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Google Assistant and IFTTT can close your garage door

We haven't gotten to the point of voice-activated vacuum cleaners yet, but closing your garage door with an "Ok Google" has arrived. Garage-door company Chamberlain has announced that its MyQ app will now work with Google Assistant in addition to you...

Autonomous delivery drone network set to take flight in Switzerland

Matternet has long used Switzerland as a testing ground for its delivery drone technology, and now it's ramping things up a notch. The company has revealed plans to launch the first permanent autonomous drone delivery network in Switzerland, where i...

'Overwatch' fights toxic players by muting them on Xbox Live

Yesterday, Overwatch's team released the new map, Junkertown, and a few character tweaks in a moderately-sized update. But tucked away in the patch notes was a new tool in Blizzard's fight against toxicity in the game: Xbox Live users that earn enoug...

Knightscope’s new security bot looks like a mini concept car

Robot maker Knightscope has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Its K5 security robot took a look at the harsh world and chose to throw itself into a fountain. And a different K5 robot was attacked and knocked over by a drunk guy. But...

FTC warns influencers about relying on Instagram's ad marker

Up and coming social media stars posting sponsored content may want to take a careful look at today's #Influencers101 Twitter chat from the FTC. The agency tried to clarify a number of issues cropping up around promotional material posted to social m...

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on messaging apps like Skype and Snapchat

Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet calls at 8PM ET today that had stood since 2013. Services that follow rules set by the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman...

Sequel to 'Final Fantasy' creator's free-to-play game launches today

Final Fantasy creator Hironubu Sakaguchi has had some good success with his action-RPG-puzzle mobile game, Terra Battle. The free-to-play sequel — Terra Battle 2 — is out on both iOS and Android, but if you want to play it, you'll need to...

Epic hopes 'PUBG'-style 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' will tempt gamers

Epic Games' Fortnite has been out for a while in paid Early Access, but hasn't quite taken off in the same way that, say, Player Unknown Battlegrounds has. The hot new indie "battle royale" title has a massive, rabid user base and an impressiv...

Sean Penn will star in Hulu’s upcoming Mars series, 'The First'

In May, Hulu ordered a straight-to-series show called The First. Set in the not too distant future, the series depicts the first human mission to Mars and humankind's first attempts at colonizing another planet. Today, Variety reports that Sean Penn...

Nintendo issues takedowns for ‘Super Mario 64 Online' mod videos

Last week, modders released a tool that enabled folks to play the classic game Super Mario 64 online in massive multiplayer batches with up to 23 of their friends. To be clear, this was just a plugin that allowed folks who were already playing emulat...

Toshiba's chip drama ends with sale to a financial group

The long-running bidding war over Toshiba's flash memory business has effectively come to an end... and the winner probably isn't who you expected. Toshiba has agreed to sell its NAND division to a group led by the private equity firm Bain Capital fo...

Motorola's Moto X4 now works on Google Project Fi

Google's efforts to disrupt the mobile carrier network have certainly proven popular for people who can feasibly use it, but it's no secret that the rollout of Project Fi has been restricted by the narrow choice of handsets available. Now, the search...

Waymo wants $2.6 billion from Uber for a single trade secret

During a hearing today wherein Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo asked a judge to delay its upcoming trial against Uber in order to review new evidence, Reuters reports that one of Uber's attorneys said Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for the alleged...

Facebook tightens safeguards against hate-driven targeted ads

Facebook was caught more than a little off-guard when ProPublica discovered ads targeted at racists, and today it's taking steps to prevent those hate-filled ads from showing up again. The social network's Sheryl Sandberg has announced plans to tight...

iOS 11's Control Center buttons don't fully turn off Bluetooth or WiFi

If you've updated to Apple's new iOS 11, you might have played around with the new Control Center. You also might think that toggling Bluetooth and WiFi "off" in the Center might actually, you know, turn them off. Turns out, you'd be wrong. As noted...

The world’s largest aircraft had a successful engine test

Back in May, we reported that the world's largest aircraft, the Stratolaunch, had finally left its hanger and was preparing for tests. This week, the first of those was completed. All six of the massive rocket-launching plane's turbofan engin...

Target's app will soon guide you to the item you're looking for

While Target has to keep up with Amazon to compete in a tough retail market, it may have just found something its competitor cannot do. The company is rolling out its previously tested Bluetooth-powered Beacons to give its customers a real-time map o...

Fox 's new TV show 'Ghosted' will premiere on Twitter

Twitter is no stranger to TV tie-ins, but it's kicking things up a notch this week. It's partnering with Fox on a slew of streaming efforts to boost Fox's fall show lineup, including premiering a show on Twitter. You can watch the first episode of...

Nest's vision of the secure home is rooted in simplicity

Nest is officially in the home security business. At a press conference in San Francisco today, the company introduced a slew of devices: A video doorbell, an updated outdoor camera and a security system that includes a keypad base, a motion sensor a...

'Golf' Easter egg on the Switch may be a tribute to Satoru Iwata

It sounds like that hidden version of Golf on the Nintendo Switch may actually a tribute to the company's late president, Satoru Iwata. A group of enterprising hackers discovered that unlocking it is limite...

‘Final Fantasy XV’ multiplayer DLC arrives October 31st

Final Fantasy XV dominated last year's holiday season, and impressively, the game's managed to stay relevant throughout 2017. Whether it's temporary events, side story DLC, mobile games or crossovers into other titles, it's stayed on players' radar....

The OnePlus 5 got a whimsical French makeover

If you like your tech on the whimsical side, you'll probably be interested in OnePlus' latest collaboration with French designer Castelbajac. The partnership's line of "Callection" products includes a limited edition version of the OnePlus 5, complet...

Airbnb wants to help you book a restaurant reservation, too

Airbnb just added a new feature that allows users to book restaurant reservations directly through its app and website. It's powered by Resy and is currently available in 16 US cities. Airbnb now has a dedicated restaurants tab that lets you search...

Netflix's ‘Punisher’ trailer shows us a haunted, murderous antihero

While the second season of Netflix's Daredevil didn't quite measure up to the first, Jon Bernthal's take on antihero The Punisher was a standout addition. The streaming company wasted little time announcing the haunted criminal-killer would get a sho...

'Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite' already lands its own eSports contest

The game Marvel vs. Capcom — Infinite was released on on September 19th, and it appears as though Capcom is going all out to promote it. They're hosting an eSports tournament called Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite — Battle of the Stones, and...

Nest takes on home defense with its Secure alarm system

Nest wants to manage every aspect of your home's security -- not just its thermostats and cameras. The company has announced a slew of products designed to keep an eye on your home while you're away, under the Nest Secure banner. That includes a Goog...

Nest's outdoor Cam IQ brings facial recognition to your backyard

Nest's latest media event could be big news if you're interested in spotting burglars before they break into your home. It's introducing the Nest Cam IQ outdoor, a rugged take on the regular IQ that's designed to watch over your yard. As you might gu...

Overwatch League’s first season is set to begin January 10th

The Overwatch League has added three more teams to its roster, bringing the total up to its target number of 12 and making way for the very first competition season. The new teams represent Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston and are owned by Comcast Sp...

Nest introduces Hello, its first video doorbell

It was just a few weeks ago that Nest introduced the E, a budget version of its smart thermostat; just a couple of months before that it unveiled the new Nest Cam IQ. But the company isn't not done announcing new products just yet. At an event in San...

NASA nominee lays out the agency's most pressing challenges

The president's pick for NASA administrator, Oklahoma congressman Jim Bridenstine, hasn't been without his share of controversy. He doesn't have much technical experience and his politics and views on climate change could put a wrench in his Senate c...

Facebook accused of supporting 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

Facebook stands accused of censoring information related to the ethnic cleansing currently taking place in the Republic of Myanmar. The Guardian reports that the social network has essentially blacklisted posts from, or supporting, insurgent group th...

'Tomb Raider' trailer teases the cinematic reboot of Lara Croft

What's worse: Reboots or video game adaptations? The new Tomb Raider manages to be both, which means it's already facing an uphill battle. The trailer for the wannabe blockbuster is here, with Alicia Vikander picking up the mantle from the original L...

Valve thinks charts will negate Steam review bombing

Review bombing in the gaming community is a woefully old concept, but after it took the spotlight again this month, following yet another racist outburst from YouTuber PewDiePie, Valve is taking action to mitigate the damaging effects it can have on...

