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'Destiny 2' is 2017’s best-selling game after just one month

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:36:00 -0400

If you have friends who own video game consoles, chances are you heard a lot about Destiny 2 in the last month. But anecdotal evidence that the game was everywhere just got backed up by some astonishing sales figures. Just one month after launching o...

Life insurer offers members a $25 Apple Watch (if they earn it)

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:14:00 -0400

You might have heard of insurers discounting the Apple Watch before, but never quite like this. John Hancock is offering all its Vitality life insurance policy holders (including newcomers) an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 so long as they use it and r...

Snapchat tweaks increase sharing and privacy

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:34:00 -0400

Snapchat added a couple features to its iOS version today, along with a quality-of-life tweak. First, you can now send links from other apps to your Snapchat friends using iOS's 'share' tray. And second, you can now temporarily turn off location shar...

Relentlessly witty 'Night in the Woods' comes to your phone in 2018

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:55:00 -0400

If you haven't played Night in the Woods, you're frankly missing out. The made-partly-in-Michigan indie adventure melds witty (and often silly) dialogue with iconic visuals, varied gameplay and discussions of weighty subjects. It's a good thing tha...

Affirm’s app lends you money to buy things online

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:32:00 -0400

Paypal co-founder Max Levchin launched Affirm back in 2012 to extend credit for folks to buy things online. Today, his company has extended that feature to a mobile app, functionally creating a virtual credit card for anyone who wants to trust a tech...

Lego pulls the plug on future 'Dimensions' toys

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:11:00 -0400

Chalk up another casualty in the decline of collectible-based video games: Lego, Warner Bros. and TT Games have stopped producing new expansions for Lego Dimensions. They'll continue to sell existing expansion packs, and servers will continue to run...

Robot detective game 'Subsurface Circular' is out on iPad

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:55:00 -0400

We've been excited about Mike Bithell's surprise indie game, Subsurface Circular, since it released months ago. The developer of Thomas Was Alone and Volume stealthily made the science fiction text adventure game for iOS after he asked Twitter follow...

'Dragon Ball FighterZ' comes to PC and consoles January 26th

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:36:00 -0400

If you've been anticipating the upcoming Bandai Namco anime-based game Dragon Ball FighterZ like we have, you're in luck. The gaming company just announced that the title will release on January 26th, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Susan Fowler’s Uber harassment story is being made into a movie

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:15:00 -0400

Earlier this year, Susan Fowler wrote a blog post describing her sexual harassment at Uber and revealed disturbing details about the company's sexist environment. That post would lead to an independent investigation of Uber's practices, the firing of...

Snapchat reportedly has 'hundreds of thousands' of unsold Spectacles

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:02:00 -0400

Sure, they were a hot commodity when they first dropped, but almost a year later and Snapchat has "hundreds of thousands" of pairs of Spectacles sitting in Chinese warehouses. The news, via The Information, comes after CEO Evan Spiegel boasted that s...

Singapore bans additional cars to keep traffic from getting worse

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:38:00 -0400

Starting next February, residents of of Singapore won't be able to drive additional cars in the small city-state. It's introducing the ban as a line in the sand to keep the island from being overrun with vehicles and clogging traffic, especially as i...

Don’t bother playing ‘South Park’ unless you’re a die-hard fan

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:20:00 -0400

"South Park used to be a lot funnier," I catch myself thinking as I play through the franchise's latest game, The Fractured But Whole (TFBW). Maybe I'm just too old, or has the world moved on while South Park stayed the same? Humor is crucial to the...

Ford's on-demand van service is running again in San Francisco

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:42:00 -0400

The Ford-owned on-demand commuter van company, Chariot, paused its service in San Francisco last week to fix compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP had found that some Chariot drivers did not have required Class B licenses. The...

NYC subways get tap-to-ride turnstiles starting late 2018

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:21:00 -0400

New York City's plan to modernize its mass transit payments is getting underway... although you definitely won't want to chuck your MetroCard any time soon. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is greenlighting a hefty $573 million contract that...

Facebook tests split News Feed that keeps friends front and center

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:02:00 -0400

Facebook is currently testing a new dual-feed setup that separates Page-generated posts from ads and posts from friends, The Guardian reports. The trial is currently underway in six countries -- Bolivia, Guatemala, Cambodia, Slovakia, Serbia and Sri...

TiVo’s rumored voice-controlled DVR pops up at Amazon, Best Buy

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:43:00 -0400

We've been looking forward to a voice-controlled TiVo for a few months thanks to a leak about a new peanut-style Bluetooth remote and trademark for new products with the "Vox" name appended. Now it appears that both the TiVo Bolt Vox and TIVo Mini Vo...

Play the first set of original Xbox games on the Xbox One tomorrow

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:21:00 -0400

In terms of new software, Microsoft doesn't have much to offer Xbox One owners this holiday unless you want to play the fourth Forza in as many years. What it does have though, are a baker's dozen of games from the original Xbox. Some we already knew...

'Stranger Things 2' basically gives everyone a cellphone

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

The second season of Stranger Things takes place in 1984, in a carefully curated world of mullets, muscle cars and arcades. Pick any scene, study it closely, and the obsessive attention to detail becomes clear: Yard signs proudly read, "Reagan/Bush '...

FBI tried and failed to unlock 7,000 encrypted devices

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:44:00 -0400

In an 11-month period, the FBI failed to gain access to around 7,000 encrypted mobile devices, BBC News reports, which is about half of those targeted by the agency according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. In a speech given at the Association of C...

What is the future of Puerto Rico’s energy grid?

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0400

Delivering power to the inhabitants of a small island is a very different challenge to the sort found in other places. Resource poverty can mean that vital supplies need to be brought in, either by air or sea, purchased at a premium. The environment...

Nintendo's next Direct is all about 'Animal Crossing' on your phone

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:14:00 -0400

Nintendo is ready to spill the beans about its upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game. On Wednesday at 11 PM Eastern / 8 PM Pacific, the company will hold one of its trademark Direct events where it'll spend 15 minutes talking about the upcoming life-s...

Microsoft’s Learning Tools for students heads to Word on iPad

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400

With its Learning Tools, Microsoft has developed a few ways to make it easier for students to get a better handle on reading and writing. One tool, for example, can read your words aloud and help you identify common grammatical issues. Another, calle...

Amazon's 'Pilot Season' returns November 10th

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:41:00 -0400

It's that time of year again: Amazon is premiering its fall batch of series pilots on November 10th. And this season, the focus is definitely on the star power involved. The highlight is likely Sea Oak, the undead comedy starring Glenn Close -- she p...

Bringing a shipwreck back to life with photogrammetry

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:19:00 -0400

A little over 76 years ago, the British merchant steam ship SS Thistlegorm was sunk by a WW II German bomber off the coast of Egypt, taking nine souls down with it. It has only been seen in detail by divers, but a new website from the University of N...

What we're buying: Instant Pot Ultra, Huel and Sleep Cycle

published on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:02:00 -0400

This month is a (mostly) foodie edition of IRL. Nicole Lee sings the praises of the Instant Pot, while Daniel Cooper doesn't last long on the meal-replacement system, Huel. Tim Seppala, however, is just trying to get a good night's rest.