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‘Quake Champions’ isn’t finished, but you can play it August 22nd

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:13:00 -0400

(image) Been green with envy over your pals playing the Quake Champions closed beta? Time to stop being jealous and start working on your rocket jumping because the classic shooter's revival is moving to Steam's Early Access on August 22nd, where everyone ca...

Lean back and watch the eclipse...from your Volvo

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:32:00 -0400

(image) On Monday, lots of people are going to head outside and check out the first total solar eclipse to be viewable in the contiguous US since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast one in nearly a century. But Volvo is giving its drivers another option. For t...

YouTube music head says company pays higher royalties than Spotify

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:56:00 -0400

(image) Making a living from streaming royalties is tough for music artists, and YouTube has had one of the worst reputations in the music industry for a while. Even Lyor Cohen, the current head of YouTube Music, knows that many are skeptical about the servi...

The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro tablet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30:00 -0400

(image) This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

Voting machine supplier exposes 1.8 million voter records

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:01:00 -0400

(image) Cybersecurity firm UpGuard has discovered that personal information from over 1.8 million Chicago residents was unintentionally exposed by voting machine supplier Election Systems & Software (ES&S). The backup files of voter data were found o...

Skype’s new look arrives on the desktop in preview form

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:39:00 -0400

(image) Skype is making a preview version of its new desktop design available for users to try out. Available today, Mac and non-Windows 10 PC users can download Skype Preview and see the new features that are in the works.

Facebook demotes video clickbait posts to improve your feeds

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:21:00 -0400

(image) In a bid to promote "authentic communication," Facebook will now demote clickbait stories that present static images as video along with images with fake playback buttons in them. While the former practice just ends up confusing users, the latter act...

BMW’s redesigned 8 Series is cleaner, more aggressive

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) At the Monterey Car Week BMW just unveiled two new concept vehicles. Both are previews of planned production models of the Series 8 and Z4 Roadster. If the versions you'll find on the forecourt are even close to these concepts, there are going to be...

OkCupid just banned a white supremacist for life

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:51:00 -0400

(image) OkCupid is the latest company to kick white supremacists off of its platform. In a tweet today, the dating service said that it found out Chris Cantwell -- the fascist featured in Vice News' Charlottesville documentary who cried in a video when he th...

Congressmen call for investigation of FCC cyberattack claims

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:39:00 -0400

(image) The FCC has claimed that the site it uses to collect public comment on its plans to roll back net neutrality rules was taken down by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack instead of crippled by a massive number of commenters brought about by...

An iOS 11 feature can quickly disable Touch ID

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:22:00 -0400

(image) Law enforcement authorities have been at odds with the legal system and mobile companies when it comes to gaining access to citizens' phones. One of the more notable instances was the FBI's attempt to get Apple to unlock the San Bernardino suspect's...

'Volume' developer launches a surprise, bite-sized sci-fi game

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:57:00 -0400

(image) Subsurface Circular came out of nowhere. Well, that's not entirely true. Mike Bithell, the developer behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume, tweeted a prescient question in April, asking followers if they'd be interested in paying $5 for a unique, hour-...

YouTube’s live TV service is available in half of all US homes

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:51:00 -0400

(image) While other services, including Hulu, PlayStation Vue and SlingTV, have been available for a while now, YouTube TV is catching up fast. Launched in April to five basic metropolitan areas, the company added 11 new markets this July. Now, the live TV s...

How 'We Happy Few' plans to avoid the pitfalls of 'No Man's Sky'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) The 1960s dystopia of We Happy Few will hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on April 13th, 2018, thanks to Compulsion Games and Gearbox, the studio best known for Borderlands. You're not hallucinating -- We Happy Few did already come to Xbox One and S...

CBS now available on sports and live TV streamer fuboTV

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:14:00 -0400

(image) Folks generally want to cut the cable cord to save money, but fragmentation means you might have to subscribe to more than one service. Case in point is fuboTV, which focused on international soccer when it first launched a $10 monthly service in 201...

Twitch can filter streamers by their 'Overwatch' hero of choice

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Overwatch and Hearthstone fans will now find it easier to discover livestreams most relevant to them after Twitch introduced new channel filtering options for the popular Blizzard titles. From today, viewers can open a new menu that appears at the to...

Reddit is letting some users upload video right to the site

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:52:00 -0400

(image) Reddit has grown and maintained its internet prominence by staying simple, meaning it has to be cautious about introducing new features (its users, erm, aren't fans of change). Last year, the platform added native image hosting to let users avoid the...

Reply to Instagram messages with pictures and video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:46:00 -0400

(image) Instagram users have a new means of expressing themselves via direct messages as of Thursday. They can now reply to shared Direct posts with images and video of their own.

Tribeca’s TV Festival aims to be a curator for television’s ‘golden age’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) A lot has changed since the Tribeca Film Festival debuted in 2002. Netflix and Amazon, for instance, hadn't even launched their video-streaming services -- and now they're both two of the biggest players in the TV and movies industries. The event, fo...

'Splatoon 2' Switch bundle is a $380 Walmart exclusive

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:14:00 -0400

(image) In case you've been holding off on picking up a Nintendo Switch until it had a pack-in game, you're in luck. Nintendo has announced that it's releasing a special Splatoon 2 version of the console replete with neon green and pink Joy-Cons, a carrying...

Loupedeck's hands-on controls make you better at Lightroom

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Adobe's Lightroom can do wondrous things to photos, but fiddling with a mouse can impede your speed and creativity. This is where a product called Loupedeck comes in. It's a control panel designed especially for Lightroom that lets you adjust white b...

‘World of Tanks’ adds single-player campaigns on August 22nd

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:47:00 -0400

(image) The multi-player competitive game World of Tanks is getting its first single-player campaign mode next week. On August 22nd, Wargaming will release War Stories -- episodic gameplay that users can experience both solo or cooperatively. "As the first c...

PS4’s next update finally lets you squelch notifications during movies

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:35:00 -0400

(image) We knew a few things PlayStation 4 owners would be getting with the system's next big software update thanks to a leak last week. But it goes beyond enabling PS4 Plus owners to stream on Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second. While only pre-selecte...

Turner's sports service will be the home of Champions League soccer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0400

(image) Not to be outdone by ESPN, Turner Broadcasting has announced a sports streaming service of its own next year. And to start, it's partnering with UEFA on a three-year deal to stream Champions and Europa League games beginning with the 2018 - 2019 seas...

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is up for pre-order through Sprint

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:07:00 -0400

(image) Starting today, Essential Phone is available for pre-order from Sprint -- the exclusive carrier of the smartphone. While the phone is compatible with all major networks and can be purchased unlocked from Essential, Sprint is offering payment plans an...