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The ‘Truck Surf Hotel’ is an amazing double-decker pad for wave chasers

The Truck Surf Hotel does exactly what it says on the tin, transporting vacationing surfers to new beaches every day while offering all the comforts of a regular hotel. And the five-bedroom pad is already taking bookings. More>>

Wilier’s new Cento1 Hybrid road ebike weighs just 26 pounds

Wilier's new Cento1 Hybrid road ebike could lure traditional riders to electric bikes thanks to its 26.2 pound weight, which is considerably lighter than most other ebike models on the market today. More>>

Michelin Tweel airless radial tires are now ready for utility vehicles

Developed for military special operations light-duty tactical vehicles, Michelin Tweel airless radial tires are now available for UTVs. A single-unit wheel and tire combination, the Tweel takes "all-terrain" to new levels. More>>

Is Airstream’s Basecamp trailer a millennial resort on wheels or a waste of $40K?

Airstream’s latest trailer, the Basecamp, seems to be aimed squarely at millennials, but does it offer enough convenience and comfort to justify its rather steep price tag? To find out, two Digital Trends editors spent a... More>>

Epic Games makes announcement for ‘Fortnite’ on Android

The biggest game of the year is about to get a whole lot bigger. After a mobile release on iOS back in March that raked in tens of millions of dollars, Epic Games announced the upcoming availability for Android gamers. More>>

You can now project Waze from your iPhone to your Ford’s infotainment screen

iOS users can now project Waze from their iPhones to their Ford vehicle's infotainment screen and get all the benefits from the navigation app, including traffic, road hazards, cheap fuel prices, and more. More>>

Clorox won’t cut it. Volcanologists explain what it takes to clean up after Kilauea

People living in the path of a volcano have more to worry about than just lava. If their home is spared from molten magma, they still have to worry about the ashy aftermath. Cleanup is anything but easy. More>>

Smart luggage: Another startup packs its bags following stricter airline rules

Smart-luggage maker Raden has folded after the airline industry clamped down on battery transportation over safety fears. The New York-based startup follows Bluesmart, which ended its operations earlier this month. More>>

Echo smart speaker: Amazon feels squeeze as Google and Apple make gains

Amazon has dominated the smart-speaker market since the launch of the Echo in 2014, but with Google, Apple, and other players beginning to make gains, its grip is beginning to slip. More>>

Smark bike helmet maker Coros’ GPS fitness watch promises 30 days of battery life

Smart bike helmet manufacturer Coros has introduced a new GPS-enabled fitness smartwatch that can track workouts, has a built in heart rate monitor, and offers a 30-day battery life, all for $300. More>>

Tesla Model 3 delays may stretch on as engineering lead takes a break

For the second time this year, Tesla has temporarily halted production of the Model 3. The unexpected pause comes shortly after CEO Elon Musk admitted having too much faith in automation. Now, Tesla's engineering lead is... More>>

Carbon fiber bikes may become a whole lot cheaper with 3D-printed frames

A Silicon Valley startup called Arevo is looking to change the cycling industry by 3D printing carbon fiber bike frames that offer the same level of performance as traditional carbon frames but at a fraction of the cost. More>>

How the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ VFX team made Thanos a movie star

The purple-skinned Thanos proved to be a breakout character in Avengers: Infinity War, thanks to the work of actor Josh Brolin and visual effects studios Digital Domain and Weta. Here's how they brought him to life. More>>

‘Far Cry 5’ boosts Ubisoft’s yearly sales above the $2 billion mark

With its fiscal year coming to a close, Ubisoft only needed a week of sales for Far Cry 5 to bump its annual sales above the $2 billion mark. The open-world shooter more than doubled the first-week haul of its predecessor. More>>

Did Tidal really fake Kanye and Beyoncé’s streaming numbers?

A Norwegian language newspaper claims it has data that shows that popular high-fidelity streaming service Tidal manipulated listening data. Tidal is is vehemently fighting the claims, but the evidence, if true, is compelling. More>>

Tackling the backcountry? LynQ smart tracker doesn’t need cell networks or GPS

LynQ is a new smart tracking device that doesn't require a cell phone or network of any kind but allows up to 12 users connect with one another and locate each other even when traveling off the grid in remote places. More>>

Here’s how to hack an Ikea lamp and transform it into a mixed-reality projector

Do you have access to a lamp, a 3D printer, a few electronics components, and a bit of free time? If so, you could hack together this awesome user interface projector lamp. Here's what it does. More>>

Surgery-free ‘nasal airway remodeler’ boosts airflow in congested patients’ noses

Tens of millions of Americans suffer from sinus pain and inflammation due to obstruction of the nasal cavity. Aerin Medical has developed a noninvasive device to help. Here's how it works. More>>

Sprint hopes to lure Always Connected PC owners with free LTE

Qualcomm and Microsoft teamed up to roll out its "Always Connected PC" platform at CES 2018, built around always-on LTE connectivity. Now, Sprint is cooking up a free data deal to lure Always Connected PC owners to its... More>>

Chromecast users can now skip intros on Netflix to binge on shows faster

Chromecast users can now skip repetitive intros to TV shows on Netflix, letting them get to the crucial next episode of a serious weekend-long binge session faster than ever before. More>>

You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

You’re never going to read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you. Not much has changed, but it reveals more information about how the social network tracks you across the internet. More>>

The trailer for Netflix’s ‘Sense8’ finale prepares fans for war

Netflix's canceled sci-fi drama Sense8 will return from its end with a two-hour special set to be released in 2018, with a new trailer showing cool fight sequences and deep interpersonal connections between the eight main... More>>

This air purifying fan is everything your seasonal allergies need

The Pure Cool fan from Dyson is an air purifying fan that rids your home of 99.7 percent of solid particles like pet dander, cleaning solutions and natural irritants like pollen. Contol it from its LCD screen or with its... More>>

Get ready for more smart cooking and cleaning with Samsung’s Bixby A.I.

