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Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore limited HomeKit functionality

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:05:00 -0500

(image) Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for iPhone and iPad following last week's discovery that HomeKit had a major security vulnerability. The bug, first reported by 9to5Mac, allowed unauthorized users to access connected smart devices like lights, thermosta...



Target acquisition brings same-day delivery to stores in early 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:51:00 -0500

(image) If it wasn't already obvious that Target is nervous about Amazon, it is now. Target has acquired another same-day delivery startup, Shipt, for a cool $550 million. The deal should speed up Target's plans to offer same-day delivery in its stores. I...



Facebook nabs a trio of shows from Machinima for its Watch tab

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:36:00 -0500

(image) The last time Machinima was in the news it was for paying "influencers" to say nice things about the Xbox One. Now, the company has inked a deal with Facebook for three new shows that'll live on the social network's Watch platform, according to Deadl...



Patreon nixes controversial fee increase amid backlash

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:21:00 -0500

(image) Patreon CEO Jack Conte announced today that the modern-day patronage system will not be implementing the controversial fee changes that it announced last week. While the service will still work to fix the issues it was trying to correct with the addi...



Electric eels might be the key to powering implantable devices

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Science has been inspired by eels for aquatic exploration before, sure, and now researchers are eyeing electric eels for motivation. The idea is to create a flexible self-powering device that could keep the juice flowing through a pacemaker or an int...



Students solve a 60-year-old space radiation mystery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Earth's Van Allen Belts are an area of energetic particles that surround our planet and are held in place thanks to Earth's magnetic field. These radiation belts trap charged particles, protecting us from the effects of some of space's most harmful r...



Amazon Echo now streams Spotify and SiriusXM to multiple rooms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:00 -0500

(image) Amazon brought multiroom audio support to its Echo speakers a few months ago, but let's face it: unless you're a big fan of Amazon Music Unlimited, it hasn't been very useful for on-demand streaming. That changes today. As promised, Amazon has added...



Modern copyright law can't keep pace with thinking machines

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) This past April, engineer Alex Reben developed and posted to YouTube, "Deeply Artificial Trees", an art piece powered by machine learning, that leveraged old Joy of Painting videos. It generate gibberish audio in the speaking style and tone of Bob Ro...



Apple invests $390 million into Face ID and AirPod tech

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:39:00 -0500

(image) Apple has made another investment with its Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF), awarding Finisar $390 million. If the name doesn't sound familiar, its work will. Finisar is the company behind the iPhone X's Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode for selfie...



Netflix fires exec who said Masterson accusers weren't believable

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:18:00 -0500

(image) Last week, HuffPost reported that one of the women accusing actor Danny Masterson of rape was told by a Netflix executive that higher-ups at the company didn't believe the women making accusations against him. Now, that exec has been fired.



Renault's concept EV drove me at 80MPH while I wore a VR headset

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) I'm driving the multimillion-dollar Symbioz EV concept on a highway in France when Renault-Nissan Senior VP Ogi Redzik hands me an Oculus VR headset. "Put it on. Do you see an image yet?" he asks me. "Not yet. Ahh, yes, now I see it," I reply nervous...



T-Mobile will launch a TV service in 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:42:00 -0500

(image) You'd think that telecoms would want to bail on conventional TV services given how many people are cutting the cord, but don't tell that to T-Mobile. The carrier has revealed that it's launching a TV service in 2018, and that it has acquired Layer3 T...



Soundboks 2 is the massive Bluetooth boombox to rule them all

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:31:00 -0500

(image) In February 2016, a new kind of Bluetooth speaker arrived on Kickstarter and easily met its goal. It was called Soundboks, a massive portable battery-powered unit that was built to rock a party and survive the experience with its metal grille and roa...



I can finally do cartwheels in VR with HTC's Vive Focus

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) After fully unveiling the Vive Focus, HTC finally allowed lucky folks like myself to properly test out the six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) standalone VR headset. For the first time, I can actually walk around in VR without being tethered to a PC nor co...



Toyota and Panasonic explore 'prismatic' EV batteries together

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:41:00 -0500

(image) Toyota and Panasonic are teaming up on batteries that Toyota itself and other automakers could use in future electric cars. Rather than building cylindrical batteries like the type that Tesla and other EV makers use, the two companies are exploring t...



Dreamworks' exclusive Netflix shows for 2018 include 'She-Ra'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:19:00 -0500

(image) If you'll be after some light-hearted TV viewing to banish the January blues (and let's face it, who won't be?) you're in luck, as Netflix and DreamWorks are bringing six new original cartoon series to screens in the new year. Family-friendly Trolls:...



Twitch partners with NBA's G League to livestream games

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Twitch might be best known for video game live streaming, but the service is starting to eye other properties. Starting December 15th, Twitch will live stream NBA G League games at twitch.tv/nbagleague. The service will broadcast up to six games per...



Trump approves federal ban on Kaspersky

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:01:00 -0500

(image) If Kaspersky tried to mend its relationship with the US government these past months, then its efforts likely failed. The president has just signed a defense policy spending bill into law, and it includes the government's ban on using the Moscow-base...



Google opens AI center in China even though it's still blocked there

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:01:00 -0500

(image) Google has always had a rocky relationship with China. The search engine is banned in the country, along with its app store, email and cloud services, but that hasn't stopped the company from maintaining some level of presence with its international...



The Morning After: Wednesday, December 13th 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Good morning! It's the middle of the week and some of us are mortgaging our homes to get into Bitcoin. Meanwhile, SpaceX's recycled spacecrafts get together, Apple's new iMac is coming and we open nominations for the Best of CES 2018. Yep, the Consum...



Uber is fighting to keep its licence in another UK city

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:40:00 -0500

(image) Council members in York have voted not to renew Uber's operating licence, condemning the ride-hailing company to its third UK city ban in as many months. At a meeting held by the York Council's Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee on Tuesday,...



Frank Ocean has his own 'GTA V' radio station

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:29:00 -0500

(image) Tired of the same tunes on GTA V? Frank Ocean is here to help. The insanely talented musician, who already has his own Beats 1 show, is now getting a Los Santos radio station to boot, courtesy of the Doomsday Heist update.



Google’s year in search finds people ready to take action

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:01:00 -0500

(image) It's been a heck of a year. And as 2017 draws to a close, a bunch of web giants are on hand to remind us of what we got up to on their services. Twitter had us raging, Facebook saw us praying for victims of tragedies, and now Google (the biggest of t...



Tidal may only have enough cash left to last six months

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:34:00 -0500

(image) Music streaming service Tidal is facing both money and user growth woes, according to Norway's Dagens Næringsliv. After reportedly losing roughly NOK$368 million ($44 million dollars) before taxes in 2016, Tidal is now left with just enough cas...



Blue Origin tests Crew Capsule 2.0 with 'biggest windows in space'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:58:00 -0500

(image) Jeff Bezos' rocket company isn't quite ready for space tourism, but today's test flight gets it a bit closer. Bezos tweeted that for the first time, Blue Origin has tested version 2.0 of its Crew Capsule, and while he didn't mention how luxurious the...