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Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook's 'borderline' content filtering plan

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the social network plans to build a tool that will give you more control over the kind of content you see. Zuckerberg has penned a lengthy post detailing the social network's challenges when it comes t...

Google's next Wear OS update does even more to extend battery life

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 23:18
A major update for Google's wearable Android platform only just arrived and now we're hearing about the next Wear OS version. Today Google announced that "System Version: H" will include a slew of updates when it rolls out in the "next few months."...

Netflix orders World War II series with first-of-its-kind animation

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 20:38
Netflix announced today that it has ordered the production of a war drama series call The Liberator. The four-part show, set during World War II, will be the first ever to be produced in Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation. The production technology...

SpaceX gets FCC approval to deploy thousands more internet satellites

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 19:12
SpaceX's plan to build a global, high-speed wireless internet network using satellites has taken another step forward. The FCC approved the company's request to deploy more than 7,000 very-low-Earth orbit satellites for its Starlink network. It follo...

Tidal music streaming is now available on Amazon's Echo speakers

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:16
Amazon's Echo speakers have been gradually improving in quality, and it looks like Tidal wants to seize on that opportunity. The streaming service is now available on all Echo devices in the US through a dedicated Tidal skill. Link your account and...

Facebook's top lawyer delays departure as crisis continues

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:16
Despite announcing that he would leave the company earlier this year, Facebook's top lawyer Colin Stretch will stay on as general counsel into 2019, according to Recode. The change of heart comes as Facebook is embroiled in yet another controversy fo...

Sony is skipping E3 in 2019

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:43
Sony is skipping E3 next year. It won't hold a PlayStation keynote, or appear at the event at all, it confirmed to Engadget.

Senators want answers from mobile carriers on video app throttling

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:14
If you have ever had a suspicion that your carrier might be slowing down your internet speeds while streaming videos, you aren't alone. Three US Senators -- Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) -- are pressing...

Sharp thinks two phone notches are better than one

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:46
If the thought of one notch on a phone makes you apoplectic, you might want to sit down before you read this. Sharp has unveiled the Aquos R2 Compact, a 5.2-inch handset that crams in two notches -- one for its front 8-megapixel camera and another f...

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Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:15
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Once again, Facebook has a lot of explaining to do

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:45
Just when you thought things couldn't get worse for Facebook, The New York Times has come out with a bombshell exposé of the company's tumultuous last two years. That, of course, includes its handling (er, mishandling) of the Cambridge Analyti...

Facebook removed over 1.5 billion fake accounts in the last six months

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:41
It's been less than a day since the New York Times published a brutal report about the state of affairs at Facebook, including a deep look at the company's failure to properly identify and deal with fake news and Russian interference. The company alr...

Facebook plans 'independent' committee for content moderation appeals

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:28
In response to the recent New York Times report, Facebook just announced that it was going to take important steps in curtailing misinformation. During a call with reporters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will create a new independent body that p...

Tinder's Swipe Surge tells you when there's a rush of potential dates

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:08
If you've used dating apps long enough, you know it tends to be easier to find a potential match at certain times than others -- you might have better success on Friday night than Wednesday afternoon, for example. And Tinder wants you to capitalize...

Xbox's Black Friday deals start early for Live Gold members

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:47
Microsoft's Xbox Black Friday sale is kicking off early for Xbox Live Gold members, and you can grab discounts on some of the biggest titles around right now. Red Dead Redemption 2 was only released a few weeks ago, but you can save 10 percent in the...

Amazon is discounting Echo and Fire devices for Black Friday

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:36
You're probably familiar with the 12 days of Christmas, but how about the seven days of Black Friday? Amazon is getting the savings started early by cutting the prices on its own devices starting November 16th. The sale will run through Black Friday,...

Premier League wants video referees starting next season

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:15
The wheels are in motion for the Premier League to roll out the video assistant referee (VAR) system starting in 2019-2020. Teams have agreed in principle to the plan, and the league will formally request approval from FIFA and the International Foot...

Huawei might try to take its voice assistant outside of China

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:50
Smartphone maker Huawei is planning on taking its popular voice assistant outside of China and competing with Amazon, Google and Apple internationally, according to a report from CNBC. The Chinese technology firm is apparently working on a version of...

How Aardman made a WWI game look like an oil painting

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:30
Most video games set in the First or Second World War shoot for gritty realism. In Battlefield 1, for instance, there's an extraordinary amount of detail in every uniform, firearm and mud-filled trench. It's the visual fidelity, paired with addictive...

With keyboard and mouse support on Xbox, Microsoft closes the gap on PCs

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00
After years of unfulfilled promises and a few weeks of build-up, the Xbox One family finally supports keyboards and mice. Alright, so it's still a feature reserved for members of the beta-esque Xbox Insider Program and few games actually work with th...