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Microsoft drops its lawsuit over gag orders on DoJ searches
It's been more than a year since Microsoft sued the government (with backing from Amazon, Apple, Google and many others) over the right to tell its customers when the authorities ask it to hand over data, and now the DoJ has responded with a new poli...

Google Lens is rolling out to first-generation Pixel phones
Google is working on some impressive artificial intelligence tricks. And, many of them are finding their way to the public. We can already interact with the company's digital assistant on our phones and through Google Home. Now, Google Lens is arrivi...

Tactile soft sensor can turn anything into a controller
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a soft sensor toolkit that could pave the way for more tactile wearables. Tragically dubbed "iSoft," the thin, rubbery device reacts to continuous movement, including touch and stretch controls. With it...

Atlus will release 'Shin Megami Tensei V' for Nintendo Switch
Nintendo and Atlus have finally revealed what they've been cooking up for fans since they announced their collaboration in January. The fifth main entry in the Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) franchise is coming to the Switch, and according to GameSpot, it'...

Blizzard gives Battle.net a social makeover
Blizzard is giving its Battle.net desktop app a makeover. The gaming portal now has a tab dedicated to chats and groups, while the service is also introducing personal profiles and avatars for players to customize to their liking. It seems Blizzard w...

Bank of America is adding two-factor fingerprint authentication
In the wake of recent security breaches, including but certainly not limited to Equifax, Bank of America has stated it will integrate fingerprint-based two-factor authentication into its online banking setup. The financial institution will start usin...

What's on TV: 'Stranger Things,' 'Wolfenstein' and 'Mario'
This week the World Series gets rolling, but we're just killing time until Friday morning when the Stranger Things season two binge begins. For gamers, the big question will be what they want to play first, as Destiny 2 makes its PC debut before Supe...

'Destiny 2' is 2017’s best-selling game after just one month
If you have friends who own video game consoles, chances are you heard a lot about Destiny 2 in the last month. But anecdotal evidence that the game was everywhere just got backed up by some astonishing sales figures. Just one month after launching o...

Life insurer offers members a $25 Apple Watch (if they earn it)
You might have heard of insurers discounting the Apple Watch before, but never quite like this. John Hancock is offering all its Vitality life insurance policy holders (including newcomers) an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 so long as they use it and r...

Snapchat tweaks increase sharing and privacy
Snapchat added a couple features to its iOS version today, along with a quality-of-life tweak. First, you can now send links from other apps to your Snapchat friends using iOS's 'share' tray. And second, you can now temporarily turn off location shar...

Relentlessly witty 'Night in the Woods' comes to your phone in 2018
If you haven't played Night in the Woods, you're frankly missing out. The made-partly-in-Michigan indie adventure melds witty (and often silly) dialogue with iconic visuals, varied gameplay and discussions of weighty subjects. It's a good thing tha...

Affirm’s app lends you money to buy things online
Paypal co-founder Max Levchin launched Affirm back in 2012 to extend credit for folks to buy things online. Today, his company has extended that feature to a mobile app, functionally creating a virtual credit card for anyone who wants to trust a tech...

Lego pulls the plug on future 'Dimensions' toys
Chalk up another casualty in the decline of collectible-based video games: Lego, Warner Bros. and TT Games have stopped producing new expansions for Lego Dimensions. They'll continue to sell existing expansion packs, and servers will continue to run...

Robot detective game 'Subsurface Circular' is out on iPad
We've been excited about Mike Bithell's surprise indie game, Subsurface Circular, since it released months ago. The developer of Thomas Was Alone and Volume stealthily made the science fiction text adventure game for iOS after he asked Twitter follow...

'Dragon Ball FighterZ' comes to PC and consoles January 26th
If you've been anticipating the upcoming Bandai Namco anime-based game Dragon Ball FighterZ like we have, you're in luck. The gaming company just announced that the title will release on January 26th, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Susan Fowler’s Uber harassment story is being made into a movie
Earlier this year, Susan Fowler wrote a blog post describing her sexual harassment at Uber and revealed disturbing details about the company's sexist environment. That post would lead to an independent investigation of Uber's practices, the firing of...

Snapchat reportedly has 'hundreds of thousands' of unsold Spectacles
Sure, they were a hot commodity when they first dropped, but almost a year later and Snapchat has "hundreds of thousands" of pairs of Spectacles sitting in Chinese warehouses. The news, via The Information, comes after CEO Evan Spiegel boasted that s...

Singapore bans additional cars to keep traffic from getting worse
Starting next February, residents of of Singapore won't be able to drive additional cars in the small city-state. It's introducing the ban as a line in the sand to keep the island from being overrun with vehicles and clogging traffic, especially as i...

Don’t bother playing ‘South Park’ unless you’re a die-hard fan
"South Park used to be a lot funnier," I catch myself thinking as I play through the franchise's latest game, The Fractured But Whole (TFBW). Maybe I'm just too old, or has the world moved on while South Park stayed the same? Humor is crucial to the...

Ford's on-demand van service is running again in San Francisco
The Ford-owned on-demand commuter van company, Chariot, paused its service in San Francisco last week to fix compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP had found that some Chariot drivers did not have required Class B licenses. The...

NYC subways get tap-to-ride turnstiles starting late 2018
New York City's plan to modernize its mass transit payments is getting underway... although you definitely won't want to chuck your MetroCard any time soon. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is greenlighting a hefty $573 million contract that...

Facebook tests split News Feed that keeps friends front and center
Facebook is currently testing a new dual-feed setup that separates Page-generated posts from ads and posts from friends, The Guardian reports. The trial is currently underway in six countries -- Bolivia, Guatemala, Cambodia, Slovakia, Serbia and Sri...

TiVo’s rumored voice-controlled DVR pops up at Amazon, Best Buy
We've been looking forward to a voice-controlled TiVo for a few months thanks to a leak about a new peanut-style Bluetooth remote and trademark for new products with the "Vox" name appended. Now it appears that both the TiVo Bolt Vox and TIVo Mini Vo...

Play the first set of original Xbox games on the Xbox One tomorrow
In terms of new software, Microsoft doesn't have much to offer Xbox One owners this holiday unless you want to play the fourth Forza in as many years. What it does have though, are a baker's dozen of games from the original Xbox. Some we already knew...

'Stranger Things 2' basically gives everyone a cellphone
The second season of Stranger Things takes place in 1984, in a carefully curated world of mullets, muscle cars and arcades. Pick any scene, study it closely, and the obsessive attention to detail becomes clear: Yard signs proudly read, "Reagan/Bush '...

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