Apple Watch Series 3 struggles to connect to LTE

For those awaiting their new Apple Watch Series 3, be prepared for some connectivity issues. The Verge's Lauren Goode reports that during her review of the new smartwatch, it frequently struggled to connect to LTE and often linked to an unknown W...

The big 'Minecraft' cross-platform update is live, but not on Switch

The Better Together update brings the biggest set of changes to hit Minecraft in years, expanding the Community Marketplace, streamlining access to third-party servers and uniting the game across platforms -- and it's all live today. Well, most of it...

Ya Doggie solves the pet food problem you didn't know you had

The adage that "dogs grow to resemble their owners" is not much of a compliment anymore in America -- namely because it portends that our pets will become as portly as their people. In fact, as CBS News reported earlier this year, a third of American...

Walmart’s online grocery shopping service will now accept EBT

The Amazon and Walmart rivalry continues as the latter announced today that its Online Grocery Pickup option will now be available to those using Electronic Benefits Transfer credits. In June, Amazon reduced its Prime subscription cost for user...

Starting in 2020, it’s going to be much easier to buy an EV

For the first time ever, buying an electric or hybrid car from most of the big automakers is a viable option. But these electrified vehicles are still a small part of the entire automotive world. At the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, many car compan...

Facebook will face Senate during Russian probe hearing

A recent report said Facebook still hasn't discovered the exact number of fake news ads Russian-linked advertisers bought before and after the 2016 Presidential Elections. We might find out if that's true in the near future, because according to Bloo...

Starting in 2020, it’s going to be hella easy to buy an EV

For the first time ever, buying an electric or hybrid car from most of the big automakers is a viable option. But these electrified vehicles are still a small part of the entire automotive world. At the Frankfurt auto show in Germany, many car compan...

Snapseed adds new photo filters and cleans up its interface

As smartphone cameras have beefed up, so have mobile photo editing apps. These days, both iOS and Android users are spoilt for choice. Those looking to make their Instagram posts pop, can choose from a range of free and premium software -- including...

The next 'Terminator' movie will star Linda Hamilton

Since Terminator 2 debuted in 1991, various filmmakers have attempted to recreate the spectacle of the first two futuristic films with the help of an ageing Arnold Schwarzenegger. Director James Cameron and star Linda Hamilton sat out of the resultin...

'Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime' lands on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch has made couch co-op gaming more fun by giving you a way to play with friends outside the house. That's why Lovers in A Dangerous Spacetime, which will be available for the Switch on October 3rd, seems like a perfect fit for the hybri...

'Super Mario Odyssey' reminds us why we love Mario

Super Mario Odyssey is the most exciting Mario game in years. Sure, the two Galaxy entries on the Wii were inventive, but Nintendo's first Switch game in the series goes a step further and completely changes the way you've come to know Mario. It intr...

Belkin's iPhone dongle helps you listen while you charge

Last year's Belkin Rockstar dongle was a lifesaver for iPhone 7 owners who wanted to charge their device while doing just about anything else, but it had a problem: with two Lightning ports, you still had to add a second adapter to plug in your favor...

Uber launches internal probe on Asia bribery allegations

Among its many other problems, Uber is facing a federal probe to look into allegations that it broke foreign bribery laws. To figure out what happened exactly and to cooperate with the DOJ, the ride-hailing firm recently launched its own investigatio...

London venue is first to eradicate touts with digital-only tickets

Touts are something you'll no longer see roaming the pavements outside of London's Islington Assembly Hall. The music venue has become the first in the UK to commit entirely to digital tickets, all of which will be sold through mobile app Dice. Ticke...

Budweiser offers 150,000 free Lyft round trips

If you're on the lookout for a designated driver this holiday season, a brewery can save the day. Starting today, Budweiser is offering up to 150,000 free round-trip Lyft rides with its "Give a Damn" program until the end o...

The Morning After: Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Hey, good morning! Welcome to your Wednesday. We've got our full verdict on Apple's iPhone 8. You'll have to wait to see how the iPhone X fares, but now Google is the latest company angling for our new smartphone-buying dollars. And, oops, the phone...

USA Today takes you on a VR tour of Trump's proposed border wall

After a series of experiments with virtual reality, USA Today launched its full-fledged VR news show last year. "VRtually There" followed in the footsteps of similar segments from The New York Times and ABC News. Since then, the media...