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’League of Legends’ pro suspended 20 months for domestic violence

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:36:00 -0500

(image) Back in October, League of Legends player Li "Vasilii" Wei Jun livestreamed alleged domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend. The Chinese team Newbee immediately terminated his contract and the League Championship Series launched an investigation....

Museum of African American History is freely digitizing home movies

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:14:00 -0500

(image) Humanity has access to more data than ever before, but there's still so much media scattered around the world that might rot away before it can be preserved. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is launching an initiative to sa...

Steam Autumn Sale cuts prices on 'Shadow of War' and 'Evil Within 2'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:41:00 -0500

(image) It's time for Steam's annual Autumn Sale -- and as is often the case, there are deals on major games you might have missed earlier in the year. Most notably, the promo (which runs until November 28th) cuts the price of the relatively fresh Middle-ea...

Amazon's party-ready Echo Buttons are available to pre-order

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:59:00 -0500

(image) The holidays are almost here, and that means you may end up playing a lot of party games with visiting friends and relatives. Amazon might spare you from having to break out yet another board game, though: it just put its Echo Button accessory up fo...

Tesla opens Model 3 order process to non-employees

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:08:00 -0500

(image) Tesla's Model 3 has technically been on the market since July, but only to employees, their family members or people who are tight with the EV maker. Your pre-order hasn't been very useful if you're one of the hundreds of thousands of regular would-b...

‘CoD: WWII’ Thanksgiving double XP event started early

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:49:00 -0500

(image) It's that time of the year when those of us in the US start thinking about what we're thankful for, and game developers are no exception. Starting today (one day early) at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET), Call of Duty: WWII gamers will receive Double XP for all M...

The Mars InSight lander is on track to launch in May

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:19:00 -0500

(image) The InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander has passed its last major environmental test ahead of a planned May 2018 launch to Mars. The thermal vacuum testing, or TVAC, lasted two weeks and simu...

This is what transparency looks like without net neutrality

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

(image) The Federal Communications Commission's proposal to dismantle net neutrality deletes the past two years of regulatory progress and essentially thrusts the internet back into the mid-1990s. Under chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC plans to remove the current...

YouTube goes after child-exploiting channels and videos

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:15:00 -0500

(image) There's been a growing trend of content on YouTube that pretends to be kid-friendly, but is anything but. There have also been reports of content creators with incredibly questionable content that some feel borders on child abuse, as reported by Buzz...

Samsung may offer a peek at the Galaxy S9 at CES in January

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:35:00 -0500

(image) You might not have to wait until Samsung's customary spring event to get a look at the next flagship Galaxy phones. A source talking to well-connected leak writer Evan Blass claims that Samsung will preview both the Galaxy S9 and the upsized Galaxy...

Algae-based nanobots could diagnose you from the inside

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:11:00 -0500

(image) Nanobots promise a breakthrough in medicine by letting doctors study and treat you without invasive surgery or relatively ineffective drugs. But they face a couple of key problems: it's not easy to steer them to where they're needed, and getting rid...

Head to Verizon stores to protest the FCC's anti-net neutrality plans

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:45:00 -0500

(image) It's highly unlikely that the FCC's latest plan to gut net neutrality won't go through, thanks to chairman Ajit Pai's record of consumer-unfriendly viewpoints and a Republican majority on the Federal Communications Commission. Still, advocacy groups...

Kids judge R2-D2 droids built by Facebook, Google and Fitbit

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0500

(image) Last Wednesday, a group of 24 children from the ages of 7 to 12 gathered at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco. They laughed and chattered with excitement, had their pictures taken next to the Yoda fountain and squealed at the sight of R2-D2. Th...

DARPA is engineering plants to act as biohazard sensors

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:17:00 -0500

(image) Researchers at DARPA, the DoD's arm that focuses on developing new technology for military application, have long been trying to figure out the best way to transmit timely information, focusing on electronic and mechanical sensors to do the job. Afte...

'Gran Turismo Sport' brings back a classic solo racing mode

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:41:00 -0500

(image) As good as it was for Polyphony Digital to finally reach the PS4 with Gran Turismo Sport, its game modes were a bit of a shock for long-time fans. What about those old-fashioned cups? You're about to get them back. The developers are releasing an...

Surprise: This $20 home monitoring camera actually doesn’t suck

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0500

(image) Most of the low-end connected cameras you'll find on store shelves will run you at least $50, and more feature-rich options like Amazon's Cloud Cam and Logitech's Circle 2 are north of $100. The prospect of kitting out your house with connected camer...

Facebook will alert you if you liked a fake Russian account

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:46:00 -0500

(image) As part of its ongoing transparency efforts on Russian activity, Facebook today revealed that it will soon let users find out if they liked or followed pages created by the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. The company sa...

FCC releases the final draft of its proposal to kill net neutrality

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:43:00 -0500

(image) The FCC has released the final draft of its proposal to rollback 2015 net neutrality protections. If enacted, the order would reclassify broadband internet service as an information service and Title II regulations would no longer apply. Additionally...

Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:22:00 -0500

(image) Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it...

How to find the best 4K TV for your space

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Huge 4K sets are cheaper and look finer than ever. Perhaps more important, there are finally a few new technologies that make upgrading from your old set worth it: HDR (high dynamic range) video and...

'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:43:00 -0500

(image) PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been this year's sleeper hit, and it's about to officially be released in China. The rub is, it'll have some pretty significant changes given the country's strict state-mandated censorship. Local publisher Tencent wi...

TalkTalk TV will go multiscreen next year with new streaming app

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:20:00 -0500

(image) Sky, Virgin Media and BT all offer their customers ways to watch TV beyond the living room. TalkTalk has an app for its rental and purchase store -- formerly Blinkbox, you might recall -- but otherwise it's fallen behind the pack somewhat. The compan...

TiVo wins one of its patent fights with Comcast

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:20:00 -0500

(image) TiVo has good news going into the holiday season: The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Comcast's X1 set-top boxes violate two of TiVo's patents related to setting recordings from a mobile device. As a result, there's now an import...

China’s WeChat Pay comes to London

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:10:00 -0500

(image) Walk around Camden Market this weekend and you'll notice that many of the stalls now support WeChat Pay. The mobile payment platform — an extension of Tencent's messaging app WeChat — is big in China but almost unheard of in the UK (at le...

UPS is trialling electric bike trailers in London

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:05:00 -0500

(image) In a bid to lower emissions in the capital and reduce the footprint of its vehicles on the road, global delivery firm UPS has begun trialling a new electric-powered bike trailer on the streets of London. The concept, built as part of the Low Impact C...