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ACLU sues US government over social media surveillance of immigrants

12:19 pm PST, January 17, 2019

The ACLU has sued the federal government, naming the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, US Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department as defendants. The civil...

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12:00 pm PST, January 17, 2019

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Louis Vuitton wireless earbuds will cost you almost $1,000

11:32 am PST, January 17, 2019

Louis Vuitton is bringing its luxury brand to the world of audio. The French fashion house is teaming up with New York City-based audio company Master & Dynamic to create Louis Vuitton's first branded earbuds. The Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones...

John Deere wants to remind the world that it’s a tech company

11:00 am PST, January 17, 2019

John Deere has been to CES before. The company known for its dark green tractors with the yellow deer on them has rubbed shoulders with the smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart cars, smart switches and smart toothbrushes for years. But 2019 was a...

Google will buy Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 million

10:37 am PST, January 17, 2019

Google's commitment to improving its smartwatch platform is about to extend beyond overhauling its software. The internet giant has agreed to buy some of the intellectual property behind Fossil's smartwatch technology in a $40 million deal. While t...

AMD is edging closer to breaking NVIDIA's graphic dominance

10:15 am PST, January 17, 2019

After AMD released its seven-nanometer Radeon VII graphics card with impressive-looking performance, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang responded by essentially trashing it. "The performance is lousy and there's nothing new," he told PC World. "No ray tracing,...

AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

9:45 am PST, January 17, 2019

The act of gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. For as long as there's been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge...

Microsoft might surprise us with HoloLens 2 next month

9:22 am PST, January 17, 2019

Microsoft has hinted it could reveal the long-awaited HoloLens 2 next month. It sent out invites to a press event taking place on February 24th, which CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and technical fellow Alex Kipman will host. Given the names invo...

Mattel's free 'Uno' mobile game is now available worldwide

8:34 am PST, January 17, 2019

While third-party Uno apps have been around for some time, Mattel released its own mobile version of the classic card game in certain countries and on Facebook Instant Games last year. Now, the toymaker and NetEase, through their Mattel163 studio, ar...

Shareholders ask Amazon to halt sales of facial recognition tech

8:04 am PST, January 17, 2019

A group of Amazon shareholders has filed a resolution requesting the company stop selling its facial recognition technology to government agencies until a review can determine whether it has the potential to violate civil rights. Organized by the non...

Spotify's Car View helps cut the distractions for drivers

7:33 am PST, January 17, 2019

Following Spotify's integration with Google Maps and Waze, the music streaming service is rolling out some in-car controls within its own app. 9to5Google has spotted a "Car View" mode inside Spotify for Android, which automatically enables a driver-f...

Researchers train robot dog to pick itself back up after a fall

7:02 am PST, January 17, 2019

Researchers have taught a robot dog to overcome one of the toughest challenges for a four-legged droid: how to get back up after a fall. In a paper published in the Science Robotics journal, its Swiss creators describe how they trained a neural netwo...

Tim Cook calls for a regulatory body to oversee data brokers

6:31 am PST, January 17, 2019

Apple chief Tim Cook has always been a vocal champion of privacy, even going so far as to publicly criticize other tech giants' data practices. Back in 2018, he called for GDPR-like laws in the US -- now he's calling for a regulatory body to oversee...

BMW launches a performance Series-7 PHEV

6:02 am PST, January 17, 2019

BMW has launched its 2020 7-series sedans, and controversy about the ginormous grill aside, they're some of the company's highest-tech models yet. The 740e xDrive has a plug-in hybrid 389 HP V6 with a 12.0 kWh battery that should allow for some groce...

Fitbit users can share data with the National Institutes of Health

5:15 am PST, January 17, 2019

Fitbit is following a stellar 2018, which saw it bounce back to profit thanks in part to its Versa smartwatch, by diving even further into healthcare. As part of a new team-up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fitbit is letting users sync...

Facebook purges more than 500 Russian-led disinformation pages

4:31 am PST, January 17, 2019

"Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior" is such an anodyne way of describing weaponizing information to poison attitudes and democracies. That's the euphemism that Facebook is employing to talk about its latest purge of accounts and pages that may be part...

The Morning After: Larger Hadron Collider and return of RAZR

3:50 am PST, January 17, 2019

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Are you ready for another RAZR? Motorola probably hopes so, but in the meantime we're taking Tesla's latest driving assist for a road trip and trying on some self-tightening basketball shoes.

Facebook makes its image compression tech available to all

3:30 am PST, January 17, 2019

Most applications need to compress the photos you upload, because better cameras also mean bigger image files. The larger the file is, the more data you use and the longer the upload takes. Facebook is helping smaller developers address the need for...

Tesla's referral perks are going away

3:15 am PST, January 17, 2019

Tesla is ending its customer referrals scheme that gives free electric charging to its EV buyers, among other perks. In a tweet, Elon Musk announced the program will end on February 1st, stating in a subsequent reply that it's "adding too much cost t...

Microsoft pledges $500 million to help Seattle's housing crisis

2:20 am PST, January 17, 2019

Microsoft is putting its massive balance sheet to good use by pledging $500 million to help address the housing crisis in the greater Seattle area. According to The New York Times, it's the most ambitious effort by a tech company to solve housing and...

'Sea of Thieves' will take up less space after pending update

1:02 am PST, January 17, 2019

There is good news and bad news for Sea of Thieves players regarding the game's next update. The bad news is you'll have to download and reinstall the entire game. The good news is, as a result of some behind the scenes improvements made by developer...

Ford is developing a fully electric F-series pickup truck

11:35 pm PST, January 16, 2019

Ford is taking steps to future-proof its business by developing not just a hybrid, but a fully electric pickup truck. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, has announced at an event in Detroit that the automaker is electrifying the F-series....

Android Q may include a dark theme and desktop mode

9:56 pm PST, January 16, 2019

Many Android users still don't have Pie yet, but details are already emerging for its follow-up. XDA says it has obtained a very early build of Android Q (Quiche? Queso?) that hints at Google's plans. For one, there's a system-wide dark theme. This m...

Collection 1 data breach covers more than 772 million email addresses

8:46 pm PST, January 16, 2019

If you're signed up for one of the many services that alerts you to data breaches when they're discovered (if you're not, you probably should be) then you likely have an email waiting for you. Troy Hunt runs Have I Been Pwned where he makes it his bu...

LG smartphone rumor suggests a 'second screen' add-on

7:57 pm PST, January 16, 2019

Samsung has already teased its future of "Infinity Flex" foldable devices that blur the line between phone and tablet, and while we'd heard LG would show off something similar at CES last week, it didn't. Now CNET cites anonymous sources indicating t...