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as nice as google's project fi service is for the data-hungry crowd, it's not so hot for voice -- switching to fi frequently means giving up pristine-sounding lte voice calls with some of your friends. you might not have to make that sacrifice for m...
twitter is no stranger to livestreaming sports, but it still has opportunities to break new ground. the social network is teaming up with showtime to stream its first-ever boxing match. tune in to twitter on desktop or mobile tonight (february 18th...
here's a huge one for the ever-growing pile of lawsuits filed by and against airbnb. apartment investment & management co. (aimco) has sued the rental service for "helping tenants breach their leases," according to the wall street journal. denver...
spacex is still relentlessly gunning for mars, but the company has admitted that the current plans for its first unmanned flight might be a tad too ambitious. spacex president gwynne shotwell has revealed that its robotic martian lander called red dr...
letter from the editor we live in a time when what previously would have been surreal is now reality. and i'm not even referring to the fact that our president fails to see the need to secure his smartphone, nor that the new head of the environmenta...
as a part of amazon's ongoing quest to make alexa and its echo devices deeply embedded within our lives, this week it added support for microsoft calendar accounts. if your account ends in outlock.com, live.com or hotmail.com, then it should be acces...
at 10:01 am et on february 18th, a spacex flight will take off from launch complex 39a for the first time since the company signed a 20-year lease for its use. the company will also attempt another first stage landing around 9 minutes after take off....
gm and lyft announced their self-driving joint venture over a year ago, and now reuters is hearing 2018 could be a big year for the effort. while a clear set of nationwide rules on autonomous cars could probably help solidify any plans, the outlet cl...
microsoft bought livestreaming service beam last august to fold its advanced viewer interactions with its gaming services on windows 10 and xbox. they finally opened testing up to select users at the end of january, but today, they're taking the next...
my friend cayla is a smiling, blonde doll that can answer questions and play games by pairing with a smart device. she might also be spying on you.
we are marching toward certain doom at the hands of an angry skynet of our own invention. need proof? this week a school was attacked by its own soft drink vending machines. you read that right.
in wyoming, where the state produces about 40 percent of america's coal, a new supercomputer named cheyenne has just come online to join in the fight against climate change. according to the associated press, the $30 million cheyenne is 20th fastest...
richard hendricks, the hapless-yet-brilliant lead of hbo's silicon valley, is back. and once again, he has some big ideas percolating, judging from the show's first teaser trailer. but his path to glory will likely be littered with plenty of setbacks...
on friday, the us senate voted 52–48 to confirm scott pruitt as the 14th administrator of the environmental protection agency. his nomination and subsequent confirmation surprised many political pundits, given that the former oklahoma attorney...
president donald trump's election win was shocking to many, which seems to say that americans understand each other less than ever. part of this disconnect may be a lack of exposure to opposing viewpoints. that's what buzzfeed seems to think, and it'...
the civic-planning simulator cities: skylines is making the jump to consoles soon, long after microsoft teased a port back in august 2015. at an undisclosed date this spring, xbox one owners will get their own edition of the game, which comes bundled...
as the most technologically advanced production cars on the road, tesla's vehicles collect a lot of potentially useful data. unfortunately for tesla's diehard fanclub of early adopters, the company's in-house app doesn't offer a simple way to get at...
rejoice, nintendo fans! your eshop purchases on the switch will be tied to your account and not the hardware, according to a new unboxing video.
immediately after his inauguration, president trump got to work on his long-anticipated plan to gut the environmental protection agency. his administration wants to review all research coming out of it on a "case by case" basis and placed a gag order...
motorola has been encouraging enterprising hardware hackers to create mods at contests around the globe for the moto z smartphone, though so far results have been somewhat limited. the latest mod to make its way to an indiegogo project is the linc ra...
with reports that president donald trump is still relying on his old, unsecured galaxy s3, even as he's one of the most visible hacking targets in the world, congressman ted lieu (d-ca) has proposed a house investigation into the new administration's...
