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Nissan's Rogue is its first US car with semi-autonomous driving

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:02:00 -0400

(image) You won't have to wait long to try Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist on American streets. The automotive giant has announced that the 2018 Rogue crossover will be the first car in the US to have the feature as an option. Not surprisingly, it...

Samsung's phone-as-desktop concept now runs Linux

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:09:00 -0400

(image) Samsung's DeX is a clever way to turn your phone into a desktop computer. However, there's one overriding problem: you probably don't have a good reason to use it instead of a PC. And Samsung is trying to fix that. It's unveiling Linux on Galaxy,...

Google Doodle honors the first modern recording studio

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:16:00 -0400

(image) Google is celebrating the 66th anniversary of what's considered the first modern recording studio with a Doodle. Back in 1951, a group of composers founded the Studio for Electronic Music as part of the West German Broadcasting radio. It was ran by a...

'Mythbusters' reboot comes to Science Channel on November 15th

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:14:00 -0400

(image) What do you do when your highly-successful reality show goes out with a bang? If you're Discovery-owned Science Channel, you quickly reboot it and find new hosts to replace the iconic ones. If you're a fan of the original and willing to give the new...

Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:54:00 -0400

(image) Nintendo's convertible Switch console has a new software update available, and owners will likely want to grab version 4.0.0 of its OS right away. Finally, Switch owners can transfer their saved games and user profiles to another system and in "selec...

‘Lawbreakers’ adds new content despite few players

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:51:00 -0400

(image) Despite a player count that's bottomed out at ten people in the last week, Lawbreakers is forging ahead with a content release that includes two new maps and the launch of competitive mode, Boss League. The number of players has been reliably under a...

Snapchat's dumb dancing hotdog is now an $80 Halloween costume

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:06:00 -0400

(image) As of today, Snapchat sells three physical products: Spectacles, a charging case for the Spectacles, and a Halloween costume based on its dancing hotdog filter. The company confirmed to Engadget that, yes, it IS officially hawking the getup. So if yo...

GM may bring its self-driving Cruise program to Uber

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:35:00 -0400

(image) Remember how GM's autonomous vehicles division Cruise was planning to work with Lyft? The two companies hoped to put 300 more self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road next year. The fleet was supposed to start testing within the next year, and GM was alr...

CNN gets the first FAA waiver to fly drones over crowds

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

(image) The FAA finally passed a set of rules for commercial drone aviators back in August 2016, which included a formal restriction from flying over crowds of people. Given how valuable aerial footage from UAVs is, that's been a difficult regulation for new...

Sony to publish indie games on Nintendo Switch and PC

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:33:00 -0400

(image) The console wars are not over, but there are some signs that collaboration may yet win out. While Sony continues to opt out of the "Better Together" Minecraft initiative to bring cross-platform play to all platforms, it looks to be making games for n...

Toyota applies long range fuel cell tech to its latest minivan concept

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:13:00 -0400

(image) Toyota's next concept car, which it's debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, isn't yet another electric vehicle. The 'Fine-Comfort Ride' runs on hydrogen fuel cells (remember those?) with an intended range of 1,000 km (620 miles) per charge, and...

Facebook's discovery-minded Explore Feed comes to your desktop

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:52:00 -0400

(image) For a while, Facebook has offered an Explore Feed on mobile devices to help you discover stories beyond the friends and pages you already follow. Now, it's ready to bring that experience to your PC: Facebook has confirmed that it's officially rollin...

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 to Earth. It's expected to re-enter the atmosphere in a few months, whereupon a majo...

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...