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Nintendo is going to court over its refund policy

Dec 19 2018
Germany agrees with Norway: Nintendo's no-refund pre-order policy isn't only harsh, it's also illegal under European law. According to Eurogamer, the German Consumer Protection Authority is taking Nintendo to court over a policy that doesn't allow pr...

Consoles hit November milestone with over 1 million in sales each

Dec 19 2018
The Switch may be the fastest-selling console of this generation, but its rivals aren't doing too bad either. Buoyed by the Thanksgiving holidays, both the PS4 and Xbox One marked their fifth birthday last month by selling over 1.3 million units each...

Windows Sandbox is a safer way to run programs you don't trust

Dec 19 2018
Downloading and running an unknown .exe file can be fraught with terror -- or at the very least, a whole lot of a faff as you're required to set up a clean installation of Windows on a virtual machine. Now, Microsoft is introducing a new solution tha...

The Morning After: A glitter bomb and a Boring LA tunnel

Dec 19 2018
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Slider phones are back in a big way, Facebook still has egg on its face and a former NASA designer might have just solved the problem of package theft. Just another Wednesday morning, right?

Facebook bans hundreds more pages relating to Myanmar conflict

Dec 19 2018
Just a week after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted he "doesn't know enough" about the political situation in Myanmar, following his series of tone-deaf tweets applauding the country, Facebook has taken further action to stymy the calls to violence ma...

NASA discloses October security breach

Dec 19 2018
In an internal memo obtained by Spaceref, NASA's chief human capital officer Bob Gibbs has revealed that the agency suffered a security breach a few months ago. Investigators discovered the breach on October 23rd, and they found that an intruder gain...

Uber cleared to resume self-driving tests in Pennsylvania

Dec 19 2018
Uber has edged closer to resuming self-driving car tests following the fatal crash in Arizona. The Information has learned that Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation approved the ridesharing company's request to start testing autonomous vehicle...

Samsung adds QLED screens to its artsy Frame and Serif TVs

Dec 19 2018
Samsung designed the Frame and Serif TVs to be stylish additions to your home, like some sort of art piece that you can also use to watch movies. So, it's not surprising that the tech giant has announced an upgrade that's supposed to make them look e...

Elon Musk's LA tunnel turns Teslas into a 'rail-guided train'

Dec 19 2018
Tonight The Boring Company hosted a launch event for the test tunnel it successfully built in LA running from SpaceX's property to "O'Leary Station" at a reported cost of about $10 million. In tweets, he showed off a Model X equipped with gear that g...

Facebook's data sharing excesses even surprised its 'partners'

Dec 19 2018
We regret to inform you that we may have published our article titled "Facebook's terrible 2018" just a few hours too early. Tonight the New York Times has once again dug into the social network and assembled -- based on internal documents and interv...

The first 'Rocket League' Hot Wheels car arrives this month

Dec 19 2018
Want a tangible sign of your devotion to Rocket League, but would rather not drop $180 on an RC car kit or even several dollars on a Pull-Back Racer? Don't worry, you can buy something with your pocket change. Hot Wheels is launching its first Rock...

Chrome OS beta brings Google Assistant to more devices

Dec 19 2018
To date, native access to Google Assistant on a Chrome OS device has meant splurging on Google-made hardware like the Pixelbook or Pixel Slate. You won't have to be quite so picky for much longer, though. Google has started testing Chrome OS 72 in be...

Chrome may stop websites from hijacking your browser's back button

Dec 18 2018
Surf the web for long enough and you'll invariably run into a site that refuses to acknowledge your browser's back button, usually because it wants to force ads down your throat. Google might soon put a stop to those shady redirects, though. Recently...

Target's same-day delivery service will soon cover all 'major' products

Dec 18 2018
Target's same-day delivery service, Shipt, is about to be much more useful if you'd prefer to shop from home. The company told TechCrunch that it's planning same-day shipping for "all major product categories" in 2019, not just certain groceries and...

Gboard supports 500 languages just two years after launch

Dec 18 2018
Just two years after launching, Google's Gboard virtual keyboard supports 500 languages on Android. That, according to Google, enables around 90 percent of the planet's human population to communicate on their phones in their first language.

Kroger adds driverless vehicles to its grocery delivery fleet

Dec 18 2018
Earlier this year, Kroger teamed up with the self-driving startup Nuro for a grocery delivery service, and in August the company began piloting an autonomous delivery service in Arizona. At the time, the deliveries were made by a self-driving Toyota...

Ex-Uber engineer claims to travel 3,099 miles in a self-driving car

Dec 18 2018
Remember how controversial former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski had formed a secretive autonomous trucking startup? He's finally showing off his work... and he might have set a record in the process. Levandowski has launched his self-driving truc...

Tidal adds Spotify-like personalized 'My Mix' playlists

Dec 18 2018
Tidal is getting into the personalized playlist game. The music streaming service is now offering its users personalized "My Mix" playlists that take into account their listening history as well as input from Tidal's human-curated playlists. Subscrib...

Test Google's Project Stream and get 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' for free

Dec 18 2018
If you've been waiting to pick up Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, now is your chance to get it without spending a dime. Google is giving away a free copy of the title for PC in exchange for trying out Project Stream, the company's game streaming service f...

Uber's new Jump e-bikes have swappable batteries

Dec 18 2018
Jump is giving its eye-catching red e-bikes an overhaul. It will launch an updated version in the New Year with a raft of new features, including a holder for your phone (useful for turn-by-turn navigation) and a retractable cable lock, which should...

Google pulled 'millions' of junk Play Store ratings in one week

Dec 18 2018
Google is just as frustrated with bogus app reviews as you are, and it's apparently bending over backwards to improve the trustworthiness of the feedback you see. The company instituted a system this year that uses a mix of AI and human oversight to...

Netflix renews 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' for season 3 and 4

Dec 18 2018
Netflix fiercely guards viewer numbers with the utmost secrecy, but there are often indicators of how popular a show is among subscribers. Take Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for example. The reboot of the teen witch franchise only launched in Octob...

Facebook releases an update on its civil rights audit

Dec 18 2018
In May, Facebook agreed to conduct a civil rights audit, and now the company has released an update of its progress. Headed by civil liberties leader Laura Murphy, the audit has so far engaged with dozens of civil rights organizations in order to ide...

Google turned cloud storage traffic into mesmerizing works of art

Dec 18 2018
Let's face it, data storage isn't the most exciting topic to talk about. While necessary and important for much of the hardware and software you use every day, it's just not terribly engaging, and that's a challenge that Google's Cloud Storage team i...

Instagram can turn question stickers into live Q&As

Dec 18 2018
Instagram's question stickers have at least one main problem: you have to be patient while awaiting the answer. Now, however, you might just get some instant gratification. The social network is introducing an option to respond to a question in a Sto...