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Google Maps ditches misleading walking calorie counter

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:28:00 -0400

(image) Google is ditching a planned feature for Maps following criticism on social media. The update was tied to directions and displayed how many calories you'd burn if you were to walk to your destination. By clicking on the walking option, you'd even be...

Alphabet brings burritos-by-drone delivery to Australia

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:02:00 -0400

(image) Apparently, Project Wing brought airborne burritos to Virginia Tech last year as preparation for something bigger. Alphabet X's experimental project is now dropping burritos (and medicine) from the skies of Australia as part of a series of tests to f...

Huffington: Uber 'very likely' to close Softbank deal in the next week

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:44:00 -0400

(image) An Uber-Softbank deal is "very likely" to occur within the next week, according to Arianna Huffington, who spoke at Wall Street Journal's D.Live event in Laguna Beach, CA. She wouldn't disclose the price -- it seems they're still working out the de...

Lawsuit claims Essential stole modular accessory tech

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:15:00 -0400

(image) Andy Rubin's Essential Products is facing more legal troubles. The ex-Android chief's company previously found itself in hot water with smartphone accessory maker Spigen over its use of the "Essential" name. Now -- less than two months since the rele...

Google's refined Security Checkup identifies account vulnerabilities

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:53:00 -0400

(image) While Google might soon switch VIPs over to advanced protection in the form of physical keys, the rest of us are fine with typical security practices -- so long as we follow them. To better secure your Google account, the company has a new version of...

What's on TV: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Gran Turismo Sport,' NBA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:04:00 -0400

(image) The fall TV heavyweights are back, and this week that includes AMC's The Walking Dead, returning for season number eight. Sports fans can get ready for NBA action, while gamers can finally get a fresh taste of Gran Turismo. South Park's long-awaited...

Qualcomm's new chip brings ultra-wide screens to mid-range phones

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:30:00 -0400

(image) Ultra-wide screens are hot stuff on smartphones these days, but there still isn't a whole lot of choice: you tend to either spring for the high end or make do with budget models. Where are the in-between options? Qualcomm might just help. It's int...

Qualcomm’s 5G dreams are closer to reality

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:30:00 -0400

(image) A year after Qualcomm introduced its first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, the company is making another next-generation mobile push. Qualcomm announced today that it's made the first 5G data connection using the X50, which reached gigabit speeds using...

Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:41:00 -0400

(image) Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to...

Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a ruthless hero-king

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:39:00 -0400

(image) Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakan...

Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires' remaster to 2018

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:03:00 -0400

(image) Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute...

Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:41:00 -0400

(image) In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. S...

Facebook trying to find employees with national security clearance

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:23:00 -0400

(image) Facebook's next attempt at clearing its name from any future political entanglements is apparently hiring people with national security clearances, according to Bloomberg. "Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government...

Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:10:00 -0400

(image) Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made...

Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:53:00 -0400

(image) Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" tha...

Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:47:00 -0400

(image) Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt...

Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial b...

Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:06:00 -0400

(image) Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's pl...

Waymo is training cops how to respond to autonomous car crashes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:49:00 -0400

(image) There are a lot of hurdles to clear before autonomous cars can fully take over the roadways. Chief among them is training the police on how to react and handle a self-driving car error, as spotted by Recode. Currently, Waymo is working with local pol...

Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent troll

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:33:00 -0400

(image) VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a...

Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:16:00 -0400

(image) Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group call...

Microsoft's redesigned Xbox dashboard is now available to all

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft's next big update to the Xbox dashboard is now ready for public consumption. The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customisation. The top-level section has four shortcuts (yo...

Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that's actually good

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:41:00 -0400

(image) It's hard to get excited about an Android tablet in 2017. Samsung is still trying to take on the iPad with its premium Galaxy Tab S lineup, and there are countless slates from other companies that seem more obligatory than innovative. Mostly it boils...

'Doom' arrives on Nintendo Switch November 10th

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:11:00 -0400

(image) Turns out that you won't have to wait too long to raze some Hell on your Nintendo Switch. That's because Doom will be released this November 10th, only a few short weeks from now. How's it look? Based on the video below, good and it seems to play jus...

#MeToo becomes a rallying cry for survivors of sexual assault

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday, a campaign geared towards demonstrating just how common sexual assault and harassment are began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the hashtag #MeToo, women began posting their own stories of harassment in response to...