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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:25:14 +0000


Siri can now control your Tesla Model 3

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:25:14 +0000

(image) AI assistants can do a lot for us these days, from telling you jokes to warming up your home just the way you want it. How about opening your car? If you have a Tesla Model S or Model X, that has been on the table since November last year. But what if all that you have is the more … Continue reading(image)

Nintendo Switch hardware upgrade is likely years away

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:31:41 +0000

(image) The Nintendo Switch has single-handedly put Nintendo back on top. It is currently one of if not the best-selling console and the planned list of games is far from being empty. Naturally, some fans are already anticipating a follow-up, an upgrade to that successful console. But that is also exactly why this report of a Switch upgrade, while potentially true, … Continue reading(image)

Some Galaxy S9+ phones reported to have touch screen issues

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:53:44 +0000

(image) Considering how little of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have changed over their predecessors, you’d think that they wouldn’t be experiencing that much problems. After all, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were relatively problem-free compared to the late 2016 disaster. Unfortunately, there are already some problems reported that mar the Galaxy S9’s reputation right off the bat. The worst, so … Continue reading(image)

5.85-inch OLED iPhone will be cheaper to make then iPhone X

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:06:21 +0000

(image) Depending on who you ask, the iPhone X is either Apple’s biggest success or a retail flop. Its reported cut in OLED display orders from Samsung may point to the latter. Because of that, some may have presumed that Apple is done with flirting with OLED screens and that the iPhone X may have been a one-time thing. On the … Continue reading(image)

Huawei phones to disappear from Best Buy shelves

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:27:51 +0000

(image) Prepare for another tirade from Richard Yu next week. It is becoming harder and harder to be Huawei these days, especially to be Huawei in the US. It was already a huge deal when AT&T (and Verizon) pulled the rug from under it at the worst possible time. Now it seems that one of Huawei’s last strongholds in the country. … Continue reading(image)

Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:55:07 +0000

(image) An autonomous vehicle belonging to ridesharing company Uber struck a pedestrian earlier this week, resulting in her death. Though a human safety operator was at the wheel, the vehicle was driving itself at the time of the collision, which happened at night as the victim was crossing the road. The accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, and though details have been … Continue reading(image)

YouTube bans most gun-related DIY video tutorials

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:12:37 +0000

(image) YouTube is increasing its push against videos featuring firearms, updating its policy to ban DIY gun-related videos that instruct users on things related to creating ammunition, suppressors and silencers, firearms, and more. The company also now prohibits videos that are used to sell guns or select accessories for them, as well as videos with links to website selling the items. … Continue reading(image)

Orbitz data breach exposes 880,000 customer credit cards

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:25:17 +0000

(image) Travel company Orbitz has revealed a huge security breach that exposed about 880,000 customer credit cards. According to the company, the breach — which was discovered on March 1 — could have spanned from October 1, 2017, until December 22, 2017, during which time the hacker may have had access to certain data. The data itself was submitted between January … Continue reading(image)

Plex News gets Xbox One support, major Android update inbound

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:41:39 +0000

(image) Plex, the popular home entertainment software, just added Plex News to its Xbox One app. With it, Xbox One owners who use Plex will have easy access to news content from a variety of providers like Reuters, Associated Press, and more. In addition, Plex recently announced an upcoming update for its Android app, one that will add local video casting … Continue reading(image)

Hublot Big Bang Referee smartwatch is made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:50:37 +0000

(image) Swiss watchmaker Hublot has unveiled a Wear OS smartwatch designed specifically for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it’s called the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. “It was a specific need expressed by FIFA,” the company says, “and Hublot brought it to life!” The wearable will be used by the game referees, though a limited number of … Continue reading(image)

Facebook: We’ll inform everyone whose data is misused

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:27:59 +0000

(image) Facebook will inform every user whose data was included in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, part of a push for transparency that CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today. The site has found itself at the center of a privacy controversy – not to mention the #DeleteFacebook campaign – after the voter influencing firm was accused of manipulating data in favor of the … Continue reading(image)

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection release date revealed

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:51:45 +0000

(image) The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection announced in December 2017 now has an official release date. According to Capcom, the upcoming collection, which features several Street Fighter games, will be available to purchase on the three big gaming consoles starting May 29. When that date arrives, gamers will be able to buy the collection for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and … Continue reading(image)

Zuckerberg speaks on Facebook scandal: How he’ll fix it

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:16:55 +0000

(image) Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence on the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, admitting that the social site “made mistakes” but insisting that it is working to address them. The much-anticipated comments come after Facebook was accused of poorly handling personal information, after a researcher taking advantage of an official Facebook API was able to collect the data of 50 million … Continue reading(image)

Lufthansa may have cracked the airplane boarding problem

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:58:02 +0000

(image) Lufthansa believes it may have cracked the airplane boarding problem, with news the airline will roll out its time-saving biometric system across multiple US airports. According to Lufthansa, its facial recognizing gates helped the airline board an A380 plane in about 20 minutes, and potentially in a more secure way, too. The system replaces the usual boarding process with a … Continue reading(image)

