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India is now a larger smartphone market than the US

7:01 pm PST, January 25, 2020

China eclipsed the US as the largest smartphone market on Earth years ago, but now Americans can't even claim second place. Counterpoint Research estimates that India overtook the US to become the second-largest market, with 158 million phones shipp...

Jeff Bezos' leaked text messages may have come from his girlfriend

4:47 pm PST, January 25, 2020

When Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with leaked text messages, this raised a question: how did those messages escape Bezos' phone? Apparently, they might have come from Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. Wall Str...

Marvel axes two of its Hulu animated shows

2:49 pm PST, January 25, 2020

Hulu's animated Marvel show lineup won't be quite as extensive as you might have hoped. Hollywood Reporter understands that Marvel has cut two of the shows, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler, in favor of focusing its energy on the remaining MO...

Porsche's first Super Bowl ad in 23 years is for the electric Taycan

1:33 pm PST, January 25, 2020

There have been Super Bowl ads for electric cars before, but they've tended to treat EVs as novelties. BMW's 2015 ad for the i3 was practically a crash course in EVs, while Audi's 2019 spot was more to advertise electrification than the still-unavai...

'Uncharted' movie delayed to March 5th, 2021

12:16 pm PST, January 25, 2020

So much for the Uncharted movie having a reasonably firm release date. Sony's Columbia Pictures has delayed the release of the game-inspired swashbuckler from its earlier December 18th, 2020 slot to March 5th, 2021. There wasn't a specific explanat...

Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

11:02 am PST, January 25, 2020

Apple won't have to pay WiLan as much as expected for alleged patent violations. A retrial jury has reduced the damages from WiLan's lawsuit from the original $145.1 million (determined in 2018) down to slightly over $85.2 million. That's still no...

Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

9:29 am PST, January 25, 2020

Tesla's Autopilot driving assist technology has come under fire over safety concerns, and now a US politician wants changes to put drivers' minds at ease. Senator Ed Markey has issued recommendations for Autopilot changes after Tesla both answered q...

The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it's Byte

7:00 am PST, January 25, 2020

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This week took some interesting turns between a possible peek at the Xbox Series X back panel and rumors of an iPhone SE2. Among the stories below that you might have missed, we've also launched a series of smar...

Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and privacy

6:30 am PST, January 25, 2020

The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it Kashmir Hill, The New York Times Clearview is a startup that developed a facial recognition system that matches a photo of a person to publicly available images. Those can be from Facebook...

Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

2:13 am PST, January 25, 2020

There was a time when you probably wouldn't even think of Netflix when discussing films that should be in The Criterion Collection. Now, the streaming giant has announced that four of its originals will be part of the film archive. The Irishman and M...

Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

9:10 pm PST, January 24, 2020

Whether it's Fortnite, the latest Google Maps app or a firmware update for your Tesla Model X, reverse-engineering software to find features that are included but not-yet-enabled is a common hobby for the impatient hackers among us. Today the first n...

Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app: Byte

5:03 pm PST, January 24, 2020

In 2017 Twitter pulled the plug on Vine, and left a community of extremely-short-form-video creators without a platform. Since then TikTok has flourished, but it's still not the same thing. Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann has been teasing a sequel since l...

US Space Force logo unveiled with a clear Star Trek influence

2:39 pm PST, January 24, 2020

The president has been pushing to create a new military branch, dubbed Space Force, since 2018 and today tweeted out a logo for the department. The most noticeable part of the logo is right in the center, where a design that closely resembles Star Tr...

YouTube will stream the CoD and Overwatch leagues in 2020

2:06 pm PST, January 24, 2020

Activision Blizzard's next big esports bet, Call of Duty League, gets underway today. While the company worked with Twitch in the past on Overwatch League, that's not where you'll be able to watch its latest foray into top-level competitive gaming. Y...

Uber reaches its last major city in North America

1:38 pm PST, January 24, 2020

Uber has been available in every major North American city for a while, but not Vancouver, British Columbia -- the city has refused to bow to pressure and even used undercover agents to make sure companies weren't flouting the law. However, even tha...

Watch Google's upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action

11:31 am PST, January 24, 2020

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Fast Share, Google's upcoming take on AirDrop. But based on a new hands-on video, it looks like you may soon be able to check out the file-sharing feature on your Android phone. Now known as Nearby S...

Google vows to make Search 'better' after redesign backlash

11:16 am PST, January 24, 2020

Last week, Google upset desktop users when it changed the appearance of Search. The changes were relatively minor, showing companies' favicons next to link previews, but critics argue that the changes cluttered an otherwise clean interface and made i...

The best touchscreen winter gloves

10:00 am PST, January 24, 2020

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More than 20 attorneys general are trying to ban 3D-printed guns

9:28 am PST, January 24, 2020

The fight over 3D-printed guns has gone back and forth for years. One side wins, the other appeals and so on. Now, 21 US attorneys general are banding together to renew the fight and sue the Trump administration. Their lawsuit, submitted Thursday, ch...

A breath-sensing AR project helps visualize your impact on the world

9:00 am PST, January 24, 2020

What if you could see how your breath affected the world around you? A new immersive production premiering at the Sundance festival today hopes it will make you consider your impact on the environment. It's called Breathe, and features animated glowi...

I am my own spy: A personal surveillance story

8:30 am PST, January 24, 2020

One of the first webcams I purchased was a Dropcam several years ago. We'd had a couple of package thefts, and I wanted to see if I could catch the perpetrator in the act. I positioned the camera at our front window, with the lens pointed at the step...

Fortnite Chapter 2's next season will start on February 20th

8:14 am PST, January 24, 2020

Epic Games has at last set a start date for Fortnite's next season. It's scheduled for February 20th, more than four months after Chapter 2 started, which makes the current season by far the longest in the battle royale's history.

Craig Kaths' intricate synth sculptures look real enough to play

8:00 am PST, January 24, 2020

Recently, I spent the afternoon traipsing through the streets of Brooklyn for Gowanus' annual open art studios tour. It's a yearly ritual for me because the industrial neighborhood, which is full of warehouses turned CrossFit gyms, is a veritable pla...

'Rocket League' loses online multiplayer on Linux and Mac

7:35 am PST, January 24, 2020

Psyonix has announced that it is withdrawing support for Rocket League on Linux and macOS as part of its push to update the game with "new technologies." In a statement, the company said that it was "no longer viable" to maintain support for the macO...