Tech News from Around the Globe

Sony’s new flagships ditch an aging design for full screens

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:17am
Sony's phones have looked largely the same for years now, but that's apparently about to change. The electronics company has redesigned its flagship phone to be full screen. Venture Beat has pictures and descriptions of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact...

Pentax's full-frame K-1 Mark II has a ridiculous ISO range

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:02am
Pentax has unveiled the 36.4-megapixel K-1 Mark II DSLR, the successor to its first full-frame, the K-1. The new model hasn't changed much, apart from one outstanding new feature. Thanks to a new "accelerator unit" for its Prime IV image processor, t...

Twitter relaxes the rules for customer service DMs

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:29am
Twitter's bot crackdown is great for improving the quality of the service, but might make it harder for businesses to use it effectively. That's why the company is tweaking its system to enable companies to better deal with bulk communications. In th...

UK tech brand Acorn taps nostalgia to sell a rebranded phone

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:01am
Acorn, the British computer company that dominated the market in the late '70s has been revived, once again. This time out, the outfit is pushing its own smartphone, the Acorn Micro Phone C5, which appears to be a rebadged Leagoo S8. Should you want...

Nissan's self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:02am
Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The automaker and Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA will begin ferrying passengers in Yokohama on...

The Morning After: Mobile World Congress preview

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:00am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Before you wrap this week up, check out our Mobile World Congress preview, so you don't miss any of the new phones we're expecting to see(set a reminder for Samsung's Galaxy S9 event on Sunday.) Also, the FCC is...

Watch Netflix's first trailer for hip-hop biopic 'Roxanne, Roxanne'

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:15am
Roxanne, Roxanne, the Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden biopic that premiered at Sundance last year, is making its way to Netflix on March 23rd -- and you can watch its first official trailer below the fold. Shanté rose to prominence as on...

New Audi tech will let you ditch your toll road tag

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:30am
Audi is about to make life easier for people that deal with toll roads on a daily basis. Instead of using an ugly stick-on tag or box for passing through and paying tolls, Audi will make it a built-in feature on some of its cars. It's called the Inte...

Paul Ryan moves to replace election security official

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:36pm
The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan are looking to replace a federal official who's been working to protect election systems from possible Russian cyber attacks. According to Reuters, Matthew Masterson, who holds a seat picked by the House Sp...

‘A Normal Lost Phone’ arrives on Nintendo Switch March 1st

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:14pm
A Normal Lost Phone is the kind of indie game that seizes a tricky niche (mobile gaming) and leans into the form factor for a unique experience -- a Gone Home or Life Is Strange that takes place entirely within a mock phone interface. The game will l...

Robinhood's commission-free cryptocurrency trading is live

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:23pm
The zero-fee stock trading app, Robinhood, announced its plan to enable users to buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum last month. Now the company is making good on its promises. Starting today, Robinhood is rolling out access to trade the two cryptocurr...

MLB's 'Home Run Derby VR' is coming to PSVR and Vive this spring

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:31pm
Major League Baseball has gotten into VR lately with a host of initiatives, including partnerships with Google for At Bat VR, Intel for "Game of the Week" live streams and Samsung for immersive highlights of the 2017 season. Now MLB is bringing a VR...

Sling TV offers League Pass to expand its NBA streaming options

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:48pm
A day after Sling TV revealed that it counts 2.2 million subscribers, the over-the-top internet service announced that it's added new add-on options to watch NBA games. Users can access NBA League Pass today to watch out-of-market games, and in the c...

23 attorneys general refile challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:17pm
The FCC's order to overturn net neutrality protections was officially published in the Federal Register today and soon thereafter, the attorneys general of 22 states and Washington DC filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC's order. The coalition filed a...

Amazon inks deal with Televisa for Spanish-language shows

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:45pm
Amazon may be producing more and more of its own shows, but it's also playing catch-up trying to follow industry trends in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. To shore up its dearth of Spanish-language content, the company just signed a deal with Televisa...

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Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:26pm
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Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old ‘Warcraft III’ 

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:49pm
Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before they're released to everyone, so creating on...

'Alto's Odyssey' took three years to make, and that's all right

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:15pm
It's been three years since Snowman, a tiny independent studio based in Toronto, launched Alto's Adventure on iOS devices. Back then, the Alto crew was three people -- Ryan Cash, Harry Nesbitt and Jordan Rosenberg -- and Alto's Adventure was their fi...

UPS is adding to its fleet of electric delivery trucks

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:55pm
UPS announced today that it will soon deploy 50 electric delivery trucks designed by Workhorse Group Inc. that will cost about the same as traditional, conventionally fueled trucks. They'll have a between-charge range of around 100 miles, will be zer...

Smartphone sales fell for first time ever in fourth quarter - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:50pm
Samsung still managed to hold on to the No. 1 position, followed closely by Apple, Gartner said.