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Twitter faces trademark infringement lawsuit from podcast network

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500

TWiT, aka This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The well-known tech netcast says Twitter has broken a number of written and oral agreements and is infringing on its trademark. The two companies started up around the same time in the mid-2000s, with Tw...

A new 'Fable' game is reportedly in the works

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:01:00 -0500

A brand new Fable game is in the works, or so says a number of sources close to the rumored project. According to Eurogamer, UK developer Playground has been given the job of creating a new, big-budget revisit to the fantasy world of Albion, and whil...

Google opens an office in China's Silicon Valley

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:32:00 -0500

Google's often fractious relationship with China may be softening on the news that the search giant is opening a new office in the country. The company already has two facilities in China, located in Beijing and Shanghai, but will now rent space in a...

Mitsubishi's mirrorless car cameras can spot distant traffic

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:01:00 -0500

Mirrorless cars, terrifying as they may sound, as coming. In 2015, the United Nations gave the go ahead for carmakers to replace mirrors with cameras and display systems, so the race is on to design tech that's fit for the job. Now, Mitsubishi says i...

Siri’s news bulletin feature goes live in the UK and Australia

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:07:00 -0500

Brits can now ask their iThings to give them a brief update on what's happening in the world with the command: "Hey Siri, give me the news." Siri doesn't actually read the news, though, and instead will automatically play the latest podcast from a tr...

The Morning After: Wednesday, January 17th 2018

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0500

Welcome to the middle, and we've got more car news from the North American International Auto Show, which kicked off almost immediately after last week's CES. There is no rest. Also: a space junk laser.

Microsoft's 15-inch Surface Book 2 comes to 17 new countries

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:05:00 -0500

Microsoft first launched the Surface Book 2 in November, but so far, both the 13- and 15-inch variants have only been available in the US. That's about to change, however, as the 15-inch model is now on pre-order in Australia, Canada, France, German,...

London’s new electric taxis scuppered by faulty sensor

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:25:00 -0500

London's new electric taxis have been delayed. The "TX" cabs developed by LEVC were supposed to arrive in the capital late last year. But there's a problem with the system that tracks time and distance — recorded as electric "pulses" — fo...

Lyft opens its ride-booking Concierge service to all businesses

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:10:00 -0500

Lyft has finally opened up Concierge to businesses and organizations of all sizes. The program allows members to hail rides for other people, giving companies a way to offer that extra touch of service to customers, especially those who can't call fo...

Teach valuable STEM skills with electronic papercraft noisemakers

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:33:00 -0500

*Hitches up onion belt* Now back in my day, our papercraft activity books just folded up into something pretty. And we liked it that way. But you kids, with your Nintendoodads and Snapcharts, well that just isn't good enough, is it? No, your paper-ba...

‘Scribblenauts’ returns with a party game for consoles

published on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:03:00 -0500

Innovative wordplay-based game Scribblenauts debuted on the Nintendo DS at the end of the last decade, but we haven't heard from the franchise since it headed to mobile for a semi-sequel in 2015. But today we got news that a new entry in the series,...

Video offers peek at ultra-wide Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:36:00 -0500

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has been a long time in the making when work on its mirrors started in 2007. It's finally coming together, though. The LSST team has released a brief clip showing progress on the Chilean facility as of the end of...

Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition Galaxy Note 8

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:33:00 -0500

Samsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted w...

Dallas Mavericks are the latest pro team to accept cryptocurrency

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:51:00 -0500

You don't just have to attend Sacramento Kings games if you're itching to spend some digital money on a pro sports event. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed (both to Bloomberg and on Twitter) that his basketball team will start acceptin...

YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:24:00 -0500

YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred pr...

Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X lookalike

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:18:00 -0500

Someone might have just spoiled Motorola's 2018 in a big way. Droid Life has posted a trio of leaks which, if accurate, hint at some big changes to the Lenovo brand's smartphone lineup. The headliner would be the Moto X5, and it's not hard to see w...

Curve's payment-switching smart card goes live in the UK

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:01:00 -0500

Like the thought of switching payment methods for a purchase long after you've left the store? You now have a chance to try it. Curve has launched its smart card in the UK, letting you not only consolidate your credit cards (of the Mastercard or Visa...

Facebook teams up with 'True Blood' creators for new series

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:34:00 -0500

Facebook's Watch tab won't just be chock-full of sports shows and gaming culture. The social site has ordered 10 episodes of Sacred Lies, an adaptation of the Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (which, in turn, is an adaptation of th...

Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar after all

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:06:00 -0500

Despite Tesla's lead on the electric vehicle market, large automakers spent 2017 announcing they will transition their gas-powered car models to EVs. But other companies selling more elite vehicles are also throwing their hat in the ring. At NAIAS in...

‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo Switch February 1st

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:32:00 -0500

Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it's coming to Nintendo's Switch console this February 1st, a...

Nissan: Leaf EV pre-orders are over 13,000

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:59:00 -0500

Over the last week or so we've seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget...

The fight to restore net neutrality is picking up steam

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:35:00 -0500

Yesterday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Senate Democrats now have a total of 50 votes in favor of restoring net neutrality. Today, the push back against the net neutrality repeal intensifies, as a companion House bill to reject the...

Congressman requests Meltdown and Spectre briefing from chip makers

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:27:00 -0500

US Representative Jerry McNerney sent a letter to Intel, AMD and ARM today requesting a briefing on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the companies' handling of them. McNerney, a California representative and member of the House Energy and...

FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural broadband

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:07:00 -0500

Bringing broadband internet access to rural areas has been an ongoing, long-term effort, but millions of Americans, including over a third of rural citizens according to 2016 reports, still don't have the option. Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed...

Amazon makes it easier to find live shows on Fire TV

published on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:44:00 -0500

While most movies and TV shows on Amazon Channels are available on demand, a few of them can be watched live at the same time they're broadcast on traditional TV. If you use a Fire TV stick to watch television and movies on the big screen, you might...