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Everyday RFID tags could help spot food contamination

Nov 15 2018
You might not need special sensors or old-fashioned inspections to tell whether food has gone bad. If MIT has its way, the tags you already find on your food might do the job. Its researchers have developed a wireless system, RFIQ, that detects pot...

Uber lost over $1 billion in Q3 as it closes in on an IPO

Nov 15 2018
Uber, according to its self-reported financials, said it lost (on a GAAP basis) $1.07 billion as it continues to invest in new areas, such as bicycles, scooters and freight shipments. The company is still growing however, as revenue rose 38 percent f...

Amazon strikes a global deal with Blumhouse for eight thrillers

Nov 15 2018
Jason Blum's Blumhouse Television, the production house behind TV shows like Eye Candy and Cold Case Files, has struck a deal with Amazon Studios to create eight dark/thriller films that will all be thematically connected. If the name Jason Blum soun...

Boeing's solar-powered climate research drone takes flight in 2019

Nov 15 2018
Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing that specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles, is gearing up to launch a solar-powered autonomous aircraft. The vehicle, called Odysseus, is designed for persistent flight at high-altitudes and will be us...

Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme

Nov 15 2018
Microsoft only just resumed rolling out its problematic Windows 10 October update, but it's already looking toward the future. The company has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview to Fast ring users with some big updates in tow, both conspicuous an...

NYT: Facebook's crisis response included sneaky redirections

Nov 15 2018
It's no secret that the last couple of years have seen Facebook's reputation take a series of hits -- whether due to data breaches, alleged bias, rumors of intrusive spying or confusing policies -- but a New York Times report tonight exposes more abo...

eBay's toy catalog includes a $100,000 'Magic: The Gathering' card

Nov 15 2018
eBay is following in the footsteps of Amazon (despite an ongoing beef between the two) and attempting to revive the old holiday shopping tradition of the toy catalog. The online retailer is putting together a Toy Book containing the hottest items of...

Facebook starts rolling out Messenger's 'unsend' feature

Nov 14 2018
Facebook didn't take long to roll out Messenger's unsend feature, although it may be a while before you have the option of correcting missteps in your part of the world. Unsending is now available in Messenger's Android and iOS apps in Bolivia, Colo...

'Astroneer' brings space exploration to Xbox and PC on February 6th

Nov 14 2018
Space exploration game Astroneer has racked up a major following in its Early Access stage. After hinting at it, the game finally has an official release date. The title from System Era Softworks will be available for Xbox One and Windows 10 starting...

Facebook fundraisers have raised over $1 billion

Nov 14 2018
Facebook announced today that it's expanding its nonprofit fundraising tool to Canada and Australia, and it also shared that it recently reached a major fundraising milestone. Since it launched the tool that allows users to raise money for nonprofits...

Google is working on a fix for Pixel 3's disappearing texts bug

Nov 14 2018
The Pixel 3's early teething troubles aren't over yet. Users are reporting that some of their text messages are disappearing, It's not clear whether it's an Android-level bug or specific to the Messages app, but some owners believe the issue might...

Microsoft releases its redesigned Cortana app for iOS

Nov 14 2018
Microsoft has released its updated Cortana app for iOS, which includes a design overhaul and new features, including music and podcasts support, an option to set up Cortana-enabled devices and a so-called conversational experience for the voice assis...

Google Maps keeps track of your conversations with local businesses

Nov 14 2018
Last year, Google began rolling out a feature that let users message businesses through their Google profiles. Now, it's integrating that feature into Google Maps. Any messages you've sent to businesses through their Google profiles will now be acces...

Indiegogo 'guaranteed shipping' will ensure refunds if campaigns fail

Nov 14 2018
Indiegogo plans to start offering "guaranteed shipping" on some crowdfunding campaigns through a pilot program starting in 2019. Creators who choose to partake in the pilot will promise to users that their product will be delivered. If they fail to f...

Netflix nabs eco-drama 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'

Nov 14 2018
Continuing its spurt of new content announcements, Netflix has snagged the global rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The Oscar-nominated thesp's movie will be available on the streaming service worldwide -...

Facebook's turmoil has reportedly hit employee morale hard

Nov 14 2018
Facebook has been mired in bad news lately, including numerous data privacy scandals, criticism over its role in Myanmar violence and a tumbling stock price. As such, employee morale has fallen, with just 52 percent of employees saying they're optimi...

EA will remaster the first two 'Command & Conquer' games in 4K

Nov 14 2018
EA recently hinted that it would hop on the real-time strategy revival bandwagon and remaster Command & Conquer games, and now we know just what that entails. The publisher has confirmed that it's remastering both the original Command & Conqu...

DOJ and SEC subpoena Snap over allegedly misleading investors

Nov 14 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have subpoenaed Snap Inc. requesting information about its March 2017 initial public offering. In a statement to Reuters, Snap said it has responded to a government...

Xbox One mouse and keyboard support is available now

Nov 14 2018
If you're tired of Microsoft drumming up hype for the Xbox One's mouse and keyboard support, we have good news: that feature is finally here. Install the November 2018 Xbox Update and your One S or One X will have PC-like input for compatible games,...

'Pokemon Go' creator Niantic's Harry Potter game will arrive in 2019

Nov 14 2018
Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs said last November that it was working on a Harry Potter mobile game, which will also focus on location-based and augmented-reality gameplay. The company has now revealed it will release Harry Potter: Wizards Unite i...

FCC starts its first high-band 5G auction

Nov 14 2018
The FCC just took an important step toward fulfilling some of the hype surrounding 5G. The regulator has started its first ever auction for high-band 5G wireless spectrum, giving carriers a crack at frequencies that could deliver gigabit-class speeds...

Apple adds faster AMD Vega graphics options for 15-inch MacBook Pro

Nov 14 2018
Apple has acted on its promise to give the 2018 MacBook Pro a much-appreciated graphics performance boost. You can now configure the higher-end 15-inch laptop with Radeon Pro Vega 16 or 20 GPUs that, if you ask Apple, deliver up to 60 percent faster...

The Pixel's Night Sight camera mode performs imaging miracles

Nov 14 2018
When Google showed off its Night Sight feature at the Pixel 3 event last month, we were impressed but skeptical. Sample photos from the keynote looked drastically better when shot with the low-light mode, but since the feature wasn't live, we couldn'...

The best mobile and computer accessory gifts

Nov 14 2018
If there's someone in your life who spends most of their time with a phone in their hand or at a computer, we've got you covered for gift ideas with our holiday gift guide. We've shortlisted 11 great phone and computer accessories that are sure to br...

Big tobacco's new marketing push: Smartphones, style and EDM

Nov 14 2018
This article was produced in partnership with Point, a YouTube channel for investigative journalism. British American Tobacco (BAT) -- the third-largest publicly traded tobacco company in the world -- is engaged in an elaborate and ethically ques...