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iOS 11 forces Uber to loosen its location tracking

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:19:00 -0400

(image) Uber has followed through on its promise to restore your ability to block the app from tracking your location even when you're not using it. More precisely, it had no choice but to do so, at least for iPhones and iPads. The latest version of Apple's...



'Doom’ for the Nintendo Switch feels exactly like it’s supposed to

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) When Nintendo announced the launch of the Switch by using footage from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it was a surprise -- but a reasonable one. Bethesda's open-world adventure game was beloved, but old enough that a port to Nintendo's new console seem...



Microsoft may open its first UK store in London's Oxford Circus

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:50:00 -0400

(image) After years of rumours and speculation, Microsoft might finally be ready to open its first retail store in the UK. Retail Week reports that the company is in advanced talks with The Crown Estate (the commercial business that controls land and holding...



Hololens is helping Ford designers prototype cars quicker

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) When Google released Glass Enterprise, it took a consumer-oriented product written off as privacy-invading nonsense and made it incredibly useful for businesses. Microsoft is effectively doing the same with its $3,000, not-yet-for-consumers Hololens...



Hulu scores new and old episodes of 'Will & Grace'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:19:00 -0400

(image) Will & Grace is set to return to our screens next week. But, its fabulous comeback won't just be relegated to network television. The show's original run, and its new episodes, are also making their on-demand debut on Hulu. The streaming service,...



NVIDIA drops the basic Shield TV's price to $180

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated version cut down on price by bundling the $50 remote in to make the base-tier $200 version mo...



SEC suspects hackers used stolen insider info for trading

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:34:00 -0400

(image) US Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton has made a couple of security-related revelations in his recently published "Statement on Cybersecurity." He admitted that an attacker infiltrated the agency's EDGAR database in 2016 by exploiti...



FedEx estimates ransomware attack cost $300 million

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:05:00 -0400

(image) FedEx acquired Dutch shipper TNT Express last year for $4.8 billion, well before the NotPetya ransomware ran wild on TNT's systems June 27th, disrupting much of its shipping operation. Like the earlier WannaCry outbreak, NotPetya used a Windows explo...



Stunning visual puzzler 'The Witness' arrives on iOS

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 -0400

(image) After months of teases and rumour, striking 3D puzzle game The Witness has finally landed in the App Store, for both iPhone and iPad. Likened to a modern-day Myst, the open world game sees players wake up on a strange, colorful island with no memory...



Apple TV 4K hands-on: Finally, no compromises

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Apple's long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV was almost a slam dunk. The only problem? It didn't have 4K. That was a notable omission since both Amazon and Roku released streaming players supporting the new format in 2015. Now, Apple is finally re...



The Morning After: Thursday, September 21st 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to Thursday. Apple's new Watch Series 3 has a tiny LTE connectivity issue -- something the company says it will fix in an update, but good luck to those with a pre-order. Google, as rumored, is buying HT...



Gett is using Citymapper data to plot new ride-sharing routes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:12:00 -0400

(image) London's public transport system is pretty robust, with plenty of Tubes, buses and overground lines zig-zagging across the city. At rush hour, though, squeezing onto a crammed DLR carriage can be a total nightmare. One alternative is a taxi-hailing a...



'Rainbow Six Seige' update could make your PS4 crash

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:49:00 -0400

(image) With more than 20 million players, it's safe to say that Rainbow Six Siege is still going strong. But, a new console crashing bug could put a damper on the good times for fans of the tactical shooter. At least on PS4, anyway. Gamers have been tweetin...



Plantronics offers affordable wireless audio for your workouts

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:38:00 -0400

(image) Plantronics' latest BackBeat wireless headphones have tended to focus on value for your hard-earned cash, and that's definitely the focus today. It's launching a range of BackBeat Fit headphones that promise sweat-resistant designs without a huge out...



Mobike's dockless bike-sharing service comes to Washington, DC

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:25:00 -0400

(image) Washington DC is one of the most bike-happy cities in America, with around five percent of commuters pedaling around the city each day. That's one of the reasons why Mobike, a company that has mostly been in China and Europe until now, is launching a...



CNBC: Tesla is working on its own AI chip with help from AMD

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:55:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that Tesla always wanted to develop an in-house chip to handle its cars' autonomous functions. Well, according to CNBC, the EV-maker is close to reaching that goal -- with help from AMD. The company is reportedly building its chip on t...



FIFA 18's story mode has become the franchise’s best feature

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) When FIFA 17 came out last year, its standout feature was something called "The Journey." For the first time in the franchise's 24-year history, EA Sports added a story mode where you can pretend to live the life of a professional soccer (er, footbal...



Democrats call for tougher online ad spending rules

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:02:00 -0400

(image) Politicians aren't just asking Facebook to testify on how suspicious Russia-linked ads allegedly reached its social network -- they want some political reform to prevent this from happening again. A mix of House and Senate Democrats have written a le...



Google is buying HTC's Pixel team for $1.1 billion

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:06:00 -0400

(image) After weeks (months, and years) of speculation, HTC has announced that its "Powered by HTC" R&D division -- the team behind Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones -- will be purchased by Google for $1.1 billion in cash. According to HTC's CFO Pe...



Google Assistant and IFTTT can close your garage door

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:04:00 -0400

(image) We haven't gotten to the point of voice-activated vacuum cleaners yet, but closing your garage door with an "Ok Google" has arrived. Garage-door company Chamberlain has announced that its MyQ app will now work with Google Assistant in addition to you...



Autonomous delivery drone network set to take flight in Switzerland

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:03:00 -0400

(image) Matternet has long used Switzerland as a testing ground for its delivery drone technology, and now it's ramping things up a notch. The company has revealed plans to launch the first permanent autonomous drone delivery network in Switzerland, where i...



'Overwatch' fights toxic players by muting them on Xbox Live

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:28:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday, Overwatch's team released the new map, Junkertown, and a few character tweaks in a moderately-sized update. But tucked away in the patch notes was a new tool in Blizzard's fight against toxicity in the game: Xbox Live users that earn enoug...



Knightscope’s new security bot looks like a mini concept car

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:55:00 -0400

(image) Robot maker Knightscope has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Its K5 security robot took a look at the harsh world and chose to throw itself into a fountain. And a different K5 robot was attacked and knocked over by a drunk guy. But...



FTC warns influencers about relying on Instagram's ad marker

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:34:00 -0400

(image) Up and coming social media stars posting sponsored content may want to take a careful look at today's #Influencers101 Twitter chat from the FTC. The agency tried to clarify a number of issues cropping up around promotional material posted to social m...



Saudi Arabia lifts ban on messaging apps like Skype and Snapchat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:02:00 -0400

(image) Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet calls at 8PM ET today that had stood since 2013. Services that follow rules set by the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman...