Tech News from Around the Globe

Facebook will cooperate with French hate speech investigation

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:49pm
Facebook plans to cooperate with the French government as it investigates the company's content moderation policies and systems, according to TechCrunch. Facebook will reportedly grant the government significant access to its internal processes for t...

PlayStation Black Friday sale includes $200 'Spider-Man' PS4 bundle

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:17pm
Sony isn't about to let Microsoft's week-long Black Friday sale go unanswered. It's running its own PlayStation sale at the same time (November 18th through 26th), and there promise to be some solid bargains -- if not necessarily all the bargains yo...

Facebook experienced a rare outage earlier today (updated)

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:06pm
Facebook users are awakening to a startling sight Monday, as it appears that the social network is currently offline according to reports from Downdetector. 50 percent of DD users are reporting a complete lockout from the site itself while another 30...

YouTube's VR app arrives on Oculus Go

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00pm
Facebook's standalone Oculus Go headset is getting a huge dose of immersive entertainment courtesy of YouTube VR. Announced at the Oculus Connect 5 event in September, the app is now available for the entry-level device via the Oculus Store....

Netflix will drop a ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ holiday episode

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:56am
If you've already watched the first season of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which debuted last month, you might be pleased to learn that Netflix has a holiday episode of the series in the works. The streaming giant will release Chilling Adventu...

Lyft rewards program will offer perks to frequent riders

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:29am
Lyft thinks it has a simple way to reel people into its service: shower frequent riders with perks. It's launching a Rewards program in December for "select" passengers. The more you travel, the more points you'll get toward bonuses like ride upgra...

Netflix will test a cheaper pricing tier, possibly in Asia

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:10am
Netflix is exploring ways to bring more subscribers into the fold, and it's set to test a cheaper version of its streaming service. CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the plans to Bloomberg, and while it's not clear where or when such a trial would take pla...

The purple OnePlus 6T is coming to North America and Europe

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:14am
When the OnePlus 6T launched earlier this month, buyers had two options when it came to color -- a matte black and a glossy black. But soon, customers in North America and Europe will be able to snag a purple variant of the phone. The Thunder Purple...

A brief history of when trains ran on air

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:00am
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was and is one of the most celebrated engineers ever to have lived. There's a London university named after him, statues commemorating him across the UK, and many of the tunnels and bridges he built are still in use today. He...

Microsoft's Surface Go with LTE will be available November 20th

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 9:18am
Microsoft is releasing the LTE version of its 10-inch Surface Go tablet later this month. It will be available in the US and Canada November 20th, and 21 other countries by November 22nd. Preorders open today in some markets.

Firefox experiment helps you get the best shopping deals

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 9:00am
The Firefox Test Pilot team has rolled out a couple of new experimental features, one of which can help make this year's holiday shopping a bit easier on your wallet. It's called Price Wise, and it's an online shopping comparison tool that lets you a...

Canon EOS R review: Brilliant mount, but flawed 4K video

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 8:00am
Canon has a lot riding on its first-ever full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R. Not only is it an important camera on its own, but it's the ambassador for Canon's all-new RF mount system. It isn't just competing against Sony's heavily entrenche...

Meat-free 'Beyond Burger' hits UK restaurants and supermarkets

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 7:39am
The Beyond Burger -- a meatless alternative that oozes beetroot-red "blood" -- has overcome supply shortages to land on UK supermarket shelves. Leading retailer Tescos is stocking the product at £5.50 for a pack of two and you can also order it...

The ExoMars rover may search for life near the Red Planet's equator

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 7:02am
Europe and Russia's ExoMars rover has been assigned its destination on the Red Planet. The robot explorer will almost certainly land on Oxia Planum -- a site rich in iron-magnesium clays near the equator -- say scientists from the Landing Site Select...

The Morning After: Air purifier and headphones together at last?

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 5:30am
Welcome back! This Monday, we're preparing ourselves to reinstall Overwatch, boggling our minds over China's Alibaba sales and imagining some new headphones that could double as an air purifier.

Watch real-life Iron Men do the first jetpack launch from the ground

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 5:03am
Iron Man might make flying look easy, but strapping on a jetpack and wings ranks as one of the more dangerous things you could ever try. Jetman Yves Rossy and his two protégés (Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet) are bringing you closer to tha...

Heat-rejecting film could reduce air conditioning costs

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 2:15am
Climate change can be a vicious cycle when folks crank up the air conditioning during heat waves and add even more CO2 to the atmosphere. Scientists from MIT and the University of Hong Kong have developed a new type of window coating that could curb...

Magnetic eye implants could save the eyesight of glaucoma patients

Engadget - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:53am
Glaucoma patients can use implants to treat the condition by draining the eye, but the existing technology rarely lasts more than a few years thanks to the accumulation of microorganisms that wreck the functionality. A Purdue-led team might have a cl...

John Williams releases gorgeous new Star Wars arrangement - CNET

CNet Tech News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:25pm
Just as beautiful as the original.

Alibaba's shopping event sales hit $1 billion in 85 seconds

Engadget - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 10:40pm
Chinese internet giant Alibaba is fond of crowing about its online shopping records, and that's truer than ever this year. The company's annual Global Shopping Festival, aka Singles Day, broke last year's record by selling $30.8 billion in goods acr...