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Roku update brings surround sound to Smart Soundbar
Posted by Eric Abent on January 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

Roku today announced that it will soon be pushing an update to its smart soundbars that will enable support for surround sound setups. At the same time, Walmart is launching new Roku wireless surround sound speakers through its onn brand, so if you need to buy additional speakers to pad out your surround sound setup once this update ships, Walmart … Continue reading […]

The best pre-Super Bowl deals for 4K TVs and streaming
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

With the big game right around the corner -- I mean Super Bowl LIV, in case that isn't clear -- it's once again time to consider making a TV upgrade. If you need a little something extra to make sure football fans stop by your party instead of stayin... […]

Pokemon GO Battle League: 5 essential details for you to win
Posted by Chris Burns on January 29, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Today we’re taking a peek at the first round of details about the upcoming Pokemon GO Battle League Season 0 (preseason), starting on Monday, February 10, 2020. This is just ONE PART of the roll-out of this system – four dates make this first season and “preseason” clear. Pokemon GO Battle League is a triathlon-style player vs. player Pokemon battle … Continue reading […]

Samsung's first 5G tablet goes on sale in South Korea
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Samsung has followed through on its plans to release a 5G tablet, and... it's exactly what you'd expect. The tech giant has introduced a Galaxy Tab S6 5G in South Korea that really is just the standard Galaxy Tab S6 with a 5G modem (the Snapdragon X... […]

Color-changing bandages detect and treat drug-resistant infections
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:13 pm

It may sound dramatic, but antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it's urgent that we change the way we prescribe and use antibiotics. One approach might be to use banda... […]

You should change this new Facebook privacy option right now
Posted by Chris Burns on January 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Facebook made an update to Privacy options this week that allows users to stop tracking with “off-Facebook activity.” If you get to the “Off-Facebook activity” section of your Privacy Settings, you’ll see the option to stop “Future off-Facebook activity.” That option can be switched OFF, at which point you’ll be warned by Facebook that “Your experience may be less personalized … Continue reading […]

Nintendo wins legal battle against one of Tokyo's real-life 'Mario Kart' tours
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Mario Kart-themed go-karts may soon disappear from the streets of Tokyo following a decisive legal win by Nintendo. On Wednesday, the gaming giant announced that Japan's Intellectual Property High Court had ordered Mari Mobility, one of the more popu... […]

Valve Index got a major sales boost from Half-Life: Alyx
Posted by Eric Abent on January 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm

Late last year, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, which constituted something of a risk on the company’s part. By the time it releases, Half-Life: Alyx will be the first game in the beloved Half-Life series in nearly 13 years, and in making Alyx a VR game, there was certainly the potential for backlash from a significant portion of the fanbase. As … Continue reading […]

EU won't unilaterally ban Huawei gear from 5G networks
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:15 pm

The UK isn't the only one pushing back against US attempts to demand blanket bans on Huawei 5G gear. The European Commission has set guidelines that let EU countries make their own judgments on whether to limit or exclude "high risk" wireless suppli... […]

Scientists tried to recreate a mummy's voice with an electronic larynx
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Researchers recently resurrected the "voice" of an ancient priest for the first time since his death over 3,000 years ago. Called Nesyamun, he lived during the time of the pharaoh Rameses XI, who ruled from 1107 to 1078 BC. The team used a combinatio... […]

Caltech study may have explained Martian atmosphere mystery
Posted by Shane McGlaun on January 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

In the mid-1960s, scientists from Caltech, Robert B. Leighton, and Bruce C. Murray theorized about the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere that was discovered on a flyby by Mariner IV. The scientists theorized that Mars could have a long-term stable polar deposit of carbon dioxide ice that could control the global atmospheric pressure. A new Caltech study suggests that … Continue reading […]

Lab-grown heart muscles transplanted into a human for the first time
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Researchers in Japan have successfully carried out the world's first transplant of lab-grown heart muscle cells, in a move which could significantly reduce the need for heart transplants. To grow the heart muscle cells, the scientists from Osaka Univ... […]

