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Proposed law would insist on work-life balance for New Yorkers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:19:00 -0400

(image) With all of us connected to our phones day and night, it's pretty easy to respond to work requests after official office hours are over. European countries like France have passed laws allowing employees to ignore employers after hours, giving citize...

Uber's self-driving policies, tech face questions after fatal crash

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:06:00 -0400

(image) In the wake of a fatal crash where one of Uber's self-driving SUVs struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, a New York Times report has dug into the company's program and found it's significantly trailing the competition. Specifically, while the fo...

A ‘Warhammer’ AR fantasy card game is coming to PC this year

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:29:00 -0400

(image) Gamers may know Games Workshop's popular tabletop game Warhammer: Age of Sigmar (the fantasy counterpart to Warhammer 40,000) is getting its own card game for PC later this year -- and it'll benefit from augmented reality. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Ch...

OnePlus is done selling its flagship 5T in North America

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:55:00 -0400

(image) If you live in North America and you'd like to buy a OnePlus 5T, well, sorry — you're out of luck. Not just temporarily, either — the startup confirmed to Engadget that it has sold every OnePlus 5T it made for the North American market, a...

Apple won't livestream its March 27th education event

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:36:00 -0400

(image) Apple's education event next week is a break in tradition in more ways than one. Not only will it take place in Chicago instead of the company's usual homestead in Northern California, it will also not be livestreamed. Instead, the video will only be...

Hands-on with coming-of-age puzzle game 'Where Cards Fall'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:02:00 -0400

(image) Where Cards Fall looks like a dream. Literally, I've had dreams that feel like this game -- the world is segmented into blocky platforms covered in grass, asphalt and clouds, as if a rudimentary algorithm was asked to create cities and forests, a...

Catan VR gets closer to the real thing than any app

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:20:00 -0400

(image) The first time I played Settlers of Catan was probably 2006. I didn't really know much about board games, aside from old classics like Monopoly, so when a friend brought it out at a party I was intrigued. To my surprise, I liked it. And, it turns out...

Atari shows its non-functional 'VCS' console prototype at GDC 2018

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

(image) Last June, venerated gaming company Atari announced that it was making a comeback. Specifically, that it would be jumping back into the console market with a retro-style entertainment system it dubbed at the time, the Ataribox. Eleven months later, w...

What to expect from Apple’s education-themed ‘Field Trip’ event

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:45:00 -0400

(image) Normally, when Apple goes to the trouble of putting on an event, it's somewhere near the company's home base in sunny Cupertino. Not this time! After deciding not to hold a March keynote at all last year, Apple now has plans to hold court in Chicago'...

The story of the Duke, the Xbox pad that existed because it had to

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:30:00 -0400

(image) Denise Chaudhari had never touched a gamepad before stepping onto Microsoft's campus as a contractor. The first woman to join the Xbox team, Chaudhari had studied ergonomics and industrial design at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design but d...

Let’s stop pretending Facebook cares

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0400

(image) The really great thing to come out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is that Facebook will now start doing that thing we were previously assured at every turn they were doing all along. And all it took was everyone finding out about the harvesting a...

Apple proposes 13 emojis representing those with disabilities

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:46:00 -0400

(image) Apple has proposed a set of new emojis representing those with vision, hearing and motor disabilities, BuzzFeed News reports. Included are emojis of guide and service dogs, people with canes, individuals signing the word "deaf," an ear with a hearing...

Live the startup 'dream' in the ‘Silicon Valley’ VR Hacker Hostel

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:27:00 -0400

(image) If you've enjoyed HBO's Silicon Valley over the last four seasons, chances are you're keyed in to the same tech and startup scenes that the show satires. Which means you might have an HTC Vive, which is the platform of choice for the upcoming VR expe...

GDC 2018 by the numbers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

(image) It was a wet and wild week at the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Engadget team spent our days wandering the show floor, meeting with developers and, of course, playing every game we could get our hands on. Here are a few highli...

Tumblr confirms 84 Russian accounts were used to spread disinformation

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:49:00 -0400

(image) It's not just Facebook or Twitter that were co-opted during the 2016 election. Just a month after accusations from researchers and Buzzfeed, Tumblr confirmed today that it uncovered 84 user accounts linked to the Russian government and its Internet R...

Cambridge Analytica has commissioned a third-party audit

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:40:00 -0400

(image) Mark Zuckerberg might be sorry that 50 million Facebook users' data ended up with the political firm Cambridge Analytica and will (at some point) head to Congress to explain what happened. The firm maintained that it deleted that information when Fac...

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX pages after #DeleteFacebook challenge

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:36:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk isn't known for kidding around, and he just made that clear in his response to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal... more or less, at least. The entrepreneur has hidden the official Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX in response to...

Facebook already hit with four lawsuits over Cambridge Analytica (updated)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:28:00 -0400

(image) It has been a week since the bombshell reports on Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook user data dropped and already the social media giant is facing at least four lawsuits. Along with a class action suit filed earlier this week on behalf of Faceboo...

Slaughter sentient fruit to save humanity in 'Juicy Realm'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:16:00 -0400

(image) We saw a number of genuinely unique and innovative games at the Indie Megabooth during 2018, but few can compete with the sheer adorableness of Juicy Realm from Spacecan -- even when you're gunning down Uzi-wielding anthropomorphic pears.

Sonos to temporarily pull ads from Facebook, Google and Twitter

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:55:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this week, Mozilla announced that it was pulling its Facebook ads in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and continued concerns over data security. Now Sonos has announced it will also be pulling ads, but not just from Facebook. For one...

YouTube is still plagued with disturbing kids' videos

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:22:00 -0400

(image) There's a section of supposedly kid-friendly YouTube that's rife with odd and often disturbing videos. But though YouTube began actively addressing the issue last year, there still appears to be a problem. Just a few days ago, Business Insider report...

The best blood pressure monitor for home use

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

(image) By Stacey Higginbotham This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After spend...

Spotify says 2 million users suppressed ads on its free service

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:40:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this month, Spotify revealed that it had begun cracking down on people using hacked versions of apps. These apps allowed users with free accounts to suppress advertising and take advantage of paid features. Now, Spotify has disclosed just how...

Apple is reportedly working on a 'foldable' iPhone for 2020

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:27:00 -0400

(image) Apple changes its iPhone designs slowly and reluctantly, so folks were pretty surprised to see the famous notch in the iPhone X. That might be nothing compared to what it has planned for 2020, though, if you're willing to buy into a new rumor. A Merr...

Could Google’s ‘Smart Sound’ be more than just a gimmick?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Welcome to your living room, the latest battleground for tech companies vying for your allegiance. What started as Amazon staking its claim with the Echo line of smart speakers now includes competition from Google and Apple, too. It's not just tiny s...