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Surface, LinkedIn, and cloud revenues are bright spots for Microsoft

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:49:00 -0400

(image) Good news for Microsoft: Its Surface revenues have rebounded from last quarter's slump, when sales fell 26 percent over the previous year. For the fourth quarter, Microsoft says Surface sales only fell 2 percent year-over-year. Sure, decreases aren't...

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 'approval' seems to be from the White House

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:47:00 -0400

(image) Earlier today, we reported that Elon Musk and The Boring Company had reportedly been given verbal government approval to build a Hyperloop that would connect New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, according to a tweet posted by Musk.

Classic motorcycle adventure game 'Full Throttle' hits iOS

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) It's been a few months since Tim Schafer's classic LucasArts adventure game Full Throttle got an HD remastered release on PS4, PS Vita and PC. Today, it comes out on iOS: For $5, you can take a rowdy ride into gaming history.

PayPal taps into your Chase and Citibank accounts

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:22:00 -0400

(image) Paypal-owned mobile payment app Venmo opened up third-party app support last year in an attempt to capture more money via more merchant transactions, including those from Poshmark, Parking Panda, and The service has a competitor, of cou...

Moto Z2 Force reportedly has smaller battery than its predecessor

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:04:00 -0400

(image) In April, some spec leaks gave us a look at what Motorola's Moto Z Force follow up had in store. We learned that the Moto Z2 Force would have a 5.5 inch display, a Snapdragon 835 chip upgrade, a dual rear camera system and the return of the audio jac...

'Call of Duty: WWII' takes zombies back to the front lines

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:44:00 -0400

(image) Of course zombie mode is back for Call of Duty: WWII, and developer Sledgehammer Games just dropped a trailer for the undead nightmare mode. Of course, you and pals are tasked with eradicating the Nazi zombie scourge. The trailer's YouTube descriptio...

IBM's AI can predict schizophrenia by looking at the brain's blood flow

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:32:00 -0400

(image) Schizophrenia is not a particularly common mental health disorder in America, affecting just 1.2 percent of the population or around 3.2 million people, but its effects can be debilitating. However, pioneering research conducted by IBM and the Univer...

Facebook Pages can now build their own communities

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:01:00 -0400

(image) Today, Facebook is rolling out a new feature called "Groups for Pages," which will let artists, brands, businesses and newspapers create their own fan clubs. The company says the idea stems from two reporters at The Washington Post who started a Face...

Google brings its fancy Motion Stills GIF-making app to Android

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:48:00 -0400

(image) Motion Stills has existed in a strange space for the past year. It's a Google-made app but it's been available only on iOS, piggybacking off Apple's Live Photos function to create dramatic, stabilized GIFs and short videos. Android owners, Google's m...

Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:32:00 -0400

(image) Tidal's been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn't without some controversy, as last-minute subscribers to the streaming music service weren't allowed access to the album). Then, just a we...

Google Street View takes you aboard the ISS

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0400

(image) Astronauts aboard the International Space Station just got an adorable floating camera, but what do we get? While nobody's handing out free rides to the ISS, you can digitally explore it now that it's up on Google Street View.

Intel puts Movidius AI tech on a $79 USB stick

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:52:00 -0400

(image) Last year, Movidius announced its Fathom Neural Compute Stick — a USB thumb drive that makes its image-based deep learning capabilities super accessible. But then in September of last year, Intel bought Movidius, delaying the expected winter ro...

Apple wants you to gussy up your Clips videos with Disney art

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Apple's Clips is a neat experiment in video creation, and it seems pretty popular, too -- the company says "millions" of people use it each month. For Apple's sake, here's hoping a lot of them are Disney fans. The company just released a new Clips up...

Sears will sell appliances on Amazon as its retail stores dwindle

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:36:00 -0400

(image) Sears announced today that its Kenmore branded products will now be sold on Amazon, meaning it's now joining forces with the company that contributed to its downfall. It's no secret that Sears has been struggling — the company has lost around $...

YouTube will redirect you away from extremist videos

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:14:00 -0400

(image) Last month, Google steps it would take to help stamp out extremism and terrorism-related content online. Today, the company is announcing a new initiative on YouTube to help guide people away from terrorism propaganda videos and steer them towards co...

Elon Musk says he has approval to build NYC-to-DC Hyperloop

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:58:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk's latest venture, The Boring Company, has certainly been a source of amusement. Now, the billionaire visionary has tweeted that he's received verbal government approval to build an New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop, which will ge...

Lucid Motors is struggling to produce its luxury EV

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:47:00 -0400

(image) While EVs might be making headlines left and right, producing them is not as easy -- or as much of a slam dunk -- as it might seem. Take the case of Lucid Motors, a struggling electric car startup. It faces a stark choice for its future: Build an exp...

Luis Fonsi's 'Despacito' is the most-streamed song of all time

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:26:00 -0400

(image) Justin Bieber's "Sorry" has been dethroned as the most-streamed song of all time -- and ironically, he played a hand in getting a new song to the top of the heap. "Despacito," performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, has hit more than 4.6 billion st...

US authorities have seized the dark web marketplace AlphaBay

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:11:00 -0400

(image) Last week, we reported that an international law enforcement operation had shut down AlphaBay, the dark web's go-to marketplace after the fall of Silk Road. Today, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it has seized AlphaBay and has brought civi...

Twitter says everyone, even Trump, has to follow the rules

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:59:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this week, journalists asked Twitter's VP of Trust and Safety, Del Harvey, whether the company could really treat President Trump's Twitter account the same way it does everyone else's. After first saying that she couldn't discuss individual...

Smart harness can help stroke victims learn to walk again

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:42:00 -0400

(image) People recovering from spinal cord injuries and strokes often struggle under the weight of gravity. Recovering gait, or a regular walking rhythm, can be a real challenge. A group of scientists may have just made it a little easier, though: They disco...

VFX company files injunction to block three Disney blockbusters

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:19:00 -0400

(image) You probably haven't heard of a special effects company called MOVA, but you've seen its Contour facial-capture technology in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Beauty and the Beast. It could also have a big impact your entertainment choices....

Inside LeEco's spectacular fall from grace

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) With additional reporting by Chris Ip and Richard Lai. Behind the doors of the five-star Bohao Radegast Hotel in Beijing's central business district on Monday, troubled Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco held an extraordinary shareholder's meeting...

FCC admits it didn’t document alleged cyberattack

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:44:00 -0400

(image) The Federal Communications Commission now claims to have no data on a DDoS attack that took down its website in May, just months after stating it had "gigabytes" of documentation on the incident. The supposed attack followed talk show host John Olive...

Nintendo's solution for online voice chat feels half-baked

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:32:00 -0400

(image) From the moment you pick up a Nintendo Switch, it feels like a magical device. The company nailed the hybrid TV / portable concept and created a genuinely fun console that seemed to shed the awkwardness of the Wii U. Indeed, Nintendo has a habit for...