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Engadget - 9 hours 26 min ago
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Can a man-made Great Barrier Reef save the real one? - CNET

CNet Tech News - 9 hours 54 min ago
Scientists hope building an artificial reef could help save the real one.

Does social media threaten the illusion of news neutrality?

Engadget - 9 hours 56 min ago
For journalists, social media can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can use platforms like Facebook and Twitter to share their opinion on a wide range of matters, from sports to politics. But at the same time, they have to remember to ex...

Vodafone’s introducing a zero-rating scheme too

Engadget - 10 hours 6 min ago
Just as several of its carrier peers have done recently, Vodafone will soon be jumping on the zero-rating bandwagon. Vodafone Passes, as they're called, are a selection of paid bolt-ons that'll offer unlimited data towards several music and video str...

Facebook Messenger now lets you pay pals with PayPal - CNET

CNet Tech News - 10 hours 8 min ago
Facebook's payments get a boost ahead of Apple's peer-to-peer Apple Pay.

Billboard’s charts will give more weight to paid music streams in 2018

Engadget - 10 hours 16 min ago
Starting in 2018, Billboard will change the way it counts streaming music for its charts. Right now, the way it works for the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart is that there are two tiers for streaming music: on demand (where you can select what you list...

Chinese phone maker Vivo entering Hong Kong, Russia and beyond - CNET

CNet Tech News - 10 hours 36 min ago
One of China's biggest phone makers is branching out to more countries, including Singapore and Taiwan.

Google's AlphaGo Zero destroys humans all on its own - CNET

CNet Tech News - 10 hours 40 min ago
The new artificial neural network taught itself to master the ancient game Go within weeks, without any tips from humans.

Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine completes first hot-fire test

Engadget - 10 hours 47 min ago
Blue Origin was a bit of a mystery to the public for quite awhile. After all, unlike competitor SpaceX, the company haven't always been welcoming to the scrutiny that comes with inviting the media in. But that changed in early 2016, when reporters we...

Vodafone's new PAYG plan will cap your bill at £1 each day

Engadget - 10 hours 54 min ago
Pay-as-you-go smartphone plans haven't changed much in the last few years. Calls, texts and megabytes are priced individually, putting the emphasis on you to manage your monthly spend. Some networks, such as O2, offer discounted "bundles," but otherw...

iPhone launch X-pectations: 2-3 million units, per KGI - CNET

CNet Tech News - 11 hours 55 sec ago
Noted analyist Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone X might be hard to find at first.

Recreating Rachael in 'Blade Runner 2049' - CNET

CNet Tech News - 11 hours 13 min ago
Visual effects wizardry from MPC digitally de-aged "Blade Runner" star Sean Young for a pivotal scene in the sequel.

Livestreaming: Your audience awaits - CNET

CNet Tech News - 11 hours 14 min ago
Welcome to the world of livestreaming, where anyone from a home cook to a DJ can claim internet fame.

How 'Blade Runner 2049' made Sean Young young again - CNET

CNet Tech News - 11 hours 17 min ago
Cutting-edge visual effects resurrect a character from the original film for a pivotal scene in the sequel.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show preview: A taste of the wacky, wonderful future - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - 11 hours 17 min ago
Packed with edgy concepts, electrified powertrains and forward-thinking tech, this year's expo looks poised to recapture its past magic.

This week’s ‘live’ giant robot battle was fake

Engadget - 11 hours 17 min ago
We've been following the development of the giant robot battle for years now, and it finally took place earlier this week. Engadget writer Saqib Shah said of the live stream, "the entire event may have been as choreographed as a WWE match, but it was...

NASA study will help identify potentially habitable planets

Engadget - 12 hours 3 min ago
NASA has already found tons of exoplanets around nearby stars, and will spot countless more once the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches. The problem is that scientists aren't exactly sure which planet-star combinations are most likely to supp...

Equifax hack may shake up US consumer data laws - CNET

CNet Tech News - 12 hours 29 min ago
Federal lawmakers are pushing to give you more control over your data, after hackers stole information from 145 million Americans.

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming

Engadget - 12 hours 31 min ago
In-car entertainment will have to step up to accommodate our automated driving future. With an AI at the wheel, we'll be free to watch movies, play games, and conduct video calls. It's easy to imagine an all-round media player, like Plex, fitting int...

World's first panoramic sunroof airbag ready to deploy - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - 12 hours 56 min ago
Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis hints its novel safety device is headed for a premium SUV.