in a push to make travel easier, tourists on e-visas will now be greeted with sim cards in india. the move will allow visitors to connect with locals on arrival without having to wait for hours to get their phones activated. they will also be able to...
as part of its 2017 all-star weekend festivities, the nba is launching a virtual reality app for google's daydream platform. the main piece of nba vr is a new series called house of legends, which the league created in partnership with digital domain...
after successfully extracting sequenceable dna from a pair of woolly mammoth carcasses pulled from siberia's permafrost in 2014, a team of harvard researchers announced on thursday that they are tantalizing close to cloning the (currently) extinct pa...
xbox one owners who don't have many indie games can now fill that hole on the cheap. for the next few weeks, video game developer curve digital has partnered with microsoft to offer the instant indie hits bundle for $20.
it's no secret that the fbi has been investigating russia's alleged bid to influence us elections through hacking, but it's now clear just how deep that investigation goes. reuters tipsters understand that there are "at least" three fbi probes into t...
the first collaboration between jj abrams and stephen king on an original hulu series (11.22.63) clearly went well, as the two are coming back for another round. abrams' bad robot studio has teased castle rock, another hulu show based on king's writ...

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tag heuer has dropped a few hints about its plans for a successor to the connected, but the biggest news may be what it isn't mentioning. android central sources claim that tag is working on the connected modular, a "fully customizable" android wear...
the second robot tokyo electric power company (tepco) sent into fukushima's unit 2 reactor also failed to finish its mission. earlier this month, the cameras of the first "scorpion" robot that ventured into the reactor malfunctioned after two hours d...
orlando magic player aaron gordon took things to a whole new level in tonight's nba slam dunk contest, one of the main events during the league's all-star weekend. the 21-year-old worked with intel on a drone to use an assist prop for his first dunk...
batman's got plenty of wonderful toys bearing his name, from his trusty batarangs to his super batcomputer. however, none are more famous than the batmobile. and, while diehard fans might be a little down on the design of the latest version as seen i...
shia labeouf's anti-trump livestreaming art piece in new york city was ignominiously shut down just a few weeks into its planned 4-year run, but it's getting a revival... albeit nowhere near its original home. labeouf and his artist partners have re...
fans attending formula e's buenos aires eprix got a nice treat: the first 'race' between self-driving cars on a professional track, courtesy of a test from roborace. only... it didn't quite go according to plan. roborace's two test vehicles (known...
smart home speakers like the echo and google home can tell you the weather, play music and look up stuff for you. however, they stop short of attaching a face to those actions, and certainly don't have any sense of sartorial style. mattel's latest cr...
after a last-moment delay, spacex has put nasa's legendary launch complex 39a back into action. the company successfully launched a falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the apollo 11 mission) sunday morning, and topped it off by lan...
when ben began his nintendo 64 build, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. in this episode, he shrinks down the size of the controller, embeds the ram expansion and begins to construct the case with design cues from the nintendo switch. to embed t...
by liam mccabe this post was done in partnership with the sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. when readers choose to buy the sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. rea...
it was a big week for claiming victories (even if you didn't really win). just look at trump's crowing about how his administration is operating like a "well-oiled machine" (it's not). similarly, mcdonald's generated huge public interest in its new s...
the cute spherical bb-8 was one of the many highlights of star wars: the force awakens, and spin master's near life-size replica of him was one of our favorite things about last year's toy fair. unfortunately, 2016 came and went without seeing the ad...
how would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will likely lead to many people losing their jobs? for microsoft co-founder bill gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. in an interview with quartz, gates argues that t...
after a last-moment delay, spacex has put nasa's legendary launch complex 39a back into action. the company successfully launched a falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the apollo 11 mission) sunday morning, and topped it off by land...
shia labeouf's anti-trump livestreaming art piece in new york city was ignominiously shut down just a few weeks into its planned 4-year run, but it's getting a revival... albeit nowhere near its original home. labeouf and his artist partners have rel...
the event horizon telescope (eht) is finally ready to take a picture of sagittarius a*. from april 5th to 14th this year, the virtual telescope that's been in the making for the past two decades will peer into the supermassive black hole in the cente...