Instagram beefs up bios with hashtag and profile links

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:57:51 +0000

(image) It seems that Instagram pushes a new feature out the door every few weeks, and lately, some of these new features have centered around hashtags and what you can do with them. Back in December, Instagram rolled out the ability to follow hashtag pages directly, ditching the need to search for them every time you wanted to see content associated … Continue reading(image)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet still getting updates (over 3 years later)

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:57:36 +0000

(image) The original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet just got a software update over 3 years after its initial release date. The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet was released in late July, 2014, and this update was sent in March of 2018. Granted, it’s not an update of the OS – Android isn’t going to get to Oreo here – but it is a rare … Continue reading(image)

MIT SoFi soft robot swims in the ocean like a real fish

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:47:14 +0000

(image) MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has unveiled SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can swim in the ocean using realistic movements, enabling it to get up close and personal with real sea life. SoFi was tested in the Rainbow Reef, where it was able to swim at depths down to 50ft, taking on ocean currents while capturing … Continue reading(image)

Edit your Facebook ad preferences: It’s hilarious and terrifying

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:23:14 +0000

(image) Facebook’s all-seeing ad algorithm thinks my colleague Vincent loves quilting, and my mom is to blame. She doesn’t have a Facebook account, but I do, and sometime in the past few years I shared photos of the quilts she’s made. Vincent clicked the “Like” button and hey presto, Facebook has a shiny new data point in its perception of him, … Continue reading(image)

ARK: Survival Evolved sets its sights on Nintendo Switch

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:52:16 +0000

(image) Last week, Studio Wildcard surprised us all by announcing that it’s bringing ARK: Survival Evolved to mobile devices with the help of War Drum Studios. Given the resources required to run ARK on PC and consoles, this announcement definitely caught us off guard, but as it turns out, Wildcard isn’t done with the ports just yet. At GDC today, the … Continue reading(image)

Facebook Messenger adds admin privileges for group chats

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:49:38 +0000

(image) Facebook Messenger, the company’s messaging app, supports group chats, which are convenient for arranging events or keeping up-to-date with multiple friends outside of the primary Facebook product. The company has announced a new feature for Messenger group chats: admin privileges. With this, group admins can control which users are given access to the group chat and more. According to Facebook, … Continue reading(image)

Road to Racer: Inside one team’s big Mercedes-AMG GT4 ambitions

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:19:35 +0000

(image) Nobody ever said building a winning race car was going to be easy, but the challenge is even more complex when you’re trying to compete in GT4. With the rules changed to encourage more manufacturer participation from 2017’s season onward, teams now have a huge amount of choice when it comes to factory-produced GT4-spec machinery, but that’s only the start … Continue reading(image)

YouTube is about to get a lot more annoying for music fans

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:07:53 +0000

(image) YouTube plans to purposefully make the music video experience more frustrating, in the hope of infuriating heavy users to the point where they cough up for a paid subscription instead. The Google-owned site is, for many, the go-to place for music, with listeners often ignoring the video altogether. Unfortunately, that’s not especially helpful for YouTube’s bottom line. As a result, … Continue reading(image)

YouTube livestreaming just got so simple even non-geeks can do it

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:02:57 +0000

(image) Anyone who livestreams knows that it takes a bit of work to get up and running, especially if you’re livestreaming to PC. Whether you’re streaming on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer, you generally need to set up an encoder to handle the heavy lifting, which can be quite the process for someone who is new to the scene. Today, YouTube is … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza: All the big event details

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:38:08 +0000

(image) This morning Niantic revealed details on their next big Pokemon GO event: Eggstravaganza (2018.) This event takes place at the end of March, making way for the most Eastery of months – April! No foolies, this event lasts until the second of April, right through the egg-filled holiday. Inside special boxes for this event are Super Incubators, Star Pieces, and … Continue reading(image)

Cadillac’s new Spotify app doesn’t need your phone [Updated]

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:37:54 +0000

(image) Spotify and Cadillac have cooked up a new music app, baking the streaming music service into the dashboard of cars like the 2019 CT6 without requiring a tethered smartphone. The new Spotify app for Cadillac not only supports all of the usual playlists and curated music that the service offers on an iPhone or Android device, but can also tap … Continue reading(image)

VIVE Focus release date narrows, and there’s good news

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:03:58 +0000

(image) HTC recently announced a release date for the incoming VIVE Pro, but that isn’t the only VR headset the company has on deck. There’s also the VIVE Focus, which is arguably just as exciting as the VIVE Pro thanks to its standalone design. Today we’re getting a better idea of when HTC plans to launch the VIVE Focus, which up … Continue reading(image)

Google acquisition of Lytro tipped for light field goodies

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:55:02 +0000

(image) It would appear that Google may be attempting to buy the imaging startup Lytro. The company Lytro was founded back in 2006 and began work with a rather boxy-shaped camera for consumers. This camera, the Lytro camera, was meant to be able to capture images in a way that allowed the user to re-focus even after the photo was captured. … Continue reading(image)

