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YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:24:00 -0500

(image) YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred pr...

Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X lookalike

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:18:00 -0500

(image) Someone might have just spoiled Motorola's 2018 in a big way. Droid Life has posted a trio of leaks which, if accurate, hint at some big changes to the Lenovo brand's smartphone lineup. The headliner would be the Moto X5, and it's not hard to see w...

Curve's payment-switching smart card goes live in the UK

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:01:00 -0500

(image) Like the thought of switching payment methods for a purchase long after you've left the store? You now have a chance to try it. Curve has launched its smart card in the UK, letting you not only consolidate your credit cards (currently just Masterca...

Facebook teams up with 'True Blood' creators for new series

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:34:00 -0500

(image) Facebook's Watch tab won't just be chock-full of sports shows and gaming culture. The social site has ordered 10 episodes of Sacred Lies, an adaptation of the Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (which, in turn, is an adaptation of th...

Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar after all

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:06:00 -0500

(image) Despite Tesla's lead on the electric vehicle market, large automakers spent 2017 announcing they will transition their gas-powered car models to EVs. But other companies selling more elite vehicles are also throwing their hat in the ring. At NAIAS in...

‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo Switch February 1st

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:32:00 -0500

(image) Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it's coming to Nintendo's Switch console this February 1st, a...

Nissan: Leaf EV pre-orders are over 13,000

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:59:00 -0500

(image) Over the last week or so we've seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget...

The fight to restore net neutrality is picking up steam

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:35:00 -0500

(image) Yesterday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Senate Democrats now have a total of 50 votes in favor of restoring net neutrality. Today, the push back against the net neutrality repeal intensifies, as a companion House bill to reject the...

Congressman requests Meltdown and Spectre briefing from chip makers

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:27:00 -0500

(image) US Representative Jerry McNerney sent a letter to Intel, AMD and ARM today requesting a briefing on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the companies' handling of them. McNerney, a California representative and member of the House Energy and...

FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural broadband

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:07:00 -0500

(image) Bringing broadband internet access to rural areas has been an ongoing, long-term effort, but millions of Americans, including over a third of rural citizens according to 2016 reports, still don't have the option. Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed...

Amazon makes it easier to find live shows on Fire TV

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:44:00 -0500

(image) While most movies and TV shows on Amazon Channels are available on demand, a few of them can be watched live at the same time they're broadcast on traditional TV. If you use a Fire TV stick to watch television and movies on the big screen, you might...

Microsoft may be working on a new Xbox Elite controller

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:21:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller is pricey, but arguably the go-to choice for Xbox One owners who want a gamepad that fits their exact needs. And apparently, there's enough demand to merit a sequel. Multiple leaks appear to have uncovered a new El...

Lamborghini’s 650HP Urus is equal parts muscle and infotainment

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Lamborghini's Urus is more than just an absurdly overpowered SUV, it's packed with technology both on the entertainment and safety sides too. That means along with its 650 horsepower twin-turbo aluminum 4.0 liter V8 (whew) you also have the option fo...

Comcast brings Jackbox's Party Packs to X1 set-top boxes

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:42:00 -0500

(image) Comcast is rolling out some new gaming options for its X1 set-top box users. Multichannel News reports that Jackbox Games has begun to show up on X1 this month with two gaming packages being offered. Jackbox Party Packs 3 and 4 are available for $25...

'Far Cry 5' limited edition includes new art and vinyl soundtrack

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:23:00 -0500

(image) If you get excited by cool vinyl video game soundtracks like we do, you're in luck. Mondo, the company behind the amazing Contra vinyl and that fantastic The Last of Us box set, has just partnered with Ubisoft on Far Cry 5. Starting today, January 16...

Apple supplier accused of chemical safety and overtime violations

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:04:00 -0500

(image) Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its suppliers. Both China Labor Watch and Bloomberg report that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, makes workers endure harsh safety conditions and unfair work terms in...

Sony adds 'Monster Hunter' and white PS4 Pro options this month

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:42:00 -0500

(image) Sony has released two new versions of the PS4 Pro that will be available exclusively at GameStop this month. The consoles are the Limited Edition Monster Hunter PS4 Pro Bundle for $450, available starting January 26th (when the game launches), and th...

'NBA Jam' may return for its 25th anniversary

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:22:00 -0500

(image) All that's old is new again in the world of gaming. Over the last couple years we've seen both the NES and Super NES receive reboots with their respective Classic editions and that trend could soon extend to iconic software titles as well. According...

OnePlus halts credit card payments on its site after fraud reports

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:01:00 -0500

(image) This weekend, reports began to surface that some people who had made purchases on OnePlus' website were seeing unauthorized transactions pop up on their credit cards. OnePlus released a statement on its website saying that it was looking into the iss...

BMW buys a parking app in hopes of tackling urban traffic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:38:00 -0500

(image) Automakers increasingly see parking as the next great frontier, and BMW is no exception. It just bought Parkmobile, which it says is the largest mobile parking services provider in North America. This isn't BMW's first parking initiative, but it pr...

Facebook vows to simplify Messenger in 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:19:00 -0500

(image) Today, Facebook released an outline of its priorities when it comes to Messenger, and one thing is clear: The organization wants to simplify the service. Over the past few years, the company built many new features that it packed into Messenger, and...

Levandowski faces fresh accusations of stealing trade secrets

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:02:00 -0500

(image) The Waymo v. Uber trial is set to finally get started next month, but Anthony Levandowski, the man who has been accused of taking 14,000 files from Google's self-driving outfit when he left the company for his own startup Otto, has been hit with a la...

The next weird 3DS game includes a tiny fishing reel

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:39:00 -0500

(image) Japan's fondness for games with highly specialized controllers frequently produces wonderfully weird results. If you need proof, you just need to look at Bandai Namco's upcoming Baku Tsuri Bar Hunter for the 3DS. The manga-linked augmented reality...

Google’s cloud is spreading through new undersea cables

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:20:00 -0500

(image) Today, Google announced that it will be adding three undersea cables, as well as five new Cloud Platform regions, to its infrastructure in 2018. The Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in Q1 2018, while Los Angeles, Hong King and Finland will...

Uber forcing UK drivers to take breaks in the name of safety

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:59:00 -0500

(image) In an effort to stop UK drivers working excessive hours, Uber's going to start forcing them to rest up after pulling a decent shift. A new policy coming into effect next week mandates a driver must take a continuous six-hour break after racking up 10...