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HBO's interactive 'Mosaic' series arrives on Android

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:05:00 -0500

(image) Despite all the high profile TV shows currently on the air, HBO and Steven Soderbergh have found a way to make Mosaic stand out in the age of binge-watching: hand over narrative control to the viewers. Billed as "interactive storytelling," the 7.5-ho...(image)

Tesla's semi-truck is priced surprisingly competitive

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:31:00 -0500

(image) When Tesla unveiled its Semi electric truck last week, everyone agreed that it looked cool, but some actual truckers weren't necessarily sold on its functionality. Most observers will be impressed with the pricing if it holds, though. Tesla has liste...(image)

EA is addressing the loot boxes in 'Need for Speed: Payback,' too

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:08:00 -0500

(image) Most of the headlines surrounding Electronic Arts this fall have been about the loot box situation in Star Wars: Battlefront II. But Need for Speed: Payback has been dealing with the same pay-to-win progression issues since it launched a few weeks ag...(image)

Facebook's latest feature test looks like Snapchat's streaks

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:12:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has been emulating (read: copying) Snapchat for a while now, whether through Instagram or on its own. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it's at it again. This time the company is playing around with a feature for Messenger akin to Sna...(image)

Google will downrank Russian state news agencies

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:05:00 -0500

(image) The extent to which fake news is propagating the internet has become increasingly clear in recent months. In October Facebook revealed some 3,000 politically-charged adverts had been placed in crucial swing states in the US, while Freedom House this...(image)

The FTC is looking into Uber's latest data breach

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:01:00 -0500

(image) This week, Uber revealed that a security breach that happened in October of 2016 exposed personal data from around 57 million customers and drivers. But rather than inform the affected individuals, the company instead chose to pay off the hackers tha...(image)

The best PlayStation 4 games

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0500

(image) There's a big reason why the PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console: It has a smattering of games that you can't play anywhere else. Think: blockbusters like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Bloodborne. But even if Indiana Jones...(image)

Firefox will soon flag sites that have been hacked

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:01:00 -0500

(image) Firefox has having a good run right now, having just released its much speedier and better-looking Quantum browser. It's now working on a new feature that security fans are bound to like: It will warn you if you're visiting a site that has suffered a...(image)

The best computer and mobile accessories to give as gifts

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Perhaps the person on your list is already quite happy with their laptop or mobile device (slash, you're not up to buying them a new one). There are plenty of accessories that make for affordable, and dare we say, practical gifts. Included in our hol...(image)

Wirecutter's best early deals for Black Friday

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:31:00 -0500

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated...(image)

Pornhub owner may become the UK's gatekeeper of online porn

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:01:00 -0500

(image) NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts. Mindgeek may be the most powerful company that you've never heard of, or at least, a company you'll claim never to have heard about in polite company....(image)

How 'Life is Strange' landed in Deck Nine's hands

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Idol Minds had been making video games for 20 years when it rebranded as Deck Nine in May. It's not just the studio's name that changed -- its entire mission refocused. Instead of working on titles like Cool Boarders 2001 and Pain, developers built a...(image)

'Untrained Eyes' explores how computers perceive you

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) If you search for "man" on Google, most of the image results you'll get are of white males looking confidently at the camera. "Woman," meanwhile, brings up pictures of women that appear to have been taken from a male gaze -- and yes, you guessed it,...(image)

Tesla completes its giant Australian Powerpack battery on time

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:31:00 -0500

(image) Tesla has completed its 100 megawatt Powerpack battery backup system in South Australia within 100 days (easily), as Elon Musk had promised. That means the company essentially won the "bet," and won't be on the hook for the entire cost of the project...(image)

The UK Autumn Budget gets tough on tech companies and tax

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:05:00 -0500

(image) During yesterday's Autumn statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined positive measures to push the adoption of autonomous and electric cars, develop new 5G networks, treble the number of computer science teachers and further research into AI and r...(image)

UK watchdog tells ISPs to advertise ‘real’ broadband speeds

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:05:00 -0500

(image) Broadband packages are notoriously difficult to untangle. Prices are obscured with introductory discounts and the speeds you get are nothing like what was advertised. It sucks, and the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) knows it. So today, th...(image)

The Morning After: Thursday, November 23rd 2017

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. To go along with the Thanksgiving feast, we have the FCC's plan to kill net neutrality. It's not much of a treat but should provide some reading material if you have the day off. Otherwise, we have an alert abou...(image)

Of course there are Street Fighter-meets-Transformers toys

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:29:00 -0500

(image) Listen, I'm sure some of you grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and played Street Fighter years later with a wish in your heart that these two worlds would meet. For those happy few, there are now mash-up toys that let Ryu, villain M. Bison, K...(image)

BMW hopes AI-managed electric bike roads will ease traffic

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:02:00 -0500

(image) In some cities, the most common electric vehicles are likely to be two-wheelers like bikes and motorcycles. But cities aren't really designed for them -- you have to compete with cars on the road and at charging stations. BMW and Tongji University...(image)

Our nights keep getting brighter

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:39:00 -0500

(image) Our nights are getting brighter and they have been every year since 2012, according to a new study published today in Science Advances. Researchers led by Christopher Kyba at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences used satellite imagery to tr...(image)

’League of Legends’ pro suspended 20 months for domestic violence

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:36:00 -0500

(image) Back in October, League of Legends player Li "Vasilii" Wei Jun livestreamed alleged domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend. The Chinese team Newbee immediately terminated his contract and the League Championship Series launched an investigation....(image)

Museum of African American History is freely digitizing home movies

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:14:00 -0500

(image) Humanity has access to more data than ever before, but there's still so much media scattered around the world that might rot away before it can be preserved. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is launching an initiative to sa...(image)

Steam Autumn Sale cuts prices on 'Shadow of War' and 'Evil Within 2'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:41:00 -0500

(image) It's time for Steam's annual Autumn Sale -- and as is often the case, there are deals on major games you might have missed earlier in the year. Most notably, the promo (which runs until November 28th) cuts the price of the relatively fresh Middle-ea...(image)

Amazon's party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:59:00 -0500

(image) The holidays are almost here, and that means you may end up playing a lot of party games with visiting friends and relatives. Amazon might spare you from having to break out yet another board game, though: it just put its Echo Button accessory up fo...(image)

Tesla opens Model 3 order process to non-employees

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:08:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's Model 3 has technically been on the market since July, but only to employees, their family members or people who are tight with the EV maker. Your pre-order hasn't been very useful if you're one of the hundreds of thousands of regular would-b...(image)