Postmates' speedy booze delivery begins drop-offs in NYC and Texas

Postmates' speedy booze delivery begins drop-offs in NYC and Texas Postmates' on-demand alcohol service is now available well beyond California's borders. On top of an expansion to Miami in May, the internet delivery mainstay is now making its Drinks feature available in New York City (in Brooklyn and Manhattan) as… Source: Engadget Link: Postmates' speedy […]

You won't escape Google ads in VR

You won't escape Google ads in VR Sorry, folks, donning a virtual reality headset won't offer a refuge from internet advertising. Google's Area 120 incubator is experimenting with online ad formats designed with VR in mind. It's a lot trickier than slapping a banner on a website, a… Source: Engadget Link: You won't escape Google […]

DHS won’t expand its laptop ban to all US-bound flights just yet

DHS won’t expand its laptop ban to all US-bound flights just yet In a statement today, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced expanded security measures for US-bound flights. Kelly said the new measures were in response to terrorist groups' "renewed interest" in targeting airlines. "We cannot play intern… Source: Engadget Link: DHS won’t expand its […]

Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against people with disabilities

Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against people with disabilities Uber launched a couple of new programs back in 2014 to serve people who use wheelchairs. UberAssist is a way to hail an UberX driver trained in accessibility and whose car can accommodate a folding wheelchair. UberWAV will send you an actual accessib… Source: Engadget Link: Lawsuit […]

Fox Sports brings its 'virtual suite' to Gold Cup VR broadcasts

Fox Sports brings its 'virtual suite' to Gold Cup VR broadcasts Fox Sports is no stranger to VR. The network broadcasted Super Bowl 51 via a virtual suite of sorts, for instance. Now Fox is taking that further with the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer championship. The footie action starts July 8th with the USA vs. […]

Google Photos' AI-powered sharing is now available

Google Photos' AI-powered sharing is now available Google is making good on its promise of AI-assisted photo sharing. A Google Photos upgrade arriving this week uses machine learning to suggest pictures based on both your own sharing habits, the people in the photos, and whether or not they're part o… Source: Engadget Link: Google Photos' […]

Canada says court order to pull Google results applies worldwide

Canada says court order to pull Google results applies worldwide In 2012, Canadian manufacturer Equustek asked Google to remove search results relating to a court case against Datalink, a distributor of the former company's network devices. While Google complied with the request, it only did so in Canada itself. T… Source: Engadget Link: Canada says […]

DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer

DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer The Democratic National Committee has selected ex-Twitter VP Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer. Krikorian was until recently the senior director of engineering at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, but left the company in February. Source: Engadget Link: DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology […]

US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia

US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia Yesterday, a number of Ukrainian and Russian companies and state agencies reported being hit by a cyberattack, the results of which ranged from flight delays at Boryspil airport to a shutdown of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's automatic radiation mon… Source: Engadget Link: US hit by cyberattack […]

Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today…. Source: Engadget […]

Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's Echo, and now includes Google Home and Apple HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm. It has just unveiled a reference "smart audio" design, including microphone, speaker and voice… Source: Engadget Link: Qualcomm’s […]

The Morning After: Wednesday, June 14th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, June 14th 2017 Welcome to the middle of the week. It was Nintendo's turn to dominate E3, the world's biggest gaming show. Super Mario Odyssey is coming to the Switch this October, Intel is making VR better and the Atari 2600 is back. Kind of. Source: Engadget Link: The Morning After: […]

TSA begins testing fingerprint check-ins at two US airports

TSA begins testing fingerprint check-ins at two US airports It's never a nice experience to stand in line at the airport for hours just to get a pat down when you get to the end. Hopefully, TSA's new biometric fingerprint tech could make air travel a more pleasant experience for most people. Starting this wee… […]

Facebook Messenger's AI 'M' can now assist you in Spanish

Facebook Messenger's AI 'M' can now assist you in Spanish It sounds like Facebook "M," the AI-powered virtual assistant for Messenger, has learned a new language. According to the social network, it can now dole out suggestions in Spanish if that's your default language in the US or if you're in Mexico. The… Source: Engadget […]

Intel’s wireless HTC Vive add-on is where VR is headed

Intel’s wireless HTC Vive add-on is where VR is headed Complexity is bad for VR. The lengthy wires you need to connect a VR headset to your gaming PC or PlayStation 4 might not be a huge deal to geeks, but they're the sort of thing mainstream consumers would never live with. We know wireless […]

Uber board member resigns after making a sexist remark

Uber board member resigns after making a sexist remark Are you familiar with David Bonderman? If not, you might now remember him as the Uber board member who resigned because he made sexist remark during a meeting meant to address the company's toxic, misogynistic culture. At the meeting, board member Ar… Source: Engadget Link: Uber […]

Sony's fantastical Toio cubes combine robotics with papercraft

Sony's fantastical Toio cubes combine robotics with papercraft Sony's made some endearingly offbeat electronic toys over the years — looking at you people who gave your Aibos funerals. The company's newest addition to its crowdfunding site, First Flight, is likely to evoke the same response. Say hello to the To… Source: Engadget Link: Sony's fantastical […]

Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch

Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch Audi will launch its next generation A8, which is expected to have level 3 autonomous, on July 11th. Ahead of that unveiling, the company released a video of the new vehicle parking itself. Source: Engadget Link: Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch

Lyft teams up with Jaguar to test autonomous cars

Lyft teams up with Jaguar to test autonomous cars There's a lot of reasons for the folks at Lyft to be happy, and not all of them involve schadenfreude about what's going down across the street. The ride-sharing company recently scored a further $600 million in investment, $25 million of which came… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Essential phone is exclusive to America’s 4th biggest carrier

Essential phone is exclusive to America’s 4th biggest carrier Essential's PH-1, the premium handset from Andy Rubin, will only be available on America's fourth biggest mobile network. USA Today broke the news after an interview with Essential's Niccolo de Masi, who said that the device would be a carrier exclus… Source: Engadget Link: Essential phone […]