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iOS 13 preview: Shaping up to be a huge update

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:28pm
After Apple announced all of its big software updates for the year at WWDC, it made clear that the first public beta versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS would go live sometime in July. Whoops! Never mind. The company just let us know they'll be rel...

Mark Hamill and other stars will read the Mueller Report live at 9PM ET

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:15pm
On Monday night, a group of Hollywood stars will take part in a live reading of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, a play based on the Mueller report. The likes of Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow and Alyssa Milano are am...

macOS Catalina preview: It's all about the apps

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:00pm
Three weeks ago, Apple was holding court at the San Jose Convention Center, where it kicked off its annual developer conference with first looks at iOS 13, iPadOS and the latest version of macOS, Catalina. Today the company is releasing Catalina in b...

7-Eleven can deliver your Slurpees to parks and beaches

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:37am
7-Eleven has a way for its 7Now deliveries to stand out from the herd: let you order in all kinds of public spaces. An update to its 7Now app for iOS lets you ask for delivery to "pins," or commonly accessible locations like parks, beaches, concert...

Senate bill would make companies put a price on personal data

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:20am
Many will tell you that internet giants see your data as their most valuable resource, but politicians now want to put a number on that value. Senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley are introducing the Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden O...

Microsoft's dual-screen tablet could run Android apps

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 9:13am
Microsoft could release a radically different Surface as early as the first half of 2020. Rumors about a dual-screen tablet have been circulating since last year, and the company reportedly showed a similar device to employees earlier this month. Now...

BET+ streaming service launches this fall with Tyler Perry's help

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:48am
The rumor was true -- BET is launching a streaming service. The newly official BET+ is due to launch in the fall and will work closely with Tyler Perry Studios to offer a host of African American-focused on-demand video to subscribers. In addition to...

Google’s new curriculum teaches kids how to detect disinformation

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:00am
When Google launched its "Be Internet Awesome" curriculum for educators a couple of years ago, it focused its efforts on teaching children about online safety. This year, however, the company is adding a new component to its campaign: media literacy....

Samsung's new SmartThings camera and smart plug don't need the hub

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:00am
Samsung is adding a camera, a WiFi smart plug and a smart bulb to its range of SmartThings devices available in the US. The indoor camera has full HD and HDR capabilities -- plus, it has a 145-degree view to be able to monitor a wider part of your ho...

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: An Alexa display with alarm clock smarts

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:00am
When Amazon introduced the second-gen Echo Show display last year, it was a huge upgrade over the original, with a built-in browser, better sound and more video options than before. Just months later, however, and Amazon has released a new model call...

Daimler forced to recall more Mercedes cars in emissions cheat probe

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 7:31am
Things are getting worse for German auto manufacturer Daimler after local newspaper Bild reported that the company is recalling a further 60,000 Mercedes cars.

Bill Gates claims his ‘greatest mistake’ was not beating Android

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 7:02am
Bill Gates has spoken candidly about his regrets as the leader of Microsoft, most particularly the company's attempts to build a dominant mobile OS. As reported by The Verge, during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global, Gates said "the...

The Morning After: US 'launched cyber-attack' on Iranian weapons systems

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 6:03am
Good morning, there! If you've been waiting on making your own media hub, a new 4K-ready Raspberry Pi model might be exactly what you're after. Elsewhere, the US used a cyberattack to take down an Iranian missile control base.

Xiaomi's new Mi CC phones are aimed at young people

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 4:45am
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has struggled to sell phones recently, so now it's spreading its offerings to cater to specific sets of customers. In this case, it's targeting the younger generation with the launch of Mi CC, a new series of smartphones a...

The new Raspberry Pi 4 is ready for 4K video

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 1:00am
Like the Raspberry Pi but wish it had a little more oomph for your homebrew projects? You might have what you need. The newly released Raspberry Pi 4 Model B mates the familiar tiny computer-on-a-board design with "ground-breaking" boosts to performa...

Fast delivery may negate the environmental benefits of online shopping

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:09pm
Many will tell you that online shopping is more eco-friendly since you don't have to drive as often, but just the opposite might be true in recent years. Axios has warned that the increasing number of super-fast delivery options may be leading to mo...

Minnesota cop receives $585,000 after fellow officers spied on DMV data

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 8:42pm
The city of Minneapolis is learning a hard lesson about the importance of placing checks on government data access. A court has awarded police officer Amy Krekelberg a total of $585,000 after she sued Minneapolis and two fellow officers for allegedl...

Robot 'duck' keeps weeds out of rice paddies

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 7:28pm
For rice farmers, ducks have been a viable way to keep their crops healthy -- they destroy weeds, eat bugs and fertilize crops without using harmful chemicals. And now, a Nissan technician might have an alternative when fowl isn't an option. He's t...

Blizzard's global esports director quits amid turmoil

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 6:11pm
Blizzard's esports team just lost another major leader -- global esports director Kim Phan has left Blizzard to pursue a "new endeavor" in the gaming industry. The veteran didn't harbor ill will against Blizzard in her farewell post (she plans to at...

NASA's Astrobee cube robot flies in space for the first time

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:57pm
NASA's Astrobee cube robots are finally earning their space wings... in a manner of speaking. The agency has confirmed that one of the bots, Bumble, flew on its own for the first time aboard the International Space Station on June 14th. While the t...