Tech News from Around the Globe

Teenage Engineering's OP-Z synth finally goes on sale in October

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 2:22pm
We got our first look at Teenage Engineering's next synthesizer in early 2017, and now the company is gearing up to finally ship the portable instrument/control center. The OP-Z is set to go on sale next month, but the company didn't include pricing...

Facebook’s 'War Room' is its latest effort to protect elections

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 2:01pm
Facebook has more than 300 people working on protecting elections from misinformation aimed at influencing voters. But starting next week, the company will have one more weapon in its arsenal -- a War Room. The New York Times reports that Facebook is...

Amazon shopping test recommends products based on your likes

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:51pm
Online stores have a common problem: you usually get recommendations based solely on what you've already seen or bought, which isn't much good if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Amazon is testing a solution that might eliminate that i...

Bose Sleepbuds review: Helpful but needs improvement

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:30pm
Bose, which is well-known for its quality (and pricey) audio equipment, went an interesting route with its latest piece of hardware. Two years ago, the company took to Indiegogo to gauge interest in a pair of noise-masking sleep earbuds. Essentially,...

'Red Dead Online' arrives this November

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:27pm
If you're preparing to strap on your cowboy boots and venture into the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 when the sequel hits consoles at the end of next month, you'll have to wait a little longer to play the game's online mode. Rockstar Games said that...

Newegg fell victim to month-long card skimming hack

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:17pm
It's not just British companies succumbing to large-scale payment data breaches in recent weeks. RiskIQ and Volexity have discovered that hackers inserted Magecart card skimming code into Newegg's payment page between August 14th and September 18th,...

Programmable 'skins' turn any household object into a robot

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:00pm
When you think of a robot, a certain image probably comes to mind. Maybe it's on wheels, maybe it's a dog, but it's probably a sizeable electronic machine built specifically for a purpose. But what if you could create a flexible robot that could have...

Lyft Concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:43pm
Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear...

Newegg data breach exposed customer credit card info, says report - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:25pm
The popular online retailer is the latest victim of hacking group Magecart, a security firm says.

Telegram's move to Swift on iOS promises a more battery-friendly app

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:21pm
Since January, Telegram has operated two versions of its messaging app on Android and iOS: the original and an experimental one called Telegram X. The app was rewritten from scratch for X; it's built on Apple's Swift programming language on iOS and t...

Is Amazon about to take on Sonos with a high-end Alexa speaker? (The 3:59, Ep. 460) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:16pm
Special guest David Katzmaier helps break down the prospect of top-notch audio from Amazon, plus what's new in Apple's TV-system update.

See a satellite play Spider-Man and net space junk in orbit - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:15pm
The RemoveDebris satellite just proved it could snare space junk by shooting a net.

Nintendo Switch Online is officially live: Here's what's included - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:15pm
Nintendo goes pay-to-play online for the first time. Here's what you'll need to pay and what you'll get once you sign up for the service.

I tried Angry Birds in Magic Leap's augmented reality - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:02pm
Commentary: The Angry Birds and Bad Piggies are seriously coming to Magic Leap, and it's exactly what you'd expect.

Google shows off 20 Assistant tricks on the company's anniversary - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00pm
You're not limited to typing in a search box like you were 20 years ago.

Why are people pretending to be dead on Instagram?

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00pm
Ahmed Simrin, 15, is one of the millions of teenagers who uses Instagram. He doesn't post pictures on his page every day (there are two total), yet somehow he's managed to get nearly 3,000 people to follow it. That doesn't make him a social media inf...

IOS 12.1 setup hints at new iPad this fall, report says - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:59am
A new entry for "iPad2018Fall" in iOS 12.1 has apparently appeared in its onboarding code.

Buy a Minecraft, Fortnite or Jack Black-themed Xbox and support Make-A-Wish - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:48am
Game developers and celebrities are coming together to help raise money for the kids' charity.

'PUBG' could be en route to PlayStation 4 this year

Engadget - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:43am
Since 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been exclusive to PC and Xbox. That could be changing. The battle royale game may appear on PlayStation 4 soon if a Korean ratings board slip-up (spotted by Eurogamer) is to be believed. Each time I've sp...

Yet another report shows diversity is slow in coming to tech - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:37am
An annual report from strikes a familiar note.