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Twitch starts rolling out 1080p/60fps streaming option
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

Live streaming is quickly becoming not just the latest new trend but also the hottest new monetization source (read: ads). And while there are a lot of new live streaming platforms popping up, Twitch.tv is still considered to be the granddaddy of such services. It is only appropriate, then, that the now Amazon-owned company is initiating a new thrust that … Continue reading […]

Watch astronaut Peggy Whitson's historic spacewalk
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:29 am

Dr. Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the ISS, might soon also hold the record for the most spacewalks by a female astronaut. She's scheduled to step out of the ISS today (March 30th), and once she does, she'll have eclipsed the number of tim... […]

The Morning After: Thursday, March 30th 2017
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Yesterday we focused on Samsung's big Galaxy S8 reveal, and it didn't disappoint. If you need to get up to speed in a hurry, we boiled the entire event down into one nine-minute video that you can watch here. […]

Xbox One Creators Update brings new Guide, Beam, a lot more
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

Microsoft has finally announced the arrival of the Creators Update for Windows 10 and, in line with its goal to have a seamless and similar Windows experience across its devices, it is also making a huge announcement for the Xbox One. The changes aren’t going to be as huge as on Windows 10, but they are going to be substantial … Continue reading […]

T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is out and, naturally, carriers are jumping at the opportunity to announce their availability and promos. Ever the Un-carrier, T-Mobile is doing more than just revealing dates and prices. It is also saying why you’d want to get a Galaxy S8 from them. And that reason will be to achieve the smartphone’s full gigabit potential on … Continue reading […]

Microsoft's Twitch competitor can remind you to stretch
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:05 am

Microsoft's Twitch competitor, Beam, has arrived on Xbox One. And seemingly in an effort to keep streamers healthy, there are a few tools in the back-end to remind folks to do things like eat and stretch. Simply check the "Enable Health Reminders" bo... […]

Garmin Forerunner 935 smartwatch helps athletes train smarter
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 7:30 am

The mobile world might be awash with news about the Galaxy S8 and its little friends, but some companies still seem to have a smartwatch hangover from Baselworld last week. Coming late to the party is Garmin, which, contrary to the trend of recent smarwatch announcements, isn’t coming out with an Android Wear 2.0 wearable. Instead, the Forerunner 935 is … Continue reading […]

Domino's delivers pizza in Europe with wheeled drones
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

Domino's has unleashed another set of pizza delivery drones, this time in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, it worked with Flirtey to drop pizza to customers in New Zealand using unmanned aerial vehicles. For this pilot program, however, it cho... […]

HTC U with Snapdragon 835 shows up at AnTuTu
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

Samsung’s deal with Qualcomm seems to have thrown OEM’s launch schedules into disarray. Since the Snapdragon 835 won’t be available to any other smartphone maker until May at the earliest, companies are left with only two choices. Risk being late to get the Snapdragon 835, like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, or launch early but settle for a Snapdragon 821, … Continue reading […]

Police report explains little about Uber's autonomous wreck
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

After one of its self-driving Volvos in Tempe, Arizona was struck by another car, Uber temporarily shut down all autonomous testing in the state and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No major injuries resulted and both sites resumed operations early this... […]

Lyft tests a new fixed-route 'Shuttle' service for commuters
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 3:24 am

Now that shared rides represent a sizable portion of Uber and Lyft's business, both companies have been looking for new ways to expand their offerings while making the whole system more efficient and affordable at the same time. According to TechCrun... […]

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech
Posted by JC Torres on March 30, 2017 at 1:51 am

Samsung has finally, fully, and officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and with them comes the first iteration of Bixby, Samsung’s homegrown voice-controlled personal assistant. Naturally, Bixby is promised to be able to do more than your average voice-controlled personal assistant, but while we still have to wait for confirmation of its greatness, it will at least be … Continue reading […]

Bioware: Expect 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' support info Tuesday
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:42 am

The latest installment of Mass Effect is here, but so far, Andromeda doesn't look like it's a high point for the series. A Metacritic score in the 70s puts it well below earlier games that all rate in the 90s, as concerns have been raised over facial... […]

Motion-tracking projector puts a laser show on moving faces
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:09 am

The combination of face-mapping and video projections makes for a trippy experience. The technology transforms the human face into a canvas for digital art. When a bright red lightning bolt appeared on Lady Gaga's face during her David Bowie tribute... […]

SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket will be launched tomorrow
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 30, 2017 at 12:52 am

Tomorrow, March 30th, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. Such a launch, in and of itself, wouldn’t be unusual for the company. What makes this particular launch interesting is what it represents: the potential ability to recycle rockets, another way to keep costs down and launch rates up. While the entire rocket wasn’t previously … Continue reading […]

Latest Tesla patch enables Autosteer at 80 mph for HW2 models
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 12:17 am

The new Autopilot features have been lurking in Tesla's latest electric vehicles for a few months and now they're ready to go live. For HW2 vehicles we're talking things like the Lane Departure Warning system, Autosteer at much higher speeds (80mph v... […]

