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05/24/2016 09:05 AM
Microsoft's news bot finds stories based on your interests
Bots are all the rage these days, and to help you keep pace with news stories that interest you, Microsoft has one named Rowe. Inside the News Pro app from Microsoft Garage, Rowe goes to work gathering those articles that you'll want to read when you...
05/24/2016 08:41 AM
LG's 2016 OLED 4K TV lineup is still expensive, starts at $3,999
For the past few years, LG's OLED TV lineup has been the pinnacle of TV quality, with deep black levels, insanely bright colors and none of the motion blurring issues that LED/LCD TVs have. But they've also been far to expensive for most consumers. I...
05/24/2016 08:22 AM
Pepper the robot gets a job at Pizza Hut
SoftBank's Pepper robot has been gainfully employed in the past, but it's apparently ready for a new career in the food industry. Pizza Hut Asia is partnering with MasterCard on a trial that will use Pepper for orders and information in restaurants b...
05/24/2016 08:00 AM
Twitter drops media and @name replies from 140-character limit
Well, that was quick. A week after Bloomberg reported that Twitter was getting ready to relax its rules for what counts against your 140-character limit, the company is confirming the move today. Soon, photos and video won't be included in that tally...
05/24/2016 08:00 AM
Pebble's new smartwatches focus on fitness
Way before there was Android Wear or the Apple Watch, there was Pebble. It was arguably one of the more successful smartwatches on the market, raising a whopping $10 million on Kickstarter with its simple e-ink design. It's faced quite a few challeng...
05/24/2016 08:00 AM
Pebble's first non-watch is basically a next-gen iPod Shuffle
One of Pebble's big goals for 2016 was to focus its efforts on health and fitness. It updated its Health app to provide more meaningful stats and, just today, it announced two new smartwatches with built-in heart rate monitors. But that wasn't quite...
05/24/2016 07:39 AM
Facebook Live will broadcast a Spanish soccer game
Facebook's ability to broadcast live video makes it great for breaking news, but perhaps its eventual aim is to become an entertainment destination in its own right. The Spanish football league has announced that it'll use the service to broadcast a...
05/24/2016 07:15 AM
ICYMI: Smart coats, robot whiskers and vaporizing lasers
Today on In Case You Missed It: Google and Levi's team up to make a smart Canadian Tuxedo jacket, the University of Bristol teaches a whiskered robot to react to stimuli and Stanford's Linear Accelerator fries water droplets with an X-ray laser, bec...
05/24/2016 07:00 AM
'Battlecast' turns 'Skylanders' into a collectible card game
Activision Blizzard has seen a ton of success with two franchises in recent years: Skylanders, which kicked off the toys-to-life craze, and Hearthstone, which made collectible card games (CCG) accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Now, it...
05/24/2016 07:00 AM
Hyperloop pods will be coated in Vibranium. No, really
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced a new technology that's going to raise the hackles of Marvel's lawyers. The company, in collaboration with Slovakian materials firm c2i, has created a carbon fiber composite that'll cover the inside...
05/24/2016 07:00 AM
Otterbox's new case lets you use accessories without removing it
Ah yes, phone cases. A necessary purchase if you're accident prone or tend to drop your handset on the regular. Unfortunately, adding that accessory usually makes for a headaches whenever you try to use another mobile add-on like a thermal camera or...
05/24/2016 06:48 AM
Google's Paris HQ raided by French tax authorities
French authorities have raided Google's Paris headquarters as part of an ongoing investigation into the company's tax affairs in the country. In February, reports claimed the government believed Google owed 1.6-billion Euros ($1.2-billion) in back ta...
05/24/2016 06:28 AM
Ransomware hackers get their money, then ask for more
Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita is the latest to be targeted by ransomware hackers, local news channel KWCH 12 reports. Unlike other recent attacks, however, the Wichita attackers never made good on their end of the deal. Instead of restoring access...
05/24/2016 06:10 AM
Phones4u execs' new venture offers loans for phones
After Phones4u lost its remaining carrier partners in quick succession a couple of years ago, the contract reseller had no choice but to go into administration. The folding of the company couldn't have come at a worst time for a few unlucky customers...
05/24/2016 05:00 AM
Molekule's air filter aims to purify your home with light
A startup believes its purifying technique can outperform traditional HEPA filtration across the board. Molekule's eponymous air purifier uses a process called photoelectrochemical oxidation (PECO) to remove not only pollutants and allergens (i.e. pu...
05/24/2016 03:01 AM
Story of NASA's black female mathematicians gets made into a movie
Katherine Johnson received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her contribution to America's Space Race, and soon more people will know what she did to deserve it. An upcoming book and movie both entitled Hidden Figures tell the story of NASA...
05/24/2016 01:39 AM
Facebook finds 'no evidence' of political bias in Trending Topics
Earlier this month, the Senate Commerce Committee launched an official inquiry into the methods and policies of Facebook's Trending Topics team. After meeting with conservative leaders and conducting their own internal investigation, Facebook is read...
05/24/2016 01:01 AM
UE's updated Roll speaker brings a volume and range boost
Ultimate Ears overhauled its entry-level speaker around this time last year, reintroducing it as the UE Roll. This leveled the playing field for its trio of Bluetooth speakers, giving them all improved internals, Bluetooth 4.0 and app compatibility....
05/24/2016 12:00 AM
Olympus joins the action camera race with its Stylus TG-Tracker
Until today, the closest thing to an action camera that Olympus has had is its ruggedized line of point-and-shoots. But that's about to change. Today, the company introduced the Stylus TG-Tracker, a member of the Tough series, which comes with a 204-...
05/23/2016 11:27 PM
Vizio's cheaper tablet-controlled 4K TVs start rolling out
If you want Vizio's 4K TV with SmartCast 6-inch Android remote, Ultra HD with Dolby Vision HDR and Google Cast receiving but you're not ready to pony up for a high-end P-Series set, a cheaper version is now available. Vizio announced the refreshed-fo...
05/23/2016 10:18 PM
New, thinner Macbook Pros will reportedly have an OLED touch bar
Barring a big change to the trackpad, Apple's high-powered MacBook Pro models haven't seen many major differences in recent years. That may be until now. According to 9to5Mac, which is citing both Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and its own sources, the n...
05/23/2016 09:57 PM
'Ori and the Blind Forest' finally makes its way to retail
What began on Xbox One as a digital title, then a definitive edition on the same console, followed by one on PC is finally making its way to bricks and mortar stores. On June 14th, you'll be able to walk into your favorite fine purveyor of video game...
05/23/2016 09:42 PM
DJI drones can start streaming live aerial videos on Facebook
DJI has updated its Go app to add a feature it promised in April: the capability to stream videos over Facebook Live using compatible drones, including the latest Phantom and Inspire. Sure, you can already stream aerial footage of sprawling landscape...
05/23/2016 09:25 PM
Watch the most powerful x-ray laser zap droplets of water
Scientists at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory wanted to better understand explosions caused by x-rays, and we got a cool short movie out of their efforts. They filmed droplets and jets of water being vaporized by the lab's...
05/23/2016 08:51 PM
Facebook auto-translates 200 million lines of text every day
Facebook reaches more than 1.6 billion users in every corner of the Earth. Making sure everybody understands one another, at least at the linguistic level, has fallen to the company's machine learning algorithms. According to Alan Packer, Facebook's...