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Bundesliga is the latest soccer league to use video referees

Aug 18 2017
MLS began using video assistant referees (VAR) earlier this month, and when the top German league began its season today, it too employed the tech. Bundesliga announced back in January that it would use the video review tech during the 2017-18 season...

Fisker’s luxury EV will debut in January at CES 2018

Aug 18 2017
Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker has announced when we'll finally get to lay eyes on his electric luxury EMotion sedan in person. The car will debut in January at CES 2018. As Fisker told TheStreet, the team behind the vehicle will also introduce...

Google mobile search shows 6-second video previews

Aug 18 2017
If you've searched for videos often enough on Google, you've probably had that moment where you tapped the wrong video because you weren't quite sure it was what you were looking for. No more: Google has added 6-second video previews to its mobile s...

Play as David Beckham in his prime in ‘PES 2018’

Aug 18 2017
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise always vies with EA Sports' FIFA series for the year's best football game. To get an edge over its competitor, Konami packed new features into this year's edition -- along with licensing some celebrity athletes...

China's online court heard its first case today

Aug 18 2017
The Hangzhou Internet Court, a new online court in China that will hear internet-related civil cases, had its first trial today. Today's copyright infringement case was between a novelist and a web company that offered her novel to online subscribers...

Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to retailers

Aug 18 2017
Facebook is trying to figure out what people want from Marketplace, so it's going to add a bunch of new products from real vendors in order to suss that out. "We'll kind of look and see what's popular, what people want to engage with," Deb Liu, Faceb...

Google figured out how to flawlessly remove stock-photo watermarks

Aug 18 2017
Watermarks are placed on copyrighted images like stock-photos in order to keep people from using them without permission or without paying. And manually removing them requires Photoshop skills, time and being ok with the image not looking its best po...

Microsoft could release an Xbox One X ‘Project Scorpio’ edition

Aug 18 2017
Microsoft used "Project Scorpio" as the code name for the Xbox One X, its powerful new gaming console set to release on November 7th. According to a couple of leaks on German website Xbox Dynasty, the company will celebrate the launch with a new day...

The Echo Dot was free on Amazon for a hot minute

Aug 18 2017
The Echo Dot, Amazon's $50 in-home assistant, was briefly free on Amazon today, thanks to an "Audible" discount that got added at checkout. The discount applied to both black and white models, though it now appears people trying to score a free Echo...

‘Marjorie Prime’ explores the limits of AI built from memories

Aug 18 2017
Marjorie, 86, is dying. In her final months, she finds solace in an artificially intelligent holographic re-creation of her late husband, Walter, called "Walter Prime." They talk every day, recounting special moments of their life together. But her m...

Porn site offers to revive 'Sense 8' for a third season

Aug 18 2017
Sense8 is one of the more creatively interesting shows available on just about any streaming service. The Wachowski-made Netflix show, now in its second and final season, tells the story of eight people with special powers using very human themes: lo...

Options for neo-Nazis on the internet are starting to shrink

Aug 18 2017
If you're an American who's ever wondered what it would be like to have had the internet and today's technology during the time of Nazi ascension in Germany, take a look around. You're soaking in it. While a whole lot of us have been aware of this s...

Google Home guides you through Vogue’s 125th anniversary issue

Aug 18 2017
Google's partnerships with media companies for Home add-ons goes beyond advertisements for Beauty and the Beast. For next month's 125th anniversary issue of Vogue, readers can ask Google Assistant for more information on a quintet of articles. Once t...

TCL limits its budget-friendly 4K smart TV to one size

Aug 18 2017
When we picked TCL's P-Series Roku 4K Smart TV for our Buyer's and Back to School Guides, we noted a perfectly good television with an "extra-bright screen, good contrast and accurate colors" — a steal for $650. The Wirecutter named it "The Bes...

The next 'Final Fantasy' brawler 'Dissidia NT' heads to PS4 in January

Aug 18 2017
We knew that the next entry in Final Fantasy's all-star brawler Dissidia series would be coming to PS4, and a possible Amazon mishap clued us in to an end-of-2017 release. Square Enix has announced that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will arrive a little...

Google uses machine learning to help journalists track hate

Aug 18 2017
Hate crimes have sadly existed long before last weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia but tracking them has been difficult. To help fix that, the Google News Lab has partnered with ProPublica, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Sou...

USA Today teams with Instagram to livestream the solar eclipse

Aug 18 2017
The USA Today Network has announced that in collaboration with Instagram, it will livestream the total solar eclipse on August 21st. The feed will feature real-time video broadcasts by journalists in areas along the eclipse's path of totality. Report...

The best instant camera

Aug 18 2017
By Erin Lodi This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

Trump announces he’s elevating the role of US Cyber Command

Aug 18 2017
In a statement today, President Trump announced that he's elevating the US Cyber Command to a unified combatant command, bringing it the level of others like the US European Command and the US Special Operations Command. "This new Unified Combatant C...

Netflix is using 'The Defenders' debut to hype 'The Punisher'

Aug 18 2017
Marvel's latest TV series The Defenders, which brings together heroes such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, might have just debuted on Netflix, but that doesn't mean that the comic book company is resting on its laurels. Marvel TV is using...

The grantees of Engadget’s $500,000 immersive arts program

Aug 18 2017
When we launched the Alternate Realities grant program in May we had no idea what to expect. We saw a need for funding in the arts happening at just the time when new media like AR and VR were starting to go mainstream. So, with support from our pare...

Google Home's voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts

Aug 18 2017
If you're a Google Home user without a paid Spotify account, your use of the service on Home has been limited. Up until now, Spotify has only integrated with Home for paid accounts. But at I/O, Google announced that would change; free Spotify users w...

Google countdown teases Android O reveal during solar eclipse

Aug 18 2017
Google is capitalizing on the solar eclipse hype to tease out the latest version of Android. On Monday at 2:40 PM Eastern, the internet juggernaut says we'll "meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers." Given that the f...

Sprint plans fix for BlackBerry KEYone that reinstalls bloatware

Aug 18 2017
We were pretty impressed with BlackBerry's newest smartphone, the KEYone, especially given how long the company had gone without a serious contender on the market. But it seems its US versions carried by Sprint have brought something else from the pa...

Everyone could soon have the powers of Doctor Octopus

Aug 18 2017
Doctor Otto Octavius may have been a power-mad scientist bent on world domination and the utter ruin of his nemesis, Spider-Man, but the guy had some surprisingly cogent thoughts on prosthetics development. And although mind-controlled supernumerary...