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GoPro Hero 6 review: Slow-mo, stabilization and subtle refinements

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:30am
If you look at the GoPro Hero 6, it's nearly impossible to tell it apart from the Hero 5, even on close inspection. The older, silver GoPros used to have the model number marked in black text on the front. The only way to tell the most recent cameras...

CNET Book Club, Episode 2: 'Walkaway' by Cory Doctorow - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:07am
In our new podcast about tech-related books, we talk to the author of a novel that explores what happens when people just walk away from everything.

Nissan teases mystery SUV concept for Tokyo Motor Show - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:00am
"Intelligent Mobility" concept is likely powered by electricity and packed with some level of self-driving tech.

Octopus-like rubber skin could lead to shape-shifting robots

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:00am
Octopuses are awe-inspiring creatures. They're smart, and they can camouflage themselves by changing colors and changing the texture of their skin to mimic the environment's. A group of scientists from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Bi...

Where are the Verizon video freebies? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:49am
Moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile raise the question of whether Verizon needs to offer a video perk, even as customers flock back to its unlimited plan.

Google's adorable Doodle stars Nobel-winning astrophysicist - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:44am
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in 1983 for his theory on the evolution of stars.

Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show will end after two seasons

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:41am
More than three years after Chelsea Handler and Netflix teamed up to "revolutionize the talk show" their quest is coming to an end. Handler tweeted that she has decided not to return after the second season of Chelsea wraps up (later this year), inst...

Scoot is adding battery-swapping cars to its San Francisco lineup

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:20am
If you spend any time in San Francisco you'll see them. The red electric scooters with a white lighting bolt and the word "Scoot" plastered on the side of the cargo box. Scoot, the company behind these ubiquitous two-wheeled vehicles has been able to...

Clarion Builds Acura NSX heads to Barrett-Jackson for charity - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:14am
All auction proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

Twitter took a year to close a fake GOP account run by Russians

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:01am
The Russian troll farm that bought ads pointing to fake news sites on Facebook also ran a fake Twitter account impersonating the Tennessee Republican Party. While it has now been permanently suspended, Buzzfeed says the platform refused to take the a...

Google's AlphaGo AI no longer requires human input to master Go

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:29am
Google's AlphaGo already beat us puny humans to become the best at the Chinese board game of Go. Now, it's done with humans altogether. DeepMind, the Alphabet subsidiary behind the artificial intelligence, just announced AlphaGo Zero. The latest iter...

The way scientific units are calculated is changing

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:03am
Scientific units are set to receive their biggest shake-up since the inception of the modern metric system in 1960. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) -- one of three committees that oversees this type of stuff -- is presently lo...

The 49 best iPhone games - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:30am
If you're all about the iPhone, these are some of the best games you can play.

The BBC is turning to AI to improve its programming

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:12am
The BBC wants to leverage machine learning to improve its online services and the programmes it commissions every year. Today, the broadcaster announced a five-year research partnership with eight universities from across the UK. Data scientists will...

Google honors the man who discovered the fate of dead stars

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:46am
There's a constant battle between gravity and nuclear physics going on inside a star that's only resolved when it dies. American, Indian-born scientist Subrahmanyan "Chandra" Chandrasekhar figured out how that would end -- supernova and black hole or...

China's president applauded 1B times on silly clapping game - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:03am
The game was rolled out by Chinese tech giant, Tencent, as the Chinese government gathered for its 19th Party Congress yesterday.

Nissan's Rogue is its first US car with semi-autonomous driving

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:02am
You won't have to wait long to try Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist on American streets. The automotive giant has announced that the 2018 Rogue crossover will be the first car in the US to have the feature as an option. Not surprisingly, it...

Samsung's phone-as-desktop concept now runs Linux

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:09pm
Samsung's DeX is a clever way to turn your phone into a desktop computer. However, there's one overriding problem: you probably don't have a good reason to use it instead of a PC. And Samsung is trying to fix that. It's unveiling Linux on Galaxy,...

Google Doodle honors the first modern recording studio

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:16pm
Google is celebrating the 66th anniversary of what's considered the first modern recording studio with a Doodle. Back in 1951, a group of composers founded the Studio for Electronic Music as part of the West German Broadcasting radio. It was ran by a...

'Mythbusters' reboot comes to Science Channel on November 15th

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:14pm
What do you do when your highly-successful reality show goes out with a bang? If you're Discovery-owned Science Channel, you quickly reboot it and find new hosts to replace the iconic ones. If you're a fan of the original and willing to give the new...