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'Final Fantasy XV' coming to PC early next year

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:20:00 -0400

(image) Square Enix has milked Final Fantasy XV, offering not only PS4 and Xbox One console versions, but also a (bad) free mobile game, branded Sony Walkman and even a cookbook. What it doesn't have yet, surprisingly, is a Windows version of the game, but t...

The solar eclipse hype is annoying, but the event is worth it

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) By now, it's possible that you are completely fatigued by the August 21st total solar eclipse and all the media hype surrounding it -- and it hasn't even happened yet. It seems as though every outlet is talking nonstop about this event. But this actu...

UK says online hate crime is as serious as offline offences

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:40:00 -0400

(image) The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today laid out a renewed commitment to tackling hate crime, including making sure that online offences are being dealt with appropriately. In its public statements, the CPS affirmed that cases of digital hate...

Kickstarter commemorates Voyager with projects celebrating humanity

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Forty years ago, the two Voyager probes were launched and to honor the anniversary, Kickstarter has created Projects of Earth -- a group of campaigns inspired by the Voyager's Golden Record that offer "unique perspectives on humanity, culture and lif...

Scientists find a much faster way to classify our cells

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:14:00 -0400

(image) Researchers have created a new technique for identifying cell types much quicker than ever before, a finding that could improve disease diagnoses and treatments. While there are many types of cells in our bodies (red blood cells, spindle neurons, etc...

Engadget is testing all the major AI assistants

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. Perhaps a new player, like Samsung, is wading into the space. Even Android creator Andy...

Elon Musk urges the UN to limit AI weapons

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:31:00 -0400

(image) Elon Musk has signed his name alongside more than 100 others to ask the UN to regulate the use of autonomous weapons systems. The group of concerned engineers, many of whom are respected in the field of AI, is asking the global body to "protect civil...

Watch the trailer for Amazon's answer to 'Black Mirror'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:03:00 -0400

(image) Amazon Prime viewers in the US will soon be treated to the new anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. As you may have guessed from its title, the show is based on the work of the illustrious sci-fi author, who continues to influence pop c...

Solar eclipse gives NASA a rare opportunity to study Mercury

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:02:00 -0400

(image) While you're stuck on Earth during today's solar eclipse, NASA jets will be performing a tricky science experiment on the Sun and its closest companion, Mercury. A pair of them will take off this morning from Houston's Johnson Space Center and follow...

Barclays customers can now ask Siri to make payments for them

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:10:00 -0400

(image) In today's edition of companies making it all too easy for us to spend money, Barclays has added a feature to its iOS app that will debit your account after hearing you utter but a few words. Or, less sinisterly put, Barclays' mobile banking app now...

The Morning After: Monday, August 21st 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Welcome to Monday. The new Xbox One X is ready for pre-order, and Microsoft's talking up its features.

FBI reportedly advising companies to ditch Kaspersky apps

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:33:00 -0400

(image) Kaspersky Lab's tussle with the US government could have ramifications for its dealings with the private sector. A new report claims the FBI has been meeting with companies to warn them of the threat posed by the cybersecurity firm. The briefings are...

HTC cuts the Vive VR headset's price to $599

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:01:00 -0400

(image) You knew HTC wouldn't let the Oculus Rift's price cut go unanswered for long. As of today, HTC has permanently lowered the price of the Vive headset by $200, to $599/£599. That's still $100 more than you'd pay for a Rift/Touch combo, but it's f...

Intel's eighth-gen CPUs will be more powerful than we thought

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:01:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year, we didn't expect much from Intel's eighth-generation Core processors. But at Computex in May, the company surprised us all by revealing they'll be 30 percent faster than last year's chips. That alone would have been notable, but no...

Replacement screens can be used to hijack your phone

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:58:00 -0400

(image) A new study has shown that one of the most common fixes to a stock smartphone ailment can be used to steal your data, and compromise your device. In the newly published paper, researchers from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reveal how a...

Microsoft co-founder's remote vehicles find a legendary WWII ship

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:35:00 -0400

(image) The USS Indianapolis played an important role in WWII history, including the delivery of parts for the atomic bombs that would eventually drop on Japan. However, it met a grim fate: not only did a Japanese submarine sink it near the end of the war, b...

ICE insists it doesn’t use Stingrays to track undocumented immigrants

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:07:00 -0400

(image) In a letter (PDF), the acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the agency doesn't use its Stingray mobile call-intercepting devices while enforcing immigration laws. It does deploy them when pursuing criminal suspec...

Prisma hopes to market its AI photo filtering tech

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:36:00 -0400

(image) Prisma's machine learning photography app may not be as hot as it was in 2016, but that doesn't mean it's going away. If the developer has its way, you'll see its technology in many places before long. The company tells The Verge that it's shifting i...

Here are all the games enhanced for Xbox One X

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:08:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft has dribbled out details of Xbox One X visual upgrades over the past couple of months, but now it's laying all its cards on the table. The company's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has posted a list of all the games currently slated to get some k...

Microsoft unveils 'Minecraft' edition Xbox One S

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) How devoted are you to Minecraft? Devoted enough that you want your console to be a living, breathing representation of the construction game? If so, you're in luck. Microsoft has unveiled a limited edition Minecraft Xbox One S that drapes the entire...

Pre-order Xbox One X in a limited Project Scorpio Edition

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:30:00 -0400

(image) The rumors were true. Microsoft is marking the launch of the Xbox One X by starting pre-orders for a limited Project Scorpio Edition for the console. It'll cost the same $499/£450 as the standard model, but this is more than a rehash of the Day...

Build your own dinosaur park in 'Jurassic World Evolution'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:53:00 -0400

(image) Did you watch Jurassic World and think that the chaos could have been avoided with better park design? You're going to get a chance to prove your theory. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier has taken the wraps off of Jurassic World Evolution, which w...

Samsung Gear VR app provides help to the visually impaired

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) Samsung isn't just using VR headsets as a means of boosting phone sales. The company's C-Lab has launched Relumino, a Gear VR app that uses augmented reality to compensate for vision problems. It can magnify the picture or adjust the contrast of what...

Watch Microsoft's Gamescom event at 3PM Eastern

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:46:00 -0400

(image) Germany's Gamescom expo may not capture as many eyeballs as E3 does, but it's still crucial to the gaming industry. The event offers a better look at the titles and hardware that you first saw at E3, not to mention plenty of its own surprises. It's a...

The best ice cream maker

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) By Marguerite Preston and Lesley Stockton This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions...