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Netflix experiment rumbles your phone during shows

Netflix's Hack Days tend to produce at least one or two genuinely practical ideas, and that's certainly true for its 2019 efforts. One of the biggest experiments from the in-house event, Project Rumble Pak, syncs its namesake haptic feedback effects...

IDC: Android smartwatches only rival Apple in China

If you're eyeing a smartwatch, there are virtually hundreds you can choose from -- but odds are high you'll flock to Apple. The Apple Watch has beat out the competition in the global smartwatch market and will continue to do so, according to estimate...

Apple recalls older MacBook Pros for risk of overheating

Apple issued a voluntary recall for a "limited number" of older 15-inch MacBook Pros. According to the company, the laptops contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The recall "primarily" affects 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between S...

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' is available to play a day early

Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite officially debuts on June 21st, but you won't have to wait until then to play if you live in the right country. The location-based game is already available for would-be Android and iOS spellcasters in the US an...

Signify's LiFi system promises up to 150 Mbps internet via LED lights

This week, Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, launched one of the first commercial LiFi, or Light Fidelity, systems. LiFi transmits broadband internet through lights, using LEDs to move data and bypass radio signals. We've seen some experimental app...

Google adds 'Welcome Offers' to its store and restaurant listings

Last year, Google allowed you to "follow" your favorite stores and restaurants so you would always get updates on the latest events, products or offers from that business (you'll see these updates in the For You tab in Maps). Now, in an effort to enc...

Respawn will share more about its 'AAA' VR shooter later this year

Back in 2017, Facebook and Respawn Entertainment revealed the developer was working on a virtual reality AAA shooter. While things have been fairly secretive since (so much so that it might have fallen off your radar), we'll hear more about it at thi...

What do you think of the Radeon VII graphics card?

A cousin of AMD's Instinct M150 gaming card, the Radeon VII was released in February with an eyebrow-raising asking price of $699. In his review, Christopher Schodt commended the card's speed, 16GB of HBM2 memory and performance during graphics testi...

Thom Yorke's new album comes with a Netflix short film

The same day Thom Yorke's upcoming album ANIMA comes out, he'll release a short musical film directed by frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson. The one-reeler will be set to three ANIMA tracks, and Yorke is expected to both score and star in the...

McCormick's concept grill plays music based on what you're cooking

As someone who won't turn down an invite to a barbecue, the one thing missing in my life is a grill. That's the part about living in New York City that saddens me. So, when McCormick invited me to check out its new concept grill, the SUMR HITS 5000,...

Florida city gives in to $600,000 bitcoin ransomware demand

Riviera Beach, a city in Florida, is set to pay hackers $600,000 in bitcoin with the hope of having its systems restored. Hackers took over the systems several weeks ago, when a police department employee opened a malicious email that allowed them to...

Nissan's zero-emission ice cream truck uses recycled EV batteries

For some, chasing the neighborhood ice cream truck is a favorite summer tradition. But many ice cream trucks have diesel engines, and older models keep those engines running to power the freezers. That means you get a hefty side of CO2 emissions with...

EA tells UK Parliament loot boxes are 'quite ethical'

With loot boxes receiving heavy scrutiny lately, EA has come up with a novel explanation for what the controversial game mechanic should be considered perfectly legal. Appearing before the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee,...

iRobot enters the classroom with acquisition of Root Robotics

iRobot, the company behind the Roomba, is about to do more than vacuum your house, mop your floors and mow the lawn. Today the company announced that it's acquired Root Robotics, and it will add the Root educational coding robot to its lineup.

The Carpool Karaoke microphone is pretty pointless

When senior mobile editor Chris Velazco and I go to California to cover Google I/O, one thing keeps me sane -- our in-car karaoke (caraoke?) sessions. We're both showtunes nerds, so belting out songs from Wicked or Les Miserables really makes our tim...

Adobe Lightroom is now on the Mac App Store

The first major Adobe app to be available on the Mac App Store has finally arrived. Adobe Lightroom, one of the apps in its Creative Cloud suite, is now available for download. It was one of the applications Apple promised would be available through...

Hopper app now predicts hotel prices around the world

Hopper could already tell you the best time to buy tickets for a flight. Now, it can hook you up with the best prices for a hotel stay, as well. After initially only providing prices for hotels in New York City during a beta run, the popular travel a...

Google added a share button to search results

How many times have you been asked something so incredibly straightforward that the effort of asking the question likely far surpasses the effort involved in just Googling it in the first place? Probably at least once or twice, hence the existence of...

Waymo is developing driverless services with Renault and Nissan

Waymo might make its way to the top of the automotive world with the help of industry giants that chose to team up with the company. The Alphabet subsidiary has just inked a deal with Renault and Nissan to explore the development of driverless mobili...

The Morning After: Microsoft's cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Hey there! The birthplace of Juul (and many other players in the vape world) is closing in on an e-cigarette ban, and while Adam Sandler remains one of Netflix's big-hitters, more Stranger Things and Queer Eye e...

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