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Airbnb officially bans all 'open-invite' house parties
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

Airbnb has confirmed that it will ban all "open-invite" house parties, the company said in a blog post. It also will provide a "clear and actionable enforcement framework" for other issues including excessive noise, unauthorized guests, unauthorized... […]

Upcoming 'GTA: Online' heist targets the Diamond Casino
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:57 am

GTA: Online's Diamond Casino & Resort is set to become a more exciting place, starting on December 12th. Rockstar is rolling out The Diamond Casino Heist that day, which it describes as the "biggest, most audacious, most complex criminal operatio... […]

Riot Games is expanding 'League of Legends' universe with third-party titles
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:11 am

Riot Games plans to release more titles to expand the League of Legends universe, but the company won't be making those entries itself. It's teaming up with independent third-party studios under a new publishing label called Riot Forge, which it says... […]

Galaxy S11 Snapdragon 865 to outnumber Exynos 990 variant
Posted by Ewdison Then on December 6, 2019 at 4:22 am

The Galaxy S11 may be Samsung’s crowning glory for the beginning of 2020 but it won’t be a measure of success for at least one Samsung business. Just like in years past, the flagship will have two versions differing only in the mobile processor used. This year, however, might be the writing on the wall for Samsung’s own silicon as … Continue reading […]

The National Archives preserve JFK assassination bullets with 3D scans
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:08 am

The 56th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination is later this month. Early next year, you'll be able to see, in almost nauseating detail, the bullets that took his life. The National Archives will upload high-definition 3D images of... […]

Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 Android 10 updates now rolling out
Posted by JC Torres on December 6, 2019 at 3:33 am

It seems that Sony is giving its loyal customers and early holiday gift, though, to be honest, it’s something that should be a normal state of things rather than the exception. Owners of the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 flagships have been pleasantly surprised by notifications telling them an update is available. And not just any update, mind, but one … Continue reading […]

Nokia 2.3 tries to sell AI-powered features to the masses
Posted by Ewdison Then on December 6, 2019 at 2:54 am

Cameras, 5G, and AI seem to be the pillars that the mobile market will stand on next year. Those features are, of course, always present in the premium and flagship phones that start at $600 or higher. Those with less constrained resources will naturally feel a bit left out but, fortunately for them, smartphone hardware is getting cheaper as well … Continue reading […]

Uber's first safety review contains thousands of sexual assault reports
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 2:38 am

Over the last few years Uber -- among other ridesharing services -- has been accused of failing to respond adequately to reports of sexual assault and other crimes linked to those on its platform. Now the company has released its first safety report... […]

Google Stadia now lets you buy games from a Chrome web browser
Posted by JC Torres on December 6, 2019 at 2:11 am

The one good thing about Google’s strategy of rolling out Stadia features piecemeal is that you are assured that the service is still alive and kicking, despite the many setbacks and criticism it has encountered in just a few weeks. Of course, that also means that you’re being kept at the edge of your seat, waiting when your favorite feature … Continue reading […]

Nokia Smart TV made by Flipkart joins OnePlus TV as an India-exclusive
Posted by Ewdison Then on December 6, 2019 at 1:44 am

You don’t often hear about Android TV these days, except when news of new devices come up. Usually, the big manufacturers simply list it as a yet another bullet point in their feature lists. For companies still new to the smart TV market, however, that could very well be one of the most important aspects of the product. Last September, … Continue reading […]

Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy S10 Lite might miss the holiday season
Posted by JC Torres on December 6, 2019 at 1:11 am

If you were hoping to have a new phone that combined the S Pen and a headphone jack this year, better put your plans on hold. For reasons still unknown, Samsung is reportedly delaying the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite as well as the Galaxy S10 Lite from December 2019 to mid-January 2020. And that’s for India, the … Continue reading […]

Qualcomm teams up with 'Pokémon Go' developer to make AR glasses
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 12:50 am

Qualcomm didn't only reveal its new and more powerful chip for extended reality headsets at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, it also announced its partnership with Niantic. The chipmaker and the Pokémon Go creator have teamed up to create reference... […]

Fortnite Winter Royale Duos tournament revealed with huge prize pool
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 6, 2019 at 12:35 am

Following speculation about such an event, Epic Games has officially announced the Fortnite Winter Royale Duos Tournament for 2019. The event will take place over the weekend before Christmas, giving players a chance to earn part of a $5 million prize pool daily. This is the latest in a long line of Fortnite tournaments offering skilled players a shot at … Continue reading […]

YouTube Music can handle gapless playback on the web and Android
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Gapless music playback, the hot old-is-new feature when Spotify and Google Play Music added it on some platforms in 2012, is finally widely available to YouTube Music subscribers. Listening to playlists or albums with nary a pause between tracks is c... […]

NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 5, 2019 at 11:50 pm

As we recently reported, NASA is busy determining the best possible location for its OSIRIS-REx mission to pluck a sample from the rocky asteroid Bennu. After quite a bit of work, the team behind the mission has narrowed down the list of candidates to four favorable locations, two of which will eventually be declared the primary and backup locations for … Continue reading […]

After trying T-Mobile’s new 5G and OnePlus’ 7T Pro 5G McLaren I’m excited and frustrated
Posted by Chris Davies on December 5, 2019 at 11:50 pm

I’ve been testing out T-Mobile’s new 600MHz 5G network on the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, and if you thought 5G was confusing now, get ready for a whole other level of head-scratching. 600MHz – aka low-band – 5G has a huge advantage in that deployment is relatively straightforward, but as my experience this week with both phone and network … Continue reading […]

Waymo self-driving taxi service app finally arrives on iOS
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 5, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving tech company, has officially launched a mobile app on iOS, making it possible for residents in Phoenix to directly hail one of the company’s autonomous taxis. The app for iPhone joins the Android version Waymo launched on the Google Play Store earlier this year. The move hints at the eventual large-scale launch of the Waymo One robotaxi … Continue reading […]

Apple brings Memoji and Animoji to its Clips video creation app
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:37 pm

Memoji and Animoji haven't seen much outside of Messages since Apple introduced them, but you'll be able to get a bit more out of your creations. Apple is bringing them to its Clips video app. […]

Star Wars Galaxy Note 10+ pre-order before Rise of Skywalker release
Posted by Chris Burns on December 5, 2019 at 10:21 pm

The next Star Wars movie will be released on the 20th of December, and Samsung has a special edition smartphone to sell in celebration. Naturally, Samsung’s made the phone available before the release of the film, with a pre-order option starting tonight. Because what better way to celebrate a movie than with a smartphone that’ll cost over 100x the cost … Continue reading […]

Microsoft redesigns flagship Office apps for mobile productivity
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Microsoft has redesigned several of its Office mobile apps, including OneDrive, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. The company has focused on mobile productivity and the needs of users who are increasingly reliant on their mobile devices. Microsoft has introduced a number of changes to help users save time, including the arrival of a new ‘Play My Emails’ feature in Outlook. … Continue reading […]

Amazon and the NFL team up to create a 'Digital Athlete' simulation
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Amazon's AWS and the NFL plan to use AI and machine learning to protect players. The partners announced today that they'll co-develop a "Digital Athlete" platform, which will create a computer simulation model of an NFL player. Using the computer sim... […]

Wirecutter's best deals - Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth headphones drop to $200
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 9:15 pm

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here. […]

Snap’s limited Spectacles x Gucci glasses won’t be available to buy
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has teamed with Gucci to create a limited pair of its Spectacles 3 augmented reality glasses. The Spectacles x Gucci model’s unique design comes from Harmony Korine, director of an odd short film called ‘Duck Duck’ that shows off the Spectacles 3’s 3D capabilities. Though Snap is showing off the limited-edition glasses, it won’t make … Continue reading […]

Homeland Security doesn’t want Americans' airport face scans after all
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Earlier this week, reports circulated that Homeland Security wanted to scan the faces of travelers, including US citizens, as they enter or leave the country. Naturally, critics raised concerns that the practice would violate citizens' privacy and th... […]

YouTube Rewind 2019 tries to be fair, but is it?
Posted by Chris Burns on December 5, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Today we’re taking a peek at the newest YouTube Rewind, the YouTube Rewind 2019. This year’s video shows the most-liked videos of the year 2019 with as little curation as possible. That comes with a few caveats, the first of which is “geo-restricted content.” Per YouTube, the list of most-liked Creator Videos includes videos uploaded in 2019, with “geo-restricted content … Continue reading […]

Qualcomm targets affordable Windows notebooks with Snapdragon 8c & 7c
Posted by Chris Davies on December 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Qualcomm isn’t giving up on putting its Snapdragon chips into laptops and 2-in-1 tablets, with the new Snapdragon 8c and 7c Compute platforms promising more options for the mainstream and entry-level. Joining the Snapdragon 8cx, the new chipsets will enable Windows notebooks and other form-factors with all-day battery life, baked-in cellular connectivity, and fanless designs. Qualcomm’s enthusiasm for compute platforms … Continue reading […]

Qualcomm pushes for cheaper Snapdragon PCs with its 7c and 8c chips
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Qualcomm began its effort to make Windows on Snapdragon machines with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. That was first designed to power smartphones, and the company later developed chipsets specifically for PCs, like the Snapdragon 850 and the 8cx. These... […]

Pokemon GO’s Niantic is making real AR glasses with Qualcomm
Posted by Chris Davies on December 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

Pokémon Go maker Niantic plans to make an augmented reality headset using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon XR2 Platform, paving the way to new games that integrate digital graphics with the real world. The collaboration will see the Niantic Real World Platform brought to not only Niantic’s hardware but opened to other developers who want to make vast, shared AR experiences. Niantic, … Continue reading […]

Popular 14:10 fasting protocol found to help protect long-term health
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on December 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm

A popular intermittent fasting protocol may protect one’s long-term health by helping reverse many issues caused by metabolic syndrome. According to a new study from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine, following a common 14:10 eating schedule was found to reduce body weight, abdominal fat, cholesterol, improve blood sugar, and more. Fasting isn’t a diet, but … Continue reading […]

2021 iPhone: Forget USB-C, it could have no ports at all
Posted by Eric Abent on December 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Despite the fact that we’re still months out from release, we’ve already heard plenty of rumors about next year’s iPhones. Strangely enough, we’ve been hearing rumors about 2021’s iPhones as well, nearly two years before Apple will release them. Today, a famed Apple analyst is making a pretty bold prediction about Apple’s 2021 iPhone, claiming that Apple may opt to … Continue reading […]

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China-built Tesla cars recommended for subsidies: ministry
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:34 am

China's industry ministry has placed Chinese-built Tesla Inc. Model 3 cars on a list of vehicles recommended to receive subsidies for new energy vehicles, a move that will help the U.S. firm's push into the world's biggest auto market. […]

Bilibili inks three-year contract to broadcast League of Legends in China
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:46 am

Chinese video site Bilibili said on Friday it had agreed to a three-year contract to domestically broadcast events linked to the world's most popular desktop game League of Legends, as the esports market in China heats up. […]

Uber says it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault in U.S. in 2018
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:40 am

Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc said it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year, in a report aimed at ensuring drivers and the public it was serious about safety. […]

Labor group accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:10 am

The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday, accusing the company of unlawfully firing four employees to deter workers from engaging in union activities. […]

No apology to Elon Musk from British diver at 'pedo guy' defamation trial
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 2:14 am

The British cave explorer suing Elon Musk for calling him a "pedo guy" on Twitter testified on Thursday that his criticism of the Tesla Inc chief executive that led to the tweet was not a personal attack. […]

Japan Display creditors could extend commitment lines by 3 months -sources
Posted on December 6, 2019 at 1:36 am

Apple supplier Japan Display Inc is likely to get a three-month extension for commitment lines worth 107 billion yen ($985 million) from its three main creditors, two sources with direct knowledge said on Friday. […]

Factbox: Alphabet's 'Other bets' in focus as Google's Pichai takes helm
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will replace Larry Page as CEO of parent Alphabet Inc, heralding a new chapter for the company that helped reshape the global tech industry under its co-founders Page and Sergey Brin. […]