Lotus Evora GT410 slots into the line next to the GT410 Sport
Posted by Shane McGlaun on January 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Lotus has announced that its Evora line is now a two-model range. The existing Evora GT410 Sport continues, and the new ride is the Evora GT410. The GT410 Sport has been revised as well. GT410 buyers get enhanced standard spec compared to the Sport version with improved usability and comfort. Many of the items that were options on the Sport … Continue reading […]

Roku's speakers can finally turn into a surround sound system
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Roku has been steadily building up its audio hardware over the past few years -- first with its wireless speakers ($150), then with a soundbar and subwoofer ($180). So really, it's not too hard to guess where it's going next: surround sound! An updat... […]

Benjamin Moore's ColorReader can match your paint with your shirt
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Benjamin Moore thinks it has a more reliable way to match house paints than taking photos and comparing them with examples at the store. It's releasing two ColorReader devices and a companion Color Portfolio app that can match colors sampled from an... […]

The Morning After: Facebook prepares to send two billion privacy reminders
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. January is the time of new beginnings, resolutions, health kicks and the rest. So, as the month comes to a close, Facebook is asking two billion users to check their privacy settings. I can already feel the hope... […]

Ford is 3D printing unique wheel nut locks based on driver voices
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

If you've got a set of sweet alloys on your car, you've likely got them protected with locking nuts which can only be loosened with a special key. But these aren't invulnerable to thieves, who are increasingly targeting car parts as vehicle security... […]

For the 2021 Genesis GV80, the brand’s first SUV, one thing is already clear
Posted by Chris Davies on January 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Genesis has a whole lot riding on the 2021 GV80, but if first impressions count then the new luxury SUV was facing an uphill battle as it made its debut in Miami, FL this week. While the South Korean automaker pulled the wraps off the GV80 back home earlier this month, the US is arguably the market where the new … Continue reading […]

Adidas expands beyond Parley with new recycled plastic fabrics
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Back in 2018, Adidas pledged to only use recycled polyester for its shoes and clothing by 2024. Now, the sports apparel giant has revealed a detailed roadmap towards achieving that goal and has also introduced Primeblue and Primegreen -- two new fabr... […]

Engineers are working to return Voyager 2 to normal operation
Posted by Shane McGlaun on January 29, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Voyager 2 was launched back in 1977 not long after the launch of Voyager 1. Both of the spacecraft are in interstellar space, making them the most distant human-made objects from Earth in history. Voyager 2 has encountered a problem, and its fault protection routine has been triggered. The fault protection routine was programmed into the spacecraft, so it could … Continue reading […]

60-foot Gundam robot that walks is being built in Japan
Posted by JC Torres on January 29, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Japan is known for many things ranging from food to anime to, of course, robots. And not just the industrial or cutesy kind, mind, but the fictional ones that come to save the day or play. Of all the robots that the country’s creative minds have produced, Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Gundam has achieved the widest renown and the most number of … Continue reading […]

Google spent a record sum rewarding researchers for hacking its products
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

Google is not messing around when it comes to its bug bounty program. Last year it paid out $6.5 million to researchers that reported vulnerabilities -- almost double the $3.4 million paid out in 2018. The largest single award was for $201,337, which... […]

Galaxy Tab S6 5G brings high-speed data to a larger screen
Posted by Ewdison Then on January 29, 2020 at 11:36 am

5G is the buzzword in the mobile market these past months but most of the marketing and the spiels have naturally revolved around smartphones. The fast speeds that the next-gen network brings are always spoken of in relation to streaming and gaming, use cases that are perfect for screens larger than even your smartphone. That’s why Samsung is trying to … Continue reading […]

Polar H9 promises an accurate heart rate sensor for beginners
Posted by JC Torres on January 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

Wearables have lately shifted their focus from having the latest smart features and apps to boasting about fitness tracking and health-related sensors. Almost all smartwatches these days boast of some form of heart rate monitor or another, some even touting ECG sensors in their tiny bodies. Despite the ubiquity of such wearables, Polar believes it has something special to offer, … Continue reading […]

MIDI 2.0 overhauls the music interface for the first time in 35 years
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 10:20 am

About 35 years after the MIDI 1.0 Detailed Specification was established, instrument manufacturers voted unanimously on January 18th to adopt the new MIDI 2.0 spec. So what's changing for audio interfaces? The "biggest advance in music technology in... […]

