Tech News from Around the Globe

Microsoft and Walgreens join forces to 'transform healthcare'

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:58am
Microsoft and Walgreens announced today that they will be teaming up to help improve health care. The companies have entered into a seven-year agreement during which Walgreens plans to migrate most of its IT infrastructure over to Microsoft's Azure c...

The real Pinkertons aren't happy with 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:29am
The Pinkertons loom large as virtual adversaries in Red Dead Redemption 2, but now they're involved in a very real legal tussle over the game. Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations has sent Rockstar Games a cease and desist notice claiming that...

Amazon's base Fire TV Stick now comes with its new Alexa remote

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:00am
You don't have to sacrifice all the bells and whistles to get Amazon's entry-level Fire TV hardware. The internet giant is releasing an updated edition of the basic Fire TV Stick (that is, the 1080p version) with the new Alexa Voice Remote it unveil...

Aaron Sorkin says it's time for a 'Social Network' sequel

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:32am
Aaron Sorkin is ready for a follow-up to his Facebook origin movie, The Social Network. And he's not the only one: the film's producer Scott Rudin has also sounded off on a possible sequel, Sorkin told the Associated Press.

VW and Ford may work together on EVs and autonomous vehicles

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:01am
In the latest instance of major automakers teaming up, Volkswagen and Ford will work together on commercial vans and pickups, and they could start selling such vehicles by 2022. The companies are also exploring potential collaboration on electric veh...

Orange Shirt Kid's mom is suing 'Fortnite' creators over dance

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 9:28am
Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over the use of dance moves in Fortnite, although this one might not be so straightforward. The mom of Orange Shirt Kid, whose Random dance reached the game as Orange Justice, is suing Epic for allegedly usin...

Netflix is raising prices across of all of its tiers

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:59am
Netflix is raising prices across all of its streaming plans between 13 to 18 percent, marking its largest price hike to date. CNBC reports that the lowest $8 tier will now cost $9 while the $11 and $14 plans will increase to $13 and $16, respectively...

Facebook will spend $300 million to help local newsrooms

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:44am
Facebook is investing $300 million into news partnerships over the next three years in a bid to boost local newsrooms. It's all part of its ongoing efforts to mend ties with the press while cleaning up misinformation on its site. Along with the $20 m...

Nike's Adapt BB is an app-controlled, self-lacing basketball shoe

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:15am
We knew they were coming, but Nike has officially introduced its first self-lacing basketball shoes, the Adapt BB. These new sneakers are designed to provide a "truly customized fit for every basketball player," according to the company, thanks to a...

Alphabet's Loon forms advisory board to score internet balloon deals

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:00am
Alphabet's Loon knows it needs to land carrier deals if it's going to turn internet balloons into a viable business, and that means tapping industry veterans who know how to make those deals. To that end, it just formed an advisory board that will he...

Pandora's new voice search feature knows what you want to hear

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:00am
It's been almost two years since Pandora launched its on-demand music streaming service. In that time, the company has done a solid job of fixing some of the issues that cropped up at launch and even adding some features the competition hasn't got to...

'Just Dance' is somehow being turned into a movie

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 7:29am
Considering the lack of characters, themes or a plot, you might wonder exactly how Ubisoft's Just Dance could be made into a movie. But a Hollywood executive might see it differently: "Dancing movies make money. Video game movies make money. So a dan...

US judge rules that feds can't force fingerprint or face phone unlocks

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:58am
Authorities can't force people to unlock devices with their faces, fingers or irises, a magistrate judge from California has ruled. Forbes has uncovered a nine-page order denying the search warrant for an investigation looking into a Facebook extorti...

US signs act that opens government data to the public into law

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:35am
POTUS has signed a bill into law that includes the OPEN Government Data Act, following approvals (and amendments) from the Senate and then by the House of Representatives. The sweeping legislation is aimed at making public data released by the govern...

The Morning After: An egg is winning Instagram

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:10am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. While we prepared for a future of self-lacing basketball shoes, an egg took over the title of 'most liked' Instagram photo. How was your Monday?

Apple's year of cheap battery upgrades resulted in 11 million repairs

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:28am
In a recent all-hands meeting, Tim Cook reportedly revealed that Apple replaced 11 million iPhone batteries in 2018, up from its normal 1-2 million tally. The spike was a result of Apple's price cut to its battery replacement program as part of the f...

YouTube adds swipe-based navigation on your phone

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:41am
Mobile navigation is all about the swipe these days, and now even YouTube is joining in. The platform has started rolling out an update for iOS devices, giving users a way to view the next video in the list by swiping left or right. Swipe forward to...

Ajit Pai refused to discuss carrier tracking scandal with lawmakers

Engadget - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:31am
Lawmakers want to know why the FCC still allows mobile carriers to share their subscribers' location data with aggregators, but they won't be getting answers from its chairman anytime soon. Ajit Pai has refused to attend an emergency briefing request...

Korg introduces Volca Modular and Volca Drum synths

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:00pm
Korg's popular Volca line is getting larger and weirder with two additions: Modular and Drum. The affordable and portable line of battery powered synths has covered a lot of ground since first being introduced in 2013. There's a drum machine, a pair...

Korg Minilogue XD synthesizer review

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:00pm
When Korg introduced the Minilogue in 2016 it was a game changer. It's a true analog polyphonic synth for around $500 and frankly, there isn't much else like it on the market. And even three years later it's still one of the best values out there...