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Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force and its crazy mods - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Moto's newest phone gets dual cameras, and a bunch of mods that work with it.

ThinkGeek has a secret stash of NES Classics -- go go go - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 8 min ago
You'll have to pay extra for a bundle -- but it might be better than eBay.

ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock — with a catch

TechCrunch - 7 hours 10 min ago
 If you want a NES Classic Edition (and you should) but don’t want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldn’t), you’re in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didn’t sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. They’re on sale right now, and will probably run out within an hour. Read More

Google CEO: 11 phones will start Daydreaming before 2018 - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 11 min ago
Just shy of a dozen Android models from Samsung, LG, Motorola and Asus will work with Google's VR software, Sundar Pichai promises.

A memory bug made the OnePlus 5 reboot during 911 calls

Engadget - 7 hours 12 min ago
OnePlus fixed that nasty bug that rebooted your OnePlus 5 when you called an emergency number, but just what caused it, exactly? The company has offered an explanation... and it's a thorny issue. Apparently, there was a cellular modem memory usage...

Nielsen to track YouTube TV and Hulu watching now too - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 14 min ago
TV and movie producers are now able to learn more about how we watch television over the internet.

Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

SlashDot - 7 hours 15 min ago
The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot -- which we have talked about several times in the past -- has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin selling floor plans of customers' homes, derived from the movement data of their autonomous servants. From a report: While it may seem like the information that a Roomba could gather is minimal, there's a lot to be gleaned from the maps it's constantly updating. It knows the floor plan of your home, the basic shape of everything on your floor, what areas require the most maintenance, and how often you require cleaning cycles, along with many other data points. [...] If a company like Amazon, for example, wanted to improve its Echo smart speaker, the Roomba's mapping info could certainly help out. Spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room's acoustics. Do you have a large room that's practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective. The laser and camera sensors would paint a nice portrait for lighting needs that would factor into smart lights that adjust in real time. Smart AC units could better control airflow. And additional sensors added in the future would gather even more data from this live-in double agent.

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Moto Z2 Force specs vs. the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11 - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 23 min ago
Motorola's high-end phone has two cameras, a shatter-resistant screen and snap-on parts. Here's how it compares to the other big guns.

Instagram gives businesses tools to keep comments in check

Engadget - 7 hours 24 min ago
Instagram has updated its API and is giving businesses access to content metrics as well as new tools for managing comments. Now, through the API, businesses can turn comments on and off as well as hide them. Business accounts already had access to t...

YouTube stars are blurring the lines between content and ads

Engadget - 7 hours 34 min ago
Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are just some of the celebrities under the microscope for using social media to shamelessly plug sponsored products. Advertising without proper disclosures has become a growing problem with in...

Sling Studio makes multi-camera video production so damn easy

TechCrunch - 7 hours 42 min ago
Tito Hamze gives an in-depth review of the Sling Studio, a multi-camera production studio that turns your existing cameras wireless and makes your phones into cameras with the ability to control everything from an iPad as a switcher. It’s the most portable multi-cam setup I’ve ever used — and it’s awesome! Read More

VW exec expected to plead guilty for Dieselgate, could get 169 years - Roadshow

CNET News - 7 hours 47 min ago
It's unlikely the sentence will be that long, but that's what happens when you're staring down 11 felony counts.

Netflix will stream Matt Groening's fantasy cartoon 'Disenchanted'

Engadget - 7 hours 51 min ago
It's been almost 30 years since Matt Groening launched his yellow nuclear Simpsons family on the Fox network. It's been about 18 since he took to the stars with Futurama. Both series have been successful, with plenty of recent merchandise, VR celebra...

NASA Has a Way to Cut Your Flight Time in Half

SlashDot - 7 hours 55 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg Businessweek article: For almost a half-century there's been a clear speed limit on most commercial air travel: 660 miles per hour, the rate at which a typical-size plane traveling at 30,000 feet breaks the sound barrier and creates a 30-mile-wide, continuous sonic boom. That may be changing. In August, NASA says, it will begin taking bids for construction of a demo model of a plane able to reduce the sonic boom to something like the hum you'd hear inside a Mercedes-Benz on the interstate. The agency's researchers say their design, a smaller-scale model of which was successfully tested in a wind tunnel at the end of June, should cut the six-hour flight time from New York to Los Angeles in half. NASA proposes spending $390 million over five years to build the demo plane and test it over populated areas. The first year of funding is included in President Trump's 2018 budget proposal. Over the next decade, growth in air transportation and distances flown "will drive the demand for broadly available faster air travel," says Peter Coen, project manager for NASA's commercial supersonic research team. "That's going to make it possible for companies to offer competitive products in the future." NASA plans to share the technology resulting from the tests with U.S. plane makers, meaning a head start for the likes of Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, and startups such as Boom Technology and billionaire Robert Bass's Aerion. [...] NASA is targeting a sound level of 60 to 65 A-weighted decibels (dBa), Coen says. That's about as loud as that luxury car on the highway or the background conversation in a busy restaurant. Iosifidis says that Lockheed's research shows the design can maintain that sound level at commercial size and his team's planned demo will be 94 feet long, have room for one pilot, fly as high as 55,000 feet, and run on one of the twin General Electric engines that power Boeing Co.'s F/A-18 fighter jet.

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Cat as game controller? It's kind of purrfect - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 56 min ago
Watch a happy cat help a player master a musical rhythm game -- and get a massage at the same time.

BMW wants EV, plug-in variants of every single BMW, Mini model - Roadshow

CNET News - 8 hours 10 min ago
The onslaught starts with an electric Mini coupe and an electric X3 crossover.

'Valerian' director Luc Besson can't wait to meet an alien - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 15 min ago
The French writer and director explains how cutting-edge visual effects brought his jaw-dropping new space opera to life.

'Simpsons' creator brings 'Disenchantment' to Netflix - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 24 min ago
The Matt Groening fantasy comedy series "Disenchantment" will bring animated elves, ogres, harpies and walruses to Netflix.

Now Facebook is making a speaker too? - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 26 min ago
That's right, yet another tech giant is reportedly working on a home speaker. Because we don't have enough of those yet, clearly.

LG's display arm invests billions to take OLED mainstream

Engadget - 8 hours 33 min ago
LG's much-coveted OLED screens are set to become more attainable to the average Joe. The South Korean company has announced plans to invest a further 7.8 trillion Korean won ($7 billion) into production over the next three years in a bid to meet risi...