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Oculus now lets you stream VR gameplay to Facebook Live

Oculus today is receiving an update to its Gear VR platform that will allow users to live stream their virtual reality gaming sessions straight onto Facebook. Much like hitting a button on the...

Atomic Blonde's trailer shows Charlize Theron going full John Wick

Judging from the first full trailer for Atomic Blonde, the single-take brawls seen in The Raid, Daredevil, and John Wick have become a staple in Hollywood actioners. Here, we meet MI6 operative...

Here’s what’s new in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The updated version of Mario Kart 8 coming to the Nintendo Switch will also be the biggest game in the series to date. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will include the entirety of the original game, as well as...

Volkswagen unveils your new self-driving "bar car" lounge concept

Volkswagen has introduced its own self-driving concept at the Geneva Motor Show, a blend of ride-hailing and ride-sharing in a mini-shuttle pod.

Genndy Tartakovsky on reviving Samurai Jack: ‘I was out of shape for working this hard again’

The show’s creator explains the beautiful grimness of his wrap-up miniseries, and why the most important thing was making it memorable.

Get ready for live virtual reality video in your Facebook news feed

Facebook really wants virtual reality to be a success. Although CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently told investors to be patien

News show honors The Notorious B.I.G. with Biggie-themed broadcast

If you don't know, now you know about those traffic delays.

Google's new reCAPTCHA automatically tells you're not a bot

No more Street View transcriptions or 'I'm not a robot' tickboxes, hopefully.

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Alphabet asks court to halt Uber's self-driving car project

As The Verge reports , the documents filed today claim Uber is operating using stolen materials and include the sworn testimony of Google forensic security engineer Gary Brown. As we heard last month, Brown's testimony alleges former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski used his personal laptop to download 9.7 GB of confidential materials related to Google's self-driving project in December of 2015. According to Brown, Levandowski's device left a trail in Google's logs, making him easy to track. Brown also says there's evidence that two other Google engineers Radu Raduta and Sameer Kshirsagar helped download confidential material.

Twitch is getting its own desktop app

Game streaming platform Twitch is getting a desktop app very soon. The new app is actually a rebrand of an old one; last year Twitch acquired standalone gaming chat app Curse , which will now be reintroduced as an official Twitch product.

The Mashable Show at SXSW 2017

No Tweets for The Mashable Show at SXSW 2017 just yet. Come back once the live video starts.

Bitcoin crashes after the SEC rejects the Winklevoss twins' ETF

Bitcoin is crashing after the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss' proposal for an exchange-traded fund. The cryptocurrency plunged more than 16% in the moments after the decision was released and is now down 14%, or $192, at $1,000 per bitcoin.

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Elon Musk just promised to solve Australia's blackout problem in 100 days — or give it free batteries

The company's energy products vice president, Lyndon Rive, said earlier that a rollout of up to 300 megawatts of grid-scale battery storage could be achieved in just 100 days at a cost of about $66 million per 100 megawatts — and would be enough to prevent a blackout from occurring .

The 'Avatar' sequels are delayed for the 4th time

"Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making 'Avatar 2.' We’re making 'Avatar 2,' '3,' '4,' and '5.' It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. [Laughs]  So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life. It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four and a half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full-tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7. We’re pretty well-designed on all our creatures and sets. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right."

How To Prepare For An ICE Raid On Your Workplace | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Some states, like California, impose strong sanctions for employers that improperly discipline employees for immigration compliance issues, and unions can be fiercely protective of their members when employers inquire about immigration status. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for efforts to fix I-9s to trigger claims of discrimination. For example, an employer with employee populations spread out across the country may have different standards of I-9 execution, and trying to remediate those issues could lead to treating a subset of employees in one location differently than another. That’s a no-go. Anytime you’re conducting an internal audit or discussing I-9 issues, it’s crucial to treat all employees consistently.

Microsoft HoloLens: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

Isn't the HoloLens just Microsoft's take on VR headsets? Not at all. Find out everything you need to know with our smart person's guide.


The feud between Oculus and ZeniMax Media is opening up once again, this time with the CTO of Oculus, John Carmack, suing his former employer for earnings that he claims are still owed to him. The suit is largely unrelated to the $6 billion trade secrets suit which ended last month with a $500 million judgment against Oculus . Instead, Carmack is suing ZeniMax Media for $22.5 million that he says has not been paid to him for the 2009 sale of his game studio, id Software, known for such pioneering video game classics as Doom and Quake. The lawsuit reveals that ZeniMax Media paid $150 million for the game studio. The document details that Carmack was set to earn $45 million from the id acquisition. In 2011, Carmack converted half of that note into a half-million shares of ZeniMax common stock, but has yet to receive the other half of his earnings in cash or common stock from the company, despite formal requests being made.

