Tech News from Around the Globe

McCain Honest Ads Act looks to regulate Facebook - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:28pm
The proposal would requires more transparency in political advertising on digital platforms like the social media giant.

Huawei didn’t need American customers to become a smartphone giant

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:01pm
On October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...

Hilarious Thor: Ragnarok will rock your world - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00pm
Marvel hammers the humour and action of "Guardians of the Galaxy" with this brilliantly tuned blockbuster.

A new Airbus in the sky - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:58am
Set to enter service next year, the Airbus A330neo boasts new engines, a quieter passenger cabin and redesigned wings.

Google and Microsoft troll each other over software vulnerabilities

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:45am
Google has a history of not playing nicely with Microsoft. The company has previously posted publicly about their competitor's software vulnerabilities, and understandably, Microsoft hasn't been very happy about it. But now, the company has turned th...

Intel wants to be inside your Alexa devices - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:34am
With a vision for improving the smart home, and a new Alexa developer's kit, Intel has a plan to grow its profile in the smart home.

What it takes to be a drone racer

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30am
One cold, dreary afternoon in 2014, Jordan Temkin took his drone to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. He put on a pair of goggles that filled his view with the live video feed from the drone's tiny camera. He'd built the drone frame from scratch...

Creator of The Matrix code reveals its mysterious origins - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:28am
The production designer of the "Matrix" films and "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which is out now, takes CNET down a rabbit hole of Zack Snyder, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lego.

When VR meets human emotions (and sometimes, hallucinations)

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:15am
By its very nature, virtual reality is an immersive medium. But for Rama Allen, that bar is higher. The interactive artist and Executive Creative Director at The Mill has made a name for himself leading inter-disciplinary teams of designers, filmmake...

Get a 1-year SelectTV subscription for $14.99 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:14am
A Cheapskate exclusive! This cord-cutter's friend -- normally $36 -- aggregates a wealth of streaming TV, movies and more. Plus: a $29 all-in-one!

Freshen up your car with Elon's Musk - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:14am
Make your ride smell of success, or at least of Tesla car leather, with an Elon Musk air freshener. No really.

‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ turns the Empire into an unlikely protagonist

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00am
Star Wars: Battlefront did a lot of things right, but it was criticized for not having a lot of depth, primarily due to the utter lack of a story-driven single player campaign. That's a shame, because the Star Wars universe is rich enough that fans a...

Gene therapy for advanced lymphoma gets FDA approval

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:46am
People with advanced lymphoma now have another type of treatment to consider. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Yescarta, a cell-based gene therapy designed to treat large B-cell lymphoma created by Kite Pharma. It's the second time the F...

Alphabet invests $1 billion in Lyft

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:37am
Last month, we reported on rumors that Alphabet, Google's parent company, was considering investing in Lyft. Now, Lyft has announced that CapitalG, which is Alphabet's growth investment fund, is leading a $1 billion financing round in the car-sharing...

New 'The Punisher' trailer delivers blood and a release date - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:26am
At last, The Punisher is coming to collect on a set release date as a new trailer shines a light on his dark military past.

Yale door locks' parent company to buy August Home - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:26am
ASSA ABLOY, parent company of Yale locks, is acquiring August Home, the companies announced Thursday.

Verizon aims for spring 2018 to debut its streaming TV service

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:21am
We first heard that Verizon was interested in launching a streaming TV service back in March, but getting it off the ground has been a real struggle. It was originally scheduled to debut this past summer, though rumors had it slipping to the fall. No...

The best phones under $250

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00am
The iPhone X: $999. The Galaxy Note 8: $930. Even the more affordable Google Pixel 2 commands a significant investment of $650. Today's flagship phones are expensive enough that spending a significant chunk of your rent on a handset is seemingly the...

Adobe's 'Cloak' experiment is a content-aware eraser for video

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00am
Glamorous show-reels from shows like Game of Thrones get all the fame, but a lot of VFX work is mundane stuff like removing cars, power lines and people from shots. Adobe's research team is working on making all of that easier for anyone, regardless...

The Surface Book 2's secret weapon is ceramic, says Panos Panay

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:45am
With the Surface Book, Microsoft delivered yet another way to rethink traditional computers. It resembled a laptop more than the earlier Surface devices, which were basically tablets with keyboard covers. But it also packed in one new trick: a large...