This HTC U12+ could be a masterpiece

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:28:49 +0000

(image) A set of images depicting the future HTC U12+ can be seen today, each of them showing a device that might well turn the company’s ill fortunes around. These images are concept renderings based on information shared off-the-books well before device release. The real deal might look a bit different – but if it’s anything like this, HTC might well … Continue reading(image)

Apple Watch welcomes spring with a colorful trove of new bands

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:39:04 +0000

(image) Though some of us in the northern US may not have noticed it, spring is officially here. Apple is ready to see in the new season with a selection of new bands for the Apple Watch. There are a bunch of bands on offer for the standard Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Nike+, and the Apple Watch Hermès, so there’s … Continue reading(image)

2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport is a glorious 550hp AWD beast

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:35:26 +0000

(image) Cadillac has revealed its newest car and engine pairing, a monstrous twin-turbo V8 that will be the 550 horsepower heart of the upcoming 2019 CT6 V-Sport. The automaker’s first ever twin-turbo V8, and indeed the first of the CT6 sedans to go through the V-Sport tuning process, the combination sits atop a revamped 2019 CT6 line-up. While it may not … Continue reading(image)

Look, OnePlus 6 is probably a well-priced copycat, too

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:02:39 +0000

(image) When you look at the latest leak of the OnePlus 6, you’ll think – wow, but that does look familiar, familiar indeed. The device in the leak seems to work with a display with a notch at the top, and around back it has a pill-shaped arrangement of cameras (two cameras, as it were.) On the back is a fingerprint … Continue reading(image)

Apple Music’s Iovine reportedly stepping back to “consultancy” role

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:56:45 +0000

(image) Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine will reportedly step back from the company and take on a less hands-on “consulting role,” new reports suggest. The leak resurrects rumors from earlier this year that Iovine – who joined Apple Music when Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music in 2014 – plans to leave the Cupertino firm, which at the time were strongly … Continue reading(image)

Here’s what Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs will cost you

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:25:27 +0000

(image) Samsung has priced up its 2018 QLED TV range, which means if it’s time to upgrade your 4K experience with a single “One Invisible Connection” cable and Android-style ambient mode display, it’s time to open your wallet. Announced earlier this year, the line-up kicks off with the QN55Q6F which packs a 55-inch screen and a $1,499.99 sticker. From there on … Continue reading(image)

Mercedes C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet pack new four bangers

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:19:01 +0000

(image) Mercedes has pulled the wraps off the new C-Class coupe and cabriolet. There is an AMG version of the C-Class as well. These base C-Class cars get new four-cylinder engines and some of the models in the C-Class range sport 48V onboard electronics for driving pleasure and efficiency. All models get new front and rear ends, new allow wheels and … Continue reading(image)

These are Nintendo Switch’s 10 most popular indie games

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:14:36 +0000

(image) Ever since launch, indie games on the Switch have been a pretty major focus for Nintendo. The company has done a good job of wooing indie developers over to its new platform, and in its first year of availability, the Switch saw the launch of a number of popular indie titles. Not only that, but Nintendo has hosted a handful … Continue reading(image)

Streaming Showdown: Who has the best original shows

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:27:38 +0000

(image) Streaming seems to be the way to go these days. Analysts expect that the market would soon overtake and devour traditional TV services, becoming the be-all and end-all of video entertainment at home and on the go. These services, some of them smaller than the network giants that run cable and live TV, often compete on more than just the … Continue reading(image)

NASA is working on a plan to stop an asteroid that could hit Earth

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:51:04 +0000

(image) NASA has announced that it is working on a plan to stop an asteroid that has a chance of hitting the Earth over 100 years from now. The asteroid is said to be the size of the Empire State Building and has a “small” chance of impacting the Earth on September 22, 2135. NASA says that it has a plan … Continue reading(image)

Best wireless earphones for running and working out

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:33:57 +0000

(image) There has never been a better time to be mobile. And not just in the road warrior kind of mobility. It’s almost as if we’ve entered the couch potato counter-culture age, where there is no shortage of incentives, tricks, and devices to get you up and about, from Pokemon GO to gamifying activity tracking. But walking hither and thither is … Continue reading(image)

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Coupe and Cabrio get official

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:10:04 +0000

(image) Mercedes has announced the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Coupe and Cabriolet models. The two rides share the same underpinnings, including the 3.0L V6 biturbo engine that makes 390hp. That V6 engine is paired with the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased AMG performance enhanced system. That 3.0L V6 engine makes 23hp more than the … Continue reading(image)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VR dev kit: no beacons, no wires, all eyes

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:30:53 +0000

(image) While VR and AR seem to have taken a backseat at CES and MWC, advocates and supporters are now making up for lost time. HTC has just revealed details of its VIVE Pro headset and Google has listed some of the new ARCore 1.0 apps available. Now Qualcomm is following suit, announcing its latest VR development kit, boasting of the … Continue reading(image)