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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

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...



Logitech's PowerPlay delivers no-compromise wireless gaming mice

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) It's 2017 and many hardcore PC gamers are still devoted to their wired mice. Ask them why and you'll likely get two reasons: You don't have to worry about charging them, and there's no need to worry about potential latency issues. Either of those iss...



The three TVs that made our buyer's guide

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Hot on the heels of updating our buyer's guide, we have three more additions, and they're all TVs. Of all the models out there, we've edited our selection to just three: two reasonably priced ones, and another for the "money is no object" crowd. So w...



ASUS ZenFone AR review: A 'better' Tango phone doesn't mean much

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Google's Tango augmented reality technology isn't new, and its debut last year on Lenovo's Phab2 Pro left a lot to be desired. I mean, honestly, as neat as AR apps can be, an enormous phone with a mid-range chipset wasn't the best vehicle for them. M...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! The weekend has arrived, and we're talking Twitter's problems dealing with Trump, a casual drone landing on a battleship, and the battle against hate online.



Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be out as soon as September 15th

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:14:00 -0400

(image) For a while after the Note 7 debacle, the fate of Samsung's supersized phone line was uncertain. It soon became pretty clear, though, that the Korean manufacturer isn't killing the name: Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, and acco...



Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:17:00 -0400

(image) Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and ha...



Fighting classic 'Tekken' debuts on mobile

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:08:00 -0400

(image) Fighting game Tekken is coming to your smartphone screens, joining the likes of Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, South Park and some Sega Genesis titles in the ring. Maker Bandai Namco announced the Tekken Mobile game is open for pre-registration...



‘Secret World Legends’ expands into disaster-ridden Tokyo

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:21:00 -0400

(image) The Secret World was rebooted in June as the free-to-play, shared-world RPG Secret World Legends and it just received the first of three updates that will expand the game into a "disaster-ridden and monster-infested" Tokyo. Tokyo: Back to the Beginni...



Bundesliga is the latest soccer league to use video referees

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:45:00 -0400

(image) MLS began using video assistant referees (VAR) earlier this month, and when the top German league began its season today, it too employed the tech. Bundesliga announced back in January that it would use the video review tech during the 2017-18 season...



Fisker’s luxury EV will debut in January at CES 2018

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:32:00 -0400

(image) Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker has announced when we'll finally get to lay eyes on his electric luxury EMotion sedan in person. The car will debut in January at CES 2018. As Fisker told TheStreet, the team behind the vehicle will also introduce...



Google mobile search shows 6-second video previews

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:49:00 -0400

(image) If you've searched for videos often enough on Google, you've probably had that moment where you tapped the wrong video because you weren't quite sure it was what you were looking for. No more: Google has added 6-second video previews to its mobile s...



Play as David Beckham in his prime in ‘PES 2018’

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:40:00 -0400

(image) Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise always vies with EA Sports' FIFA series for the year's best football game. To get an edge over its competitor, Konami packed new features into this year's edition -- along with licensing some celebrity athletes...



China's online court heard its first case today

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:09:00 -0400

(image) The Hangzhou Internet Court, a new online court in China that will hear internet-related civil cases, had its first trial today. Today's copyright infringement case was between a novelist and a web company that offered her novel to online subscribers...



Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to retailers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:43:00 -0400

(image) Facebook is trying to figure out what people want from Marketplace, so it's going to add a bunch of new products from real vendors in order to suss that out. "We'll kind of look and see what's popular, what people want to engage with," Deb Liu, Faceb...



Google figured out how to flawlessly remove stock-photo watermarks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:19:00 -0400

(image) Watermarks are placed on copyrighted images like stock-photos in order to keep people from using them without permission or without paying. And manually removing them requires Photoshop skills, time and being ok with the image not looking its best po...