Google could add call recording to its Android Phone app
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 9:10 am

Google's Phone app could soon let you not only record calls but transcribe them, according to an APK breakdown from 9to5Google and tests by XDA Developer. The latest version 44 of the app includes code that shows not only the existence of the feature... […]

DOJ is trying to stop US VoIP carriers from hosting foreign robocalls
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 7:58 am

The Department of Justice has taken its first ever enforcement action against a handful of American companies involved in massive robocall schemes. In an announcement, the agency has revealed that it's seeking temporary restraining orders against fiv... […]

Nintendo mobile games hit $1 billion mark
Posted by Ewdison Then on January 29, 2020 at 5:24 am

It’s almost hard to imagine that until just three or so years ago, Nintendo was considered a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. Its gaming kingdom was seemingly starting to crumble and it refused to even consider smartphones a serious platform. Today, it just reached $1 billion in revenue from the mobile games it almost never launched and it’s mostly … Continue reading […]

'Pokémon Go' online battle feature starts rolling out
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:44 am

Late last year, Niantic promised Pokémon Go players a feature called "Go Battle League" that would finally give them a way to fight other trainers worldwide. Now, the developer has started rolling out Go Battle League, and it will make its way... […]

Android to translate spoken words in real-time in the near future
Posted by JC Torres on January 29, 2020 at 4:35 am

Gone are the days when translation systems are a source of laughter-induced stomach aches. While there are still some rough corners, advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning have significantly improved translations to an almost eerily terrifying degree. Google is unsurprisingly at the head of the pack and it has just demonstrated how Google Translate on Android might, in the … Continue reading […]

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AT&T revenue falls short ahead of HBO Max launch
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 5:04 pm

AT&T Inc missed fourth-quarter revenue estimates on Wednesday as another decline in subscriptions to satellite TV provider DirecTV overshadowed an increase in monthly phone customers. […]

The cheapest climate target to hit? Around 2°C
Posted by Scott K. Johnson on January 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Action costs money, but so do the consequences of inaction. […]

Report: Valve Index sales more than doubled amid Half-Life Alyx reveal
Posted by Kyle Orland on January 29, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Cheaper, portable Oculus Quest continues to outpace PC-based alternatives. […]

China fears lead Interior Department to limit use of foreign drones
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on January 29, 2020 at 3:54 pm

The feds worry about Chinese-made drones sending data back to China. […]

Report: Webb telescope has just a 12 percent chance of making launch date
Posted by Eric Berger on January 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm

NASA generally uses a “70 percent confidence level” to establish dates. […]

Pompeo to Britain: Look again at Huawei 5G decision
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:20 pm

The United States on Wednesday urged Britain to rethink its decision to allow China's Huawei a role in 5G networks, cautioning that American information would only be allowed to pass across trusted networks. […]

UK's Huawei decision will not affect intelligence-sharing: PM's spokesman
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Britain's decision to allow China's Huawei to have a role in its 5G networks does not affect the country's ability to securely share intelligence data, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Wednesday. […]

Apple's iPhone strength is back and analysts say it is here to stay
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Wall Street analysts were smitten by a rebound in sales of Apple Inc's iPhones after a year of decline. So much, in fact, that they looked past a weaker-than-expected rise in services revenue, the company's growth driver. […]

EU deals another blow to U.S., allowing members to decide on Huawei's 5G role
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

The EU followed Britain's example on Wednesday, allowing members to decide what part China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] can play in its 5G telecoms networks and resisting pressure from Washington for an outright ban. […]

Huawei says it welcomes EU guidelines on 5G security
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei [HWT.UL] on Wednesday welcomed the European Union's 5G guidelines that are likely to limit its business in Europe, but which fall short of a U.S. call for a total ban. […]

Factbox: Huawei's involvement in telecoms networks around the world
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

European Union countries can either restrict or exclude high-risk 5G vendors from core parts of their telecoms networks, according to new EU guidelines announced on Wednesday, a move targeting China's Huawei Technologies but falling short of a U.S. call for a complete ban. […]

Factbox: Electric vehicle subsidies under pressure in some Tesla core markets
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Tesla Inc's has steadily increased the sale of its electric vehicles, boosted by demand for its mass-produced Model 3 sedans as overseas sales pick up, and delivering more than 360,000 vehicles last year. […]