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those rumors of apple exploring facial recognition for sign-ins might just have some merit. calcalist reports that apple has acquired realface, an israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology. the terms of the dea...
who knew that finding hidden continents was a trend? researchers now say they've confirmed the existence of zealandia, a giant land mass (roughly two thirds the size of australia) hiding in the pacific ocean -- as you might guess, new zealand is its...
when walmart ditched its amazon prime-style subscriptions and offered free two-day shipping for all orders over $35, it was a shot across the bow -- we might not compete directly, but we can still undercut you. well, amazon is responding in kind. j...
the counter-strike community has faced numerous challenges in the years since launch, ranging from cheating to gambling, but there's one more to add to the pile: a flood of chat bots. at least one intruder is taking advantage of a counter-strike: gl...

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just because you want to color your hair doesn't mean you want the same color all the time. wouldn't it be nice if it could change with the weather, or whether or not you're inside? you might get your wish. the unseen has developed a color-changin...
a former engineer at uber wrote that she was sexually harassed and that her complaints were ignored by the human resources department, despite other harassment reports against the same manager. furthermore, she says she was threatened with firing for...
there's something about aloy. i can't quite put my finger on it, but there's an enchanting kind of magic in the way she shoots a bow, speaks her mind and sprints across vast valleys littered with monstrous metal beasts. aloy is powerful and loyal, an...
following reports from earlier this month, today xiaomi confirmed on weibo that it will be announcing its very own mobile chipset, named after its subsidiary "pinecone," in beijing on february 28th. little else is mentioned, but rumors going as far b...
the uk government has drawn up a 'voluntary code of practice' designed to demote search results for copyright-infringing websites. the new guidelines, which come into effect immediately, have been signed by google, bing, the motion picture associatio...
welcome to the week. the pacific ocean might be hiding a whole other continent, bill gates wants to tax the robots, and some other robots crash in the midst of a road race. a pretty thrilling monday morning, we'd say.
planet earth ii has only just started airing in north america, but already the bbc is working on its next big-budget nature doc. blue planet ii, a successor to the original blue planet series from 2001, will be broadcast in the uk later this year (a...

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imagine a pill that knew if you were ill enough to need drugs, and wouldn't release chemicals if it thought you didn't need it. that's the breakthrough that's been made at eindhoven university in the netherlands by a team of researchers ld by maarten...
scientists know that the first signs of autism can appear in early childhood, but reliably predicting that at very young ages is difficult. a behavior questionnaire is a crapshoot at 12 months. however, artificial intelligence might just be the key...
in 2015, harris poll ranked samsung third in its us reputation quotient report, ahead of apple, and rated it number seven last year. thanks to the recall and eventual withdrawal of its exploding galaxy note 7 smartphone and arrest of ceo-in-waiting l...
snapchat's video and photo-capturing spectacles are no longer restricted to those who can hunt down its colorful vending machines. from today, you can also buy them online. or rather, you can if you live in the us. head to the spectacles website and...
climate change is such an urgent issue that despite problems with radioactive waste, nuclear power is once again viable until renewable solutions like solar and wind are more widely adopted. the ocean is a good source of uranium fuel, but it exists i...
planet earth ii has only just started airing in north america, but already the bbc is working on its next big-budget nature doc. blue planet ii, a successor to the original blue planet series from 2001, will be broadcast in the uk later this year (a...

