Tech News from Around the Globe

Post-zombie movie 'The Cured' digests human psyche, politics - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:03am
This taut, suspenseful chiller has brains, much like a "Black Mirror" episode.

WhatsApp lets users share their real-time locations

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:02am
This week, messaging app WhatsApp announced a new feature that allows users to share their real-time location with family and friends. The feature is encrypted end to end to ensure users' privacy and security, and it allows you to control who can see...

YouTube says it spots most terrorist videos before they're flagged

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:33am
Last year, tech giants started working together to combat the spread of terrorist content online. One of them is Google-owned YouTube, which began implementing stricter measures in June in an effort to get rid of extremist videos that tend to pop up...

Facebook and Google reportedly helped set up anti-Muslim election ads (updated)

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:14am
It looks like Russia wasn't the only one buying ads online to help sway the election last year. Facebook and Google worked closely with conservative non-profit Secure America Now and advertising firm Harris Media on ad campaigns targeting swing state...

Earbud translators will bring us closer: The Future IRL

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am
The moment Google Pixel Buds were used earlier this month to demonstrate real time translation from Swedish to English, people started freaking out about potential use cases for this kind of technology. But the thing is, Google isn't the only company...

Facebook slips a screen-sharing feature into Live videos

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:41am
Facebook has quietly launched a new feature for Live videos that makes sharing your screen a painless experience. Instead of downloading a third-party service, you can now simply click the "Share Screen" button that appears once you enter the Live mo...

Amazon's Alexa can create lists for virtually anything

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:21am
Amazon's Alexa may boast tens of thousands of skills, but there's probably a handful you keep coming back to. If you're the adventurous type, you might use it to find baby-making tunes, brush up on Eurovision trivia, or play a tickling game. Everyone...

Adobe Lightroom CC faces an uphill climb - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:00am
Adobe's revamped photography strategy includes a new Lightroom CC cloud-based service and the final goodbye to no-subscription Lightroom.

Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB cloud service

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:00am
Adobe has unveiled a raft of new apps and updates for Max 2017, most notably a big revamp of Lightroom CC to make it more cloud-friendly for mobile users. The centerpiece is an all-new Lightroom CC with a 1TB cloud service -- the "Project Nimbus" app...

Where are VR and AR headed? We’ll explore at the Engadget Experience.

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:00am
We're diving head-first into the world of virtual and augmented reality next month at the inaugural Engadget Experience. The event, which takes place at LA's Ace Hotel on November 14th, will bring together pioneering minds in these new mediums. (Tick...

After boycott, Twitter targets 'creep shots,' hate symbols - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:54am
Twitter emails its Trust and Safety Council about how the company will tackle abusive behavior after a protest prompted the CEO to promise change.

London's new electric black cabs hit the streets

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:40am
London's new electric taxis are almost ready for the public. Six test vehicles are being introduced to the city's streets today ahead of a planned roll out later this year. Participating drivers will be collecting data about potential emissions savin...

'Monument Valley 2' comes to Android on November 6th

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:27am
Monument Valley 2, the follow-up to UsTwo's beautiful and head-turning puzzler from 2014, is almost ready for Android phones and tablets. The London studio announced today that the game will arrive in the Play Store on November 6th, five months after...

World’s first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:07am
The blades of five huge turbines have begun spinning on the world's first offshore wind farm, located over 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is cutting the ribbon on the renewable energy si...

MegaBots beat Japan in ultimate giant-robot smackdown - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:47am
In the "first ever giant robot battle," mammoth machines from MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industry fight for the world title using attack drones and more.

Gmail on iOS trials third-party email accounts

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:01am
One of the worst things about Gmail for iOS is that unlike its Android counterpart, it doesn't support third-party accounts. If you also use Outlook or other providers for any reason, you'll still have to depend on one of its rival apps. Now, it look...

Lego's Women of NASA set rockets into reality - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:00am
Some of NASA's brightest minds star in a Lego set with four women scientists, the Hubble Space Telescope and a space shuttle in plastic-brick form.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2 photos: Is one better than the other? - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:00am
A photo comparison between Apple's iPhone Plus and Google's Pixel 2. The results are interesting.

Sainsbury's gets serious about one-hour deliveries in London

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:05am
For more than a year, Sainsbury's has offered customers in a small section of London access to "Chop Chop," its one-hour grocery delivery app. Shoppers in Wandsworth helped develop the service, before it was rolled out between Wimbledon and the West...

The Morning After: Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Engadget - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:00am
Welcome to the mid-week Morning After. There's no lack of hardware today, with new Microsoft laptops, Pixel 2 reviews, a smart Sonos speaker and much more. And robot battles.