Tech News from Around the Globe

Epic Mega Sale loses two pre-order titles on day one

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:21am
Yesterday, Epic launched a "mega sale," offering games at up to 75 percent off and additional $10 credits for purchases over $14.99. It looked like Epic was preparing to go head-to-head with the Steam Sale, which is scheduled to arrive at the end of...

HP Enterprise is acquiring supercomputing giant Cray

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:09am
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has a shiny new toy. The information technology firm announced today that is spending $1.3 billion to acquire supercomputer manufacturer Cray. HPE, which is a business-facing spin-off of the Hewlett Packard company, w...

I listened to a Massive Attack record remixed by a neural network

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:01am
Drums. Synth. The faintest hint of a vocal track. For a moment the song is familiar and I'm teleported back to the late '90s, listening to worn-out cassettes in the backseat of my parent's saloon. But then the track shifts in a way that I didn't expe...

Grumpy Cat dies at the age of seven

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:21am
Grumpy Cat, the adorably grouchy-looking meme machine kitty, has passed away. The family of the dearly departed cat said she suffered complications from a urinary tract infection. She died on Tuesday at the age of seven.

NASA details the most distant world we've ever observed

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:22am
Back in February, NASA released the clearest images of Ultima Thule -- the Kuiper Belt object New Horizons got close to in a flyby, which makes it the farthest world we've ever explored. Now, the New Horizons team has published the first scientific r...

'Minecraft' has sold 176 million copies worldwide

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:01am
Microsoft announced that it has sold 176 million copies of Minecraft, quite a big hop over the 156 million figure they revealed just seven months ago. Despite more buzz around games like Fortnite, Microsoft has kept the game fresh with things like th...

'Minecraft Earth' makes the world your augmented reality playground

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:01am
Microsoft wants you to see Minecraft everywhere you look: a virtual tree on your lawn, a life-sized castle sticking through your house and an elaborate cave system hidden beneath your local park. This is Minecraft Earth, a free-to-play version of one...

Alphabet’s Wing will offer drone deliveries in Helsinki next month

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 7:01am
Alphabet announced that Wing deliveries are about to start in Finland's capital of Helsinki and detailed more about where they the drones would operate and what folks could order. The pilot program will start in the Vuosaari district, an ideal spot f...

The Morning After: Sony and Microsoft are teaming up

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 6:28am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's Friday. We'll have to wait until next week for SpaceX's Starlink launch, but, for now, there's a review of Beats new true-wireless earbuds and an unexpected online-gaming alignment between Sony and Microsof...

Garmin's latest GPS is designed for off-road explorers

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 6:00am
With GPS now a basic cell phone feature, and more vehicles rolling off the production lines with built-in satnav systems, the role of standalone satellite-navigation devices is diminishing. Why have an extra bit of kit in your car that needs addition...

NASA teams up with SpaceX, Blue Origin to design a human lunar lander

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 4:55am
NASA has revealed its efforts to create a human landing system shortly after it announced the Artemis lunar exploration program. The space agency has teamed up with 11 private space companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, to conduct studies and...

Amazon is backing Uber Eats rival Deliveroo in the UK

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 3:54am
Amazon's restaurant delivery service in the UK folded in late 2018, because it couldn't keep up with rivals like Deliveroo. Now, the corporation is subscribing to the old adage "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" by becoming Deliveroo's largest investo...

Netflix is turning Mark Millar's 'The Magic Order' into a series

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 2:20am
Netflix is creating a TV series based on Mark Millar's The Magic Order and has tapped James Wan, the director behind Aquaman and Furious 7, to direct its pilot episode. The Magic Order is the first comic book title the streaming giant published short...

LG's custom chip is made to power AI in appliances and robots

Engadget - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:49am
For the last few years LG has been pushing integration of AI features in all kinds of products with its ThinQ brand, and now it's designed custom hardware to enable on-device AI processing in "future robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigera...

Nissan's ProPilot 2.0 driver assist allows hands-off highway driving

Engadget - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 9:57pm
Nissan's ProPilot driver assist could comfortably control the car with little to no input already, as Autoblog experienced on a road trip last year, but it still required a driver's hand on the wheel. Now the company has announced ProPilot 2.0 will l...

'Rapier in his privy parts': Notorious doctors' 17th-century case notes a wild read - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:43pm
Highlights from one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in history, now available online, open a "wormhole" into life 400 years ago.

Tesla is buckling down for some 'hard-core' cost-cutting, report says - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:29pm
The brand took a beating last quarter and CEO Elon Musk is reportedly taking steps not to repeat that performance.

Einride's autonomous truck begins daily delivery test in Sweden

Engadget - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:23pm
Swedish AV startup Einride has begun testing its all-electric delivery truck on a public road in Sweden. As a part of a year-long trial, the Einride T-Pod truck began the first of what will be many daily freight deliveries this week in the city of J&...

Tesla Model 3 that crashed in Florida had Autopilot active, NTSB finds - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:11pm
Whether or not the driver’s hands were on the wheel is unknown.

Thai government is going DIY and building its own converted EVs, report says - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 7:02pm
It seems the Thai government is tired of waiting for manufacturers to make their EVs available for sale, so it's going to convert used gas cars into electrics.