Tech News from Around the Globe

Android P is coming to Sony Xperia XZ2, XA2, XZ1, XZ Premium - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:28pm
Sony also shared why it takes so long to get Android updates.

Amazon is reportedly working on a new DVR - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:23pm
The device, currently nicknamed Frank, would connect to a Fire TV streamer.

Leak: New Google Chromecast will add Bluetooth and stronger Wi-Fi - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:22pm
Google's sold over 55 million of these gadgets, and now a new version might be on the way.

US senator proposes bill offering $3,500 discount on American-made cars - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:14pm
The funding for such an ambitious incentive would come from removing tax cuts offered to automakers' overseas operations.

Amazon is reportedly working on a TiVo-like DVR for live TV

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:01pm
Amazon is working on a new device to record live television in a bid to compete in a market dominated by TiVo, a source told Bloomberg. The ecommerce titan's Lab 126 R&D division is reportedly building the DVR, which is internally called "Frank"...

HBO confirms Watchmen TV series, shares cast list - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:42pm
The comic book saga of troubled superheroes will debut on the network in 2019.

Twitch may have exposed some users' private messages

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:38pm
Some Twitch users' private messages may have been exposed due to a bug. The streaming platform killed the messages feature in May, and gave users the chance to download an archive of their private communications.

Matt Groening's newest series is up on Netflix - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:36pm
He's explored suburbia and the future. But this time, the Simpsons creator takes on the fantastic.

How Google’s location-tracking issue affects you

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:15pm
Watching Twitter and Facebook commit reputational suicide over the past 20 months has been as painful as it has been entertaining -- entertaining in the sense that all anyone had to do was let the companies be themselves. The cost has been terrible,...

Judge sets bail at $750K in cryptocurrency for alleged EA hacker - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 2:00pm
Break out the bitcoin or stay locked up.

Walmart may soon let you shop in VR

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:51pm
Walmart has been getting serious about VR and its next project could be a virtual shopping experience. The company has applied for two patents that describe a virtual reality showroom customers could visit and shop from through VR headsets, Bloomberg...

The best electric toothbrush

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:30pm
By Casey Johnston, Tracy Vence and Shannon Palus This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full el...

Tesla sues Ontario over ‘unreasonable’ EV rebate exclusion

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:13pm
Tesla has more problems than whatever's happening with CEO Elon Musk right now. The company has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario government, which axed the province's Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program soon after taking power at the e...

Selfies are shifting our definition of beauty

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:00pm
Selin Pesmes says she uses selfie filters because they smooth out her skin and present a "better-quality version" of herself. That's likely the same thinking for the millions of other people who regularly post edited pictures of themselves on social...

Prince's 1995-2010 catalog is streaming for the first time

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:47pm
More of Prince's music has been gradually making its way online since his passing, and that now includes a large chunk of his later catalog. Sony Music's Legacy Recordings has released 23 (!) of the late, great musician's albums on major streaming an...

Scientists struggling to eradicate toxic 'red tides' from Florida's coast

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:30pm
In 1793, Captain George Vancouver and his British surveying crew landed in a small cove and helped themselves to some of the nearby shellfish, despite the odd glow of the sea that day and despite the native peoples taboo against eating mussels during...

Google might launch its own smart display this holiday season

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:16pm
Google is expanding its line of Assistant-powered devices with its own smart display, at least according to Nikkei. The tech giant has reportedly told its Taiwanese manufacturing partners to gear up and make sure they can deliver, because it's planni...

'Okami HD' on the Switch is an imperfect classic

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:00pm
What makes a good Switch game? The consensus seems to be something that isn't graphically demanding, has a quick gameplay loop or is easily played in bite-sized portions. Local multiplayer helps out a whole lot, too.

When body cams had bullets

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:30am
Just as GoPros have given us a whole new perspective on everything from extreme sports to animal behavior, so have body-worn cameras offered new insights into policing. Law enforcement agencies around the world now use body cams to record the activit...

SNES Party lets you play classic ROMs with friends online

Engadget - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:20am
Nintendo promised online play for the retro games it'll make available via the Switch's online service, but if you'd rather not wait until this September for that, there's an unofficial way to play games of yore over the internet. It's through an emu...