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BMW to switch Apple CarPlay to subscription service

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:02:00 -0500

(image) Apple CarPlay is being offered in more and more vehicles, often as standard equipment. BMW, though, charges for it. BMW currently offers CarPlay as a $300 option on cars equipped with navigation. This will change, though, as The Verge reports the Ger...



Nike’s ‘PlayStation’ PG2s are like a DualShock for your feet

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:30:00 -0500

(image) Nike has never been afraid to use different technologies to experiment with its sneakers. After all, this is the company that brought you the Mag and HyperAdapt, two shoes powered by auto-lacing mechanisms. And while its latest basketball silhouette...



'Destiny 2' has another problem with diminishing rewards

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:31:00 -0500

(image) Bungie previously promised to both tackle complaints about diminishing rewards in Destiny 2 and to be more transparent going forward, but it's apparent the studio still has some work to do. Players have discovered that the game is throttling the num...



Recommended Reading: Please bring back 'NBA Jam'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

(image) How the silver anniversary of 'NBA Jam' could resurrect the franchise Law Murray, ESPN Will the iconic basketball game NBA Jam be revived for its 25th anniversary? EA already rebooted the franchise once, but the original voice of the game wants to...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's the weekend already? You might have a strange email from Twitter in your inbox, and if you've shopped with OnePlus lately then it might be time to cancel your card.



What we're buying: Dyson's Supersonic hair dryer

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:30:00 -0500

(image) This month, Associate Editor Swapna Krishna is singing the praises of Dyson's advanced but pricey hair dryer. Compared with her old model, it's like night and day.



Radinn's second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:34:00 -0500

(image) Nearly three years after we first saw Radinn's prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Düsseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable ba...



Trump signs bill extending NSA's warrantless surveillance

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:58:00 -0500

(image) On Friday afternoon, just hours before Congress failed to avert a government shutdown, the President signed into law the "FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017." The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this week with the support of many Re...



Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:47:00 -0500

(image) As Disney prepares for its streaming service that's launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, be...



New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:03:00 -0500

(image) The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes...



Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for free

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:13:00 -0500

(image) A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City'...



‘Skullgirls’ relaunches on mobile as developer ditches publisher

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:50:00 -0500

(image) Stylized fighting game Skullgirls came out for mobile in May of last year. It was developed by Autumn Games and initially published by Line. Now, the developer has decided to part ways with the publisher and go back to being independent. As a result...



Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian spam account

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:57:00 -0500

(image) Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of additi...



Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:50:00 -0500

(image) YouTube is no stranger to controversy. Many of its top stars have been in hot water recently: From PewDiePie making racists remarks, to a "family" channel with abusive kid pranks, the company's been under fire for not keeping a closer eye on the type...



TaylorMade's new putter can analyze your golf stroke

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:25:00 -0500

(image) Blast Motion is known for making sports sensors aimed at improving your golf, baseball or softball performance and now they've teamed up with TaylorMade on a putter that can analyze your putting strokes. The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter...



Facebook's next news feed tweak: ranking 'trusted' sources

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:04:00 -0500

(image) Last week Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his year of making sure your time on Facebook is "well spent" by announcing that feeds will refocus on items shared by friends, instead of news. Today the CEO followed up with an announcement that the site will tr...



Oculus shows how much VR has evolved at Sundance

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

(image) Two years into the rise of modern virtual reality, following the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the medium might seem as if it's losing a bit of its luster. Headsets are cheaper and easier to use, especially with new Windows...



‘Zikr’ brings transcendental Sufi dancing to VR

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

(image) Director Gabo Arora has spent the past few years promoting virtual reality as the ideal medium for evoking empathy. He spearheaded the UN's VR app, which featured two of his films, Clouds Over Sidra and My Mother's Wing. Now, with Zikr: A Sufi Reviva...



This chat app only works when your phone battery is low

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:39:00 -0500

(image) We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your battery the most. It's no...



Netflix orders a weekly show hosted by Joel McHale

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:21:00 -0500

(image) Netflix has snagged several former show hosts to head their own programs, from Chelsea Handler to David Letterman. Next on the list is Joel McHale, who notably starred in the priceless sitcom Community but got big helming E! channel's unscripted pop...



Facebook's fake war on fake news

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0500

(image) It's hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it's alternated between looking like it's doing something about fake news, and actually doing something about fake news. The company's latest stab at the problem is saying it will...



Def Leppard albums you might actually listen to are now streaming

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:00 -0500

(image) The list of streaming holdouts just got shorter. British rock outfit Def Leppard has made its catalog of older albums available on streaming services for the first time. Until now, only the band's more recent releases were on the likes of Spotify and...



Duncan Jones' sci-fi movie 'Mute' debuts on Netflix February 23rd

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:08:00 -0500

(image) Duncan Jones' next movie won't be coming to theaters -- it's going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in a f...



Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for Android

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:47:00 -0500

(image) Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa voice interaction on your Android pho...



Lockheed's 'Son of Blackbird' spy plane might already be here

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:30:00 -0500

(image) The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most recognizable aircraft designs in history. Few other planes have captured the public's attention and imagination in quite the same way as the SR-71 has since it was declassified in 1990 (nearly 30...