Tech News from Around the Globe

Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:00pm
You didn't think Twitch would offer streamer extensions without finding a way to generate money from them, did you? Sure enough, the customization feature now accepts Bits (the microtransactions you normally use to tip streamers) for on-page games a...

Despite bigger ambitions, Google is still an ad business

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:40pm
As we already know, Google's parent company Alphabet makes the bulk of its money from ads. We also learned in quarters past that revenue from its non-Google projects, which it calls "Other Bets," have been growing at a slow, steady rate. From the com...

Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:20pm
Last month, Atlanta's city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city's Department of...

Samsung Pay finally works with your PayPal Wallet

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:03pm
Samsung Pay support for PayPal was unveiled back in July of last year with promises that it would be ready "soon," but that clearly didn't happen -- you've had to use your regular payment cards in the months since. Whatever prompted the wait, it's re...

Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept is a planetarium for passengers

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 2:45pm
While drivers experience most of the stress of a drive, it's important to remember that passengers are also prone to anxiety. After a long day at work (or fighting Twitter trolls) it can be tough to unwind even when you're being chauffeured home. Vol...

Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 2:24pm
With eight feature releases and a couple of short films, the Fast and Furious franchise has worked its way into the public consciousness. When you think about it, though, while the films are rated PG-13, the core concept is pretty kid-friendly: fast...

Samsung could use AR Emoji as stand-ins during video chats

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:52pm
Samsung's AR Emoji may be useful for considerably more than the occasional funny reaction GIF. The tech giant recently received a US patent for a "hybrid visual communication" system that would replace live video of a person with an augmented reality...

A VR film forced me to confront my fear of the sea

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:30pm
The first time I realized I was terrified of whales, I was surprised. I had been scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of a boat adrift in the ocean with the gigantic shadow of a whale below it. The hairs on the back of my neck stoo...

The first major 'PUBG' tournament takes place in Berlin this summer

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 1:08pm
Player Unknown Battlegrounds, aka PUBG, has been pushing its way to the eSports realm for quite some time now. While it has moved beyond the straight-up battle royale genre it popularized with new gameplay like War Mode, it's the behind the scenes te...

CBS All Access and its exclusive shows are now available in Canada

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:47pm
CBS' subscription on-demand streaming service is now available in Canada. It's the first launch of CBS All Access outside of the US and it will give Canadian residents access to new episodes of current shows seven days after they air, past seasons of...

Uber drivers will no longer see exact location history for riders

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:31pm
Uber has been improving both driver and passenger safety with new features -- or, in its latest move, by modifying existing settings. As part of a new pilot program, the company will soon start obscuring the log of rider pickup and drop-off locations...

Johns Hopkins performs the first total penis and scrotum transplant

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:11pm
The first US penis transplant was successfully performed in 2016. Last year, a uterus transplant recipient gave birth for the first time in the US, too. Now, doctors at Johns Hopkins University have successfully transplanted an entire penis and scrot...

EU launches anti-trust investigation into Apple’s purchase of Shazam

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:47am
Late last year, Apple announced that it would be acquiring Shazam. Due to the size of the deal, Apple didn't have to get clearance from the European Commission (EC) itself, as it would have had to do if the proposed acquisition had been larger. But i...

Court blocks Trump's delay of fuel efficiency penalties

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:27am
The Trump administration's efforts to undo car efficiency guidelines just hit a major obstacle. A federal court has blocked a White House attempt to delay the implementation of a rule toughening penalties for automakers that don't meet national fuel...

Why is a celebrity personal-finance guru suing Facebook?

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:00am
Martin Lewis is a British journalist, TV presenter and Ralph Nader-esque campaigner who has announced that he will sue Facebook for defamation. The consumer champion has seen his face co-opted by nefarious types who use his name (and brand) to sell c...

'Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:00am
Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined the 3D platformer genre since its release on the Nintendo 64. Similarly, The Legend of Ze...

Huawei P20 Pro review: The best phone you'll never buy

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 9:30am
For the past few months, Huawei has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons — the US government warned against buying the company's phones, which led to the breakdown of near-final deals with AT&T and Verizon. Then Best Buy,...

Samsung is making six TV series just for VR

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 9:00am
With all the immersive games, films and documentaries available, there are plenty of interesting VR experiences for your headset. Samsung wants to make sure you'll never run out, announcing today its "Pilot Season." It's a "new initiative aimed at in...

Scientists grow human brain tissue in mice

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:37am
Brain "organoids" made from stem cells are a promising way to study the brain, but the longest they've survived in a petri dish is just five weeks. Researchers from the Salk Institute recently implanted a bean-sized brain organoid into a mouse, and c...

The best lightweight gaming laptops

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:00am
Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA's small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD's surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX...

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