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Everything Nintendo announced at E3 2018

Nintendo came out with the big guns for its pre-recorded E3 conference this morning, delivering updates on a couple of veteran franchises while also bringing some new titles to its Switch console.<p>We didn’t get a ton of big surprises, but what Nintendo showed off was certainly exciting to a lot of …

Retrogaming

Seattle just killed the 'Amazon tax' it passed four weeks ago

Seattle's controversial new "Amazon tax" was repealed Tuesday, a mere month after the City Council passed it unanimously.<p>It was killed in response to public pressure from No Tax on Jobs, a business-backed referendum campaign.<p>The campaign has already collected more than twice the number of …

City Politics

A single police drone has seriously impacted crime in a Mexican city

Drones are finding a place in so many industries lately that it’s not much of a surprise that police departments have also been testing the …

Drones

Tesla will start enabling full self-driving features in August

Tesla has been promising true self-driving features in its cars for the better part of two years, but there has been precious little to show for it. Now, though, you might get what you paid for. Elon Musk has revealed that Autopilot version 9 should arrive in August, and Tesla will "begin to …

Tesla

Google Assistant uses third-party services when first-party responses aren’t available

A Google Home user recently asked the Assistant about the current weather and was greeted with a response about checking it with a third-party service. If this has happened to you, don’t worry, this isn’t an ad…<p>As you can see in the video below, Colm O Sullivan, the person who uploaded the video to …

Nanoleaf joins forces with Razer to create even more immersive gaming lighting

Nanoleaf is a well-known company when it comes to specialized smart lighting for your home. Razer is also a well-known brand that makes beautiful PC accessories that also have special lighting. Why are we mentioning these two seemingly random companies in the same article? Because they recently …

Horizon Robotics’ smart security camera uses A.I. for serious facial recognition

The smart cameras of 2018 are getting smarter still. Startup Horizon Robotics has debuted a new HD smart camera that boasts serious artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Leap Motion designed a $100 augmented reality headset with super-powerful hand tracking

Gesture interface company Leap Motion is announcing an ambitious, but still very early, plan for an augmented reality platform based on its hand tracking system. The system is called Project North Star, and it includes a design for a headset that Leap Motion claims costs less than $100 at …

NASA’s virtual tour of the moon in 4K will blow your mind

The moon can look spectacular enough from here on Earth, but a just-posted NASA video showing the lunar surface in amazing close-up detail is also …

Grand Canyon

Adobe's AI will automatically color-match shots in Premiere

At NAB 2018, Adobe has announced that the Sensei AI used in Photoshop and Lightroom have come to its Premiere Pro CC editing app. The first tool, Color Match, takes a lot of tedium out an edit. Even when filmmakers are careful, hues and tones can vary from shot to shot, so editors usually have to …

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Self-improvement

OnePlus confirms some of the 6's key specs

It's that time again: OnePlus wants to drum up hype for its next phone, and that means dribbling out specs to entice fans. CEO Pete Lau has confirmed some of the rumored specs for the OnePlus 6, and it's clear the company will keep up its tradition of bordering-on-overkill specs. The …

NASA explores ‘quiet’ supersonic flight over land

Today, NASA announced its latest X-plane experimental aircraft called the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD). The agency signed a contract to design the plane back in 2016; now it's ready to proceed with development and construction. If the LBFD is successful, it will be a testbed for quiet …

Researchers develop device that extracts water from desert air

Researchers at MIT and UC Berkeley have developed and now tested a device that can extract water out of the air even in the driest of climates. The team proposed the device in a <i>Science</i> article last year and now they've improved the design and tried it out in Tempe, Arizona. While there are a few …

Nissan’s stylish street lamp puts old EV batteries back to work

Automakers are increasingly looking at ways to make use of so-called “second-life” batteries that are removed from electric vehicles (EVs) once their …