Google co-founders step aside as Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping aside as leaders of the Internet behemoth they founded 21 years ago, ending an extraordinary run that saw them build one of the world's most valuable and influential companies. […]

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says
Posted by Samuel Axon on December 5, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Ultra-wideband is behind the latest iPhone privacy puzzler. […]

Facebook sues ILikeAd, alleges ad fraud
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm

Facebook Inc on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities' photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male enhancement supplements. […]

EU agrees tough line on digital currencies like Facebook's Libra
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm

Private digital currencies like Facebook's Libra should not be allowed in the European Union until the risks they could pose are clearly addressed, EU finance ministers agreed on Thursday. […]

Huawei mounts legal challenge against FCC over rural carrier customers
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:48 pm

China's Huawei mounted a legal challenge against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday after the body designated the technology giant as a security threat and moved to bar it from a government subsidy program. […]

Here’s how much global carbon emission increased this year
Posted by Scott K. Johnson on December 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Annual update shows a smaller increase in 2019 compared to last year. […]

The Motorola One Hyper brings a pop-up camera, all-screen design for $400
Posted by Ron Amadeo on December 5, 2019 at 10:03 pm

There's a 3.5mm headphone jack, no notches, and a MicroSD slot. […]

Kingpin of Evil Corp lived large. Now there’s a $5 million bounty on his head
Posted by Dan Goodin on December 5, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Hammer falls on the cybercrime group behind Dridex, the most widespread malware ever. […]

DOL’s $400M pay-discrimination suit is unconstitutional, Oracle argues
Posted by Kate Cox on December 5, 2019 at 9:03 pm

The feds are calling 20+ witnesses in a case Oracle says is against federal law. […]

Google Fiber ends $50, 100Mbps plan, but 1Gbps is still $70 with no data cap
Posted by Jon Brodkin on December 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm

100Mbps no longer offered to new customers: Google Fiber is all gigabit. […]

Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm

An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit. […]

Amazon’s inexpensive Eero mesh Wi-Fi kit is shockingly good
Posted by Jim Salter on December 5, 2019 at 8:36 pm

Eero's Wi-Fi is great—but its Alexa integration is truly horrible. […]

Factbox: Big Tech faces growing number of U.S. probes
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

Big tech companies such as Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google, Apple Inc and Inc face a slew of U.S. antitrust probes by the federal government, state attorneys general and Congress. […]

Telecom Italia, Open Fiber trade barbs over single network project
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

Telecom Italia (TIM) and smaller broadband rival Open Fiber traded blows on Thursday on how they do business, complicating plans for a tie-up to create a single fiber network. […]

The full trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan is here, and it’s breathtaking
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on December 5, 2019 at 6:15 pm

"When they find out who you are, they will show you no mercy." […]

Alphabet's Waymo expands app to iPhone devices in Phoenix
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Ride-hailing company Waymo said on Thursday its app will now be available to iPhone users in Phoenix, Arizona. […]

Radiolab co-host to depart podcast after 15 years
Posted by Sam Machkovech on December 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Robert Krulwich: "It dawned on me that I was no longer crucial to what was going on." […]

Huawei sues FCC to stop ban on Huawei gear in US-funded networks
Posted by Jon Brodkin on December 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Huawei lawsuit seeks to overturn ban on Huawei gear in FCC-funded networks. […]

The modders who spent 15 years fixing Knights of the Old Republic 2
Posted by Ars Staff on December 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

From missing planets to missing romance options, players are restoring a classic. […]

Uber takes to streets of Ivory Coast in African expansion
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Uber launched in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan on Thursday, part of its expansion into African markets with low levels of car ownership and limited mass transport. […]

White dwarf star covering itself with the atmosphere of a hot Neptune
Posted by John Timmer on December 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

First-of-its-kind system requires a rare combination of events. […]

Apple buys first-ever carbon-free aluminum from Alcoa-Rio Tinto venture
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Apple Inc on Thursday said it has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum from a joint venture between two of the world's biggest aluminum suppliers. […]

On its second attempt, SpaceX sends Dragon soaring to the ISS [Updated]
Posted by Eric Berger on December 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm

The rocket's first stage made it safely back to Earth. […]