Roku Smart Soundbars can now be used to make surround sound systems
Posted by Valentina Palladino on January 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Now you can connect multiple Roku speakers to create a more robust audio system. […]

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites, catches a fairing [Updated]
Posted by Eric Berger on January 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm

They also found a fairing. […]

CBS All Access serves ads, but not content, to Linux users
Posted by Jim Salter on January 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

There's probably a lot of overlap in the Star Trek↔Linux Venn diagram. […]

Airbnb backs creation of EU digital regulator after court win
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Short-term home rental company Airbnb said on Wednesday it backed calls for a European Union digital regulator after winning a landmark EU case that meant it would be classified as an online platform rather than a property agent. […]

UK PM Johnson says Huawei decision helps Britain, does not hurt U.S. ties
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he wanted to ensure people have access to the best technology but that a decision on allowing Huawei a limited role in Britain's 5G network would not harm cooperation with the United States. […]

Researchers track fishing fleets by putting radar sensors on birds
Posted by John Timmer on January 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

Lots of boats seem to shut off their tracking systems. […]

Mobile World Congress to go ahead despite China virus spread: GSMA
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 9:01 am

The Mobile World Congress, an annual telecoms industry event that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, will go ahead as planned on Feb. 24-27 despite the international spread of a virus that has killed 132 people in China. […]

Singapore's Shiok Meats hopes to hook diners with lab-grown shrimp
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

Shiok Meats, a Singapore-based start-up whose name means very good in local slang, aims to become the first company in the world to bring shrimp grown in a laboratory to diners' plates. […]

Foxconn says plans in place to meet production obligations after virus outbreak
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:32 am

TAIPEI - Apple Inc supplier Foxconn said it could continue to meet all manufacturing obligations in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak in China even as the iPhone maker flagged uncertainty created by the disease. […]

Apple reports a blowout Q1 2020, but names coronavirus as a worry for the next quarter
Posted by Samuel Axon on January 29, 2020 at 1:05 am

The iPhone 11 led the charge in a high-growth quarter that surprised some investors. […]

Airlines cut China flights as companies restrict travel on virus fears
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 12:41 am

Airlines including United Airlines Holdings Inc said they were canceling some flights to China as demand fell sharply and global companies told their employees not to travel on deepening fears over the spread of a flu-like virus. […]

Apple's iPhone back to growth as company braces for coronavirus impact
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 12:31 am

The iPhone is back. But Apple is girding for more disruptions in virus-hit China. […]

Chair of key U.S. House subcommittee eyes online election content changes
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 12:30 am

The chair of a key U.S. House Committee on consumer protection said she is exploring legislation around a federal law that exempts online platforms from legal liability for the material their users post, focusing on online content posted on elections. […]

Former Tinder COO to replace Mandy Ginsberg as Match Group CEO
Posted on January 28, 2020 at 11:48 pm

Tinder-owner Match Group said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Mandy Ginsberg was stepping down after 14 years and would be replaced by her long-time deputy Sharmistha Dubey, sending its shares down 1.6% after the bell. […]

U.S. files lawsuits over robocall scams, cites 'massive financial losses'
Posted on January 28, 2020 at 11:23 pm

The U.S. government on Tuesday sued five U.S. companies and three individuals, alleging they were behind hundreds of millions of fraudulent robocalls that scammed elderly Americans and others into "massive financial losses." […]

Defying Trump, UK's Johnson refuses to ban Huawei from 5G
Posted on January 28, 2020 at 11:13 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson granted Huawei a limited role in Britain's 5G mobile network on Tuesday, frustrating a global attempt by the United States to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from the West's next-generation communications. […]

How Facebook thinks its independent oversight board should work
Posted on January 28, 2020 at 10:55 pm

Facebook Inc recommended rules on Tuesday for how its independent oversight board will work and said a former human rights group director will lead the board's administrative staff. […]

Apple releases iOS 13.3.1 and macOS Catalina 10.15.3
Posted by Samuel Axon on January 28, 2020 at 10:55 pm

The updates give users the ability to disable ultra-wide band on new iPhones. […]