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Teenage Engineering's OP-Z synth finally goes on sale in October

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 2:22pm
We got our first look at Teenage Engineering's next synthesizer in early 2017, and now the company is gearing up to finally ship the portable instrument/control center. The OP-Z is set to go on sale next month, but the company didn't include pricing...

Facebook’s 'War Room' is its latest effort to protect elections

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 2:01pm
Facebook has more than 300 people working on protecting elections from misinformation aimed at influencing voters. But starting next week, the company will have one more weapon in its arsenal -- a War Room. The New York Times reports that Facebook is...

Amazon shopping test recommends products based on your likes

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:51pm
Online stores have a common problem: you usually get recommendations based solely on what you've already seen or bought, which isn't much good if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Amazon is testing a solution that might eliminate that i...

Bose Sleepbuds review: Helpful but needs improvement

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:30pm
Bose, which is well-known for its quality (and pricey) audio equipment, went an interesting route with its latest piece of hardware. Two years ago, the company took to Indiegogo to gauge interest in a pair of noise-masking sleep earbuds. Essentially,...

'Red Dead Online' arrives this November

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:27pm
If you're preparing to strap on your cowboy boots and venture into the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 when the sequel hits consoles at the end of next month, you'll have to wait a little longer to play the game's online mode. Rockstar Games said that...

Newegg fell victim to month-long card skimming hack

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:17pm
It's not just British companies succumbing to large-scale payment data breaches in recent weeks. RiskIQ and Volexity have discovered that hackers inserted Magecart card skimming code into Newegg's payment page between August 14th and September 18th,...

Programmable 'skins' turn any household object into a robot

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:00pm
When you think of a robot, a certain image probably comes to mind. Maybe it's on wheels, maybe it's a dog, but it's probably a sizeable electronic machine built specifically for a purpose. But what if you could create a flexible robot that could have...

Lyft Concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:43pm
Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear...

Telegram's move to Swift on iOS promises a more battery-friendly app

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:21pm
Since January, Telegram has operated two versions of its messaging app on Android and iOS: the original and an experimental one called Telegram X. The app was rewritten from scratch for X; it's built on Apple's Swift programming language on iOS and t...

Why are people pretending to be dead on Instagram?

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00pm
Ahmed Simrin, 15, is one of the millions of teenagers who uses Instagram. He doesn't post pictures on his page every day (there are two total), yet somehow he's managed to get nearly 3,000 people to follow it. That doesn't make him a social media inf...

'PUBG' could be en route to PlayStation 4 this year

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:43am
Since 2017, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been exclusive to PC and Xbox. That could be changing. The battle royale game may appear on PlayStation 4 soon if a Korean ratings board slip-up (spotted by Eurogamer) is to be believed. Each time I've sp...

Spotify sued over executives' alleged gender discrimination

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:23am
Spotify has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexism in its workplace. Former sales executive Hong Perez has sued the streaming service over allegations that male execs have perpetuated systemic gender discrimination. The global head of sales re...

Evernote cuts staff as user growth stalls

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:04am
Note-taking app Evernote has fallen on hard times of late, culminating in its latest spate of job cuts impacting 15 percent of its workforce (54 employees). CEO Chris O' Neil -- an ex-Googler who took the reins in 2015 -- announced the firings at an...

Fitbit leans hard into healthcare with a new enterprise offering

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:41am
Today, Fitbit launched a new platform called Fitbit Care aimed at employers, health plans and health system that is aimed at wellness and preventing and managing disease. Fitbit Care is a combination of health coaching and and virtual care through th...

Google provides 911 call centers with more accurate location data

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:19am
Google is providing 911 operators with more accurate location information from callers using Android phones. The company has partnered with T-Mobile and emergency technology companies RapidSOS and West to send location data from its Emergency Locatio...

What we're watching: 'Mandy,' 'Succession' and 'Great News'

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:00am
This month, Reporter Timothy J. Seppala checks out the latest Nicolas Cage joint and explains why you should too, while Senior Editor Daniel Cooper returns from a break with impressions of some binge-worthy television.

iOS 12.1 beta hints at a new iPad this year

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 9:42am
If you were bummed that Apple didn't release a refreshed iPad Pro at this month's event, then code from the iOS 12.1 beta might brighten your day. According to 9to5Mac, there's a daemon embedded within the code that could contain the ability to sync...

Xiaomi's cheap handsets have ads in the Settings app

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 9:23am
How much of a discount would it take for you to accept ads all over your phone? That's the question that Xiaomi seems to be asking its potential customers. A reddit user noticed that the fourth-largest handset maker now has ads displayed everywhere,...

Sega's Mega Drive Mini won't arrive until 2019

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 9:02am
The retro console craze kicked off by Nintendo's NES and SNES classic systems, with Sony's miniature PS1 inbound, has proven bountiful for nostalgic gamers keen to relive their 8- to 32-bit glory days. But Sega's plans to join the rose-tinted celebra...

Renault’s EZ-PRO is a workspace, coffee truck and rolling post office

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 2:45am
Renault, one of Europe's major automakers, is trying to help us imagine a world with fewer cars. Earlier this year, it unveiled the EZ-GO concept, a sort of anti-Uber autonomous ride-sharing vehicle for the masses. Now, it has taken the wraps off...

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