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The Morning After: NVIDIA's graphics upgrade and taking Tesla private

Aug 14 2018
NVIDIA just launched its biggest graphical advance since 2006, and kids are well-equipped to hack election results. Also, Azealia Banks and Elon Musk have different stories to tell about last week's surprising tweet.

US bans government personnel from using Huawei and ZTE devices

Aug 14 2018
US government employees, contractors and agencies might have to ditch most of their Huawei and ZTE tech. The President has signed the Defense Authorization Act into law, and part of it is a ban on devices and equipment used to route or view user data...

NVIDIA's Turing-powered GPUs are the first ever built for ray tracing

Aug 14 2018
Earlier this year NVIDIA announced a new set of "RTX" features that included support for advanced ray tracing features, upgrading a graphics technique that simulates the way light works in the real world. It's expected to usher in a new generation of...

Facebook buys Vidpresso to make live broadcasts more interactive

Aug 14 2018
Facebook's new acquisition will make it much easier even for amateur live broadcasters to add interactive effects on their videos. The social network has snapped up a startup called Vidpresso*, which offers clients access to a technology that allows...

Court blocks FCC from cutting broadband subsidies in tribal lands

Aug 14 2018
The FCC has hit a snag in its plan to curb broadband subsidies for low-income homes. A DC appeals court has issued a stay order temporary blocking the regulator from limiting the $25 monthly Lifeline subsidy in tribal lands, arguing that native grou...

What we're watching: Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' and 'Disenchantment'

Aug 14 2018
Telltale's episodic The Walking Dead videogame experience is finally coming to an end, as the first episode of the final season arrives this week. There's also the latest Marvel Avengers flick on 4K Blu-ray, while Netflix is releasing the first part...

CBS All Access' 'One Dollar' trailer links money to murder

Aug 14 2018
CBS wants to remind you that its All Access streaming service isn't just about Star Trek, and it's doing that in grand fashion. The network has posted the first trailer for One Dollar, a thriller series that underscores the dangers of money. It featu...

Musk's explanation of 'funding secured' tweet challenged by Azealia Banks

Aug 14 2018
If you thought Elon Musk's sudden announcement last week that he had "funding secured" to make Tesla privately owned could not possibly get any weirder, now Azealia Banks is involved. The often-controversial artist apparently spent some time last wee...

Marvel's 'Runaways' returns to Hulu December 21st

Aug 13 2018
Hulu has announced that the second season of Marvel's Runaways will premiere December 21st, Deadline reports. And there won't be any weekly installments this time around as there were with the first season because all 13 episodes are getting dropped...

Google search knows where you were even if you disabled Location History

Aug 13 2018
Earlier today, the Associated Press published a report detailing how Google can log users' locations even if they've opted out of the company's Location History feature. The report indicated that if you want to entirely opt out of Google location tra...

Twitter Lite is now available in 21 more countries

Aug 13 2018
Many of us want to engage with the rest of the global society, whether we live in major cities with blazing fast mobile connections or areas where data is prohibitively expensive or slow. To help bridge the gap for those in the latter regions, Twitte...

Netflix chooses Mark Millar's 'Prodigy' as its second comic book

Aug 13 2018
Netflix already has a second comic book lined up mere weeks after its first one hit stores. The service has unveiled Prodigy, a Mark Millar-penned comic book due in both digital and paper forms on December 5th. The series revolves around Edison Cra...

Ruby Rose is the latest celebrity driven off Twitter by abuse

Aug 13 2018
It's only been a few days since Ruby Rose was cast as "Batwoman" for the CW series Arrowverse, but the Australian actor has already had to quit Twitter after a stream of abusive messages. Much of the backlash has focused on accusations that Rose -- w...

Honda adds driver assist tech to all 2019 Honda Civics

Aug 13 2018
In 2014, Honda added driver-assist technology called Sensing to its higher-end trim packages on select models. The system is part of the automaker's plans to bring Sensing to all its vehicles by 2022 and perfect self-driving cars by 2025. It's availa...

FBI warns banks about ATM cash-out scheme

Aug 13 2018
The FBI is warning banks about a fraud scheme called an ATM cash-out, Krebs on Security reports. With this type of heist, attackers typically compromise a bank or payment card processor with malware, disable fraud controls and withdraw large sums of...

YouTube is reportedly paying creators to promote new features

Aug 13 2018
YouTube is paying some of its top creators up to six figures to use and promote features like subscriptions and pinned comments in chat, according to Bloomberg. The report doesn't identify the creators (the terms of their deals aren't public and they...

Facebook's Messenger Kids app lets children start friend requests

Aug 13 2018
Facebook's Messenger Kids app has so far been strict about adding friends. Early on, it even required that children count their parents as friends. The social network is ready to loosen things up, however... if only a bit. It's giving its Android...

iOS 12 won't launch with FaceTime group chats

Aug 13 2018
We hope you weren't planning a group FaceTime chat the very moment iOS 12 and macOS Mojave reached your devices. The release notes for Apple's latest iOS 12 and Mojave developer betas reveal that group FaceTime won't be available in either operating...

Dozens of kids hack election site replicas in just minutes

Aug 13 2018
The Def Con hacker conference has been demonstrating how vulnerable voting machines are to hacks through its Voting Village, wherein adults are given the chance to compromise various models of voting devices. But this year, Def Con also let kids get...

Pixel XL may lose fast charging after Android Pie update

Aug 13 2018
Android Pie has been out for a week; now Google's latest mobile operating system has a problem. Users of the company's own Pixel XL from 2016 are reporting issues with fast chargers after they've updated to Pie. People aren't seeing the "Charging rap...

Uber uses AI to determine if your trips are for business or pleasure

Aug 13 2018
If you rely on ridesharing for work trips, you might have experienced that moment of panic where you accidentally expensed a personal trip to your business account, or paid from your own funds to get to the airport for a company flight. Uber thinks...

What we're playing: 'Dead Cells'

Aug 13 2018
You know the drill: Last year's PC indie sleeper gets new life with a Switch release. Motion Twin's Dead Cells is one of these. It's been out for a year on Steam Early Access, but properly arrived last week on all platforms, including Nintendo's hybr...

Volkswagen kicks off EV awareness campaign

Aug 13 2018
Volkswagen's Electrify America subsidiary has put out a commercial that aims to spread awareness of electric vehicles and how far the industry has progressed, Reuters reports. The ad is part of a $45 million public education initiative. "We're trying...

Netflix’s CFO for the last eight years is stepping down

Aug 13 2018
Netflix is undergoing some changes at the top of the company, as Chief Financial Officer David Wells plans to leave after helping to find his successor. He's held the role since 2010 and has been with Netflix since 2004. Wells plans to focus on phila...

The nine headphones that made our back-to-school guide

Aug 13 2018
So you're headed off to college in the fall. What are you going to use to help you focus when you're on deadline? To tune out the rowdy partiers down the hall? Whether you need a pair of earbuds, a set of sound-cancelling cans or just a pair of budge...