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Instagram adds live video broadcasts and disappearing photos

Instagram has been taking quite a bit of inspiration from Snapchat lately, and that trend continues today. The app's latest update brings two new features: "disappearing" photos for Instagram Direct and live video broadcasting in your Instagram stories. The latter feature is probably a bigger deal, …

Tesla officially acquires SolarCity

Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity officially closed Monday morning, bringing together Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company with the solar energy company founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive. The deal was approved by Tesla and SolarCity shareholders last week, after first being proposed …

Tesla

China’s NextEV says its new electric supercar is the world’s fastest

0–60 mph in 2.7 seconds<p>This could be the world’s fastest electric car: the NIO EP9. So claims the manufacturer, China’s NextEV, which unveiled its new NIO brand of electric cars at a London art gallery today. How fast are we talking about here? NextEV, which also has a Formula E team, says its …

Electric Vehicles

4K Netflix arrives on Windows 10, but probably not for your PC

You'll need the latest Intel processor<p>Netflix 4K streaming is finally heading to Windows PCs this week. While a number of TVs and set-top-boxes already support 4K Netflix streams, the PC has largely been left out of the high-quality streams due to piracy fears. Netflix is now supporting 4K …

Televisions

Scholars Delve Deeper Into The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

In 1941, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov stated "The Three Laws of Robotics," in his short story "Runaround."<p>Law One: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.<p>Law Two: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such …

Artificial Intelligence

Snapchat's Spectacles just landed in a New York pop-up store

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Snapchat’s Spectacles, but didn’t live in one of the few places the company put its vending machines, you might be in luck today.<p>This morning at 6 AM EST, one of the company’s Snapbots randomly appeared in the heart of Manhattan, inside what’s probably …

Microsoft Windows 10 VR headsets will run even on modest PCs

At an event to announce its feature-packed Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft revealed that it’s working with hardware makers to release PC-tethered VR headsets that’ll start at $299 – a lot cheaper than existing options like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.<p>The trouble with the current …

New Facebook feature lets you find nearby Wi-Fi

Facebook appears to be testing a new feature that lets you find nearby wireless hotspots.<p>Not long ago, Facebook started asking Pages to list Wi-Fi locations at their physical addresses. It seems this is the backbone that the information is built on, but it might also lend itself to some inaccurate …

There’s another malicious link floating around that will cause any iOS device to freeze & require a hard reset

Every so often, a weird bug related to iOS will emerge that causes some sort of temporary misbehaving for users affected by it. For instance, nearly two years ago the infamous “effective power” bug took the internet by storm, and we’ve seen various other similar issues since then.<p>Now, it has been …

Google's new update will help you avoid holiday shopping crowds

You may want to check Google before you head out on your next holiday shopping spree.<p>The company's latest search feature makes it easier to find out …

Design Your Own Custom Xbox Controller Using Design Lab

Fancy designing a custom Xbox controller for yourself or a friend this Christmas? Check out the Xbox Design Lab Wireless Controller and Engraving …

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NVIDIA Corporation CEO Talks Up Nintendo Partnership

A little while back, <b>NVIDIA</b> (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced that it would be providing gaming specialist <b>Nintendo</b> (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY) with a custom-designed Tegra processor to power the latter's next-generation Switch game console.<p>Image source: NVIDIA.<p>On NVIDIA's most recent earnings call, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang …

Scientists created a mobile game to help detect the early onset of dementia

In the mobile video game Sea Hero Quest, you play an ocean explorer recovering your aging sailor father’s lost memories. But along the way, you’re also helping advance Alzheimer’s research in the real world.<p>Everything you do becomes a data point for scientists to use later on. You move through …

Alzheimer's Disease

Google Live cases show trending topics on your Pixels' screens

Google has launched two new Live case lines for its Pixel phones that come with their own live wallpapers, and one of them's a lot more relaxing than the other. The Google Earth Live cases feature beaches, ice formations and other beautiful photos of our planet taken from the company's satellite …

Snapchat Spectacles Are Being Sold Online For as Much as $4,500

For those who can't wait until the Snapbot comes to town<p>If you’re a tech guru looking to buy a pair of Snapchat’s new Spectacles, get prepared to …

Los Angeles

Dubai residents could soon flag down a new autonomous bus

The streets of Dubai are known for hosting some of the world’s most expensive sports cars. Brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and BMW are a common sight in the desert strip. However, a new type of vehicle is making its way through Dubai’s “Business Bay,” an autonomous bus.<p>This bus, trialed in a …

Autonomous Vehicle

Don’t bother making beats, Google’s ‘Infinite Drum Machine’ has got you covered [Video]

The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that due to its relatively back-end nature its applications seem to be virtually endless.<p>Today is music’s lucky day, as sound is the latest area which has undergone Google‘s AI surgery in its recent wave of “experiments”…<p>With a little help from …

Amazon is now selling cars -- but only in Italy (for now)

Italian Amazon users will soon be able to purchase their next car while shopping for toothpaste.<p>Announced today, the deal teams Fiat Chrysler with e-commerce giant Amazon to offer three of Italy’s best-selling cars at discounted prices online — the ‘Panda,’ ‘500,’ and ‘500L.’ “The time has arrived …

Spammers compromised Twitter accounts for @PlayStation and others

If you noticed something odd on Twitter tonight, you weren't alone. Around 1AM ET, accounts like @PlayStation, @Viacom, @XboxSupport, @NTSB, @TheNewYorker, @TheNextWeb, the Red Cross (@ICRC) and @Money started aggressively pushing ways to help you obtain more followers for free. Most of the tweets …

Mark Zuckerberg explains how Facebook is fighting fake news

Ever since the end of the presidential election, the spread of rumors, misinformation and outright fake news on social media has been in the spotlight. With even President Obama speaking out about social media's role in pushing propaganda, and some coders taking matters into their own hands with …

Dark Souls 3, Overwatch and Pokemon Go win awards at the Golden Joysticks

<b>Role-playing game Dark Souls 3 has been named ultimate game of the year at the Golden Joystick Awards.</b><p>Pokemon Go picked up the innovation of the year and handheld/mobile game of the Year prizes.<p>The awards were held at London's IndigO2.<p>The Golden Joysticks are seen as one of the most prestigious …

Pokémon Go

Indie Game Development and Publishing Is All About Trust

And Ysbryd, an indie game publisher, is right in the thick of things.<p>“Ysbryd” is Welsh for spirit or ghost. It’s a word that evokes thoughts of the …

Kuala Lumpur

For the first time, a major Pokémon game is coming to a Nintendo console

Throughout its run, the core series of turn-based role-playing games about collecting the eccentric critters has <i>never</i> left Nintendo's line of handheld consoles. There have been spin-off games (such as the excellent "Pokémon Snap") on the home consoles, but the real thing has always been a strictly …

Pokémon

Some Pokémon Players Are Spending Hours Restarting Sun and Moon For Better Monsters

Now that <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> are officially out, you’d expect trainers everywhere to jump right into the world of Alola. Actually, though, veteran …

Pokémon

Bungie is banning Destiny's biggest cheaters

As video game makers continue to incorporate more online and multiplayer elements into their games, they need to give special consideration to how they deal with cheaters. Consoles are locked down by default, meaning players have fewer tools to manipulate their experience, but Bungie has confirmed …