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Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:01:00 -0500

(image) It's not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC's ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset...

New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:39:00 -0500

(image) As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all...

Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:18:00 -0500

(image) Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-...

Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

(image) Less than two weeks after being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai said one of his priorities was to "make the agency's operation more transparent," beginning with a pilot program to release internal documents pertainin...

Researchers create prosthetic hand that offers more lifelike dexterity

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

(image) Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a prosthetic hand inspired by the bionic one given to Star Wars' Luke Skywalker. What sets this one apart from other prosthetics is the amount of dexterity it offers, allowing users to move individual finger...

Amazon's Alexa can now wake you up with music instead of alarms

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) One of the greatest perks of connected speakers is waking up to whatever music you like, not just a buzzer or the radio. However, that hasn't been an option for Alexa-equipped devices like the Echo -- until today, that is. Amazon has added a feature...

Microsoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:02:00 -0500

(image) Developers hoping to get on the quantum computer train early can now get started with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, a free preview version of which was released today. The kit, which was first announced at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Sept...

Russian hackers steal $10 million from ATMs through bank networks

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:38:00 -0500

(image) The recent rash of bank system hacks goes deeper than you might have thought -- it also includes stealing cash directly from ATMs. Researchers at Group-iB have published details of MoneyTaker, a group of Russian hackers that has stolen close to $10...

Xbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:19:00 -0500

(image) The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K vi...

I tried (and failed) to become an Instagram guru

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) The life of a rock star social media celebrity may not be as worthwhile as building hospitals in war zones, but it looks a hell of a lot more fun. Imagine all of those trips behind the red velvet rope to a world where beautiful people like and respec...

Trump to sign directive ordering NASA to return to the Moon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:43:00 -0500

(image) President Trump's administration hasn't been shy about wanting to put people back on the Moon, and now it's taking action to make sure that happens. In a statement, the White House said the President would sign Space Policy Directive 1, which orders...

Apple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:24:00 -0500

(image) Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be wo...

The best gifts for a console gamer

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:15:00 -0500

(image) Don't worry, we're not out to start a console war in our comments: If you're in the market for a new games system, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch and 2DS XL all made it into our holiday gift guide, for different reasons. Once you fig...

Google's Pixel AR stickers are available starting today

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) During Google's Pixel 2 event in October, the company teased its upcoming AR stickers and starting today, Pixel users can actually get their hands on them. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers like Foodmoji...

Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:42:00 -0500

(image) Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to sn...

Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:21:00 -0500

(image) Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.

NASA's high altitude ER-2 scans California's wildfires

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:03:00 -0500

(image) For the second time this year, swaths of California are burning out of control thanks to unseasonably warm and dry temperatures. To better study what's happening and assess the environmental impact, NASA deployed its high-altitude ER-2 aircraft with...

'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:22:00 -0500

(image) Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix. N...

Tech pioneers tell FCC: 'You don't understand how the internet works'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Today, pioneers of the internet such as Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf sent a letter to the FCC telling them, "You don't understand how the internet works." The letter calls on the FCC to cancel the December 14th vote, which would rep...

Verizon’s NFL streaming isn’t restricted to its own customers anymore

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:24:00 -0500

(image) Verizon and the NFL signed a new $2 billion, five-year deal today. In it, Verizon traded its previous status as the exclusive US wireless carrier for NFL games for the exclusive rights to livestream games to any device, whether a cell phone, a comput...

Google's high-quality Home Max speaker goes on sale for $399

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:57:00 -0500

(image) Google launched its high-quality Home Max speaker with Google Assistant in October, and the last we heard (via a Best Buy leak), it was set to arrive on December 11th. That date was spot on, it turns out, as the Home Max has indeed gone on sale at bo...

Facebook's 'ticker,' aka creeper feed, is no more

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:02:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has killed one of its oldest features, the "ticker," that let you see at a glance what your friends were doing or sharing. First launched in 2011, it used to appear to the right of your news feed (on the web app) showing likes, comments...

BBC launches Alexa skill for live radio and podcasts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:10:00 -0500

(image) Every BBC radio station and podcast is now accessible through Amazon's Alexa assistant. So if you have an Echo or Echo dot in your home (or any Alexa-enabled speaker, for that matter), you can now launch Radio 1, 6 Music, or an episode of Desert Isla...

Google's Assistant will help 'sync' your smart home devices

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:02:00 -0500

(image) Smart homes can be tricky to manage, especially if you've invested in a bunch of different brands. If you have a Google Home, good news: You can now use the Google Assistant to clean up and "sync" any misbehaving devices. Let's say you have some Phil...

The Morning After: Monday, December 11th 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Welcome to your Monday morning news missive. An anniversary Street Fighter game that crams in 12 (vaguely) different titles, a hacked way of cranking up the sound quality on your cheap Google Home Mini and Welcome To Night Vale gets its own TV show....