Samsung is carving out the future of smart homes, starting by embedding its A.I.-powered digital assistant Bixby into all the company's smart ovens and robot cleaners by the end of 2018. More>>

Alexa will automatically boot up personal app preferences based on your voice

Amazon Alexa can now recognize different voices and provide tailored responses based on individual preferences. You can set up the feature through your app, and now, Alexa will recognize your voice automatically. More>>

The Fitrus Plus wants to give you a holistic view of your health using BIA

Meet the Fitrus Plus, a hand-held gadget that leverages Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) in order to provide its user with a number of body metrics. It's currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. More>>

Photo FOMO: Fujifilm designs new app, Pentax gaining third-party app controls

Too busy shooting to follow photo industry news? This week, Fujifilm launched a new app for the X series and GFX series. Pentax users could also soon have more apps to choose from now that the company has opened an SDK. More>>

Touch-free device uses a frickin’ laser to monitor your well-being from afar

A new device created by Israeli scientists can monitor your vital signs from a distance without physically touching you -- and it's all thanks to a camera and laser beam combination. More>>

A Florida parrot conquers its household by learning Alexa commands

A Florida pet owner has learned just how smart their friendly family parrot is when their feathered friend learned how to use their Amazon Echo and Alexa to control the home's smart devices. More>>

Hisense’s new 80-inch laser TV brings projector-sized picture without the hassle

Hisense has unveiled a much cheaper, 80-inch version of the $10,000, 100-inch Laser TV that the company first showed off at CEDIA 2017, and it will begin shipping globally in the near future. More>>

Leaked docs show Google may be cooking up a stand-alone AR headset

Leaked documents show Google is currently working on a stand-alone headset for augmented reality based on one of two Qualcomm processors designed for Internet of Things devices. It may be tied to headset in the works at Meta. More>>

Watch a NASA astronaut get stumped over how to use a GoPro

When a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station went outside to check the spacecraft, he couldn't use a GoPro video camera. In conversation with Mission Control, the astronaut showed he needs more practice with... More>>

Kevin Feige confirms that Ms. Marvel is ‘definitely sort of in the works’

The MCU's Kevin Feige has confirmed that the studio is working on Ms. Marvel. As of right now, it's unclear whether or not this means a movie, TV show or something else entirely.


Grab a 4K LG Ultrafine IPS monitor for just $350 with limited-time deal

Grabbing a 22-inch 4K monitor doesn't have to be expensive. LG's Ultrafine 4K display is now available at a discounted price of $350 on Amazon as part of a new refurbishment program. More>>

Is ‘Fortnite’ your game? Try and win in-game currency in Solo Showdown event

Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now, and if you want the chance to win some extra in-game V-Bucks, you can do so through the Solo Showdown limited-time competitive event. More>>

Devolver Digital is coming back to E3, this time with actual announcements

Devolver Digital was the talk of the town at E3 2017 after hosting a bizarre parody of the traditional press conference, and the independent publisher will once again host its own show this year. More>>

Samsung only wants to pay for infringing components in Apple lawsuit

The gigantic Apple vs. Samsung legal lawsuit is still going strong. With potentially $1 billion on the line, Samsung is now arguing that it should only pay damages for components, not the phones themselves. More>>

2019 Chevrolet Silverado gets serious about MPG with new four-cylinder engine

In an aggressive bid to improve fuel economy, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Chevy claims comparable performance to other Detroit automakers' V6 trucks. More>>

Arcade junkies, get set for ‘Halo: Fireteam Raven’ at Dave & Buster’s

The next Halo game won't be on the Xbox One. Halo: Fireteam Raven is a new arcade cooperative shooter coming to Dave & Buster's this summer. It takes place during the events of the original game. More>>

A drone made out of pizza? This YouTuber shows you just how to dough it

How do you like your drones: Thin-crust or Chicago-style? That’s the question you’ll be asking yourself after watching this video of a functioning drone that's built out of pizza. Seriously. More>>

Whoop Strap 2.0 offers 24/7 fitness tracking via a new subscription model

The Whoop Band 2.0 fitness tracker brings 24/7 exercise and health monitoring at a more affordable price than the original, but with the same level of metric measurement and analysis for serious workout fiends. More>>

Facebook wants to spot political misinformation as it happens

Can Facebook move from reacting to election abuse to squashing political misinformation as it happens? The platform wants to, and a partnership with the Atlantic Council is one more step on that journey. More>>

New malware will crash your PC if you try to thwart its digital coin mining

New malware used by hackers to mine digital coins is now aggressively infecting PCs. It attaches itself to critical system services in Windows, thus any manual attempt to stop the mining will trigger the Blue Screen of Death. More>>

‘Black Ops 4’ will have battle royale, but ditches the single-player campaign

Activision and Treyarch have revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The game is a sort of "greatest hits" collection of past Black Ops elements, and it includes the previously-rumored battle royale mode. More>>

Samsung’s 49-inch display pushes horizontal resolution beyond 5,000 pixels

Samsung has announced a number of upgrades to its ultrawide display panels, with improvements to resolution, refresh rate, and contrast ratio among a number of different size panels. More>>

Pirate-themed ‘Skull and Bones’ will not set sail until April 2019 at the earliest

Ubisoft has delayed its pirate-themed naval warfare game Skull and Bones to at least April 2019. It's not all bad news, though, as The Division 2 and an unannounced series title will launch before the end of Ubisoft's... More>>

Bitcoin’s profitability called into question as energy consumption rises

It may soon become undesirable to mine for Bitcoin if energy costs continue to rise. Bitcoin mining will consume 0.5 percent of the world's energy by the end of this year, and rising costs could make mining unprofitable. More>>

Nest’s network failed and people’s smart home devices went dark for 3 hours

For three hours starting before midnight on Wednesday, May 16, Nest smart home devices were offline. Door locks and thermostats were functional but only with manual control. Nest mobile apps and internet access to devices... More>>

‘Murphy Brown’ revival brings back Candice Bergen as groundbreaking journalist

Candice Bergen reprises her iconic role as TV journalist and news anchor Murphy Brown in the first trailer for the upcoming revival for CBS. After 20 years off the air, she returns to a tumultuous political climate. More>>

Everything we know about the rumored ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ movie

While it has yet to be officially announced by Lucasfilm, rumors indicate that fan-favorite Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own stand-alone Star Wars movie. Here's everything we know about the potential... More>>

Global financial giant Goldman Sachs is launching its own cryptocurrency

Circle, a payment startup that’s owned by multinational investment banking leviathan Goldman Sachs, has just announced the launch of its very own bitcoin rival. Here's what you need to know. More>>

Here’s what’s changing with YouTube Music, YouTube Red, and Google Play Music

Google just announced a major revamp of YouTube Music, with an ad-free paid version called YouTube Music Premium. It's also changing YouTube Red to YouTube Premium. So what happens to Google Play Music? It's confusing, so... More>>

The RF-1 is a versatile cycling computer equipped with LED lights and a video camera

With cycling growing in popularity, riders are opting for more accessories -- including computers, bike lights, and video cameras. The RF-1 is a device that serves all three purposes, potentially making it the ultimate... More>>

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series rumored to focus on young Aragorn

Amazon Studios is betting big on its'Lord of the Rings prequel series, which has a multiseason commitment and a budget of more than $1 billion. Rumor has it the first season will focus on a young Aragorn. More>>

Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 6 smartphone so far

It's been several months since we first got our hands on the OnePlus 5T, and the rumors around its replacement are coming in at fever pitch. Here's what we're hearing about the upcoming OnePlus 6. More>>

Virginia could turn into new tech hub as Amazon, Apple consider campuses

Apple joins Amazon as a potential investor in North Virginia, with rumors suggesting it is interested in building a new, four million square foot campus to house as many as 20,000 new employees. More>>

AT&T to sell the Red Hydrogen One phone beginning this summer

Red is slowly but surely releasing more details about its upcoming smartphone, the Hydrogen One. Now, we have a few more details about availability. AT&T has announced that it will be selling the phone to customers... More>>

Here is everything that we know about the Google Pixel 3

Google may have just launched the Pixel 2, but it's already gearing up for the next iteration, the Google Pixel 3. Here's everything we know (and don't know) about the upcoming phones so far. More>>

There is looting in the apocalypse, but there won’t be loot boxes in ‘Rage 2’

The first gameplay trailer for Rage 2 was released earlier this week, and it got us pretty excited, but we're even more psyched to hear that the upcoming shooter will have no loot boxes. More>>

Watch today’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ reveal event here

Activision and Treyarch will hold a livestream event on May 17 to reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to the world. We expect this to be our first look at gameplay for the shooter, and you can watch it right here. More>>

Designer of out-of-this-world superyacht MY Roswell welcomes spaceship analogies

Creative artist and superyacht designer George Lucian's MY Roswell concept combines stealthy design elements, electric-only propulsion power, and attention-getting stylistic features. More>>

Oval 2.0 transforms your house into a smart home, one object at a time

The new Oval 2.0 is an all-in-one smart sensor that monitors light, temperature, and humidity, and send its users instant alerts if anything feels out of place. If you want to turn an object or an area smart, Oval can help. More>>

Powered by a laser, this insect-sized RoboFly can take off and land wirelessly

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a fly-sized robot called RoboFly that they hope could one day be used to access places inaccessible to regular-sized drones. More>>

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Here’s everything you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are here. They boast some awesome new features and a powerful new processor. Here's everything you need to know about the new devices. More>>

Seeking a paleo, gluten-free, or diabetes-friendly meal kit? Sun Basket delivers

For some, the draw of Sun Basket meal kits, which the company delivers to your door, is that they have organic ingredients. For others, it's that there are meals targeted at those on paleo, gluten-free, or heart-healthy... More>>

See what it’s like to take a ride in’s self-driving taxi is weeks away from launching a self-driving taxi trial in Frisco, Texas, and to give us a glimpse into what it might be like, the company has released a video showing its technology in action. More>>

The most expensive car lease ever is Pagani’s Huayra Roadster at $25K per month

At $25K per month -- after a $700K down payment -- the Pagani Huayra Roadster claims the spot as the most expensive new car lease in history. It turns out there are many benfits to leasing over buying or financing. More>>

New ‘Interests’ feature recommends products you’ll actually want to buy on eBay

A new "Interests" feature is now part of eBay's mobile app for iOS and Android. Users are able to personalize their shopping experience based on their own hobbies, style preferences, and more. More>>

Xbox Adaptive Controller blasts accessibility barriers for disabled gamers

Microsoft introduced the Xbox Adaptive Controller to remove barriers and improve accessibility for gamers with limited mobility. The controller has more than 20 ports and jacks to connect a wide range of accessibility... More>>

