Tech News from Around the Globe

Facial recognition takes off at airports. Privacy experts want it grounded - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:01am
A growing Customs and Border Protection program pits convenience and security against privacy.

HBO Now vs HBO Go: What's the difference? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:00am
Both streaming apps let you watch Game of Thrones as soon as it airs on HBO's channel. So which one's best for you?

eBay adds Google Pay as new payment option - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:00am
Apple Pay came onboard last year.

Google Doodle taps AI to unleash your inner Bach - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:49am
Harmonizing in the style of the great Baroque composer made easy, thanks to machine learning.

Microsoft Defender is jumping from Windows to Mac

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:40am
Just days after launching Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft is bringing its antivirus software to more platforms, starting with the Mac. Of course, it no longer makes sense to call it Windows Defender, so now it's Microsof...

Square will offer its new crypto employees payment in Bitcoin

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:21am
Payments startup Square is turning its attention to cryptocurrency. According to tweets from CEO Jack Dorsey, the company is hiring engineers and a designer to "work full-time on open source contributions to the bitcoin/crypto ecosystem."

AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What's changed with Apple's new earbuds? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:01am
If you already have the original AirPods, you may not be missing much.

AT&T boss gets robocall during live interview - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am
Not even Randall Stephenson is safe.

Millions of Americans still can't get broadband. Here’s a potential fix - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am
A telecom trade group wants to better map out internet dead spots. But skeptics wonder if ISPs can be relied upon to provide accurate info.

USTelecom: Reinventing broadband mapping is needed to close the digital divide - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am
Commentary: Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of the trade group USTelecom, says the group's proposal to fix the FCC's broken broadband service mapping could help close the digital divide.

Google vows to fight abuse that could pop up in Stadia communities - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am
“We’re going to work as hard as we can,” Google VP Phil Harrison says in a wide-ranging interview.

'Sea of Thieves' anniversary update will let you catch and cook fish

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:00am
It's been one year since Sea of Thieves set sail, and to celebrate, developer Rare is releasing an anniversary update that brings new story adventures, a new trading company, a new competitive mode, various world improvements and fishing, because eve...

Facebook vows to improve AI detection of terrorist videos

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:44am
Facebook rushed to pull down footage of the New Zealand mass shooter's video from its platform, but it didn't start doing so until after the live broadcast was done. In a new post, Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen discussed the company's successes...

Intel's 9th Gen mobile Core processors will launch before July

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:30am
Intel has promised to launched its 9th Gen Intel Core mobile H-series processors in the second quarter of 2019 at the ongoing Game Developers Conference. An Intel spokesperson told PC World that the upcoming chips are based on the older 14nm Coffee L...

Apple iPad Air hands-on (2019): Just 'Pro' enough

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:00am
It used to be that, if you wanted to buy the best possible iPad, you splurged on an iPad Air. It wasn't just sleek -- it was terribly powerful, too. (Well, for the time, anyway.) In 2015, though, the company launched the iPad Pro, and before long, th...

Apple iPad mini hands-on (2019): A love letter to old fans

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:00am
I've always been fond of Apple's iPad mini; I bought the first one as a Mother's Day gift, and the iPad mini 4 was one of the first big reviews I ever wrote for Engadget. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't shown its smallest tablet nearly as much affect...

The Morning After: Apple's new AirPods look very familiar

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Apple's slow reveal of refreshed hardware continued yesterday with the new AirPods many people have been waiting for. There's also a flood of news coming in from the Game Developers Conference, and our first rea...

Kaia's motion-tracking workout app remembers which rep you're on

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:00am
Kaia Health caught our attention last year with an app that tracks your motion using your phone's camera in a bid to help you achieve perfect squat form, though we found it didn't quite hit the mark. Still, Kaia is elevating the concept with an updat...

Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' delivers its final episode next week

Engadget - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 3:02am
The final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead series will come to an end next week, when the fourth and last episode is released by TWD creator Robert Kirkman's Skybound Games. When Telltale Games virtually shut down and laid off everyone working o...