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Hyundai goes even smaller with the Venue crossover

7:45 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Both the gas and electrified Hyundai Kona are great vehicles. But maybe it's just a tad too big for you? If that's the case, the automaker just unveiled the Hyundai Venue. An entry-level SUV with an odd name.

Mercedes-Benz's EQC Edition 1886 goes heavy on creature comforts

7:40 am PDT, April 17, 2019

It's no surprise Mercedes has been planning to produce its own all-electric vehicle -- the storied carmaker revealed its plans in 2016 and started candidly talking about its new EQC crossover last year. While we won't be able to slip behind the wheel...

T-Mobile and Comcast will label authentic calls to fight spam

7:37 am PDT, April 17, 2019

In an attempt to fight robocalls, T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to bring their customers call verification. The carriers will use the STIR/SHAKEN protocol to label authentic numbers, so users will know they're not receiving a spam call. The cat...

Toyota's 2020 Highlander approaches the pinnacle of SUV practicality

7:35 am PDT, April 17, 2019

If you're in the US and mulling a new car purchase, there's a pretty strong chance you're considering an SUV. Fair enough: Americans are pretty much over sedans at this point. In any case, Toyota has a refreshed version of its popular Highlander that...

Jaguar's electric I-Pace takes the World Car of the Year award

7:00 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Unlike your typical "car of the year" award, the World Car Awards (of which I'm a juror) are voted on by 86 automotive journalists from over 20 countries that write for publications that span the globe. This year those reporters drove an impressive a...

Google's VR painting app is coming to Oculus Quest

6:47 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Google's Tilt Brush is available on multiple platforms, but there's been one common limitation: you've had to use a wired VR headset, which puts a damper on your creative freedom. Those cords won't be a problem soon. Google has revealed that it's b...

The Pixel 3 can automatically take your 'best' selfie

6:11 am PDT, April 17, 2019

For its latest AI-powered trick, the Pixel 3 identifies your expressions to automatically snap selfies. Courtesy of an update to the front-facing camera's Photobooth mode, Google's flagship can capture shots when you're smiling, kissing/pouting, stic...

Google's first auto accessory is like a Home Mini for the car

6:00 am PDT, April 17, 2019

One way to get Google Assistant into your car is to simply buy a car with Android Auto. Of course, that's not exactly practical, and it doesn't help if you're looking for something a little older. You can also install the Android Auto app on your...

Artificial intelligence is on the brink of a 'diversity disaster'

5:39 am PDT, April 17, 2019

The lack of diversity within artificial intelligence is pushing the field to a dangerous "tipping point," according to new research from the AI Now Institute. It says that due to an overwhelming proportion of white males in the field, the technology...

Canada is being sued over Sidewalk Labs' smart city project

5:19 am PDT, April 17, 2019

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is suing three levels of government and Waterfront Toronto, a publicly-funded organization, over a planned smart neighborhood in Quayside. The suit claims that two legal agreements drawn up between Wate...

Foxconn boss Terry Gou is running for president of Taiwan

4:45 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of electronics giant Foxconn, is stepping down from his role as chairman to run for president of Taiwan. He will stand in the primaries of the Kuomintang opposition party, promoting a more China-friendly policy duri...

The Morning After: Finally, Sony reveals some crucial PS5 details

4:02 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Tell me all about the PlayStation 5, you say? Well, we don't know everything just yet, but Sony has shared some crucial details in an unusual reveal-and-interview combo yesterday. Oh, and coincidentally, Xbox's digital-only console got priced and det...

Uber lets female drivers only drive other women in Saudi Arabia

3:20 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Uber has launched a feature in Saudi Arabia that lets female drivers select a preference for female-only riders. What began as a pilot program in September -- after feedback showed that 74 percent of Saudi women Uber drivers were only interested in d...

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

2:35 am PDT, April 17, 2019

Last year, Lyft investigated reports that its workers abused access to customer data, using their powers to stalk lovers and snoop on celebrities. Thankfully, the ride-hailing service has implemented changes since then: According to The Information,...

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robots are strong enough to haul a box truck

12:19 am PDT, April 17, 2019

How many SpotMini robots does it take to haul a big truck? Just 10, apparently. Boston Dynamics' new video shows 10 of its canine-inspired machines attached to a box truck like sled dogs, pulling it across the company's parking lot with a one-degree...

Verizon's new activation fees cost more in-store, less in-app

10:31 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

Verizon has simultaneously slashed and increased its activation and upgrade fees, depending on how you process the transaction. According to CNET and reports posted online, you now only have to pay $20 if you upgrade your device or activate a line on...

Lincoln Corsair squeezes Navigator features into a smaller SUV

9:01 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

The Lincoln Navigator is unapologetically huge. But large, luxury SUVs don't have the sales numbers of the small crossover market. So it's no surprise that the automaker is tossing its luxury hat into that profitable ring with the new Corsair.

OnePlus 7 rumors, leaks include Pro and 5G editions

8:50 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

If you're eagerly awaiting word of the next OnePlus handset, a few leakers who have been reliable in the past have information for you. Between @OnLeaks/Pricebaba and Ishan Agarwal, they've claiming we can expect a global launch event on May 14th, wi...

Genesis unveils Mint concept EV for urban fashionistas

6:49 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

Automotive events can be... well weird. For example, the Mint EV concept car reveal from Genesis was a song and dance extravaganza coupled with a fashion show. The automaker said it had something to do with New York becoming the center of the fashion...

Intel giving up on 5G tech explains Apple's sudden Qualcomm settlement

4:55 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

In a move that accompanies today's shocking settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has suddenly announced it's not even going to try building 5G modems for smartphones. Apple had attempted to replace Qualcomm as a supplier for its modem chips w...

Audi adds a $995 monthly tier to its subscription service

4:22 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

Last year, Audi launched a test run of Audi Select, a monthly subscription service that gives drivers access to their choice of vehicles from the company's lineup. Today, the German carmaker announced a new, cheaper tier of the service called Core Co...

Xbox One update adds a mini keyboard and smarter uninstalls

2:59 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

Microsoft has more Xbox news in store even if you don't care for a disc-free One S or Game Pass Ultimate. It's trotting out an Xbox One April Update that, among other things, adds the option of a mini virtual keyboard. The input choice frees up scr...

The disc-free Xbox One S hits stores on May 7th for $250

2:11 pm PDT, April 16, 2019

A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumored pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who've never had to set foot inside of a GameStop. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers...