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UK will track thousands of criminals with GPS tags

Engadget - 7 hours 59 min ago
It's not a novel idea to make criminals wear GPS bracelets, but they could soon be relatively commonplace in the UK. The country's government plans to use them for around-the-clock monitoring of criminals across England and Wales by the summer, with...

TCL's folding phone projects include a watch-like bracelet

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:58pm
Multiple companies have ideas as to how they'll develop folding smartphones. TCL, however, isn't content to settle on one -- it's seemingly tackling them all. CNET has obtained images and patent filings that show TCL exploring five foldable designs...

Razer closes its game store after 10 months

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:34pm
Razer is learning a hard lesson about the challenges of launching a game store. The hardware giant is closing the Razer Game Store on February 28th at 4AM Eastern as part of "realignment plans." It'll still honor pre-orders and notes that games wil...

Rumored banana-yellow Galaxy S10E teaches us something about ourselves - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:01pm
Black phones outsell colors, but companies keep making flashy phones for a reason.

Google's AR tools make it easier for apps to apply face filters

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 8:01pm
Augmented reality experiences are still in their relative infancy, but because Android runs on so many devices, it can't always assume they'll have dedicated hardware to create extra effects. While Apple is already pushing ahead with AR and packed an...

LG's first 5G phone will likely be the V50 ThinQ for Sprint

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 7:05pm
LG and Sprint haven't been shy about their plans to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019. Now, though, you might be looking at the device in question. Well-known scoop provider Evan Blass has obtained an image of the V50 ThinQ, a Sprint-bound flagship with...

Galaxy X, Galaxy F, Galaxy Fold: Feb. 20 launch, price, specs, rumored March release date for Samsung's foldable phone - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 6:19pm
Samsung just confirmed it'll talk about its foldable phone on Feb. 20.

Owleez is the mutant offspring of a cuddly pet and a helicopter

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 6:08pm
Ask any parent of a school-aged child and they'll probably tell you nurturing toys are big now. Those are the ones where petting and feeding it are not optional activities, thanks to a series of sensors embedded under the plaything's surface. It's li...

Apple buys the voice tech startup behind Hello Barbie

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 4:57pm
Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive "Hello Barbie" doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its AI platform...

Air Hogs' new racer is the Spider-Man of remote-controlled cars

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 4:15pm
Spin Master's AirHogs brand is, like it says in the name, primarily a toy aircraft line today. Remote-controlled planes, helicopters and, of course, drones. But occasionally it will hit the ground with some cool land vehicles like race cars, tanks or...

Facebook suspends Pages from Russia-linked viral video company

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 3:31pm
Facebook's crackdown on Russia-linked accounts has usually taken down outlets with a relatively small presence, but its latest move is more substantial. The social network has suspended three Pages from Maffick Media, a viral video outlet that has r...

Toy Fair 2019: Power Rangers Lightning Collection adds Lord Zedd and more - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 2:23pm
Exclusive: The Mighty Morphin villain is among several Power Rangers icons coming to Hasbro's Lightning Collection.

Twitter can keep copies of your deleted DMs for years

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 1:59pm
Twitter might still have copies of your DMs saved in its system even if it's been years since you deactivated your account. Security researcher Karan Saini told TechCrunch that he found years-old messages in an archive of his Twitter data -- which yo...

US needs an internet data privacy law, GAO tells Congress - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 1:49pm
Chief auditor cites Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data scandal as an example of why a privacy law is necessary.

5G Moto Mod gets FCC certification - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 12:37pm
Attachment that will make the Moto Z3 the first phone upgradable to 5G speeds.

Samsung stops releasing Blu-ray players in the US

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 12:28pm
Did you notice that Samsung hasn't made a peep about Blu-ray players at CES or other recent trade shows? There's a good reason for it: the company is exiting the category in the US. Samsung told Forbes and CNET that it's no longer introducing Blu-ray...

Recommended Reading: The best of the Best Pictures

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 11:00am
The Best Picture championship belt Adam Nayman and Sean Fennessey, The Ringer This year's installment of the Academy Awards is set for February 24th, but ahead of the festivities, The Ringer is looking back at the best Best Pictures with a unique...

Toy Fair 2019: Lego Hidden Side is like a tiny AR Ghostbusters escape room - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:43am
Ghost-hunting through a phone in AR, in tiny brick kits.

Detective Pikachu trailer reveals creepy Lickitung - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:49am
At least Bulbasaur and Growlithe look cute in the short TV spot.

How ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ triumphed over the uncanny valley

Engadget - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:30am
When the first trailer for the live action Alita: Battle Angel dropped in late December 2017, the internet was abuzz about the eponymous character's large CG eyes. Heck, even we called them "creepy" and "weird." Now that the film's finally here and I...