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EU to tech industry: Remove hate speech faster or we'll make you

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:02:00 -0500

(image) Despite agreeing to crack down on the spread of hate speech across their networks earlier this year, four of the world's biggest technology companies aren't delivering on their promises, Reuters reports. A review conducted by EU Justice Commissioner...

The Morning After: Monday, December 5, 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Yay, it's Monday morning! As we wonder where the heck we packed our touchscreen-friendly gloves, last weekend was brought to you by Virgin's new spaceship, NFL deciding to go easy on GIFs and a whole bunch of new PlayStation games we didn't even kno...

Breakthrough Prize awards $25 million to science luminaries

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:52:00 -0500

(image) In a ceremony dubbed the "Oscars of Science," the Breakthrough Foundation handed out over $25 million in prizes to physicists, life sciences researchers and mathematicians. Hosted by Morgan Freeman, the event featured Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and...

The best Christmas movies on Amazon UK Prime Video

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:40:00 -0500

(image) Not so long ago, the festive film choice on TV at Christmas involved a toss up between Mary Poppins and One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing. Now, Amazon Prime has a small but varied selection of festive hits on offer on-demand. Here are the films we thin...

'Furi' brings its relentless fighting to the Xbox One

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:40:00 -0500

(image) You no longer have to be picky about where and how you play Furi, The Game Bakers' distinctive (not to mention incredibly challenging) boss battler. The studio has released its indie darling on the Xbox One with both an extra boss fight and "polished...

Survival smash 'The Flame in the Flood' comes to PS4 in January

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:03:00 -0500

(image) The Flame in the Flood's distinctive approach to wilderness survival gaming was well-received when it reached PCs and the Xbox One earlier this year, so it's only natural that the game come to PlayStation gamers, right? Right. The Molasses Flood an...

'MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries' revives a classic series in 2018

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:35:00 -0500

(image) It's been a long, long time since there was a single-player game in the MechWarrior series -- 2002's MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries has been your only option if you didn't want to play online. Thankfully, a new wave of gamers is about to see what all the...

Netflix gives 'Luke Cage' a second season

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:02:00 -0500

(image) Marvel must be feeling glad that it bet on a slew of internet-only superhero shows -- Netflix has confirmed that it's renewing Luke Cage for a second season. There's no mention of a date for the new episodes (the teaser's "always forward" is a nod t...

Brains can recover some 'lost' memories

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:28:00 -0500

(image) For the longest while, researchers believed that you could only preserve a memory in your brain if the relevant neurons were active. However, it now looks like this isn't always the case -- and that could be a tremendous help to anyone suffering from...

Virgin Galactic's new spaceship completes its first glide test

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:03:00 -0500

(image) Virgin Galactic just came much closer to resuming its dreams of private spaceflight in the wake of its tragic crash from 2014. The company has successfully conducted the first glide test flight for VSS Unity, better known as the new SpaceShipTwo. The...

Sean Parker team-up will use algorithms for cancer prevention

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:31:00 -0500

(image) Napster co-founder Sean Parker's Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy isn't wasting much time putting technology to work in treating disease. It's partnering with the Cancer Research Institute on predictive algorithms that can spot cancer neoantigens...

GoPro sells the Karma's stabilizer grip by itself for $300

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:56:00 -0500

(image) No, you still can't buy GoPro's Karma drone in the wake of the recall, but you can get a taste of the technology that came in the box. GoPro has started selling the Karma Grip, the stabilization wand that takes the jitters out of your Hero5 Black or...

Ben Heck visits the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0500

(image) Join Ben as he leaves the workshop behind and goes on a journey to Portland's Retro Gaming Expo. There's little Ben loves more, and this time he's on the hunt for a copy of Road Rash for the Sega Genesis / Megadrive! With some happy distraction...

After Math: Weird science

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

(image) It's been a strange week for the scientific arts. The speed of light might not be as stable as we thought, carbon nanotubes have been used to freeze boiling water, a bunch of schoolkids recreated a $750 compound for $25 and the House Committee on Sci...

All all-electric submarine, and more in the week that was

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Are personal submarines the vehicles of the future? This week Ortega Submersible launched an all-electric sub that allows three divers to fly through the sea. In other transportation news, a Swiss pilot is testing the boundaries of solar flight by ta...

Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the NES Classic Edition

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:30:00 -0500

(image) The NES Classic is an easy sell: It's a $60 device that looks and feels like the original Nintendo Entertainment System, with a library of 30 popular games pre-loaded. It's also easy to set up -- all you need is spare HDMI and USB ports on your TV. T...

NFL loosens its policies on teams posting GIFs and videos

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:29:00 -0500

(image) The NFL's current rules social media posts have been rather draconian, even after a recent rethink. Football teams couldn't post any video during the game window until the NFL made a sanctioned clip available on its servers, and they couldn't create...

Trump defense secretary pick serves on Theranos' board

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:10:00 -0500

(image) President-elect Trump's rapidly growing circle of advisers and cabinet members continues to raise eyebrows among the tech-savvy. The incoming leader has picked retired General James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, and the Marine has been a devote...

Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an Amazon Echo

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:32:00 -0500

(image) If rumors are true, Microsoft may be one of the few major consumer tech giants that doesn't have a smart, voice-guided speaker in the works... but that doesn't mean it's sitting on its thumbs. In an expansion of recent code discoveries, Windows Centr...

Panasonic's OLED-fighting LCD is meant for professionals

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:01:00 -0500

(image) Panasonic's salad days in the consumer TV space are in its past, but today the company announced a new IPS display technology that might help it win back some of the professional market. Essentially, it's making an LCD panel with the precision backli...

Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car plans

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:27:00 -0500

(image) Apple's hopes of developing self-driving car technology have been a poorly kept secret for a while, and now it's coming clean. The company has sent a letter to the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledging that the company is "...

All the reveals from PlayStation Experience 2016

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:30:00 -0500

(image) It definitely feels like Sony showed off more games during the PlayStation Experience keynote today than it did at E3. Which is pretty impressive, when you think about it. The show started out with a glimpse at the next chapter of the Uncharted saga...

Pros and cons: Our verdict on the new Surface Book

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:30:00 -0500

(image) The 2016 Surface Book is a lot like last year's Surface Book, which we already really liked. So we recommend this one too, though the few flaws we noted last time remain as well. As ever, it's a well-built piece of kit, with a bright detachable scree...

Airbnb drops its lawsuit against New York

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:15:00 -0500

(image) Some of Airbnb's larger US legal battles are winding down quickly. In the wake of a settlement with the state, the rental listings company is dropping a lawsuit against New York that fought a ban on short-term rentals where the tenant isn't present....

The follow-up to 'Resogun' is a Hail Mary for arcade shooters

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Housemarque, the Finnish developer behind Resogun and Dead Nation, hasn't had the best year. I visited its Helsinki headquarters back in September to see how the studio was following up Resogun, the surprise hit of the PlayStation 4 launch. What I f...