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Facebook will alert you if you liked a fake Russian account

As part of its ongoing transparency efforts on Russian activity, Facebook today revealed that it will soon let users find out if they liked or followed pages created by the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. The company sa...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 6:46 am

FCC releases the final draft of its proposal to kill net neutrality

The FCC has released the final draft of its proposal to rollback 2015 net neutrality protections. If enacted, the order would reclassify broadband internet service as an information service and Title II regulations would no longer apply. Additionally...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 6:43 am

Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot

Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 6:22 am

How to find the best 4K TV for your space

There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Huge 4K sets are cheaper and look finer than ever. Perhaps more important, there are finally a few new technologies that make upgrading from your old set worth it: HDR (high dynamic range) video and...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 6:00 am

'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been this year's sleeper hit, and it's about to officially be released in China. The rub is, it'll have some pretty significant changes given the country's strict state-mandated censorship. Local publisher Tencent wi...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:43 am

TiVo wins one of its patent fights with Comcast

TiVo has good news going into the holiday season: The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Comcast's X1 set-top boxes violate two of TiVo's patents related to setting recordings from a mobile device. As a result, there's now an import...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:20 am

TalkTalk TV will go multiscreen next year with new streaming app

Sky, Virgin Media and BT all offer their customers ways to watch TV beyond the living room. TalkTalk has an app for its rental and purchase store -- formerly Blinkbox, you might recall -- but otherwise it's fallen behind the pack somewhat. The compan...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:20 am

China’s WeChat Pay comes to London

Walk around Camden Market this weekend and you'll notice that many of the stalls now support WeChat Pay. The mobile payment platform — an extension of Tencent's messaging app WeChat — is big in China but almost unheard of in the UK (at le...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:10 am

UPS is trialling electric bike trailers in London

In a bid to lower emissions in the capital and reduce the footprint of its vehicles on the road, global delivery firm UPS has begun trialling a new electric-powered bike trailer on the streets of London. The concept, built as part of the Low Impact C...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:05 am

'Pokémon Go' is making major changes to raids

Niantic has announced big changes to Pokémon Go raids, designed to even the playing field for trainers at all levels -- and pleasing Magikarp fans in the process. The raid system, particularly EX Raids, has faced criticism because of the way i...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 5:00 am

Xbox's $1 Game Pass includes 'Gears of War 4' and 'Mass Effect'

If you've been thinking about trying out the Xbox Game Pass, but don't want to risk the normal $10/£8 price, Microsoft has a deal for you. It's offering the first month of membership for $1/£1, giving you access to well over 100 games. It...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 4:40 am

'Dance with flARmingos' hides a deeper discussion behind goofy moves

Flamingos are all legs and pink feathers -- an iconic symbol of kitsch America. They're still a bird though; a species that's struggled against global warming and human development on its habitats. For the past two years, artist Kristin Lucas' work h...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 4:00 am

Samsung plans new research center to keep pace in the AI wars

Samsung, jumping on a trend adopted by pretty much every tech outfit, is creating its own consumer-focused artificial intelligence research center. In a fairly vague statement released today, the company announced its plans to more thoroughly pursue...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 3:40 am

Intel's latest Core processors have serious security flaws

Intel has confirmed previous reports that its recent PC, internet of things and server chips are vulnerable to remote hacking. The problem is with the onboard "Management Engine," which has multiple holes that could let remote attackers run malicious...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 3:21 am

BMW kills the ‘hybrid tax’ with the 530e

The rule is that if you want the hybrid version of a car, you have to shell out more cash. Maybe tax credits would cover the difference, but usually not. Then, you have to figure out if the money you save on gas -- after a few years of diligent drivi...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 3:00 am

Grindr adds more transgender-inclusive features

Grindr is rolling out new features to be more inclusive of transgender members. User profiles now include a new "identity" feature that includes options for listing gender and preferred pronouns. Members can pick from a list of common gender identiti...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 2:34 am

NHS trials smart plaster that can detect blood poisoning

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is backing a slew of apps and wireless sensors that could help save lives and diagnose patients remotely. RespiraSense, for instance, is a small device that sticks to the side of the user's rib cage. A plaster-s...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 2:15 am

Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements

Microsoft's HoloLens has hit a legal speed bump. The mixed-reality device, which is gaining traction with businesses, is at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by HoloTouch. The Connecticut-based company alleges that HoloLens infringes...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 2:01 am

Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving car plans

Apply, which has been famously tight-lipped on its self-driving vehicle research, has posted what looks like its first public research on the subject, notes Reuters. The paper is listed on the public site Arxiv, often used by researchers to get preli...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 1:01 am

UK data watchdog opens its own investigation into Uber hack

After reports emerged that Uber had suffered a massive data breach, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said it has "huge concerns" about the company's data protection policies and has confirmed it has launched its own investigation...

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 12:10 am

The Morning After: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Hey, good morning! The plan for the end of net neutrality is coming. We'll hear all the details later today, but let us distract you with cigar-shaped asteroids, and ooh, Animal Crossing on your smartphone.

Posted on 23 November 2017 | 12:00 am

Belgium moves to ban 'Star Wars Battlefront 2'-style loot boxes

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language pub...

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 10:40 pm

ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your contacts list

About a year and a half ago, ProtonMail opened up its previously invite-only beta encrypted email service to the public, along with a couple of mobile apps. A couple of months ago, ProtonMail created a free tier for its VPN service, too. Now the comp...

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 9:23 pm

Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor visits

Doctors work long hours, and a disturbingly large part of that is documenting patient visits -- one study indicates that they spend 6 hours of an 11-hour day making sure their records are up to snuff. But how do you streamline that work without hiri...

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 8:02 pm

Live-action Pokémon movie lands its lead actor

We're one step closer to finding out what a live-action Pokémon film looks like. Legendary Pictures has already nabbed writers for its Detective Pikachu movie (in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls penm...

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 5:51 pm