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PlayStation's latest gamepad is made especially for kids

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:32:00 -0400

(image) PlayStation's next step toward console-gaming domination is getting its gamepads in smaller hands. To do that, it has partnered with vaunted accessory-maker Hori on the Mini Wired Gamepad for the PlayStation 4. Sony says that the controller is 40 per...

Los Angeles police will test drones despite privacy concerns

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:05:00 -0400

(image) American police have certainly used drones before, but not on this scale. The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted in favor of letting the LAPD fly drones in a year-long pilot program, making it the largest US police department to ever rely on the...

Adobe Photoshop adds support for Microsoft's Surface Dial

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:47:00 -0400

(image) As part of its Creative Cloud 2018 rollout, Adobe has revealed that Microsoft's Surface Dial, seemingly made for Photoshop CC, is finally supported by the app. Adobe notes that for now, it's shipping as a "tech preview," meaning you'll have to first...

Baidu wants to launch a self-driving bus in China next year

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:34:00 -0400

(image) Baidu, China's search giant, is planning to release a fully self-driving bus in China next year, said CEO Robin Li in an interview at Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference. The bus will run on a designated route and Baidu is working with a Chinese...

Tesla faces lawsuit for racial harassment in its factories

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:20:00 -0400

(image) A new lawsuit brought by three former Tesla employees alleges that they were subject to constant racial discrimination and harassment in the electric car company's factories. The case, first reported by the Mercury News, was filed yesterday in the Al...

Google reportedly serves fake ads to fact-checking sites

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0400

(image) It's not just Facebook that has a fake news advertising problem. Google also found evidence of Russian influence in the most recent US presidential election, and reportedly set up anti-Muslim ads (which it subsequently shut down). Now, according to a...

Samsung's 360 Round camera livestreams 3D VR

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:48:00 -0400

(image) Samsung already has a virtual reality camera in the form of the Gear 360, but it's not really for pros -- it's for everyday users who want to record a 360-degree video on the street. What if you're a pro, or a well-heeled enthusiast? Samsung has yo...

Bixby 2.0 and Project Ambience push Samsung's vision of connected devices

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:27:00 -0400

(image) To compete with the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, Samsung has to get its own version of a smart voice-powered assistant, Bixby, to as many devices as possible. It also needs to make Bixby work as well as its competitors, something Sam...

Nielsen is tracking streaming services like it does broadcast TV

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:27:00 -0400

(image) To address the new normal of cord cutting, Nielsen is going to start tracking subscription-based streaming numbers in a big way. The idea is to measure streaming services in the same way that the outfit has tracked broadcast TV for decades: with demo...

The robots that will sweep Earth's skies

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:12:00 -0400

(image) After six years in space, China's first orbital station, the Tiangong-1 (aka the "Heavenly Palace") has finally outlived its operational limits and begun its descent back to Earth. It's expected to re-enter the atmosphere in a few months, whereupon a...

Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with 8-nanometer chips

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:50:00 -0400

(image) Samsung has qualified its 8-nanometer chip-making process for production three months ahead of schedule. It's the same "low power plus" (LPP) process used for its current 10-nanometer silicon, not the next-gen extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography fo...

'Small number' of Russian Facebook election ad accounts used Messenger

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:00 -0400

(image) According to David Marcus, Facebook's VP of Messaging Products, a "small number" of the 470 Russia-linked accounts that attempted to influence last year's US elections also used Messenger. He said so in an interview at Wall Street Journal's D.Live co...

Motorola's newest mod puts an Alexa speaker on your phone

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:18:00 -0400

(image) Ever wanted to have an Amazon Echo speaker with you wherever you are, rather than relying on your phone's built-in voice assistant? Motorola is betting you do. As promised, it's releasing an Alexa-powered Moto Mod (the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazo...

Zero's latest electric motorcycles can recharge in an hour

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:00 -0400

(image) Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes can be fun to ride, but recharging is another matter entirely. It's tough to wait hours when all you want to do is go back on the open road. That shouldn't be such a problem with the company's just-introduced 2018 mod...

'Women of NASA' Lego set available starting November 1st

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:40:00 -0400

(image) Back in March, we reported that Lego would make a "Women of NASA" set, which was submitted to the Lego Ideas competition by MIT deputy news editor Maia Weinstock. Now, the set is finally ready. It will be available November 1st for $25/€25.

Google's Pixel 2 is hiding an old-school menu button

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:20:00 -0400

(image) Google has a bit of a throwback tucked away in the Pixel 2. Depending on the app, you can access the old-school Android menu button by tapping in the lower righthand corner of the screen, as spotted by Android Police. As you'll see in the video embed...

Amazon and eBay accused of turning blind eye to VAT fraud

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:14:00 -0400

(image) It's not uncommon to see a headline vilifying a well-known tech company for their incredibly low tax contributions despite turnovers in the billions. The EU is famously taking Apple to task, but more often than not, these clockwork bouts of outrage a...

Apple’s self-driving tech appears to be one fully-contained unit

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:02:00 -0400

(image) Like so many companies, Apple has been working on its own version of self-driving technology. Last year, we learned that the company had moved away from designing its own vehicle, opting instead to develop a system that could be incorporated into exi...

The creators of Vine built a trivia show app called HQ

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:39:00 -0400

(image) The Vine guys are back, but this time it's with a gameshow app called HQ. However, this app isn't like you're typical trivia game where you can play whenever you want. With HQ, gameplay is live and takes place twice a day. "It's a way to give people...

EV chargers have started popping up at UK Shell stations

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:26:00 -0400

(image) As promised, Shell is adding electric vehicle charging to its UK petrol stations. "Shell Recharge" is already already available at three locations in Holloway (London), Derby and Whyteleafe (Surrey). A further seven sites across Greater London and Re...

Snapchat will offer European users exclusive Olympics content

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) Snap is clearly hungry for original and exclusive web content for Snapchat's Discover platform. Yesterday, the company announced it was forming a studio in partnership with NBCUniversal. Then, this morning, Snap revealed that it's partnering with Eur...

WhatsApp lets users share their real-time locations

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:02:00 -0400

(image) This week, messaging app WhatsApp announced a new feature that allows users to share their real-time location with family and friends. The feature is encrypted end to end to ensure users' privacy and security, and it allows you to control who can see...

YouTube says it spots most terrorist videos before they're flagged

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:33:00 -0400

(image) Last year, tech giants started working together to combat the spread of terrorist content online. One of them is Google-owned YouTube, which began implementing stricter measures in June in an effort to get rid of extremist videos that tend to pop up...

Facebook and Google reportedly helped set up anti-Muslim election ads (updated)

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:14:00 -0400

(image) It looks like Russia wasn't the only one buying ads online to help sway the election last year. Facebook and Google worked closely with conservative non-profit Secure America Now and advertising firm Harris Media on ad campaigns targeting swing s...

Earbud translators will bring us closer: The Future IRL

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) The moment Google Pixel Buds were used earlier this month to demonstrate real time translation from Swedish to English, people started freaking out about potential use cases for this kind of technology. But the thing is, Google isn't the only company...