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Byton teases its second “experience-driven” vehicle

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:31
Byton wowed us at CES back in January with its first autonomous EV concept car, a smart SUV built for passenger comfort. At the Beijing Motor Show, the company teased its second vehicle concept, an electric sedan slated to go into series production i...

Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:07
Insta360's more affordable 8K VR camera was made available for pre-orders in 2017, with a major software update in December of that same year that kicked the high-end 360-degree camera's image processing up a notch. The camera got a stamp of approval...

Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:00
You didn't think Twitch would offer streamer extensions without finding a way to generate money from them, did you? Sure enough, the customization feature now accepts Bits (the microtransactions you normally use to tip streamers) for on-page games a...

Despite bigger ambitions, Google is still an ad business

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:40
As we already know, Google's parent company Alphabet makes the bulk of its money from ads. We also learned in quarters past that revenue from its non-Google projects, which it calls "Other Bets," have been growing at a slow, steady rate. From the com...

Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:20
Last month, Atlanta's city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city's Department of...

Samsung Pay finally works with your PayPal Wallet

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:03
Samsung Pay support for PayPal was unveiled back in July of last year with promises that it would be ready "soon," but that clearly didn't happen -- you've had to use your regular payment cards in the months since. Whatever prompted the wait, it's re...

Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept is a planetarium for passengers

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:45
While drivers experience most of the stress of a drive, it's important to remember that passengers are also prone to anxiety. After a long day at work (or fighting Twitter trolls) it can be tough to unwind even when you're being chauffeured home. Vol...

Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:24
With eight feature releases and a couple of short films, the Fast and Furious franchise has worked its way into the public consciousness. When you think about it, though, while the films are rated PG-13, the core concept is pretty kid-friendly: fast...

Samsung could use AR Emoji as stand-ins during video chats

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:52
Samsung's AR Emoji may be useful for considerably more than the occasional funny reaction GIF. The tech giant recently received a US patent for a "hybrid visual communication" system that would replace live video of a person with an augmented realit...

A VR film forced me to confront my fear of the sea

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:30
The first time I realized I was terrified of whales, I was surprised. I had been scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of a boat adrift in the ocean with the gigantic shadow of a whale below it. The hairs on the back of my neck stood, and I w...

The first major 'PUBG' tournament takes place in Berlin this summer

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:08
Player Unknown Battlegrounds, aka PUBG, has been pushing its way to the eSports realm for quite some time now. While it has moved beyond the straight-up battle royale genre it popularized with new gameplay like War Mode, it's the behind the scenes te...

CBS All Access and its exclusive shows are now available in Canada

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:47
CBS' subscription on-demand streaming service is now available in Canada. It's the first launch of CBS All Access outside of the US and it will give Canadian residents access to new episodes of current shows seven days after they air, past seasons of...

Uber drivers will no longer see exact location history for riders

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:31
Uber has been improving both driver and passenger safety with new features -- or, in its latest move, by modifying existing settings. As part of a new pilot program, the company will soon start obscuring the log of rider pickup and drop-off locations...

Johns Hopkins performs the first total penis and scrotum transplant

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:11
The first US penis transplant was successfully performed in 2016. Last year, a uterus transplant recipient gave birth for the first time in the US, too. Now, doctors at Johns Hopkins University have successfully transplanted an entire penis and scrot...

EU launches anti-trust investigation into Apple’s purchase of Shazam

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:47
Late last year, Apple announced that it would be acquiring Shazam. Due to the size of the deal, Apple didn't have to get clearance from the European Commission (EC) itself, as it would have had to do if the proposed acquisition had been larger. But i...

Court blocks Trump's delay of fuel efficiency penalties

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:27
The Trump administration's efforts to undo car efficiency guidelines just hit a major obstacle. A federal court has blocked a White House attempt to delay the implementation of a rule toughening penalties for automakers that don't meet national fuel...

Why is a celebrity personal finance guru suing Facebook?

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:00
Martin Lewis is a British journalist, TV presenter and Ralph Nader-esque campaigner who has announced that he will sue Facebook for defamation. The consumer champion has seen his face co-opted by nefarious types who use his name (and brand) to sell c...

Deezer now creates weekly playlists based on your listening habits

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:48
Not to be left behind by the competition, Deezer is tweaking its Flow feature. The app's latest update augments the automatically curated playlist tool to include tracks from artists related to what you're listening to. More than that, the patch give...

Google Assistant's routines are an easy way to automate your home

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:30
Since Amazon's Echo arrived in late 2014, voice assistants have become increasingly important in making sense of the disparate smart home devices like speakers, light bulbs, thermostats, security cameras and more. But in the last few months, Alexa an...

Facebook explains what advertisers know about you

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:19
Facebook is still facing heat over its privacy controls in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and it's trying to reassure users that their personal info isn't on the open market. The social network has posted a detailed Q&A explaining...

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