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Vizio devices now take voice commands from Google Home

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:00 -0500

(image) Vizio's living room devices already play nicely with Google services, but wouldn't it be nice if you could use Google voice control as well? You can now. All of Vizio's SmartCast-equipped devices, including recent TVs, soundbars and speakers, just...(image)

Hulu will let you download shows 'in a few months'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:51:00 -0500

(image) Hulu isn't going to let Netflix have show downloads all to itself. Company chief Mike Hopkins tells AdWeek that you'll have the option of downloading shows "in a few months." The online video service isn't talking details at this point, to no one's s...(image)

'Final Fantasy XV' tricked me into buying Cup Noodles

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:20:00 -0500

(image) I should have been turned off by the commercial advertising casually strewn throughout Final Fantasy XV. Coleman logos are plainly visible when the game's heroes set up camp for the night. Billboards for Nissin Cup Noodles line the highways of Eos. I...(image)

Slack adds long-awaited threaded messaging feature

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:59:00 -0500

(image) Slack, the ever-popular communication tool and current darling of enterprise software, is getting a long-awaited update: threaded messaging. As the company writes in a blog post today, threaded messaging is a way to reduce clutter in ever-crowded Sla...(image)

Twitter just sold its developer platform to Google

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:47:00 -0500

(image) Fabric, Twitter's developer platform, now belongs to Google. The move was announced on Fabric's blog Wednesday morning and confirmed in a Twitter thread by Sr. Director of Product, Jeff Seibert.(image)

You can play three hours of 'Watch Dogs 2' for free

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:22:00 -0500

(image) In an unusual move, Ubisoft has announced a free three-hour 'trial' of Watch Dogs 2 for console players. As of today, PS4 owners can hack their way through San Fransisco for free, before the trial comes to Xbox One on January 24th. PC gamers, however...(image)

Take Logic Pro X projects from desktop to mobile with GarageBand

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Despite it's highly capable tool set, GarageBand is widely thought of as Apple's beginner audio recording software. Logic Pro X is the company's option for more advanced users. While the latter app has been around since 2013, Apple regularly adds new...(image)

GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Apple's GarageBand is a good place to get started with recording, but it's useful for more advanced skill levels as well. The company just revealed an update to the iOS version of the app that gives the software a few more tools for tracking on the g...(image)

AT&T's deal with Nielsen promises more accurate TV ratings

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:40:00 -0500

(image) For years, TV ratings data has revolved around a small number of households using specialized gear to track their viewing habits. That's not completely representative of what the broader public is watching, is it? However, the accuracy is about to...(image)

Protein fingerprinting could shed light on Alzheimer's

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:18:00 -0500

(image) Scientists know that the proteins in our bodies can sometimes fold and form clumps called amyloids, which lead to neurodegenerative diseases. However, they still don't fully understand the whole process -- there's just no efficient way to examine the...(image)

Using Tinder's swipe UI isn't always a good idea

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Thanks to Tinder, swiping left or right on the photo of a potential hookup quickly became a common user interface element. But a new startup is reminding us that swiping right isn't appropriate for every kind of app -- say, an adoption app. Adoptly...(image)

DoorDash and Postmates test deliveries with robots

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:43:00 -0500

(image) Starship's autonomous delivery robots have found work outside of the US, but they're now ready to come Stateside. DoorDash and Postmates have forged partnerships that will have them respectively test Starship robots in Redwood City, California and Wa...(image)

'The Martian' author to make NASA TV drama with CBS

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:00 -0500

(image) It's been a while since we've had a fictional TV series based around the present-day exploits of the folks at NASA. That's all set to change with the news that CBS has commissioned a pilot for a drama about the next generation of astronauts, entitled...(image)

Nintendo's Switch won't run 'Zelda' at 1080p

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:05:00 -0500

(image) If you're the proud owner of a Wii U, you might be wondering whether the Switch is worth a day one purchase. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to both, so what's the rush, right? Well, the two versions have a few key differences. In a...(image)

NASA may rely on Russian shuttles for ISS missions until 2019

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:39:00 -0500

(image) NASA is considering buying seats aboard the Soyuz spacecraft for 2019, according to a solicitation it filed recently. The agency originally wanted to end its dependence on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft this year, but SpaceX and Boeing aren't quite ready...(image)

Japan's high-tech toilets are getting less intimidating

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:19:00 -0500

(image) Japan is famed for its elaborate, high-tech toilets; and these elaborate, high-tech toilets are themselves famed for being nigh impossible for foreigners to decipher. Aware of the confusion many visitors face in getting to grips with the country's "b...(image)

A cheap Android One phone could come to the US this year

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:59:00 -0500

(image) The Android One program that aimed to standardize expectations for low-cost phones launched in 2014 and hasn't revolutionized the mobile arena so far. Still, Google is expected to make another run at the initiative, and a report by The Information cl...(image)

Mozilla's new logo is kinda ://

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:45:00 -0500

(image) It's been six months since Mozilla, the non-profit organization in charge of maintaining Firefox, announced it was putting the future of its brand in users' hands. Kinda, at least. The plan was to solicit entrants for a new wordmark or logo, before h...(image)

ICYMI: Mind-controlled mice kill on command

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: You might have thought things couldn't get any worse, but you'd be wrong. A recent study published in Nature showed that first, mice could be bred so that the neurons in their brains respond to laser lights. Then,...(image)

12 million declassified CIA files are now available online

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:01:00 -0500

(image) The CIA has posted a vast cache of nearly 12 million declassified CIA pages online, including info on Nazi war crimes, the Cuban Missile Crisis, UFO sightings, human telepathy ("Project Stargate") and much more. It's been a long time coming -- Bill C...(image)

Russia will let Edward Snowden stay for another three years

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:31:00 -0500

(image) Less than 24 hours after President Obama commuted the majority of Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence, the Russian government has updated its position on whistleblower Edward Snowden. Local authorities have confirmed that Snowden has been granted anot...(image)

Tesla will manufacture Model 3 parts at the Gigafactory

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:01:00 -0500

(image) Nevada governor Brian Sandoval has announced that Tesla will bring some of its manufacturing for the Model 3 across from California. At a speech outlining policy initiatives for the last two years of his term, Sandoval revealed that the car company w...(image)

Google mobile saves searches if your connection drops

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:02:00 -0500

(image) It may be 2017, but there are still lots of areas where cellular data doesn't reach. Like underground on the subway or in the middle of a rural lake, for instance. Google wants to make sure that lack of coverage doesn't hurt your curiosity, though. A...(image)

The Morning After: Wednesday, January 18 2017

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) It's Wednesday morning and Raspberry Pi has made a super-powered PC-on-a-stick, the state of AAA cloud gaming and a look at the Army's prototype hoverbike. Grab your coffee. We'll wait.(image)

Google explains how it spots malicious Android apps

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:04:00 -0500

(image) Android's Verify Apps feature performs malware scans on newly downloaded applications to make sure they're safe. But since some malicious apps can prevent the feature from working, the company had to find an alternative way to figure out if a phone s...(image)