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'Tomb Raider' trailer teases the cinematic reboot of Lara Croft

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:46:00 -0400

What's worse: Reboots or video game adaptations? The new Tomb Raider manages to be both, which means it's already facing an uphill battle. The trailer for the wannabe blockbuster is here, with Alicia Vikander picking up the mantle from the original L...

Valve thinks charts will negate Steam review bombing

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:00 -0400

Review bombing in the gaming community is a woefully old concept, but after it took the spotlight again this month, following yet another racist outburst from YouTuber PewDiePie, Valve is taking action to mitigate the damaging effects it can have on...

Apple Watch Series 3 struggles to connect to LTE

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:14:00 -0400

For those awaiting their new Apple Watch Series 3, be prepared for some connectivity issues. The Verge's Lauren Goode reports that during her review of the new smartwatch, it frequently struggled to connect to LTE and often linked to an unknown WiFi...

The big 'Minecraft' cross-platform update is live, but not on Switch

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400

The Better Together update brings the biggest set of changes to hit Minecraft in years, expanding the Community Marketplace, streamlining access to third-party servers and uniting the game across platforms -- and it's all live today. Well, most of it...

Ya Doggie solves the pet food problem you didn't know you had

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400

The adage that "dogs grow to resemble their owners" is not much of a compliment anymore in America -- namely because it portends that our pets will become as portly as their people. In fact, as CBS News reported earlier this year, a third of American...

Walmart’s online grocery shopping service will now accept EBT

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:42:00 -0400

The Amazon and Walmart rivalry continues as the latter announced today that its Online Grocery Pickup option will now be available to those using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) credits. In June, Amazon reduced its Prime subscription cost for user...

Facebook will face Senate during Russian probe hearing

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:21:00 -0400

A recent report said Facebook still hasn't discovered the exact number of fake news ads Russian-linked advertisers bought before and after the 2016 Presidential Elections. We might find out if that's true in the near future, because according to Bloo...

Starting in 2020, it’s going to be hella easy to buy an EV

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

For the first time ever, buying an electric or hybrid car from most of the big automakers is a viable option. But these electrified vehicles are still a small part of the entire automotive world. At the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, many car compan...

Snapseed adds new photo filters and cleans up its interface

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:39:00 -0400

As smartphone cameras have beefed up, so have mobile photo editing apps. These days, both iOS and Android users are spoilt for choice. Those looking to make their Instagram posts pop, can choose from a range of free and premium software -- including...

The next 'Terminator' movie will star Linda Hamilton

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:19:00 -0400

Since Terminator 2 debuted in 1991, various filmmakers have attempted to recreate the spectacle of the first two futuristic films with the help of an ageing Arnold Schwarzenegger. Director James Cameron and star Linda Hamilton sat out of the resultin...

'Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime' lands on Nintendo Switch

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Nintendo Switch has made couch co-op gaming more fun by giving you a way to play with friends outside the house. That's why Lovers in A Dangerous Spacetime, which will be available for the Switch on October 3rd, seems like a perfect fit for the hybri...

'Super Mario Odyssey' reminds us why we love Mario

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Super Mario Odyssey is the most exciting Mario game in years. Sure, the two Galaxy entries on the Wii were inventive, but Nintendo's first Switch game in the series goes a step further and completely changes the way you've come to know Mario. It intr...

Belkin's iPhone dongle helps you listen while you charge

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:35:00 -0400

Last year's Belkin Rockstar dongle was a lifesaver for iPhone 7 owners who wanted to charge their device while doing just about anything else, but it had a problem: with two Lightning ports, you still had to add a second adapter to plug in your favor...

Uber launches internal probe on Asia bribery allegations

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Among its many other problems, Uber is facing a federal probe to look into allegations that it broke foreign bribery laws. To figure out what happened exactly and to cooperate with the DOJ, the ride-hailing firm recently launched its own investigatio...

London venue is first to eradicate touts with digital-only tickets

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:12:00 -0400

Touts are something you'll no longer see roaming the pavements outside of London's Islington Assembly Hall. The music venue has become the first in the UK to commit entirely to digital tickets, all of which will be sold through mobile app Dice. Ticke...

Budweiser offers 150,000 free Lyft round trips

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:58:00 -0400

If you're on the lookout for a designated driver this holiday season, a brewery can save the day. Starting today, Budweiser is offering up to 150,000 free round-trip Lyft rides (worth up to $10 each way) with its "Give a Damn" program until the end o...

The Morning After: Wednesday, September 20th 2017

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Hey, good morning! Welcome to your Wednesday. We've got our full verdict on Apple's iPhone 8. You'll have to wait to see how the iPhone X fares, but now Google is the latest company angling for our new smartphone-buying dollars. And, oops, the phone...

USA Today takes you on a VR tour of Trump's proposed border wall

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

After a series of experiments with virtual reality, USA Today launched its full-fledged VR news show last year. "VRtually There" (as it's known) followed in the footsteps of similar segments from The New York Times and ABC News. Since then, the media...

Twitch Prime brings ad-free streaming to Mexico

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:43:00 -0400

Amazon Prime debuted in Mexico earlier this year, and now the subscription service for the retailer's $970 million livestreaming platform is available as well. In case you forgot, Twitch Prime doles out free games, in-game items and other goodies via...

Microsoft opens pre-orders for standard Xbox One X

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:45:00 -0400

Microsoft's Xbox One X is now available to pre-order. The console, touted as the most powerful ever (that claim excludes PCs, of course), will be out on November 7th worldwide. The company opened pre-orders for a special 'Project Scorpio' edition las...

Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:15:00 -0400

Amazon wants to make Alexa a more formidable competitor to Google Assistant and Siri by letting you put it on your face and take it anywhere, according to a Financial Times report (paywall). The company is said to be developing a pair of normal-looki...

Dual-screen Yota3 is official with a sharper E Ink screen

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:43:00 -0400

Well, the wait is finally over. After a teaser back in June, the third-gen dual-screen YotaPhone -- now simply dubbed Yota3 -- was unveiled in China yesterday. Pretty much all the main specs are identical to the leak Engadget received earlier, but th...

Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic

published on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:31:00 -0400

Audio can be just as important as visuals if you want to make true-to-life VR experiences. That's why Oculus has introduced changes to the Rift SDK that give developers the power to make spatial audio as realistic as possible. One of the features the...

Scientists want to explore asteroids with a fleet of nanoprobes

published on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:14:00 -0400

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) presented a mission plan today at the European Planetary Science Congress that would allow scientists to observe hundreds of asteroids over the course of just a few years. Their plan is to sen...

Lilu is a pumping bra that promises more breast milk in less time

published on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:22:00 -0400

Breast pump technology have come a long way from the awkward manual tools of old. Now there are smart pumps that can pump out milk as nursing mothers carry on with their everyday lives; one even won our Best of CES award this year for its simple unob...