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'Counter-Strike' is facing a chat bot invasion
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

The Counter-Strike community has faced numerous challenges in the years since launch, ranging from cheating to gambling, but there's one more to add to the pile: a flood of chat bots. At least one intruder is taking advantage of a Counter-Strike: Gl... […]

Color-changing hair dye responds to your environment
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 3:59 am

Just because you want to color your hair doesn't mean you want the same color all the time. Wouldn't it be nice if it could change with the weather, or whether or not you're inside? You might get your wish. The Unseen has developed a color-changin... […]

The Pacific Ocean is hiding a whole continent
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 2:31 am

Who knew that finding hidden continents was a trend? Researchers now say they've confirmed the existence of Zealandia, a giant land mass (roughly two thirds the size of Australia) hiding in the Pacific Ocean -- as you might guess, New Zealand is its... […]

Amazon sets $35 minimum for free shipping to fend off Walmart
Posted by JC Torres on February 20, 2017 at 2:10 am

Less than a month ago, Walmart sounded the battle cry when it announced a subscription-free shipping service that, for a minimum order of $35, would have the items delivered in two-days for absolutely free. It was a clear challenge to Amazon’s prominence in that market segment. Unsurprisingly, Amazon is firing back by now having the same $35 minimum purchase requirement … Continue reading […]

Amazon lowers its free shipping threshold to counter Walmart
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 1:03 am

When Walmart ditched its Amazon Prime-style subscriptions and offered free two-day shipping for all orders over $35, it was a shot across the bow -- we might not compete directly, but we can still undercut you. Well, Amazon is responding in kind. J... […]

iPad Pro ads claim it is not a computer
Posted by JC Torres on February 20, 2017 at 12:59 am

Remember the once humorous “Mac vs PCs” ads of yesteryears? Actor Justin Long, who portrayed the Mac side of the fence, has already moved on from computers to smartphones, specifically a Huawei phone, and Apple is doing likewise. Somewhat. The company, who still makes Macs, has launched a few new ads touting the benefits of an iPad Pro and how … Continue reading […]

Event Horizon Telescope will soon take the first black hole photo
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 11:29 pm

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is finally ready to take a picture of Sagittarius A*. From April 5th to 14th this year, the virtual telescope that's been in the making for the past two decades will peer into the supermassive black hole in the cente... […]

Apple reportedly buys an AI-based face recognition startup
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Those rumors of Apple exploring facial recognition for sign-ins might just have some merit. Calcalist reports that Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology. The terms of the dea... […]

Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

It seems those recent rumors about Apple looking to implement facial recognition and other biometric features into future iPhone models are ringing true, as it’s been reported that Cupertino has acquired RealFace, an Israel-based startup that specializes in facial recognition. This news comes from the Times of Israel, which adds that Apple purchased the company for an estimated $2 million. … Continue reading […]

Spin Master's BB-8 is still cute and you can get one this year
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

The cute spherical BB-8 was one of the many highlights of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Spin Master's near life-size replica of him was one of our favorite things about last year's Toy Fair. Unfortunately, 2016 came and went without seeing the ad... […]

SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

While SpaceX delayed its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last moment on Saturday, the rescheduled liftoff went off without a hitch on Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket was launched at 9:39am ET, sending a Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station with 5,500 pounds of supplies on behalf of … Continue reading […]

Bill Gates wants a robot tax to compensate for job losses
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

How would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will likely lead to many people losing their jobs? For Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. In an interview with Quartz, Gates argues that t... […]

Pre-release Nintendo Switch was stolen, company reveals
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

The new Nintendo Switch console won’t be officially released until March 3rd, but earlier this week one lucky gamer managed to get a unit, sharing unboxing pics and a video of the UI in the process. Going by the username “hiphoptherobot” on the NeoGAF message boards, he said that he had purchased the game console from an “unnamed store.” Nintendo … Continue reading […]

The best vacuums
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

By Liam McCabe This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea... […]

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests … Continue reading […]

After Math: Going on 'walk-a-back'
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

It was a big week for claiming victories (even if you didn't really win). Just look at Trump's crowing about how his administration is operating like a "well-oiled machine" (it's not). Similarly, McDonald's generated huge public interest in its new s... […]

SpaceX successfully blasts off from NASA's famous launch pad
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

After a last-moment delay, SpaceX has put NASA's legendary Launch Complex 39A back into action. The company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the Apollo 11 mission) Sunday morning, and topped it off by land... […]

Ben Heck's Portable N64, part 2
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm

When Ben began his Nintendo 64 build, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. In this episode, he shrinks down the size of the controller, embeds the RAM expansion and begins to construct the case with design cues from the Nintendo Switch. To embed t... […]

New Final Fantasy 7 Remake images revealed
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII still has a way to go in terms of development, but at least developer Square Enix is revealing that progress is being made. At the 2017 MAGIC (Monaco Anime Game International Conference) event, director Tetsuya Nomura showed off two new screenshots of gameplay, as well as a new image from Kingdom … Continue reading […]

Goggle Tech Virtual Reality Goggles review
Posted by Joe Porletto on February 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

The Goggle Tech Virtual Reality Goggles are a no-frills, compact set of goggles for use viewing 360° videos or accessing Google Cardboard apps on any Android or Apple smartphone with displays up to six inches.  The popularity of Virtual Reality and 360° video is growing every day as more companies like Google and Facebook invest […]

Newest LG G6 leak highlights always-on display, rounded corners
Posted by Adam Westlake on February 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

As one of the most leaked phones in recent history, we pretty much know all there is to the upcoming LG G6. We’re even less than a week away from its official debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress on February 26th. But that hasn’t stopped a couple new images of the device in the wild from popping up, this … Continue reading […]

Barbie Hello Hologram is a tiny virtual friend for girls
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Smart home speakers like the Echo and Google Home can tell you the weather, play music and look up stuff for you. However, they stop short of attaching a face to those actions, and certainly don't have any sense of sartorial style. Mattel's latest cr... […]

Self-driving car race finishes with a crash
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 7:32 am

Fans attending Formula E's Buenos Aires ePrix got a nice treat: the first 'race' between self-driving cars on a professional track, courtesy of a test from Roborace. Only... it didn't quite go according to plan. Roborace's two test vehicles (known... […]

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream is reborn in New Mexico
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 4:57 am

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestreaming art piece in New York City was ignominiously shut down just a few weeks into its planned 4-year run, but it's getting a revival... albeit nowhere near its original home. LaBeouf and his artist partners have rel... […]

Intel made a drone to help an NBA player in the Slam Dunk Contest
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 3:30 am

Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon took things to a whole new level in tonight's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, one of the main events during the league's All-Star Weekend. The 21-year-old worked with Intel on a drone to use an assist prop for his first dunk... […]

Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the driver's view
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 2:00 am

Batman's got plenty of wonderful toys bearing his name, from his trusty Batarangs to his super Batcomputer. However, none are more famous than the Batmobile. And, while diehard fans might be a little down on the design of the latest version as seen i... […]

TAG Heuer's next smartwatch may include a swappable timepiece
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 12:32 am

TAG Heuer has dropped a few hints about its plans for a successor to the Connected, but the biggest news may be what it isn't mentioning. Android Central sources claim that TAG is working on the Connected Modular, a "fully customizable" Android Wear... […]

Robot probe no. 2 dies while exploring a Fukushima reactor
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

The second robot Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sent into Fukushima's unit 2 reactor also failed to finish its mission. Earlier this month, the cameras of the first "scorpion" robot that ventured into the reactor malfunctioned after two hours d... […]

More team EDC updates, Android laptop, wallets, wallet tools, and more – Weekly roundup
Posted by Julie Strietelmeier on February 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Seven days have passed since the last weekly roundup, so you know it’s time to check out the latest listing of everything The Gadgeteer has posted in the last week. Click through for the full list. Reviews GorillaDrive USB flash drive review ec-bc Sparrow II Wheeled Garment Bag review Survival Hax Tactical Credit Card Tool […]

FBI has three probes looking into Russia's election hacking
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm

It's no secret that the FBI has been investigating Russia's alleged bid to influence US elections through hacking, but it's now clear just how deep that investigation goes. Reuters tipsters understand that there are "at least" three FBI probes into t... […]

Snap bets on hardware as Facebook threat looms
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 6:04 am

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. […]

Alibaba extends bricks-and mortar retail push with Bailian deal
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has formed a strategic partnership with retail conglomerate Bailian Group, extending a push into bricks-and-mortar retail as online growth slows. […]

Uber CEO orders 'urgent investigation' on sexual harassment claims
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

(Reuters) - The chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has ordered an "urgent investigation" into claims of sexual harassment at the ride-hailing service company made by a former employee. […]

New Zealand appeals court upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on February 20, 2017 at 5:38 am

Case is far from over: Dotcom's lawyers vow to press on to Court of Appeal. […]

Amazon to create over 5,000 jobs in Britain in 2017
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 4:11 am

LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon is set to create more than 5,000 jobs in Britain this year, the company said on Monday, boosting its investment in the country once more even as it prepares to leave the European Union. […]

NZ court rules Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S. for alleged fraud
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 3:56 am

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand court ruled on Monday that internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to his Megaupload website, which was shutdown in 2012 following an FBI-ordered raid on his Auckland mansion. […]

Trump’s apparent security faux-pas-palooza triggers call for House investigation
Posted by Sean Gallagher on February 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Rep. Ted Lieu and others ask Chaffetz and Cummings to look into "troubling reports." […]

Sunday’s launch could be the start of an annus mirabilis for SpaceX
Posted by Eric Berger on February 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

SpaceX could pass a number of significant milestones in 2017. […]

“Secure” Trump website defaced by hacker claiming to be from Iraq
Posted by Sean Gallagher on February 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm

"Pro_Mast3r" takes over server associated with campaign donations. […]

Is this what the Nintendo Switch’s insides look like?
Posted by Sam Machkovech on February 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Could be a fake, but Chinese teardown lines up with official specs and older rumors. […]

Cop filmed telling motorist he wanted to beat him, sic dog on him
Posted by David Kravets on February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

New Jersey officer becomes enraged that he is being filmed during traffic stop. […]

SpaceX makes historic launch from 39A, sticks landing [Updated]
Posted by Eric Berger on February 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

The company has replaced the parts at issue with the second stage steering issue. […]

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation. […]

The Great Wall is my new favorite lizard monster war movie
Posted by Annalee Newitz on February 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm

This movie has everything that is best in life. […]

After night in cell, Samsung scion taken for questioning
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

SEOUL (Reuters) - Handcuffed and tied with white rope, the scion of one of the world's biggest conglomerates, Samsung Group, was taken on Saturday for questioning by South Korean authorities after spending a night in a small detention cell. […]

Op-ed: Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto is a political trainwreck
Posted by Annalee Newitz on February 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

He says that Facebook is developing AI to create a global democracy—kind of. […]

Uber exec broke ethics rule when lobbying about rights at Chicago airports
Posted by David Kravets on February 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

“Assume both of us thought the airport issue was settled,” e-mail to mayor said. […]

Elon Musk says he personally called off Saturday’s launch attempt [Updated]
Posted by Eric Berger on February 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Company says it is on track to attempt a second launch on Sunday. […]

Huge, curved, fast, and loud: HP’s 34-inch Envy all-in-one reviewed
Posted by Andrew Cunningham on February 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Fan noise and weak GPUs are the biggest problem with an otherwise intriguing PC. […]

Mechs vs. Minions review: Come for the minis… then maybe leave
Posted by Sam Machkovech on February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Incredible box, and promising twist on "programmable" cards, aren't quite enough. […]

Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile - sources
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 1:05 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp to Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. […]

Techdirt lawyers ask judge to throw out suit over “Inventor of E-mail”
Posted by Joe Mullin on February 18, 2017 at 12:35 am

Tech blog's founder says lawsuit seeks “to stifle debate, silence criticism.&rdquo […]

GM, Lyft could deploy “thousands” of autonomous Bolts in 2018
Posted by Megan Geuss on February 18, 2017 at 12:32 am

GM won’t sell self-driving cars to individuals, wants to deploy them in fleets. […]

Marathon gets the Shkreli treatment from industry after $89K drug dust up
Posted by Beth Mole on February 17, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Public relations nightmare strikes just when drug makers try cleaning their image. […]

Altruistic or a ploy? Snack maker spurs FDA to redefine “healthy”
Posted by Beth Mole on February 17, 2017 at 9:31 pm

FDA asks public for help as new food industry-funded org fights food-industry sway. […]

YouTube killing its most annoying ad format: The 30-second unskippable
Posted by Peter Bright on February 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

The unpopular ads will be gone in 2018. […]

PewDiePie calls out media “attack” in response to Disney fallout
Posted by Valentina Palladino on February 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm

The media and PewDiePie keep calling each other out, and neither is totally wrong. […]

Dealmaster: President’s Day sales on Laptops, TVs, and Electronics
Posted by Ars Staff on February 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Save on XPS, Gaming, Ultra-Portable and every other laptop you could want. […]

Exclusive: GM plans to build, test thousands of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - sources
Posted on February 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans said this week. […]

What's Cognitive Computing, And What's That Noise Overhead?
Posted by Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud on February 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Soon after an IBM round table on cognitive computing in San Francisco, the need for it at that location became abundantly clear. […]