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Facebook’s confusion about its Portal camera is concerning

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 2:35pm
Facebook couldn't have picked a worse time to introduce Portal, a camera-equipped smart display designed to make video chatting in your home easier. And, if the rumors are true, the company is reportedly also preparing to launch a video chat camera f...

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Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 2:00pm
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YouTube and Eventbrite sell concert tickets through music videos

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:54pm
YouTube is making it easier to translate raw enthusiasm for a band into seeing them play live. The streaming giant has struck up a deal with Eventbrite that will show tour listings right below videos from Official Artist Channels. Tap a "tickets" but...

FirstBuild Precision Bakeware tells you when your cheesecake is ready - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:51pm
The first batch of the $100 pan has already sold out.

You now have a slightly better chance of buying a Ford GT - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:37pm
Ford will build 350 more GT supercars than planned -- but not until 2020.

Volkswagen will pay Germans to ditch their older, dirtier diesels - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:30pm
Trade-in incentives apply whether buyers replace them with new or near-new cars.

Amazon's Alexa 'whisper mode' starts rolling out today

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:18pm
One of the new features introduced at last month's Amazon hardware event was the ability to whisper to your Amazon Echo device -- and have Alexa whisper back to you. Amazon confirmed to Engadget that this feature, called "whisper mode," is now rollin...

Boston Dynamics robot dog twerking to SexyBack will rattle your soul - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:13pm
The SpotMini dancing to Justin Timberlake is way weirder than it dancing to Bruno Mars.

IBM finally proves that quantum systems are faster than classicals

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:00pm
In 1994, MIT professor of applied mathematics Peter Shor developed a groundbreaking quantum computing algorithm capable of factoring numbers (that is, finding the prime numbers for any integer N) using quantum computer technology. For the next decade...

Apple sets next event for Oct. 30 with iPads, Macs likely on tap - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:57pm
We'll likely see new tablets and computers from Apple that include some features already found in iPhones.

EV incentives may be fading for some, but one senator wants to bring them back - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:55pm
Sen. Dean Heller's proposal would replace the current incentive's cap with a firm end date.

Kyocera releases tiny e-paper companion phone in Japan

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:43pm
If you've been curious as to what Instagram might look like on an e-paper screen and happen to live in Japan, the Kyocera Card Keitai KY-01L might be of interest. It's a companion device that's supposed to be a sidekick to a beefier mobile phone. The...

Fortnite season 6, week 4 challenges and how to complete them - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:38pm
After a leak that many deemed to be dubious, here are this week's confirmed challenges.

Palantir IPO could be worth $41 billion - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:35pm
The data mining giant plans to go public next year, says a report. The company is known for analytics and intelligence that's tapped by governments, businesses and organizations worldwide.

Here's what photos from the Red Hydrogen One camera look like - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:24pm
A slightly larger selection of shots from Red's new phone.

Microsoft executive allegedly attempted to embezzle $1.5 million

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:19pm
Jeff Tran, Microsoft's former director of sports marketing and alliances, was charged with five counts of wire fraud this week for allegedly trying to embezzle $1.5 million from his former employer. He's also accused of stealing and selling more than...

iPhone XR hands-on: Colorful phones make a great first impression - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:17pm
We take an early look at what sets the iPhone XR apart from the XS.

New Square Terminal gussies up the drab credit card reader - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:17pm
The battery-powered device could bring pay-at-your-table service to more US restaurants.