Tech News from Around the Globe

The Tour de France deserves a better video game

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:30am
The Tour de France is one of the toughest and -- in my opinion -- most exciting sporting events in the world. Every year, close to 200 riders saddle up and race across a 21-stage course that spans over 2,000 miles. Aside from the occasional rest day,...

Google's Fuchsia OS could start replacing Android in five years (update: Google says no)

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:16am
Google has been willing to acknowledge the existence of its Fuchsia operating system for a while, and has made rough versions available on everything from mobile devices to PCs. But is it just an experiment, or are there grander ambitions? We might h...

Apple's slim MacBook Pro design could be holding back its i9 CPU

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:01am
The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro lets you crank up the processor power by swapping in an Intel 2.9GHz six-core Core i9 CPU for an extra $300. But the chip seems to be struggling when it's handling power-hungry tasks, to the point where the average clock...

Tempow turns any old Bluetooth speakers into a surround sound system

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:45am
One of the most distinctive features in the Moto X4 -- its ability to stream music to multiple Bluetooth speakers at once -- came from Tempow, a small Paris-based startup. That's particularly useful for those of us who've collected several Bluetooth...

Artificial meteor shower displays are coming

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:22am
Fireworks. So passé, right? That could well be the thinking of one Japanese start-up, which is developing shooting stars on demand, and plans to put on the world's first artificial meteor shower in early 2020.

Hey Google, Android actually does stifle competition

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:00am
Sundar Pichai knows that the choice of mobile OS nowadays boils down to Android or iOS. He published a blog post yesterday in response to the European Commission's competition decision against Android, which opens saying, "If you buy an Android phone...

Zero motorcycle’s modular battery is one pricey upgrade

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:40am
On a spreadsheet, electric motorcycles can be a tough sell. For starters, gas-powered bikes get outstanding mileage. So while hybrids and electric cars can save a driver money in the long run, that doesn't really apply to motorcycles. Instead,...

MacBook Pro document confirms 'anti-debris' keyboard redesign

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:30am
When iFixit tore down the new MacBook Pros, it found silicone barriers protecting keyboard switches. While Apple claimed these were to make the keyboards quieter, others suspected that the membranes were a way for Apple to fix its troublesome keyboar...

Nissan's Leaf E-Plus may offer more range and extra power in 2019

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:14am
Nissan's 2018 Leaf model upped the ante with a ProPilot Assist system and 150-mile travel range on full battery. That was a solid improvement compared to the original Leaf's 107 miles, and positioned it somewhere between the Hyundai Iconiq EV and Tes...

Tesla to cover the cost of Germany's court-ruled subsidy repayments

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:02am
Some German Tesla owners are facing a surprise €4,000 bill for purchasing their Model S cars, thanks to a confusing ruling by Germany's Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control. In a bid to push EVs and plug-in hybrids in the count...

Alphabet's Loon internet balloons are making their way to Kenya

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 8:44am
Alphabet has announced Loon's first commercial deal in Africa merely a few days after the former X lab experiment finally became a full-fledged company. According to Reuters, the new subsidiary will deploy internet-relaying balloons in Kenya starting...

It's peak esports season: Here's how to watch the games

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 8:30am
Happy esports season! Summer is the ideal time to sit back (with a glass of lemonade in one hand and a burrito in the other in an air-conditioned room) and watch the best video game players in the world battle it out for millions in prize money. Howe...

Watch Faraday Future's high-speed FF 91 field tests

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 3:02am
Faraday Future hasn't given up on the FF 91 despite going through a financial crisis and losing executives along the way. Now, a few months after a Hong Kong investor reportedly threw the startup a $1.5 billion lifeline, it has dropped a new video sh...

Airbnb hosts, New York City passed a law to take your data - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 1:32am
The short-term home rental service is now required to submit your data to the city.

Terrafugia's first flying car should finally go on sale in 2019

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 1:07am
Terrafugia's Transition flying car has been in development purgatory for years, but it's finally here... almost. The company has announced that the first production models of the Transition will go on sale sometime in 2019. While that does sound like...

Fujifilm's oddball XF10 fixed-lens APS-C camera costs only $500

Engadget - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:00am
Fujifilm has proven again that it's not afraid to build unusual cameras by unveiling the XF10, a premium fixed-lens compact that will be the successor to the X70 compact. It's got a wide-angle 18.5mm f/2.8 fixed lens (equivalent to 27.8mm in full-fra...

Bye Siri, says Apple AI's last remaining founder - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:27pm
Hey Siri, your dad's gone.

Duolingo launches Hindi language course for English speakers

Engadget - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:01pm
Today, Duolingo's Hindi language course for English speakers officially launched on its website. The course is not yet available on iOS or Android apps, but it will be making its way to these devices in the future. The course has been in development...

Hyperloop TT will build a track in China

Engadget - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:00pm
The Hyperloop race is much of a political battle as it is a technical one, with companies grabbing territory like players starting a game of Risk. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced enterprise that has lagged behind rivals in som...

VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches

Engadget - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 8:34pm
If you've used a wired VR headset, you probably know the connector situation is inconsistent and messy: you frequently have to plug multiple cables into your PC, which is space consuming at best and potentially impractical if you have a laptop. That...