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Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 7:53pm
Tonight CNBC reports that an ongoing antitrust investigation of Google undertaken by 50 attorneys general is expanding. While it started by looking into Google's advertising business, it has apparently, as expected, expanded its scope to include sear...

Amazon is challenging Microsoft's $10 billion JEDI contract victory

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 7:15pm
Amazon has revealed that it's formally challenging Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. The project would modernize the agency's cloud infrastructure and would connect the different divisions within the agency,...

The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 5:46pm
Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone's location. The Daily Beast reported on a letter sent by the Office of the Director of Na...

Microsoft is adding 10 'Final Fantasy' games to Xbox Game Pass

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 4:42pm
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it's adding more than 50 new games to Xbox Game Pass -- as well as giving three sweet freebies if you sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. By any measure, that's a lot of games, but it's an especially exciting...

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Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:59pm
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'West of Dead' is a fast-paced shooter starring Ron Perlman

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:29pm
After it popped up in the Microsoft Store perhaps a little earlier than intended, twin-stick shooter West of Dead is available in open beta on Xbox One. You'll play as the Ghost Rider-esque William Mason, who's voiced by Ron Perlman of Hellboy and So...

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adds Discord, Spotify and EA Access freebies

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:18pm
This holiday season, Microsoft really wants you to sign up for its monthly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. To start, for a limited time you can once again get the first three months of the service, which bundles together the company's X...

Google will help you pronounce difficult words

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 3:12pm
Google wants to make it easier to learn word pronunciations. Today, it introduced a new Search feature that will let users practice saying tricky words. When you look up a pronunciation, Google will provide an answer, and when you say the word into y...

Rare's next Xbox game is pure 'Princess Mononoke'

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:47pm
If Sea of Thieves isn't your bag, how about a sumptuous cel-shaded game from Rare that looks like a lost Miyazaki film? The Microsoft studio announced Everwild today during the XO19 Inside Xbox presentation, and while there aren't many details to run...

'Life is Strange' dev's upcoming game centers on twins and trans identity

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:42pm
Dontnod Entertainment has more than Twin Mirror on its slate for next year. At X019, Xbox Games Studios announced the Life is Strange developer is working on another narrative adventure title for 2020 called Tell Me Why. You'll play as twins Tyler an...

Microsoft adds over 50 games to xCloud preview, plans launch for 2020

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:40pm
A month after Microsoft kicked off the preview for Project xCloud, its game streaming service that'll go toe-to-toe with Stadia, the company is planning to ramp things up even more. It's adding more than 50 new games to the xCloud preview, including...

'Grounded' is an ant-sized survival game set in a suburban backyard

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 2:20pm
If The Outer Worlds has got you excited to play whatever Obsidian Entertainment's cooking up next, you won't have to wait too much longer. Its first-person survival title, Grounded, will arrive on Xbox Game Preview next spring.

Uber has to pay New Jersey nearly $650 million in employment taxes

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 1:43pm
Uber may insist that its drivers are contractors and not employees, but New Jersey isn't buying that argument. The state's labor department has slapped Uber and its Rasier subsidiary with a nearly $650 million bill for overdue unemployment and disabi...

Jabra's Elite 75t true wireless earbuds are available now for $180

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:50pm
It took longer than expected, but Jabra's Elite 75t is here -- and with a small upside for patent would-be buyers. The true wireless earbuds will be available today for $180, a slight drop from the originally quoted $200, through Amazon, Best Buy and...

'Fortnite' star Ewok is the latest Twitch streamer to switch to Mixer

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:30pm
Yet another prominent streamer is leaving Twitch for Microsoft's Mixer. Soleil "Faze Ewok" Wheeler announced on Thursday that she will stream her upcoming Fortnite play sessions exclusively on the platform starting "soon."

Wikipedia co-founder wants to give you an alternative to Facebook and Twitter

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:12pm
Two years ago, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an online publication meant to combat fake news with original stories by reporters and "citizen journalists." Wikitribune never really caught on, so now, Wales is shifting gears. W...

Google rolls out next-gen RCS texting to Android users in the US

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:56am
At long last, you can get next-gen text messaging on your Android phone in the US without vendor-specific support or resorting to unofficial tricks. Google is rolling out Rich Communication Services (RCS) support to Android Messages users across the...

Google’s Curie undersea cable now connects the US and Chile

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:30am
Curie, a 10,500-kilometer-long undersea cable, now connects Google data centers in the US and Chile. Today, Google announced that the fiber optic cable has been successfully installed and tested. It is expected to begin transmitting data in the secon...

Rockstar apologizes for buggy ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ PC launch

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:17am
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the biggest console hits of 2018. After waiting a full year, PC gamers finally got a chance to play the gritty, Western-themed adventure when it was released last week. However, many experienced game-breaking bugs. Ro...

The Game Awards will air at Cinemark theatres across the US

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:00am
When The Game Awards 2019 air on December 12th, you won't have to watch them on the small screen of your mobile device or TV. For the first time in its five-year history, movie theatres across the US will show the annual awards show and game industry...