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US Navy launches submarine maneuvered by Xbox controller - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 3:38pm
Commentary: The USS Colorado has a new way of operating its photonics masts, and it's something younger sailors are already familiar with.

Amazon hires former FDA exec for secret health care team

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 3:03pm
Amazon has made a big hire for its secret health care division internally known as 1492, according to CNBC: FDA's first chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout. The e-commerce giant reportedly brought him on board to work under former Google...

The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 2:00pm
It's safe to say that when a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about Grand Theft Auto, but Fortnite, Epic Games' m...

Shure's $3,000 KSE1500 headphones make for an ear-opening experience - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 1:47pm
For well-heeled audiophiles seeking the outer limits of transparency, the Shure KSE1500 electrostatic in-ear headphone is the one to get.

Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 1:29pm
The House of Representatives' investigation into Russia's election interference may have ended, but Democrats are still discussing what they'd like to do if and when they regain a House majority -- and it could have significant repercussions for the...

NCAA upset kings UMBC share close relationship with Fortnite - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:41pm
Commentary: The perpetrators of the biggest shock in March Madness history compare their triumph to a first victory in the world's new favorite game.

Uber may offer its self-driving technology to Toyota

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:02pm
Lyft and Waymo might not be the only ridesharing companies developing self-driving technology with hopes of making it available to others. Nikkei has claimed that Uber is in talks to slip its autonomous vehicle system into a Toyota minivan, marking...

Facebook bans Trump-linked campaign data firm - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:26am
The social network bans a data analytics firm called Cambridge Analytica after reports the firm lied about how it treated data on Facebook users.

Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:31am
The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its definition of an autodialer. The regulations defined...

The Infiniti QX80 is too pricey to have this little tech

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 9:00am
I'm not kidding (okay, I'm sort of kidding) when I say that the Infiniti QX80 (starting at $64,750) is only slightly smaller than a studio apartment I used to live in. It's a very large SUV that's packed to the gills with luxury features. It's certai...

VW electric Pikes Peak race car has shades of I.D. - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:00am
Electric cars aren't just for regular ol' roads.

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 7:05am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend! Other than some highlights from last week, you can check out an Alphabet-backed smart city plan and Facebook's latest Friday night news dump.

Best home theater upgrades from $20 to $2,500 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 6:00am
Buying a TV is only half of the best home theater experience. Upgrade your AV system, too, with these streamers, sound bars, receivers and other gadgets.

Bite-sized, black-and-white game 'Minit' lands April 3rd

Engadget - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 2:46am
A crew of indie veterans, including half of notable studio Vlambeer, will release Minit on April 3rd for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. In the monochromatic Lo-Fi title, players rushing out their front door to do as much adventuring as possible before...

March Madness indeed! UVA goes down and all brackets go bust - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:43am
Hail underdogs! A No. 16 seed had never beat a No. 1 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, until the UMBC Retrievers bounded along.

NASA wants your pictures of clouds to verify its satellites’ data

Engadget - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:47pm
NASA announced this week that it's looking for some citizen scientists to help out with a project. Six orbiting instruments make up NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project and they are used to study Earth's climate and the...

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica

Engadget - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 8:58pm
Late Friday night, Facebook has announced it's suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) from its site. While you may not have heard of SCL, its political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in the last few years due to...

Boeing's new 737 MAX 7 airplane completes first test flight - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:54pm
The next version of Boeing's popular 737 aircraft has the longest range of any MAX plane.

Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook's F8 event

Engadget - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:21pm
Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerb...

CNET Asks: Are you excited about the new Fitbit Versa? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:08pm
Fitbit this week announced the Versa, the company's latest attempt at a full-on smartwatch. We want to know your thoughts on Fitbit’s newest offering!