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Nintendo announces New 2DS XL for $149.99

Out of nowhere, Nintendo has announced another 3DS hardware revision: the New 2DS XL. As the name suggests, this takes features from the New 3DS, like the C-stick, Amiibo-compatible NFC reader, and extra processing power, while removing the display’s 3D functionality.<p>But the design is nothing like …

Nintendo

Apple’s self-driving Lexus test vehicle spotted in Silicon Valley

Using off-the-shelf parts<p>Apple earlier this month received a permit to start testing self-driving car technology in California, and now the first video of the iPhone maker’s test vehicle has been spotted. The car, a white Lexus RX450h crossover, was spotted by a driver somewhere in the Silicon …

Transportation

The most important part of Facebook's disinformation strategy is what it leaves out

How much should a social network do to fight espionage?<p>After months of hand-wringing over Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, the company has finally laid out its response. Over 13 pages, a report today details a comprehensive plan for dealing with what Facebook calls “information operations” — …

Facebook

Obviously no one should use this Slack bot to announce a workplace crush

Please don’t<p>The dating app Feeld, previously known as 3nder and commonly known as “Tinder for threesomes,” has just announced a Slack integration. Oh boy.<p>According to the Feeld site, the bot works like this — just open a direct message conversation with Feeld and @-mention someone you “have …

Chatbots

Huawei’s HiKey 960 is a high-end alternative to the Raspberry Pi

Right now the most powerful ARM-based computers available to consumers are Chromebooks. The Raspberry Pi is a great deal and all, and a fully functional $35 Linux desktop, but it's vastly less powerful than what most of us would deem acceptable for web browsing and actual work.<p>But it doesn't have …

Raspberry Pi

Uber's head of self-driving cars is stepping aside amid Waymo lawsuit

<i>Business Insider</i> reports that Anthony Levandowski, an Uber executive in charge of the company’s self-driving group, is stepping away from his role amid allegations that he stole 14,000 documents from Waymo before taking his current job. <i>Business Insider</i> obtained an email in which says he will …

Uber

NASA finally admits the first flight of its new monster rocket won’t happen next year

Expect a 2019 launch date at the earliest<p>Numerous government reports have predicted that NASA’s next big rocket, the Space Launch System, won’t be ready in time for its first launch in 2018 — and now months of speculation have finally become reality. NASA is going to push back the vehicle’s …

NASA

The FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality is here and it’s a vague, open-ended mess

The FCC put out its draft proposal for reversing the 2015 net neutrality order today, and the oddest thing about it may be how little the commission has thought through what to do with basic internet protections.<p>Rather than undoing the net neutrality order wholesale, the FCC is essentially …

Net Neutrality

Alphabet’s stock price reaches new highs as Google posts strong earnings

Google, along with Facebook, now dominates online advertising<p>The Interactive Advertising Bureau released its annual report yesterday on the state of the digital ad market. The numbers looked stunning for Google and Facebook, not so rosy for everyone else. The two tech giants accounted for more than …

Google

Microsoft's Q3 2017: cloud and Office power growth

Microsoft has published its Q3 fiscal 2017 earnings report, and the company has made $4.8 billion in net income on $22.1 billion in revenue. Both revenue and profit are up from the same period last year, and the company's Office and cloud products continue to help generate big parts of the overall …

Microsoft

The Handmaid's Tale: Catch up on all the trailers, updates, and commentary for Hulu's dystopian show

Contributors:<p>Image credit: Hulu<p>share<br>• tweet<br>• Linkedin<p>Hulu has adapted Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>, which premiered on April 26th. Catch up with the latest updates, trailers, and commentary.

TV

Apple patent hints at one day charging your phone over Wi-Fi

The perfect charging solution (if it ever exists)<p>A new patent filing by Apple indicates that the company is investigating the possibility of one day wirelessly charging devices over a variety of radio frequencies, including cellular (between 700 MHz and 2700 MHz), Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), and …

Wi-Fi

YouTube will search for the next Justin Bieber with a cover song competition show

Ryan Seacrest is also on board<p>Ryan Seacrest will produce the cover song competition series <i>Best.Cover.Ever</i> in collaboration with YouTube and production company EndemolShine (known mostly for reality hits like <i>The Biggest Loser</i> and <i>MasterChef</i>), as reported by <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>.<p>The series will be …

You Tube

Tesla’s German automation expert reportedly ousted after just six months

Disagreement with Musk preceded departure<p>Klaus Grohmann, founder of the German firm Grohmann Engineering which specializes in automated manufacturing acquired by Tesla late last year, was just ousted after clashing with the electric carmaker’s CEO, Elon Musk, <i>Reuters</i> is reporting.<p>Grohmann reportedly …

Tesla

Why don’t more smartwatches have a flashlight?

