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Oculus updates privacy controls to comply with GDPR rules

By and large, Facebook has chosen to weasel out of its earlier claims to extend GDPR privacy protections worldwide, even though it really could. Meanwhile, other parts of the company are grappling with the EU's rules, which go into effect on May 25th...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 4:43 am

Amazon will make Gillian Flynn's 'Utopia' adaptation, not HBO

Thanks to collective feet-dragging and pre-production hell, Amazon has scored a win over HBO. The US adaptation of Utopia will live on under Jeff Bezos' roof, retaining novelist (and former Entertainment Weekly writer) Gillian Flynn as executive prod...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 4:20 am

‘Football Manager 2018’ ads promote mental health awareness

Football Manager 2018, like previous games in the long-running franchise, is known for being the digital equivalent of crack. But in addition to providing endless hours of entertainment, its loyal UK playerbase may well get something more important o...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 4:02 am

Lyft promises to make all rides carbon neutral

Lyft announced today that it will purchase enough carbon offsets to make every Lyft ride carbon neutral. Just within the first year of this program, the company says it will put millions of dollars towards the effort and expects to offset over a mill...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 3:38 am

MoviePass’s finances show that it might be too good to be true

MoviePass seems like a deal that's too good to be true: $9.95 per month allows you to see one 2D movie per week (or up to four per month) in movie theaters. (It's worth nothing that this is a change from the company's previous plan, which was one mov...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 3:25 am

Netflix’s Snapchat-like trailers are now on iOS

Last month, Netflix announced that it would be bringing previews to its mobile app and as of today, they're now available. Each one is around 30 seconds long and in a vertical format, giving them a Snapchat or Instagram Story-type feel, and they're c...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:50 am

Startup will launch nationwide high school eSports league this fall

Professional eSports is entering the mainstream and the college competitive gaming scene is heating up. But what about high school? One Los Angeles start-up is gearing up to start a nationwide league next fall, and it's looking for teams to sign up -...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:33 am

Facebook to exclude 1.5 billion users from GDPR privacy protections

Europe's GDPR privacy regulations go into effect May 25th and Facebook showed how it plans to comply earlier this week. What has been on many people's minds though is whether the company will extend those consumer protections to users outside of Euro...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:18 am

The Moto E5 Plus is Motorola's biggest budget phone yet

Ever since their debut in 2014, Motorola's Moto E series phones have garnered a very specific reputation: they're decently competent and very, very cheap. With the new Moto E5 Plus, though, Motorola has decided to fiddle with the formula in some inte...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:00 am

Motorola aims to keep the cheap phone crown with the G6 and G6 Play

Year after year, Motorola churns out some of the best inexpensive Android phones money can buy and parent company Lenovo is eager to keep that streak alive. That's where the new Moto G6 and G6 Play come in — Motorola has embraced some of the tr...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 2:00 am

Qualcomm will lay off 1,500 workers to cut expenses

Today, chip maker Qualcomm began the process of laying off around 1,500 workers in California. The move is a part of the company's promise to its investors that it would cut costs by about $1 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:47 am

Bill Gates, SoftBank and Airbus back plan to livestream the Earth

Exploring the planet from the comfort of your own home is nothing new -- Google Earth has largely cornered the market on that. But what if, instead of looking at static pictures of your own house, you could explore views of the entire planet, in real...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:21 am

eBay app uses barcode scanning to list your items in seconds

It's usually a pain to list your goods on an auction or marketplace site, especially if it's your first time. You have to describe them, choose photos and (worst of all) choose a price that will reel in potential bidders. eBay, however, thinks it can...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:00 am

Alexa templates make it easy to craft your own skills

If you've ever thought to yourself "I wish Alexa can host trivia night" or "I'll bet Alexa can get people to laugh at my lame jokes," then you'll love Amazon's new offering. The e-commerce giant has launched Alexa Skill Blueprints, a collection of te...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:00 am

Airbnb's new maps help you find a room during big events

If you enjoy scrambling and then paying a fortune, try waiting until the last minute to book lodging at a convention. Airbnb is helping event-goers and organizers avoid such heartbreak with a new feature called Airbnb for Events. It lets organizers c...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:00 am

Nest will give away smart thermostats to low-income families

This Earth Day, Nest Labs, Inc. will launch a new initiative called The Power Project that will help get Nest E thermostats in the hands of lower income Americans. It's a way to ensure that socioeconomic status isn't a bar to accessing the energy sav...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 1:00 am

OnePlus is assembling an Avengers-themed phone

OnePlus fans will be able to choose between the basic version of its upcoming flagship and a special model based on Avengers: Infinity War. While that's awesome news for Marvel fans, the bad news is that the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 might only be av...

Posted on 20 April 2018 | 12:15 am

TaskRabbit returns following data breach it can't account for

Handyman-for-hire app TaskRabbit was the target of a data breach on Monday, resulting in both the app and website being taken offline while the company investigated the apparently intentional attack. Both are now back up and running, although the com...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 11:30 pm

Play 'Star Wars' holochess without a headset on iOS

When Disney and Lenovo teamed up to create Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, it was a significant step in bringing augmented reality (AR) gaming to the masses. The headset was modestly-priced, and the game, a Star Wars-themed version of chess, was accessib...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 11:10 pm

The Morning After: TESS takes off and Russia battles Telegram

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Twitch has a tiny Russian problem, and Intel has pulled the plug on its smart glasses. We also have an update on what Pornhub is (not) doing about deepfake videos and everything you need to know about last night...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 10:30 pm

Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock

Unlocking an August Smart Lock with your phone is easy enough, but if you have an Apple Watch, you don't even need to have your phone with you. Apple's smartwatch can now unlock any August-branded smart lock, so long as you're specified as its "owner...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 9:02 pm

Ford takes on Uber and Lyft with its own medical transport service

Ford isn't remaining idle while Uber and Lyft start medical transport services. It's launching a GoRide service that offers non-emergency transportation for patients who may have challenges reaching appointments on time. Health care providers can b...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 7:25 pm

Intel cancels its smart glasses due to lack of investment

When Intel showed off its Vaunt smart glasses (aka "Superlight" internally) back in February, we had high hopes for a new wave of wearable tech that wouldn't turn us into Borgs. Alas, according to The Information's source, word has it that the chip m...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 5:52 pm

Fake ad blockers in the Chrome store had over 20 million installs

If you can't find that ad blocker you recently installed from the Chrome Web Store, you might want to do some browser spring cleaning. Google has killed five top-ranking ad blockers after AdGuard published a report revealing they're fake extensions w...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 5:39 pm

Sports Illustrated TV will start streaming on more platforms

Sports Illustrated launched its $5-per-month streaming service last fall exclusively through Amazon Channels, and now it's preparing to open up for a wider release. Soon, users will be able to subscribe directly and watch on Roku, iOS, Android and we...

Posted on 19 April 2018 | 3:18 pm