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Oculus TV arrives today with a promising, though questionable, start
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Over a month ago at F8, Facebook announced Oculus TV, a new way to watch TV on a VR headset. Today, it's finally live, and there are plenty of entertainment partners on board already. You can use it to access existing video VR apps like Netflix, Hulu... […]

Fortnite Playground release: What we know (and why we’re excited)
Posted by Eric Abent on June 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Last month, Epic detailed a new limited time game mode for Fortnite called Playground. Of all the limited time game modes Epic has created so far, Playground sounds like it could very well be the most unique. Though we didn’t get a release date for the mode when it was first announced, it’s clear now that the mode is just … Continue reading […]

T-Mobile FamilyMode promises parents better kid internet control
Posted by Chris Davies on June 25, 2018 at 4:38 pm

T-Mobile has launched a new system for parents looking to manage their kids’ online activities, with T-Mobile FamilyMode combining app control and a new gadget to filter or even lock-down the internet. Available this week, the system offers control over what apps, games, and services young users can access, both at home and while outside it. FamilyMode relies on an … Continue reading […]

Tesla's prototype Semi has a 'Mad Max' Autopilot mode
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm

You didn't think Tesla's Semi truck would go without a Ludicrous-like software setting just because it's meant for work, did you? Sure enough, it exists. Elon Musk has revealed that the prototype electric cargo hauler has a Mad Max mode. No, this... […]

The Loupedeck+ makes photo editing even better!
Posted by Julian Perry on June 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Some time ago, I wrote a news story on a device called Loupedeck that is designed to assist photographers with editing photos in Adobe LightRoom. It is a great device that has a keyboard type form factor and it has quickly become a mandatory part of my photo editing workflow. It has allowed me to … The Loupedeck+ makes photo editing even better!Read More The post The Loupedeck+ makes photo editing even better! appeared first on The Gadgeteer. […]

Supreme Court won’t hear ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 4:04 pm

In 2015, Netflix introduced the world to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in its hit series Making a Murderer. The two were convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach in 2006, but Avery has insisted that he was framed and questions about law enforcement's... […]

Prime subscribers have some good news at Whole Foods this week
Posted by Chris Davies on June 25, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Amazon Prime savings are rolling out across all Whole Foods stores in the US as of mid-week, Amazon has confirmed today, whether you shop in-store or using Prime Now. The discounts were one of the big promises Amazon made to shoppers back when it announced it would be acquiring Whole Foods, linking its Prime subscription with the brick & mortar … Continue reading […]

Galaxy Note 9’s biggest new feature is long awaited
Posted by Chris Burns on June 25, 2018 at 3:46 pm

The most unique feature of the Galaxy Note smartphone series is getting an upgrade according to the latest leaked info on the subject. The S Pen for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will, at long last, see a substantial set of differences vs the last several years of releases. Not that Samsung needs it, as the Galaxy Note series hasn’t … Continue reading […]

Razer and Microsoft may be working on an Xbox keyboard and mouse
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

If you've been waiting for keyboard and mouse support to come to the Xbox, there's some (possibly) good news on that front. According to Windows Central, Microsoft and Razer may be working together to bring peripheral support to the console. […]

Your 1440p monitor could secretly use a 4K display (but don’t get excited)
Posted by Eric Abent on June 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

When it comes to picking a monitor for your gaming rig, many people wind up choosing a 1440p one. That’s true even with the increasing popularity of 4K displays, as 1440p monitors are typically less expensive and offer more features. On top of that, many higher-end graphics cards can handle 1440p without issue, while they might struggle with 4K. What … Continue reading […]

Tsumbay car vacuum cleaner review
Posted by Michael Strange on June 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Cleaning the inside of my car usually involves two choices, one, pay a couple dollars at the local car wash or, two, drag out my old Dirt Devil hand vac. The Dirt Devil usually wins out (because its free). However, because it requires a power outlet that means dragging out my 50-foot electrical cord. As … Tsumbay car vacuum cleaner reviewRead More The post Tsumbay car vacuum cleaner review appeared first on The Gadgeteer. […]

Nokia 3.1 lands July 2 for a ridiculous $159
Posted by Chris Davies on June 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm

