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Larry Page's air taxi company cuts a deal with Air New Zealand

10:52 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Remember Google co-founder Larry Page's other "flying car" project that's based in New Zealand? It's called Cora, and is being developed by Zephyr Airworks to provide an autonomous VTOL-capable flying vehicle. Now the local airline Air New Zealand ha...

Snapchat is a popular source for news among college students

9:01 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

A number of studies have shown that people turn to social media for news, and of all of the social networks out there, Facebook consistently leads the pack in this regard. But a new study from the Knight Foundation has turned up a surprising finding...

Sony's HX99 camera packs 28X zoom into an ultra-compact body

8:40 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

How do you make a point-and-shoot camera appealing when the smartphone in your pocket can already take great photos? By stuffing a ton of features into a design that's almost as easy to carry as that phone, apparently. Sony's just-introduced Cyber-...

Sony tries using blockchain tech for next-gen DRM

7:56 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Sony announced today that it's jumping on the blockchain bandwagon for digital rights management (DRM), starting with written educational materials under the Sony Global Education arm of the business. This new blockchain system is built on Sony's pre...

Americans fear they can’t identify social media bots

7:25 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

A new poll from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that studies trends, found that many Americans fear they cannot discern a bot from an actual person on social media. This study did not tackle the percentage of people who have been foo...

Just tell Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TVs

6:32 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Until now, casting video to an Android TV through a Google Assistant-enabled device such as a Google Home or the new JBL soundbar has been a fairly simple affair. With the exception of playing Netflix, that is. Now, Google is finally changing that by...

What's on TV: 'Daredevil,' 'Making a Murderer' and 'Ant-Man'

5:51 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

We just found out that Iron Fist won't be back for another round, but it's already time for season three of Daredevil on Netflix this week. Other streaming highlights include a second season of Lore on Amazon Prime as well as part two of Netflix's Ma...

Winamp plans a streaming-friendly revival in 2019

4:58 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Winamp, a relic from the Wild West days of digital music, not only still exists but has a major update on the way for next year. Parent company Radionomy is planning to reboot the service as an all-in-one app that pulls podcasts, playlists, streaming...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies from cancer at 65

3:14 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

It's a sad day for the technology world, as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at the age of 65 due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The tech pioneer had been grappling with the cancer for years and received treatment for it in 200...

Microsoft adds dictation to Office web apps to help with dyslexia

2:43 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Microsoft has made voice dictation available for desktop Office users for months. Now, though, it's making the feature available to web users in the name of aiding those with dyslexia. The browser versions of both Word and OneNote will enable dicta...

The Apple Watch is being used to study joint replacement patients

2:19 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

As part of its latest healthcare-focused venture, Apple has teamed up with Zimmer Biomet on an app designed for knee and hip replacement patients. The app, called mymobility, works with the Apple Watch and iPhone, and it provides patients with guidan...

TSA outlines its plans for facial recognition on domestic flights

1:37 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

The Transportation Security Administration is determined to make facial recognition and other biometrics a regular part of the airport experience, and it now has a roadmap for that expansion. The effort will start by teaming with Customs and Border P...

UK public broadcasters want top billing on streaming services

1:26 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

As streaming services and set-top boxes continue to creep up on traditional TV, public service broadcasters (PSBs) in the UK are worried about being left behind. The heads of ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are urging the government to require tech...

Intel's desktop 9th-generation Core chips can handle 128GB of RAM

1:02 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

To date, Intel's mainstream processors haven't supported more than 64GB of RAM. That's not a crisis-inducing problem right now (only demanding pros are likely to notice), but the time when you'll want more is on the horizon. Thankfully, Intel is prep...

Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad promises 'real' mobile image editing

12:39 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

You might have noticed that Adobe's slew of announcements at its MAX conference made a reference to Photoshop CC coming for iPad. As it turns out, it's a pretty big announcement -- and it might just change how you edit images on the go. The upcomin...

Fidelity’s new firm will manage crypto trading for investors

12:27 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Financial services firm Fidelity is making a move towards cryptocurrency, announcing a new company that will handle crypto investments for large-scale clients. The new company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, will manage both trade execution and cry...

Microsoft browsers will disable 20-year-old security protocol

12:03 pm PDT, October 15, 2018

Microsoft has announced that it will be disabling the oldest versions of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol in Edge and Internet Explorer 11 by default in 2020. The company said in a blog post that the move is intended to help "advance a saf...

BMW will give EV batteries new life with recycling program

11:44 am PDT, October 15, 2018

BMW is leading a consortium of companies with the goal of giving electric vehicle batteries new life after they've kicked the bucket as a car power source. The partnership with Belgian recycling firm Umicore and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt...

Supersonic car project needs $33 million to avoid bankruptcy

11:23 am PDT, October 15, 2018

Project Bloodhound, which is the quest to develop a supersonic vehicle that can break the world record for land speed, has hit a snag. The company behind the project, Bloodhound Programme Ltd., has run out of money and entered administration. In orde...

Sega started and cancelled a 'Shenmue' remake

11:04 am PDT, October 15, 2018

Did you play the remastered versions of the Shenmue games and wish that Sega and d3t had done more than port the titles largely unchanged? So did the developers, apparently. Digital Foundry has discovered that the team had originally been working o...

Vector, Anki’s cute robot companion, is available today

10:38 am PDT, October 15, 2018

Anki's Vector, the $2 million Kickstarter darling, is out today, and he's ready to be your best friend. Vector is the follow-up to Anki's first Robot, Cozmo. While Cozmo was more focused on being a toy for kids, Vector aims to be a robot assistant. I...

MIT’s $1 billion college will teach the theory and ethics of AI

10:19 am PDT, October 15, 2018

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that the university is launching the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, which is specifically focused on the rise of artificial intelligence. MIT is committing $1 billion to focus on...

Apple donates 1,000 watches to eating disorder study

9:57 am PDT, October 15, 2018

The use of Apple Watches in medical studies now includes research into eating disorders. Apple is donating 1,000 smartwatches to a University of North Carolina study (the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative, or BEGIN) that will help understand bulimia n...

Nintendo is making an artwork-clad ‘Diablo III’ Switch

9:34 am PDT, October 15, 2018

In a hellion cross-promotion, Activision Blizzard and Nintendo have partnered up to release a special edition Switch console for Diablo III exclusively at GameStop. The bundle will include the 2012 game, plus its two expansions, Rise of the Necromanc...