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What's on TV: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:16:00 -0400

(image) We're back! This week the big event doesn't occur until Sunday night (unless it leaks early), when Game of Thrones wraps up its penultimate season with another super-sized episode clocking in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Until then we can check out Mad...



Hulu will soon merge its two iOS apps into one

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:57:00 -0400

(image) Say goodbye to confusing one Hulu app on your iOS device for another. Soon, the streaming service will condense both of them into a single one and phase out the Hulu Live TV app introduced earlier this year when the livestreaming service debuted.



Microsoft built a hardware platform for real-time AI

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:06:00 -0400

(image) In many cases, you want AI to work with info as it happens. That virtual assistant needs to respond within a few seconds at most, and a smart security camera needs to send an alert while intruders are still within sight. Microsoft knows this very wel...



Super-powered bacteria can harness light for fuels and plastics

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:33:00 -0400

(image) Researchers have been working on improving the photosynthetic process for some time -- trying to use light to create energy but doing so in a way that's much more efficient than chlorophyll. For plants, chlorophyll works well, but to use photosynthes...



Ubisoft's next ‘Anno’ game relives the age of trade and empire

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:04:00 -0400

(image) The Anno RTS series focuses more on civilization-building than straight-up combat, and its later editions explored that premise centuries into the future. But the franchise's next entry casts back a couple hundred years to the past when mankind's map...



LG will build electric car parts in Detroit

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:43:00 -0400

(image) LG Electronics is building a 250,000 square foot EV parts plant in Detroit suburb Hazel Park, it said in a press release. LG might not build its own cars, but its vehicle components division supplies many key pieces for GM's critically acclaimed Chev...



Suppliers and retailers will use blockchain to keep food fresh

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:19:00 -0400

(image) IBM has joined with a group of food supply companies and retailers to use the computing company's blockchain tech to keep food fresh. Currently, it can take up to two weeks to track down the source of contaminated foodstuffs. But just like tracking c...



Nope, 'Alto's Odyssey' isn't coming out this summer

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:55:00 -0400

(image) It's going to be a bit before we can play Alto's Odyssey. The followup to the ridiculously relaxing snowboarding game Alto's Adventure won't be out any time soon, developer Built By Snowman writes. "The endless desert still awaits and it's even vaste...



Crashplan drops its cloud backup service for home users

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

(image) If you rely on Crashplan as a remote backup for your computer, you're going to have to find an alternative in short order. Code42 is phasing out its Crashplan for Home service as it switches its focus to business users. The company has stopped offe...



Sony Music taps Dubset to monetize samples in remixed songs

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:10:00 -0400

(image) It's tough enough for artists to make sure they're paid for every stream of their songs, but what about remixes? There is a system in place from Dubset called the MixBank Rights Management Platform, and it helps rights holders identify samples in son...



Thanks to Google, Shutterstock can stop automated watermark removal

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:47:00 -0400

(image) Stock photos have watermarks to make sure that you don't use them without paying for them. Removing them used to take some Photoshop know-how, but Google found a way to remove them automatically. The team also explained how to counteract the strategy...



Delta tests customer service video chats to field your complaints

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:24:00 -0400

(image) Delta is certainly trying to update its tech to join the 21st century. This summer, it's tested replacing boarding passes with fingerprints and checking baggage by scanning passengers' faces. But the airline's next advance is kind of an old-school dr...



Sony 'won't allow' cross-platform dino survival in 'Ark' either

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:02:00 -0400

(image) Stop me if you've heard this before: The makers of a huge multi-platform game want to unite their disparate users so everyone can play together, regardless of whether they're playing on PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and Sony is blocking that. This t...



Seinfeld’s first Netflix stand-up special premieres September 19th

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:41:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year, Netflix announced that Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series would be moving to it over from Crackle and that Seinfeld would have two stand-up specials appear on the streaming service as well. The first of those...



Hulu's live TV service is now available on Xbox 360

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:21:00 -0400

(image) If you're still watching Hulu on your Xbox 360, here's some great news for you. The on-demand streaming service has just expanded its new "Hulu Experience" interface to the almost 12-year-old Microsoft console. The best part is that you won't have to...



I didn't see the eclipse in totality, but it was still pretty great

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Like more than a few stories in my life, this is one of procrastination and regret. Yesterday's total solar eclipse was the first to be viewable from the US in my lifetime, and my hometown of Lincolnville, South Carolina, was right in the path of tot...



Verizon's always-on throttling is an affront to customers and net neutrality

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:45:00 -0400

(image) Well, it was nice while it lasted. Today Verizon (the biggest carrier in the US) announced it was doing away with its simple and fair unlimited wireless-data plan and complicating things by instead offering three plans. Two of those cost more, and al...



Uber's more flexible driver policies promise fewer cancelled rides

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:34:00 -0400

(image) If you've used Uber long enough, you've probably encountered drivers who've canceled trips simply because they weren't convenient. They didn't want to travel far or had an appointment to make, for instance. You might not have to put up with those sur...



Home and factory robots can be hacked to harm humans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:19:00 -0400

(image) Last month, cybersecurity firm IOActive let everyone know that Segway MiniPro hoverboards were vulnerable to hacks and outside control via their Bluetooth connections. Now it has revealed that industrial robots from Universal Robots and consumer...



How RFID tags became trendy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to e...



SNES-inspired 3DS XL hits Europe in October

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:47:00 -0400

(image) Miss out on the SNES Classic pre-orders that went up (and promptly sold out) overnight? Nintendo has a consolation prize for you. Sort of. The storied game-maker will release a Super Nintendo-themed 3DS XL this October 13th. There's a catch though: I...



Medium is letting some users hide their posts behind a paywall

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) If you come across a piece on Medium you can't read without an account, don't be surprised. Medium has expanded its Partner Program to give users a way to earn money from their articles by publishing behind a paywall. The company has been testing the...



'Final Fantasy XV' comes to your phone this fall

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:16:00 -0400

(image) Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows 10 (yes, despite i...



Astro's email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Virtual assistants have been quick to invade our phones and our homes — is it any surprise that they're creeping into our email accounts, too? A startup called Astro built a chatbot (imaginatively named "Astrobot") into its email app earlier th...



Tencent becomes the exclusive Chinese home of the NFL

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:59:00 -0400

(image) The NFL has signed a deal with Tencent that'll see the Chinese giant becoming the exclusive home of the game for the next three years. As well as most pre and regular-season games, Chinese fans will be able to watch both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl....