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NPD estimates video game industry raked in $30.4 billion in 2016

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:56:00 -0500

(image) The video game industry tracker NPD Group has occasional releases throughout the year, tallying up things from the month's top-selling games to console vs. console sales to how many NES Classic Editions flew off the shelves back in November. But it's...



DOT establishes 10 autonomous vehicle proving grounds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:03:00 -0500

(image) So far, testing autonomous vehicles on city streets has had mixed results. Uber's plan did not go over well in the company's hometown of San Francisco, but cities like Phoenix and Boston have been a little more receptive to the idea. Now, to solve so...



Facebook bans known protest-tracking tool for law enforcement

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:18:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has blocked Media Sonar from accessing its data, according to Motherboard, a month after Twitter cut off its access. The Canadian company is known for selling social-media-monitoring tools to law enforcement agencies, who mostly used them to...



Google's VR art app is open source and ready to get weird

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:26:00 -0500

(image) Google's Tilt Brush is capable of some pretty impressive results. But what if those 3D paintings and projects you made while strapped into virtual reality could escape into the real world? That's the idea behind the open-source Tilt Brush Toolkit, av...



Big Ten Network adds 'League of Legends' to its tournament lineup

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:51:00 -0500

(image) The Big Ten Network announced on Thursday that it's adding a less conventional sport to its conference title coverage. Now, in addition to everything from baseball and basketball to football and field hockey, subscribers will be able to see their fav...



Windows 10 is spamming Chrome users with a Microsoft shopping app

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:34:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft really wants you to install and use its products on your computer. Beyond the myriad Start menu ads plaguing Windows 10, now users have to contend with pop-ups for Redmond-made stuff if they have Google's Chrome browser installed as well. M...



'Injustice 2' beta registration opens for future brawls

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:59:00 -0500

(image) Developer NetherRealm Studios' games are as well known for their over-the-top action as much as their shaky online multiplayer. It looks like the team has taken the latter to heart because its upcoming DC Comics fighter Injustice 2 will have a beta t...



Uber will pay $20 million for exaggerating drivers' earnings

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:29:00 -0500

(image) In yet another big settlement for the ride-hailing giant, Uber has agreed to pay a $20 million fee to resolve a case with the US Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC's complaint, Uber intentionally exaggerated drivers' potential income and...



Soft robot wraps around your heart to help it beat

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:44:00 -0500

(image) Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital have developed a breakthrough "soft robot" device that might improve your odds of surviving a heart attack. Unlike mechanical devices inserted into heart valves, it's wrapped external...



Samsung will explain the Galaxy Note 7 explosions Sunday night

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:12:00 -0500

(image) As Reuters had suggested, Samsung is close to holding a press conference where it will "announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan." The event is being held on Monday morning (local time) in Seoul, Korea, and will...



Korg's new ARP Odyssey is a full-size remake of an iconic synth

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:02:00 -0500

(image) At NAMM two years ago, Korg first revealed its modern take on the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer. Despite touting that model as a "faithful recreation" of the original, the reissue was a smaller version with 37 keys. During the music industry's big...



Tesla's Ludicrous Plus mode beats Faraday Future's 0-60 time

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:45:00 -0500

(image) Faraday Future claims its FF 91 SUV will be the fastest accelerating production vehicle to date with a 0-60 mph time of 2.39 seconds, but we're going to need a more precise stopwatch if the showdown with Tesla is going to continue. In a real-world tr...



The Wirecutter's best deals: Google's Daydream View VR headset drops to $50

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...



Harvard's soft exosuit makes walking 23 percent easier

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:10:00 -0500

(image) Harvard Wyss Institute researchers have been working on a soft exosuit with DARPA's financial help for years. While they were able to present a proof of concept in 2016, it's only now that they've found out just how much the suit can actually help it...



Use Roli Blocks to control Mac and Windows music production apps

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:50:00 -0500

(image) Roli's set of modular music gadgets have been around since November, but today the company announced an update that will come in handy for those who use desktop music production apps. The new Dashboard for Roli Blocks allows you to employ the LED tou...



A single image of the Nintendo Switch tells us three things

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:34:00 -0500

(image) Nintendo has shown precious little of the Switch's user interface so far -- just a few seconds teasing the console's menu during last week's live stream and a fleeting glance during a Treehouse livestream. Apart from showing off the general layout an...



Pioneer takes on Korg with its first analog synthesizer

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:17:00 -0500

(image) If you want an analog synthesizer, but don't have a lot of floorspace, then Korg's Volca range is for you. Maybe hold that thought a sec. Until now, Pioneer has focused on the club crowd with its ubiquitous DJ decks and controllers. The company branc...



Kymco's smart scooter combines alerts with a customizable design

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0500

(image) Smart cars are everywhere. They talk to your phone and your house. In the future they'll even carry on conversations with you and your passengers. But for now, automobiles are rolling maps, entertainment centers and charging ports for our connected l...



Neil Gaiman is making a 'Good Omens' miniseries for Amazon Video

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:51:00 -0500

(image) Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fans, take note: Good Omens, a novel written by Gaiman and Pratchett, is being adapted into an Amazon miniseries. The six-part series will debut in 2018, with Gaiman serving as sole writer and showrunner. It's a timely...



Teenage Engineering's next synth wirelessly syncs with Basslet

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:30:00 -0500

(image) I love a good collaboration. So when I spotted a Teenage Engineering representative jamming on the (as yet unreleased) OP-Z while wearing a Basslet wearable subwoofer at this year's NAMM convention, I was curious. It turns out, The Swedish synth make...



'Breath of the Wild' will be Nintendo's last Wii U game

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:15:00 -0500

(image) The Wii U has had a difficult life cycle, and Nintendo is ready to leave it behind. Speaking with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last internally developed gam...



Investigation clears Tesla for fatal Autopilot crash

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:54:00 -0500

(image) Last May a Tesla Model S ran into a tractor trailer in Florida while in Autopilot mode. The collision resulted in the death of the driver Joshua Brown and prompted an investigation by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Today...



USA Today will livestream Inauguration Day in VR

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:36:00 -0500

(image) USA Today announced its VR news show back in March and tomorrow it will offer a more immersive look at the Presidential Inauguration. As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, USA Today's "VRtually There"...



Twitter met its diversity goals, but still has work to do

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:00 -0500

(image) Eighteen months ago, facing criticism as part of an overwhelmingly homogenous tech industry, Twitter gave itself some clear goals for hiring a more diverse workforce in 2016. Now that the year has wrapped up, Twitter has released its first diversity...



Julian Assange says he's willing to return to the US

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:03:00 -0500

(image) Infamous Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had previously said he would return to the US to face trial if the US granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act after leaking a massive amount of classified governm...