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Facebook signs European licensing deal for music you share 21 Feb 2018, 10:46 am

Facebook has dealt with some criticism over the unpaid use of licensed music in videos on the company's various platforms like Instagram. Back in September of last year, it was reported that the social network was paying out "hundreds of millions of...

The next Duplass Brothers movies will be on Netflix 21 Feb 2018, 10:18 am

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the next four films from the Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark. The indie filmmaker duo's credits include Creep and Jeff Who Lives at Home. The deal covers the brothers' upcoming untitled film starring Ray Romano...

Twitch is cashing in on your love for Overwatch League 21 Feb 2018, 10:00 am

The Overwatch League is blowing up and Twitch wants to make some extra money off its exclusive streaming partnership. To encourage viewership, you'll be able to earn Overwatch League Tokens (what you use to buy League skins). You'll pick up one token...

Nest adds Google Assistant to the indoor Cam IQ 21 Feb 2018, 9:34 am

The Nest Cam IQ is the smartest camera in the company's security-oriented lineup, and now it's even smarter. Today, Nest announced that the Cam IQ natively supports Google Assistant, thanks to an over-the-air update. It's important to note, though, t...

Sling TV touts 2.2 million subscribers as cord cutting continues 21 Feb 2018, 9:25 am

With how popular cord-cutting is, you'd think more services would be keen to share their subscriber stats. Dish pulled back the curtain today and revealed that its Sling TV service has some 2.2 million folks paying for the service. That's compared to...

Twitter says most recent follower purge is about bots, not politics 21 Feb 2018, 9:08 am

A number of Twitter users are claiming the platform is purging itself of conservative viewpoints as some lost thousands of followers last night. Richard Spencer, writer Mark Pantano and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were among those spreading th...

Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your desktop clunker 21 Feb 2018, 9:00 am

In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has rele...

Netflix's 'Lost in Space' reboot premieres April 13th 21 Feb 2018, 8:31 am

Netflix's Lost in Space remake has been a long, long time in coming (word broke of it back in 2015), but it's finally here... almost. The streaming service has revealed that the sci-fi show will debut on April 13th, 2018, and has offered a teaser tra...

PlayStation profiles are now available on the web 21 Feb 2018, 8:19 am

PlayStation is putting your user profile on the web. Head over to the PlayStation website today and you'll find a new tab in the upper right corner that says "My PlayStation." Click it and you'll see what looks like a classic Facebook profile page. Y...

Netflix orders animated series from team behind 'Bojack Horseman' 21 Feb 2018, 8:08 am

Netflix is getting another animated series from the team behind Bojack Horseman. Called Tuca & Bertie, it centers on two 30-year-old birds -- Bertie, an anxious songbird, and Tuca, a more carefree toucan. The two are friends, living in the same a...

Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription service 21 Feb 2018, 8:01 am

If you're interested in a car subscription from Volvo, but you're not a fan of SUVs, the Swedish automaker just announced that its new V60 wagon will be available with the service called Car by Volvo.

Amazon's answer to 'Altered Carbon' is Iain Banks' space opera 21 Feb 2018, 7:44 am

It appears that Amazon is looking for its answer to Netflix's crossover sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon. Today, the online retail giant announced that it has acquired the global television rights to Iain M. Banks' space opera series called The Culture...

Why am I so terrible at email? 21 Feb 2018, 7:33 am

Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and they're the asshole, run into assholes all day and you're the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or m...

Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small on science 21 Feb 2018, 7:22 am

Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open). The s...

MLS eSports league's first tournament streams on Twitch this April 21 Feb 2018, 7:00 am

Last month, Major League Soccer became the latest US sports association to create its own eSports league, eMLS, which will exclusively run EA Sports' game FIFA 18. We knew its first-ever event would be a tournament (the eMLS Cup) at the upcoming PAX...

Renault's 'smart island' runs on wind power and recycled batteries 21 Feb 2018, 7:00 am

Renault has launched a "smart island" in Portugal that uses its Zoe electric vehicle, home batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2E) energy storage to run without fossil fuels. The idea is to make the Madeira island of Porto Santo energy in...

'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App Store a day early 21 Feb 2018, 6:41 am

The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe...

AI is making more realistic CG animal fur 21 Feb 2018, 6:22 am

Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a...

'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling pheasants for real money 21 Feb 2018, 6:00 am

Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug...

US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force' 21 Feb 2018, 5:31 am

Days after the Mueller investigation revealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for election tampering, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new Cybersecurity Task Force. Its marching orders are a bit vague -- "canvass the many ways t...

Facebook Messenger adds an easy way to start group calls 21 Feb 2018, 5:00 am

If you've ever tried initiating a group voice or video call on Messenger, then you know that it's not intuitive at all. You'd have to hang up on your friend, start a new group convo and then call from within that window to be able to talk to several...

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch its internet satellite payload (updated) 21 Feb 2018, 5:00 am

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is blasting into the skies today carrying Hisdesat's PAZ satellite, which will spend five and a half years carrying out radar and imaging work for the Spanish government and businesses. The launch, which uses a first stage booster p...

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 streams music to multiple Bluetooth devices 21 Feb 2018, 4:30 am

Qualcomm's newest flagship platform, the Snapdragon 845, already promises a lot of things to be excited about in terms of its graphics, camera support and AI processing, and now the company has announced a Broadcast Audio function, which will let use...

Qualcomm's sample headset teases what's next for mobile VR 21 Feb 2018, 4:30 am

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona next week, Qualcomm has announced a VR headset reference design based on its latest Snapdragon Mobile VR platform. The new system works on the Snapdragon 845, the company's latest pre...

The Morning After: Spotify plots its own smart speaker 21 Feb 2018, 3:47 am

Hi there! Watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics? Been watching them in VR? We have. We also have news of a Burnout comeback (The Best Driving Game) and Amazon brings its Prime rewards to Whole Foods shoppers.

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