Google Chrome will now block autoplay videos based on user preferences

Your days of being startled by a video that begin playing out of nowhere on your browser are coming to an end. In its most recent update (which brings us to Google Chrome 66), the browser has begun to block autoplay videos. More>>

New perk: Amazon Prime members get discounts on sale items at Whole Foods Market

Starting this week in Florida Whole Foods Markets, all Amazon Prime members will get discounts and special deals available for Prime members only. The program rolls out to Whole Foods Markets nationwide starting this summer. More>>

Scientists will use use stem cells to grow ‘mini brains’ using Neanderthal DNA

Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have stated their intention to create miniature brains containing Neanderthal DNA. Here's how they're doing it. More>>

Abode Systems wants to make home security simpler and more affordable

Abode has announced a new configuration for its security starter kit meant to make it easier for anyone and everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones. And now, its products are Alexa compatible, too. More>>

4A Games’ post-apocalyptic ‘Metro Exodus’ delayed to next year

Metro Exodus, the third entry in 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter series, was supposed to launch later this year, but it has now been delayed until early 2019. The game will be available on consoles and PC. More>>

U.S. Senate votes to overturn FCC’s repeal of net neutrality protections

Congress passed the first hurdle in trying to save net neutrality, with a narrow 52 to 47 victory in the Senate. The bill still needs to be passed in the House and signed by President Trump to become law. More>>

You won’t even need to dress yourself in the future — thanks to robots like this

Blame it on watching The Jetsons if you want, but we’ve always liked the idea of a robot that can dress you in the morning. Researchers at Georgia Tech want to make this a reality. More>>

Leaked Xbox One controller may bring gaming to those with physical limitations

A leaked image of a new Xbox One controller shows that Microsoft wants to make its games more accessible for gamers with disabilities. If the leaked prototype is real, the controller will probably be revealed at E3. More>>

‘The Crew 2’ drives, sails, and flies into closed beta May 31

Ubisoft will hold a closed beta for its upcoming racing game The Crew 2 from May 31 to June 4. The beta will let players try out the four vehicle classes, including boats and planes, ahead of its June 29 launch on PS4,... More>>

Starting under $20,000, the 2019 Veloster shows Hyundai can still deliver value

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster, which hits U.S. showrooms later this year, starts at just under $20,000. That base price includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a healthy 147 horsepower from a 2.0-liter engine. More>>

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider Preview release all about fighting malware

Security and protection against malware is Microsoft's big focus with the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17672, but if you're using a Windows Mixed Reality headset, you may want to think twice before updating. More>>

Audi joins BMW and Mercedes-Benz in sitting out the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Audi recently announced that they won’t have a presence at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the “motoring capital” of the U.S. The Ingolstadt-based automaker is the latest company to join... More>>

Autopsy confirms exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death

An autopsy has confirmed that a vape pen was to blame in the tragic death of a Florida man. This incident marks the first confirmed case in which an e-cigarette explosion resulted in a fatality. More>>

When is your phone getting Android 8.0 Oreo? We asked every major manufacturer

We've reached out to every major Android hardware manufacturer and asked them when they will update their devices to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo. More>>

Is Microsoft planning a $400 Surface tablet?

Microsoft is rumored to be developing a new range of Surface tablets to offer something to entry-level markets at around the $400 price point. The new devices will sport Intel CPUs and a 10-inch display. More>>

The Arbor Video Doorbell gives a full-HD view of your front porch

Now seeking funding via  an Indiegogo campaign, the Arbor video doorbell claims to have the best and fastest picture, most reliable Wi-Fi connection on the market, and perhaps most importantly, a quick installation time. More>>

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: News, trailers, and everything we know so far

Everyone knows he shot first, but there's still a lot we don't know about Han Solo. Here's everything we've rounded up so far about Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will explore the smuggler's early years. More>>

Google Photos now using A.I. to simplify editing and sharing images

At Google I/O, Google announced new A.I.-based features that will be rolling out across its products and services, including Google Photos. The new “suggested actions" will help speed up the editing and sharing process. More>>

Onkyo’s receivers to make themselves at home with upcoming Sonos integration

If you’ve got a newer Onkyo, Integra, or Pioneer Elite A/V receiver, it’s about to get even smarter, as Onkyo announced that these brands will be adding Sonos integration beginning in June. More>>

Save your tweeting eyes with Tweetbot 3’s new dark mode on MacOS

Tweetbot 3 for Mac is now available on the App Store, giving Twitter users a newly refined client to work with, that now supports a dark theme. It will cost you though. Tweetbot 3 has a price tag of $10. More>>

How tech is helping used car sales with safe transaction zones

Buying or selling a vehicle online can be intimidating. Who wants to meet up with potentially sketchy characters at home? No one. But now there are apps and websites that provide access to safe transaction zones for online... More>>

Intel’s 10nm CPU finally makes it to retail in a refreshed Lenovo IdeaPad laptop

Lenovo's refreshed IdeaPad 330-15 has appeared sporting Intel's unannounced Core i3-8121U processor. That's one of Intel's new Cannon Lake chips based on its 10nm process technology. Mass production won't begin until 2019. More>>

This popular food service just shut down in several cities, are you affected?