One of Nokia’s most affordable Android phones, the Nokia 3.1, will go on sale in the US on July 2, with a surprisingly low price of $159 unlocked. Part of HMD Global’s 2018 Nokia-branded range, the Nokia 3.1 may not be made by the original team, but it does get that all-important logo and some features you’d expect to see … Continue reading […]

Amazon expands Prime discounts to all Whole Foods stores this week
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Earlier this year, Amazon began offering Whole Foods discounts to Prime members and it has been expanding that program to more states over recent weeks. Today, the company announced that all Whole Foods and Whole Foods 365 stores will offer discounts... […]

Google Earth can measure the distance between your house and the Louvre
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Not content to simply measure kitchen tables using augmented reality anymore, Google is thinking bigger. A lot bigger. The latest update to Google Earth is the ability to measure the distance between two points on the globe. In a blog post, the searc... […]

Apple News 2018 Midterm Elections section puts US politics in spotlight
Posted by Chris Davies on June 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Apple is adding a 2018 Midterm Elections section to Apple News, promising curated updates and exclusive highlights about the upcoming US elections. The news app will get a brand new segment and a banner highlighting it in the For You tab, the Top Stories tab, and the Spotlight tab. Apple News was added to iOS in late 2015 as part … Continue reading […]

Apple plots noise-cancelling AirPods and smarter headphones for 2019
Posted by Eric Abent on June 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Apple may soon try to target the high-end with its audio devices, as new rumors are claiming that it has a more capable pair of AirPods in the works. Those new AirPods could be joined by a pair of over-the-ear headphones meant to challenge similar devices from Bose and Sennheiser, along with a new version of the company’s HomePod. Details … Continue reading […]

Light your room with an eco-friendly piece of art
Posted by Janet Cloninger on June 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

If you purchase these E.P. Eco-Friendly LED light bulbs, you’ll need a lamp that doesn’t have a shade.  These bulbs are little works of art, and they are too pretty to be covered up.  They are all handmade from a resin to which some colorant is added to give the bulbs a look inspired by … Light your room with an eco-friendly piece of artRead More The post Light your room with an eco-friendly piece of art appeared first on The Gadgeteer. […]

Microsoft is testing AdBlock Plus on the Edge mobile browser
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Microsoft is apparently serious about creating a great experience for users of its Edge browser on Android and iOS. According to The Verge, the tech giant has added Adblock Plus directly into the beta version of its Microsoft Edge for Android browser... […]

Abox 4 Android TV 4K Streaming Box review
Posted by Julian Perry on June 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

These days, many people are looking to find alternatives to cable services and cable boxes. This is primarily so because of the continuously rising costs of cable TV and the way their “packages” provide less versatility. In response to the cable companies, numerous devices have “popped up” on the market and they claim to provide … Abox 4 Android TV 4K Streaming Box reviewRead More The post Abox 4 Android TV 4K Streaming Box review appeared first on The Gadgeteer. […]

Apple's future AirPods may offer noise cancellation and greater range
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Apple might have larger plans in store for future AirPods beyond water resistance. Bloomberg sources claim that a higher-end version of the totally wireless earbuds could arrive "as early as" 2019 with noise cancellation and longer wireless range in... […]

Lamborghini Polo Storico restores Miura SVR
Posted by Shane McGlaun on June 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm

One of the most iconic of Lamborghini cars has been restored to former glory by Lamborghini Polo Storico. The car is one of the incredibly rare Miura SVR cars chassis number #3781. One of the things that makes this Miura SVR so famous is that it was the model used by Kyosho in Japan to create 1:18 scale models. The … Continue reading […]

Sphero branches out beyond robots with Specdrums acquisition
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 12:31 pm

When Sphero dismissed 45 employees in January and refocused on education, it was in uncharted waters. It didn't mark a complete divergence from Sphero's robotic roots, but it empowered the company to create things it could "actually own" instead of m... […]

University of Michigan creates tiny computer measuring 0.3mm
Posted by Shane McGlaun on June 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Researchers at the University of Michigan weren’t happy when IBM took the record for the smallest computer in the world. The university was the previous record holder for world’s smallest computer and set about getting the record back. Researchers at the school have been successful in that with a new record for world’s smallest computer falling to the team. The … Continue reading […]

