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Jaguar Land Rover tests autonomous parking on public roads

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:01:00 -0400

(image) Plenty of cars will help you park, but the biggest challenge is frequently finding a spot in the first place -- it's no fun to circle the parking lot for 10 minutes. Fully autonomous cars can ultimately take care of this, but Jaguar Land Rover is dem...

Giant scissors are your controller in this quirky first-person action game

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:39:00 -0400

(image) There's this small world inside GDC 2018 called Alt.Ctrl.GDC, where you'll find a booth full of quirky games that incorporate physical objects into their story. With Scissors the that than (the latter part pronounced "da da dan," according to its Jap...

Tempe Police release in-car video from fatal self-driving Uber crash

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:26:00 -0400

(image) The Tempe Police department has released video (warning: this video may be disturbing to some) taken by the interior and exterior cameras of the Uber SUV that struck and killed a woman, Elaine Herzberg, on Sunday night. The video shows the immediate...

Hands-on with Oculus Go: Comfy, wireless VR

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:47:00 -0400

(image) Oculus Go might be the virtual reality industry's best chance at pushing the medium into the mainstream. Tethered VR devices are unwieldy and generally require a beefy PC rig to run properly; mobile headsets offer a taste of what full, immersive VR h...

Twitter is the latest tech giant losing its security chief

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:27:00 -0400

(image) A Twitter spokesperson has confirmed that the company's chief information security officer Michael Coates, who joined in 2015, is leaving. As first reported by the The Verge, he announced the move internally three weeks ago and is leaving to start hi...

Over a million people have already played 'Sea of Thieves'

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:32:00 -0400

(image) Have you been struggling to play Sea of Thieves since it launched on March 20th? There's a good explanation for it. In a launch update, Rare's Craig Duncan and Joe Neate have revealed that over 1 million unique gamers have played the online pirate...

Senate passes sex-trafficking bill that may lead to online censorship

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:10:00 -0400

(image) Today, the Senate passed the controversial Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and the bill now heads to the White House where Donald Trump is expected to sign it. While some groups like the Internet Association have backed the bill, many other...

Coinbase bug could have let anyone give themselves free ether

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:58:00 -0400

(image) Cryptocurrency exchanges have had a fair share of justified criticism. They can be high-value targets for criminals, easy to hide from the IRS and easily affected by tech issues. Luckily, thanks to a bug report by financial security outfit VI Company...

Facebook lays out stricter rules to protect your social data

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:40:00 -0400

(image) It's been a few years coming, but today Facebook unveiled its strategy for protecting user data on its platform. The basic gist? The company is going to be more cautious about how data is shared, and be much more transparent with its users. Today's a...

The New York Times brings Bowie exhibit to your phone with AR

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Now that Google has released its first take on an Android augmented reality framework, ARCore 1.0, quite a few AR apps are taking advantage of it. The New York Times, who has already released an AR experience around Olympic athletes for iOS, is now l...

Pininfarina will go from designer to automaker with all-EV lineup

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:04:00 -0400

(image) For decades, Pininfarina has largely been a design house -- it shaped and built cars, but usually under someone else's name (such as the Ferrari F40). It's apparently ready to become a full-fledged manufacturer, however, and a thoroughly 21st centur...

Mark Zuckerberg finally weighs in on Cambridge Analytica

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:55:00 -0400

(image) While stories about Cambridge Analytica harvesting data from millions of Facebook accounts without consent sparked conversations and debates over the weekend, one voice was conspicuously absent from the mix: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. That's offic...

Google makes Pixel 2's driving awareness available to Android apps

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:51:00 -0400

(image) If you have a Pixel 2, you might have appreciated its Driving Do-Not-Disturb feature -- it can automatically minimize distractions while telling the difference between a stop at the intersection and the end of your ride. That intelligence hasn't rea...

Netflix opens its public bug bounty program

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:35:00 -0400

(image) Today, Netflix announced the launch of its public bug bounty program. The company, which has been expanding its bug bounty setup over the last few years, started with a responsible vulnerability disclosure program in 2013. That then led to its privat...

Hublot’s first smartwatch will cost over $5,000

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:00 -0400

(image) Another luxury brand is jumping into the smartwatch game. Hublot has announced that it's making a limited number of its first smartwatch -- an extension of its Big Bang line that's all about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While World Cup referees will wear...

How Facebook plans to colonize gaming

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:03:00 -0400

(image) Facebook is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, caused by reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica used its site to harvest data from 50 million user profiles. But, that's not stopping the company from talking up the potential of its...

YouTube bans videos that sell guns and accessories

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:50:00 -0400

(image) Gun videos may be a thing of the past on YouTube, with the Google-owned company updating its policies on firearms-related content. Videos can no longer sell guns or accessories via direct sales or even have links to sites that sell them. Videos also...

Kia’s Niro Hybrid is a great SUV, if you’re not in a hurry

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:15:00 -0400

(image) Crossovers, SUVs, CUVs or whatever you want to call them will continue to dominate showrooms. You can't blame automakers, the drivers of this country love a high-sitting utility vehicle -- even if it's really just a raised hatchback. It's also the re...

Researchers create robotic fish that can swim underwater on its own

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Observing fish in their natural ocean habitats goes a long way toward understanding their behaviors and interactions with the surrounding environment. But doing so isn't easy. Using underwater vehicles to get a look at these species is one option, bu...

YouTube will 'frustrate and seduce' you into its music service (updated)

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:49:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that many people use YouTube as an unofficial Spotify alternative, and artists aren't happy knowing that many of these listeners have little incentive to pay for music as a result. YouTube has a new solution, though: nag users until th...

Lab-grown meat is inevitable. Will we eat it?

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:30:00 -0400

(image) In 2013, two people tasted a burger made from cultured meat live on the air, and for many, it was their first introduction to lab-grown meat and the researchers creating it. The two were tasked with trying this first cultured burger and giving their...

Tim Sweeney wants Unreal to power the cross-platform revolution

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:20:00 -0400

(image) It's 2018 and developers are finally taking mobile games seriously -- or it's the other way around, depending on whom you ask. "I think what we are seeing is now these AAA games from traditional PC and console developers going mobile, and they are a...

Facebook faces user lawsuit for disclosing data to Cambridge Analytica

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:11:00 -0400

(image) State, federal and legislative officials in the US and UK want to know how much personal Facebook data may or may not still be in Cambridge Analytica's hands, but some aren't waiting to hear what they'll find. A user has sued the social media giant o...

Spotify wants to improve in-car streaming, starting with Cadillacs

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0400

(image) More than 70 million people subscribe to Spotify's streaming music, and a significant chunk of those subscribers use the service in their cars. The problem is, the experience of using Spotify in a car can vary pretty wildly from the experience the co...

Instagram users can now link to hashtags and profiles in their bios

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Hashtags are incredibly important to the way Instagram operates; back in December, the social network began allowing people to follow hashtags like they do profiles. Now the company is bringing them even more front and center. Starting today, Instagr...