Facebook scores streaming deal with Major League Soccer in its quest to build video empire

At least 22 matches from the 2017 regular season will be live-streamed for free in the US via the Univision Deportes Facebook page, MLS announced on Friday.

UN privacy watchdog says "little or no evidence" that mass surveillance works

The laws are "predicated on the psychology of fear," which prevents the public from "objectively assessing the effectiveness" of privacy-busting measures, said the UN special rapporteur.

What will be the primary IoT device connected in your future?

But as everything is connected, which device will be the one we cannot do without? Which item will we never be caught without? What will keep us connected yet in control of our daily interaction?

Matt Damon Might Have Been Right About Potatoes on Mars

In 2015, Matt Damon reprised his role of “confused Boston actor” in the sci-fi film The Martian . The We Bought a Zoo star was able to survive for months on the Red Planet thanks to his ingenious decision to grow potatoes for food. Now, a NASA-backed project wants to see if Matt Damon’s potato scheme could actually work on Mars. And the early results are promising.

Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job in California

Self-ordering kiosks are already replacing workers at fast food chains like McDonald's and Wendys. But, Miso Robotics said Flippy is designed to work alongside human staff. Once its "probation" ends in Pasadena, it will roll out to more than 50 CaliBurger locations over the next two years. When that happens, some people could be reassigned to the dining room to engage more with customers, while others will be trained to operate their new assistant.

California is warming up to self-driving cars without a human driver

That said, California still hosts the largest number of companies testing autonomous vehicles , as evidenced by the number of licensees under the program. Over two dozen companies are currently registered in the state’s program. Companies that test self-driving cars on public roads are required to report any accidents that occur, as well as the number of times the vehicle forced the human driver to take control because it couldn’t safely navigate the conditions on the road.

AT&T launches cheap prepaid unlimited plan with slow data speeds

Not only will subscribers have to put up with slower data during typical usage, but they’ll see even slower speeds if they go beyond 22GB of data in a single month. That’s the same thing AT&T does on its other unlimited plans, but it feels even more egregious here since customers have to deal with a bad speed cap in the first place.

Here's why people are getting creepy text messages from 2003

R eceiving a text message from a random number can be a minor annoyance, but one sent 14 years ago is just plain creepy.

WikiLeaks hurts CIA's relationship with Apple, Google, Microsoft and Silicon Valley, former director Petraeus said

With its "Vault 7" release on Tuesday, WikiLeaks accused the CIA of exploiting vulnerabilities in software from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung, while keeping those holes secret so it could continue using them to spy on devices. CNET is unable to verify whether the documents are real or unaltered.

(ʘ‿ʘ) it me ece on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

How to use Ryzen Master, AMD's powerful new CPU overclocking tool

Following in the footsteps of the WattMan overclocking tool for Radeon graphics cards, the Ryzen Master overclocking tool is aimed at giving you complete control over your new Ryzen chip, allowing you to push your processor to the bleeding edge of its potential performance. Want to crank voltage higher, fiddle with clock speeds, monitor temperatures, or even completely disable some of your chip’s cores? AMD’s overclocking software enables all that and more.

Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support rankings for third year straight

For a third consecutive year, tech publication Laptop has once again awarded the best score in its Tech Support Showdown to Apple, commending its support via phone calls, online chat, and social media accounts. The company scored 93 out of 100 overall, Laptop said. It managed 56 out of 60 for its Web score, and 37 out of 40 for phone support, with an average call time of just 6 minutes in undercover investigations —over 2.5 minutes faster than second-place Acer, which actually scored 38 on phone support but only 50 on the Web. Apple's website and support app are "loaded with helpful, step-by-step tutorials," and backed by "knowledgeable and friendly" workers on phone and chat lines, according to Laptop . The company also reportedly replied to Twitter messages "quickly and accurately." The worst companies among those ranked included Asus, Samsung, and MSI. Asus' chat and website were described as "especially disappointing," while staff at Samsung were said to have kept mistaking the Notebook 7 for the Galaxy Note 7. The very bottom company on the list, MSI, had representatives that were "shockingly unfamiliar" with products.

Google offers new 'Always Free' cloud tier to attract users

The tier includes — among other things — 1 f1-micro compute instance, 5 GB per month of Regional Storage and 60 minutes per month of access to the Cloud Speech API. Using the free tier requires users to provide a credit card that Google can automatically bill for any use over the limits.

Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans

This is where Messenger Day’s unique slant on Stories for messaging comes in. The searchable, categorized filters include calls to action like “Who’s up for grabbing coffee?”, “Road trip”, “Movie night?”, “Let’s grab drinks”, “Let’s go for a run” and tons more. These make it easy and fun to invite friends to hang out with you offline. And unlike posting “who wants to grab dinner?” on Facebook, where a lack of responses could make you look unpopular, the posts disappear and all replies in Messenger Day are private so you don’t have to worry about seeming lonely.

U.S. regulators reject Bitcoin ETF, digital currency plunges

"How do we develop well-capitalized and regulated markets in the U.S. and Europe if financial innovators aren't allowed to bring products to market that grow domestic demand for digital currencies like bitcoin?" asked Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, an advocacy group.

Mashable on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Mashable on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Twitch is getting its own desktop app

Game streaming platform Twitch is getting a desktop app very soon. The new app is actually a rebrand of an old one; last year Twitch acquired standalone gaming chat app Curse , which will now be reintroduced as an official Twitch product.

Google is ready to take over your office chat with Hangouts

Google's work of transitioning Hangouts from being its default chat app to a more business focus is nearly complete. First up is the formally announced Hangouts Meet. Sound familiar? That's because it semi-officially arrived at the first of the month . Now Google is ready to take it wide. At its core, Meet is all about making video conferencing faster and easier. That comes down to not needing any special software or logins for video chat -- just a shared link. No WiFi? No problem because people can dial in with a dedicated phone number too. So long as their organization is a G Suite Enterprise customer, of course. Meet will support video calls with up to 30 people.

Samsung-linked scandal takes down South Korea's president

A protester holds a placard featuring pictures of Park Geun-hye, South Korea's president, from left, Jay Y. Lee, co-vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., Chung Mong Koo, chairman of Hyundai Motor Co., Chey Tae-won, chairman of SK Holdings Co., Koo Bon-moo, chairman and chief executive officer of LG Corp., and Shin Dong-bin, chairman of Lotte Group in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 18, 2017 Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Best Gaming Headsets of 2017

Most high-end gaming headsets claim to offer some form of surround sound, but this isn't accurate. The vast majority of surround sound headsets still use stereo drivers (often a single 40mm driver for each ear) to produce sound. The surround aspect comes from Dolby and DTS processing technologies that tweak how the headsets mix sound between the two ears to give an impression of 360-degree audio. This isn't very effective, and while you might get some subtle differences in noises coming from in front of or behind you, it won't provide much of a tactical advantage. It's an artificial effect that wouldn't provide a true surround sound image even if the headset had individual driers for each channel; there simply isn't enough space for the sound to resonate to produce the impression of accurate directional audio.

Burst Out of the Week With the Gif Party

Life comes at you fast. One second there’s a monster bursting out of your chest. The next, it’s doing a dance past your dinner. So why not spend some time with the gif party?

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' stars thank fans on 20th anniversary

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" turns 20 Friday and social media is buzzing with tributes, quotes and memes. The show's creator Joss Whedon and its writing staff and actors -- who have all gone on to even bigger careers -- are paying tribute to the groundbreaking series that paved the way for other TV shows to tackle everything from LGBTQ relationships to abusive partners, all with vampires, werewolves and demons in the background.

Why Alexa and Siri would make terrible companions #SXSW

Yeres describes a future where humans can talk to their computers without needing to translate what they say into a language the computer will understand. Through better hardware and deeper data sets of human speech, voice-driven interfaces will eventually become interface- and screen-free personal assistants capable of understanding our emotional needs as easily as our speech.

Microsoft's Windows Server on ARM move: More questions and answers | ZDNet

Microsoft's official acknowledgement that it has Windows Server running on ARM for use in its own, and potentially others', datacenters generated a number of questions. Here are a few answers.

5-deal Friday: A $60 monitor, $38 phone, free game and more!

I'm not seeing any difference between this and Amazon's unlocked Moto G4 Play, save for the fact that it's not unlocked -- but also isn't a Special Offers model. All else being equal, the G4 Play is a really impressive entry-level phone: 5-inch screen, 16GB of expandable storage, Android 6.0, even a built-in FM radio. On top of all that, it has very positive user reviews all around.

1Password will pay you $100,000 to crack its vault

In order to earn the full reward, researchers must demonstrate an ability to crack the secure vault technology used by 1Password to store credentials. The company has created a special researcher vault, containing bad poetry, which researchers are to target.

Linux in Munich: 'No compelling technical reason to return to Windows,' says city's IT chief - TechRepublic

But now the man in charge of Munich's central IT provider, IT@M, has said there is no technical reason to switch back to Windows, describing the decision to prepare to return as being in some ways "surprising".

