Tech News from Around the Globe

Huawei Ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones were banned - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 6:03pm
Here's a timeline that breaks down the saga of the embattled Chinese telecom.

2020 Mercedes GLE580 4Matic adds mild hybrid system, tons of standard features - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 5:53pm
Benz's twin-turbo V8 gains electric assistance and ditches accessory drives for more power and efficiency.

Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription apps - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 5:27pm
You can take (almost) every fitness class you could ever want right from your living room.

SpaceX sues over 'wrongly awarded' Air Force rocket contracts

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 5:19pm
To say that SpaceX was unhappy with losing out on the US Air Force's rocket development contracts would be an understatement. The company has sued the US government under claims that the Air Force "wrongly awarded" contracts to Blue Origin, Northrop...

Best Father's Day gifts to combat dad bod - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 5:14pm
Hey, Dad! Want to get fit? Of course you do, and here are several ways you can!

Airbus shares a glimpse of its flying taxi cockpit

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 4:35pm
Airbus has been working on its Vahana project for years. It's an attempt to create an autonomous passenger drone network that could operate like a flying version of the Waymo's self-driving cars. In January, the company's flying taxi took to the skie...

AR porn lenses live on in Snapchat despite ban

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 3:38pm
Snapchat has deleted Naughty America's account and taken down the X-rated AR lenses it debuted this week. However, the porn studio isn't backing down quietly, as it's distributing the source files and directions for the lenses, and encouraging fans t...

Lawmakers call for regulation of facial recognition tech

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 2:49pm
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for regulations to restrict the use of facial recognition technology before "it gets out of control," according to the Washington Post. Members of the Congressional House Oversight and Reform Committee held...

NASA wants you to get your boarding pass to Mars

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 2:25pm
You probably won't visit Mars for a long time, if ever. You might have a way to go in spirit, though. NASA has introduced a "Send Your Name" campaign that will put your name on the Mars 2020 rover, leaving a long-term record of your name on the Red...

Atari shows off joystick and controller for its retro VCS console

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 1:38pm
When the Atari VCS team decided to remake the retro console, it knew the controllers would be just as important as the box itself. After all, there's no gaming accessory quite as iconic as the Atari CX40 joystick. Earlier this spring, we got a glimps...

Amazon investors reject call to limit facial recognition system sales

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:55pm
Amazon shareholders have voted against a proposal to limit the company from selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement and government agencies. The proposal, which highlighted concerns over the Rekognition system related to "civil a...

Why putting googly eyes on robots makes them inherently less threatening

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:33pm
At the start of 2019, supermarket chain Giant Food Stores announced it would begin operating customer assisting robots -- collectively dubbed Marty -- in 172 locations across the East Coast. These autonomous machines may navigate their respective sto...

Crowdfunded gaming console Ouya will shut down for good on June 25th

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:27pm
Seven years ago, Ouya was going to change the face of gaming. Now it's dead. Razer, the company that bought Ouya back in 2015, announced today that it will be discontinuing support for the gaming console. Owners of Ouya will have until June 25th to c...

Windows 10's Xbox bar helps you find and share games

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:19pm
Windows 10's May 2019 Update includes one more notable feature: an overlay made just for gamers. Microsoft has detailed an Xbox Game Bar that provides quick access to controls and social features while you're playing. Invoke the Win-G keyboard shortc...

What’s coming to Netflix in June: ‘Black Mirror’ and the final 'Jessica Jones'

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:11pm
Netflix packed May with new movies like Wine Country, the animated series Tuca and Bertie, a Ted Bundy biopic and more. Now, it's bringing just as much new content and star power to June. In just the first half of the month, Netflix will release seas...

One of these models doesn't exist

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:00pm
Virtual humans are gradually scaling the uncanny valley, and like artificial intelligence, they're coming for our jobs. A case in point is Imma, a digital Instagram model who has garnered over 50,000 followers thanks to her (its?) trendy, street-styl...

‘Just Cause’ movie is coming from ‘John Wick’ creator

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:44am
German studio Constantin Film has acquired the film rights to open-world action game Just Cause, and hope to start shooting in 2020, reports Deadline. Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer of the John Wick trilogy, has been tapped to write the script...

Consumer Reports: Tesla's automatic lane changes pose safety concerns

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:29am
We found that Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot has its quirks, but Consumer Reports is... slightly more concerned. The publication has claimed that the latest version of the semi-autonomous driving feature poses "serious safety concerns," making automa...

London Underground will track everyone's Tube trip via WiFi

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:14am
Transport for London, the UK capital's transit authority, will start collecting data on how people move around the Underground system by tracking phones and other connected devices using its extensive WiFi network. The agency's systems will depersona...

Mozilla is helping to make web-based VR available to everyone

Engadget - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:00am
Even though virtual reality has been in the mainstream for several years now, it's still not very accessible. It often takes trained engineers to create, release and distribute VR content. That could soon change, however, thanks to a new project call...