Tech News from Around the Globe

Mattel's free 'Uno' mobile game is now available worldwide

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:34am
While third-party Uno apps have been around for some time, Mattel released its own mobile version of the classic card game in certain countries and on Facebook Instant Games last year. Now, the toymaker and NetEase, through their Mattel163 studio, ar...

Shareholders ask Amazon to halt sales of facial recognition tech

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:04am
A group of Amazon shareholders has filed a resolution requesting the company stop selling its facial recognition technology to government agencies until a review can determine whether it has the potential to violate civil rights. Organized by the non...

Spotify's Car View helps cut the distractions for drivers

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 9:33am
Following Spotify's integration with Google Maps and Waze, the music streaming service is rolling out some in-car controls within its own app. 9to5Google has spotted a "Car View" mode inside Spotify for Android, which automatically enables a driver-f...

Researchers train robot dog to pick itself back up after a fall

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 9:02am
Researchers have taught a robot dog to overcome one of the toughest challenges for a four-legged droid: how to get back up after a fall. In a paper published in the Science Robotics journal, its Swiss creators describe how they trained a neural netwo...

Tim Cook calls for a regulatory body to oversee data brokers

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:31am
Apple chief Tim Cook has always been a vocal champion of privacy, even going so far as to publicly criticize other tech giants' data practices. Back in 2018, he called for GDPR-like laws in the US -- now he's calling for a regulatory body to oversee...

BMW launches a performance Series-7 PHEV

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 8:02am
BMW has launched its 2020 7-series sedans, and controversy about the ginormous grill aside, they're some of the company's highest-tech models yet. The 740e xDrive has a plug-in hybrid 389 HP V6 with a 12.0 kWh battery that should allow for some groce...

Fitbit users can share data with the National Institutes of Health

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 7:15am
Fitbit is following a stellar 2018, which saw it bounce back to profit thanks in part to its Versa smartwatch, by diving even further into healthcare. As part of a new team-up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fitbit is letting users sync...

Facebook purges more than 500 Russian-led disinformation pages

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 6:31am
"Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior" is such an anodyne way of describing weaponizing information to poison attitudes and democracies. That's the euphemism that Facebook is employing to talk about its latest purge of accounts and pages that may be part...

The Morning After: Larger Hadron Collider and return of RAZR

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:50am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Are you ready for another RAZR? Motorola probably hopes so, but in the meantime we're taking Tesla's latest driving assist for a road trip and trying on some self-tightening basketball shoes.

Facebook makes its image compression tech available to all

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:30am
Most applications need to compress the photos you upload, because better cameras also mean bigger image files. The larger the file is, the more data you use and the longer the upload takes. Facebook is helping smaller developers address the need for...

'Sea of Thieves' will take up less space after pending update

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:02am
There is good news and bad news for Sea of Thieves players regarding the game's next update. The bad news is you'll have to download and reinstall the entire game. The good news is, as a result of some behind the scenes improvements made by developer...

Ford is developing a fully electric F-series pickup truck

Engadget - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:35am
Ford is taking steps to future-proof its business by developing not just a hybrid, but a fully electric pickup truck. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, has announced at an event in Detroit that the automaker is electrifying the F-series....

Microsoft pledges $500M to build homes in Seattle - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:43am
The Redmond-based software giant is planning to address homelessness and develop affordable housing for residents in the area.

Android Q may include a dark theme and desktop mode

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:56pm
Many Android users still don't have Pie yet, but details are already emerging for its follow-up. XDA says it has obtained a very early build of Android Q (Quiche? Queso?) that hints at Google's plans. For one, there's a system-wide dark theme. Th...

Collection 1 data breach covers more than 772 million email addresses

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:46pm
If you're signed up for one of the many services that alerts you to data breaches when they're discovered (if you're not, you probably should be) then you likely have an email waiting for you. Troy Hunt runs Have I Been Pwned where he makes it his bu...

LG smartphone rumor suggests a 'second screen' add-on

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 9:57pm
Samsung has already teased its future of "Infinity Flex" foldable devices that blur the line between phone and tablet, and while we'd heard LG would show off something similar at CES last week, it didn't. Now CNET cites anonymous sources indicating t...

Sprint lets you chat with customer service reps through iMessage

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 8:21pm
Apple's Business Chat, which lets you chat with companies through iMessage, was announced in 2017, though adoption has been somewhat slow. From today, however, Sprint customers can connect with customer service reps directly using the Messages app on...

The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services of 2019 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 7:47pm
These convenient meal kit services deliver weekly menus and preportioned ingredients to enthusiastic but time-poor home cooks.

'Westworld Mobile' game pulled following Bethesda lawsuit

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 7:40pm
It's now clearer just how Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. resolved that Bethesda lawsuit over Westworld Mobile's similarity to Fallout Shelter... and it's not looking good for the android theme park contingent. Behaviour and WB have pulled We...

Disability rights group sues scooter companies over clogged sidewalks - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 7:15pm
People with disabilities say they've tripped on scooters and nearly been hit by riders.