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a former engineer at uber wrote that she was sexually harassed and that her complaints were ignored by the human resources department, despite other harassment reports against the same manager. furthermore, she says she was threatened with firing for...
there's something about aloy. i can't quite put my finger on it, but there's an enchanting kind of magic in the way she shoots a bow, speaks her mind and sprints across vast valleys littered with monstrous metal beasts. aloy is powerful and loyal, an...
just because you want to color your hair doesn't mean you want the same color all the time. wouldn't it be nice if it could change with the weather, or whether or not you're inside? you might get your wish. the unseen has developed a color-changing h...
when walmart ditched its amazon prime-style subscriptions and offered free two-day shipping for all orders over $35, it was a shot across the bow -- we might not compete directly, but we can still undercut you. well, amazon is responding in kind. jus...
after a last-moment delay, spacex has put nasa's legendary launch complex 39a back into action. the company successfully launched a falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the apollo 11 mission) sunday morning, and topped it off by land...
fans attending formula e's buenos aires eprix got a nice treat: the first 'race' between self-driving cars on a professional track, courtesy of a test from roborace. only... it didn't quite go according to plan. roborace's two test vehicles (known as...
hot wheels is best known for its extensive line of die-cast model cars, as well as some racing video games for younger kids. however, at this year's toy fair the brand is aiming to combine the best of both in its new tango augmented reality game. tra...
now that google's daydream view is giving gear vr a run for its money, how is samsung going to respond? by implementing one of daydream's best features, of course. both an fcc filing and an apparent scoop from roland quandt indicate that this year'...
here's a new one. space particles from the sun and even distant black holes are affecting microelectronic devices more than ever, according to a recent study from vanderbilt university. chip manufacturers are packing in more transistors, increasing t...
it's tempting to treat ibm's watson as a cure-all: just throw some cognitive computing at the problem and you'll make everything better. that can only happen if it's well-implemented, however, and we've just seen what happens when things go awry. the...
you won't have to choose between following the oscars this sunday and catching up on your favorite hbo show. the network just announced that it will stream the next episodes of girls, big little lies and crashing on hbo now/go two days early on frida...
while the in-game carnival continues, final fantasy xv's latest patch upgrades the graphical options for ps4 pro owners. while the game launched with a 4k (and hdr) capable version for pro consoles, the team didn't have time to repurpose the power fo...
scientists know that the first signs of autism can appear in early childhood, but reliably predicting that at very young ages is difficult. a behavior questionnaire is a crapshoot at 12 months. however, artificial intelligence might just be the key t...
hyundai has been dragging its feet. hybrid technology has been on the road for over a decade and the korean automaker is only now catching up with its new ioniq brand. but, instead of just dropping a single car into the market and waiting to see what...
last week, snowman -- developer of beloved snowboarding game alto's adventure -- announced that its next game, where cards fall, would be out this fall. however, we're going to get another game from the studio before that. alto's odyssey, the sequel...
if you've been hoping for a cheaper, smaller hololens to come out soon, you might be disappointed. microsoft-focused news site thurrott reports that the company is eschewing a more incremental follow-up device in favor of something with significant u...
teddy ruxpin may be one of the iconic toys of the eighties but, let's face it, he was in need of a little update. after all, kids are used to looking at screens and a lot of them don't even know what a cassette tape is. wicked cool's new teddy gets a...
facebook is continuing its bid to bring a dash of snapchat to all its apps. in a confirmation of rumors from the fall, whatsapp has overhauled its status feature with an option to share photos and videos much like you would in snapchat stories. muc...
house representatives are making good on their plans to implement clearer cellphone surveillance laws. a bipartisan group (led by house oversight committee chair jason chaffetz) has put forward two bills that would keep the use of stingrays and othe...
wikileaks founder julian assange is taking time out from hiding in the ecuadorian embassy in london to sing the praises of fake news. he appeared via satellite at a q&a in sydney, australia this weekend, where he defended his organization and pai...
just a couple of months after announcing a book deal for milo yiannopolous -- an internet figure most well-known for being banned from twitter due to harassment focused on actress leslie jones -- simon & shuster has apparently had second thoughts...
