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Apple teams with Sesame Workshop on children's shows - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:25pm
Puppets are coming to Apple's growing slate of original content.

Leap Motion shows off AR headset with rousing game of ping pong

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:17pm
If you wanted to demonstrate Leap Motion's low-cost augmented reality headset, how would you do it? Create a flashy, action-packed showcase? Leap Motion has a different idea: an invigorating game of ping pong. The company has crafted a demo that comb...

Amazon Alexa has a Westworld game that lets you be a host - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:15pm
The game is a reward for fans -- if you can stay alive.

GM goes full smartphone with its latest infotainment system

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:00pm
Many of us are using CarPlay and Android Auto to essentially replace the infotainment systems in our cars. Automakers like Audi, Mercedes, and really anyone putting metal on four tires is taking notice of this trend and have started working hard to w...

Microsoft agrees to acquire AI startup Bonsai to boost Azure smarts - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:53pm
Machines that think better are a huge deal in computing these days.

Facebook is testing paid monthly subscriptions for Groups

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:39pm
Facebook is testing Group subscriptions, which will allow Group admins to charge for exclusive content. Only a few will have access to the feature as of now, but they'll be able to set up a separate, subscriber-only Group and charge members a monthly...

Puzzle platformers 'Inside' and 'Limbo' hit Nintendo Switch June 28th

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:18pm
Good news for fans of creepy, atmospheric games: Playdead is bringing its hit platformers Limbo and Inside to Nintendo Switch June 28th. Both were already available to play on the go, as they're on iOS (Limbo is on the Google Play Store too). But if...

Instagram reaches 1 billion monthly users

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:57pm
After surpassing 800 million monthly active users last September, we knew it was only a matter of time before Instagram would reach that coveted 1 billion mark -- and today is that day. The company has announced its latest milestone at an event in Sa...

Instagram takes on Snapchat and YouTube with IGTV

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:50pm
Where there's smoke, there's fire. For Instagram, that smoke recently came in the form of rumors about it launching a feature to host curated, long-form videos in its app. And well, there's fire, alright. Today, at an event in San Francisco, Instagra...

Fundraiser to reunite immigrant families is largest in Facebook history

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:38pm
In the last six weeks, the Trump administration's strategy to separate children while criminally prosecuting parents for attempting to cross the southern US border illegally has led the government to take almost 2,000 youth from their families to cam...

Microsoft follows Google with its own overhauled news app

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:19pm
Microsoft has overhauled its MSN News app for mobile. As you might expect, it's curated for your interests, offers breaking news alerts, support for widgets on both Android and iOS, continuous scrolling and a dark theme for reading at night. A blog p...

'Westworld: The Maze' is a choose-your-own-adventure Alexa game

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:00pm
Consider yourself a Westworld superfan? Now you can prove it. Ahead of the season finale, HBO is launching its first full-scale Alexa voice skill with Westworld: The Maze, an immersive voice experience that challenges fans to demonstrate their knowle...

White House reportedly considers GDPR-like data protections

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:35am
Online data privacy is a hot topic right now for a number of reasons. US residents and elected officials alike still have their eyes on Facebook as concerns continue to circulate over the policies that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Further,...

Tesla sues former employee who allegedly stole confidential data

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:24am
Today, CNBC reported that Tesla is suing a former employee named Martin Tripp. The lawsuit centers around the alleged theft of gigabytes worth of proprietary information from the electric car company. Tesla had no comment, but did provide Engadget wi...

Hyundai and Audi team up on hydrogen fuel cell technology

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:13am
Hyundai and Audi have reached a deal that will allow the two to share their hydrogen car technology, Reuters reports. Both companies will have access to the other's intellectual property and they'll share components, with the goal being to push hydro...

All Amazon Prime members can now try clothes before they buy

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:52am
Amazon has been testing out a fee-free clothing-box service in the vein of Stitch Fix since last June. Prime Wardrobe allowed customer to try out selected clothing before buying; customers would only be charged for the items they kept. Until now, the...

LG's G7 and V35 are available for pre-order on Project Fi

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:31am
You no longer have to spring for a Pixel if you want a high-end smartphone on Project Fi. In the wake of an announcement late last month, Google's wireless service has made LG's G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ available for pre-order. The pricing for the devi...

Facebook will air live PGA Tour coverage on its Watch tab

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:10am
One of the ways that Facebook has been highlighting its Watch tab is through exclusive streaming deals with sports leagues. Now, the PGA Tour joins the roster of sports that will air coverage on Facebook exclusively. Live competition coverage of eigh...

'PUBG' celebrates 50 million sales with first Steam discount

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:01am
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is now enjoying its first Steam sale since launch. According to a recent Steam update, the price reduction -- a 33% discount which brings the price of admission down to $19.99 -- honors an important milestone: 50 million...

The Morning After: Another all-screen phone

Engadget - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. In case you needed another sign that we're at the height of this console cycle, Sony is rolling out a greatest hits lineup for the PS4. At the same time, GameStop is looking over its options, and Google finally...