Tech News from Around the Globe

NASA educates Captain Kirk on weird blue light in Mars InSight photo - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:00pm
William Shatner from Star Trek asked the question on Twitter. Spoilers: it's not aliens.

US reportedly investigates Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:52pm
Huawei and the US government have been at odds for months now, and it looks like things are about to get far more severe. The Wall Street Journal reports that US federal prosecutors are working on a criminal investigation into Huawei for stealing tra...

Steve Carell to launch Netflix comedy based on Trump's Space Force - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:46pm
Donald Trump's new military branch earns a send-up from the people who brought us The Office.

Marco Rubio proposes a totally uninspiring data privacy bill

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:31pm
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced Wednesday a new privacy bill aimed at protecting personal data of American consumers from being sucked up indiscriminately by tech giants, according to Axios. The American Data Dissemination Act would ask the Fede...

Lincoln will build a car based on Ford's Mustang-inspired electric SUV - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:15pm
Don't expect them to be anything alike, though.

Netflix is still a bargain, even after the latest price hike

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:00pm
On Tuesday morning, Netflix reported that it will be raising prices for all of its customers in what is widely regarded as the biggest price hike in the company's history. The lowest tier will go from $8 to $9, while the $11 and $14 tiers will now be...

Teaser for Ghostbusters film from Jason Reitman revs up original Ecto-1 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:41pm
The son of the original's director is charge of "the next chapter in the original franchise."

Tinder test lets you share Spotify clips with matches

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:41pm
Tinder is experimenting with allowing daters to share music via Spotify right inside their conversations. The feature, first spotted by the blog MSPowerUser and confirmed by TechCrunch, is taking place in a number of markets around the world and Spot...

Kia Optima, Sorento, Sportage recalled a second time for fire risks - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:31pm
The new recall focuses on one specific step that was part of the first recall.

Iridium's 'truly global' satellite internet connects aircraft and ships

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:19pm
Wondering what Iridium would be doing with those Next satellites that SpaceX just finished launching? You now have an idea. Iridium has formally debuted Certus, a "truly global" satellite broadband service that promises to keep aircraft, ships and ot...

Homecoming season 2 on Amazon won't star Julia Roberts - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:04pm
The actress will reportedly only act as an executive producer for the second season of the thriller.

Stop & Shop is bringing autonomous food stands to Boston

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Forget self-driving grocery delivery cars -- Stop & Shop wants robotic vehicles to bring a chunk of the store to your door. It's launching autonomous grocery vehicles in the greater Boston area that will let you shop for produce, meal kits and "...

Despite slow sales, Infiniti remains committed to QX30 and sedans - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:48pm
The QX50 and QX60 may be Infiniti's breadwinners, but company execs believe there's a lot more market share to be had.

A 'Fortnite' security flaw could have exposed players' accounts

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:32pm
Fortnite fans who are able to log in and play without any issues (other than being eliminated before so much as building a ramp) might thank their lucky stars Epic Games has resolved a security issue. Check Point security researchers found vulnerabil...

Alexa can read news briefs in a 'newscaster' voice in the US

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:12pm
Alexa can now modulate its voice beyond whispering in hushed tones. Amazon has introduced a 'newscaster' voice in the US that kicks in when Alexa reads the day's news or recites Wikipedia information. It's not going to replace the news anchor for y...

Sprint is the latest carrier to stop selling location data

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:47am
Sprint has announced that it will cease selling users' location data to third parties, following similar moves made by Verizon (Engadget's parent company), T-Mobile and AT&T. The four major US carriers are responding to a report published by Moth...

LSU's bendable concrete could fix America's crumbling infrastructure

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:20am
America's infrastructure is crumbling around us. The American Society of Civil Engineers' latest Infrastructure Report Card, from 2017, rated the nation's roads, bridges, airports and water systems at a paltry D+ -- the same grade received four years...

Unity rolls out new rules for devs after Improbable fight

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:00am
Unity has had a change of heart. The company is updating its terms of service so that any third-party software, including SpatialOS, can be used in conjunction with its popular game engine. "Some of these services will be supported, others will not,"...

Netflix sets international release for George R. R. Martin's 'Nightflyers'

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:44am
Netflix is looking to give SyFy's Nightflyers show a new lease of life on February 1st, when it lands on the streaming platform for viewers outside the US. Based on George R. R. Martin's 1980s novella, the thriller follows a group of scientists aboar...

Facebook will expand its political ad rules to Nigeria, Ukraine and EU

Engadget - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:22am
Facebook will be introducing some of its political advertising policies in additional regions in the coming months, Reuters reports. In Nigeria, where a presidential election is set to take place in February, Facebook will now require those purchasin...