good news: a private company has developed a manned hoverbike you may well fly one day. only... you might not want to. startup company hoversurf is teasing the scorpion-3, an electric quadcopter bike that offers both automated and manual control....
many people have fond memories of using the game boy camera, but to call its low-resolution black-and-white shots "photos" would be... generous. don't tell that to roland meertens, though. he recently devised a neural network that turns game boy ca...
as of now, the only way to tell how something smells is to actually take a sniff. that is to say, there's no observable, scientific measure we know of that can predict how we'll perceive a specific odor. in comparison, things are a little more cut an...
japanese website macotakara reports that apple's upcoming march event will see the release of a new line of ipad pros as well as 128gb iphone se and a new bright red color choice for the iphone 7 and 7 plus. the company is expected to unveil ipad pro...
the classic game of simon is a test of memory and reflexes. how long a sequence can you remember, and how fast can you repeat it? the new optix headset turns it into a test of stamina as well: how long can you stand having flashing lights directly in...
hyundai has been dragging its feet. hybrid technology has been on the road for over a decade and the korean automaker is only now catching up with its own dedicated ioniq brand (a hybrid sonata has been available for a while). but, instead of just dr...
we're a little over a week away from nintendo releasing its next console, the switch, and the company is prepping the launchpad. if you want to secure your nintendo account user id for the system, now's the time to do so. apparently this replaces the...
a former uber engineer's blog post that blew up online did more than just shame the company into finally investigating her long-ignored sexual harassment allegations. it has also forced the ride-sharing service to take a look at its diversity numbers...
the developer behind hit indie game rogue legacy has a new title coming in 2017: full metal furies. the teaser trailer shows off a brawler with a retro aesthetic, four unique classes of female protagonists, and a serious sense of humor.
alan stern and his fellow new horizons scientists really want pluto to become a full-fledged planet again. the principal investigator of nasa's mission to pluto, along with a few members of his team, want to change the definition of planets. accordin...
it looks like sonos is about to release a new home entertainment speaker system, judging by a deleted b&h listing (via article on zatz not funny), a tweet and an fcc listing. reportedly called the playbase, it appears to be a flat soundbar that,...
even though samsung has established a cause for those galaxy note 7 flare-ups, the device's story is not over. korean outlet hankyung reports that the company will sell the "refurbished" phones, but with smaller, less-explodey batteries inside. it do...
the latest iteration of amazon's fire tv stick, first launched in the us last october, is finally uk-bound. while the little streaming dongle still won't admit 4k is a thing, it boasts a quad-core processor that amazon says makes it 30 percent faster...
just because true 5g wireless is edging closer doesn't mean that 4g's peak speeds can't improve in the meantime. qualcomm has unveiled a new lte modem, the snapdragon x20, that promises 1.2gbps download speeds on mobile devices. that's 20 percent f...
the latest version of soundwall comes with a couple of extra features that make it even more interactive. you can think of a soundwall either as an aluminum artwork that plays music or a flat-planel speaker disguised as a painting. its new iteration...
welcome to tuesday. if you thought the galaxy note 7 saga was over -- we wish it was -- you'd be wrong. samsung might bring refurbished devices back. kind of. we also toured the new york toy fair for its high-tech toys and games, and fell in love wi...
samsung will exhibit four new augmented and virtual reality projects out of the c-lab program at this year's mobile world congress in barcelona. c-lab or creative lab is the chaebol's in-house initiative that gives employees time off to work on their...
we're a little over a week away from nintendo releasing its next console, the switch, and the company is prepping the launchpad. if you want to secure your nintendo account user id for the system, now's the time to do so. apparently, this replaces th...
we've all labored over an etch a sketch at some point in our lives, painstakingly turning the two knobs to create a single-line black drawing on the gray screen. it's a classic toy that hasn't changed much over its sixty years of existence, because i...