Tech News from Around the Globe

Facebook employees caught leaving five-star Amazon reviews for Portal

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 4:12pm
Facebook released its Portal and Portal+ smart displays two months ago, at the tail end of a scandal-ridden year in which data leaks and privacy incidents were abundant. So, the company faced a tough battle in convincing consumers to buy a smart disp...

Toyota Supra: The history of the Japanese sports car legend - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:53pm
The Toyota Supra's story so far before it finally returns.

Sorry, MasterCard's free trial protection only applies to physical goods

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:52pm
Yesterday, MasterCard announced a new feature that would protect its customers from the automatic billing that kicks in after a free trial. The policy will require merchants to notify users about the end of the free trial, the cost of continuing with...

Oh good, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD probably isn’t ugly - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:44pm
There's a bit of a problem with that lately.

Air Force gives 3D-printed rocket company Cape Canaveral launch pad

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:23pm
Relativity Space, a startup that aspires to create 3D printed rockets, has secured a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The company announced Thursday a five-year agreement with the US Air Force that will allow the company to operate out of Launch Complex...

Scientists reveal the secret lives of emperor penguin chicks - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:17pm
The fluffy critters are a little less mysterious now.

Netflix points to 'Fortnite' as competition after its price hike

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:16pm
Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the US, Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it's already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the "Albanian army" coming to take on HBO, execs said in a lett...

The government shutdown could prevent new cars from landing at dealers - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:56pm
When the EPA is back up and running, it'll have a backlog of new cars to deal with.

Michael Cohen reportedly paid for fake Twitter flattery

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:54pm
Let's play a game of "would you rather." Would you rather an investigation upend criminal details about your past that land you in jail and put your business dealings under public scrutiny, or would you rather that investigation unearth the fact that...

ACLU sues US government over social media surveillance of immigrants

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:19pm
The ACLU has sued the federal government, naming the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, US Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department as defendants. The civil...

Lightning Electric motorcycles is set to go mass market with the Strike - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:11pm
Lightning is best known for its crazy-fast superbike, but an electric bike for the people might make it a household name.

The Nissan Altimate AWD concept is a proper snow bunny - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:01pm
What better way to tear through the snow than with a full set of tracks?

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Louis Vuitton wireless earbuds will cost you almost $1,000

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:32pm
Louis Vuitton is bringing its luxury brand to the world of audio. The French fashion house is teaming up with New York City-based audio company Master & Dynamic to create Louis Vuitton's first branded earbuds. The Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones...

John Deere wants to remind the world that it’s a tech company

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:00pm
John Deere has been to CES before. The company known for its dark green tractors with the yellow deer on them has rubbed shoulders with the smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart cars, smart switches and smart toothbrushes for years. But 2019 was a...

Google will buy Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 million

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:37pm
Google's commitment to improving its smartwatch platform is about to extend beyond overhauling its software. The internet giant has agreed to buy some of the intellectual property behind Fossil's smartwatch technology in a $40 million deal. While t...

AMD is edging closer to breaking NVIDIA's graphic dominance

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:15pm
After AMD released its seven-nanometer Radeon VII graphics card with impressive-looking performance, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang responded by essentially trashing it. "The performance is lousy and there's nothing new," he told PC World. "No ray tracing,...

AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:45am
The act of gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. For as long as there's been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge...

Microsoft might surprise us with HoloLens 2 next month

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:22am
Microsoft has hinted it could reveal the long-awaited HoloLens 2 next month. It sent out invites to a press event taking place on February 24th, which CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and technical fellow Alex Kipman will host. Given the names invo...