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eBay adopts Google’s AMP to speed up its mobile site

Ecommerce company eBay today announced that it has started using the Google-led open source Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology for more quickly displaying webpages on end users’ mobile devices. Altogether, around 8 million AMP pages are now live.<p>The new AMP-powered product category pages …

Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant can now order millions of items

Alexa's latest trick: ordering new products off Amazon.<p>The online retailer said Friday that Alexa, the digital voice assistant residing inside the company's Echo smart speaker and Fire TV, can now be used to order tens of millions of items -- from sunscreen to batteries to chocolate -- by simply …

Who needs a 4K display? Surfing the web in VR is where we're all going.

One day soon we'll all be surfing the internet in virtual reality just like how graphic designers envisioned it would look like in the '90s.<p>According …

Facebook Messenger has more than 11,000 bots

Facebook just moved one step closer toward making its bot ambitions a reality.<p>Just months after introducing the first bots for Facebook Messenger at …

Report: HTC Nexus specs revealed (most of them, anyway)

Recent rumors may suggest that Google is designing its own Android phones this year, but that hasn’t stopped reports suggesting HTC is building two new Nexus phones.<p>Android Police says it’s acquired the specs for the larger of the two devices, codenamed Marlin:<p>Quad-core Qualcomm processor<br>• 5.5″ QHD …

Apple responds to Spotify over anticompetitive claims

The music streaming war heats up<p>Apple has responded to Spotify's claims that it is intentionally rejecting the streaming service's app to prevent it from competing with Apple Music, saying Spotify is asking for "preferential treatment" in the App Store's approval process. Apple general counsel …

The Biggest E3 2016 Games and Revelations

Farewell, E3 2016. Goodbye delicious food trucks, shills with sheaves of handouts and building-sized marketing triptychs for upcoming video games. …

E3: Could VR bring back the games arcade?

Games arcades were at their peak of popularity in the 1970s and 80s - a period which launched infamous titles like Space Invaders and Asteroids.<p>Many of these games soon moved into the home as consoles became cheaper and could easily be linked up to a TV set. The arrival of the home computer further …

Virtual Reality

Nintendo talks mobile gaming, VR and its future at E3

Nintendo has never been afraid to go against the grain of prevailing industry trends. In fact, the refusal to follow the pack has become a defining aspect of the gaming giant’s business strategy during the ascendance of chief console competitors Sony and Microsoft. So it comes as no surprise, …

Watch Zelda's 8-hour line at E3 resulted in a literal stampede

The Legend of Zelda is possibly the most consistently good series in all of gaming, and I’ve finished every single console title (the CDi ones don’t count). But even I would be terrified of the insane line for the upcoming ‘Breath of the Wild‘ produced at E3 – one that resulted in a literal …

Only 3 percent of games shown at E3 keynotes featured female protagonists

Just two titles had female leads<p>Of 59 new video games showcased at this year's E3, only 3 percent featured exclusively female protagonists, according to a survey compiled by gaming nonprofit Feminist Frequency. In other words, just two games — <i>ReCore</i> and <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> — have female leads, while …

At E3, game makers introduce more diverse heroes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After introducing the world to several new female heroes at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, story-driven game makers at …

Contact CI’s Exotendon system brings touch to VR

Sometimes the coolest demos at a convention are tucked away in the back corners, far from the bright lights and big booths industry stalwarts. One of the hidden gems of this year’s E3 arrives courtesy Contact CI. The small Cincinnati-based startup was showing of its developer kit for the first time …

Virtual Reality

Sony will pay out millions to spurned PS3 Linux users

A long-running lawsuit stemming from Sony's claim that its PlayStation 3 consoles would allow for third-party operating systems has finally come to a close. As <i>Ars Technica</i> reports, the class-action lawsuit could end up costing Sony millions of dollars for getting on the bad side of some Linux fans, …

BMW Is Turning Its Electric Vehicle Batteries Into a New Business

BMW unveiled plans to turn new and used electric vehicle batteries into an system that can store energy for homes and businesses.<p>The product, which …

