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Google app test makes editing photos more social

Engadget - 4 hours 51 min ago
Right on the heels of killing off Google Talk, the company has admitted it's working on a new app for group photo editing and sharing. While Google already has the chat app Allo and video calling app Duo, it may be feeling pressure from its competito...

Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Dish pull YouTube ads over hateful videos - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 57 min ago
Big brands are flexing their political muscle as they pull even more ads from Google's YouTube after the ads appear next to extremist videos.

Uber Manager Told Female Engineer That 'Sexism is Systemic in Tech'

SlashDot - 5 hours 6 min ago
Sam Levin, writing for The Guardian: Uber is facing yet another discrimination scandal after a manager who was recruiting a female engineer defended the company by saying "sexism is systemic in tech." On 14 March, an engineering manager at Uber tried to recruit Kamilah Taylor, a senior software engineer at another Silicon Valley company, for a developer position at the San Francisco ride-hailing startup, which is struggling to recover from a major sexual harassment controversy. Taylor, who provided copies of her LinkedIn messages with the Guardian, responded by saying: "In light of Uber's questionable business practices and sexism, I have no interest in joining." Taylor was stunned by the reply she received from Uber. The manager, who is a woman, wrote: "I understand your concern. I just want to say that sexism is systemic in tech and other industries. I've met some of the most inspiring people here."

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Tesla starts taking solar roof orders next month

Engadget - 5 hours 21 min ago
Compared to successfully launching a private rocketry business and an electric vehicle brand, Elon Musk's quest to line your roof with solar cells is a less flashy endeavor. He pitched it last August as Tesla's preamble in its eventually successful a...

Razer Gives Out zSilver for Each Minute of Gameplay

PCMag News - 5 hours 38 min ago
Razer wants to give you its rewards currency for doing what you're already doing. It can be redeemed for a limited-edition mug with Razer Chroma lighting.

Insta360 Air brings affordable, easy 360 photo and video to Android phones

TechCrunch - 5 hours 43 min ago
 You can share 360-degree video and images in more places than ever before, but how to capture that content in the first place? Insta360 has built a bit of a name for itself creating relatively inexpensive add-ons for the smartphone you already have that’d the ability to use those devices to record and broadcast in 360. The $129.99 Insta360 Air is the company’s Android device… Read More

CNET UK podcast 517: A new iPhone, new Android and Zelda mayhem - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 45 min ago
The UK's best tech podcast returns with news of new iPhones, new Android and all the info you need to know about taking electronics on your summer holiday flight.

T-Mobile Kicks Off Industry Robocall War With Network-Level Blocking and ID Tools

SlashDot - 5 hours 46 min ago
T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce plans to thwart pesky robocallers. From a report on VentureBeat: The move represents part of an industry-wide Robocall Strike Force set up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year to combat the 2 billion-plus automated calls U.S. consumers deal with each month. Other key members of the group include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon. T-Mobile's announcement comes 24 hours after the FCC voted to approve a new rule that would allow telecom companies to block robocallers who use fake caller ID numbers to conceal their true location and identity. From a report on WashingtonPost: The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed new rules (PDF) that would allow phone companies to target and block robo-calls coming from what appear to be illegitimate or unassigned phone numbers. The rules could help cut down on the roughly 2.4 billion automated calls that go out each month -- many of them fraudulent, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "Robo-calls are the No. 1 consumer complaint to the FCC from members of the American public," he said, vowing to halt people who, in some cases, pretend to be tax officials demanding payments from consumers, or, in other cases, ask leading questions that prompt consumers to give up personal information as part of an identity theft scam.

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Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995

Engadget - 5 hours 50 min ago
It's time for Facebook to fully embrace the animated GIF. The social network is about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and your feed will never be the same.

Google kills Talk so Hangouts may live

Engadget - 6 hours 18 min ago
Google has a frankly absurd ecosystem of chat, messaging and texting apps. In theory, the company would like enterprise users to get on board with Hangouts while directing people to Allo for their day-to-day personal chats and texts. In practice, how...

FedEx will pay you $5 to use Adobe Flash on your browser - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 20 min ago
No, seriously. It's gotten so bad that FedEx feels it has to pay you to use Flash, a technology derided as being outdated and unsafe.

The fight over Pluto is much bigger than one (dwarf) planet - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 24 min ago
A decade after Pluto was demoted, the first team to fly by it has a radical proposal to restore its former status, resurrecting the biggest battle in space.

The Days of Google Talk Are Over

SlashDot - 6 hours 26 min ago
The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be completely retired. Even while Google pushed Hangouts as its consumer messaging service (before Allo, Duo, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet) over the last few years, it still allowed die-hard Gtalk users (and there are plenty of them) to stick to their preferred chat app. Over the next few days, these users will get an "invite" to move to Hangouts. After June 26, that switch will be mandatory.

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'Life' science guy on looking to slime for alien inspiration - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 29 min ago
Genetics expert Adam Rutherford discusses the science of "Life" and "Ex Machina", and why alien life could be the most significant discovery in human history.

Goodbye GChat! Hello, Hangouts - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 31 min ago
Google's replacing its GChat instant message service with its four-year old Hangouts. Most people probably won't notice.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is coming to the US - Roadshow

CNET News - 6 hours 39 min ago
American GT-R fans now have a new model to dream about, the $127,990 Track Edition. It's rocking Nismo-tuned Bilstein dampers and even more carbon fiber.

How to adult at security

Engadget - 6 hours 46 min ago
You're a grown-ass adult -- so stop using the same password for everything. Seriously, your cat's name followed by your birthday isn't fooling anybody. Don't be that guy (of any gender) who gets totally owned by ransomware. Pull up your big-person pa...

Treasury secretary doesn't see AI as a threat to jobs

Engadget - 7 hours 1 min ago
Anyone who's been paying attention to the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence over the last decade likely will admit that those technologies are going to effect the economy in ways we can't fully predict quite yet. For treasury secre...

Samsung's Calls For Industry To Embrace Its Battery Check Process as a New Standard Have Been Ignored

SlashDot - 7 hours 6 min ago
Months after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the topic remains too hot for the rest of the wireless industry to handle. From a report on CNET: With Samsung's Galaxy S8 to launch next week, a renewed discussion of the Note 7, which had an unhealthy tendency to catch fire and which had to be recalled, is inevitable. Samsung opened that door in January when it embarked on a mea culpa tour. Beyond spelling out the cause of the overheating problem in its popular phone, the company unveiled an eight-point battery check system it said surpassed industry practices, and it invited rivals to follow its model. But two months after the introduction, what's the industry response? A collective shrug. Interviews with phone makers and carriers found that while all placed a high priority on safety, few would talk specifically about Samsung's new battery check process or the idea of adopting it for themselves.

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'Wonder Woman' lights up new 'Justice League' teaser - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 14 min ago
Gal Gadot transforms to full-on Amazon warrior mode in her standalone video for "Justice League." Now fans just await the last individual teaser, showing Superman.