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Magic Leap signs content deal with comics giant Grant Morrison

Jul 22 2018
Magic Leap has teamed up with Scotland-based Square Slice Studios, which was co-founded by comic book industry veteran Grant Morrison, to create content for its mixed reality headset. You might know the prolific writer for his work with Batman and Al...

The first 'Overwatch' Nerf blaster arrives in 2019

Jul 22 2018
So far, replicating the distinctive weapons of Overwatch has usually meant a whole lot of crafting, and you still aren't likely end up with something that works. Hasbro, thankfully, is about to make your life much easier -- it's partnering with Bliz...

New York officials recognize three Uber drivers as employees

Jul 21 2018
New York authorities have reached a decision that could change the way Uber drivers are classified -- at least when it comes to unemployment insurance. The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board has ruled in favor of three former Uber dri...

Tesla's Model 3 Performance has an experimental 'Track Mode'

Jul 21 2018
Tesla's Model 3 is very quick, especially if you spring for the dual-motor Performance variant, but it's still tame for safety's sake. What if you want to launch an all-out assault on a race course? You might have that option soon. YouTuber Marque...

Ridesharing livestreams on Twitch raise privacy worries (update: Uber cuts access)

Jul 21 2018
When you step into a ridesharing car, you probably assume that whatever you do inside the vehicle won't be recorded for posterity. But what if it turned out that you were not only on camera, but live on the internet? Like it or not, that's happening...

Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Jul 21 2018
Facebook has cooperated on internet satellite initiatives (with less-than-ideal results), but there's been precious little word of plans to make its own satellite beyond high-level promises. Now, however, there's something tangible. Both publicly d...

Recommended Reading: The accent struggle for Alexa and Google Assistant

Jul 21 2018
The accent gap Drew Harwell, The Washington Post Smart speakers (and the virtual assistants they house) offer voice control for so many connected devices it's hard to keep count. Those audio gadgets can also assist with a range of questions -- tha...

The Macallan distillery opens up for 4D virtual reality tours

Jul 21 2018
Not everyone has the means to travel to Scotland and visit their favorite distillery a la Ron Swanson. To help connoisseurs live out their dreams of traipsing through its facilities, The Macallan has created the Macallan Distillery Experience. VRFocu...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Jul 21 2018
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend! Before looking back at some highlights from the last few days we'll investigate the foibles of a few tech CEOs and take a ride in Porsche's hybrid wagon.

Netflix and Shonda Rhimes reveal eight exclusive series in the works

Jul 21 2018
On Friday Netflix revealed the first eight series in the works as a result of its production deal with Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. They include a previously-announced show focusing on the exploits alleged con artist Anna Delvey, as well as...

'Ghost Recon Wildlands' adds a hardcore permadeath mode

Jul 21 2018
Ubisoft isn't just relying on cameos from aliens and iconic game characters to inject extra life into Ghost Recon Wildlands. When the Special Operation 2 pack arrives on July 24th, it'll include a Ghost Mode that adds some high-stakes realism. For...

NASA and the UAE will team up for human spaceflight

Jul 21 2018
The UAE is the latest country to sign a deal with NASA to cooperate on human spaceflight. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted about the joint letter of intent today, which was also signed by Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the director general of the...

'Star Trek: Discovery' mini episodes arrive this fall

Jul 21 2018
CBS All Access won't have the next season of Star Trek: Discovery ready for streaming until early 2019, but fans won't have to wait until then for new content. Today at Comic-Con executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman revealed four "Short Tr...

'GTA: Online' goes clubbin' next week with 'After Hours'

Jul 20 2018
A little bit of Liberty City is coming to GTA: Online very, very soon. "Gay" Tony Prince, first seen in Grand Theft Auto IV's "The Ballad of Gay Tony" expansion from 2009, is opening up a nightclub in Los Santos and needs your help. "A perfect cover...

Smart record presses promise consistent audio quality at a global scale

Jul 20 2018
The manufacturer of what's one of the best sounding record pressing machines today is taking a step into the future. Viryl Technologies recently announced its WarmTone and LiteTone models will soon connect to the internet. After a test pressing is co...

Wearable gauges fitness through stress hormones in your sweat

Jul 20 2018
Cortisol (best known as the stress hormone) is handy for tracking your athletic performance and even spotting signs of disease, since it reflects how well your adrenal or pituitary glands are working. But there's a problem: measuring that often take...

Senate gives up on ZTE sanctions

Jul 20 2018
Though a number of US senators have been seeking to block President Trump's deal with ZTE that lets the Chinese firm circumvent sanctions put into place by US officials earlier this year, they have now backed off on that effort. In June, the Senate p...

San Francisco aims to issue electric scooter permits next month

Jul 20 2018
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said this week that it is aiming to issue electric scooter permits next month, and the staff who have been reviewing the 12 permit applications will make their recommendations in the coming we...

Neil Armstrong's collection of space artifacts goes up for auction

Jul 20 2018
The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, took several items with him on that historic trip, including a US flag, a United Nations flag, state flags and several medallions that were only available to NASA astronauts. He also apparently kept...

Mark Zuckerberg: CEO, billionaire, troll

Jul 20 2018
We imagine the scene at Facebook right now is like Kim Jong-il's funeral. Employees weeping in hallways, dripping anguished snot onto keyboards, beating their chests with unsold Facebook phones in an orgy of anguish at the injustice of media coverage...

FCC opens public comments on T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Jul 20 2018
If you have a strong opinion on the proposed $26 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, now's your chance to tell the FCC exactly what you think of the plan. The agency is accepting comments as well as formal petitions to deny the merger until August...

Magic Leap’s lackluster AR demo proves hardware is still hard

Jul 20 2018
Magic Leap announced last week that its mixed reality glasses -- which have been shrouded in mystery and hype for almost four years -- will be available later this summer. What should've been exciting news unfortunately fell flat. In a developer chat...

Dr. Julius Neubronner's fantastic flying cameras

Jul 20 2018
The first aerial photograph was taken in 1858 by Frenchman Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, also known by his alias Nadar, from a tethered gas balloon suspended over Paris. While the images captured on this flight have since been lost to time, there...

Breathtaking photos show Saturn's moon in a new light

Jul 20 2018
Photos of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, have typically captured the muted, apricot tones of its nitrogen-rich atmosphere. But thanks to more than a decade of data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft, new photographs of an atmosphere-free Titan can sho...

Why Elon Musk isn't the hero we imagined

Jul 20 2018
Every now and again, there's a story of true human ingenuity that reminds us what we should aspire toward. Twelve children, trapped in a flooded cave system, were rescued by an international team of experts. Divers used their years of training and e...