This insulated bag doesn’t look like a lunchbox
Posted by Janet Cloninger on June 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Sometimes you need to carry along heat-sensitive items – like medicines, cosmetics, or even a snack for later.  You need to keep these items at a cool temperature, but there are times when you don’t want to look like you’re traveling with a lunchbox.  The Black Insulated Bag from Cool-It Caddy does the job of … This insulated bag doesn’t look like a lunchboxRead More The post This insulated bag doesn’t look like a lunchbox appeared first on The Gadgeteer. […]

VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racer crushes overall record on America’s Mountain
Posted by Shane McGlaun on June 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

VW had a very impressive run in qualifying for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last week. That top place run gave VW the best starting time overall, assuming Romain Dumas and his electric I.D. R Pikes Peak racer could keep it on the road. Dumas was able to keep the car on the road on race day and absolutely … Continue reading […]

UK's official music charts to include video views from July
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:35 am

How do we listen to music these days? Judging by the frothing from record company executives, it's by pretending to watch their promotional videos on YouTube. But that's a problem for the people who are trying to work out what the most popular tracks... […]

iOS jailbreaking is nearly dead and Apple wants it to stay that way
Posted by JC Torres on June 25, 2018 at 11:05 am

iOS, particularly on iPhones, may be one of if not the most popular mobile OS in the market, but that doesn’t mean all of its fans are completely satisfied with how things are. Some advanced users still feel stifled by Apple’s control but not enough to switch sides. For them, jailbreaking their iPhone is the only option but that has … Continue reading […]

The Morning After: A really tiny 'computer'
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

Welcome back! We're kicking off the week with some excellent smoothie blenders, tiny 'computers' that make rice grains look huge and an unintended consequence of smart home devices. […]

Samsung Android Go: significant change but too little, too late
Posted by JC Torres on June 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

Samsung loves doing things its own way and creating an ecosystem that would liken it to Apple. As such, it is hardly one you’d expect to toe the line when it comes to Google’s Android standards. But if Xiaomi, China’s Samsung/Apple, miraculous pulled of the Android One Mi A1 phone, then surely there’s hope for Samsung, right? That does seem … Continue reading […]

China may punch a hole in the 'Great Firewall' for select tourists
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 9:20 am

The Chinese government's prohibition of popular social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has spanned several years. China has previously flirted with relaxing its strict internet rules, but it stood firm and such promises never materiali... […]

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AT&T buying company that delivers targeted ads based on your Web browsing
Posted by Jon Brodkin on June 25, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Acquisitions will help AT&T combine customer data with a bigger ad platform. […]

Xerox says to lower dependency on Fujifilm, seek new vendors
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:01 pm

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp said on Monday it would start sourcing products from new vendors to lower its dependency on Fujifilm Holdings Corp and may not renew its technology agreement with the 56-year-old joint venture Fuji Xerox. […]

Exclusive: North American, UK, Asian regulators press EU on data privacy exemption
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Financial watchdogs from North America, Britain and Asia are urgently seeking a formal exemption from the European Union’s tough new data privacy law to avoid hampering cross-border investigations, regulatory officials told Reuters. […]

Xbox One mouse-and-keyboard support could be rolling out soon
Posted by Kyle Orland on June 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Leaked Microsoft presentation urges developers to monitor competitive balance. […]

We've changed, Uber tells court in battle to keep London license
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] accepted it had made mistakes but said it had changed on Monday in a court challenge to a decision stripping it of its London license after it was ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market. […]

AT&T to buy online ad exchange firm AppNexus
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Monday it would buy online advertisement exchange company AppNexus Inc, less than a month after the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner Inc . […]

In China, coal rules cut sulfur emissions, but data manipulation is a concern
Posted by Megan Geuss on June 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Comparing plant-provided data with satellite-provided data showed some discrepancies. […]

PayPal launches debit card for its mobile app Venmo
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm

(Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc said on Monday it is launching a debit card for users of its mobile app Venmo in a bid to broaden its reach with younger users. […]

