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California bill aims to strengthen data breach notification law

10:08 pm PST, February 21, 2019

California might have more comprehensive data breach notification rules if a new bill becomes law. The golden state's Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, and Assemblymember Marc Levine want to require companies to notify customers if their passport num...

Japan's Hayabusa2 lands on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples

6:36 pm PST, February 21, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu to accomplish one of its ultimate goals: collect samples for scientists back on Earth. The probe has briefly landed on the asteroid to fire a bullet into its...

CRISPR gene-editing experiment may have impacted twins' brains

2:11 pm PST, February 21, 2019

Researchers have published research into a gene at the heart of a controversial human gene-editing experiment, lending more weight to the theory that it inhibits cognitive function. But no one knows how the method may have affected the minds of the C...

Trailer for Jordan Peele's 'Twilight Zone' shows an unsettling universe

1:42 pm PST, February 21, 2019

You no longer have to wonder how Jordan Peele would handle a reboot of The Twilight Zone. CBS All Access has shared the first trailer for the streaming series, and it appears to be what you'd hope for from the Get Out director: a more disturbing tak...

NASA is giving us daily weather reports from Mars

1:20 pm PST, February 21, 2019

NASA says its new Mars weather website will be "geeky fun for meteorologists." For the rest of us, it's a daily reminder that Mars is ridiculously cold. The website shares a daily weather report with temperature, atmospheric pressure and wind speed c...

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1:00 pm PST, February 21, 2019

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AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over pedophilia controversy

12:43 pm PST, February 21, 2019

As YouTube continues to struggle with the issue of child predators latching on to content for kids, the video platform has lost another major advertiser. AT&T has decided to pull its ads from YouTube, according to CNBC. The telecom giant joins Di...

Facebook allowed advertisers to target users interested in Nazism

12:14 pm PST, February 21, 2019

Facebook still has some work to do if it wants to eliminate racist criteria from its ad targeting. The company has pulled numerous audience groupings from its ad plaform after the LA Times discovered that advertisers could target ads for people inte...

'Gaming phones' are just flagship phones now

12:00 pm PST, February 21, 2019

The specs on Samsung's Galaxy S10+ are bonkers. This baby has up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage, with the option to add 512GB more via microSD and a vapor-chamber cooling system a lot like the one in the Xbox One X. Samsung is talking up...

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé is retiring

11:35 am PST, February 21, 2019

After almost 13 years in the job, Nintendo of America COO and president Reggie Fils-Aimé is stepping down. He's set to retire in April, with sales and marketing SVP Doug Bowser (yep, that's actually his name) taking over.

Lyft's Shared Saver rides save you money if you're willing to walk more

11:10 am PST, February 21, 2019

Lyft has announced a new ride option called Shared Saver. The budget-friendly option expands the company's existing ride sharing options puts commuters in the same vehicle to split the cost of the ride and will not be subject to surge pricing. The ca...

'Unique challenges' derail Amy Winehouse hologram tour

10:37 am PST, February 21, 2019

If you were hoping to catch Amy Winehouse's hologram tour this year, you may have to settle for a big-screen biopic instead. BASE Hologram, the company behind the production, announced on Twitter yesterday that it is "putting the tour on hold until w...

Sinemia ventures beyond movie subscriptions with direct ticket sales

10:18 am PST, February 21, 2019

Sinemia isn't counting solely on movie theater subscriptions to draw you in. The service has launched an option to buy movie tickets in the US through either its apps or its website. You need to buy them for one of 400-plus participating theaters (...

Don’t buy a phone just for 5G

10:00 am PST, February 21, 2019

It's possible to be excited by the potential of 5G and yet not thrilled about having to buy a new device to use it. After all, this time around, the standard isn't as transformative as the leap from 2G to 3G or from 3G to 4G. You wouldn't believe tha...

Verizon plans to roll out its 5G mobile network in 30 cities this year

9:51 am PST, February 21, 2019

At Samsung's Unpacked event Wednesday, it emerged Verizon is getting a short-term exclusive on Samsung's first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G. To make sure people can use the handset and other 5G phones as intended, the provider plans to turn on its 5G...

Tesla Model 3 loses Consumer Reports recommendation

9:45 am PST, February 21, 2019

The long-simmering tussle between Tesla and Consumer Reports over car reviews took a fresh turn Thursday, after the publication said it could no longer recommend the Model 3. Tesla had finally claimed the distinction last May after it was able to red...

The problem with the Galaxy Fold

9:15 am PST, February 21, 2019

Take a look at the Galaxy Fold's 68 official images on Samsung's press site, and see if you can work out what's missing. Or watch the promotional clip and tell me what you find odd about it. No, I'm not talking about how weird that tiny outside scree...

Google Maps can now guide you to drug disposal locations

9:00 am PST, February 21, 2019

Drug disposal programs have been cited as an effective tool in the fight against opioid abuse by medical studies and the White House. Now Google is lending a hand by pinpointing 3,500 of these drop-off sites on Google Maps and via Search in partnersh...

Sony and camera startup Light team up for multi-lens smartphone

8:39 am PST, February 21, 2019

Camera startup Light, best known for its multi-lens cameras, announced today that it is teaming up with Sony to put its tech to work in new ways. The partnership will be focused on developing new versions of Light's multi-image sensors using Sony len...

WinRAR patched 19-year-old bug that left millions vulnerable

8:02 am PST, February 21, 2019

Remember that early 2000s software that extracted .zip files and just about any other file archive on your Windows PC, WinRAR? The one that constantly bugged you to buy it but could be duped by clicking "next time"? Well, if you're one of the 500 mil...

YouTube axes hundreds of channels over child exploitation concerns

7:14 am PST, February 21, 2019

YouTube has removed more than 400 channels and disabled comments on "tens of millions of videos" over the last few days after reports suggested a child porn ring was persisting on the platform. In a comment on a video published by Philip DeFranco Wed...

What to expect at MWC 2019

6:30 am PST, February 21, 2019

There's always plenty of news from MWC, and it's either entirely expected or word gets out early. This year is shaping up to be slightly different, though, as companies are preparing their version of the future of smartphones. From foldable desig...

Apple will reportedly launch a credit card this year

6:10 am PST, February 21, 2019

Apple is teaming up with Goldman Sachs to launch a credit card as it looks beyond mobile payments, according to a new report. The card will be available to the masses later this year, following a trial run with Apple staffers, reports The Wall Street...

The Vive Focus Plus is HTC’s answer to the Oculus Quest

6:00 am PST, February 21, 2019

Back in October, HTC offered a dual 6DoF controller dev kit for its Vive Focus standalone headset, in the hopes of offering a truly untethered and more immersive VR experience -- something which the original single 3DoF joystick couldn't fully simula...

Audible Latino launches with Spanish-language 'Harry Potter'

6:00 am PST, February 21, 2019

Audible now has a dedicated platform for Spanish-language audiobooks. It's called Audible Latino, and according to the company, it offers the largest selection of audiobooks in Español for fans in the US. The portal has launched with quite a f...