Munchery, one of the many on-demand food delivery services offering quick and easy re-heatable meals to folks who would prefer to use a microwave rather than a stove, has ceased operations in Los Angeles, New York, and... More>>

YouTube TV rolls out voice control, incognito mode in new test

YouTube TV is gaining a voice control option that doesn't require the Google Home. The main YouTube app, meanwhile, appears to be testing an incognito mode to hide search and view history. More>>

Microsoft Bing joins Google, Facebook in banning cryptocurrency advertisements

Microsoft will ban ads for cryptocurrency and related products from its Bing Ads network. The company says they pose as an elevated risk due to potential scam artists preying on hopeful investors. The ban begins in June. More>>

Another Facebook privacy scandal — three million users’ data exposed by quiz

Facebook is at the center of a new privacy scandal involving a further three million users who took part in a personality quiz several years ago. Their data was discovered on a website that was far too easily accessible. More>>

X-ray laser heats water to 180,000 degrees in a fraction of a second

Scientists have used a superpowered X-ray laser to raise water temperature from room temperature to a massive 180,000 degrees Fahrenheit in just a millionth of a millionth of a second. More>>

Doctors in Britain are zeroing in on a universal cure for the common cold

Researchers from the U.K.’s Imperial College London have developed a new molecule that could help battle the cold virus by stopping it from hijacking human cells. Here's how it works. More>>

Serve your opponents with the ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ beta tournament

Nintendo's upcoming game Mario Tennis Aces will be available to try during a prelaunch beta tournament on June 1. The tournament will run for three days and will also give access to offline play. More>>

AirFly connects wireless headphones to wired-only devices

The AirFly from Twelve South is a handy gadget that lets use your wireless headphones with any device that has a traditional headphone jack, from in-flight entertainment to your old Walkman. More>>

Some ebikes now allowed at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park in California

Mammoth Bike Park has announced plans to allow ebikes on its trails starting in May 2018 provided the bikes are of the Class 1 variety, which means they are pedal-assist models with a max speed of 20 mph. More>>

The Surface Hub 2 can ’tile’ four units into one big display

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 arrives in 2019 packing a 50.5-inch screen with an UHD resolution. That's slightly smaller than the current 55-inch unit, but the next-gen Hub makes up for the size loss by providing a new tiling... More>>

Facebook removed 583 million fake accounts in the first quarter of 2018

Facebook's vice president of product management Guy Rosen revealed that Facebook disabled around 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018 alone. That would equal about a quarter of the social network's... More>>

Everything we know about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ the Queen biopic

A biopic of Queen and its iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury will hit theaters in December 2018, so here's everything we know about the Bohemian Rhapsody movie so far, from its cast and director troubles to the focus of... More>>

Apple Music hits 50 million users, doubles down on original content

Apple Music is growing, and growing fast. In a recent appearance on Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the service's latest subscriber numbers. In total, Apple Music now boasts 50 million users. More>>

Messenger speeds up reporting with tools to flag harassment, impersonation

Facebook Messenger now allows users to report abuse that violates Community Guidelines inside the app with a few taps. The update brings tools previously only available on the web to the mobile apps. More>>

Check out the first gameplay for Bethesda’s zany shooter ‘Rage 2’

The first gameplay trailer for Rage 2 has been released by Bethesda, giving us a look at the game's weapons, powers, locations, and even a taste of the story. More details will be shared at E3 in June. More>>

WhatsApp’s latest update brings more order and control to group chats

WhatsApp is rolling out new tools for group chats. A new shortcut button helps recap mentions and replies, while the group's new description displays info for new members. The update also includes changes to administration... More>>

Fewer parents name baby girls ‘Alexa’ after Amazon Echo debut

'Alexa' was never a top ten U.S. baby girl name. After Amazon used the name for the Echo smart speaker voice assistant, today even fewer parents choose it for their newborns. 'Siri' has also seen a big decline as a U.S.... More>>

Master and Dynamic’s MW50+ are a flexible take on already-great headphones

Master and Dynamic has released a follow-up to its MW50 wireless headphones in the MW50+, which keep the look and sound of the original but offer a much more flexible experience in terms of both comfort and sound. More>>

Oracle persuades Australia to examine Google’s data-tracking practices

The latest battle between Oracle and Google is playing out in Australia, where Oracle has successfully convinced competition and privacy regulators to look into how Google allegedly tracks its Android phone users. More>>

Look ma, no wires! Google and Levi’s smart jean jacket is finally here

Two years after first teasing us with its line of connected clothing, Google and Levi's have put us out of our misery. The first piece to come out of Project Jacquard is the Commuter Trucker jacket. More>>

‘Bad Boys 3’: ‘Bad Boys for Life’ moves another step forward with release date

Bad Boys 3 -- also known as Bad Boys for Life -- looks closer to becoming a reality. Sony has set a new release date and plot details have begun to emerge


Here’s a 3D-printed bicycle tire that will never go flat

When you're out on your bike and far from home, the last thing you want to hear is that horrible hiss of air as your tire goes flat. Advances in 3D printing mean we could soon be printing off airless tires for trouble-free... More>>

Supreme Court ruling on sports betting may let online gambling run the table

The Supreme Court has found unconstitutional federal legislation that prevented sports betting in most states throughout the U.S., giving online gambling sites a huge new market they can exploit. More>>

Amazon Go: Checkout-less store heading to two more cities

Recently posted job ads suggest Amazon will soon open new Amazon Go stores in Chicago and San Francisco. The company's first high-tech, cashier-less store opened in Seattle in January. More>>

YouTube will now tell you to ‘take a break’ from endless viewing

If your YouTube sessions often run from minutes into hours without you realizing, the app now has a way to set up an alert telling you to take a break. But it doesn't block access, so you'll still have to use your willpower. More>>

