Tech News from Around the Globe

China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:31pm
The Chang'e 4 lander's biosphere habitat hosted a short-lived cotton-growing experiment.

Someone built a computer inside a mouse, and it's super cute - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:14pm
It may not be highly functional, but it is highly adorable.

The best stuff you can get for under $30 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:59pm
Have some spare gift cards? Just looking to treat yourself? Here are some great ideas that won't break the bank.

Twitter adds chronological timeline button to its Android app

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:58pm
You no longer need an iOS device to see your Twitter feed the right way. Twitter is rolling out its chronological timeline button on Android, giving you a quick way to switch between the latest tweets and the social network's algorithm-sorted top tw...

Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:57pm
For a chunk of change -- and a battery bulge -- you'll get some more power.

Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:46pm
After Infinity War was released, we made some guesses about what might happen next.

Apple has its own smart battery cases for iPhone XS and XR

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:28pm
Yes, the rumors and leaks were true -- Apple has a new battery case after a lengthy absence, and it appears to have learned a few lessons in the process. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR extends your handset's battery to as much a...

LG sale slashes OLED TV prices by up to $1,000

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:27pm
It's that special time of year for TV makers -- that is, the desperate scramble to sell TVs to Super Bowl viewers looking for an upgrade. And LG is determined to capitalize on that football fandom. The company has launched a sale that cuts the prices...

Sprint unveils T-Mobile-like rewards program, kicks it off with free pizza - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:59pm
Customers can score a large Papa John's pie and other perks -- including cash back on store purchases.

Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:58pm
The maps that show up on iPhones are now used on the privacy-first search engine, too.

InfoWars has a platform again, thanks to a new Roku channel (updated)

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:56pm
Last year, amid heated criticism over the conspiracy theories it spread about events like the Parkland, Florida and Sandy Hook school shootings, InfoWars -- along with owner Alex Jones -- started to its see reach diminished as one by one, platforms b...

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan starts at $32,500 - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:55pm
Adding all-wheel drive will cost an extra $2,000.

First artificial meteor shower might outshine natural 'shooting stars' - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:44pm
The sky gets lit! Japanese company Astro Live Experiences is sending a satellite to orbit capable of creating a phenomenal light show.

Listen to the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant engine in all its glory - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:35pm
Mopar built a 1,000-horsepower crate motor. Because of course it did.

Mercedes' connected A-Class sedan will start at $32,500

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:25pm
Ever since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first A-Class destined for the US, there's been one question on would-be drivers' lips: just how accessible is this tech-savvy Merc, really? Now you know. The brand has revealed that the 'entry' 2019 sedan will...

Excited and exhausted: The hours before the launch of 'Vane'

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:10pm
By the time our Skype call connects and Matt Smith says hello, it's already January 15th at the Friend & Foe offices in Tokyo. After nearly five years of development and public promises, his studio's first original game, Vane, is out across Europ...

'Black Ops 4' battle royale is free for a week starting January 17th

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:44pm
Were you too busy playing Red Dead or Spider-Man over the holidays to give other games a look? Activision would like to talk. It's running a free, week-long trial of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's tentpole Blackout mode between January 17th and Januar...

Sony's mid-range A6400 mirrorless camera is ideal for vloggers

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:10pm
Sony has boosted its mid-range APS-C lineup with the launch of the 24-megapixel A6400 mirrorless camera. It looks much the same as its predecessor, the A5100, but has much-improved specs and should be especially ideal for vloggers, thanks to 4K 30fps...

Battery-free sensor tag gathers energy from radio frequencies

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:56pm
Sensors play a crucial role in the Internet of Things, but there's one glaring limitation: they need a battery or some other conspicuous power source to run. Soon, however, they might only have to pluck energy from the air. Wiliot has shown off a B...

Michael Kors' Sofie 2.0 smartwatch is about more than just fashion

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:27pm
When Fossil's Michael Kors label unveiled the first Sofie smartwatch, it had eye-catching looks... and not much else. You can't say the same for the just-unveiled Sofie 2.0, at least. Michael Kors has updated the wristwear with the same posh-lookin...