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Sega adds 'Streets of Rage 2' and more to the Genesis Mini lineup

8:04 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Sega is set to release its Genesis Mini retro console in September, with a line-up of 40 games. It revealed ten of them when it announced the system's release date last month, and now it's taken the wrapper off another bunch of titles.

The first 'Division 2’ eight-person raid is delayed until May

7:37 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Developer Massive Entertainment and publisher Ubisoft had planned to release a major update for The Division 2 next week, bringing with it the game's first eight-person raid, called Operation Dark Hours. However, Massive wants a little more time to f...

Samsung's Galaxy S10 camera gets a dedicated 'Night' mode

7:10 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Samsung has started rolling out a new feature for the Galaxy S10 camera called "Night" mode, according to SamMobile. It looks like a replacement for the original "Bright Night" feature that activated automatically (and only automatically) to let you...

BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down in May

6:27 am PDT, April 19, 2019

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for consumers is shutting down for good on May 31st. When Indonesia-based media conglomerate Emtek took over its development in 2016, it redesigned the app with modern features in hopes that it can better compete with more...

FTC's Facebook investigation could focus on Zuckerberg

6:01 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Facebook's privacy troubles just keep on coming, one after another -- just recently, it revealed that Instagram stored millions of passwords in plain text. In an effort to force the social network to be more conscious of its data privacy practices, f...

BlackBerry's marginally upgraded, red-accented KEY2 is out today

5:30 am PDT, April 19, 2019

The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition lands in the US today with double the storage out of the box (128GB). More of a stop-gap than a sequel, the handset also packs Hub+ software improvements and refreshed versions of the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Cale...

Facebook AI turns real people into controllable game characters

5:01 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Facebook's AI Research team has created an AI called Vid2Play that can extract playable characters from videos of real people, creating a much higher-tech version of '80s full-motion video (FMV) games like Night Trap. The neural networks can analyze...

Netflix experiments with a random play button

4:31 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Sometimes you just don't want to think. Who cares if it makes no narrative sense, let's just watch a random episode of your favorite show. For some Netflix users, they can throw caution to the wind. As spotted by Android Police, the streaming service...

The Morning After: The Weather Channel got hacked

3:35 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Add The Weather Channel to the list of ransomware victims, and we have some news about the Google vs. Amazon tiff. Also, the Child's Play remake will have Chucky terrorizing people via their smart-home devices....

Google will block embedded browser log-ins to fight phishing

12:48 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Embedded browsers within apps can be useful if you want to use an existing account from another service -- say, your Gmail log-in -- to access their features. However, they're also really easy to weaponize for man-in-the-middle types of phishing atta...

Instagram test visualizes hiding 'Like' counts from viewers

12:24 am PDT, April 19, 2019

Everyone has their own opinion about what specifically is wrong with social media, but the currency of likes is a commonly-cited issue. The latest grab bag of Instagram test features dug up by Jane Manchun Wong includes a version that doesn't let the...

Uber's self-driving unit gets its own CEO and a $1 billion investment

8:58 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

As Uber finally closes in on its IPO, its self-driving car unit is getting a big cash infusion and some independence. The company announced tonight that Toyota, Denso and Softbank are investing a total of $1 billion in its Advanced Technologies Group...

Ransomware interrupted a 'The Weather Channel' morning show

7:51 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

On Thursday morning, from 6AM to 7:39AM, viewers weren't able to learn any useful weather information from The Weather Channel. The TV network had to show a taped program instead of airing its morning show AMHQ, because it suffered a security breach...

Original 'Burnout Paradise' servers shut down August 1st

5:40 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

All good things must come to an end, and that includes multiplayer support for the original Burnout Paradise. Emails sent to players and a tweet from Criterion confirm that the game's servers -- which have been in operation since it launched in 2008...

Alexa owners can listen to Amazon Music for free -- with ads

3:14 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Rumors started circulating last week that Amazon was exploring a free, ad-supported tier of its streaming music service. Turns out there was something to those rumblings. Today, the commerce giant announced that Alexa device owners in the US will be...

Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems

2:38 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Virtual reality can be a rush to the senses, but not if you have vision problems. Microsoft researchers are trying to solve that problem via a tool kit for Unity VR developers to help players with low vision. Since vision problems vary by individual,...

Samsung updates Galaxy Buds with Bixby voice controls

1:30 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Thanks to a recent firmware update, Samsung's Galaxy Buds now work with the company's Bixby voice assistant. In addition to having hands-free control of music and audio, users can now use voice controls to request a battery status update, change to a...

'Overwatch' travels to Havana for its latest map

1:11 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Overwatch's Storm Rising brawl kicked off this week in a new locale: Havana. As with last year's edition of the Archives event, which saw the debut of Rialto, Blizzard is bringing its gorgeous take on the Cuban capital to the standard modes. It's the...

Netflix will invest up to $100 million in a NYC production hub

12:49 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Netflix films many of its productions in New York City (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is just one example), so it only makes sense to have a large presence there, doesn't it? The company certainly thinks so. It's establishing an NYC production hub that w...

‘Stranger Things’ plagiarism lawsuit heads to trial

12:36 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

A lawsuit that accuses Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer of stealing the idea for the hit Netflix show is headed for a jury trial. A judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court this week denied a motion for summary judgment from the Duffer B...

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12:30 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

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Facebook stored millions of Instagram passwords in plain text

12:12 pm PDT, April 18, 2019

Last month, news broke that Facebook employees had access to up to 600 million user passwords, which had been stored in plain text. Today, the company revealed that millions of Instagram passwords were also stored in a readable format. An internal in...

Fitbit Versa Lite review: The basics aren't enough

11:30 am PDT, April 18, 2019

I wasn't sure what to expect when Fitbit announced the Versa Lite smartwatch. It's supposed to be a pared-back iteration of last year's Versa, which itself was already a watered-down version of the company's first true smartwatch, the Ionic. Fo...

Netflix is turning Broadway's 'Boys in the Band' into a film

11:06 am PDT, April 18, 2019

Netflix doesn't have much in the way of theater productions on its streaming platform, with Bruce Springsteen's one-man Broadway show perhaps being the most notable. However, the service is drawing from the stage for an upcoming movie, as it's set to...

Russia worked hard to recruit social media users to campaign for Trump

10:46 am PDT, April 18, 2019

We already knew that the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which is essentially a farm of bots and trolls, exposed 126 million Americans on Facebook to Russian-backed propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election. But today's release of the redac...