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Huawei is under Department of Justice investigation for violating Iran sanctions

Huawei was expecting to launch the Mate 10 Pro on US carriers this year, but government pressure forced both AT&T and Verizon to drop the deal. Now, …

U.S. Department of Justice

Volvo's Polestar 1 luxury hybrid will cost $155,000

At the Geneva Motor Show last month, Volvo flaunted its long-range plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, which can pull with 600 horsepower thanks to its two electric motors and a 2.0 liter turbo engine. The final price on such a beast has just been revealed at Auto China 2018 in Beijing: $155,000 in the US, …

Auto Shows

Pro gaming team signs 13-year-old ‘Fortnite’ player

Among the four members making up pro gaming organization Team Secret's new European <i>Fortnite</i> squad, one stood out: 13-year-old Kyle "Mongraal" Jackson. Almost immediately after the team was introduced today, news outlets jumped on Jackson's youth. Even if he may not hold the record (some say the …

Gaming

Brathwait Swiss Classic: Minimalist Style at a Minimal Price

Can you really buy a quality watch for $99? This Brathwait Swiss Classic is an attractively designed timepiece that makes a heroic effort at just …

Smartwatches

Hackers Designed a New Way to Secretly Unlock Millions of Hotel Room Doors

A critical flaw in electronic locks left millions of hotel rooms worldwide vulnerable to hackers. Now, the security researchers who developed the …

Information Systems

Anker announced an affordable AirPods rival and a bunch of new speakers

Anker’s audio brand, Soundcore, is releasing more than a dozen new speakers and headphones to welcome actual good spring and summer weather. Soundcore, like its parent brand, makes solid products at affordable price points. Most of these speakers and headphones stand out for their battery life, …

Amazon Echo

Fly halfway around the world on Airbus' newest A350

Completing its first flight today, the Airbus A350 Ultra Long Range can fly 20 hours nonstop, enough to connect Singapore and New York on one load of fuel.<p>The latest version of the Airbus A350 completed its first flight Monday morning, cruising over the Mediterranean Sea in a series of long loops …

Qatar Airways

Steven Spielberg ‘played’ ‘Mario’ in VR on ‘PlayStation’

When a person who’s now well-beyond his or her first mid-life crisis tells you they played Mario in virtual reality on PlayStation, you have to roll …

Virtual Reality

Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves

With eight feature releases and a couple of short films, the <i>Fast and Furious</i> franchise has worked its way into the public consciousness. When you think about it, though, while the films are rated PG-13, the core concept is pretty kid-friendly: fast cars and one-liners abound. It doesn't hurt that …

Animation

BMW releases a teaser for the iX3, its first all-electric SUV

BMW announced back in March that it's debuting a concept version of the iX3 at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. It's the automaker's first all-electric SUV, and it's also the first EV it's launching since it started producing the i3 back in 2013. Now, the company has released a teaser of the 2020 iX3 on …

Automotive Industry

Spotify voice control is coming to UE's Alexa-powered speakers

The Alexa-powered Blast and Megablast speakers Ultimate Ears launched late last year will soon give you a way to listen to your favorite tunes on Spotify without lifting a single finger. Ultimate Ears will roll out Spotify voice control through Amazon's voice assistant in the near future, so you …

Smart Homes

Full Sail taps VR to help online students feel less isolated.

Taking online classes is an easy way to fit college into your schedule without the need to physically be on campus. But, there are drawbacks. Full Sail University hopes that implementing virtual reality into its courses will help eliminate some of those faults. The Florida-based school is …

Virtual Reality

Experience the horror of a Syrian air raid in 'Hero'

I've never seen a war zone, but I got a small, virtual taste of what it might be like at the Tribeca Film Festival. <i>Hero</i> is a multisensory, interactive experience that drops you into a city in Syria right before an air raid. You're a spectator (and subsequent participant) to the minutes before and …

Virtual Reality

Credit card companies unite for a checkout button to take on PayPal

Even if you don't use PayPal to send money to friends, there's a good chance you've reached for their checkout button in online stores, which is tied to all of your payment information. It's simply easier than getting up and finding your wallet. Now, the major credit card companies -- Visa, …

FinTech

Play tank sim '‘Battlezone’ without a VR headset May 1st

A few PSVR launch titles, like <i>Here They Lie</i> and <i>EVE: Valkyrie</i>, have gracefully released non-VR versions, and now VR tank sim <i>Battlezone</i> will follow suit. The revival of the same-named 80s classic debuted on the PSVR and was later ported to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but now it will shed its vivid …

Virtual Reality

GoPro's latest trade-in program will take any digital camera

GoPro really needs you to buy its action cameras, and it's trying an uncommon take on a familiar strategy to make that happen. The company has introduced a TradeUp program in the US that gives you a discount of $50 on a Hero 6 Black or $100 on a Fusion if you trade in your old digital camera... no …

Cameras

The EverCam promises a year of home security on a single charge

Eufy is Anker's smart home line of products, which includes robot vacuums, smart scales and even an Echo Dot competitor called Genie. Now Eufy has its own wireless security system called EverCam, and it's taken to Kickstarter to both fund and gauge interest in the item, which boasts a long battery …

Gear & Gadgets

Lego League returns to space with two robotics kits for competitions

If you got excited for the Women of NASA and Saturn V rocket Lego sets, you'll dig this new offering from the building brick company from Denmark. Lego's education arm just announced two new robotic kits that can be used in the First Lego League series of robotics competitions, the Mission Moon and …

Lego

Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock

Unlocking an August Smart Lock with your phone is easy enough, but if you have an Apple Watch, you don't even need to have your phone with you. Apple's smartwatch can now unlock any August-branded smart lock, so long as you're specified as its "owner." To set it up, you first need to make sure your …

Smartwatches

Play 'Star Wars' holochess without a headset on iOS

When Disney and Lenovo teamed up to create <i>Star Wars: Jedi Challenges</i>, it was a significant step in bringing augmented reality (AR) gaming to the masses. The headset was modestly-priced, and the game, a <i>Star Wars-</i>themed version of chess, was accessible to everyone. Now, in a bid to push the …

Augmented Reality

Here's what all the settings on your old washing machine really mean

Make sense of all the dials on your old-school machines to wash your clothes better.<p>Along with LED screens and smarter detergent dispensers, most modern washers and dryers have intelligent and straightforward settings for washing your whites, darks, linens and delicates. But the older models that …

Washing Machines

Passenger nearly sucked out of airplane window in nightmare emergency landing

Nervous flyers, it’s time to take a double dose of Xanax and carefully reconsider vacation options within driving distance. A Southwest Airlines …

Airplanes

Google includes a Raspberry Pi in a DIY smart speaker kit

The updated kits are rolling out to Target and include everything you need to build your own smart speaker or smart camera.<p>Google wants to make it easier than ever to build your own smart home gadgets. The search giant's latest kits hit Target stores this month and include everything you need to …

Raspberry Pi

Contact lenses that darken in the sun? FDA says yes

The first contacts that change in different lighting conditions have received FDA approval.<p>Walking out into bright sunlight can be hell when wearing contact lenses, which tend to make many people ultrasensitive to strong light. Now, thanks to the FDA approving light-reactive contact lenses, we may …

Johnson & Johnson

Amazon's mobile app simplifies shopping for international customers

It's easy to take Amazon for granted if you live in a country with an official portal, but what if you live in a country where imports are your only realistic option? If you have your phone close at hand, it should now be relatively easy. The company has launched an International Shopping feature …

Apps

B&O's Beoplay P6 speaker blasts your summer playlists in all directions

Danish luxury A/V company Bang & Olufsen has launched a number of more affordable speakers under its more approachable B&O Play brand, and today it added yet another option. The Beoplay P6 is the company's latest wireless speaker, offering Bluetooth connectivity with your go-to music-playing …

Tech Trends

Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids

There's little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android …

Apps

Someone Convince Me That an iPhone Wallet Case Isn't the Dumbest Idea in the World

Wallet phone cases have always seemed like a total absurdity to me. Am I wrong?<p>My phone is a very large concentration of value in an easy-to-lose, …

DMV

Buying Luxury Watches At TWC Japan

Buying a watch while travelling is one of the best ways to commemorate a memorable trip, especially in a city like Tokyo, which is a major hub for …

Watches