Tech News from Around the Globe

Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems

Engadget - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 4:31am
Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago, Google began applying AI...

Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV

Engadget - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 2:35am
Valve seems to have unveiled a Twitch competitor with nary a peep of fanfare. A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain, the website started live streaming The International 2018... is live -- and it appears to be Valve's Twitch competitor (update) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:06am
Update: Valve tells us was a test feed that accidentally went public.

Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:32pm
Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not eve...

A 'Vampyr' TV show is on the way

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:58pm
If you're looking for a new supernatural television series, you're in luck (if you don't mind waiting a while). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce a new show based on the video game Vampyr by the developer of Life is Strange, Dontnod. The title c...

MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 7:44pm
It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical -- encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow...

So much Mile 22 training for Mark Wahlberg, but no shirtless scenes - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 7:00pm
The Mile 22 star chats about his sleep routine, his FaceTime habits and how hard he worked out for his new film, only to not show off his abs.

'Star Wars Resistance' trailer shows off its anime style

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:36pm
Star Wars' latest animated series, Rebels, ended its four-season run this spring -- but fans didn't have to wait long to get a tease of details for the next show. While the last was set between the prequels and original trilogy, Star Wars Resistance...

Facebook takes heat from HUD over allegedly discriminatory housing ads - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:26pm
Federal regulators have filed a complaint against Facebook for letting landlords and home sellers pick and choose who gets to see their ads.

New Sharknado 6 trailer pits shark against T. Rex - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:23pm
See a dino, dragon sharks, medieval knights and cowboys in the trailer for Sharknado 6 - It's About Time, which airs on SyFy on Aug. 19.

The best back-to-school deals from Amazon - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 6:15pm
It's not too late to save money on Fire, Echo and other Amazon products.

Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:35pm
With Alexa's latest skill, users can now ask the digital assistant to show them recorded security camera footage on their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. Currently, the skill is supported by Alexa-enabled cameras from Ring, Arlo, Cloud...

You can't unsee this unsettling 'real-life' Homer Simpson - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:23pm
D'oh! A 3D rendering of a realistic Homer Simpson will sear itself into your brain forever.

Facebook reportedly asked by US government to help wiretap Messenger - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:13pm
That would mean breaking encryption on the chat app.

Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:03pm
Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal changes.

DOJ wants access to suspect's encrypted Facebook Messenger chats

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:36pm
The US government wants Facebook to help break Messenger's encryption to get access to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal case, sources told Reuters. The case, an investigation of the MS-13 gang, is under seal so filings aren't publicly av...

Mylo Electric Scooter first ride review: The future is unfolding

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00pm
By Greg Rasa You look like a circus bear." That's the kind of snarky assessment only one's own teenager can deliver, but it summed up my last time on an electric "mobility device," commuting to work on Autoblog's Urb-E scooter: Big guy, tiny vehicle...

Nintendo Switch's 'VR Mode' has hidden in the system for over a year - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:58pm
Though it's unclear if it's Nintendo's official VR debut.

Blizzard now admits Overwatch is a possibility for Nintendo Switch - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:49pm
With Diablo III confirmed for Nintendo's hybrid gaming system, it's starting to sound like other Blizzard games could make the jump.

Netflix test interrupts your binge session with video promos

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:31pm
Netflix is trying out a new way to suggest content to viewers: Show them promos between episodes. The streaming company confirmed the tests to TechCrunch, but it doesn't appear to be a feature rolling out to everyone -- only a "small percentage" of s...