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Hong Kong is testing high-tech monitoring systems for 'smart' prisons

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:48pm
Prisons in Hong Kong are testing a variety of high-tech services that will allow correctional facilities to better track inmates, according to the South China Morning Post. The city's Commissioner of Correctional Services, Danny Woo Ying-min, claimed...

Google adds haptic feedback to its iPhone keyboard

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:57am
Haptic feedback has been a feature in iPhones for the past few years, but you wouldn't know it while you were typing -- even third-party keyboards either use it in limited situations (like SwiftKey) or ask you to pay up. Google is willing to step up...

The 'Link's Awakening' remake could be the start of something special

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:24am
I never beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, but not for lack of trying. It's one of my favorite entries in the Zelda series, and I played it over and over as a kid. I got stuck on the same bit every time, one puzzle I couldn't get past. It ve...

Amazon won't build its HQ2 in NYC after all

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:55am
Amazon is officially pulling out of its plan to build a second headquarters (aka HQ 2) in New York. Reports suggested last week the company was having doubts about the project in Long Island City, Queens, following stern opposition from residents and...

Stolen user data from MyFitnessPal and other services hits the dark web

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:41am
Stolen user information from 16 popular apps and services including Dubsmash and MyFitnessPal is now being sold on the dark web, according to a report from The Register. A seller on the dark web marketplace Dream Market has come forward offering logi...

EU aims to curb big tech's dominance in business listings

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:25am
The European Union is going to impose new rules on big tech to stop them playing dirty with each other across the continent. Companies that sell products online, or index retail listings, will have to be transparent about how they deal with rivals an...

North chops $400 from the price of its Focals smart glasses

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:10am
The jury is still out on just how useful the recently-released Focals "smart glasses" are, but if you're the kind of person who's wanted to give head-mounted AR a shot, they at least are now a lot cheaper. Focals creator North just announced a big pr...

Hot Wheels' new TechMods are remote-control cars you build yourself

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:00am
Hot Wheels has excelled at merging the real and virtual worlds for the past few years, but a lot of that has really been focused on the driving experience. Specifically, how to make it more like a video game with toys like Hot Wheels AI, Mindrace...

Watch the 'Anthem' prequel from the director of 'District 9'

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:52am
A short film set in the world of BioWare's online shooter Anthem, which highlights some of the universe's lore, dropped on Thursday morning. Conviction is directed by Neill Blomkamp, a name you might recognize from District 9, Chappie, the ill-fated...

Airbus ends production of its A380 superjumbo

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:05am
Airbus will soon end production of the A380 superjumbo, the largest passenger plane to ever fly. It's capable of hauling up to 850 people and flyers love it, especially those who can afford the amazing first class seats and private cabins. However, a...

Amazon’s new video originals include 'The Power' and a FIFA scandal

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:46am
In a bid to counter Netflix's aggressive overseas expansion, Amazon has ordered a raft of international content for its Prime Video subscription service. Of the 20 shows on its 2019 slate, 17 are new originals, according to Variety. They include a Br...

'Tetris 99' hands-on: The battle royale game for everyone else

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:30am
Last night, Nintendo dropped an awful lot of things to get excited about if you're a Switch owner. Alongside a Zelda remake, a new game from the makers of Bayonetta, and Super Mario Maker 2, it resurrected Tetris (bigger than Mario, right?) for 2019....

Qobuz's hi-res music streaming service comes to the US

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:16am
Another music-streaming service has entered the game. French company Qobuz (pronounced ko-buzz) has announced it's now available in the US and plans to take on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music by focusing on sound quality, making hi-res streaming...

Vuzix’s smart glasses still aren’t ready for prime time

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:00am
After years of development, Vuzix is now ready to ship the Blade, its first pair of consumer-ready smart glasses. I had a good look at it last month, but at the time, it was lacking a few core features like Alexa integration and step-by-step directio...

Lego’s newest playsets are haunted by AR

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:00am
As much as we like to shake our metaphorical canes at kids and lament how they're all about Minecraft and Fortnite these days, the truth is that they're still really big into physical play too. Children still love Lego, both the plastic bricks and th...

Focal's Sphear Wireless squeeze premium sound into $130 earbuds

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:00am
Focal is no newcomer to the audio game. The French company has been around since 1979, and gained a following with its Grande Utopia speaker line. In recent years the company has been making headphones, many of which are at the higher end — lik...

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in Amazon's 'Good Omens' series

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:39am
Amazon's upcoming miniseries Good Omens has been in the pipeline for a while, and now Neil Gaiman has revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will take a starring role in the series. The Sherlock star will appear in episode six of the show as a "giant, an...

iOS pirates are using Apple's developer certificates to share hacked apps

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:22am
Just days after it was revealed that dozens of gambling and pornographic apps have been abusing enterprise certificates to distribute apps outside of Apple's app store, Reuters has found that software pirates have been using the same process to distr...

Audi teases its all-electric Q4 concept car

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:02am
The third car in Audi's all-electric lineup isn't going on sale until early 2021, but that two-year wait gets a little bit harder when you see what's coming. Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, the Automaker has shown off a series of concept designs for...

The puzzling chaos of ‘Human: Fall Flat’ is coming to phones

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:41am
Soon it won't just be Switch owners who get to play indie platform-puzzler Human: Fall Flat on the go. After shifting five million copies across PC, Mac and consoles, the game is heading to mobiles. For the uninitiated, Human stars a claymation-style...

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