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Lawmakers call for regulation of facial recognition tech

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 2:49pm
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for regulations to restrict the use of facial recognition technology before "it gets out of control," according to the Washington Post. Members of the Congressional House Oversight and Reform Committee held...

NASA wants you to get your boarding pass to Mars

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 2:25pm
You probably won't visit Mars for a long time, if ever. You might have a way to go in spirit, though. NASA has introduced a "Send Your Name" campaign that will put your name on the Mars 2020 rover, leaving a long-term record of your name on the Red...

Atari shows off joystick and controller for its retro VCS console

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 1:38pm
When the Atari VCS team decided to remake the retro console, it knew the controllers would be just as important as the box itself. After all, there's no gaming accessory quite as iconic as the Atari CX40 joystick. Earlier this spring, we got a glimps...

Amazon investors reject call to limit facial recognition system sales

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:55pm
Amazon shareholders have voted against a proposal to limit the company from selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement and government agencies. The proposal, which highlighted concerns over the Rekognition system related to "civil a...

Why putting googly eyes on robots makes them inherently less threatening

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:33pm
At the start of 2019, supermarket chain Giant Food Stores announced it would begin operating customer assisting robots -- collectively dubbed Marty -- in 172 locations across the East Coast. These autonomous machines may navigate their respective sto...

Crowdfunded gaming console Ouya will shut down for good on June 25th

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:27pm
Seven years ago, Ouya was going to change the face of gaming. Now it's dead. Razer, the company that bought Ouya back in 2015, announced today that it will be discontinuing support for the gaming console. Owners of Ouya will have until June 25th to c...

Windows 10's Xbox bar helps you find and share games

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:19pm
Windows 10's May 2019 Update includes one more notable feature: an overlay made just for gamers. Microsoft has detailed an Xbox Game Bar that provides quick access to controls and social features while you're playing. Invoke the Win-G keyboard shortc...

What’s coming to Netflix in June: ‘Black Mirror’ and the final 'Jessica Jones'

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:11pm
Netflix packed May with new movies like Wine Country, the animated series Tuca and Bertie, a Ted Bundy biopic and more. Now, it's bringing just as much new content and star power to June. In just the first half of the month, Netflix will release seas...

One of these models doesn't exist

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:00pm
Virtual humans are gradually scaling the uncanny valley, and like artificial intelligence, they're coming for our jobs. A case in point is Imma, a digital Instagram model who has garnered over 50,000 followers thanks to her (its?) trendy, street-styl...

‘Just Cause’ movie is coming from ‘John Wick’ creator

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:44am
German studio Constantin Film has acquired the film rights to open-world action game Just Cause, and hope to start shooting in 2020, reports Deadline. Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer of the John Wick trilogy, has been tapped to write the script...

Consumer Reports: Tesla's automatic lane changes pose safety concerns

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:29am
We found that Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot has its quirks, but Consumer Reports is... slightly more concerned. The publication has claimed that the latest version of the semi-autonomous driving feature poses "serious safety concerns," making automa...

London Underground will track everyone's Tube trip via WiFi

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:14am
Transport for London, the UK capital's transit authority, will start collecting data on how people move around the Underground system by tracking phones and other connected devices using its extensive WiFi network. The agency's systems will depersona...

Mozilla is helping to make web-based VR available to everyone

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:00am
Even though virtual reality has been in the mainstream for several years now, it's still not very accessible. It often takes trained engineers to create, release and distribute VR content. That could soon change, however, thanks to a new project call...

The best lenses for Canon RF mount

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:45am
Many photographers keep a cheap compact 50mm lens in their bags, but that is not what Canon has made here. The Canon RF 50mm F/1.2 is over 2 pounds and costs more than $2,000, but what you're getting for that is an incredible sharp lens with an ultra...

Google Search redesign adds website names and logos to results page

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:26am
Google is bringing a new Search layout to mobile, and it's rolling out the changes beginning today. Now, when you search on your mobile device, you'll see a website name and logo at the top of each results card. If Google has a "useful ad" to show yo...

'League of Legends' might be coming to smartphones

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:11am
League of Legends might eventually take up residence on fans' iOS and Android homescreens. Developer Riot is said to be working with parent company Tencent on a mobile version of the ultra-popular MOBA.

Apple is trying to make web ads truly private

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:10am
Apple's privacy push is extending to an area where you might not expect it: web ad tracking. The company's John Wilander has outlined a new system, Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, that would help marketers track the success of ads without tr...

'Vader Immortal' is the Star Wars VR game I've been waiting for

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:00am
Star Wars and virtual reality always seemed like the perfect mix. Long before the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were released a few years ago, I was eager to slip on a VR headset, hop in a rusty smuggler ship and wield a light saber of my own. While we've...

Amazon made social mini-games to make warehouse work less bland

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:43am
Amazon has turned to video games to make warehouse work a bit less tedious while boosting worker productivity in the process, according to The Washington Post. The e-commerce giant has "gamified" warehouse workers' tasks by reflecting their progress...

The refreshed Audi A7 hits all the right luxury marks

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:30am
Driving fatigue can set in after just a few hours behind the wheel. Even when you're behind the wheel of some of the most luxurious vehicles in the world, you're going to want to pull over, stretch your legs and give your backside a rest. The sam...