Acer’s new wearable seems unimpressive, but it’s got at least one useful thing<p>Acer announced a <i>lot</i> of new products today: powerful gaming laptops, fancy monitors to go with them, and even a 360-degree camera that can make voice calls. One item on that list was the Leap Ware smartwatch. Now, I don’t …

Smartwatches

You have to live life on the edge to get this transparent Galaxy S8 phone

The guy, maybe Jerry, over at the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel isn’t afraid to take screwdrivers, heat guns, and paint thinner to his smartphones. In a video uploaded today, he takes his new Samsung Galaxy S8, scrapes the paint off, and turns it into a fully transparent device. It looks super …

Samsung

Facebook’s Messenger Lite app launches in 132 more countries today

Facebook today announced a new global expansion of Messenger Lite, a low-bandwidth version of its messaging app designed for Android smartphones with limited memory and processing power. The expansion, which is adding 132 new countries on top of the existing launch markets and other additions since …

Facebook

Google announces last security update dates for Nexus and Android phones

Find out your phone’s expiration date<p>While using a phone with an outdated operating system is occasionally annoying, the thing that signifies the true death of a smartphone is when it stops getting security patches. Google has previously announced when various Nexus phones would stop getting OS …

Google

Play the first hour of Prey in this new demo

We’ve been looking forward to <i>Prey</i>, the space-bound horror shooter from <i>Dishonored</i> studio Arkane, for quite some time now. It’s not out until May 5th, but publisher Bethesda Softworks has released the first hour of the game as a demo for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. (The game is coming out on PC as …

PlayStation

How Wonder Woman’s iconic features turned her into a progressive icon

And why she’s long overdue for a feature film<p>The first ever theatrical film about Wonder Woman is hitting theaters this summer. That’s something that’s long overdue, according to video blogger, KaptainKristian, aka, Kristian Williams, who takes a look at the character and her legacy in his latest …

DC Comics

Amazon’s Echo Look is a minefield of AI and privacy concerns

What does Amazon want to learn from pictures of its customers? The company won’t say<p>Computer scientist Andrew Ng once described the power of contemporary AI as the ability to automate any mental task that takes a human “less than one second of thought.” It’s a rule of thumb that’s worth remembering …

Amazon

Netflix’s Casting JonBenét finds freedom in a bizarre structural gimmick

It’s not your average true crime documentary<p>Netflix’s <i>Casting JonBenét</i> is the closest you’ll get to a JonBenét Ramsey documentary that doesn’t carry the stench of exploitation and sensationalism. That’s because it’s not really a documentary, and it’s not about JonBenét.<p>The second documentary feature …

Documentaries

American Gods: all the news, updates, trailers, and commentary for the Starz show

Contributors:<p>share<br>• tweet<br>• Linkedin<p>Neil Gaiman's classic fantasy novel <i>American Gods</i> is being turned into a new television series, which will begin airing on Starz on Sunday, April 30th. Follow along to catch up with all the news, updates, trailers, and commentary for the show.

TV

Here’s our first glimpse of Elon Musk’s tunnel boring machine

Is this Musk’s ‘Nannie’ device?<p>News has been dribbling out for a couple months now about Elon Musk’s new tunneling venture, the Boring Company. Today, a SpaceX employee posted a photo on Instagram (which was first spotted by <i>Business Insider</i>) of the actual machine that will be boring Musk’s tunnel.<p>A …

Elon Musk

NASA is running out of space suits — and it’s years away from having new ones ready

A recent audit paints a grim picture of the agency’s space suit decisions<p>The state of NASA’s space suit supply looks bleak in a new report from the space agency’s auditor. NASA is still “years away” from having a new space suit ready for future deep-space missions, the report claims, even though …

NASA

Ancient human DNA found in Ice Age caves — even when bones were missing

The new technique is key for studying the evolution of our human ancestors<p>Scientists found DNA from ancient humans in the soil of caves — even when there were no bones uncovered at the site. The research shows that, even when no fossils are around, sediments inside caves can tell us which early …

Anthropology

Olli turns all your pictures and videos into illustrated art in real time

I am not very good at drawing things. To date, I can draw a cartoon koala after making it the sole focus of practice during a middle school art class, but that’s basically it.<p>Olli is a new photo and video filter app from Tinrocket (which has released a number of similar products) that gets around …

Photography

This interactive map uses machine learning to arrange visually similar fonts

Typography enthusiasts likely already know how to identify fonts by name, but it’s always useful to explore visually similar fonts when you feel like changing up your options. Design consultant firm IDEO’s Font Map helps you do exactly that, with an interactive tool that lets you browse through …

Machine Learning

Persona 5 developers updated their streaming guidelines, but didn’t fix the big problem

Atlus is walking back its previous restrictions for streaming <i>Persona 5</i>. Where players were warned before not to stream past the in-game date of 7 / 7, the publisher has since amended those rules to 11 / 19, the staring point of late-game content. It’s an improvement that still fails to fully …

PlayStation

Acer's Aspire U27 all-in-one desktop is liquid-cooled and fanless

I'll admit my bias up front: I think all-in-one PCs typically represent all the worst compromises. It's laptop-ish performance in a desktop form factor, without the upgradeability that a desktop tower offers.<p>But people buy them anyway, and Acer's new U27 seems like an interesting option. The …

Laptops