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You'll need an Xbox to enjoy Netflix's Dolby Atmos debut

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0400

(image) According to Dolby's website, Amazon and Vudu are the only streaming services with titles that support Atmos 3D sound technology. Now, Netflix has finally joined the very short list with the launch of Bong Joon Ho's (Snowpiercer) Cannes Film Festival...

Toshiba's latest SSD tech squeezes 128GB onto a tinier chip

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:01:00 -0400

(image) Toshiba and (we think) its partner WD have just unveiled the next generation of rapidly evolving flash memory technology. Its 96-layer NAND tech will arrive in 2018 in 3-bit, 32GB (256 gigabit) chip sizes. That will allow for SSDs and other flash pro...

Censors pull 'BoJack Horseman' two days after Chinese debut

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:35:00 -0400

(image) Two days after its debut on China's iQiyi streaming service, Netflix's critically acclaimed animated show BoJack Horseman is no longer on the platform. The move is a blow to Netflix's ongoing attempts to gain a foothold in the region, which stretch b...

The first commercial astronaut training center will be built in the UK

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:54:00 -0400

(image) The government's mission to put the UK at the forefront of commercial spaceflight has been given a big boost after plans were announced to build the world's first private space research centre in Bedfordshire. The £120 million Blue Abyss facili...

Vivo beats Apple to an under-display fingerprint scanner

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:15:00 -0400

(image) There have been rumours of Apple exploring under-display fingerprint scanning technology, but you probably didn't expect the first of such demos to come from China. At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm announced its latest ultrasonic fingerprint solution, with...

The Morning After: Wednesday, June 28th 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Welcome to your humpday. Amazon is offering cheaper smartphones (with a caveat) and we explain how electric is going to kill the gas station. Oh, and Google got slammed with a $2.7 billion fine in Europe.

Microsoft's next big Windows update will use AI to fight malware

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:30:00 -0400

(image) Windows Fall Creators Update will come with a hefty serving of security upgrades, made timely by the increasingly rampant cyberattacks targeting the platform these days. In a blog post, Microsoft has revealed how the upcoming major update will level...

Intel's SSD 545s has size and speed at an affordable price

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:49:00 -0400

(image) It's not too hard to find inexpensive solid-state drives that offer either a lot of storage or brisk performance, but finding both? That's hard. Intel, however, thinks it has a chance. It's launching a budget 2.5-inch drive, the SSD 545s, that theore...

You won't need cable to watch the Premier League next season

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:29:00 -0400

(image) Good news for football fans in the US who love the English Premier League: NBC Sports has announced a standalone streaming package that will include 130 games, both live and on-demand, from the upcoming 2017-2018 campaign. The Premier League Pass, wh...

Dropbox collects privacy settings into a security checkup page

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:36:00 -0400

(image) Giving apps and services direct access to your Dropbox account is easier than locally downloading files and re-uploading them. But can you name every one you've linked up? Today, Dropbox has reorganized the most important user security settings in on...

Target is testing its own Prime Pantry-like delivery service

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:49:00 -0400

(image) Target is taking on Amazon's Prime Pantry with its own version called "Restock." The company announced a trial run of its new service today, which it tested with employees earlier this year. Like Prime Pantry, with Restock, customers can fill a box w...

Google News redesigned with a cleaner look

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:58:00 -0400

(image) If it's been a while since you've visited Google News, now may be the best time to take a peek. Google has given its News website's looks a thorough cleanup, retaining key elements and giving you more control while getting rid of anything that adds c...

Dish knows hotel TV sucks and it wants to help

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:33:00 -0400

(image) Checking into a hotel can be like moving back in time, at least when it comes to media. We're all used to using our own devices to watch television and movies, stream music and play games, but many hotels still cling to their cable-style in-room TV s...

Greenpeace and iFixit slam smartphone companies over e-waste

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:03:00 -0400

(image) Greenpeace likes to keep tabs on tech companies, highlighting where they're going wrong when it comes to clean technology and how they can improve. Earlier this year, the organization released its report on how the IT sector consumes energy and they...

Champions League matches are coming to Facebook

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:26:00 -0400

(image) Facebook can add another feather to its live-sports streaming cap: UEFA Champions League soccer (football to the rest of the world) matches. Reuters reports that thanks to a partnership with Fox Sports, the 2017-18 season will be watchable on Zuckerb...

'Dishonored' studio co-founder steps down after 18 years

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:57:00 -0400

(image) Today the founder of Arkane Studios, Raf Colantonio, announced that after 18 years with the company, he is now stepping down. In a statement Colantonio said, "It is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is importa...

You can order an Uber for those who shun the app

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:29:00 -0400

(image) Uber is adding a new feature that lets you arrange a pickup for friends, family, and even Uber boycotters. Although an existing option to set a different pickup location ostensibly allows users to arrange rides for others, the update adds a touch of...

Pandora is shutting down in New Zealand and Australia

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:16:00 -0400

(image) While Pandora got a nice infusion of cash from SiriusXM a few weeks ago, there's bad news for the streaming services' users down-under. The company just announced that its co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down and, according to Billboard...

Microsoft’s machine learning can predict injuries in sports

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:02:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft is bringing its big-data knowledge to sports. Today, the company introduced its new Sports Performance Platform, an analytics system that aims to help teams track, improve and predict their players performance using machine learning and Sur...

Videos are the latest way to seduce people on your dating app

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:30:00 -0400

(image) The dating app Hinge has just added a video option to its users' profiles. Now, any of a user's six profile photos can be swapped for a video that will autoplay whenever someone scrolls through their profile. The videos can be uploaded from Instagram...

AMD and NVIDIA go after Bitcoin miners with new video cards

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:11:00 -0400

(image) Dedicated digital currency miners know the importance of good graphics cards -- modern GPUs have enough general-purpose computing power to process money formats like Bitcoin much faster than a CPU alone. They've never really been suited for non-stop...

'Crackdown 3' lives in the shadow cast by 'Agents of Mayhem'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft's biggest hurdle with Crackdown 3 isn't its rumored troubled development cycle, it's that Agents of Mayhem exists and is coming out first. Both share a similar premise: You're a superpowered human given free reign over a cartoony open world...

NYU lands New York City's ambitious VR/AR hub

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:30:00 -0400

(image) New York City is diving into VR in a big way with the launch of a virtual/alternate reality hub at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. It'll serve to nurture companies and projects relying on the new technologies, with the hopes of cementing NYC as a...

Samsung will reportedly release Note 7 ‘fandom’ edition soon

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:10:00 -0400

(image) Samsung continues to deal with the fallout from its exploding Note 7 devices. The company has been sued for the problem, and has issued short-term fixes, apologies and a hurried recall to try and contain the damage to its brand. Apparently it's worki...

Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) Twitch Partners get a lot of perks, including extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, financial support and the ability for fans to subscribe to their channels for $5, $10 or $25 per month. Starting this week, Twitch Affiliates -- streamers...