Tech News from Around the Globe

Mark Zuckerberg will stream a speech on ‘free expression’ Thursday

Engadget - 1 hour 21 min ago
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to give a speech Thursday about his views on free expression and voice. Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post that it's the "most comprehensive take I've written about my views, why I believe voice is important,...

‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ gathered location data while users slept

Engadget - 2 hours 20 min ago
It's no secret that games like Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pokémon Go track their users' locations. But it can be alarming to see just how much data companies like Niantic have. As part of an extensive report on how tech companies are mapp...

Yahoo is shutting down its Groups website and deleting all content

Engadget - 2 hours 49 min ago
Yahoo (owned by Engadget's parent company Verizon) is phasing out one its longest-standing features. The internet pioneer is closing the Yahoo Groups website in a two-phase process that will effectively see it disappear. You'll lose the ability to...

Google discontinues Clips, the AI-powered camera you forgot about

Engadget - 3 hours 30 min ago
While Google was busy showcasing its latest devices yesterday, it was also, more quietly, pulling the plug on a few others. Today, it confirmed that it has removed its Clips camera from the Google Store.

Netflix grows to 158 million subscribers as Disney+ looms

Engadget - 3 hours 39 min ago
Netflix just released its results for Q3 in 2019 (PDF), showing that it added slightly fewer subscribers (6.77 million) than the 7 million it anticipated, while still notching an all-time record for the quarter. The company cited lower retention rate...

Japanese airline's robots could let the elderly 'travel' from home

Engadget - 4 hours 16 min ago
If your inability to travel prevents you from embarking on a dream vacation, a robot might one day stand in your place. Japan's All Nippon Airways has unveiled plans to deploy 1,000 "Newme" telepresence robots as surrogates for people whose health pr...

Virgin Galactic passengers will wear these Under Armour spacesuits

Engadget - 4 hours 33 min ago
Yesterday, NASA revealed the spacesuits its astronauts will wear on future Moon and Mars missions. They're impressive but clunky and a little heavy-handed on the patriotic theme. As you might expect, commercial space travel will be a bit more stylish...

Showtime is turning the story of Uber into a TV series

Engadget - 5 hours 15 min ago
It seems Showtime reckons the turbulent behind-the-scenes story of Uber is good fodder for a TV show. It's developing a limited series about the ups and downs of the ridesharing company. Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien will writ...

The FCC voted to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Engadget - 5 hours 44 min ago
Today, the FCC formally approved the contested T-Mobile and Sprint merger, The Verge reports. But commissioners are still speaking out. Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks released statements explaining their decisions to vote again...

You can tell Alexa to pay your bills (if you're in India)

Engadget - 6 hours 3 min ago
Amazon Pay users in India can now ask Alexa to pay their utility, internet, mobile and TV bills, according to TechCrunch. Indian Amazon Pay users can take advantage of the cross-platform functionality with any Alexa-enabled device, not just first-par...

'PUBG' season 5 will have throwable items and weapons

Engadget - 6 hours 16 min ago
Season 5 of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is about to get underway, and PUBG Corp has offered some details on what's in store. One of the bigger additions is spike traps, which you can place in the path of an enemy car to pop the tires.

Law enforcement shuts down largest known child porn site on the dark web

Engadget - 6 hours 29 min ago
The US just scored a significant coup against crime on the dark web. Federal agents and international partners have taken down Welcome To Video, believed to be the largest child pornography darknet site to date based on its sheer volume of content....

Moto G8 Plus may borrow features from higher-end phones

Engadget - 6 hours 33 min ago
The Moto G7 family is barely months old, but that apparently isn't stopping Motorola from readying a quick follow up. Both WinFuture and Mobilkopen claim to have leaks of Moto G8 devices, and the headlining Moto G8 Plus appears to borrow features fr...

Google needs a sustainable phone moonshot

Engadget - 6 hours 44 min ago
"Developing sustainable solutions to mass production and consumption is one of the biggest challenges we face today as an industry," Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for devices and services said onstage yesterday. "It impacts all of us...

Hulu revamp uses 'like' and 'dislike' buttons to personalize suggestions

Engadget - 7 hours 7 min ago
Hulu is determined to improve its recommendations, and one of its biggest upgrades will seem remarkably familiar to some. It's adding Netflix-style "like" and "dislike" buttons to indicate that you'd either like to see similar titles or never to see...

Uber is adding electric mopeds to its app in Paris

Engadget - 7 hours 20 min ago
Beginning next month, Uber users in Paris will be able to book trips on Cityscoot's electric mopeds through the app. This marks the first time Uber has offered e-mopeds through its app, and the company says it's part of its goal to become a one-stop...

Volvo unveils the XC40 EV, its first full-electric vehicle

Engadget - 7 hours 28 min ago
Not to be outdone by its electrified-performance sibling Polestar, Volvo today unveiled its all-wheel-drive (AWD) XC40 Recharge pure EV at an event in Los Angeles. The car looks exactly like its gas-powered counterpart and will house a 78kWh battery...

Gigantamax Pikachu is coming to ‘Pokémon Sword’ and ‘Shield’

Engadget - 7 hours 35 min ago
We know that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will feature a new mechanic called Gigantamaxing, which will turn certain creatures into giant forms and give them a special move. Today, Nintendo revealed the Gigantamax forms for some of t...

UK finally abandons its unworkable ‘porn block’ plan

Engadget - 7 hours 48 min ago
The UK has conceded that its regularly-delayed proposal to create a nationwide adult content firewall will not go ahead. The system, due to be implemented in April 2018, December 2018, July 2019, the near future, has been abandoned, for now. In a sta...

Neil Patrick Harris to join Matrix 4 cast, report says - CNET

CNet Tech News - 7 hours 48 min ago
He'll star alongside Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, according to Variety. And Jada Pinkett Smith is reportedly in negotiations to join the film.