Domino’s will start delivering pizzas with robots in Europe
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 30, 2017 at 12:08 am

Domino’s, the same pizza company that has embraced drones, will soon start delivering some pizzas in Europe using delivery robots. The machines were created by Starship Technologies, a company based out of London that has developed a self-driving robot with six wheels. The deliveries will be limited to some cities in the Netherlands and Germany to start with; whether they’ll … Continue reading […]

Mercedes steps up its electric car production plans
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 11:29 pm

When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler unveiled plans to have at least six electric cars on the market within a decade, it was clearly being conservative. The automaker has announced that it's accelerating those plans, with over 10 EVs on the road by 202... […]

Adidas ALL DAY fitness app takes athletes through a full day
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Adidas has introduced its new ALL DAY fitness app designed to motivate athletes and fitness enthusiasts throughout the entire day, staying relevant morning through night. The app focuses on four core categories that Adidas says drives performance and wellbeing among athletes: Movement, Nutrition, Mindset, and Rest. When the app launches, it’ll include things like workouts from well-known trainers, diet tips … Continue reading […]

FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband subsidies
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm

When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai froze the plan to include nine broadband companies in the commission's Lifeline program in February, the future of low-cost, government subsidized internet access suddenly seemed uncertain. Now, nearly two months later, Cha... […]

Ford recalls nearly half a million cars over door latches and fire risk
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Ford has announced a pair of recalls that collectively span 440,000 vehicles in North America. Of the two recalls, one affects 211,000 cars and concerns possibly faulty side door latches; the other recall covers about 230,000 vehicles that are at risk of fires under the hood. Though the automaker has had more than two dozen reports of such fires, there … Continue reading […]

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Bluetooth 5.0
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm

You didn't have to wait long to see the first phone packing Bluetooth 5.0 -- in fact, it's less than a month away. When Samsung posted the specs for its brand new Galaxy S8 line, it quietly let slip that the smartphones would use the bleeding edge wi... […]

Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 29, 2017 at 9:37 pm

First launched on a restricted basis back in December, Facebook has now made its 360-degree livestreaming video available to anyone and everyone. The general availability of the product comes alongside support for several additional camera models, including Samsung’s newly unveiled Gear 360 camera and some other well-known models. The product works the same as Facebook’s ordinary livestreaming video service, only … Continue reading […]

Tribeca announces art-focused Games Festival with Hideo Kojima
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 9:37 pm

Tribeca was the first film festival to embrace video games as a storytelling medium, showcasing the world premiere of detective game L.A. Noire nearly six years ago. Now, the organization is teaming up with publication Kill Screen to launch the inaug... […]

One of Jupiter's asteroid 'moons' is orbiting backwards
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm

As a rule, you can safely assume that moons and asteroids will all orbit a planet in the same direction. If they didn't, interactions with their host would likely send them flying off course. However, it's now clear that there are exceptions to thi... […]

Rocket League for Nintendo Switch might happen after all
Posted by Eric Abent on March 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Given its portable nature, the Nintendo Switch seems perfect for pick up and play games that don’t require a large time investment to be fun. Perhaps the king of such games is Rocket League, which has built a huge following of fans since releasing in 2015. So, it would logically follow that the Nintendo Switch and Rocket League were made … Continue reading […]

Yi 4K+ Action Camera now available, offers 60fps UHD recording
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Chinese company Yi Technology has announced the availability of its Yi 4K+ action camera, its first action cam model to offer 4K video recording at a relatively high 60fps. The company makes pretty big claims about its camera, including that it offers better detail and sharpness than any other competing action camera available. This is an update to the company’s … Continue reading […]

Blizzard puts a smidge of 'Overwatch' in 'Heroes of the Storm'
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Blizzard is working hard to overhaul its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm. The studio has announced some big changes are coming in the game's 2.0 update, including a new reward system similar to Blizzard's hugel... […]

Watch Samsung's Galaxy S8 event in under nine minutes
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 8:15 pm

After a 15-minute "you can still trust us" intro, endless inspired-by-your-dreams cliches and enough specs to benumb the most caffeinated tech blogger, Samsung actually unveiled two damn good phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. We wouldn't be so cruel as... […]

Lightform device details from the company’s CEO
Posted by Chris Burns on March 29, 2017 at 8:14 pm

Yesterday we brought you a brief rundown of what Lightform was and will be, and today we’ve got a few more bits and pieces from the company’s CEO. Lightform is a company and a device – the device works with a projector to scan any environment and project light into that environment unique to that environment. This sort of technology … Continue reading […]

BlackBerry, freed of handsets, looks to software for return to glory
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:23 am

TORONTO (Reuters) - Although BlackBerry Ltd has extricated itself from the smartphone handsets that weighed on its recent fortunes, the Canadian firm faces a tough slog to convince skeptics it can return to its glory days through an enlarged software business. […]

Toshiba gets go-ahead for chip unit sale at angry shareholder meeting
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Chiba, JAPAN (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp shareholders agreed to split off its prized NAND flash memory unit on Thursday, paving the way for a sale to raise at least $9 billion to cover U.S. nuclear unit charges that threaten the conglomerate's future. […]

