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Uber cleared to resume self-driving tests in Pennsylvania

Uber has edged closer to resuming self-driving car tests following the fatal crash in Arizona. The Information has learned that Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation approved the ridesharing company's request to start testing autonomous vehicl...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 7:45 am

Samsung adds QLED screens to its artsy Frame and Serif TVs

Samsung designed the Frame and Serif TVs to be stylish additions to your home, like some sort of art piece that you can also use to watch movies. So, it's not surprising that the tech giant has announced an upgrade that's supposed to make them look e...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 5:43 am

Elon Musk's LA tunnel turns Teslas into a 'rail-guided train'

Tonight The Boring Company hosted a launch event for the test tunnel it successfully built in LA running from SpaceX property to "O'Leary Station" at a reported cost of about $10 million. In tweets he showed off a Model X settled equipped with gear t...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 4:21 am

NYT digs deeper into Facebook's creepy data sharing excesses

We regret to inform you that we may have published our article titled "Facebook's terrible 2018" just a few hours too early. Tonight the New York Times has once again dug into the social network and assembled -- based on internal documents and interv...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 3:37 am

The first 'Rocket League' Hot Wheels car arrives this month

Want a tangible sign of your devotion to Rocket League, but would rather not drop $180 on an RC car kit or even several dollars on a Pull-Back Racer? Don't worry, you can buy something with your pocket change. Hot Wheels is launching its first Rock...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 2:16 am

Chrome OS beta brings Google Assistant to more devices

To date, native access to Google Assistant on a Chrome OS device has meant splurging on Google-made hardware like the Pixelbook or Pixel Slate. You won't have to be quite so picky for much longer, though. Google has started testing Chrome OS 72 in...

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 12:13 am

Chrome may stop websites from hijacking your browser's back button

Surf the web for long enough and you'll invariably run into a site that refuses to acknowledge your browser's back button, usually because it wants to force ads down your throat. Google might soon put a stop to those shady redirects, though. Recently...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 10:22 pm

Target's same-day delivery service will soon cover all 'major' products

Target's same-day delivery service, Shipt, is about to be much more useful if you'd prefer to shop from home. The company told TechCrunch that it's planning same-day shipping for "all major product categories" in 2019, not just certain groceries and...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 9:48 pm

Gboard supports 500 languages just two years after launch

Just two years after launching, Google's Gboard virtual keyboard supports 500 languages on Android. That, according to Google, enables around 90 percent of the planet's human population to communicate on their phones in their first language.

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 9:12 pm

Kroger adds driverless vehicles to its grocery delivery fleet

Earlier this year, Kroger teamed up with the self-driving startup Nuro for a grocery delivery service, and in August the company began piloting an autonomous delivery service in Arizona. At the time, the deliveries were made by a self-driving Toyota...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 8:46 pm

Ex-Uber engineer claims to travel 3,099 miles in a self-driving car

Remember how controversial former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski had formed a secretive autonomous trucking startup? He's finally showing off his work... and he might have set a record in the process. Levandowski has launched his self-driving truc...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 8:20 pm

Tidal adds Spotify-like personalized 'My Mix' playlists

Tidal is getting into the personalized playlist game. The music streaming service is now offering its users personalized "My Mix" playlists that take into account their listening history as well as input from Tidal's human-curated playlists. Subscrib...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 7:52 pm

Test Google's Project Stream and get 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' for free

If you've been waiting to pick up Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, now is your chance to get it without spending a dime. Google is giving away a free copy of the title for PC in exchange for trying out Project Stream, the company's game streaming service f...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 7:27 pm

Uber's new Jump e-bikes have swappable batteries

Jump is giving its eye-catching red e-bikes an overhaul. It will launch an updated version in the New Year with a raft of new features, including a holder for your phone (useful for turn-by-turn navigation) and a retractable cable lock, which should...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 6:59 pm

Google pulled 'millions' of junk Play Store ratings in one week

Google is just as frustrated with bogus app reviews as you are, and it's apparently bending over backwards to improve the trustworthiness of the feedback you see. The company instituted a system this year that uses a mix of AI and human oversight to...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 6:36 pm

Netflix renews 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' for season 3 and 4

Netflix fiercely guards viewer numbers with the utmost secrecy, but there are often indicators of how popular a show is among subscribers. Take Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for example. The reboot of the teen witch franchise only launched in Octob...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 6:13 pm

Facebook releases an update on its civil rights audit

In May, Facebook agreed to conduct a civil rights audit, and now the company has released an update of its progress. Headed by civil liberties leader Laura Murphy, the audit has so far engaged with dozens of civil rights organizations in order to ide...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:51 pm

Google turned cloud storage traffic into mesmerizing works of art

Let's face it, data storage isn't the most exciting topic to talk about. While necessary and important for much of the hardware and software you use every day, it's just not terribly engaging, and that's a challenge that Google's Cloud Storage team i...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:30 pm

Twitter's chronological timeline button is here to stay

Nearly two months ago, Twitter began testing a feature that made it easier for users to see the latest tweets on their feed first, rather than the ones pushed by the company's algorithm. It's a toggle dressed as a sparkle icon that lives above the ho...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:00 pm

Instagram can turn question stickers into live Q&As

Instagram's question stickers have at least one main problem: you have to be patient while awaiting the answer. Now, however, you might just get some instant gratification. The social network is introducing an option to respond to a question in a Sto...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 5:00 pm

2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid

It's been ages since Amazon was just a place to buy books. But even now, it's still easy to think of the company as a big online store. Resist that urge. Amazon's size and scale mean it's almost preternaturally good at selling and delivering things,...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:40 pm

Nintendo Switch is America's fastest-selling console

In case it wasn't clear already, Nintendo has completely turned things around from the failure that was the Wii U. According to data from the reliable NPD Group, Nintendo sold more than 8.7 million Switch consoles in the US from its launch in March 2...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:19 pm

Engadget giveaway: Win a security package courtesy of Bitdefender!

Deliveries left out on your doorstep, nocturnal pet activities and network-connected devices open wide to the world for possible hacking or botnet conscription are just some of the reasons Bitdefender has provided this week's giveaway package. The co...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:00 pm

Facebook’s terrible 2018

2017 wasn't great for Facebook. The company spent most of the year explaining how it exposed 126 million Americans to thousands of Russian-linked pages, which were part of the Kremlin's efforts to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. As a res...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 4:00 pm

AT&T flips the switch on mobile 5G in 12 cities this week

After nearly a year of talking about it, AT&T is finally ready to launch the US' first mobile 5G network -- and with just days to go before its self-imposed end-of-2018 deadline. Service officially starts on December 21st, when a handful of custo...

Posted on 18 December 2018 | 3:44 pm