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04/19/2018 01:56 PM
Verizon adds location tracking to its parental control app
Verizon announced today that it's revamping its parental controls, introducing more capabilities and giving the app a new look. What was known as FamilyBase will now be called Verizon Smart Family and it lets parents set content filters, manage scree...

04/19/2018 01:35 PM
Don't expect Apple to combine macOS and iOS anytime soon
At the end of 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple will merge its Mac and iOS software codebases. This would enable designers to create a single version that works on both platforms -- and it was rumored to come as early as this year. But the tech gia...

04/19/2018 01:03 PM
PUBG’s furious arcade mode comes to mobile
The developers of Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been adding features to their popular battle royale game since launch, with a roadmap that includes new maps and more stable gameplay. A new map, Savage, started testing a few weeks back, an...

04/19/2018 12:55 PM
Google’s Grasshopper app teaches you how to code
Google's incubator for employees' "20 percent time" side projects, Area 120, typically produces fun things like an app to make YouTube more social and expanding Smart Replies. Now the workshop has released an app to help beginners learn to code in Ja...

04/19/2018 12:27 PM
Apple unveils its newest recycling robot ahead of Earth Day
Looks like Liam, Apple's phone-dismembering robot, now has a little sister. Just ahead of Earth Day, the Cupertino-based company revealed the newest member of its robo-recycling team: Daisy.

04/19/2018 12:22 PM
Cambridge Analytica was looking to jump on the crypto bandwagon, too
Before news broke that it had improperly obtained millions of Facebook users' data and undercover videos showed executives listing entrapment among the nefarious ways it could halt political opponents, Cambridge Analytica was reportedly working on a...

04/19/2018 11:43 AM
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...

04/19/2018 11:20 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...

04/19/2018 11:02 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...

04/19/2018 10:38 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...

04/19/2018 10:25 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...

04/19/2018 09:50 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...

04/19/2018 09:33 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 -...

04/19/2018 09:18 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...

04/19/2018 09:00 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...

04/19/2018 09:00 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 n...

04/19/2018 08:47 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.

04/19/2018 08:21 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...

04/19/2018 08:00 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 ener...

04/19/2018 08:00 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...

04/19/2018 08:00 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...

04/19/2018 08:00 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...

04/19/2018 07:15 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...

04/19/2018 06:30 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...

04/19/2018 06:10 AM
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...