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'Battlefield V' gameplay trailer shows its take on battle royale

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:58pm
In the wake of seemingly endless teases and leaks, DICE and EA are ready to show gameplay from Battlefield V's imminent Firestorm battle royale mode. True to the scoops, it's not quite a cookie-cutter BR experience. While you'll have familiar mecha...

Tesla's 'sustainable' referral program limits free Supercharging

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:37pm
When Tesla axed its original referral program because it was getting too expensive to keep up, Elon Musk said the company isn't replacing it with a new one. The automaker must have realized that having a reasonable one in place is better than having...

Nintendo's Labo turns the Switch into a perfect VR gateway

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 8:00pm
Nintendo proved that its cardboard Labo kits could actually be decent gaming accessories -- especially for kids. But the idea of using Labo to bring VR to the Switch sounds even more far-fetched. Could an under-powered system with a low-resolutio...

Microsoft device stores digital info as DNA

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 7:31pm
Microsoft is on its way to replacing data centers with DNA. The company and researchers from the University of Washington have successfully automated the process to translate digital information into DNA and back to bits. They now have the first, ful...

Steam's redesigned library will show what's happening with your games

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 6:16pm
Steam's ages-old game library screen is getting a much-needed overhaul. Valve has previewed a redesign that keeps the familiar column of games on the left, but shakes up seemingly everything else. You'll see rows for your recently played games and,...

GameStop's new CEO is expected to lead a major overhaul

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 5:46pm
GameStop announced today that it is naming George Sherman as its new chief executive officer. The former head of Verizon retailer Victra has served as an executive at Advance Auto Parts, Best Buy Services, Home Depot and Target. He'll be charged with...

The Oculus Rift S is impressive but unnecessary

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 5:15pm
VR technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years with optics and capabilities steadily improving even as hardware prices continue to decrease. Leading this revolution is the newly revealed Rift S from Oculus, the company's first...

'Hamsterdam' is the rhythmic rodent brawler we've been waiting for

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:20pm
Big fun sometimes comes in small packages. Hamsterdam from Muse Games is one such example.

Netflix is testing a $3.64 mobile plan in India

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 3:45pm
Netflix is testing a less expensive mobile-only plan in India, which may help it expand its userbase in the world's second most populous nation. A small number of users are reportedly trying the plan, which, at 250 rupees (around $3.64) per month, is...

Boeing sold essential safety features as extras on 737 Max

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 3:19pm
Boeing charged airlines extra for two safety features that may have been able to detect in advance issues with the 737 Max planes involved in fatal crashes, according to the New York Times. The additional sensors provided checks on data collected by...

Instagram is the latest hotbed for conspiracy theories

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 2:55pm
You might open Instagram to see what your friends are doing, look at a cute puppy or like pretty pictures of other people's food -- but there's something much darker under the surface. While other platforms are working to eradicate hate speech and st...

Four players fight for undersea supremacy in 'Swimsanity'

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 2:29pm
If you've ever watched The Little Mermaid and thought to yourself, "dang, that'd be some good hunting," have I got the game for you. Swimsanity is a four-player adventure shooter set at the bottom of the sea that offers a surprisingly wide variety of...

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Thu, 03/21/2019 - 2:05pm
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A week with Twitter's attempt at a more civil internet

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:40pm
Over the past few months, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been adamant that one of his goals is to "increase the health of public conversation" on the site. Because it's no secret that, as great as Twitter is at connecting you with people across the worl...

What to expect from Apple's streaming video event

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:14pm
Can Apple actually take on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in the increasingly crowded world of streaming video? We're about to find out on March 25th, when Apple is expected to give us a glimpse at its long-awaited video service. It's something the com...

Short film created in Unreal Engine showcases a photorealistic world

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:48pm
A short film that premiered at GDC highlights the photorealism potential of Unreal Engine, and it would be easy to assume Rebirth is a live-action short given how life-like it looks. The video depicts an atmospheric environment full of craggy rocks,...

Ford is investing $850 million to build EVs in Michigan

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:26pm
To boost its electric vehicle (EV) production, Ford is investing $850 million in its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant. It hopes to make the plant the home of its EV production. To do so, the company will also hire 900 employees incrementally throu...

Streaming subscriptions overtook cable in 2018

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:13pm
Cable companies have been nervous about streaming services for a while, but now they have a particularly good reason to be jittery. An MPAA report citing IHS Markit data has shown that there were more subscriptions worldwide to online video services...

Comcast launches Xfinity Flex internet streaming TV

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:57am
Comcast's latest bundle isn't a cable TV service, exactly, since it's aimed at the increasing number of subscribers who only have internet. Xfinity Flex will tie together paid internet video services as well as free ad-supported options in what VP Ma...

Over 20,000 Facebook employees had access to 600 million user passwords

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:37am
It's a day of the week ending in the letter "y," so it should come as little surprise there's news of another Facebook privacy transgression. The company says it found in January that some user passwords were stored in plain text on its servers. Face...