Tech News from Around the Globe

Apple is reportedly developing water-resistant AirPods

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:10am
Apple plans to release upgraded AirPods regularly, according to Bloomberg, much like how it launches new iPhones like clockwork. The publication says the team that also created HomePod is already developing at least a couple of new versions, includin...

Uber's driver meeting: Behind closed doors - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:00am
The ride-hailing company brought 35 drivers to San Francisco to talk about everything from earnings to Uber's app. The drivers say they're hopeful.

College esports is set to explode, starting with the Fiesta Bowl

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:00am
As executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, one of the largest college football tournaments of the season, Mike Nealy was more familiar with shoulder pads than mousepads. Six months ago, he didn't know people were making money playing video games profe...

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ gets its Balloon World update

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:01am
If you're looking to squeeze a little more out of Super Mario Odyssey, then Nintendo's got something that'll brighten your day. The company has released a small update to the Switch title, named Balloon World, that includes a new mini-game, plus addi...

The Morning After: Netflix's new 'Lost in Space' trailer

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Do you really need your own PC? Today we're looking into personal cloud computing, the risky side of Spotify's rumored hardware plans and how AI can help make CGI fur more realistic.

Watch Airbus' drone taxi take to the skies for the first time

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:00am
Back in late January, Airbus' Vahana team successfully flew their autonomous air taxi for the first time. Now, you can finally watch how the drone stayed in the air on its own in the video below the fold. It shows the aircraft hovering around 16 feet...

LG updates its cheap K-series phones with new hardware

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:05am
After renewing its high-end mobile push through 2017 with new G and V series phones, LG is taking another shot at the low-to-mid range with these K-series devices. The new K8 and K10 (with three sub-models that vary in RAM, built-in storage and color...

Signal Messenger receives $50 million from WhatsApp co-founder

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:02am
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton left Facebook in 2017 to start a non-profit. Turns out that non-profit involves another messaging app: Signal. In a blog post, Signal chief Moxie Marlinspike has announced the launch of Signal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) n...

Cat's S61 is an ideal phone for blue-collar workers

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:00am
Two years ago, I was shown a Cat-branded smartphone with a thermal camera for people who work in construction and other outdoors-y, get-your-hands-dirty professions. I wasn't the target market, of course, and struggled to judge whether the feature wa...

Land Rover Explore is a rugged phone with swappable backs

Engadget - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:00am
At last, we have a Land Rover phone that doesn't look like it was built from parts found on a factory floor. The new 'Explore' is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. It was actuall...

Level's activity-tracking smart glasses launch this March

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:01pm
Even though Intel unveiled its Vaunt smart glasses earlier this month, insurance provider VSP has actually been working on its own take on smart eyewear for well over a year now. It's called Level, and while it won't offer head's up notifications lik...

Bungie pushes back 'Destiny 2' feature upgrades

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:56pm
If you were looking forward to Bungie tackling the laundry list of Destiny 2 issues in short order, you'll have to be be a little more patient. The studio has delayed the implementation of a handful of features that were slated to arrive between now...

Twitter's new rules prohibit bulk tweeting to fight spam

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 9:01pm
Twitter's spam bot issue isn't new, but it came to a head when it was revealed that thousands of Russian troll accounts used the platform to influence the 2016 Presidential elections. Now, the company has announced a set of changes and new developer...

Roku lays out its plan to please cord cutters -- and advertisers

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:26pm
Now that Roku is a publicly traded company, it has to release quarterly updates about how things are going. Today in its first Q4 earnings release (PDF), the company said that revenue is up 28 percent from last year to $188 million, while the number...

Ford president Raj Nair leaves over 'inappropriate behavior'

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:56pm
Ford will have to adjust its technology strategy, and not for the right reasons. The automaker's North America President Raj Nair has left the company after an internal investigation determined that "inappropriate behavior" was out of line with the...

SEC guidelines push for clearer data breach disclosures

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 5:32pm
American companies haven't always been forthright about disclosing data breaches in a responsible way, and regulators want to encourage better behavior. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued "interpretive guidance" that it hopes will bot...

2019 Volvo V60 checks all the right boxes - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:29pm
Volvo's new V60 combines wagon functionality, plug-in power and killer design.

Google uses AI to place ads across the internet

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:21pm
Google's ubiquitous AdSense ads are already heavily automated by their nature (they're targeted based on a look at a site's content), but it's taking that hands-off approach one step further. The search firm has officially launched Auto Ads, a syste...

Medium suspends alt-right trolls following major rules change

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:39pm
Medium is taking its own steps in the fight against fake news and following a major reworking of its rules, has suspended the accounts of a handful of writers. As The Outline reports, the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer now...

Spotify’s hardware ambitions seem like a risky distraction

Engadget - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:15pm
Look, it's no secret that Spotify is out to make its own hardware. As of last April, Spotify was already looking for people to help craft "a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles." (In hindsight, Spotify's HR...