Tech News from Around the Globe

Black Friday 2019: Best upcoming deals on PS4, Switch and Xbox One - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 2:16am
Some great game bundles are coming to Xbox One, PS4 and even the Switch.

Google's patient data project 'Nightingale' is under investigation

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 1:51am
Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after The Wall Street Journal blew the lid off Project Nightingale, regulators have announced that they'll start looking into Google's partnership with Ascension, the second-largest health system in the US. Accord...

Google's medical data project spurs HHS inquiry, report says - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 10:57pm
The US Department of Health and Human Services is looking into the search giant's Project Nightingale.

Traeger WiFi grills monitor your wood pellet supply with an $80 sensor

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 10:29pm
When Traeger debuted its 2019 lineup of grills, one feature reserved for most expensive models is a sensor that will help you avoid "pellet panic." It's a tool that monitors the amount of pellets in the grill's hopper and alerts you when you're runni...

Chic home bar gifts under $100 in 2019 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:22pm
From accoutrements to actual bar carts, these are the perfect presents for your drinking buddies.

'Door Ninja' shelter cat busted setting other cats free - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:17pm
The jailbreaking cat of Houston known as Quilty is on his way to internet stardom -- and a new home.

The Mandalorian: Our biggest questions from episode 1 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:16pm
What is 'Beskar', what's happening with the Empire, and what's the deal with *that* baby?

Intel unveils its first chips built for AI in the cloud

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 8:44pm
Intel is no stranger to AI-oriented chips, but now it's turning its attention to those chips that might be thousands of miles away. The tech firm has introduced two new Nervana Neural Network Processors, the NNP-T1000 (below) and NNP-I1000 (above),...

Disney+ cuts off 'Simpsons' jokes with widescreen episodes

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:17pm
The Disney+ launch didn't just have some technical hiccups -- it also irritated The Simpsons fans. Viewers have discovered that all classic Simpsons episodes are the cropped widescreen versions, not the 4:3 originals that FXX brought back in 2015....

Apple may reveal its 16-inch MacBook Pro tomorrow

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:15pm
Don't worry, that fabled 16-inch MacBook Pro hasn't vanished... in fact, it might be right around the corner. Bloomberg sources hear that Apple may introduce the revamped laptop "as soon as" November 13th (that's tomorrow, if you're reading soon eno...

Federal judge rules suspicionless device searches at the border are illegal

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:38pm
Civil liberties advocates just scored an important victory in a bid to prevent arbitrary device searches at the US border. A federal court handling a 2017 lawsuit has ruled that US policies allowing device searches without valid suspicion or warrant...

Elon Musk: Berlin 'gigafactory' will build Teslas starting with the Model Y

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 4:44pm
After launching manufacturing facilities in the US and China, Tesla's next location is apparently in Europe. Reuters and CNBC report that while speaking at an awards ceremony in Germany, Elon Musk announced the company's 'Gigafactory 4' will be locat...

This 'O-29' hum is the sound of Ford's new hybrid SUVs

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 3:32pm
Add Ford to the ranks of automakers adding sounds to notify pedestrians of oncoming electrified cars. The 2020 Escape Hybrid and Explorer Hybrid will both include a custom sound, O-29 (listen to it below) that plays when they're moving at speeds up t...

Microsoft workers say it's making progress on diversity

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:40pm
Microsoft's push for greater diversity in its workforce appears to be paying off, and it's not just the company's management saying so this time. The tech giant's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion report offers the first public glimpse at Microsoft's Incl...

Facebook is fixing a bug that turned on phone cameras

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:14pm
Early this month, some Facebook users began to notice a glitch when they were using the iOS app. Users shared on Twitter that when they were watching videos or looking at photos, their cameras were activated behind the Facebook app, CNET reports. Fac...

Iowa asked researchers to break into a courthouse, then it arrested them

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 1:45pm
Ransomware attacks have cost cities like Atlanta and Baltimore millions of dollars and made it clear that state and municipal governments need to protect themselves against cyberthreats. With that in mind, the state of Iowa hired cybersecurity firm C...

'Star Wars' and 'The Mandalorian' make Disney+ worth it

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 1:12pm
Disney+ has a ton of things to watch based on its vast library alone, but if you're interested in something that's actually original, your options are pretty slim. Just like Apple TV+, most of the new content on Disney+, like The World According...

'Star Wars' on Disney+ reignites the Han-Greedo fan drama

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:56pm
If you thought George Lucas' constant tweaking of Star Wars wouldn't extend to the Disney+ releases, you were mistaken -- although it's not quite what you might expect. Viewers have discovered that the 4K HDR remaster includes yet another change Geor...

Amazon discounts the Echo Show 8 by $30 before it's available

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:41pm
It looks like someone at Amazon missed the memo that Black Friday is at the end of November, not the start. Ahead of the Echo Show 8's release on November 21st, Amazon has discounted both the charcoal and sandstone models by $30, making them $100, in...

Pandora adds podcasts to its web player and desktop app

Engadget - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:27pm
Last year, Pandora introduced a library of podcasts which has grown from hundreds of shows to thousands. While the service offered many of the most popular series, the sticking point was that support was limited to the company's mobile apps. To make...