Tech News from Around the Globe

Major US carriers will stop selling customer location data to aggregators (updated)

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:22pm
Last month, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent letters to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, asking who they share their customers' location data with and whether those companies obtain customer consent. The move came after reports revealed that a se...

GitHub Education is a free software development package for schools

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00pm
GitHub, the online, open-source code repository recently acquired by Microsoft, has already made big moves to support future software developers. In 2012 it launched the Student Developer Pack, in 2015 it built the GitHub Classroom for teachers, and...

Some of the most popular PS4 titles now cost just $20

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:41am
In keeping with tradition, Sony has introduced a selection of best-selling PS4 games for a discount. 'PlayStation Hits' will offer titles like Metal Gear Solid V, Doom, Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 for $20. The game line will be available online and in...

Snapchat will begin adding docu-series to its slate of shows

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:22am
Snapchat has hosted around 50 series on its Discover page so far, including murder mysteries, reality shows, sports coverage and news. And soon it will be adding docu-series. The company has announced one series that's set to air in September, but a...

Twitch allows everyone to customize streams with multiple tools

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:00am
Twitch's work on Extensions -- video overlays and visual embellishments for streams -- keeps plugging along. Today the broadcasting service announced that now every user can turn on up to three different video overlays and a trio of below-player Exte...

PAX’s ‘Session Control’ helps you control your vape high

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:00am
If you partake in cannabis, you've probably overdone it at some point and felt like the walls are closing in. Or instantly forgot what you just said and were suddenly paranoid everyone in the room thinks you're weird? Or put your vape pen down so you...

GameStop confirms buyout talks as downloads take their toll

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:42am
It won't shock you to hear that GameStop has been suffering as downloads have taken off. Now, however, it might be looking for help. In the wake of a Reuters leak, GameStop has confirmed that it's in talks about a "potential transaction." While the r...

Adobe’s new all-in-one video-editing tool will work across devices

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:21am
Adobe is working on a new video-editing product called Project Rush that brings three tools -- Premiere Pro, Audition and After Effects -- together in one place. With Project Rush, you'll be able to edit the color of your videos, improve the sound qu...

Anchor's iPad app is an all-in-one podcast studio

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:00am
Back in February, the audio social network Anchor relaunched as a one-stop podcast-making shop. Now it's introducing an iPad app that's designed for the larger device's touch interface. Best of all, it includes editing tools, enabling users to trim,...

Google launches dedicated podcast app for Android

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:43am
Google hasn't had a direct answer to Apple's dedicated Podcasts app. You've had to either listen in Google Play Music (not ideal if you hate merging audio sources) or use a not-well-publicized player built into Android's search feature. You won't hav...

Microsoft is finally launching its new Xbox Avatar Editor

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:15am
Microsoft has been whetting Xbox users' appetites with the promise of new, customizable avatars since last year, and after several delays, they're finally becoming available. Xbox Insiders can get a taste of the Avatar Editor app starting tomorrow.

Facebook wants to help small businesses protect your privacy

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:00am
Data privacy is a continually growing concern in the wake of news of election tampering and Cambridge Analytica scandals. As the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take full effect, it's not only big corporations that need to be wary of...

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban in the US

Engadget - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:43am
The Trump administration's decision to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring ZTE back to business didn't sit well with lawmakers from both sides. A group of Senators from the Republican and Democratic parties recently amended the National D...

IBM’s Project Debater is an AI that's ready to argue

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:06pm
A large group of journalists and IBM employees sit quietly while a black monolith (yes, like the one found in 2001: A Space Odyssey) with a display shows three animated blue balls floating in front and behind each other. The assembled humans are wait...

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 9:31pm
The FIFA World Cup is already rolling along, but this week we're getting ready for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix. AMC has the season premiere of Preacher and Comedy Central brings Drunk History while Westworld wraps up season two...

Synthetic 'blubber' could triple divers' survival time in icy water

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 8:51pm
Even the hardiest diver can't last longer than an hour in cold water using a modern wetsuit, and that's no good if you're a special ops soldier or otherwise need to stay under the sea for hours at a time. MIT has a simple solution: imitate the blubb...

Elon Musk says Tesla employee committed 'sabotage'

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 7:07pm
Tesla may have more trouble on its hands than layoffs and production challenges. Reuters said it had obtained a company-wide email from Elon Musk stating that an unnamed employee had conducted "extensive and damaging sabotage." The staffer reportedly...

Roku could launch a store for streaming subscriptions

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 6:52pm
Roku is planning its own Amazon Channels-style à la carte marketplace for video subscription services, sources told Variety. Anyone using the company's devices could sign up for and watch them without needing to download apps for each. The mar...

Microsoft employees criticize ICE contract amid recent reports

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 6:02pm
Add Microsoft to the list of companies whose government deals are provoking outrage both inside and outside their offices. The Redmond firm sparked a wave of criticism on social networks after users discovered a January blog post noting that the comp...

Dark Horse's ‘Stranger Things’ comics chronicle Will's journey

Engadget - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 5:18pm
There will soon be quite a few ways for you to experience the world of Stranger Things, as books, a video game and now a line of comics are all in the works. Entertainment Weekly announced today that Netflix has teamed up with Dark Horse for the new...

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