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Netflix picks up hit BBC drama ‘Bodyguard’

4:32 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Netflix has purchased the streaming rights to Bodyguard -- a six-part BBC One series that has been raking in viewers in the UK. The show had a strong premiere, drawing in 10.4 million viewers, which is the highest launch figure for any new drama on a...

Bikini Kill's riot grrl punk is available to stream for the first time

3:34 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Prince, The Beatles and other well-known artists gave into the siren's call of streaming music years ago, but not Bikini Kill -- you still had to get the iconic riot grrl group's music the old-fashioned way. Until now, that is. The feminist punk gr...

Who is Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX's first lunar tourist?

2:22 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Elon Musk shocked the world on Monday when he revealed the identity of SpaceX's first lunar orbit tourist to be Mr. Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire who made his fortune in online fashion retail.

Sony's reborn Aibo robot is available for pre-order in the US

1:55 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Sony's relentlessly adorable Aibo robot is finally ready to return to American shores. After months of waiting, you can pre-order a First Litter Edition of the robo-pup in the US ahead of an expected mid-December ship date. You'll be spending a sta...

Don't be afraid to upgrade your old iPhone to iOS 12

1:40 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Apple was still selling 2015's iPhone 6s until last week. Then it announced three new phones and made the iPhone 7 its entry-level mobile device. There are likely tens of millions of iPhone 6s devices out there still, but last year's buggy iOS 11 upd...

NASA's planet-hunting TESS spacecraft captures 'first light' image

1:22 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Back in May, one of the cameras on NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) snapped a two-second test exposure to make sure that it works. It was but a taste of what we can expect from Kepler's successor, though, and now we finally know wh...

Google Maps works with Apple CarPlay following iOS 12 update

1:05 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

We've known since WWDC in June that iOS 12 would herald the arrival of Google Maps on CarPlay. Apple released the latest version of the iPhone and iPad software Monday, and after Google updated its app to support CarPlay, you can now use that navigat...

Chrome OS revamp delivers a new look and Linux app support

12:37 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Now that the Chrome browser has received a makeover, it's Chrome OS' turn... and it's about more than just feature parity. Google has released a Chrome OS 69 update that introduces the updated Material Design visuals alongside a few features that co...

iPhone XS and XS Max, Day 1: A clear step forward

12:14 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Last year was a big one for Apple — with the launch of the iPhone X, the company redefined what it meant to be iPhone. This year, Apple's job wasn't any easier. It had to figure out what worked, what didn't, and put that knowledge to use bu...

Google's own smart display is reportedly the $149 Home Hub

12:04 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

On October 9th, Google will reveal its latest hardware lineup. Rumors have spread for some time that the company is preparing to unveil a smart display at the event, and a leak unearthed by MySmartPrice corroborates the existence of the device, indic...

Nintendo Switch Online lands today, complete with strange cloud saves

11:45 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Welcome to 2018, Nintendo. After 38 years in the gaming-hardware business and 15 years after the launch of Xbox Live, Nintendo is finally offering an online subscription service in its latest console, the Switch. Nintendo Switch Online goes live on t...

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones review: Goodbye, Bose

11:30 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones are the sort of dream gadget I can review succinctly in one sentence: They're incredibly comfortable, and they sound amazing. That's it. End review. When the first 1000XM pair debuted in 2016, they weren't just another se...

Instagram uses Stories to encourage voter registration

11:16 am PDT, September 18, 2018

The US midterm election is right around the corner, and Instagram is doing its part to encourage as many people as possible to register to vote. It launched a registration push Tuesday, helping 'Grammers get the information they need to sign up to vo...

The massive 'Gwent' overhaul comes home October 23rd

11:03 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Netflix casting its Geralt for the upcoming show based on The Witcher isn't the only reason fans of the fantasy franchise have to be excited. Developer CD Projekt Red has announced a release date for spin-off digital card-game, Gwent: October 23rd on...

Ubtech introduces a new construction-themed STEM robotics kit

10:46 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Believe it or not, the holidays are quickly approaching, which means that companies are getting ready for prime gift-buying season. Ubtech, an AI and robotics company, just released a brand new STEM-focused kit aimed at students ages 8 and up. It's c...

State Department email breach leaks employees' personal data

10:22 am PDT, September 18, 2018

The latest government data breach affected State Department employee emails. On September 7th, workers were notified that their personally identifiable information was obtained by an unnamed actor, according to a recent report from Politico. It appar...

The 2018 Emmys were a watershed moment for streaming TV

10:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

"The goal is to become HBO before HBO can become us." That's what Netflix's Ted Sarandos told GQ back in 2013, and it subsequently became a corporate mantra. Back then, it was hard to see how this upstart could supplant the bluest chip in TV's firma...

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' returns as a live-action Netflix series

9:46 am PDT, September 18, 2018

That sound you heard was legions of Avatar: The Last Airbender fans squealing with glee. Netflix has announced that it's releasing a "reimagined," live-action Avatar series on its service in partnership with Nickelodeon. Production will start in 2019...

YouTube's revamped gaming hub offers faster access to top streams

9:30 am PDT, September 18, 2018

YouTube is as determined as ever to compete with Twitch, and it's giving its dedicated gaming portal a makeover to make sure that happens. The new YouTube Gaming hub borrows key features from the mobile app, including faster access to top live stream...

Tesla reportedly faces DOJ investigation over Elon Musk tweets

9:19 am PDT, September 18, 2018

It looks like Tesla is in more hot water over Elon Musk's tweets that the company might go private. Bloomberg reports that, according to two people familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice is investigating Tesla because of the CEO's statem...

Facebook pushed for access to financial firms' user data

9:14 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Facebook is in hot water again over its data sharing deals -- or rather, attempted deals. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Facebook had spent "years" negotiating for access to financial companies' user data. The amount of data it wanted to...

Shopify offers iOS 12's AR features to its 600,000 stores

9:03 am PDT, September 18, 2018

iOS 12 made a lot of strides in terms of augmented reality, thanks to the addition of features like AR Quick Look. This allows users to place 3D objects using AR, and now ecommerce platform Shopify is taking advantage of the feature for everyday shop...

Google's Trafalgar Square lion uses AI to generate crowdsourced poem

8:42 am PDT, September 18, 2018

In London's Trafalgar Square, four lions sit at the base of Nelson's Column. But starting today, there will be a fifth. Google Arts & Culture and designer Es Devlin have created a public sculpture for the London Design Festival. It's a lion that...

'Fortnite' Switch bundle arrives October 5th with in-game perks

8:21 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Back in June, Fortnite fans cheered when the popular game arrived on the Nintendo Switch. But starting October 5th, fans of the battle royale shooter can express their love for the game in a new way: a Nintendo Switch bundle featuring special items f...

Lyft marks its 1 billionth ride as it expands beyond cars

8:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Lyft may be an underdog relative to Uber, but it's still huge in the transportation world. The ridesharing firm has officially provided 1 billion rides, including 233 million shared rides. That pales in comparison to Uber's 10 billion trips. However,...