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Goodbye Xbox, 'Hey Cortana'

When the Windows 10 digital assistant Cortana arrives on the Xbox platform, get ready for real-language voice commands.<p>We always knew Cortana was heading to Xbox One -- it was part of the strategy for the digital assistant as far back as 2013.<p>But Microsoft used its E3 2016 press conference to …

Cortana

Samsung Pay arrives in Australia to try and eat Apple's lunch

More than eight months after Apple Pay launched in Australia, Samsung Pay has arrived and it's trying to make nice with the local banks.<p>The mobile …

Deleting Apple’s pre-installed apps in iOS 10 doesn’t actually ‘delete’ them

One of the most talked about features in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 is the ability to delete many of the apps that come pre-loaded on your iPhone or iPad. But it turns out that deleting the apps doesn’t <i>actually</i> delete them.<p>That’s according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software …

OnePlus won’t release any more low-end phones

The OnePlus 3 is a great phone for $399, but don't expect the company to go any lower. CEO Pete Lau said today at the 3's Chinese launch that OnePlus won't release a follow-up to the cheaper OnePlus X, as <i>Engadget</i> reports, and will instead focus on a single "true flagship" model in the …

Mobile Technology

Project Scorpio: Microsoft's Dave McCarthy on the future of the Xbox One

It’s been a strong E3 for the industry’s platform holders. Sony’s conference was a lean parade of upcoming games, while Microsoft revealed not only a slimmer Xbox One model, but its 2017 plans for Project Scorpio, a significantly upgraded version of the console that will enable 4K gaming.<p>Sony also …

Former Android chief is betting on quantum computing and AI

Andy Rubin -- one of the people who invented the Android platform -- left Google in 2014, but he's still helping shape the future of technology. At Bloomberg Technology Conference, he revealed that one of the startups his hardware incubator is backing has a pretty lofty goal: finding a way to …

Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

When you think of Autodesk, you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand …

The Apple TV finally has a chance to be a gaming platform

Immersive games require a serious controller and the Apple TV Siri Remote is not a serious controller. Yet until recently Apple required game developers to fully support the Siri Remote for all games, which is likely one of the reasons developers haven’t fully embraced the platform.<p>Gaming was key …

Lumus secures $15 million to expand their augmented reality optical display capabilities

Lumus—makers of transparent near-to-eye displays for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)—announced this morning that they have secured $15 million in a Series B round, led by global private investment firm Shanda Group and also by Crystal-Optech, a Chinese optical imaging company.<p>One of …

Pebble Time Round Kickstarter Editions Come To Pebble Time 2 Campaign

As if the Pebble 2 Kickstarter needed more help (it’s currently the third most-funded campaign in Kickstarter history), backers were greeted this morning with a surprise update. Pebble has added two special edition Pebble Time Round smartwatches to the campaign: the 20mm Polished Gold and Shining …

Smartwatches

Game Center is first Apple app to fall from the iOS tree

In addition to letting users delete its preinstalled apps, Apple has removed Game Center from its first iOS 10 beta update for developers.<p>Users of iOS who have longed dreamed of deleting Apple's preinstalled apps from their devices will finally get their wish with iOS 10. And now, Apple is taking …

Apps

Siri voice control comes to Remote app for Apple TV this summer

The Remote app allows control of Apple TV boxes using your iPhone or iPad, and this summer it's getting a major overhaul with Siri voice support and the ability to control games.<p>The tiny remote controls included with Apple TV boxes are slippery little suckers, perfect for sliding between the …

iOS 10 Now Requires User Permission to Access Media Library

Apple implemented privacy safeguards on iOS long ago so that when an app requests access to your contacts, calendars, photos, or location, a dialog box pops up asking for express user permission. On iOS 9 and previous software versions, however, that safeguard did not extend to a device's media …

Apps

Apple will deactivate Flash by default on Safari 10

You know that Maya Angelou quote that says "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option?" If Flash were a person following that tenet, then it now has to drop Safari from its dwindling list of priorities. In a post on the WebKit blog, Apple engineer Ricky Mondello has …

Angels try to stay loose despite struggles

A half-hour before batting practice on Saturday, center fielder<p>Mike Trout, sporting a U.S. national soccer team jersey, and reserve infielderBrendan Ryangrabbed a couple of golf clubs and started chipping balls all over theAngelsclubhouse, much to the delight and encouragement of their …

