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Japan's robot hotel 'fires' over half its robotic workers

14 hours 31 min ago
Japan's robot hotel, the Hen-na ("Strange") Hotel, was supposed to represent the future of lodging with automatons taking care of things that previously required 'inefficient' humans. That strategy is coming apart at the seams, however. Hen-na has...

China grows the first plants on the Moon

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:33pm
The greenery you see in the soil above might not look like much, but it represents a big step in space exploration. Cotton seeds brought to the Moon aboard China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, marking the first time plants have grown on the luna...

YouTube bans dangerous challenges like the 'Bird Box' dare

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 9:33pm
YouTube already frowns on challenges and pranks that put people at risk, but it's making that policy more explicit in light of the recent rise of Bird Box-inspired dares. The service has updated its guidelines to directly ban all challenges and pran...

'The Sims' Alexa Skill is a game companion for superfans

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:31pm
Electronic Arts and Amazon are doing their version of the old "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" and "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" bit. The companies announced today that a companion skill for dedicated fans of The Sims wil...

SEC brings charges in connection with hack of its financial system

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:29pm
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it is bringing charges against a Ukranian hacker for breaking into the agency's corporate filing system to access nonpublic information. The SEC is also charging a number of in...

Audi adds Q7 SUV to its Silvercar on-demand rental service

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:01pm
Audi is hoping to attract families and groups of travelers to its Silvercar service, through which you can reserve and unlock cars with your phone, by adding its Q7 to the fleet. You can now reserve the SUV in Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Mi...

Twitter adds chronological timeline button to its Android app

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:58pm
You no longer need an iOS device to see your Twitter feed the right way. Twitter is rolling out its chronological timeline button on Android, giving you a quick way to switch between the latest tweets and the social network's algorithm-sorted top tw...

Apple has its own smart battery cases for iPhone XS and XR

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:28pm
Yes, the rumors and leaks were true -- Apple has a new battery case after a lengthy absence, and it appears to have learned a few lessons in the process. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR extends your handset's battery to as much a...

LG sale slashes OLED TV prices by up to $1,000

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:27pm
It's that special time of year for TV makers -- that is, the desperate scramble to sell TVs to Super Bowl viewers looking for an upgrade. And LG is determined to capitalize on that football fandom. The company has launched a sale that cuts the prices...

InfoWars has a platform again, thanks to a new Roku channel (updated)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:56pm
Last year, amid heated criticism over the conspiracy theories it spread about events like the Parkland, Florida and Sandy Hook school shootings, InfoWars -- along with owner Alex Jones -- started to its see reach diminished as one by one, platforms b...

Mercedes' connected A-Class sedan will start at $32,500

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:25pm
Ever since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first A-Class destined for the US, there's been one question on would-be drivers' lips: just how accessible is this tech-savvy Merc, really? Now you know. The brand has revealed that the 'entry' 2019 sedan will...

Excited and exhausted: The hours before the launch of 'Vane'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:10pm
By the time our Skype call connects and Matt Smith says hello, it's already January 15th at the Friend & Foe offices in Tokyo. After nearly five years of development and public promises, his studio's first original game, Vane, is out across Europ...

'Black Ops 4' battle royale is free for a week starting January 17th

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:44pm
Were you too busy playing Red Dead or Spider-Man over the holidays to give other games a look? Activision would like to talk. It's running a free, week-long trial of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's tentpole Blackout mode between January 17th and Januar...

Sony's mid-range A6400 mirrorless camera is ideal for vloggers

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 1:10pm
Sony has boosted its mid-range APS-C lineup with the launch of the 24-megapixel A6400 mirrorless camera. It looks much the same as its predecessor, the A5100, but has much-improved specs and should be especially ideal for vloggers, thanks to 4K 30fps...

Battery-free sensor tag gathers energy from radio frequencies

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:56pm
Sensors play a crucial role in the Internet of Things, but there's one glaring limitation: they need a battery or some other conspicuous power source to run. Soon, however, they might only have to pluck energy from the air. Wiliot has shown off a B...

Michael Kors' Sofie 2.0 smartwatch is about more than just fashion

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:27pm
When Fossil's Michael Kors label unveiled the first Sofie smartwatch, it had eye-catching looks... and not much else. You can't say the same for the just-unveiled Sofie 2.0, at least. Michael Kors has updated the wristwear with the same posh-lookin...

Microsoft and Walgreens join forces to 'transform healthcare'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:58am
Microsoft and Walgreens announced today that they will be teaming up to help improve health care. The companies have entered into a seven-year agreement during which Walgreens plans to migrate most of its IT infrastructure over to Microsoft's Azure c...

The real Pinkertons aren't happy with 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:29am
The Pinkertons loom large as virtual adversaries in Red Dead Redemption 2, but now they're involved in a very real legal tussle over the game. Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations has sent Rockstar Games a cease and desist notice claiming that...

Amazon's base Fire TV Stick now comes with its new Alexa remote

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:00am
You don't have to sacrifice all the bells and whistles to get Amazon's entry-level Fire TV hardware. The internet giant is releasing an updated edition of the basic Fire TV Stick (that is, the 1080p version) with the new Alexa Voice Remote it unveil...

Aaron Sorkin says it's time for a 'Social Network' sequel

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:32am
Aaron Sorkin is ready for a follow-up to his Facebook origin movie, The Social Network. And he's not the only one: the film's producer Scott Rudin has also sounded off on a possible sequel, Sorkin told the Associated Press.