The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017 Good morning! Wikileaks is at it again, this time going after the CIA. Flickr has learned a new trick, offering a Google Photos-like "similarity search" and we know the name of Star Trek's next captain. But first things first — make sure you've ent… Source: Engadget Link: The […]

Amazon is now managing its own ocean freight

Amazon is now managing its own ocean freight Amazon has been working for a while now to build out its shipping and distribution network. Now the online retailer has started coordinating its own shipments from Chinese merchants to its warehouses in the US via ocean freighters. The Wall Street Jo… Source: Engadget Link: Amazon is […]

Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with Charter (updated)

Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with Charter (updated) AT&T bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in 2014 and now it looks like another wireless carrier is interested in getting into the television business. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon is exploring a combination with Charter Communication… Source: Engadget Link: Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with […]

Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted candy

Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted candy If you're a creature of habit who doesn't mind introducing a little branding into your home, Amazon's one-touch ordering buttons are useful for re-stocking everything from laundry detergent to Nerf ammo. They can even be programmed to remind you that… Source: Engadget Link: Amazon […]

Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest Trump

Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest Trump If you were determined to make a political protest through art, and had the luxuries of both fame and modern technology? For Shia LaBeouf, it's simple: start an ambitious livestreaming project. The actor (along with Nastja Säde Rönkk&ouml… Source: Engadget Link: Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year […]

Recommended Reading: Video games and the issue of slavery

Recommended Reading: Video games and the issue of slavery How Historical Games Integrate or Ignore Slavery Amanda Kerri, Rock Paper Shotgun Video games certainly don't claim to always offer a depiction of the "real world," but for those titles rooted in historical events, how the narrative addresses cert… Source: Engadget Link: Recommended Reading: Video games […]

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star Trek' fan film

CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star Trek' fan film It's been a wild ride for the folks behind the Axanar Star Trek fan film, but it's finally over — the fan production group has settled its lawsuit with CBS and Paramount. The terms of the agreement aren't completely clear, but both parties have anno… […]

These connected shoes could help you run faster, smarter and safer

These connected shoes could help you run faster, smarter and safer Power laces and 3D-printed materials aren't the only things shaping the future of footwear. If Sensoria and Vivobarefoot have their way, people could soon be wearing shoes packed with tech to help them run faster, smarter and safer. At CES 2017, the… Source: Engadget […]

Regulators approve VW plan to fix 70,000 more diesel vehicles

Regulators approve VW plan to fix 70,000 more diesel vehicles Before it can reinvent itself as an EV automaker, Volkswagen still has to clean up the remnants of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal that has cost the company billions in buyback programs, repairs and class action settlements. With so many different mod… Source: Engadget Link: Regulators […]

Trump could convert government news agencies to propaganda machines

Trump could convert government news agencies to propaganda machines One more thing President-elect Trump will inherit when he takes office next month: a large, state-run media operation with little or no impartial oversight. As the Washington Post's editorial board wrote this weekend, the United States' official exte… Source: Engadget Link: Trump could convert government news […]

How Instagram Convinces Us to Eat Terrible-Tasting Food

How Instagram Convinces Us to Eat Terrible-Tasting Food The Rainbow Grilled Cheese. Image: Chomp Eatery San Francisco is a city of long lines, and on a Saturday afternoon few lines here are longer than the one in front of the Chocolate Chair in Japantown. The Chocolate Chair’s specialty is Dragon’s Breath, neon-colored balls of puffed […]

Mobile shopping reaches an all-time high on Black Friday

Mobile shopping reaches an all-time high on Black Friday Did you get some of your holiday gift shopping done on your phone, instead of your PC? You're far from alone. Adobe has determined that mobile shopping (both phone and tablet) was responsible for $1.2 billion in US online sales on Black Friday — the… Source: […]

'Cards Against Humanity' hole is a crowdfunding metaphor

'Cards Against Humanity' hole is a crowdfunding metaphor The Cards Against Humanity crew is no stranger to backing projects that are alternately very helpful and utterly pointless, and its latest is squarely in the latter camp. It's crowdfunding the Holiday Hole, which is… a hole in the ground. That's… Source: Engadget Link: 'Cards Against Humanity' […]

Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments that insulted him

Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments that insulted him Like a lot of forums, the moderators at Reddit have the freedom to ban or allow whatever post or account they deem unsuitable. But Reddit CEO Steve Huffman went a step beyond that recently when he directly meddled with comments that were critical of… Source: Engadget […]

The Navy's $4 billion stealth destroyer has malfunctioned again

The Navy's billion stealth destroyer has malfunctioned again The US Navy hasn't exactly been having the best of luck with its pricey new ship. Only weeks after it was officially commissioned the USS Zumwalt, the Navy's new $4.4 billion destroyer has already been put out of action. Source: Engadget Link: The Navy's billion stealth destroyer […]

Fake news sites are using Amazon to hire their writers

Fake news sites are using Amazon to hire their writers It appears that right wing websites that traffic in "alt-right" fake news are using Amazon's Mechanical Turk system to recruit writers to produce content for them. The Mechanical Turk platform is an "odd-job board" where companies can hire random fol… Source: Engadget Link: Fake news […]

Former Uber drivers can appeal bans in New York City

Former Uber drivers can appeal bans in New York City If Uber kicks out a driver, that's usually all she wrote. They have to look for new work, even if the final offense was something beyond their control. In New York City, however, it's a different story. A newly instituted appeals process, the resu… Source: […]

Johnnie Walker's drunk-driving VR experience lacks subtlety

Johnnie Walker's drunk-driving VR experience lacks subtlety You've probably considered the importance of avoiding drinking and driving, but I'm guessing you've never experienced the consequences of it in VR. Johnnie Walker teamed up with Samsung to create Decisions, a virtual reality video that lets you see,… Source: Engadget Link: Johnnie Walker's drunk-driving VR experience lacks […]