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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 as the standard model, but this is more than a rehash of the Day One system...



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...



Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR glasses

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:59:00 -0400

(image) Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn't reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus' a...



Ben Heck's 'IoT on Wheels'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Ben and Felix are taking part in element14's IoT on Wheels design challenge with help from a local electrical engineer, Bob Baddeley, to use ST Microelectronic's Nucleo microcontroller board and Bluetooth module. The team decided to work on an In...



Google tests tools that encourage you to pay for news (updated)

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:33:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that Google and conventional news outlets have a fraught relationship, and that's in no small part due to the problems publishers have turning Google searchers into paying customers. Why subscribe when you just read an article for free...



Australian courts order ISPs to block 59 pirate websites

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:51:00 -0400

(image) Australian authorities will make it much harder to keep up with the latest on Game of Thrones. They're expected to crack down hard on dozens of pirate websites that serve unauthorized movies and TV shows within the next couple of weeks. That's becaus...



Sorry, Amazon is canceling your 'free' Echo Dot

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:04:00 -0400

(image) If you thought that free Echo Dot was too good to be true... well, you were right. Amazon is cancelling zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker, informing buyers that a "technical error" was responsible for the surprise Audible discount. You won'...



'Mass Effect: Andromeda' won't get more single-player content

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:32:00 -0400

(image) BioWare vowed to fix Mass Effect: Andromeda's numerous teething troubles shortly after launch, but there's apparently only so much it can do. The studio has revealed that its 1.10 patch is the last single-player update for the game -- in a confirmat...



VW's electric microbus will become a reality in 2022

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:58:00 -0400

(image) When Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz, the assumption was that it would meet the same fate as many concept cars: it'd look good at an auto show, and promptly disappear when cold economic realities set in. Thankfully, the Buzz won't suffer that fate....



Nest's sub-$200 thermostat might swap metal for plastic

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:27:00 -0400

(image) The Nest thermostat's premium looks match its pretty hefty price tag, but if you're cool with a simpler version that can still do the job, you may want to wait it out. Evan Blass, a notable gadget leaker known as evleaks, has tweeted an image of what...



Uber favors former GE leader as its next CEO

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:59:00 -0400

(image) Ever since Uber ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, there's been one overriding question: just who would be daring enough to replace him and salvage the ridesharing outfit's tattered reputation? At last, an answer is emerging. Recode sources hear that form...



Dell founder offers low-key response to Charlottesville violence

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:28:00 -0400

(image) Tech giants like Apple and Intel have vocally opposed both the racist violence in Charlottesville and President Trump's equivocating response to it, but former manufacturing council member Dell has remained silent. Where's its statement? Well, compan...



Recommended Reading: Netflix's heroes return in 'The Defenders'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) 'The Defenders' Is Thrilling Superhero Team-Up Entertainment Mark Hughes, Forbes Netflix's last Marvel series, Iron Fist, didn't quite offer the same thrills as its previous three original series. Its fourth installment that unites all four heroes...