How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with your Mac – and why you'd want to

And actually, if you bring your Switch, you’ll have not just one Mac gamepad on hand, but two—both Joy-Cons can be paired at the same time and used with applicable games. I fired up Super Mario Kart in OpenEmu and was able to throw down in two-player split-screen using both gamepads. They may not be robust controllers, but for simple two-player fun, they’ll do the trick.

Nier: Automata is strange, thrilling, and totally worth your time

I haven’t given it much thought. Or, rather, I tried to make it so that the background is not shoving the history down your throat. Just as we do not regularly think about how the world was created in our present-day life, the characters in this game also think only about what goes on around them as they live their lives. I wanted to depict an ensemble cast of various individuals, and the formation of the world is simply just a backdrop.

Harmonix and Hasbro's new card game mashes up hit music

While Dropmix has a free play mode where you can just mix and match songs to see what the app will come up with (it always sounds good), the game aspect is quite entertaining in its own right. The players take turns laying cards down on the board, matching them by color. Each card only plays a certain section of the song, so Ed Sheeran's "Sing" will only play the vocals while Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" focuses on, well, you know . To push an opponent's card off the board, the hand you play needs to have a higher point value, as indicated by the volume graphic in the top left corner of each card. There are some special cards with more multiple abilities, ignoring the basic rules and sometimes even taking over the entire song.

San Francisco STIRs the startup pot for the third time

“ One of STIR’s early successes comes from how the program is structured, it serves as an on-ramp for government departments and startups to start working together,” said Nath. “What we’ve heard time and again from startups who want to serve the public sector is that procurement is an uphill battle to working with government. Through STIR, we’ve lowered the barriers to entry for startups and government departments that want to work together. We did this by modeling the application to the STIR program as a streamlined Request for Proposal (RFP) process.”

Apple wants to make it harder to repair your already-hard to repair iPhone

Among other things, the opposers argue the bill would “compromise intellectual property” and complicate safety regulations. They further claim consumers already have “substantial choice when it comes to visiting the repair facility that best suits their needs” as it is.

Build a high-performance $2,200 AMD Ryzen 7 PC | ZDNet

Looking to build a high-end PC around AMD's new Ryzen 7 1800X processor? Here's what you need.

How to try out iPad's hidden floating keyboard

Apple’s latest iOS 10.3 betas feature a floating QuickType keyboard for iPad, but it’s hidden away and inaccessible for now. Here’s how you can try it out before it is officially unlocked using the free Swift Playgrounds app.

Everybody shut up. Just let us enjoy the kids in the BBC video.

Regardless of what you think of the dad/the patriarchy/the excruciating pain of human existence, I think we can all agree that this little girl f*cking rules. She’s the most lovable tiny lady in yellow since cotton candy girl.

Ford’s chief engineer for driverless cars reveals 3 big issues holding back the technology

Before switching her focus to Ford's self-driving-car ambitions, DiMarco oversaw several core projects at the company. Most notably, she was behind the launch of the six-cylinder "EcoBoost" turbocharged engine in the F-150. She's also spent time as a plant vehicle team manager for Mustang.

Sean Spicer channels Melissa McCarthy during a White House press conference

"I get it," Spicer said during the press conference. "It's not about commenting, it's one thing to give analysis, literally tweeting out great news. I think yes, we're excited when the president and the rest of the team saw the news this morning as reported on every television station, Twitter, the internet and every major news site in the country and around the world we're excited to see so many Americans back to work, so I apologize for being so excited to see so many Americans back to work."

Twitter might hide your profile from others and not tell you about it

With this new initiative, Twitter is heading towards difficult terrain. It’s one thing to train bots to look for curse words, hate speech and images depicting nudity, but it’s another to slap on an R rating on entire profiles – particularly if those users aren’t even aware of how their accounts look to outsiders.

Cracking Open Snapchat Spectacles: Sunglasses that are more than meets the eye - TechRepublic

More delicate than an average pair of specs: Thanks to a limited amount of adhesive and the fact that the internal screws are standard sizes and easily accessible, my teardown was fairly simple. And I was pleasantly surprised at how well-constructed the Spectacles were. They should go back together and work perfectly. That said, they were clearly not designed to be taken apart and repaired by the average owner or even your local eyeglasses shop. If you drop them in the pool and water damages the internal circuits you might not be able to get them fixed. So, treat them better than you would your average pair of plastic shades.

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61 Elon Musk Bets His Paycheck
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79 Twitter begins censoring profiles that post 'sensitive' content
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84 WPP boss Martin Sorrell lays into Google: 'Step up and take responsibility' for the content posted on your sites
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