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IIHS begins testing reverse automatic braking - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:02am
If there's a new safety system, you bet the IIHS is going to see how effective it is.

SpaceX just missed grabbing part of its rocket with a big net - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:02am
Elon Musk wanted to recycle the nose cone from the latest launch, so he sent a boat named Mr. Steven with a "catcher's mitt" to try to snag it.

Discord signs eSports pros to use its chat app

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:00am
Discord has become something of a gaming chat-app phenomenon lately, partnering with Spotify for in-chat soundtracks, adding video chat and screensharing and bringing verified official game channels to its service. Now the company plans to expand int...

Lighthouse's AI-powered security camera is now shipping

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:56am
Lighthouse's intelligent 3D security camera was supposed to ship in September, but now it's finally available for purchase. The camera is priced at $299. At checkout, you can choose either a $10/month AI service plan (with a 90-day free trial) or a l...

SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband gets off the ground - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:38am
Elon Musk's company launches two prototype satellites it hopes will be the first of thousands more beaming internet access anywhere in the world.

Windows Phone is dead, but its influence lives on (The 3:59, Ep. 359) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:15am
On today's podcast, we talk about Windows Phone's impact, fake-news videos on Facebook and YouTube, and Dogecoin.

Amazon may open up to six more automated stores this year

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:14am
Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like it's been a pretty big success. Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018. It's not clear where these stores will be...

Hennessey wants to tame your Demon with its new Exorcist Camaro - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:07am
Texas tuner tries to top Dodge's Demon in a horsepower hootenanny at the Continental Tire Uvalde Proving grounds.

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:05am
The action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.

UPS to deploy 50 plug-in hybrid delivery trucks - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:00am
This small-scale rollout is anticipated to spur great adoption rates in the future.

China's Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:00am
In July 2009, deadly riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. Nearly 200 people died, the majority ethnic Han Chinese, and thousands of Chinese troops were brought in to quell the riots. An information battle soon followed, as mobil...

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying internet satellites

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 9:13am
SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket today carrying Spain's radar imaging Paz satellite as well as two of its own satellites, Microsat-2a and -2b. The two experimental satellites will be used to test SpaceX's plan to deliver internet...

Samsung resumes Android O update for Galaxy S8

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 9:02am
Well, that didn't take long. After pausing the Android Oreo rollout on Galaxy S8s over a reboot glitch, Samsung has restarted the process in Europe. As SamMobile reports, it's an altogether different firmware version. The rollout has resumed in Germa...

Polestar 1 hybrid to make first public appearance in Geneva - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:56am
A 600-horsepower electrified coupe will make any auto show better.

This $129 Bluetooth headphone delights the Audiophiliac - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:47am
The M&O Electronics MOOH-BE00BT Beryllium Acoustic Bluetooth headphone somehow won over the hard to please Audiophiliac.

Disney’s lawsuit against Redbox may have backfired

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:38am
Disney's attempt to prevent Redbox from buying its discs for rental and resale may have blown up in the House of Mouse's face. The Hollywood Reporter describes how District Court Judge Dean Pregerson sided with Redbox to shoot down a Disney-mandated...

LastPass rolls out Android Oreo autofill to the public

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:19am
No need to sign up for LastPass beta anymore if Android Oreo has already made it to your device. The password manager has started rolling out autofill to the stable app for Google's latest mobile platform, according to the company's director of engin...

Anchor turns itself into a one-stop podcast creation app

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:00am
Anchor started off as a social network for audio -- the app let users make quick, impromptu broadcasts to their followers straight from their phone. But the company started seeing more and more people using it to make full-on podcasts, so it added fe...

Intel will bring 5G to laptops in 2019

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:00am
5G hardware is closer than you think. Intel's upcoming XMM 8000 series modems will power 5G in notebooks in the second half of 2019, the company announced today. That'll include machines from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft. (Yes, that means we'll see...

Net neutrality repeal goes into effect on April 23rd

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:54am
Two months from now, net neutrality will officially be dead. Today, the Federal Communication Commission's revocation order was published in the Federal Register. The effective date is April 23rd.