Tech News from Around the Globe

I went to buy a Galaxy S9 at Verizon and AT&T. It didn't go well - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 2:00pm
Commentary: A new Samsung phone emerges. So I thought I'd see how it's being sold in carrier stores. It ended up being a very strange day.

CNET remembers Toys R Us, 'the world's greatest toy store' - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 1:01pm
If you haven't heard, Toys R Us is shutting down.

Twitter may be the next to ban cryptocurrency ads

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 1:01pm
Twitter may soon join Facebook and Google in cracking down on ads for cryptocurrency-related products. Sky sources have claimed the social network will institute worldwide ban against ads for initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency wallets and token...

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump: What you need to know - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:26pm
The world's largest social network is at the center of an international scandal involving voter data, the 2016 US presidential election and Brexit.

'Wrinkle in Time' production designer has feelings about CG - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:00pm
Production designer Naomi Shohan explains how a film's visuals are conjured, and why she thinks digital visual effects may have gone too far.

'Jurassic Park' fake 'SNL' auditions bring '90s back to life - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:53am
If the decade of grunge, Urkel and O.J. Simpson is frozen in amber for you, relive it in this "SNL" skit.

Coca-Cola and US government use blockchain to curb forced labor

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:32am
The quest to end forced labor has created some unusual technological allies. Coca-Cola, the US State Department and a trio of crypto organizations (Bitfury Group, Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Emercoin) have launched a pilot project that will use...

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman will host 'SNL' - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:38am
Live, from Wakanda, it's King T'Challa, hosting the comedy show in April with rapper Cardi B as the musical guest.

After Math: Space Farce

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:00am
It was a parabolic week for space nerds. The president teased the creation of a fourth military branch dubbed the "Space Force," world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76, and NASA's acting chief retired without someo...

L'Oreal buys an augmented reality beauty app maker

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:29am
Makeup empire L'Oreal wants to promote its huge collection of brands the high-tech way, so it's buying Modiface to make that happen. It's now in the process of acquiring the beauty tech company, which has been teaming up with big cosmetics brands for...

Audi announces A9 E-tron sedan, a big four-door Model S fighter - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:00am
The German firm is throwing caution to the wind and putting it all on EVs, it seems as it has just announced yet another electric project with the A9 E-Tron.

One writer's long overdue adventure with mechanical keyboards - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 7:00am
Commentary: Time spent with loud, clicky keyboards from Das and Lofree had CNET editor Roger Cheng's fingers flying and keys singing with joy.

GE test-flies the world's largest jet engine

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 5:56am
Airliners are growing ever bigger to haul more people per flight, which means they need appropriately massive engines -- and GE Aviation is happy to oblige. It recently conducted the first test flight of the GE9X, widely billed as the world's larges...

'Yakuza Kiwami 2' set for Western launch on August 28th

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 2:03am
While Western fans of the Yakuza series are still patiently waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life's delayed PS4 launch next month, Sega decided to tease further by announcing that Yakuza Kiwami 2, the remake of Yakuza 2 from 2008, is also heading to...

YouTube's Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos

Engadget - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:37am
As much work as YouTube may have done to scrub vile videos from its Kids app, there's still some work to go. Business Insider has discovered that the Kids app was suggesting conspiracy theory videos when you searched for certain keywords. If you look...

Nissan's electric SUV concept will enter production

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 9:34pm
Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to Autocar that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (abo...

FIFA approves use of video referees at 2018 World Cup

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 7:35pm
Video assistant referees are about to get their biggest test to date. In the wake of an earlier general approval, the FIFA Council has authorized the use of VARs at the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. The tool will help refs make decisions on di...

Android Auto can unlock your phone with a swipe

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 6:02pm
Google understandably shuts down easy access to your phone when Android Auto is turned on, since you're supposed to be focused on the road. But what if you do need access to your phone while it's still paired with your car? It should be easy from n...

Whistleblower explains how Cambridge Analytica 'exploited' Facebook

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 4:33pm
Last night Facebook announced bans against Cambridge Analytica, its parent company and several individuals for allegedly sharing and keeping data that they had promised to delete. This data reportedly included information siphoned from hundreds of th...

Data of 50M Facebook users obtained by Trump-linked firm - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 3:51pm
Voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica got hold of the data without the consent of Facebook's users, say reports by The New York Times and the UK's Observer and Guardian papers.