Batteries included as Hyundai amps up electric car ambitions
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:22 am

YONGIN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co is developing its first dedicated architecture for electric vehicles, an executive told Reuters, seeking to catch up with the likes of Tesla in the growing segment with multiple, long-range models. […]

U.S. agency moves to shake up government-subsidized telecom program
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:06 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to reverse an Obama era decision that allowed it to approve companies to offer government-subsidized telecommunications services to low-income families, the agency's Republican head said on Wednesday. […]

Amazon plans layoffs at Quidsi unit after losses
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 12:24 am

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc plans to cut 263 jobs at its money-losing parenting products unit Quidsi this summer as part of a business restructuring, it said in a notice filed with New Jersey on Wednesday. […]

Someone is putting lots of work into hacking Github developers
Posted by Dan Goodin on March 30, 2017 at 12:24 am

Dimnie recon trojan has flown under the radar for three years ... until now. […]

Samsung launches Galaxy S8 and dreams of recovery from Note 7
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

SEOUL/NEW YORK - (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s. […]

Secretly recorded Planned Parenthood tapes barred from publication
Posted by David Kravets on March 29, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Two activists criminally charged with allegedly violating privacy of people filmed. […]

Waymo self-driving unit sought arbitration over engineer now at Uber
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving unit sought to arbitrate claims last year against a former employee at the center of its lawsuit against Uber, court records released on Wednesday showed, in what Uber said strengthened its bid to get the case out of court and into arbitration. […]

Intel is keeping Moore’s Law alive by making bigger improvements less often
Posted by Peter Bright on March 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm

And the company wants to change how process nodes are named. […]

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign
Posted by Ron Amadeo on March 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Super slim bezels and software buttons make this Samsung’s biggest redesign ever. […]

Nuclear giant Westinghouse files for bankruptcy after costs skyrocketed
Posted by Megan Geuss on March 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Capital-intensive reactors in the US are $1 billion to $1.3 billion over budget. […]

Lamar Smith claims climate scientists not following scientific method
Posted by John Timmer on March 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Head of House Science Committee makes accusations he fails to back up. […]

White House says Trump to sign broadband privacy repeal
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet, the White House said on Wednesday. […]

FCC to halt expansion of broadband subsidies for poor people
Posted by Jon Brodkin on March 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Pai won't approve new applications, drops court defense of Lifeline broadband order. […]

Encounters with Jupiter send asteroid on a bizarre backward spin
Posted by John Timmer on March 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Each time it approaches Jupiter, its orbit gets reset. […]

Now You're the Manager, Time to Offer Guidance
Posted by Jill Gambon, Technology Journalist on March 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Whether you are a new manager or deeply experienced, be aware that you need to provide your IT staff with ongoing career guidance, as Interop ITX workshop present Rob Cordova explains. […]

$3.5 million crowdfunded drone campaign flops, lawsuit alleges
Posted by David Kravets on March 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

The Onagofly F115 is one of the highest crowdfunded Indiegogo projects. […]

“Samsung Dex” is a Galaxy S8 dock that makes your phone into a desktop
Posted by Andrew Cunningham on March 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Another product blurs the lines between phone and desktop. […]

“Samsung Connect” wrangles all the insecure Things in your Internet of Things
Posted by Lee Hutchinson on March 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Controlling your home—or the security-nightmare "smart" parts of it—with your voice. […]

Top EU court to weigh in on luxury brands' attempts to ban online sales
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's top court will begin a landmark case on Thursday which could determine whether luxury goods companies can stop retailers from selling their products via marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay. […]

Stealth update to enemy power causes an uproar in World of Warcraft
Posted by Kyle Orland on March 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Blizzard runs into problems rebalancing end-game challenge based on player gear. […]

Persona 5 brings depth and complexity to its Robin Hood tale
Posted by Ars Staff on March 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

People are more important than profit in this stylish Japanese RPG. […]

Samsung announces its newest flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+
Posted by Ron Amadeo on March 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Slim-bezeled phone available for pre-order March 30, launches April 21. […]

ISPs and FCC Chair Ajit Pai celebrate death of online privacy rules
Posted by Jon Brodkin on March 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Pai wants the FTC to regulate ISP privacy, but no rules are in place today. […]

Liveblog: The Samsung Galaxy S8 launch
Posted by Ron Amadeo on March 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Follow along with us as Samsung unveils its all-new flagship. […]

Android Wear 2.0 begins rolling out, but only to three watches for now
Posted by Valentina Palladino on March 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

The rest of us will have to wait some more. […]

Google adds “order ahead” feature to Waze, letting you skip the morning coffee line
Posted by Valentina Palladino on March 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm

Dunkin' Donuts is the first partner. […]

Blue Origin teases more images of its New Shepard capsule
Posted by Eric Berger on March 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

The company hasn't disclosed pricing for the roughly 10-minute flight into space. […]

Review: Windows 10 Creators Update is quite a small major update
Posted by Peter Bright on March 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Arriving April 11, it's not that creative, but Windows 10 keeps getting better. […]