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12/16/2017 11:35 AM
Firefox faces backlash for auto-installing 'Mr. Robot' add-on
A curious add-on called "Looking Glass" started popping up on Firefox for a number of users this past week -- even if they didn't give the browser permission to install it. Due to its nebulous nature and creepy description that only said "MY REALITY...

12/16/2017 10:06 AM
Netflix may run Watergate series developed by George Clooney
Netflix's ability to reel in big-name stars may have just secured a very topical political drama. Sources for Hollywood Reporter and Variety have learned that George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are working on Watergate, an eight-e...

12/16/2017 07:00 AM
The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. If you're still holiday shopping (or haven't started yet), then this might be a good time to mention that Amazon extended its free shipping before Christmas deadline through today. Now, f...

12/16/2017 03:57 AM
Uber Eats offers insurance for its European couriers
Uber Eats only just turned two years old, but like other "gig economy" businesses, it's facing scrutiny over how it classifies workers. In Europe, the company is partnering with Axa to offer couriers an insurance package that covers accidents, hospit...

12/15/2017 10:58 PM
'PUBG' tests a replay feature as it creeps toward v1.0
Now that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has launched in Early Access on Xbox One, its next milestone is an official retail release out of beta on the PC. That's expected to happen next week, but players who can't wait have a few new tweaks to try out...

12/15/2017 09:42 PM
Researchers use sperm to deliver cancer drugs to tumors
Chemotherapy has a lot of terrible side effects and that's partly because the drugs being used to fight cancer also attack healthy cells. Figuring out a way to deliver drugs to tumors without affecting healthy tissue is a challenge and a problem that...

12/15/2017 08:33 PM
'Jacobs letter' unsealed, accuses Uber of spying, hacking
Waymo's lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing technology for self-driving cars hasn't gone to trial yet, because the judge received a letter from the Department of Justice suggesting Uber withheld crucial evidence. That letter, with some redact...

12/15/2017 07:27 PM
'L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files' is available now for HTC Vive
We were excited to hear that 2011 detective simulator L.A. Noire was headed to modern consoles and the HTC Vive for some VR action. The title received some visual upgrades, too, making the jump to PS4, Xbox One and the Switch a bit more graphically a...

12/15/2017 05:56 PM
Google Inbox will remind you to unsubscribe from unread promo emails
Google has made email a much less tedious, junky affair for a lot of us, and it's about to take another step to helping us clean out our inboxes. According to a report over at Android Police, users of Google's Inbox app will start seeing new tips tha...

12/15/2017 04:47 PM
Set sail with your pals in a new ‘Adventure Time’ game
A new Adventure Time game is in the works and it features some maritime fun, a nameable boat and pirates. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion begins with a flooded Land of Ooo and Adventure Time characters have to set off to figure out what's...

12/15/2017 04:16 PM
Google ends Tango support to fully focus on ARCore
Google began delving into the world of AR with its 2014 venture Project Tango, or just Tango as of last year, and its AR work has grown quite a bit since then. Earlier this year, it unveiled ARCore, an augmented reality platform that differs from Tan...

12/15/2017 04:01 PM
Google Chrome beta delivers mute tool for autoplay videos
Months ago, a blog post by the good developers of Chrome let its users know that come January, users would be free of audio from autoplaying videos. As far as we know, those upgrades is still on track to arrive in early 2018 for all users, but you ca...

12/15/2017 03:41 PM
iTunes isn't coming to the Windows Store this year after all
iTunes for Windows users are going to be disappointed. Despite the promises of both Apple and Microsoft to bring the popular music and app software to the Microsoft Store this year, it appears as if we'll all have to wait a little longer.

12/15/2017 03:20 PM
Google Maps will now tell you when to get off the bus or train
A mass transit feature for the Android version of Google Maps that notifies you when you need to get off the bus is finally live. It also includes step-by-step navigation, departure times and ETAs for your next public transportation ride. You can als...

12/15/2017 02:59 PM
Apple Music's next exclusives come from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith
Apple isn't slowing down on exclusives any time soon. It's releasing Apple Music-only concert films from two British superstars, Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith. Gallagher's Who Built the Moon Live recaptures an early November gig at London's York Hal...

12/15/2017 02:41 PM
Facebook tackles the question of whether social media is bad for us
As part of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook took on the question of whether social media is good or bad for us. Citing a handful of academic studies, some done by Facebook researchers, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and research sc...

12/15/2017 02:19 PM
Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PUBG' free for a limited time
From December 17th through the 31st, Microsoft will give everyone who purchases an Xbox One X a copy of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. A post on Xbox Wire says that over a million people played the battle royale game within 48 hours of being availabl...

12/15/2017 02:00 PM
As online ads fail, sites mine cryptocurrency
Between the incessant headlines and chatter on social media, it feels like everywhere we go some libertarian evangelist appears asking us if we have a second to talk about the blockchain -- like a religious wingnut lurking outside the grocery store.

12/15/2017 01:44 PM
BlackBerry will shutter its app store on December 31st, 2019
While there's little doubt that BlackBerry's in-house mobile platforms are finished (the last BB10 device shipped over 2 years ago), it's now giving holdouts some not-so-subtle hints that it's time to move on. The company has announced that it's shut...

12/15/2017 01:30 PM
Eve V review: The wisdom of the crowd mostly pays off
If you've never heard of Eve, I like to think of it as the OnePlus of computers: By ditching middlemen, this 11-person startup found a way to build and sell premium computers at a significant discount. The difference is, the people in charge didn't d...

12/15/2017 01:12 PM
Apple signs ‘Battlestar Galactica’ developer for new space drama
Apple has ordered yet another TV series to add to its growing list of star-backed original productions. The company signed network sci-fi luminary Ronald D. Moore, veteran of several Star Trek series and developer of the Battlestar Galactica reboot,...

12/15/2017 12:51 PM
Facebook tests option to bypass profiles and only post to News Feed
Facebook appears to be testing different options for how users share posts. The Next Web's Matt Navarra tweeted tests of two new ways to post content that let you bypass posting to your profile.

12/15/2017 12:30 PM
What do made-for-AI processors really do?
Tech's biggest players have fully embraced the AI revolution. Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei have made mobile chipsets that are designed to better tackle machine learning tasks, each with a slightly different approach. Huawei launched its Kirin 970 at IF...

12/15/2017 12:18 PM
The FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video may violate copyright law
This is a bit ironic. When FCC chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai uploaded a video this week detailing all the things we'll still be able to do after he killed net neutrality, he apparently forgot one key step: asking permission. You see, pa...

12/15/2017 12:00 PM
Facebook adds more viewing options to its 360 app for Gear VR
Facebook launched its Facebook 360 app for Gear VR in March and today the company announces some new features. Facebook says that because people want more than just 360 videos in VR, it's adding a slew of new video types to the app's available option...