Apple reportedly announcing a slew of MacBook updates next month

Apple reportedly announcing a slew of MacBook updates next month Apple's annual developer conference hasn't been a venue for product launches in four years, but it might produce a bumper crop of laptops this time around. Bloomberg sources hear that Apple is planning to upgrade at least the 12-inch MacBook and Mac… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Recommended Reading: What if there were a PBS of social networks?

Recommended Reading: What if there were a PBS of social networks? The Case for a Taxpayer-Supported Version of Facebook Ethan Zuckerman, The Atlantic What if there were a publicly-funded social network open to all that provided a diverse world view rather than an echo chamber catered to one's deeply-held princip… Source: Engadget Link: Recommended Reading: […]

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Sto… Source: Engadget Link: How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy […]

Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a merger again

Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a merger again Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly trying to pick up where they left off a few years ago. According to Bloomberg, the mobile carriers and their parent companies, Softbank (Sprint) and Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile), have been unofficially talking abo… Source: Engadget Link: Bloomberg: Sprint and […]

Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks

Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS. As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it's taking this "highly unusual" step aft… Source: Engadget Link: Microsoft patches […]

Intel and Samsung back FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

Intel and Samsung back FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm The Federal Trade Commission kicked off 2017 by targeting Qualcomm over allegedly anti-competitive behavior, and unsurprisingly, companies the chipmaker competes with agree. Intel and Samsung filed briefs supporting the FTC lawsuit, claiming that Qua… Source: Engadget Link: Intel and Samsung back FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm

Germany legalizes self-driving car tests

Germany legalizes self-driving car tests German automakers won't have to bring their experimental autonomous cars to California for testing anymore. The country has just approved a law allowing companies to test their self-driving cars on its roads, so long as they follow a set of condition… Source: Engadget Link: Germany legalizes self-driving car tests

Watch the world’s first skydive from a drone

Watch the world’s first skydive from a drone Unlike typical consumer-aimed quadcopter drones, Latvian company Aerones specializes in big UAVs that can carry hefty loads. Last year, they showed off one of their big lifter's prowess by towing YouTuber Kaspars Balamovskis on a snowboarding run. To… Source: Engadget Link: Watch the world’s first skydive from […]

Pay an American Express bill just by talking to Alexa

Pay an American Express bill just by talking to Alexa With Amazon's Alexa getting smarter every day, soon enough you won't have to do much yourself. American Express is the latest company to tap into the virtual assistant's skills, allowing customers to use voice commands to check their account balance,… Source: Engadget Link: Pay an […]

MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3 is dead, long live AAC MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired — in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits,… Source: Engadget Link: MP3 is dead, long live AAC

'Madden 18' may follow 'FIFA 17' with a story mode of its own

'Madden 18' may follow 'FIFA 17' with a story mode of its own It looks like American football is taking something from soccer beyond the sport's name. Well, as far as Electronic Arts' virtual versions go, that is. This year's Madden will feature a full-fledged story mode akin to what FIFA '17 had. In the […]

Microsoft revealed its plans for world domination at Build

Microsoft revealed its plans for world domination at Build Microsoft just wrapped up its Build developer conference, and the unifying theme was clear: Windows and Cortana everywhere. Whether it's linking Windows to all your other devices or letting developers code for various platforms from their PCs, Micros… Source: Engadget Link: Microsoft revealed its plans for […]

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety It's an exciting time for spaceflight, for sure. Both NASA and SpaceX have plans in place to send rockets and humans into our solar system. Elon Musk's company wants to use the moon as a pit stop on its way to Mars, and NASA […]

Google Home can now recognize more than one person

Google Home can now recognize more than one person Google's Home device is late to the domestic AI assistant game, but it can do one trick that Alexa can't right now: Tell family members apart just by their voices. Up to six people can link their Google accounts to one Home device, then train Google'… […]

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races Last year, I asked a simple question: Can drone racing become as big as eSports? While we wait to find out, one of the leading race organizers — the Drone Racing League — is making all the right moves this year to make that answer yes. […]

Western Digital unveils its first portable SSD

Western Digital unveils its first portable SSD Western Digital only just started accepting that SSDs are ready for the mainstream, but it's making up for that lost time by launching its first portable SSD just months after unveiling a desktop drive. The simply-named My Passport SSD gives you 256G… Source: Engadget Link: Western Digital unveils […]

Apple says it's already patched 'many' Wikileaks iOS exploits

Apple says it's already patched 'many' Wikileaks iOS exploits Less than 24 hours ago, Wikileaks published a large cache of documents detailing top secret CIA operations conducted by its Center for Cyber Intelligence. Included in the 8,761 documents and files, referred to was Vault 7, are references to zero-day… Source: Engadget Link: Apple says it's […]

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 […]

Circle with Disney launches Alexa and rewards apps integration

Circle with Disney launches Alexa and rewards apps integration Circle with Disney, a device that gives you control over your kids' internet activities by connecting to your WiFi network, now has a "smart family" platform. It's called Circle Connection, and it gives you a way to connect the device's accompanying… Source: Engadget Link: Circle with […]

Twitter apps' Explore tab combines moments, trends and more

Twitter apps' Explore tab combines moments, trends and more A new Twitter tab marked "Explore" has squeezed its way between Home and Notifications in the microblogging website's mobile app. When it makes its way to your device, that's where you'll have to go to find Twitter's trending topics, Moments, search… Source: Engadget Link: Twitter apps' […]