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Alexa's intercom-like broadcasts come to more non-Echo devices

4:02 pm PDT, May 25, 2019

Amazon has slowly been expanding the circle of devices that can use Alexa Announcements, but now it's throwing the gates wide open. The company has made the intercom-like feature available to any device with Alexa support built-in -- you could use y...

Leak shows Microsoft's very purple 'Fortnite' Xbox One S

2:40 pm PDT, May 25, 2019

Microsoft's rumored Fortnite Xbox One appears to be real... and it wouldn't just be a basic software bundle. WinFuture claims to have obtained images and details of the system, and the Xbox One S variant would come in a very, very conspicuous "Gradi...

'Dauntless' success leads to hours-long wait times across platforms

1:37 pm PDT, May 25, 2019

The launch of Phoenix Labs' co-op hunting RPG Dauntless was such a huge success, the developer has announced that the game attracted 4 million players in just a couple of days. In fact, the game drummed up so much interest that Phoenix Labs had a har...

Apple Watch ECG is coming to Canada 'as quickly as possible'

12:35 pm PDT, May 25, 2019

Canucks won't have to sit on the sidelines while their Apple Watch-toting friends in the US, Europe and Hong Kong perform electrocardiograms. Apple has confirmed that it's bringing the Watch Series 4's ECG app and irregular heart rhythm detection to...

Ransomware attacks in US cities are using a stolen NSA tool

11:31 am PDT, May 25, 2019

The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other US cities appear to have a common thread: they're using NSA tools on the agency's home soil. In-the-know security experts talking to the New York Times said the malware in the cyberattacks is using the NS...

Overwatch League commissioner leaves to head competitive 'Fortnite'

10:32 am PDT, May 25, 2019

If it wasn't already apparent that Epic Games is serious about competitive Fortnite, it is now. The company has confirmed that it hired Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer (shown at middle) to oversee Fortnite esports at Epic. The chief of Ac...

Recommended Reading: Undercover moms battle autism 'cure' on Facebook

9:30 am PDT, May 25, 2019

Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to 'cure' autism. These moms are trying to stop it. Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News Don't believe everything you read on the internet, especially in 2019. An autism "cure" is currently making the rounds i...

Hitting the Books: An army of temps put a man on the moon

8:00 am PDT, May 25, 2019

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought-provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

The Morning After: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' got rescheduled

5:00 am PDT, May 25, 2019

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We'll recap some highlights from the last week, plus new stories from Friday including a new release date for Sonic the Hedgehog and reader's impressions of the most recent MacBook Air.

Some Tesla stations now limit Supercharging to 80 percent

3:35 am PDT, May 25, 2019

Tesla has started putting a limit on some Supercharger stations in an effort to reduce wait times. In an employee memo seen by Electrek, the automaker said it has released a feature that will limit customers' State of Charge to 80 percent, giving mor...

First American security flaw leaked 885 million real estate documents

9:26 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

First American Financial Corporation left as many as 885 million real estate documents dating as far back as 2003 exposed, according to Krebs on Security. The company, one of the largest real estate title insurance firms in the US, has already fixed...

Apple reportedly buys asthma-monitoring startup

2:30 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

Apple has snapped up a company called Tueo Health, which was working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms of their sleeping kids, according to CNBC. The startup's CEO and chief operating officer switched their employer to Apple on Linked...

Every Xbox One title will be playable on Project xCloud

2:00 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

A major selling point for Xbox One is its broad backward compatibility with an array of Xbox and Xbox 360 games, giving it an enormous library of more than 3,500 titles. When Project xCloud debuts, it'll be capable of streaming any of those games out...

'Black Mirror' short promo films will star Latinx influencers

12:55 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

You don't have to wait until June 5th to get your next fix of Black Mirror -- although it might not be what you were expecting. Netflix has announced a trio of Little Black Mirror short promo films with thematic links to the technology-gone-wrong ser...

Mark Zuckerberg apparently tried to buy Panic, the creator of Playdate

12:33 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

Buried in Edge Magazine's exclusive feature on Playdate, is an interesting revelation. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg once expressed interest in buying Panic, the developers behind the new handheld, hand-cranked console. Perhaps even more intriguing, Pa...

The Kia Niro EV is relentlessly sensible

12:10 pm PDT, May 24, 2019

The EV market is growing. More people are realizing that the majority of their drives don't stray far from the cities or towns they live in. While a robust charging infrastructure still isn't in place (unless you own a Tesla), topping up the batt...

Control4's new hub connects 13,500 smart home devices on one screen

11:48 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Smart home connected devices can control everything from lighting and temperature to security systems and music. But with products from so many different companies, they don't always work together. Control4 wants to change that. Yesterday, it debuted...

Omura's Series 1 cannabis vaporizer uses 'flower cartridges'

11:23 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Cannabis vaporizers have come a long way. As weed becomes legal in more states, companies are free to devise new methods to administer the herb. Enter Omura and the Series 1. At first glance, it looks like a conventional — if not more stylish &...

Bungie is making 'Destiny 2' raid races more competitive

11:09 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Destiny 2's World First raid races are supposed to provide glory and rewards to anyone with a sufficiently committed fireteam, but that's not how it works in practice -- and Bungie wants to level the playing field. When the shared-world shooter's Se...

'League of Legends' adopts Overwatch League-style premium eSports pass

10:48 am PDT, May 24, 2019

League of Legends isn't just one of the biggest games on the planet, it's perhaps the most popular eSport too. Starting with the upcoming Summer Split of the League Championship Series (LCS) and European Championship (LEC), Riot Games will offer a wa...

Uber's Jump will take on Lime's e-bikes in London

9:51 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Londoners have seen multiple bikeshare companies come and go -- including ofo, oBike and Urbo. When Lime introduced its e-bikes in December, it seemed like the tide could be changing. Now, Uber's Jump will give it a go. As part of a pilot program, Ub...

'Overwatch' will let you rewatch your matches from any angle

9:23 am PDT, May 24, 2019

Blizzard is on a bit of a relative tear when it comes to major Overwatch updates. Soon after adding the Workshop customization tool, it's offering players the chance to watch back their matches from any perspective with a handy replay feature. It's a...