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Alienware m15 review: Dell’s first thin gaming laptop doesn’t disappoint

37 min 25 sec ago
Alienware finally made a thin and light gaming laptop, and it was worth the wait. For years, Dell's gaming brand has been pumping out powerful, but hefty gaming machines. The Alienware m15, though, is its first step towards a truly modern laptop...

Epic Games will pause 'Fortnite' updates ahead of events to help pros

1 hour 6 min ago
Epic Games is changing the way it handles Fortnite patches to give pros more time to adjust to game-impacting tweaks. Competitive players can now expect updates to arrive a few days to a week prior to a tournament so as not to catch anyone by surpris...

How Riot rebranded its European esports league

1 hour 37 min ago
Esports is growing up. The stages and broadcast packages are becoming more glamorous to entice viewers and traditional advertisers. Teams are investing heavily in merchandise, coaching staff and training facilities. Players, meanwhile, are commanding...

Google Maps speed limit signs appear in more US cities

2 hours 6 min ago
Google Maps is showing the local speed limit to more users across the US. After debuting in the San Francisco Bay Area and Rio, Brazil, the feature has now been spotted in New York City, Los Angeles, and Minnesota, according to Android Police. It's u...

Mystery company buys Meta's augmented reality tech

2 hours 40 min ago
After a promising start, AR startup Meta's assets have been sold to an unknown buyer, reports TechCrunch and other sites. Meta fell on hard times in September after a promised $20 million investment from a Chinese company fell through over trade tens...

The Morning After: Google's smartwatch and Netflix vs. 'Fortnite'

2 hours 57 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good Friday morning. No self-lacing sneakers today, but we do have a giant tractor. Less randomly, Google is buying Fossil's smartwatch tech arm, we take a closer look at the AIs that gamble and a robot dog pick...

Tesla is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees

3 hours 49 min ago
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is laying off 7 percent of its full-time employees in an effort to cut costs and increase profits. He revealed that while Tesla will run a second consecutive quarterly profit, it will be less than wh...

Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next month

4 hours 29 min ago
Bands and indie artists using Bandcamp to sell their music and merchandise might soon see their creations sold in the service's first brick-and-mortar location. The online platform, known for providing musicians an online portal where they can sell d...

Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools

7 hours 26 min ago
Verizon will give all its subscribers free access to its spam alert and call blocking tools, so long as their phones can support the features. The carrier originally rolled out those tools over a year ago as part of its $3-per-month Call Filter add-o...

Swiss watchmaker's latest jab at the Apple Watch has no hands

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 23:50
Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie is no stranger to taking digs at the Apple Watch. Its latest form of social commentary, however, is rather unique. The company has unveiled the Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black, a mechanical watch that once more riffs...

Akai Force is for DJs and producers that want to ditch the laptop

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:32
Akai made its name around the early 90s thanks to its line of relatively affordable S-series samplers and the (now legendary) MPC. Since then, the company has continued to release new spins on those mainstays, the latest of which is the all-in-one Fo...

Twitter bug exposed private tweets of some Android users for five years

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 21:01
A bug that has plagued Twitter since 2014 exposed the tweets of some Android users that were intended to be private. Twitter first disclosed the issue on its Help Center today after apparently fixing the issue on January 14th. The bug didn't affect p...

Oxford University halts donations and grants from Huawei

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 19:31
Huawei has faced increasing resistance from the US government and other countries, and now Oxford University has joined the growing number of groups distancing themselves from the company. The university, for now, will no longer accept research grant...

Google shows its bleak vision of search under new EU copyright laws

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 18:04
Google hasn't been shy about decrying the consequences of the EU's proposed Copyright Directive. Now, however, it's using stark visuals to illustrate its point. The company recently told Search Engine Land that it was experimenting with a version of...

Walmart reportedly ditches planned streaming service to focus on Vudu

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:37
Walmart has abandoned its plans to launch a new streaming video service, according to a report from CNBC. Instead of throwing resources behind a new product, the company will instead focus its attention on expanding its existing video platform Vudu....

Facebook employees caught leaving five-star Amazon reviews for Portal

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 17:12
Facebook released its Portal and Portal+ smart displays two months ago, at the tail end of a scandal-ridden year in which data leaks and privacy incidents were abundant. So, the company faced a tough battle in convincing consumers to buy a smart disp...

Sorry, MasterCard's free trial protection only applies to physical goods

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:52
Yesterday, MasterCard announced a new feature that would protect its customers from the automatic billing that kicks in after a free trial. The policy will require merchants to notify users about the end of the free trial, the cost of continuing with...

Air Force gives 3D-printed rocket company Cape Canaveral launch pad

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:23
Relativity Space, a startup that aspires to create 3D printed rockets, has secured a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The company announced Thursday a five-year agreement with the US Air Force that will allow the company to operate out of Launch Complex...

Netflix points to 'Fortnite' as competition after its price hike

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:16
Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the US, Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it's already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the "Albanian army" coming to take on HBO, execs said in a lett...

Michael Cohen reportedly paid for fake Twitter flattery

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:54
Let's play a game of "would you rather." Would you rather an investigation upend criminal details about your past that land you in jail and put your business dealings under public scrutiny, or would you rather that investigation unearth the fact that...

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