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Daimler may have used software to cheat on US emissions tests

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:36:00 -0500

(image) Daimler has been under suspicion of cheating on US emissions tests for quite a while now -- in 2016, a number of customers even sued the automaker, claiming their cars had sneaky software made to trick testers similar to Volkswagen's. Now, according...



Tesla's latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:05:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to...



Water purification could be the key to more electric cars

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:33:00 -0500

(image) Humanity is going to need a lot of lithium batteries if electric cars are going to take over, and that's a problem when there's only so much lithium available from conventional mines. There may be an oddball solution for that, however: turn the worl...



Netflix deal provides a much-needed boost in the Middle East

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:02:00 -0500

(image) Despite what it seems, Netflix isn't a dominant force everywhere on the planet. In fact, it's struggling in the Middle East and northern Africa -- Netflix and Amazon combined represent 21 percent of the local subscription video space. The company is...



The best portable SSD

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0500

(image) By Justin Krajeski This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. After research...



After Math: Market fluctuations

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

(image) It's been a volatile week for us all, what with the stock market's unpredictable undulations, the US Senate's DACA drama, the Olympics hacking and whatever other craziness that's sure to happen between the time I file this post and Sunday morning. It...



Mattel's 'Jurassic World' dino-bots are surprisingly realistic

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Mattel's last Kamigami STEM robot was an adorable DIY lady bug. Now, the toy company is aiming for something bigger with its new Jurassic World bots. You'll still have to put them together first, but what you end up with is a complex robo-dino with r...



Device provides years of power through temperature swings

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:58:00 -0500

(image) Eventually, you might not need a battery or a conspicuous external power source to keep a device running for years on end. A team at MIT has created a device that produces energy by exploiting the temperature swings that occur between day and night....



Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:50:00 -0500

(image) Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time...



Website follows journey of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster through space

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:21:00 -0500

(image) Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster may have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but you can still follow its path through the Solar System. Satellite guru Ben Pearson's unofficial Whereisroadster.com website is tracking the EV based on NASA data and his own fl...



PowerUp releases its phone-controlled paper airplane

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:02:00 -0500

(image) PowerUp first previewed its smartphone-controlled paper airplane back in 2014, but now it's finally available to everyone. The startup has announced that a retail version of its Dart aircraft will ship in February, and is running a pre-order campaign...



Ancient city's LiDAR scans reveal as many buildings as Manhattan

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:33:00 -0500

(image) When researchers surveyed the ruins of a Purépecha Empire city in Mexico the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it took them two seasons to explore two square kilometres. Good thing they decided to use LiDAR, because the city called Angamuco turn...



Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:58:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the ide...



Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show premieres this weekend

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:32:00 -0500

(image) As promised, Joel McHale's weekly Netflix show is premiering on February 18th -- and you now have a better idea of what to expect going in. The streaming service has posted a preview of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale that gives a feel for wha...



Google app beta adds built-in screenshot-editing tools

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:01:00 -0500

(image) Google app is extremely close to rolling out a built-in screenshot-editing tool -- so close that you can now try it out as a beta tester on Android. If you join the app's beta program and download version 7.21, you'll find an option that says "Edit a...



Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this week, we endured another school shooting. This time, in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 students were killed. During the shooting's aftermath, hoaxes and disinformation spread on Twitter. It's a phenomenon that happens after every t...



Labor board says Google legally fired diversity memo writer

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:59:00 -0500

(image) James Damore may claim Google was wrong to fire him over his memo criticizing the company's diversity culture, but a federal government overseer begs to differ. The National Labor Relations Board has published a January memo recommending a dismissal...



Rocket League Rivals brings absurd car-based soccer to the real world

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

(image) This week Hot Wheels unveiled Augmoto, an AR-enhanced course that makes the brand's track races a lot more video game-like. However, in the other direction it's also introducing Rocket League Rivals, a remote control vehicle kit that brings the popul...



Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on DJI's Mavic Air

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

(image) If you have a checklist for a camera drone, it probably includes things like portability, image quality, battery life and cost. DJI has been in the game long enough to know the things you want, and the result is the Mavic Air. Not to give you any spo...



littleBits launches more accessible $40 'Hall of Fame' kits

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

(image) littleBits kits are a great way to teach kids how to build their own toys and electronics, but they're not exactly cheap. The Star Wars Droid inventor set, for instance, will set buyers back $100, while others could cost as much as $300. Now, the sta...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:45:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. Once you return from Wakanda, you can check out SpaceX's next rocket launch and revisit our Apple HomePod review.



Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asia business

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:57:00 -0500

(image) Late last year Uber sold off its business in China to a competitor, and now it looks like the Southeast Asia region could follow a similar path. CNBC reports that it's preparing to make a deal with Grab, a company that claimed to have 95 percent of r...



Facebook: Two-factor authentication spam was caused by a bug

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0500

(image) A number of people have been receiving random notifications from Facebook after giving the social network their phone number for two-factor authentication. Worse, if they attempt to cancel that by replying to the message, say with STOP or CANCEL, Fac...



Microsoft’s Cortana is finally on IFTTT

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:36:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft keeps striving to find Cortana a place in the crowded smart assistant market, and despite losing a minor feature, it's still adding functionality. Today, Cortana added IFTTT, and launched with interactions to link it up with 550 apps and de...



LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:22:00 -0500

(image) Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has heard that LG is planning to unveil a new flagship phone, nicknamed Judy. The star attract...