Tech News from Around the Globe

Wirecutter's best deals: Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker drops to $150

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:01pm
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Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:40pm
Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently committe...

'The Daily Show' library of Trump’s tweets opens in Chicago tomorrow

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:20pm
Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can...

Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:01pm
Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...

Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher' will debut November 17th

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:39pm
Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...

Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL's display colors

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:14pm
While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED displays...

51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't be fixed

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:53pm
With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...

'Aztez': The bloody indie brawler that should've been big

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:30pm
Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow lig...

Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up and running in Texas

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:18pm
Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...

Facebook begins testing paywall for subscriptions - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:12pm
Reading articles on Facebook is about to start changing.

Consumer Reports' survey marks Tesla Model X as Least Reliable - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:11pm
In its new reliability survey, Consumer Reports ranks the Model X dead last, but Tesla responds that the survey is not up to date.

Where in the world is Amazon HQ2? (The 3:59, ep. 302) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:08pm
We run down the top contenders for Amazon's next major campus and discuss Bixby coming to your fridge.

Lyft confirms $1B investment from Alphabet - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:05pm
The financing from Google's parent company brings the ride-hailing company's valuation to $11 billion.

Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with cameras, drones and NASA tech - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:59pm
New and old technologies reveal what's killing Australia's great marine wonder.

Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on Android, not iOS

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:58pm
Back in June, we reported that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, we learned that the social platform was launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...

Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which phone has better video? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:47pm
These two phones go head-to-head in a video camera comparison.

Congress seeks transparent online political spending with Honest Ads Act

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:47pm
Following revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...

Nintendo Switch update adds video capture, data transfer - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:38pm
Video clips can now be shared, and your system data can be moved to another Switch... but there's a catch.

VW to demonstrate its electric future in 2018 Pikes Peak race - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:34pm
Volkswagen announced it will field an electric car, which it teased with an image, in the 2018 run of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Smart lock company August home purchased by actual lock company Yale

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:33pm
Smart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. Sweden-based Assa Abloy will pick up August Home for a cool $60 million, and the regulatory bodies involved are expected to a...