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You can make your own rotary cellphone

4:23 pm PST, February 17, 2020

As convenient as modern cellphones are, there's a certain charm to spinning an old-fashioned rotary dial to make a call -- and now, there's a cellphone that caters to that nostalgia. Brookhaven National Lab engineer Justine Haupt has developed a rot...

Microsoft releases its unified Office app for Android

3:06 pm PST, February 17, 2020

Microsoft has followed through on its promise of a unified Office mobile app -- for some people, anyway. Following months of beta testing, the company has released the all-in-one productivity app for Android phone users. Like before, this lets you...

Apple warns of iPhone 'supply shortages' due to coronavirus outbreak

1:44 pm PST, February 17, 2020

The consequences of the coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected for Apple. The tech firm has warned that global iPhone supply will be "temporarily constrained" while it resumes production. Although its factory partners have reopened, those f...

EU won't let Facebook tell it how to regulate tech giants

12:03 pm PST, February 17, 2020

The European Union won't let Facebook tell it how to regulate Big Tech. Today, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said Facebook will have to adapt to the EU's standards, not the other way around, Reuters reports.

Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to combat climate change

11:35 am PST, February 17, 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced today he plans to contribute $10 billion toward fighting climate change through the creation of a new philanthropic project called the Bezos Earth Fund. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet," Bezos wrote...

RCS messaging comes to Windows 10's Your Phone app

10:42 am PST, February 17, 2020

When Samsung's new Galaxy S20 phones make their way to stores early next month, they'll be able to relay RCS messages to Windows 10 PCs. It's all thanks to Microsoft's Your Phone app, which the company is updating to enable it to send and receive RCS...

The synth tones of 'Blade Runner' now fit on your desk

10:11 am PST, February 17, 2020

Yamaha's CS-80 is one of the biggest synths ever -- whether in size, tone or resale price. Most notably remembered for being Vangelis' go-to instrument when composing the score for Blade Runner, the 220-pound behemoth sells for over $20,000 on the se...

SpaceX lost another Falcon booster to the sea

9:34 am PST, February 17, 2020

This morning, at 10:05AM ET, SpaceX successfully launched its fifth batch of Starlink internet satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket. Unfortunately, it did not manage to land the rocket's booster as planned.

Apple Music's Replay 2020 playlist tracks your favorites week-by-week

9:04 am PST, February 17, 2020

You don't have to sit tight until December to start your 2020 retrospective. As promised, Apple Music has made its automatic Replay 2020 playlist available to subscribers through its beta web player. You'll have to visit the site through a mobile bro...

Google is ending its Station free public WiFi program

8:22 am PST, February 17, 2020

After almost four years of providing free internet access to people in developing countries, Google plans to shut down its Station program. The initiative saw the search giant offer free public WiFi at 400 railway stations in India and more than 5,00...

Amazon's Fire tablets for kids are back to their lowest-ever pricing

7:18 am PST, February 17, 2020

Now might be a good time to go shopping if you're looking for a tablet to keep your kids entertained and educated. Amazon has dropped the prices on its Kids Edition tablets to Black Friday levels, making them tempting options if you're looking for a...

What we’re listening to: Caspian

6:45 am PST, February 17, 2020

In this installment of what we currently have in our earbuds, senior editor Billy Steele explains why some post-rock tunes are is current favorite work music.

'State of Decay 2' is getting a major free update

5:25 am PST, February 17, 2020

State of Decay 2 is getting a major update -- and it's no standard content patch either. The total overhaul -- appropriately titled "the Juggernaut Edition" -- will see the game's graphics and audio get a far-reaching remaster, as well as several oth...

Rumors resurface about 'Diablo' and 'Overwatch' animated series

4:15 am PST, February 17, 2020

Rumors of a Diablo anime and Overwatch cartoon have been floating around for a while now. Uber Gizmo reported on a potential Diablo series back in 2018, while Activision Blizzard director Jeff Kaplan gave an interview last year where he touched on hi...

Adam Savage turned Spot the robodog into a creepy rickshaw driver

3:25 am PST, February 17, 2020

Boston Dynamics has long touted robotic dog Spot's ability to help out in disaster situations and to take on jobs too hazardous for humans, but what practical applications does it have for the average Joe? Beyond scuttling around your house like a Lo...

UK to spend $1.6 billion on the world's fastest weather supercomputer

2:35 am PST, February 17, 2020

The UK's weather service, the Met Office, will spend £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) to acquire the world's most powerful climate supercomputer, the government has announced. That's over ten times more than its current Cray XC40 cost, but it will d...

'Rainbow Six Siege' will be ready for PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch

12:07 am PST, February 17, 2020

Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles as soon as they launch, Ubisoft game director Leroy Athanassof told Windows Central. On top of that, cross-generation multiplay will be supported, meaning nex...

Redbox debuts a free, ad-backed live TV service

8:41 pm PST, February 16, 2020

Redbox is still better known for its rental kiosks than anything else, but it's clearly keen to expand its streaming offerings. The company has launched a free, ad-supported live TV service (appropriately, Redbox Free Live TV) for some users. You d...

Rocket Lab will launch a NASA cubesat to the Moon

7:02 pm PST, February 16, 2020

Rocket Lab will fulfill its dreams of launching payloads to the Moon. NASA has picked Rocket Lab to carry its CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) cubesat into the Moon's orbit in early 202...

Blizzard's cancelled 'StarCraft: Ghost' leaks in playable form

5:40 pm PST, February 16, 2020

Blizzard's cancelled StarCraft: Ghost has been the stuff of gaming legend. It was supposed to mark Blizzard's big leap into 3D action games, but it never came to pass -- delays, changing developers and evolving game platforms led the studio to put th...

The Galaxy Z Flip's glass screen isn't very durable

4:19 pm PST, February 16, 2020

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip, its display's extra-thin glass drew the attention of many people. It theoretically offered a better feel and more durability than the fragile plastic of the Galaxy Fold. You might not want to get your hopes...

New York AG won't keep fighting T-Mobile merger with Sprint

3:04 pm PST, February 16, 2020

Now that a federal judge has removed one of the few remaining obstacles to T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, resistance to the move appears to be fading. New York Attorney General Letitia James has signalled that the state won't appeal the ruling declar...

Tesla ordered to halt early work on its German Gigafactory

1:47 pm PST, February 16, 2020

Tesla's Berlin area Gigafactory is running into trouble before the EV maker has even laid the foundations. The higher administrative court for Berlin-Brandenburg has ordered Tesla to halt forest clearing for the factory while waiting on a decision f...