Disposable plastic straws are a huge polluter. This keychain could change that

Every single day, Americans throw away an estimated 500 million single-use plastic straws. A new handy portable implement called the FinalStraw aims to provide them with an eco-friendly alternative. More>>

ZTE working to solve U.S. component sales ban — and save the company

The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components to China-based ZTE. The company allegedly made false statements to U.S. officials in 2016 and 2017. Here's everything you need to know. More>>

Xerox severs merger agreement with Fujifilm, ending Fuji Xerox plans

Fuji Xerox is over before even getting started. Xerox backed out of the merger that was supposed to happen before the end of the year, citing a delay caused by a court injunction from investors and questions over audited... More>>

Retro Studios might be developing a Star Fox racing spinoff

According to leaks, Retro Studios, the developer behind the Metroid Prime trilogy and two Donkey Kong platformers, is working on a Star Fox racing spinoff. The rumored game is a cross between Diddy Kong Racing and F-Zero. More>>

Need a nudge? Gmail’s new email reminder system goes live

Google's new Gmail Nudge feature leverages Google’s A.I. scanning to gently remind you to reply to important emails. We'll show you how to spot a nudge in your inbox, and how to turn it off if you don't want it enabled. More>>

Brush your teeth and floss at the same time with the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion

There’s now a solution for even the laziest of us oral hygienists. It’s called the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion. Apparently, this nifty new device doesn’t require you to take an extra step in order to floss your teeth. More>>

Designer Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions closes its doors after 4 years

Cliff Bleszinski's independent venture Boss Key Productions is shutting down, and the veteran game designer will step back from the industry. The studio's two games, LawBreakers and Radical Heights, failed to find audiences. More>>

U.S. lawmakers are asking Amazon if Alexa collects data on children

The tech giant stated that parents can delete their children's recordings from the device and from the company's servers, and assured parents that no developers outside of Amazon will ever have access to the recordings. More>>

Email encryption flaw gives hackers full access to your secret messages

Researchers at the Munster University of Applied Sciences discovered vulnerabilities in the PGP and S/MIME technologies used to encrypt email. The problem resides in how email clients use these plug-ins to decrypt HTML... More>>

Margot Kidder, the Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, has died

Superman franchise actress Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in each of the first four live-action films starring Christopher Reeve, has died at age 69. Her career spanned more than five decades of television and movies. More>>

Curious what you’re missing when you blink? This new wearable records it

Have you ever heard the expression "blink and you'll miss it?" Researchers from Germany’s University of the Arts Bremen have come up with a wearable device to help solve that problem. More>>

Alexa may one day be more than a smart assistant — she wants to be your doctor

A visit to the doctor may one day be a visit to your living room, where you can have a conversation with your Amazon Echo -- or more specifically, Amazon Alexa. Amazon is creating a team in its Alexa division called... More>>

You can now unlock your Yale smart lock with your voice via Alexa

Your voice is quickly becoming the only key you need. The latest smart lock to unveil Amazon Alexa integration is Yale Locks & Hardware, who announced support for Alexa and the ability to unlock the smart deadbolts with... More>>

Polk Assist is the audio company’s first step into the smart speaker market

Polk Audio is getting into the smart speaker game with the Polk Assist, a smart speaker powered by Google Assistant that also features multiroom wireless audio courtesy of a built-in Chromecast. More>>

Buyer pays close to $1 million for fire-gutted San Francisco home

Seattle recently saw a home go on the market for $775,000. Seattle has seen a steady increase in job availability, and the city is now the sixth-most expensive city to live in. The median list price of a home there is... More>>

Google employees resign after Google continues to work on Project Maven

More than 4,000 Google employees signed a letter requesting CEO cancel Pentagon AI Project Maven and issue a policy statement against building warfare technology. Now, around a dozen of them have resigned. More>>

Can’t get enough of ‘Doom’? A.I. can generate an infinite number of new levels

Researchers from Italy have developed an artificial neural network that’s capable of generating a theoretically infinite number of new levels of the classic 1993 first-person-shooter 'Doom'. More>>

MacBook Pro users are sticklers about sticky keyboards, demand Apple recall

Owners of MacBook Pros released since 2016 have been taking to an online petition to try and force Apple to recall their laptops, claiming that a defect with the keyboard design is making many of them unusable after short... More>>

TCL’s fantastic P-Series Roku TV to get a huge price cut at Best Buy on Saturday

TCL’s 55-inch P-Series Roku TVs is one of the best budget TVs we’ve ever seen, and this weekend you’ll have the chance to get it for its cheapest price ever. Mark your calendars, though: The sale only lasts for a single day. More>>

The S8 Lite appears to be Samsung’s response to a slowing flagship market

Despite the Galaxy S9 being the new kid on the block, rumors are circulating that Samsung is preparing to launch a midrange version of the Galaxy S8. Here's everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite. More>>

The F8 cordless vacuum cleaner from Xiaomi is coming to the U.S.

A subsidiary of Chinese technology giant Xiaomi, Roidmi recently debuted its new cordless vacuum cleaner - the F8. The cordless vacuum cleaner promises a similar performance to the Dyson V8 vacuum with a much lower price tag. More>>

Lyft’s All-Access subscription plan picks up steam, now boasts a waitlist

Hey, Lyft riders, how do you like the idea of paying a monthly fee to use the service instead of paying on a per-ride basis? The ridesharing service is currently testing such a system using the All-Access Plan. More>>

Google may soon require Android manufacturers to push regular security updates

Google could be taking steps to ensure Android security updates are taken a lot more seriously. The company said at one of its sessions at Google I/O that it would start requiring manufacturers to push regular security... More>>

Prototype handheld skin printer is like a magic wand for healing flesh wounds

Imagine a version of the kind of duct tape dispenser you can buy from Home Depot, only instead of rolling out pieces of tape it can produce a sheet of skin tissue to cover a wound. More>>

NASA will send a tiny drone helicopter to fly through the Martian skies

NASA has revealed that the Mars 2020 mission will include a remote-control 'marscopter' along with the rover. If the tests of the tiny dual-rotor helicopter are successful, it will be the first atmospheric flight on... More>>

The Natede is an Alexa-connected plant holder that is a serious air purifier

Heralded as a "smart and natural air purifier," the Natede promises to help circulate cleaner air within your home while doubling as a sleek plant holder. It has raised over $630,000 on Kickstarter. More>>

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot is slated to go on sale in 2019

Boston Dynamics is at it again. The team this week unveiled another version of its versatile dog-like SpotMini robot, which once again features a mechanical arm that gives it a whole new set of skills. It's slated to go on... More>>

August Home’s app will let you make sure your front door is locked

August Home, known for its smart locks and home access services, announced its smart lock works with Google Assistant on Google Home. Plus, you can now ask Google if your door is open or closed. More>>

This NYC high rise building cleans the air like trees do

An architecture firm has created a unique way to break down the city's growing pollution problem by combining a high-tech mineral-based facade with a photo-catalytic compound that turns harmful nitrous oxide into harmless... More>>

Twitch adds a new 24/7 streaming sports channel called Stadium

When you think of Twitch, you don't normally think of traditional sports like football and basketball. The company hopes to change that with a new channel called Stadium, delivering 24/7 events, highlights, and commentary... More>>

Verizon quietly launches startup Visible, which offers unlimited data for $40

There's a new mobile service provider on the block, and as it turns out, it's being backed by a player with plenty of experience. Visible is a new startup from Verizon that offers super low-cost service that is, get this,... More>>

A German bank is using Bitcoin to handle international loans

A German bank is now using Bitcoin to help speed up international loans while keeping costs low. Bitbond was founded in 2013 and became an officially licensed bank in 2016, It currently manages $1 million each month. More>>

Cryptic ‘Destiny 2’ puzzle sends players on a real-life scavenger hunt

A coded message hidden inside the latest expansion for Destiny 2 sent the community into a frenzy last week, as they tried to decipher it and find out its meaning. The real-life treasure was finally discovered atop a... More>>

Need to cut back on your salt? In-mouth sensor tracks sodium intake in real time

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a smart in-mouth sensor that is capable of providing highly sensitive, real-time monitoring of your sodium intake. More>>

Watch live as SpaceX launches its most advanced Falcon 9 rocket yet

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is readying for the debut launch of its latest rocket, the Block 5. The launch of this final version of the Falcon 9 rocket will take place today at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. More>>

After the San Bernardino iPhone fiasco, lawmakers introduce the Secure Data Act

Lawmakers introduced the Secure Data Act, a new bill preventing law enforcement and surveillance agencies from forcing companies to insert backdoor entrances into their products and services. It arrives after the iPhone 5C... More>>

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can hear silent commands that you can’t

You may start thinking about the music you play through your Echo or Google Home differently -- researchers have proven it's possible to embed secret commands into your virtual assistants' media unbeknownst to you. More>>

With PerfectSwell technology, American Wave Machines revolutionized surfing

American Wave Machines is a name synonymous with artificial wave technology and with its proprietary PerfectSwell technology set to take center stage at the upcoming BSR Surf Ranch, the brand's unique approach to mimicking... More>>

SpaceX makes rocket launches look easy, nails 25th Falcon 9 landing

The fifth and final version of the Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched and landed. The SpaceX rocket has now completed its mission of carrying Bangladesh's very first satellite, the Bangabandhu-1. More>>

Plex for Sonos unlocks your music library’s full potential

While you probably think of Plex as a video-centric service, it can also be used to manage and stream your music collection, and now it's available for Sonos systems via its new Sonos service. More>>

Put down the smartwatch! Xenxo S-Ring packs 12 features into a tiny wearable

Every Tom, Dick and Hillary has a smartwatch these days. If you really want to stay ahead of the crowd, you'll need a new wearable -- like this new Kickstarter Xenxo S-Ring smart ring. More>>

Photo FOMO: Record-breaking 1 million-megapixel macro, new camera sales records

In this week's Photo FOMO, it's all about records -- like the 1 million-megapixel photo that's the world's first terapixel macro, or the eighth consecutive year of record sales for CMOS sensors. More>>

Snapchat has undone its controversial redesign for a majority of iOS users

Not a fan of Snapchat’s redesign? A test suggests that the company could be bringing back snippets of the old version and merging them with the new app. This new/old look has rolled out to a "majority" of iOS users. More>>

Lenovo wants to give the convertible PC a flexible, wrap-around display

A patent application filed by Lenovo describes a convertible laptop sporting a flexible, wrap-around screen. In one implementation, the screen would merely wrap around the lid's lip to render notifications along the edges. More>>

Garmin inReach Mini satellite messenger means no site is too remote to text from

Garmin has introduced the inReach Mini, a new device that includes all of the features of the full-size inReach satellite messenger, shrunk down to fit in a diminutive package that weighs just 3.5 ounces. More>>

You may be able to step foot into this massive Google Home Max

At Google I/O 2018, we stepped inside a life-size Google Home Max to experience a wave of sound and immersive visuals. This structure showcases the audio capabilities of the Google Home Max smart speaker. More>>

Motorola’s Moto E5 Plus, E5 Play are solid budget phones that won’t get Android P

Lenovo has finally taken the wraps off of the latest Moto E phones -- the Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play. But the new phones aren't perfect -- Lenovo says they won't be updated to Android P when it comes out. More>>

Most excellent! Bill and Ted to ‘Face the Music’ as sequel begins pre-production

The third installment of the Bill and Ted franchise will be titled Bill and Ted Face the Music, according to the film's cast and creative team, and it's officially in pre-production.


