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FCC creates two 'innovation zones' to test next-gen wireless

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 8:06pm
The FCC is backing up its push for next-gen wireless by setting up entire areas devoted to advancing the technology. The agency has created two "innovation zones" in New York City and Salt Lake City that will serve as testbeds for 5G and other wirel...

‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 6:03pm
Get ready to compete in Team Deathmatch or play Battle Royale on your smartphone. Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Mobile will be released on Android and iOS devices on October 1st. The game, developed by Tencent's Timi Studio, will be f...

AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 5:16pm
AT&T made much ado of its $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, but it's apparently having second thoughts just a few years later. Wall Street Journal sources claim the telecom is considering "parting" the DirecTV satellite unit through a number...

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 4:28pm
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the latest state attorney general to oppose T-Mobile's Sprint merger. Today, Shapiro announced that he'll join a lawsuit to block the "megamerger" of the telecom giants, making him the 18th attorney gener...

What we've been watching: 'Another Life'

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 3:55pm
In the September edition of our video IRL series, contributing editor Mariella Moon explains the appeal of a horror TV show with episodes that clock in at under a half-hour, and Georgina Torbet checks out Netflix's Another Life to see if it deserved...

HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 3:16pm
HBO Max is bringing back animated series The Boondocks for two more seasons next year. The 24 planned episodes, along with the previous 55, will be available on WarnerMedia's streaming service in fall 2020.

Congress plans to investigate how social media giants are fighting hate

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:59pm
House lawmakers plan to unveil legislation to study the ways social media can be weaponized, The Washington Post reports. They want to better understand social media-fueled violence and to determine if tech giants are doing enough to effectively prot...

Microsoft plans to bring broadband to 9 million more Americans

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:52pm
Microsoft is teaming up with ISP Nextlink in its latest effort to expand broadband access. They aim to bring high-speed internet to more than 9 million people in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. That total includes around a milli...

California governor signs labor law meant to fix the gig economy

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:33pm
It was really just a matter of time, but it's now official: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the state's Assembly Bill 5 into law. The measure is intended to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees by applying a test that determi...

India effectively bans e-cigarettes

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:11pm
India just became among the first countries to effectively ban vaping. On Wednesday, the country banned the sale, import, advertising and production of e-cigarettes. First-time offenders face up to a year in prison and $1,400 fine, while repeat offen...

What’s coming to Netflix in October: The 'Breaking Bad' movie

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:53pm
As you'd expect, Netflix is planning plenty of seasonal thrillers for October. The theme this year is that the kids are not okay. You'll meet Eli, a child with a mysterious illness who has to be secluded from the world and is battling "nightmares." R...

Lamborghini’s crazy looking hybrid is more interesting under the hood

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:30pm
"We are a game-changer and a provocateur," Lamborghini's CTO, Maurizio Reggiani told Engadget. The automaker has a long history of making waves with traffic-stopping designs and more recently, innovative tech. At last week's Frankfurt Motor Show, the...

Apple wants to trademark 'Slofie'

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:17pm
You might have rolled your eyes when Apple mentioned that the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro could do "slofies," but the company is taking things slightly more seriously. Apple has applied to the USPTO for a trademark on the term "Slofie" in terms of "downloa...

'Apex Legends' teases its newest playable character with in-game cameo

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 1:12pm
In one of the more elaborate and novel teasers for a new playable character in an online game, you can already see Apex Legends' newest star. You just can't play him. Over the last few days, players have spotted Crypto, Apex's long-rumored hacker cha...

Honda's first hybrid SUV for the US is the 2020 CR-V

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:51pm
Honda hasn't exactly been quick to electrify (the Honda E won't even reach Europe until mid-2020), but it is making up for lost time in a significant way. The automaker is finally bringing a hybrid SUV to the US in the form of the 2020 CR-V. The ne...

Roland releases Zenbeats, a cross-platform music-making app

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:34pm
Roland has been making electronic musical instruments for nearly 50 years and has delivered products like the JU-06A tiny portable synth, keyboards with built-in Alexa controls and mini smartphone mixers. Now, it's entering the world of mobile music-...

You'll be able to contribute to 2020 presidential campaigns via Alexa

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:13pm
With debates underway and just a few months until the first primaries, 2020 presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and you'll soon have another way to donate to your favorite candidate. Campaigns can sign up to receive contributions via A...

Google's Family Link parental controls now include per-app time limits

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00pm
Google introduced Family Link in 2017 to give children their own Google account and to provide an app through which parents could manage their child's screen time. The controls have since been expanded to cover teens too, and from today there will be...

Apple TV+ offers peek at kids shows 'Ghostwriter' and 'Helpsters'

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:46am
Apple won't rely solely on Snoopy in Space to keep your kids happy when TV+ debuts on November 1st. The tech titan has posted the first trailers (only visible on its website right now) for Ghostwriter and Helpsters, both of which will cater to the y...

Instagram will restrict posts on cosmetic surgery and diet products

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:26am
You'll soon see fewer ads for "flat tummy" tea and lip fillers on Instagram. The social media platform announced today that it is tightening restrictions on posts related to diet products and cosmetic surgery. The new rules -- first reported in the L...