Tech News from Around the Globe

Bloomberg: Amazon wants to build a home robot

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 7:40am
Bloomberg is claiming that Amazon is looking to build a home robot that would do for personal androids what the Kindle did to reading. The website's sources-in-the-know claim that the giant's hardware division, Lab126, is working on some sort of dome...

The Morning After: Faster rockets, the quiet end of Apple Watch stores

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 5:44am
Hey, good morning! Welcome to the new week! Amazon, Netflix and others are taking on another subscription service over piracy, the next Doom movie will probably be on one of those (legal) services and we touch on some of the more interesting project...

ASUS made a sub-$200 smartphone to fight Xiaomi in India

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 5:15am
Having surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market after China, India is now the latest battleground for some of the top mobile brands. According to Canalys, even Samsung lost its top position there to Xiaomi as of Q4 2017, follow...

Report reveals the extent of China's tech sexism problem

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 4:37am
Chinese tech companies like Baidu and Alibaba have been using blatant sexism to attract job candidates and advertising jobs for "men only," Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported. "Major companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising...

Asus ZenFone Max Pro is the crazy affordable phone for India - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:21am
Running stock Android and powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636, the $165 Asus phone is ridiculously good value for money.

Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 2:37am
There a number of reasons why camera-equipped smart glasses haven't taken off, whether it's dorky designs, bans or just a lack of practical applications beyond niche audiences. However, there's a common theme for them all: they need big batteries to...

Westworld's season 2 premiere just confirmed some major fan theories - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:43am
Thankfully, season two gave fans some answers right away. Spoilers, spoilers everywhere.

Iran bans banks from trading cryptocurrencies

Engadget - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:24am
Iran is borrowing a page from China when it comes to regulating money: if your real-world currency is in trouble, crack down on the virtual kind. The country's central bank has banned other banks and financial institutions from buying, selling or pr...

Kanye West tweets love for his Tesla - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:03am
Commentary: The fashion designer and rapper claims it's the "funnest" car he's ever driven.

Will my red car get more tickets? - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:43pm
You might be surprised at the truth and myth behind this age old theory.

US Army could enlist robots inspired by invertebrates - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:51pm
The army and University of Minnesota have developed materials that mimic the flexibility of invertebrates like worms and squids and could one day be 3D-printed on the battlefield.

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant

Engadget - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:11pm
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles may still be on trial for embezzlement in Japan, but that isn't stopping him from playing an influential role in the cryptocurrency world. As part of an interview with Fortune, the one-time bitcoin exchange leader has...

China's Meizu bucks trends with three new notchless phones - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 10:08pm
The new Meizu 15 Lite, Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Plus come packing pretty impressive specs including OLED displays and Samsung's Exynos processor.

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy

Engadget - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 8:32pm
Hollywood studios usually fight piracy by chasing after software add-ons and free streaming services, with the occasional device thrown in. A paid service, however? That's relatively rare... or at least, it has been. Amazon, Netflix and multiple H...

It's now safe to skin your Nintendo Switch

Engadget - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:58pm
When it became clear that vinyl wraps and other stickers were damaging the Switch, you could practically hear the wailing from console customizers everywhere. How were you supposed to add a personal touch to Nintendo's machine without giving it a pe...

Apple seen as slightly more beneficial to society than Facebook - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:46pm
Commentary: A SurveyMonkey/Recode survey suggests that people think Amazon has the most positive impact on society of the major tech companies

Tripping over electric scooters? Here’s how they work (FAQ) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:06pm
Our irreverent guide to the vehicles that may soon litter your sidewalk.

Watch airport workers fight a Star Wars lightsaber battle - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 5:56pm
Commentary: At a rainy airport, the people who usually wave to help direct planes into their gates wave their illuminated wands in a fight to the death.

US military hopes to launch rockets in 'days, not years'

Engadget - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 5:31pm
Even in the era of private spaceflight companies, the process of getting a rocket into space is glacially slow: it can take months or years to schedule and prepare for a mission. That was fine when launching any rocket was a special occasion, but DA...

Cambridge Analytica researcher fires back at Facebook - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 4:00pm
Aleksandr Kogan tells 60 Minutes that tech companies assume users know their data is being sold and shared.