Tech News from Around the Globe

Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 Mobile this year

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:40am
Microsoft is winding down support for Windows 10 Mobile. The company will stop releasing security and software updates on December 10th, and it will end technical support for the devices on that date.

NBA refs will return to Twitter to answer fans' questions

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:15am
Last year during the NBA finals, some of the league's refs took to Twitter in order to discuss calls made during a game and answer fans' questions. Feedback was positive, ESPN reports. Positive enough for the NBA and the National Basketball Referees...

Emmy Awards will kill off DVD screeners for good in 2020

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 9:40am
Today's dispatch from the bureau of "Wait, they were still doing that?" comes from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the people behind the Emmy Awards has decided to phase out the distribution of screen...

What we're watching: '7 Days Out: League of Legends'

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 9:15am
This week reporter Nick Summers explores the sixth episode of Netflix's 7 Days Out docuseries. Coming from the producers of Chef's Table and Last Chance U,'this particular episode covers themes of tragedy and perseverance against the backdrop of espo...

Lightning's $13,000 electric motorbike boasts a top speed of 150mph

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 8:35am
Lightning Motorcycles, maker of the land speed record-breaking LS-218, has announced its first mass-market electric motorbike. Starting at $12,998, the "Lightning Strike" will be capable of a 150-mile range, 150 mph top speed (that's faster than the...

Alienware m15 review: Dell’s first thin gaming laptop doesn’t disappoint

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 8:00am
Alienware finally made a thin and light gaming laptop, and it was worth the wait. For years, Dell's gaming brand has been pumping out powerful, but hefty gaming machines. The Alienware m15, though, is its first step towards a truly modern laptop...

Epic Games will pause 'Fortnite' updates ahead of events to help pros

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:31am
Epic Games is changing the way it handles Fortnite patches to give pros more time to adjust to game-impacting tweaks. Competitive players can now expect updates to arrive a few days to a week prior to a tournament so as not to catch anyone by surpris...

How Riot rebranded its European esports league

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:00am
Esports is growing up. The stages and broadcast packages are becoming more glamorous to entice viewers and traditional advertisers. Teams are investing heavily in merchandise, coaching staff and training facilities. Players, meanwhile, are commanding...

Google Maps speed limit signs appear in more US cities

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 6:31am
Google Maps is showing the local speed limit to more users across the US. After debuting in the San Francisco Bay Area and Rio, Brazil, the feature has now been spotted in New York City, Los Angeles, and Minnesota, according to Android Police. It's u...

Mystery company buys Meta's augmented reality tech

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:57am
After a promising start, AR startup Meta's assets have been sold to an unknown buyer, reports TechCrunch and other sites. Meta fell on hard times in September after a promised $20 million investment from a Chinese company fell through over trade tens...

The Morning After: Google's smartwatch and Netflix vs. 'Fortnite'

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:40am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good Friday morning. No self-lacing sneakers today, but we do have a giant tractor. Less randomly, Google is buying Fossil's smartwatch tech arm, we take a closer look at the AIs that gamble and a robot dog pick...

Tesla is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:48am
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees in an effort to cut costs and increase profits. He revealed that while Tesla will run a second consecutive quarterly profit, it will be less than wh...

Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next month

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:08am
Bands and indie artists using Bandcamp to sell their music and merchandise might soon see their creations sold in the service's first brick-and-mortar location. The online platform, known for providing musicians an online portal where they can sell d...

Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools

Engadget - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 1:11am
Verizon will give all its subscribers free access to its spam alert and call blocking tools, so long as their phones can support the features. The carrier originally rolled out those tools over a year ago as part of its $3-per-month Call Filter add-o...

Swiss watchmaker's latest jab at the Apple Watch has no hands

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:50pm
Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie is no stranger to taking digs at the Apple Watch. Its latest form of social commentary, however, is rather unique. The company has unveiled the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, a mechanical watch that once more riffs...

Every upcoming Marvel movie and TV show - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:32pm
If it's confirmed or rumored, it's on this list.

Akai Force is for DJs and producers that want to ditch the laptop

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 9:32pm
Akai made its name around the early 90s thanks to its line of relatively affordable S-series samplers and the (now legendary) MPC. Since then, the company has continued to release new spins on those mainstays, the latest of which is the all-in-one Fo...

Scientists built a lizard-like robot based on a 280-million-year-old fossil - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 9:25pm
They knew what they were doing when they taught it to walk this way.

SpaceX to build its Starship in Texas... for now - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:39pm
Elon Musk's company has cancelled its long-term plans to assemble its biggest rockets at the Port of Los Angeles.