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HBO's website is apparently blocked in China thanks to John Oliver

16 min 30 sec ago
According to a report at The New York Times, the HBO website has been blocked in China. The crackdown apparently came in response to John Oliver mocking president Xi Jinping on Last Week Tonight. Originally noticed by internet watchdog Greatfire.org,...

'Skyrim VR' is now easier to play and better to look at

32 min 30 sec ago
Bethesda's Skyrim went full VR about seven months ago, and it's now getting a pretty significant update. That's a good thing, as not everyone was super pleased with this version of the venerable RPG. According to UploadVR, the title will receive impr...

CBS All Access NFL games will stream on mobile devices this season

53 min 30 sec ago
CBS announced today that it has extended its deal with the NFL and the network will stream NFL games via CBS All Access through the 2022 season. Additionally, those games can also be streamed on mobile devices starting this season. "We're very please...

Venmo's debit card turns your balance into real-world money

1 hour 14 min ago
After months of testing, Venmo is ready to offer its own debit card in the US. The new piece of plastic now works at Mastercard-friendly locations instead of Visa (the company hasn't explained the switch), but the concept otherwise remains the same....

Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix film sports a star-studded cast

1 hour 35 min ago
Netflix announced today that the cast of its upcoming movie Murder Mystery has been set and production will begin this week. The film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans and is set to be released next year. Sandler plays a New York Ci...

Elon Musk's 'Dota 2' AI bots are taking on pro teams

1 hour 58 min ago
The Dota 2 world championship, The Invitational, is fast approaching, and a top team will have a different-looking squad to contend with: a group of artificial intelligence bots. OpenAI, which Elon Musk co-founded, has been taking on top Dota 2 playe...

New Google Classroom features make it harder to cheat

2 hours 22 min ago
Today, Google announced new features aimed at educators using Google Classroom. These include the ability to assign quizzes through Google Forms and "lock" them, so that students cannot navigate away from the page while the quiz is underway (potentia...

Oculus TV arrives today with a promising, though questionable, start

2 hours 41 min ago
Over a month ago at F8, Facebook announced Oculus TV, a new way to watch TV on a VR headset. Today, it's finally live, and there are plenty of entertainment partners on board already. You can use it to access existing video VR apps like Netflix, Hulu...

Tesla's prototype Semi has a 'Mad Max' Autopilot mode

3 hours 9 min ago
You didn't think Tesla's Semi truck would go without a Ludicrous-like software setting just because it's meant for work, did you? Sure enough, it exists. Elon Musk has revealed that the prototype electric cargo hauler has a Mad Max mode. No, this...

Supreme Court won’t hear ‘Making a Murderer’ appeal

3 hours 37 min ago
In 2015, Netflix introduced the world to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in its hit series Making a Murderer. The two were convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach in 2006, but Avery has insisted that he was framed and questions about law enforcement's...

Razer and Microsoft may be working on an Xbox keyboard and mouse

4 hours 30 sec ago
If you've been waiting for keyboard and mouse support to come to the Xbox, there's some (possibly) good news on that front. According to Windows Central, Microsoft and Razer may be working together to bring peripheral support to the console.

Amazon expands Prime discounts to all Whole Foods stores this week

4 hours 27 min ago
Earlier this year, Amazon began offering Whole Foods discounts to Prime members and it has been expanding that program to more states over recent weeks. Today, the company announced that all Whole Foods and Whole Foods 365 stores will offer discounts...

Google Earth can measure the distance between your house and the Louvre

4 hours 57 min ago
Not content to simply measure kitchen tables using augmented reality anymore, Google is thinking bigger. A lot bigger. The latest update to Google Earth is the ability to measure the distance between two points on the globe. In a blog post, the searc...

Microsoft is testing AdBlock Plus on the Edge mobile browser

6 hours 1 min ago
Microsoft is apparently serious about creating a great experience for users of its Edge browser on Android and iOS. According to The Verge, the tech giant has added Adblock Plus directly into the beta version of its Microsoft Edge for Android browser...

Apple's future AirPods may offer noise cancellation and greater range

6 hours 43 min ago
Apple might have larger plans in store for future AirPods beyond water resistance. Bloomberg sources claim that a higher-end version of the totally wireless earbuds could arrive "as early as" 2019 with noise cancellation and longer wireless range in...

Sphero branches out beyond robots with Specdrums acquisition

7 hours 10 min ago
When Sphero dismissed 45 employees in January and refocused on education, it was in uncharted waters. It didn't mark a complete divergence from Sphero's robotic roots, but it empowered the company to create things it could "actually own" instead of m...

UK's official music charts to include video views from July

8 hours 6 min ago
How do we listen to music these days? Judging by the frothing from record company executives, it's by pretending to watch their promotional videos on YouTube. But that's a problem for the people who are trying to work out what the most popular tracks...

The Morning After: A really tiny 'computer'

8 hours 53 min ago
Welcome back! We're kicking off the week with some excellent smoothie blenders, tiny 'computers' that make rice grains look huge and an unintended consequence of smart home devices.

China may punch a hole in the 'Great Firewall' for select tourists

9 hours 21 min ago
The Chinese government's prohibition of popular social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has spanned several years. China has previously flirted with relaxing its strict internet rules, but it stood firm and such promises never materiali...

Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes

14 hours 31 min ago
Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy,...

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