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BMW’s future EVs could outlast the competition by 200 miles

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
BMW has said that it wants to build all variants of its cars (hybrid, gas, electric) on the same production lines. So, a 3 Series with an internal combustion engine (ICE) will be built right beside one with a battery pack. It relies on the automaker...

White House launches site to highlight AI initiatives

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 1:41pm
Now that the US government has been ordered to prioritize AI, it's launching a website to promote its AI efforts. The newly available showcases a number of initiatives over the years, including Obama-era moves like the strategic AI research p...

'Nuclear Throne' and other Vlambeer games come to the Switch

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 1:21pm
Vlambeer hasn't really had a presence on the Switch, but it's rectifying that in very short order. The indie studio is bringing three titles to Nintendo's current console, starting immediately with Nuclear Throne. While the top-down wasteland shoot...

Disney hires for Lucasfilm Games as EA flounders with 'Star Wars' (updated)

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 1:03pm
There hasn't been a Lucasfilm Games-badged release since before 1991's Monkey Island 2, but that isn't stopping Disney from resurrecting the classic label. The company recently posted several job listings for producers and marketers under the Lucasfi...

Volvo will use cameras to fight drunk and distracted driving

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:53pm
Volvo plans to use cameras and sensors inside cars to combat drunk and distracted driving. The vehicles may intervene if a driver doesn't respond to warning signals -- cars may limit their speed, alert the Volvo on Call service (which will contact th...

Snapchat admits its age-verification system doesn’t work

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:40pm
Confronted by the UK's Parliament, Snapchat admitted its age verification process doesn't keep users younger than 13 years old from signing up. That's not exactly a big secret. Users are simply asked to enter their birthday, which could easily be fud...

Epic Games has 250 million 'Fortnite' players and a lot of plans

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:20pm
When Tim Sweeney built ZZT in 1991, he didn't know how to program graphics. Instead of coding actual characters and objects into his game, he used text symbols, and the main character was simply a smiley face trailing across the screen. "That includ...

'Detroit', 'Heavy Rain' and 'Beyond' will hit the Epic Games Store

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:20pm
Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are all making their way to PC for the first time in 2019 through the Epic Games Store. To date, the games have only been available on PlayStation 3 and/or PS4. The Quantic Dream titles are a bi...

Amazon creates its own skincare line called Belei

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:01pm
Amazon loves to capitalize on popular products, and that apparently extends to the recent fascination with skincare products. The internet giant has introduced its first "dedicated" skincare line, Belei, to snap up customers who'd otherwise hunt dow...

'Cadence of Hyrule' for Switch puts a Zelda spin on an indie classic

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:57am
Hyrule is about to get down. Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (what a mouthful) is heading to the Nintendo Switch this spring. It's a top-down 2D roguelike that infuses the universe of The Legend of Zelda int...

Grado Labs GW100 review: A blessing and a curse

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 9:00am
Grado Labs was late to the wireless game. The company knows it, and it has good reasons for not jumping in sooner. "Wireless technology has never been very good, so just like closed-back, we could make them, but people would expect them to sound lik...

First 'Stranger Things 3' trailer reunites the gang

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:32am
After giving us a brief Stranger Things 3 teaser yesterday, Netflix is treating us to the show's full-blown trailer. The clip crams plenty of action into its almost three-minute-long duration, with more nods to Spielberg (possessed toys for the Polte...

Control all the things with the Harmony Ultimate Home remote for just $75 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:20am
Or get the Harmony Touch for just $30. Either way, say goodbye to clicker-clutter. Plus: Four stupid-good TV deals.

Stranger Things trailer: Season 3 promises 'one summer can change everything' - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:16am
It's almost time to return to Hawkins, Indiana... and the Upside Down.

Facial recognition has no checks, and that’s bad news for our privacy - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:16am
There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition -- none that have any rules or standards to prevent abuse.

Battle medic Baptiste officially joins 'Overwatch'

Engadget - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:16am
Overwatch has a new entrant: support medic Baptiste. After a couple of months of battle-testing on the game's public server, the newbie is now live with the latest patch. Not only does the Haitian add a dose of diversity to the online shooter, but he...

Apple's new AirPods work with Siri and Wireless Charging Case - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:11am
The refreshed AirPods are available from $159, offering better battery life and over 50 percent more talk time.

Peloton hit with $150M suit over unlicensed music - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:03am
The exercise bike maker allegedly used over 1,000 songs without publishers' permission.

Amazon's best-kept secret: Thousands of giveaways every week - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:00am
Resellers, companies and book authors give away a staggering array of prizes -- and sizable discounts to those who don't win. Here's everything you need to know.