Tech News from Around the Globe

HP ZBook X2 hands-on: A hulking tablet for a niche audience

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:01pm
HP claims to have made the "world's most powerful detachable." The company is unveiling its ZBook X2 convertible at the Adobe Max conference today, which is appropriate since this device is designed for people who use Adobe's pro software suite. Spec...

Sonos One review: The best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:01pm
When Sonos released the Play:5 speaker in late 2015, the Amazon Echo was still an unproven tech curiosity. But since then, Alexa and the Echo have grown rapidly in both popularity and functionality, inspiring competition from the likes of Google and...

Bigelow Aerospace plans an inflatable habitat for lunar orbit

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:46pm
Bigelow Aerospace has been working on inflatable space habitats for a while now. The company sent a small inflatable unit to the ISS that added a small living area on the space station and it partnered with United Launch Alliance (ULA) last year on p...

AI-powered app finds and locks away your racy photos

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:56pm
Hiding racy photos on your phone can be a tedious, manual affair. Depending on the app, you need to first select all the pics you want to move, move them and then delete them from your original cameral roll. That's not to mention making sure they did...

Billy Corgan says he saw human turn into something non-human - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:16pm
Commentary: Appearing on the Howard Stern Show, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman shares an encounter with the paranormal.

Mobileye wants self-driving cars to prove they're safe - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:00pm
Mobileye proposes a system where self-driving cars could report collisions, with mathematical formulas to determine who, or what, is at fault.

Intel proposes a mathematical formula for self-driving car safety

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:00pm
As autonomous vehicles become a part of the landscape, there are more questions than ever about their safety, and how to determine responsibility when they get in an accident. With so many companies (Alphabet, Uber, GM, Tesla and Ford -- just to name...

Samsung believes 'programmable objects' will blanket your home

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:15pm
While Samsung continues to reap the rewards of being the world's largest Android partner, it also has its eyes set on the future of the connected home. "Samsung is very focused on the internet of things," said David Eun, the president of Samsung Next...

Qualcomm expects to make nice with Apple -- eventually - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:38pm
Despite their fierce patent fight, the two companies have a strong product relationship, Qualcomm's CEO says.

Call of Duty WWII ads are funny (in several countries) - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:31pm
Commentary: No scenes of mayhem, just an appeal to camaraderie. And look at the different characters for different countries.

Indiegogo's Marketplace sells successfully-funded projects

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:26pm
Indiegogo has become a viable alternative to Kickstarter for crowd-funding projects in the last few years. It's not just small projects, either — big names like IBM, Honeywell and Atari have used the site to pull in funding. Now the crowd-sourc...

EA shuts down the studio behind 'Dead Space'

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:44pm
So much for hopes of a Dead Space sequel in the near future. EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind the Dead Space series, Battlefield Hardline and The Godfather. According to EA, the closure is the result of a decision to "pivot" Vi...

Razer's external graphics dock is back: The Razer Core V2 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:25pm
Plus: A new quad-core config of Razer's 13-inch ultraportable brings longer battery life.

Google and Levi's are working on their next smart jacket - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:07pm
The Commuter smart jacket came out only a few weeks ago, but the tech giant and denim company are already looking to innovate.

Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes - CNET

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:07pm
Agencies investigated possible violations of bidding rules for subsidies that help deliver broadband to schools and libraries.

Internal Twitter email explains its new plans to fight abuse

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:05pm
Twitter promised stricter rules for abuse and hate in the wake of a boycott, but what will those rules entail, exactly? It's a bit clearer after today. Wired has obtained email providing early details on new policies, and they're mostly good news -...

German soccer team puts players on your iPhone for AR selfies

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:08pm
Sports teams and broadcasters have been going all-in on high-tech initiatives lately. The NFL was an early adopter, with AR features appearing on Fox Sports broadcasts. The NBA just released an augmented reality mobile hoops game, Samsung has put MLB...

Porsche 718 Boxster, Cayman GTS bring the four-cylinder hustle - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:01pm
With 365 horsepower on tap, you're not going to be left yearning for more power. Maybe.

Microsoft resurrects its most iconic mouse

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:45pm
The Surface Precision Mouse isn't the only new input device in Microsoft's arsenal. The company's Surface site has quietly teased the Classic IntelliMouse, a wired peripheral directly inspired by the legendary IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 you might have...

'GTA Online' transforming vehicle races start today

Engadget - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:27pm
There are plenty of new racing games to choose from this fall (Forza 7, GT Sport, Project Cars 2 and Need for Speed: Payback), but none of them will let you change vehicles mid-race. Nor are they anywhere near as crazy as what Rockstar Games has been...