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Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) The Replicant: Inside the Dark Future of 'Blade Runner 2049' Brian Raftery, Wired The much-anticipated Blade Runner sequel is due to hit theaters in two weeks, but Wired wants to make sure you're properly prepared for that viewing. Step behind the...



Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) As a tech reporter, I sometimes find my reliance on physical planners and paper notebooks embarrassing. But there's something about the act of writing my appointments down that makes them feel more official. As my friends will tell you, though, all t...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend -- and be careful with your new iPhone 8.



Apple's former GPU maker Imagination agrees to £550 million sale

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:19:00 -0400

(image) Losing Apple as a customer can be rough for a supplier, as Imagination Technologies found out. In April, the UK chipmaker announced that the folks in Cupertino planned to develop their own mobile GPUs and would no longer rely on its PowerVR tech for...



YouTube’s 'Creators for Change’ premiere at Tribeca's TV Festival

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:19:00 -0400

(image) You can find almost anything on YouTube these days, but with the "Creators for Change" program, the site had a specific goal in mind: Show how its platform could be used for social good. Tonight at the first ever Tribeca TV Festival, YouTube premiere...



Intel's Project Alloy VR headset is dead

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:16:00 -0400

(image) Intel won't be releasing its Project Alloy VR headset platform anytime this year -- in fact, it won't be releasing the technology at all. The tech giant has officially killed the initiative, which aimed to provide partner companies an open reference...



Nintendo rolls out two-step authentication for online accounts

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:44:00 -0400

(image) Nintendo now supports two-factor verification to its Nintendo Accounts. This adds another layer of security by requiring codes generated from the Google Authenticator app, though it comes years later than most other gaming platforms.



Uber's new chief says the company is paying for its bad rep

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:14:00 -0400

(image) New company chief Dara Khosrowshahi has sent out an email to his employees about London, and it shows that the company might truly be under a different kind of leadership now. One that doesn't sound like it'll encourage "hustlin'" and overlook bad be...



Climbkhana: Ken Block explains Pikes Peak assault in latest Gymkhana video

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:05:00 -0400

(image) By Carter Jung Climbkhana is clever. And no, not because it's a portmanteau. Rather it's how Ken Block and his merry band of Hoonigan Media Machine misfits took something the internet clearly loves, hooning, and paired it with a picturesque mountain...



Fitness app company settles with FTC for nearly $1 million

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 -0400

(image) If you're going to create a mobile app that offers monetary rewards for meeting fitness goals, you should probably make sure you back your promises up. The Pact fitness app offers users a way to incentivize workouts by charging a fee when users miss...



Lenovo’s leaked 25th-anniversary ThinkPad sports a familiar look

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:39:00 -0400

(image) The latest ThinkPad that Lenovo brought to CES back in January had a notably sleeker, more modern appearance than the line's traditional boxy black look. But it kept a couple features, like the red TrackPoint nub and 45-degree ThinkPad logo, that hav...



Apple extends iTunes movie rentals to 48 hours

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:20:00 -0400

(image) It used to be that when you rented a movie from Apple's iTunes service, you'd have 24 hours to finish watching it. You could start streaming the rental within 30 days of purchase, of course. Just a couple of weeks after Apple made 4K an affordable op...



Tesla might build convenience stores at its charging stations

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:00 -0400

(image) Tesla plans to roll out more electric supercharging stations this year, especially in big cities, which should double the size of its network. But even with more places to juice up your Tesla, it still takes far longer to refill an EV than gassing up...



Verizon will give rural customers more time to find new providers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:42:00 -0400

(image) Recently, Verizon sent letters to around 8,500 customers living in rural areas that informed them their service would be cut off as of October 17th. Verizon claimed that those customers were using enough data while roaming outside of the Verizon netw...



Target expands next-day delivery service to eight more cities

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:21:00 -0400

(image) Target continues to try and outcompete digital retailer and competitor, Amazon. The red bullseye-logo company has been testing its own Prime Pantry-like delivery service for a few months now, offering faster times than Amazon. Dubbed Restock, Target'...



Mercedes-Benz spends $1 billion to make EVs at Alabama plant

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) Like most auto makers these days, Mercedes-Benz is investing in electric vehicles in a big way. The Daimler-owned company is fast-tracking all of its models to an electric future by 2022. It has also been showing off a slate of EV models, like the Ge...



The iPhone 8’s glass back costs way more to repair than the front

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:41:00 -0400

(image) Over the last couple of weeks, the price of AppleCare+ has gone up for Plus model iPhones and screen repair for the 6s and newer models has gotten $20 more expensive. However, while screen replacements for phones under AppleCare+ warranty are still $...



HTC gives Vive developers all app revenue for the rest of 2017

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:22:00 -0400

(image) Now that HTC is all-in on Vive headsets and letting Google deal with its Pixel smartphone business, it has to deal with another reality: The public still isn't exactly sold on VR. To keep sales momentum going, it has announced a promotion aimed at at...



Apple Watch Series 3 first look: So far, no LTE problems

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) The Apple Watch Series 3 started shipping today, and our definitive review is still in the works. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a taste of what life is like with the company's first LTE-connected watch, so when we got it in for review, we sa...



Some brave soul volunteered for a completely robotic dental surgery

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:39:00 -0400

(image) A robot just implanted two 3D-printed teeth into a woman's mouth all on its own. The procedure took place recently in China and the researchers who developed it hope it can help the country's dentist shortage problem, reports the South China Morning...



Google Daydream's web-browsing features surface in Chrome

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:00 -0400

(image) At Google's I/O developer conference in May, the company announced that it was working on a VR version of Chrome that could work in Daydream. Well, Chrome development team member François Beaufort announced on Google+ today that the first set...



Why Equifax’s error wasn’t hiring someone with a music degree

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) In the wake of the Equifax breach, a significant number of people lost their minds this week upon discovering that one of its newly deposed security executives has a degree in music composition. Despite 14 years of experience as a security profession...



'PUBG’ studio isn't happy about ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:38:00 -0400

(image) Epic Games' cartoony horde game Fortnite is still in early release, but the studio recently announced that a free-to-play version of the game would come out for free next week... and it looks a lot like another really popular game. Fortnite: Battle R...



Amazon may deliver Chipotle and Five Guys right to your front door

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:19:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's been getting into the food game for awhile now. After all, they've introduced Amazon Fresh and drive-through grocery pickup. And oh yeah, they acquired Whole Foods earlier this year. Clearly Amazon is serious about the food business; they've...



How Kevin Durant’s attempt to clap back at trolls backfired

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) What does an NBA champion and Finals MVP have in common with Taylor Swift? In the case of the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, it's that internet trolls love calling them snakes. Swift earned that label last year after a feud with Kim Kardashian...