All the highlights from Ubisoft's E3 2016 press conference

Ubisoft spent nearly two hours on Monday highlighting its upcoming game slate fro this year and next.<p>Fans were treated with extended glimpses of many …

STAR TREK Cast Beams Up for Bridge Crew VR Experience at E3

You’ve no doubt watched an episode or film in the <i>Star Trek</i> saga and wished you were a member of the bridge crew. Whether the helmsman piloting the …

Facebook removes posts offering heavy weapons for sale

Content removed after pages and groups emerge discussing everything from handguns to anti-aircraft systems<p>Facebook has removed pages offering weapons for sale.<p>Revolvers, rifles and submachine guns built or designed in Britain were listed for sale in secret arms-trading groups on the website, …

How to control when apps refresh in the background on your iPad

One of the more convenient features of iOS is called background app refresh. The process pretty much works like it sounds Apps can refresh their content in the background when on Wi-Fi or cellular. While this can be very helpful, because apps in this state will run for a short amount of time before …

NASA starts drop testing Orion with a dummy crew on board

The Orion capsule's first manned mission isn't scheduled to take off until 2023 at the <i>earliest.</i> NASA is already preparing for it, though, and has begun a series of water impact tests using a mockup of the spacecraft with a dummy crew on board. Engineers at the Langley Research Center dropped the …

With EmoWatch your Apple Watch knows if you are :) or :(

Siri is good for a lot of things, but she generally doesn’t care much whether you sound your usual perky self. Launching today is EmoWatch, a new app for your iPhone and Apple Watch that will take care of that side of things, helping you track your emotional state.<p>EmoWatch is basically a technical …

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Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

What do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant?<p>If you’re the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site.<p>Tesla has mulled large-scale European production for some time, and French Energy Minister Segolene Royal believes she can get the …

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Tesla Model 3: The Monkey Wrench In GM's Plans For Chevy Bolt

You’re all set to launch the world’s first affordable electric vehicle with 200+ mile range. You’re pretty excited because reviewers call the car “attractive,” fun to drive,” and “game-changing.” But before you start getting the idea this is a story about Tesla, whose Model 3 set the automotive …

BlackBerry's Hail Mary Throw With Two New Smartphones

BlackBerry’s handset sales for the first calendar quarter of the year make for sobering reading. At 600,000 devices it missed the nominal target set by Wall Street, and fell well short of where the Canadian company needs to be achieving if it is to reach the previously stated goal of three million …

Mobile Technology

A Computer Paints A Rembrandt, And It Looks Just Like The Real Thing

Algorithms are the ghosts of artists’ past.<p>Last year, an unsigned 19th-century painting went to auction in New Jersey. It was cracked, chipped, and assumed to be the work of a student doing his best to emulate Dutch Golden Age painting. Bidding started at $250 and was expected to peak at $800 tops. …

Your Apple Watch can now tell if you're happy or sad

Have you ever wondered if your Apple Watch really cares about your feelings? Well, it doesn’t but this app will help it understand how you’re feeling from how you talk.<p>EmoWatch, from Tokyo-based Smartmedical, is an app for the Apple Watch that identifies and tracks users’ emotions through their …

Entry level Samsung Galaxy J1 arrives in Canada

If the Samsung Galaxy J1 were one of your high school classmates, it wouldn’t be the cheerleader who went on to get a doctorate in nanotech engineering and who dabbles in modeling when she’s not globetrotting with her rugged photographer husband. No, you’re thinking of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. …

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Galaxy S7/Edge first month sales comfortably higher than S6 YoY as Samsung gains ground in developing markets

Having been on the market for a month, the analysts over at Counterpoint Technology Market Research crunched some numbers, and found that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are outselling their predecessors fairly comfortably, despite the increasingly harsh competitive market.<p>Overall, the Galaxy S7 and S7 …

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BMW launches ReachNow car-sharing -- not ride-sharing -- service in Seattle

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