Electric Vehicles

Netflix's latest original: A typeface

If you're averse to change, then you might not like Netflix's most recent announcement. According to <i>It's Nice That</i>, the streaming service is changing its typeface from the old reliable Gotham to Netflix Sans. It was developed with typeface designers Dalton Maag.<p>The reasoning behind the switch is …

Here is how to delete Facebook

Some of us have been on Facebook for more than a decade, but all good things come to an end. Over the past 18 months, Facebook has been in a downward spiral. The social network is in the eye of a controversy storm, with fake news, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and misuse of …

YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about conspiracies

Pushing back on crazy theories<p>YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories to provide alternative viewpoints on controversial subjects, its CEO said today. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that these text boxes, which the company is calling “information …

Juno gives us a look at what’s happening beneath Jupiter’s surface

The Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 and it has already provided us with a wealth of information about the gas giant. Today, four <i>Nature</i> papers describe new observations about Jupiter that give us a look at the planet's poles and a much better understanding of what lies …

Astronomy

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 is getting a new ‘S Mode’ in 2019

Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated version next year<p>Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. While news leaked of the plans last month, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed them on Twitter …

Spotify files for $1 billion IPO

The world’s largest music streaming service announced its plans for an iPO<p>Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, has filed for an initial public offering today. The Sweden-based company co-founded by Daniel Ek, who has remained its CEO since its 2006 inception, and Martin Lorentzon …

Website follows journey of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster through space

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster may have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but you can still follow its path through the Solar System. Satellite guru Ben Pearson's unofficial Whereisroadster.com website is tracking the EV based on NASA data and his own flight modeling (which, it turns out, is more …

Tesla

Tesla's latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to create a more reliable wind power system. The …

Nova Scotia

Nikkei reiterates iPhone X production being cut in half, leaving Samsung scrambling for OLED buyers

A new report from <i>Nikkei</i> today explains that by lowering iPhone X orders, Apple has left Samsung scrambling to find new customers for its OLED panels. The report explains that Samsung initially ramped up production to meet demand for the iPhone X, but now faces excess capacity as Apple reportedly …

Mobile Technology

Nike ramps up membership benefits with Apple Music, ClassPass and Headspace unlocks for app users

The top line is that Nike is rolling out some membership related updates to its app for iPhone and Android today. The updates will come in the form of new unlocks with partnerships like ClassPass, Apple and Headspace. There will also be a bunch of new unlocks coming for exclusive shoes and clothing.<p>…

Intel told Chinese firms of Meltdown flaws before the US government

Intel may have been working with many tech industry players to address the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, but who it contacted and when might have been problematic. <i>Wall Street Journal</i> sources have claimed that Intel initially told a handful of customers about the processor vulnerabilities, including …

'Jackpotting' hack makes its way to ATMs in US

It's not the first time we've heard of hackers making ATMs spew out cash like a casino slot machine. We actually saw so-called "jackpotting" demonstrated last summer at the Black Hat security conference and it's reportedly been a real threat for banks in Europe and Asia for a couple years now.<p>But a …

ATMs

Elon Musk's Boring Company is selling a flamethrower

No, we're not kidding. After weeks of teases, Elon Musk has confirmed that The Boring Company is selling... a flamethrower. That's right, the same company digging traffic-skipping tunnels is now offering a weapon. Plunk down $500 for a pre-order (there's no word on when it will ship) and you can …

Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new cyber security business incubated at X

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc launched a new business unit on Wednesday that will sell cyber security software to Fortune 500 companies, the latest move by the parent of Google to become a big player in corporate computing.<p>The new unit, dubbed Chronicle, is betting on the premise that …

Tesla Model S plows into a fire truck while using Autopilot

Federal traffic safety officials are ‘gathering information,’ but not formally investigating yet<p>The driver of a Tesla Model S who crashed into a fire truck on a California freeway says he was using Autopilot at the time of the accident, and so far, Tesla isn’t refuting this claim.<p>“Autopilot is …