The Escapod is a stylish, fully-featured backcountry travel trailer

Escapod offers a luxurious way to leave behind urban life and seek out the rugged backcountry. Most four-cylinder vehicles can tow this stylish travel trailer and two different models are available. More>>

Gamers aren’t convinced by Windows Mixed Reality headsets

The audience for Windows Mixed Reality headsets is shrinking on Steam, despite a steady drop in prices since the platform first debuted. Just 5 percent of all VR users on Steam now use WMR hardware. More>>

Xiaomi finally heads to the U.S. with a little help from Google Assistant

At Google I/O 2018, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi revealed that it would be adding Google Assistant support to three smart home products, all of which are bound for the elusive U.S. market. More>>

Here’s everything we know about ‘The Punisher’ season 2 so far

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero, Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far. More>>

Gmail’s new confidential mode is finally rolling out. Here’s how to use it

After rolling out an overhauled interface for Gmail, Google is now beginning to deploy the new confidential mode to make your emails more secure. Learn how to use it and add an expiration date or a passcode requirement to... More>>

Nvidia saw a revenue spike from sales of graphics cards to crypto miners

Nvidia's previous claims of putting gamers first have come under fire as recent financial results suggest it made hundreds of millions of dollars selling graphics cards to cryptocurrency miners. More>>

Firefox 60 is the first browser to support password-free internet logins

The latest version of Firefox is out, and with it arrives support for the WebAuthn standard. This allows you to log into web accounts without a password. The drawback, for now, is a need for a physical security key. More>>

Everything you need to know about the HMD Global 2018 Nokia X

HMD Global may be about to bring back another Nokia name from the past. This time it's the Nokia X, a name last seen in 2014. Here's everything that we know about the Nokia X phone so far. More>>

Here’s everything we know about the Motorola Moto Z3 and Z3 Play

The Lenovo Moto Z3 is set to be a great phone with some unique and powerful features, if these rumors and leaks turn out to be true. Here's everything we know about the upcoming phone so far. More>>

Google Home goes around the world — at least, to 7 more countries

Folks in Spain, Mexico, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark will soon be able to buy the Assistant-enabled smart speaker. With the addition of these seven nations, Google nearly doubled its number markets. More>>

A.I. could help cameras see in candlelight, research suggests

Could computational photography help cameras shoot in minimal light with little noise? Research from the University of Illinois and Intel suggests the possibility with a project called the See-in-the-Dark data set. More>>

66-Year-old Alan Turing paper inspires new water-purification technique

Father of computer science Alan Turing only ever published one chemistry paper. Here in 2018, it's the basis for a new efficient nanofiltration method for removing the salt from saltwater. More>>

Potential cocaine breathalyzer uses nanoparticles to look for drug abuse

Researchers from the U.S. and China have developed a new low-cost chip which can reportedly detect the presence of cocaine in only a few minutes. Here is how the technology works. More>>

Technics’ gorgeous new compact speaker is a powerhouse of audio tech

Technics’ new Ottava S SC-C50 compact speaker system may be housed in a relatively small package, but it looks like the audio power the 3.1-channel system produces will be anything but. More>>

Japanese game company SNK announces the retro-game Neo Geo mini

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, SNK has announced the Neo Geo mini. The console comes with a built-in 3.5-inch screen and comes loaded with 40 games, including the original Metal Slug and The King of Fighters '98. More>>

Volvo is bringing Google Assistant to your car, even if you don’t use Android

Thanks to an ongoing partnership between the carmaker and the tech giant, Volvo will be introducing Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, which is built upon Google's Android operating system. More>>

Nvidia graphics cards are back in stock, grab them while you can!

They may be Founders Edition cards without fancy overclocks and coolers, but Nvidia's 10-series graphics cards are on sale again in reasonable quantities and with reasonable pricing. Just look to the official store. More>>

IBM clamps down on leaks, bans workers from using external storage

A leaked advisory written by Chief Information Security Officer Shamla Naidoo says all employees and facilities will be banned from using external storage devices like flash drives and SD cards in the coming weeks. More>>

Google wants to let you vote from your Android phone

Would you feel happy casting a vote on your smartphone? Google revealed some new security features that might make the Android operating system the go-to choice for all sorts of secure transactions. More>>

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’: Everything we know about the sequel so far

With the premiere of the Jurassic World sequel getting closer, information is slowly being revealed and photos and footage are emerging. Here is everything we know about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. More>>

With Astell & Kern’s latest hi-res audio players, there’s something for everyone

Astell & Kern has given audio enthusiasts even more options for portable listening with the launch of two new lines of players in the premium A&futura line and the more affordable A&norma line. More>>

The European phone market declined sharply at the start of 2018

Smartphone fatigue is setting in, and it seems that the public can no longer keep up with the rate of release. In early 2018, European countries saw some significant drops in the amount of phones shipped. More>>

Everything we know about the upcoming Google Pixel Watch

From its Pixel smartphones to Google Home, the Google brand is quickly becoming synonymous with high-quality consumer hardware. This year it looks like Google may branch out a little further by creating its first smartwatch. More>>

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