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'The Evil Within 2' is better because it spaces out the scares

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:00 -0400

(image) The Evil Within 2 is weird, gross and scary. But that's okay because it balances all that with exploration and figuring out what the hell is going on. I can then get back to fleeing disgusting buzzsaw creatures -- or occasionally stabbing them in the...

You can use your own iPhone to get Virgin's $1-a-year plan

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:29:00 -0400

(image) Looks like Virgin Mobile is on a mission to sign up as many iPhone users as it can. The carrier has just announced that you can now bring your own iPhone and enjoy its $1-a-year subscription offer. When the company began exclusively catering to iPhon...

Nikon's D850 DSLR blends speed with insane resolution

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) Nikon recently teased a full-frame D850 for its 100th anniversary, hoping it would fulfill the wish-lists of pro photographers. It has now unwrapped the DSLR and seems to have wildly succeeded with that goal. The D850 is entering medium-format territ...

California continues to lead the US in renewable energy

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:21:00 -0400

(image) In 2006, California adopted aggressive legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting renewable energy production throughout the state. And since then, the state has been tracking its progress through its annual California Green...

Audi will use solar panels to help power its future EVs

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:24:00 -0400

(image) When you think of electric vehicles, you probably imagine Tesla's Supercharger, or gas station-like centers where you go to top off the voltage. There's another idea, though, that makes a lot of sense: sun energy. AltaDevices, a subsidiary of Hanergy...

Drones are delivering packages in Iceland's capital city

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:27:00 -0400

(image) At last, a fully operational urban delivery drone system is here... only you probably won't get to use it. Drone logistics startup Flytrex has teamed up with Iceland's main online retailer, AHA, to launch a courier drone service in Reykjavik. Specifi...

Privacy group says Washington cyberbullying law is censoring instead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:37:00 -0400

(image) Anti-cyberbullying laws are noble, but attempting to punish online speech is tough. Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claimed that Washington state's anti-cyberbullying legislation goes too far -- and ends up censoring speech...

Uber grows in spite of scandals, but keeps bleeding cash

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:55:00 -0400

(image) Uber's endless stream of scandals doesn't appear to have made much of a dent in its bottom line... not that the company is breaking out the champagne just yet. The ridesharing firm reports that its bookings surged in the second quarter of 2017 (150...

Microsoft's 'Insiders' can test Windows 10 S on any PC

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:34:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft's Windows Insiders program lets interested users test future versions of the operating system before they're released to the public. While owners of Windows 10 S, Microsoft's app-based light operating system, were able to try out experiment...

FTC gives Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition the go-ahead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:57:00 -0400

(image) Amazon just got much closer to completing its purchase of Whole Foods. The Federal Trade Commission has decided against further pursuing an investigation into the $13.7 billion deal, arguing that there's no evidence the mega-merger "substantially le...

'Ruiner' is not just a cyberpunk 'Hotline Miami'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:30:00 -0400

(image) Ruiner might be one of the most eye-catching titles showcased at Gamescom -- something that's hard to achieve when every company is bombarding you with posters, flags and bags at every turn. The aggressive, manga-style protagonist and angry catch cop...

'Carcraft' is Waymo's virtual world for autonomous vehicle testing

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:56:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year we watched as an AI kept driving straight into the water in Grand Theft Auto: V. Rather than use Rockstar Games' crime-world magnum opus to train its self-driving vehicles, though, Waymo instead uses Carcraft. Named for Blizzard's e...

Google search uses a medical quiz to help diagnose depression

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:32:00 -0400

(image) Only half of Americans who face depression get help for it, and Google is determined to increase that percentage. As of today, it's offering a medically validated, anonymous screening questionnaire for clinical depression if you search for informati...

'Shinobi Striker' makes 'Naruto' a serious online fighter

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:05:00 -0400

(image) Naruto is in a strange place right now. The long-running manga series ended in early 2015, before its anime adaptation wrapped up in March this year. The spiky-haired ninja saved the world and achieved his dream of becoming the Hokage, or rather the...

Facebook will livestream 15 upcoming college football games 

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:53:00 -0400

(image) Facebook secured exclusive rights to livestream college football games during the upcoming season, starting with a pair of games on September 2nd. Users worldwide need only visit the sports network Stadium's Facebook page to watch the matches, or the...

Danny Glover is advising Airbnb's diversity efforts

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

(image) When he isn't busy raising awareness for pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and generally being too old for shit, actor Danny Glover will be advising Airbnb. It's part of the push the short-term rental company is making to promote staying in communities of co...

Pre-register for 'Monument Valley 2' on Google Play

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) The sequel to the mind-bending, gorgeous puzzler Monument Valley has been available for iOS since June; it was announced at Apple's developer conference, WWDC. Now Android users get to experience the MC Escher-inspired mobile game. Well, almost. Monu...

Watch Hulu's live TV service on your Mac or PC

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:03:00 -0400

(image) It's been a month since Hulu added its live television service to the Amazon Fire TV and only a day after the company announced Xbox 360 compatibility for its subscribers. Now the company that Disney, Fox, NBC and Time Warner owns is putting its subs...

Samsung says it's building an Echo-like smart speaker

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:30:00 -0400

(image) Samsung is spilling the beans on more than just its smartwatch plans in the wake of its Galaxy Note 8 event. In an interview with CNBC, mobile division chief DJ Koh has confirmed that his company is working on a smart speaker. He's shy on details,...

Catch up on Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 news in 10 minutes

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:17:00 -0400

(image) The Galaxy Note 8 wasn't exactly a well-kept secret, but Samsung officially revealed the supersized handset earlier today. If you missed the announcement live, don't worry: We've got you covered. We chopped down today's event to a much shorter clip,...

Snapchat will feature original scripted shows by end of year

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:02:00 -0400

(image) Snapchat has jumped into television in a big way, with NBC's twice-daily news show, CNN's newscast, a CBS-led James Corden variety show and even MTV's Cribs crowding in to connect with Snapchat users. Now the photo messaging app is set to move into t...

Samsung's new Gear VR is built for the big Galaxy Note 8

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:47:00 -0400

(image) Thanks to its tie-in with Oculus, Samsung's Gear VR has had the most content and arguably the best image quality of any mobile virtual reality headset since it launched. It has improved ever since, and the model unveiled with the Galaxy S8 finally in...

Robot bears are coming for your grandparents

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Not content to simply blame millennials for killing practically everything, baby boomers are now expecting the younger generations to care for them in their agedness. The nerve. Indeed, some 13 percent of the American population is now 65 or older, t...

ESPN's mobile app personalizes your live sports streams

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:16:00 -0400

(image) ESPN is keeping up its recent trend of letting you watch sports your way. The TV network has updated its Android and iOS apps with a reworked Watch tab that gives you a more personalized approach to video, including live video -- if there's an in-pr...

One week with Samsung Bixby

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Nobody wants an assistant they can't trust. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't put my faith in Samsung's Bixby. It's the newest entry in the crowded field of virtual assistants, and its youthful inexperience shows. After living with Bixby on...