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Sen. Marco Rubio is latest lawmaker to propose federal privacy law - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 7:01pm
Rubio introduced his take on privacy regulations Wednesday.

LG will launch a phone with a second screen attachment - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 6:56pm
It's one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month. But none of them will fold.

Fitbit, NIH launch initiative to advance precision medicine study - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 6:41pm
Fitbit users can opt to share their data for scientific research.

SpaceX isn't moving Starship development to southern Texas (update)

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 6:36pm
SpaceX's decision to construct its Starship test vehicle in Texas may have just been the harbinger of things to come. The LA Times has claimed that development and assembly of Starship and its Super Heavy booster system will take place in southern Te...

Google raises the price of G Suites by 20 percent - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 6:32pm
Two flavors of the productivity tools get their first-ever price increases.

22 video games we can't wait to play in 2019 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:27pm
2019 is creeping up, and it's looking like a spectacular year for video games. Here are the games we're most excited to play next year.

MasterCard won't let companies automatically bill you after free trials

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:07pm
We've all made the mistake of starting a free trial and forgetting to cancel it before the billing period kicks in. Now, MasterCard will protect against this. The company announced a new policy that will require merchants to get authorization from yo...

Airbnb apologizes to guest for how it handled undisclosed security camera - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:01pm
The guest says the company's initial response was that a photo of the camera on the home's listing was proper disclosure.

US bills would ban exports to Chinese telecoms that violate sanctions

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:36pm
American politicians want to crack down further on Chinese telecoms like Huawei and ZTE. Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced bills that would order the President to impose export bans on Chinese telecoms found...

Microsoft could unveil the HoloLens 2 on Feb. 24 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:27pm
An invite to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona hints at a new product to rival the Magic Leap.

Microsoft splits Cortana from search in Windows 10

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:15pm
Microsoft is splitting up search and voice assistant Cortana in Windows 10, giving each their own spot on the taskbar in the latest build for Windows Insiders testers. The change should go live for everyone in the next major update to Windows 10, whi...

The smart kitchen may soon be more app than appliance, and I'm not thrilled - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 4:10pm
Commentary: The connected kitchen is getting crowded and confusing. And this is just the beginning.

Trump's Space Force: Here's what you need to know - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:50pm
The Trump administration sees space as a war-fighting domain, and it wants the US to be ready.

GoPro improves Fusion VR camera resolution via software update

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:44pm
It's not often a camera gets a resolution upgrade purely through software, but GoPro appears to have managed just that. The company has released beta firmware that lets its Fusion VR camera capture 5.6K spherical video at 24 frames per second. That...

Apple reportedly working to bring Watch to seniors with private Medicare plans - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:40pm
People over 65 would then use the Watch as a health tracker, according to CNBC.

T-Mobile execs are frequent visitors to Trump-owned DC hotel, report says - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:25pm
A Washington Post report says CEO John Legere and others have booked rooms at the Trump International Hotel at least 38 times since T-Mobile's deal with Sprint was announced.

Netflix announces ‘Space Force’ comedy series starring Steve Carell

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:13pm
If you've missed The Office and Steve Carell's Michael Scott, Netflix's latest series announcement may be a bit of welcome news. In a video, which you can see below, Netflix has revealed a new workplace comedy called Space Force, which will center on...

Michigan Technological University is making autonomous boats a lot smarter - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:05pm
It's got a tricked-out water scooter at the Detroit Auto Show that will let autonomous surface craft navigate rough seas much more efficiently.