Report: New AirPods, Apple noise-cancelling headphones pegged for 2019
Posted by Jeff Dunn on June 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Over-ear cans to battle Bose (and Beats); new HomePod reportedly on the way, too. […]

ProSieben, Discovery to build German TV streaming platform
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 2:39 pm

MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Discovery Inc plan to join forces to build a German TV streaming platform to challenge U.S. giants Netflix , Amazon Prime and YouTube. […]

EU in agreement with Amazon, eBay to tackle dangerous product listings
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 2:29 pm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has signed an agreement with four major online retailers to combat the listing of dangerous products on Europe's online shopping sites. […]

First space, then auto—now Elon Musk quietly tinkers with education
Posted by Ars Staff on June 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

LA’s most exclusive school sits on SpaceX’s campus and skips sports, music, and languages. […]

The $159 Nokia 3.1 comes to the US July 2
Posted by Ron Amadeo on June 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Bargain basement pricing with flagship-level update support. […]

Meet the 8 spooky AT&T buildings that almost certainly also serve the NSA
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on June 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

The Intercept reveals "parts of one of the world's most powerful eavesdropping systems." […]

Ant Financial's Hong Kong venture launches blockchain-based remittance service
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:15 am

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A venture owned partly by China fintech firm Ant Financial launched on Monday a blockchain-powered cash remittance service between Hong Kong and the Philippines, an initiative the territory hopes will improve its fintech reputation. […]

When a text can trigger a lynching: WhatsApp struggles with incendiary messages in India
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 11:07 am

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A WhatsApp text circulating in some districts of India's central Madhya Pradesh state helped to inflame a mob of 50-60 villagers into savagely beating up two innocent men last week on suspicion that they were going to murder people and sell their body parts. […]

U.S. plans limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology firms
Posted on June 25, 2018 at 3:11 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department is drafting curbs that would block firms with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying U.S. companies with "industrially significant technology," a government official briefed on the matter said on Sunday. […]

Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on June 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Op-ed: Think police have gone too far? Tell your city council. Seriously. […]

India eyeing a new monster 100GW solar-capacity goal
Posted by Megan Geuss on June 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Country still working to meet its current solar goals and staggering under pollution. […]

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future
Posted by Valentina Palladino on June 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Acer made a capable tablet, but Google still has to work out kinks in Chrome OS. […]

How American Vandal expertly crafted a doc (that just happened to be fiction)
Posted by Nathan Mattise on June 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

It takes more than 30 iPhones and access to Nana's house to make a fake doc this realistic. […]

Tesla fires back against alleged whistleblower: “He is nothing of the sort”
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on June 23, 2018 at 11:03 am

Martin Tripp, who has yet to secure a lawyer, tells Ars he stands by his comments. […]

Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager
Posted by Eric Berger on June 23, 2018 at 1:25 am

"I told him to finish well. He doesn't listen at all." […]

Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes
Posted by Samuel Axon on June 22, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Apple acknowledged the problems and announced a program for fixing keyboards. […]

Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks
Posted by Beth Mole on June 22, 2018 at 9:19 pm

After doctors yanked the worm out, she made a full recovery. […]

More details leak on “Snapdragon 1000,” Qualcomm’s chip for Windows 10 laptops
Posted by Peter Bright on June 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm

Design goes head to head with Intel's Y and U series Core-branded processors. […]

Tesla to cut nearly 20 percent of its SolarCity installation locations
Posted by Megan Geuss on June 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm

Tesla says the cuts are part of a plan made public earlier this month. […]

Valve revamps its next controller, should make using hands in VR feel way cooler [Updated]
Posted by Sam Machkovech on June 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm

"Knuckles EV2" is now in devs' hands; Valve answers our questions. […]

Switch-hacking trolls reportedly loading pornographic profile pictures
Posted by Kyle Orland on June 22, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Leaked "DevMenu" tools get around Nintendo's usual online restrictions. […]

Dealmaster: Get an Ecovacs Deebot N79 robot vacuum for $160
Posted by Ars Staff on June 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Plus deals on the Xbox One S, Samsung SSDs, Dell laptops, and more. […]