House lawmakers introduced five bipartisan bills designed to rein in Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and other so-called "Big Tech" companies. Hearings will begin shortly on the proposed legislation package that could prevent certain acquisitions and mergers from happening. It's the first significant step by Congress to try and hold tech firms accountable. Here's what you need to know about these bills and how it could shape your online usage.
As the game industry's largest trade show wraps up, here's a first look at some of the newest games coming to the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Watch the trailers and gameplay videos for "Halo Infinite," the next "Legend of Zelda," "Far Cry 6," "Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora," "Forza Horizons 5," "Metroid Dread" and many more.
Microsoft says it will reveal the newest version of Windows on June 24. The company's Chief Executive Satya Nadella teased it during May's Build developer conference, describing it as the "most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators." Read what we know so far about what's being called Windows 11.
Lawmakers are demanding an investigation into the Justice Department's use of subpoenas in its hunt for government leakers during the Trump administration. The federal agency revealed it forced Apple and Google to provide data on individuals, including journalists and prominent Democratic politicians, and prevented the tech companies from publicly saying anything. Read more on this scandal and what happens next.
One of the platforms that pioneered video livestreaming as a business has now been around for more than a decade. Take a look back at Twitch's growth and its impact on the creator economy. Plus, how the company marked its anniversary and some of the problems it still needs to deal with.
The game industry's biggest trade event kicks off on June 12, returning after a year off due to the pandemic. But organizers have foregone an in-person affair for an entirely virtual show that's free for everyone to watch. What will be the big announcements this year? Read more on what industry watchers think will be revealed, and how you can stay up-to-date on all the E3 news.
Five months after its introduction, the first Tesla Model S "Plaid" cars have been delivered. Elon Musk calls it the "quickest production vehicle ever made" and it's not cheap either. It has a $130,000 price tag and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under two seconds. Read more about the electric vehicle's debut.
The pitch: Subscribe to MoviePass and you could watch unlimited movies in theaters all month long. In reality, the company used deceptive practices to prevent customers from doing just that, including resetting their passwords or subjecting them to "premium" fees. Now shuttered, MoviePass and its executives this week settled multiple lawsuits from the FTC and California district attorneys over its "unlawful business practices."
The government in this Central American country used its "supermajority" to pass a law making bitcoin legal tender alongside the dollar. Citizens can use the cryptocurrency to pay for goods and services, and make tax contributions. Under the "Bitcoin Law," exchanges in bitcoin will also not be subject to capital gains tax. The move, however, could negatively impact El Salvador's request for international aid.
For more than three years, alleged criminals used the encrypted phone network ANoM to communicate. But it was secretly a honeypot set up by the FBI. The U.S. law enforcement agency, along with Australia's Federal Police, Europol and New Zealand's police, were monitoring everything being transmitted. This included planning criminal acts such as drug trafficking and murder. On Tuesday, more than 200 people worldwide were arrested and millions of dollars seized.
Thousands gathered in Miami in early June to talk about what's happening with Bitcoin. Twitter and Square Chief Executive Jack Dorsey made an appearance along with former Congressman Ron Paul. Plus, the Bitcoin conference had its fill of Elon Musk-bashing, and El Salvador's president announced plans to have the country be the world's first to adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender. Read on for more of what happened at Bitcoin 2021.
Apple unveiled the latest version of its iPhone operating system on Monday at its developer conference. But what's so special about iOS 15? The company touts that its software not only beefs up privacy, but also allows for more sharing within iMessage. It also extends FaceTime's capabilities so it's more like Zoom, adds support for the video service on both Android and the browser, and much more. Read on to learn what's coming to iOS 15 and how you can download it today.
Apple, Spotify and Amazon have announced their music streaming services support lossless audio. But what is this format, how does it make songs and podcasts better, and what speakers and headphones support it? Learn how these tech companies are improving the overall music experience.
Apple's annual developer conference kicks off on Monday, but what will the company announce? Industry observers predict updates to Apple's iOS, iPadOS, Mac, Watch, and TV operating systems will be revealed, along with two new MacBooks. Will we also see hints of the company's rumored augmented reality glasses? Learn more about what's in store at WWDC and how you can watch chief executive Tim Cook's keynote live.
Facebook held its developer conference on Wednesday, its first one since it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company announced new APIs for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, giving businesses more opportunities to use these apps in their outreach with customers. Take a closer look at the new tools that were announced.
