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Watch Blue Origin's test dummy experience space tourism

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:02:00 -0500

(image) Yesterday we got an exterior view of the first flight for Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0, but now the company is back to show us what it's like from inside. Its plan is to offer "space tourism" trips that take six people at a time beyond the Karman L...



'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty' debuts on smartphones

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:44:00 -0500

(image) If you're looking for a premium mobile game without in-app purchases, there's good news: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has arrived on iOS, Android and NVIDIA Shield. The 2014 console game, based on Lorne Lanning's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee has been re-purpos...



Alibaba will sell cars with a vehicle vending machine

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:56:00 -0500

(image) Chinese internet ecommerce giant Alibaba is still breaking online shopping records, but it's begun veering into physical sales, too. That the company is reportedly planning a shopping mall is in their retail wheelhouse, but last week's news was furth...



Speedtest shows global internet speeds are up this past year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:32:00 -0500

(image) While Netflix and Google both have new internet speed tests on offer, Ookla's Speedtest is still the grandaddy of them all. Last August, it launched the Speedtest Global Index, a tool that surfaces internet speeds around the world, helping you see ho...



Google researchers use AI to spot distant exoplanets

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:11:00 -0500

(image) Hunting for exoplanets is a very data-intensive and time-consuming task. Sifting through piles of data to find subtle signs of distant planets takes quite a lot of work, but researchers at Google have been developing a way to use AI to make the proce...



Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on an NVIDIA Shield TV

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...



'Photographs' dark narrative masquerades as a mobile puzzle game

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:42:00 -0500

(image) EightyEight Games released the popular puzzle/battle game 10000000 and its sequel You Must Build a Boat to great success. Now developer Luca Redwood is ready to reveal his next project for the studio: Photographs. The new puzzle game will release nex...



Airbnb makes it easier to list bed and breakfast rooms

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:19:00 -0500

(image) Airbnb was inspired by actual bed and breakfast spots around the globe; it's right there in the company's name. It makes sense, then, that the room-sharing company would finally partner up with the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals...



Facebook will try running ads in front of Watch videos

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:54:00 -0500

(image) Facebook has been willing to run ads in the middle of videos, but it has historically been reluctant to put ads in front of videos and irk people just trying to watch a clip that surfaced in their News Feed. However, it might be willing to break with...



The first 'Wolfenstein II' add-on pack is available now

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:33:00 -0500

(image) Killing Nazis and protesting are two of the most American things you can do. And if you need another avenue for (virtually) doing the former, that's where the first expansion for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus comes in. "The Adventures of Gunslinge...



Samsung reportedly eyes first half of 2018 for smart speaker debut

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:12:00 -0500

(image) Astonishingly, Apple's long-delayed HomePod speaker might not be the last to market when it launches early next year. Samsung will release its own smart speaker in the first half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report. Unsurprisingly, it will repor...



Amazon will start selling Apple TV and Chromecast again

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:01:00 -0500

(image) Amazon pulled Apple TV and Chromecast from its retail lineup back in 2015, ostensibly because neither device offered easy access to Prime Video. Now that Amazon Prime Video is finally an app on Apple TV, it appears as if Amazon is bringing Apple TV a...



Snapchat's Lens Studio helps create your own AR effects

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:51:00 -0500

(image) As fun as Snapchat's augmented reality World Lenses can be, there are only so many times you can see a headphone-toting hot dog before you crave something new. Wouldn't it be nice if you could make your own? Well, you can: Snap has unveiled a Lens...



Nintendo is really excited about the Switch's detachable gamepads

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:30:00 -0500

(image) Nintendo has always believed in the power of local multiplayer games. The company built a business creating digital experiences that are best when shared by people sitting in the same room, on the same couch -- not simply connected via headphones and...



Netflix, Google and others voice frustration with net neutrality vote

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:25:00 -0500

(image) Today, with a three to two vote, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections put in place in 2015. While Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel made it very clear how much they disagreed with the move in their dissents, others are also voicing...



Bitcoin is failing as a currency

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:11:00 -0500

(image) It's been a good year for bitcoin investors but a terrible one for those who hoped that the cryptocurrency would become the de facto tender for the internet. Satoshi Nakamoto, its creator, may be dismayed at what has become of the project, intended a...



The next Xbox voice chat app will work on your phone

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:41:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft introduced a new beta of the Xbox phone app today, which appears to include the testing of party chat on your mobile device. Presumably, this will allow you to chat with your Xbox party on your phone, similar to the way the Nintendo Switch...



Net neutrality is dead: What happens now?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:20:00 -0500

(image) The FCC repealed Title II net neutrality regulations this morning, making it legal for internet service providers to fracture the internet and charge more for the leftover pieces. We've covered the technical details of Title II and Title I, discussed...



The FCC has repealed net neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:12:00 -0500

(image) During today's open meeting, the FCC's proposal to repeal net neutrality protections put in place in 2015 was put to a vote and it passed, three votes to two. As was widely expected, the three Republican members -- Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissio...



FCC net neutrality vote halted due to security concerns (updated)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:54:00 -0500

(image) As FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was in the middle of giving his comment on the net neutrality proposal, someone handed him a note. He quickly said that on advice of security, the Commission needed to take a break. The feed was then cut off. Politico kept it...



Soundcloud’s redesigned app puts the focus on music discovery

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:49:00 -0500

(image) Today, Soundcloud launched a redesigned app that puts an emphasis on discoverability. It takes a page from Spotify, with a new home screen that has curated recommendations and personalized playlists to help listeners find their new favorite Soundclou...



The best movies and music to give as gifts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500

(image) Not everything in our holiday gift guide is a gadget, per se. We know that media, including physical media, make good gifts, so made sure to include a few DVDs, plus some manga and a vinyl record, to boot. Depending on your loved one's taste, you'll...



'Grand Theft Auto' publisher Take-Two opens an indie label

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:21:00 -0500

(image) Take-Two is the latest major games publisher to open up an indie label. From the sounds of it, Private Division will operate like a smaller scale version of Take-Two itself, giving developers leeway to work on things at their own pace and not worry a...



Vodafone customers given second chance to ditch contracts scot-free

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:10:00 -0500

(image) Some Vodafone customers are being given a second chance to ditch their mobile contracts without incurring any nasty early exit penalties, after the provider changed the way roaming fees work earlier this year. Ahead of roaming charges being abolished...



Google adds more tools to help you find travel deals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Here's the thing about vacations: they're fun, but they can also be stressful when you start thinking about how much they'll cost you. Google is trying to take a bit of that stress away by launching a handful of features that can make your trips more...