Tech News from Around the Globe

Robot to star in new Tony Kaye movie 2nd Born - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 2:27am
Watch out human actors. Robots could be competing for your roles.

Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines

Engadget - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 2:02am
Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company m...

The Boring Company will build a rapid transit system to Dodger Stadium

Engadget - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:48am
LA's baseball fans and concertgoers might be among the first to ride The Boring Company's high-speed pods. Elon Musk's company has announced that it's planning to dig a tunnel that leads to Dodger Stadium for a high-speed electric transportation netw...

Amazon said to consider purchase of movie theater chain - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:57pm
The e-tailer is vying to buy Landmark Theatres, a chain owned by Mark Cuban, Bloomberg reports.

India's taking another shot at making it to the moon - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:18pm
The country's moon lander and rover was scheduled to leave this year, but has been delayed till January next year.

Former Tesla employee's tweets show allegedly flawed batteries

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:06pm
The employee Tesla is suing for theft of proprietary information has tweeted photos and other details, perhaps in an attempt to back up some of the claims he made against the automaker. Two of the photos Martin Tripp has tweeted out show what he says...

Intel steals Nvidia's thunder with sneak peek at its first discrete GPU in years - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 9:59pm
It's been nearly 20 years since Intel produced a real graphics card.

AI service gives 'Overwatch' players in-game coaching

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 8:28pm
A typical Overwatch match is hectic and fast-paced. You can't exactly consult strategy guides in the middle of a manic team fight to figure out the best course of action, so you've probably had to rely on your own experience and knowledge of the game...

Intel uses Bluetooth to keep flying drones from colliding - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 8:19pm
The technology could be good for something besides wireless headsets and keyboards.

California primary candidate faced cyberattacks for a year

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 7:28pm
It's not just sitting politicians that have faced cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Former California congressional primary candidate Dr. Hans Keirstead has reported to Rolling Stone that his campaign faced hacking attempts for rough...

Looks like Tweetbot, Twitterrific and other Twitter apps are going to be crippled - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 5:53pm
Starting Thursday, several useful features are expected to be removed or degraded.

Game of Thrones deaths won't match books, George R.R. Martin says - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 5:43pm
The author says he's "working on" Winds of Winter, and the print books won't always align with the HBO series.

Samsung Harman Kardon sound bars aiming for the high-end Atmos enthusiast - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 5:33pm
Samsung has announced two Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound bars that will be available from late August, with pricing starting at $1,200.

Google publishes its own archive of US political ads

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 5:23pm
In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, the big online sites that inadvertently hosted the worst manipulation back in 2016, like Facebook and Twitter, have adopted new advertising policies to enforce transparency. So has Google, which h...

Best Buy buys Jitterbug phone maker GreatCall for $800M - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:48pm
"New: Tech for seniors," reads one of the company's new ads.

China stops approving new video, phone games - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:41pm
And it's unclear when regulators will resume licensing.

T-Mobile is offering free 30-day trials in three cities

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:40pm
T-Mobile has one of the fastest mobile networks around, according to a recent study, and it's eager for more people to check out its service. To give potential customers a taste of the network, T-Mobile is offering a free 30-day trial in Atlanta, Bos...

Jack Dorsey is finally realizing Twitter is a terrible place

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:25pm
Twitter's attempts to clean up its service using policies often feel like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and the company's leadership finally appears to be acknowledging that fact. CEO Jack Dorsey told the Washington Post in an interview that he was...

Indie gem 'Gone Home' will arrive on Nintendo Switch August 23rd

Engadget - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:20pm
The Nintendo Switch's reputation as a haven for indies got a little more support today. Gone Home, the breakout hit from The Fullbright Company will be released to the Switch's eShop next Thursday, August 23rd. Sure, it's a bit late, having originall...