engadget giveaway: Win a Glyph video headset courtesy of Avegant!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) If you enjoy the movie theater, but can't stand crowds, Avegant's Glyph could be your saving grace. This rechargeable audio/video headset projects a 720p private screening experience onto each of your eyeballs via compatible devices and a microHDMI c...



Facebook is tweaking the News Feed to make room for fact checkers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:50:00 -0400

(image) In its own way, Facebook is taking responsibility for the spread of misinformation and changing how its products deliver news. The next phase of that is a test that "might" populate the News Feed with articles related to the one all your friends are...



Juicero's unnecessary complexity makes it unnecessarily pricey

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:23:00 -0400

(image) Juicero came under fire after Bloomberg showed that you don't need its $400 (previously $700) machine to squeeze juice out of its proprietary fruit and vegetable packets. All you need are your hands and a bit of force. But why is the company's WiFi-c...



XPrize winner says its Tricorder is better than 'Star Trek'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) The technology of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek looked so far forward it could almost have been used as a visual aide to Arthur C. Clarke's third law: technology so advanced, it's indistinguishable from magic. Despite the fictional technological magic...



AT&T's rural internet push starts with Georgia

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) AT&T is making good on an FCC Connect America Fund promise to bring reasonably fast internet to rural dwellers and those who'd otherwise have to settle for pokey service. The carrier has completed its first batch of fixed wireless internet rollou...



NFL players can track and sell their own health data

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:22:00 -0400

(image) Professional athletes know that it's not just the matches and training sessions that matter: it's what you do in your downtime too. Whoop's wearable straps specialise in this area, tracking your movement, heart rate, and ambient temperature to better...



Uber's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Uber is believed to be the world's most valuable startup, with estimates pegging the company as being worth around $70 billion. Its business, and its CEO, have always garnered controversy, but to date, Uber has been able to survive whatever slings an...



Apple has NASA minds working on its AR glasses

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:31:00 -0400

(image) Apple has hired former NASA JPL augmented reality expert Jeff Norris to help shape its AR projects, according to Bloomberg. Based on previous reports, Cupertino has been working on a pair of AR glasses and related features for future iPhones since 20...



Vizio's $250 soundbar hosts Google Assistant and Chromecast

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Vizio may have been knocked by LeEco after its $2 billion buyout deal was cancelled, but the company's not going to fall into a grief-stricken funk. The home theater business has announced a new raft of soundbars that work with Google Assistant and c...



Vizio's XLED TVs might make you forget its tracking software

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Vizio's pushed a wider range of affordable HDR screens with its recent E-series, which follows the trend of high-resolution 4K televisions getting cheaper and cheaper. So follows the company's SmartCast P- and M-series lines for this year, which offe...



Vodafone's failed TV ambitions are costing it dearly

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:25:00 -0400

(image) Vodafone once had aspirations to become the next quad-play provider, able to offer its customers more than just a mobile phone contract. For nearly two years, the company was preparing to enter the pay-TV market, and in the interim it rejoined the br...



Waymo's ready to offer public rides in its self-driving minivans

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:02:00 -0400

(image) While Alphabet's legal battle with Uber continues to rumble on, its Waymo self-driving initiative is going from strength to strength. Its laser-mounted white minivans are consistently proving their reliability on the roads and besting their rivals, s...



Channel 4's online TV ads will call you out by name

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:10:00 -0400

(image) Adverts are about to get a lot more personalised -- or creepier, depending on your point of view -- the next time you hop on the All 4 streaming service to catch up on The Island with Bear Grylls. This month, Channel 4 is bringing a new ad format to...



The Morning After: Tuesday, April 25th 2017

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. No, you're not dreaming -- flying cars are real, and the Galaxy S8 is selling at a record pace. Also, you might be a still-in-utero neomorph from Alien.



Wikipedia co-founder launches Wikitribune to fight fake news

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:36:00 -0400

(image) Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes to tackle fake news with a journalism outfit of his own. Wikitribune will be free to access and use crowdfunding to hire experienced reporters. They'll work alongside volunteers who can sub-edit articles, fact-c...



'Super Mario Run' gets an update, if you're still playing

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:01:00 -0400

(image) The first Nintendo game that came out on smartphones, Super Mario Run, got its first update since launching on Android last month. Assuming anyone's still rocking and hopping in the mobile Mushroom Kingdom, they can finally track friends down by thei...



Lyft driver's lawsuit accuses Uber of privacy violations

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:25:00 -0400

(image) Uber is now facing its first Hell-related legal battle a couple of weeks after The Information revealed the project's existence. A former Lyft driver has filed a class action lawsuit against the ride-hailing firm for tracking and targeting people wor...



Apple Music delays its 'Carpool Karaoke' series

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:59:00 -0400

(image) Apple had indicated that its first video series for Apple Music would arrive in April, but we're almost into May and Carpool Karaoke is nowhere to be found. According to Reuters, a March premiere party was postponed 'days' before it was going to take...



KeyMe aims to replace locksmiths with kiosks in more cities

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:00 -0400

(image) If you lock yourself out of your home or car, you typically have only one option -- call a locksmith and hope they can get to you quickly. But you'll pay a small fortune for their time and expertise. New York-based startup KeyMe wants to change all t...



'Alien: Covenant' VR experience emerges on April 26th

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:22:00 -0400

(image) Both Fox and director Ridley Scott have made bit commitments to virtual reality, and you're about to see just how those commitments are evolving... in an unsettling way. Fox has revealed that Alien: Covenant's VR experience, In Utero, will be availab...