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FordPass dongle adds LTE, WiFi and app control to older cars

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:01:00 -0400

(image) Last January, Ford introduced a new gadget it would test in a pilot program that added connected functionality to old cars. The SmartLink plugged into the On-Board Diagnostic-II (OBD-II) port to function as a 4G WiFi hotspot with other features. Toda...

Most Reddit battles are started by 1 percent of communities

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:35:00 -0400

(image) Are you convinced that just a handful of Reddit communities stir up the majority of trouble? You now have some data to back up your theory. Stanford researchers have released a study showing that just 1 percent of subreddits instigate 74 percent of a...

What's on TV: 'Sea of Thieves,' 'Krypton' and 'Roxanne, Roxanne'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:25:00 -0400

(image) While the NCAA tournament moves on to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8, gamers have some interesting new options as Sea of Thieves arrives on PC and Xbox One, and the co-op escape game A Way Out goes on sale with an unusual twist -- as long as you buy i...

Uber’s transparency is key to making self-driving cars safer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:56:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday evening, a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, struck a woman at a crosswalk. She would later die in the hospital as the result of the accident. Even though there was a human safety driver behind the wheel, the car is said to have...

World's largest SSD capacity now stands at 100TB

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:46:00 -0400

(image) That didn't take long -- just a month after Samsung released a record-setting 30TB SSD, a rival has claimed the throne. Nimbus Data has unveiled the ExaDrive DC100, which crams 100TB of 3D flash memory into a standard 3.5-inch SATA form factor. For c...

Making sense of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica nightmare

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:30:00 -0400

(image) Over the weekend, a series of bombshell reports from The New York Times, The Observer and The Guardian told the story of Cambridge Analytica (CA) and how it harvested information from 50 million US Facebook profiles -- mostly without consent. The rep...

'Skye' exists in the soothing space between 'Spyro' and 'Journey'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:01:00 -0400

(image) In the midst of all the neon pixels, gun blasts, stylized narrative adventures and action-packed space romps scattered around the Indie Megabooth at GDC, Skye immediately caught my eye. It was crisp and bright, showcasing a rich fantasy world in a so...

Facebook security chief is reportedly leaving over misinformation dispute

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:45:00 -0400

(image) Facebook's struggle to deal with Russian manipulation campaigns has produced a casualty among its upper ranks. The New York Times has learned that chief information security officer Alex Stamos is expected to leave Facebook in August after butting he...

'Gunhead' puts an artistic twist on a first-person shooter game

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:43:00 -0400

(image) First-person shooter games are dime a dozen, but every now and then there's one that stands out from the pack. That's exactly the case with Gunhead, an open world title from Alientrap, the same indie developer that brought you the gorgeous 2D platfor...

Cambridge Analytica caught on tape proposing blackmail, propaganda

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:40:00 -0400

(image) It has only been a few days since Facebook pulled access from Cambridge Analytica and some of its associates -- for allegedly retaining data on millions of accounts that it pulled in via a "personality" app in 2014 -- but the scrutiny around both com...

Macy's will use VR to let shoppers 'see' furniture in their homes

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:04:00 -0400

(image) Macy's is turning to mobile checkout options and virtual reality in an effort to get more people in its stores. The former uses the store's app (naturally) and aims to make getting out of the mall easier. The latter is for designing a room's look wit...

'One Finger Death Punch 2' will pummel its way into your heart

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:36:00 -0400

(image) At the GDC 2018 Indie Megabooth on Monday, Silver Dollar Games showed off One Finger Death Punch 2, the sequel to its popular 2013 brawler. Fans of the original -- and fans of smash-em-ups in general -- are not going to be disappointed.

Upcoming Windows 10 accessibility features include Narrator upgrades

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:23:00 -0400

(image) Today, Microsoft shared some of the accessibility features it's working on for Windows 10, a few of which are already available to preview through the Insiders Program. First, Microsoft is tweaking its Ease of Access settings -- grouping features by...

‘PUBG’ arrives on mobile in the US

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:09:00 -0400

(image) Two weeks ago, Epic announced that its super popular Battle Royale mode for Fortnite will be coming to phones and tablets. While players debated how using touchscreens could ever be competitive against mouse-and-keyboard players, the game that made t...

Internet Archive is saving all your favorite handheld LCD games

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:58:00 -0400

(image) The Internet Archive has been saving gaming history for a while now. It's archived Amiga games (and apps), Macintosh stuff from the '80s (including Space Invaders) and a ton of other retro games you can play for free. Now the group has started collec...

We're live from GDC 2018!

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:30:00 -0400

(image) Another day, another tech conference. Now that SXSW is behind us, it's time for GDC 2018. We've arrived in San Francisco to cover the latest edition of the Game Developers Conference, where you can expect to see plenty of new indie titles, AR and VR...

Atari's retro console has a new name, but remains a tease

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:19:00 -0400

(image) Atari's retro Ataribox console has been more sizzle than steak since it was first unveiled last summer, with delays and a distinct lack of game announcements dampening the enthusiasm. And unfortunately, that trend is mostly continuing today. The comp...

BlackBerry and Microsoft team up to make work phones more secure

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0400

(image) BlackBerry and Microsoft may have been bitter foes before their smartphone dreams came crashing down, but they're becoming close allies now that they're focused on services. The two have unveiled a partnership that helps you seamlessly use Microsoft'...

Facebook hires digital forensics firm to audit Cambridge Analytica

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:36:00 -0400

(image) Days ago, Facebook suspended the parent company of political analysis firm Cambridge Analytica after news broke that it allegedly harvested personal data from some 50 million users. While the social network reportedly tried to sue The Guardian before...

VW unveils electric race car built to tackle Pikes Peak

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:21:00 -0400

(image) Volkswagen is delivering on its promise of an electric car powerful enough to conquer the Pikes Peak hill climb. It has formally unveiled the I.D. R Pikes Peak, and the design is very clearly tailor-made for the job -- it looks more like a Le Mans m...

Congress wants answers from Facebook about Cambridge Analytica

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:03:00 -0400

(image) You knew it was just a matter of time before Congress joined those investigating Facebook's data sharing debacle, even if it's only in a tentative way. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to explain how Cambridge...

Trump bans Venezuelan cryptocurrency in the US

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:39:00 -0400

(image) Back in December, President Maduro of Venezuela tried something new to outmaneuver his country's economic disarray and sanctions imposed by the US and other nations: Invent a new cryptocurrency. The 'petro,' as it's called, would be supported by the...

A humanoid is born in a Turkish robotics factory

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:30:00 -0400

(image) The Uncanny Valley posits that robots get exponentially creepier the closer they look to humans -- take Nadine the social robot, RealDoll and the Geminoids (please). However, a company called Akin Robotics in Turkey has proved that robots don't need...

Magic Leap releases its first set of AR developer tools

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:14:00 -0400

(image) We've been anticipating Magic Leap's as-yet unreleased mixed reality gear for quite some time now. We know that the AR headset will be dubbed the Magic Leap One, will cost around $1,000 and will have applications for music as well as gaming. Still, t...

Ikea's Place app is now out for the latest Android phones

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Ikea's Place app is heading to Android. The augmented reality application gives you access to 3,200 items from Ikea's inventory and allows to see what they'd look like in your home by placing their 3D versions over your phone's live view. Think Pok&e...