Tech News from Around the Globe

Apple dropped the price on several expensive Mac upgrades

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:49pm
Apple's iMac updates weren't the only changes the company made today. With less fanfare, it also lowered the cost of SSD upgrades for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. It lowered the cost to upgrade the 2013 Mac Pro RAM, too. These changes w...

BioWare promises to fix ‘Anthem’ after dismal launch

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:13pm
Anthem has had a rough launch, and no one is more aware of the issues than developer BioWare. In a candid blog post, company general manager Casey Hudson acknowledged the early run has been "rougher than expected" and said the team is "very disappoin...

The iPad Air seems boring, but I want one anyway

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 2:50pm
When Apple released the impressive and wildly expensive iPad Pro last fall, I started thinking that the company could use an iPad XR. I imagined a tablet that takes the high tech found in the new iPad Pro but cuts some corners to make it more approac...

Arcimoto's latest three-wheeled EV is designed for deliveries

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 2:25pm
You might remember Arcimoto as the company behind the "Fun Utility Vehicle" (FUV) -- a three-wheeled, electric vehicle that's scheduled to hit the streets in Oregon, California and Washington this summer. With the FUV underway, Arcimoto has opened pr...

Facebook limits ad targeting following discrimination settlement

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:54pm
Facebook has settled the lawsuit accusing the company of violating housing discrimination law through its ad system, and it's making changes to reduce the chances of future issues with housing ads and beyond. Marketers who want to run ads for credit...

'Apex Legends' has banned 500,000 accounts for cheating

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:48pm
Apex Legends season 1 is now underway, and beyond the updates previously Respawn had revealed would be included in today's patch (including a new character, balance changes and character hitbox fixes), it revealed 499,937 accounts have been banned fo...

MoviePass to offer its original $9.95 unlimited plan for a limited time

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:24pm
The monthly movie ticket subscription service MoviePass is switching back to the $9.95 per month uncapped plan that proved highly popular, but was ultimately unsustainable. There's a catch, though. Subscribers must pay for an annual subscription upfr...

Google Stadia can use AI to change a game's art in real-time

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:01pm
Google's Stadia game streaming service isn't just using the cloud to make games playable anywhere -- it's also using the technology for some clever artistic tricks. A Style Transfer feature uses machine learning to apply art styles to the game world...

Google built a controller for its Stadia gaming service

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:31pm
Google is backing up its new Stadia game streaming service with some honest-to-goodness hardware -- but not a box. The internet giant has unveiled a gamepad built with Stadia in mind, and it borrows a few cues from its earlier design patent. The wire...

YouTube bans secondary Alex Jones channel hosting NZ conspiracy videos

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:13pm
YouTube has terminated a channel Alex Jones was reportedly using to skirt his ban from the platform. On a video posted on Resistance News, which was a secondary Infowars channel according to Media Matters, Jones described last week's New Zealand mosq...

Google is launching a game-streaming service called Stadia

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:12pm
Google is getting into game streaming. The company today revealed Stadia, the evolution of its efforts to make digital, on-demand video games reliable and viable. It'll be available this year in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. Google dropped...

Apple's upcoming video service won't offer live sports at launch

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:08pm
Whatever video service Apple unveils at its March 25th event, live sports won't be a part of it. The company's Eddy Cue told Sports Illustrated in an interview that there was "not a lot" of thought about competing with Amazon or Facebook to secure r...

Ultima Thule is unlike anything we’ve seen in the solar system

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:54am
It turns out Ultima Thule is a kind of lumpy space snowman. If you've been following NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, you know Ultima Thule is an object in Kuiper Belt, the donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond Pluto. New Horizons made the farthest...

Robots will serve as guides for the 2020 Olympics

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:13am
You didn't think a 2020 summer Olympics set in Japan would go without some robots, did you? Sure enough, they're on their way. The Tokyo Olympics' Organizing Committee has launched a Tokyo 2020 Robot Project that will have automatons providing assist...

Patreon splits its service to cater for different creators

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:00am
Patreon is rolling out a new price plan structure. Announced today, the new system comprises Patreon Lite, Patreon Pro and Patreon Premium -- three tiers that, according to the company, are designed to better match the needs of creators.

Watch Google's GDC game-streaming event right here at 1PM ET

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:45am
Google is planning to reveal its "vision for the future of gaming" at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) later today, where it seems we'll finally get a look at the company's long-rumored streaming project. Likened to a "Netflix for games," Project...

What’s coming to Netflix in April: 'Our Planet' and the return of 'Sabrina'

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:37am
Spring is here at last and while many of us will want to enjoy the sunshine after what's been a long, harsh winter in many places, we'll still have evenings where we want to kick back and watch something. As always, Netflix has a trove of new shows,...

'Lucy In The Sky' trailer shows a darker side of space travel

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:10am
Today, we got our first glimpse of the Lucy In The Sky trailer. Starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, this is the first feature film directed by Noah Hawley, who's behind Fargo and Legion. Lucy In The Sky is loosely based on the headline-grabbing st...

Engadget giveaway: Win a Samsung Galaxy S10 courtesy of Speck!

Engadget - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:00am
Samsung's just finished its recent phone-launch extravaganza leaving several new handsets to choose from. If you're not a fan of super-sized phones like the S10+, but want to spend that little bit extra, you may be angling for the Galaxy S10. It has...

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 7:34am
Got questions about Amazon's efforts to provide facial recognition software to business and law enforcement agencies? Us too.