Disability

A’s finally win: hit 3 homers, avoid 0-8 trip

CINCINNATI — There was a high-five line. There was music in the clubhouse. There was laughter. There was razzing. All the stuff that follows a win, about which the A’s knew nothing for seven games and nine days.<p>Nine <i>long</i> days.<p>“We needed a win for sure,” Billy Butler said after the A’s beat …

Chris Kunitz saved a goal with the best backcheck of his hockey career

The Penguins are leading 1-0 after the first period in Game 6, but we may have had a different outcome if Chris Kunitz didn't perfectly swipe away Joel Ward's breakaway.<p>Ward may not be the fastest player, but Kunitz caught up to him like he was shot out of a cannon. Not only that, Kunitz avoided a …

Ice Hockey

Penguins players are placing their adorable babies on top of the Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the 2016 Stanley Cup! Quite frankly, there are very few moments that can top hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup after a long NHL — wait, IS THAT A BABY IN THE CUP?!<p>A few Penguins decided to hoist their adorable kids atop the Stanley Cup during the postgame celebrations. So …

Stanley Cup

Belt homers to back Peavy; Giants edge Dodgers 2-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavy's sore neck, which bothered him for much of the past week, didn't get any better when he tumbled toward first base in …

Baseball

Penguins Win the Stanley Cup: Pictures

Stanley Cup

Crosby cements his legacy as one of NHL’s greatest ever

It's a credit to some of the greats in hockey history, the way we talk about Sidney Crosby.<p>But how can someone be expected to match what Bobby Orr did, winning eight consecutive Norris trophies as the NHL's top defenceman at 27 years old? Or be like Wayne Gretzky, who redefined greatness – with …

Sidney Crosby wins Conn Smythe trophy as NHL playoffs' MVP

SAN JOSE – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz said it was never enough for Sidney Crosby to be the NHL’s top offensive star.<p>“Early in his career he went out and got points and did everything,” Kunitz recalled. “But that didn’t make him satisfied.”<p>Sidney Crosby was named winner of the Conn …

Ice Hockey

NASCAR’s young talent comes to the forefront at Michigan

The average age of the top-three finishers in Sunday’s race was the youngest in NASCAR history.<p>Conventional wisdom suggests that a race featuring a difficult rules package emphasizing talent would greatly favor drivers with years and years of experience who possess the know-how to best adapt.<p>On …

Motorsport

SmartDeviceLink app developer program opens for Ford, Toyota vehicles

Ford announced the app developer program for SmartDeviceLink, the app integration protocol it turned into an open source project, letting third-party developers build car-centric apps.<p>Developers eager to get their apps into cars can now turn to the SmartDeviceLink developer program, which launched …

New Star Trek Game for VR Coming From Ubisoft, Will Be at E3

Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher Ubisoft is working on a virtual reality Star Trek game, the company announced today. It's called Star Trek: Bridge Crew, and Ubisoft confirmed on Twitter that it will showcase the title on Monday, June 13, presumably during its E3 briefing.<p>Developer Red Storm …

Virtual Reality

According to Russia, Video Games are Definitely a Sport

The next time your mom tells you to go outside, refer her to the Kremlin.<p>Gamers participate in a 2012 eSports tournament. (Photo: Zone …

Tesla Resolves Nondisclosure Issue With NHTSA, Musk Implies a Conspiracy

Are reports of Tesla Model S suspension issues legit, or totally fabricated? Elon Musk seems to think the latter.<p>Last Thursday, we reported that NHTSA was examining reports of suspension issues in the Tesla Model S and the company's possible use of a nondisclosure agreement with a customer affected …

How VR is helping train NFL quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Jameis Winston

Virtual reality is becoming an integral part of training in the NFL as well as other college and professional sports. The technology that was once a dream is now a reality and is proving to be an amazing tool for athletes. The 360-degree virtual reality image enables users to be in the game, try …

Virtual Reality

Traffic Simulator Shows You How Jams Form in Real Time

Watch careless virtual drivers cause massive traffic jams just like real ones.<p>Traffic jams seem to appear out of nowhere and sometimes for no good reason other than to frustrate you. If you've ever wanted to see just how easy it is for a jam to get started, take a look at traffic-simulation.de, a …