Amazon's Sidewalk service will launch on June 8, creating a wireless network connected by nearby Amazon-enabled devices. It taps into a small portion of the Wi-Fi bandwidth from Alexa smart speakers, Ring security cameras, Tile smart trackers and other gadgets to help power a wireless mesh network for the entire neighborhood. Amazon says it has security in place to protect people's privacy, but here's how you can opt out before it goes live.
Wish all of your smart home gadgets would just work together, regardless of who built them? That's now possible under the Matter platform. The Connectivity Standards Alliance, made up of hundreds of manufacturers, including Samsung, Google, Amazon and Apple, developed this open home standard to bridge together disparate devices users may have. You can buy a smart device, choose any virtual assistant and have it connect to your home network easily. Learn more about Matter below.
Starting June 1, Google's photo service is limiting its free storage option to 15GB. Those interested in continuing the unlimited storage plan will have to sign up for the Google One subscription service. Here's what this change means for existing users and alternative apps to try out.
Lina Khan is a legal scholar and could soon take a seat on the Federal Trade Commission. This could be bad news for Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and other so-called "Big Tech" companies as she's been a vocal advocate for antitrust action against the industry. The full Senate will soon decide on whether to confirm her and she would join Tim Wu and other tech critics within the Biden administration. Read more about Khan and her views on regulating tech.
Improving access to broadband internet is part of President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. However, it faces stiff resistance from Republicans, some who had questioned the $100 billion price tag. And even after reducing the cost to $65 billion, Biden may not get what he wants due to unanswered questions on how broadband should work in the U.S. and much more. Read more about the fight to improve this tech infrastructure and why it's critical to bridging the digital divide.
Billed as a safety app, Citizen looks to be taking that mission to the extremes. The company's push to capitalize on vigilante behavior can pose big risks, experts say. In one case, its Chief Executive personally funded a manhunt to find a Los Angeles arsonist, only to have identified the wrong person. And Citizen at one point explored forming a security force that it envisioned would have police powers. Take a closer look at this controversial app.
Days after its local office was raided by a special squad of New Delhi police, Twitter spoke out against this "form of intimidation," saying it's meant to encourage compliance over India's new IT regulations, which mandates content moderation. The company warned such enforcement would "inhibit free, open public conversation." Critics also suggest the rules are aimed at silencing opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new law this week that bans social media companies from removing "conservative ideas" from their sites. Facebook, Twitter and others accused of violating this act would face financial penalties. It's the first such bill in the U.S. to be signed into law. However, there are questions about if Florida's new law is actually enforceable as federal law, as Section 230 protects these businesses from liability.
As Microsoft's annual developer conference kicks off this week, the company revealed new services aimed at helping build apps easier. Among the updates are five multi-cloud-friendly Azure features, a partnership to develop sustainable software, and a new product that uses GPT-3 to turn our natural language into code. Plus, Chief Executive Satya Nadella teases the "next generation of Windows" in his opening keynote. Read all the announcements from day one here.
After three weeks of testimony from experts and executives from Epic Games and Apple, the case goes to U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. It's unclear when a verdict will be rendered, though some reports suggest it could take months before we know her decision on this complex case. Until then, here are 15 things we've learned about the Epic Games vs. Apple trial.
Do you know if the review you're reading on Amazon is real or not? How easy is it to spot a fake? The online marketplace is flooded with these fraudulent posts. A leaked database reveals nearly 200,000 people implicated in this scam, though there could be more. The Federal Trade Commission is urging Amazon to punish those behind the fake reviews, a scheme that threatens legitimate businesses and products for sale.
The U.S. has warned for years about cyberattacks being launched against critical infrastructure and a need to shore up defenses. In the aftermath of the ransomware hack against Colonial Pipeline, a major oil pipeline in the country, there's a renewed call to do more. Take a deep dive at what the Biden administration is doing to minimize vulnerabilities to power grids, pipelines and other areas from hackers.
In 2019, Google said it had achieved quantum supremacy, a claim contested by rivals. The company boasted that its quantum computer could perform a complex calculation in 200 seconds, a feat that traditional supercomputers would take at least 10,000 years to do. Now the tech giant wants to make another breakthrough: Build a “useful, error-corrected quantum computer" within the next eight years. Read what Google's doing to reach this milestone.