Tech News from Around the Globe

Chinese retailers abruptly stop selling Juul e-cigarettes

Engadget - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:09am
It appears Juul's fortunes are about to get even worse. Bloomberg reports retailers in China have pulled the company's products just one week after they became available within the country. Citing a "person familiar with the matter," the publication...

Short-form streaming remake of 'The Fugitive' stars Kiefer Sutherland

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:21pm
Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) will star in a series remake of the 1993 Harrison Ford movie, The Fugitive at Quibi. Variety reported today that the 52-year old actor will play Detective Clay Bruce, a Los Angeles investigator tasked with...

Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now available for free

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 9:36pm
We're big fans of Pocket Casts here at Engadget. The podcast app is arguably the best option for listening to the regular episodic content, keeping them all organized and easily finding what you're looking for. Until now, you had to pay a one-time fe...

Snapchat may add a dedicated news tab

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 9:16pm
Snap's efforts to bring news to Snapchat haven't gone so well. You've had to plow through entertainment and other material just to find news, and that's when creators aren't backing out. The social app creator might be willing to give things anothe...

Hulu hackathon leads to eye-tracking controls for Roku

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 8:34pm
Of the 40 project ideas that came out of Hulu's annual hackathon this summer, more than a quarter addressed the needs of users with disabilities. Today, Hulu shared some of those accessibility-focused concepts.

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will shoot in New Zealand

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 7:49pm
Amazon Studios' Lord of the Ring series will be filmed in the lush green forests of none other than New Zealand. The streaming platform announced today that production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. Few details have been r...

Uber starts mapping Dallas roads to aid its self-driving efforts

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 7:14pm
Uber is still testing self-driving cars in a very limited fashion, but that isn't stopping it from expanding its efforts to a new city. The ridesharing firm has unveiled plans to map Dallas streets and lay the groundwork for self-driving technology...

Google WiFi successor could include Assistant-enabled beacons

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 5:40pm
When it hosts its Pixel 4 launch event on October 15th, Google could announce an interesting new update to its WiFi mesh router. According to 9 to 5 Google's Stephan Hall, the company plans to update the device by adding a newly designed Assistant-en...

Facebook's new content oversight board can overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 4:47pm
Facebook has unveiled the finished charter for its content oversight board, and it's evident that the social site wants to give the board at least some meaningful independence. The new rules will let users appeal content decisions directly to the bo...

Tinder's first TV show will make you swipe to advance the story

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 4:03pm
Even Tinder might have trouble resisting the allure of creating an original show to boost its bottom line. Variety tipsters claim the dating service will release an original, six-episode video series in early October that riffs on its app's well-know...

'Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot' arrives on January 17th, 2020

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 3:41pm
When Bandai Namco said Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was coming in early 2020, it was clearly being conservative. The action RPG is now slated to punch its way to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 17th. On top of that, completists should be happy -- the gam...

Nintendo is holding an online 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' tournament this Sunday

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 3:23pm
Top-tier Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players better limber up with some thumb exercises. Nintendo has announced a North American online tournament which will take place on Nintendo's Switch Online service from 1 PM to 11 PM ET on September 22nd. The top eigh...

LinkedIn's new quizzes can prove you're not lying on your resume

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 3:02pm
Starting today, LinkedIn is rolling out Skills Assessment quizzes. The short, standardized tests will allow you to prove your knowledge of everything from coding languages to Photoshop and Microsoft Excel. If you score in the 70th percentile or above...

Facebook may be creating AR glasses with Ray-Ban's owner

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 2:43pm
Apple might not be the only big tech company working on an augmented reality headset. CNBC sources maintain that Facebook is partnering with Luxottica (owner of Ray-Ban, Oakley and other brands) on AR glasses nicknamed Orion. The eyewear would be a f...

Facebook will train its content-removal AI with police camera footage

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 2:24pm
Facebook will use footage from police body cameras to train its automatic detection systems to spot and remove footage of mass shootings. The company announced Tuesday that it will partner with law enforcement in the US and UK to obtain footage from...

Rockstar rolls out its own PC games launcher

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 2:09pm
Following other publishers such as EA and Ubisoft, Rockstar Games is rolling out a games launcher for Windows PC. It'll pull your Rockstar titles together in one place, including those you've bought through other stores such as Steam (though it doesn...

Millions of Americans' medical records are out in the open on the internet

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 1:51pm
If you've ever visited a private medical clinic, your records could be at risk. A new joint investigation published by ProPublica and German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk found that the medical data of some 5 million patients in the US is easily o...

Google will highlight important parts of videos in search results

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 1:38pm
Web searches can easily help you find videos, but that's not much good if you're looking for a specific segment. Do you really want to spend minutes scrubbing to find a relevant section? You might not have to. Google search can now highlight speci...

You can now order Postmates at Yankee Stadium

Engadget - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 1:23pm
The days of gnawing on rubbery hot dogs or peanuts during a baseball game are long over. From Fenway Park to Camden Yards, most MLB stadiums are packed with a wide range of food options. But for the Yankees fan with a craving for something different,...

2018 Chevy Malibu recalled for software bug that may kill fuel injectors - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 1:18pm
Affected models house the 1.5-liter turbo-4 engines.