Tech News from Around the Globe

Every new movie and show on Netflix: October 2019 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00pm
The Breaking Bad movie, Big Mouth, Schitt's Creek and more!

Facebook Portal would be great for my kid, but then I have to trust Facebook - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00pm
Commentary: After years of scandal, it's a tough ask to bring a Facebook-connected camera into my home.

Ad Astra: How Brad Pitt's space movie grappled with its end, the moon's color, Trump - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:58am
Director James Gray launches his cosmic epic despite a disagreement over the ending, your space myths and US Space Command.

Apple TV+ offers peek at kids shows 'Ghostwriter' and 'Helpsters'

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:46am
Apple won't rely solely on Snoopy in Space to keep your kids happy when TV+ debuts on November 1st. The tech titan has posted the first trailers (only visible on its website right now) for Ghostwriter and Helpsters, both of which will cater to the y...

Instagram will restrict posts on cosmetic surgery and diet products

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:26am
You'll soon see fewer ads for "flat tummy" tea and lip fillers on Instagram. The social media platform announced today that it is tightening restrictions on posts related to diet products and cosmetic surgery. The new rules -- first reported in the L...

Facebook contractors are listening to Portal voice commands again

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:11am
Facebook may have halted human review of Messenger voice chats in August, but that didn't mean it was putting the brakes on everything. The company has revealed to Bloomberg that its contractors will go back to reviewing Portal device voice commands...

BBC's smart keyboard helps kids live healthy digital lives

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:57am
The BBC wants to help kids have healthy and positive interactions online, and it's hoping its new Own It app will do just that. The app is centered around a keyboard that pops up whenever a user begins to type. If the message is negative, the app can...

Amazon rolls out a cash payment option for online orders in the US

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:35am
Amazon is bringing its cash payment option for orders to the US. If you'd like to pay with physical money, you can select the PayCode option at checkout. You'll receive a QR code, then you'll have 24 hours to pay for the goods at a partici...

Apple will use recycled rare earth metals in the iPhone's Taptic Engine

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:01am
Apple has a new strategy to make its products more environmentally friendly. Moving forward, the company plans to source the rare earth metals needed to build the iPhone's Taptic Engine from recycled components. The Taptic Engine is the small linear...

Xfinity internet-only customers now get the Flex streaming platform for free

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 9:43am
As of today, Comcast will provide its internet-only customers with its streaming TV service Xfinity Flex at no additional cost. Xfinity Flex, which is essentially a streaming device and platform, launched in March and originally cost $5 per month. No...

Huge leak spoils Huawei's Mate 30 event

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 6:35am
It doesn't look like Huawei has any more surprises left up its sleeve ahead of its Mate 30 launch event tomorrow. Yesterday, renders of the whole phone range leaked, now real-life images have emerged on Weibo (above), and it seems that details for ev...

OpenAI experiment proves that even bots cheat at hide-and-seek

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 6:01am
Can artificial intelligence evolve and become more sophisticated when put in a competitive world, similar to how life on Earth evolved through competition and natural selection? That's a question the researchers at OpenAI have been trying to answer t...

The Morning After: Preparing for Google's Pixel 4 event

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro aren't even here yet, but we're already looking forward to Google's Pixel 4 event. In the meantime, HP is showing off a very light laptop, and Edward Snowden has a new squabble wi...

Fortnite's new 'Party Hub' feature gives mobile players a voice

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 5:05am
Fortnite recently united players with updates that everyone hated equally, but today it unveiled an app that will literally bring players together. Party Hub is an all-new cross-platform voice chat app that lets players socialize even when they're no...

Intrigue at the Nurburgring as Tesla unofficially beats Porsche's fastest lap

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 4:15am
When Porsche beat the Nurburgring lap record for a four-door EV, it was sending a message to rival Tesla: "Hey, 2-second 0-60mph acceleration times are cool, but how long can your brakes, motor, tires and batteries last?" Tesla boss Elon Musk got the...

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has 23 percent more battery capacity than the Pro

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 3:31am
When you check the iPhone 11 model's technical specs on Apple's website, you won't see specific information about its RAM and battery capacity. Those are information you'd usually discover later when people start taking new devices apart for teardown...

Google Assistant gets new voice options in nine more languages

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 3:00am
Google Assistant users outside the US haven't had much choice when it comes to voice options -- until now, as Google launches a second voice for Assistant in French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Korean, Italian and English for India and the UK...

Pinterest's latest Lens update makes it easier to buy items in your photos

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:02am
Online shopping can be daunting, especially if you're looking for one very specific type of item. Rather than search for "green Jaipur tapestry" or "blue plaid button-down shirt", it might be easier just to snap a photo. Pinterest announced today tha...

HP's new ultrawide monitor can show two device's screens at once

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:00am
In addition to a super light laptop, HP also unveiled an intriguing new ultrawide curved monitor today. Creatively named S430c, the 43.4-inch screen isn't the sharpest or most attractive external display I've seen, but it has some compelling features...

HP Elite Dragonfly hands-on: A really light business notebook

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:00am
HP is chasing superlatives again. Last year, the company launched the Spectre Folio -- the first laptop made out of leather. It also trotted out the first 15-inch laptop with an AMOLED screen at CES this year, and battled rival Dell to be the f...