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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:36:47 -0500
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The weirdest tech of CES 2018
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:04:13 -0500
The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.
Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:02:44 -0500
Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audioAt CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.
Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:23:31 -0500
Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill youHonda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.
Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:17:04 -0500
Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed cityAt CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.
Intel wants this drone to fly you around
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:04:23 -0500
Intel wants this drone to fly you aroundIntel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:15:17 -0500
AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.
Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:09:39 -0500
Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.
What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:45:01 -0500
What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.
Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:48:46 -0400
Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurNicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.
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6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:06:24 -0400
After an Oregon family experienced how Alexa's hyperactive awareness can lead to unforeseen actions, the question is this: What can you do to protect yourself?
Facebook's new political ads rules trip up primary candidates before June election
Fri, 25 May 2018 18:59:14 -0400
New rules for Facebook political ads are preventing some candidates from getting their message out in the final days before primary elections
Comcast's move of Food Network and others to pricier package irks some subscribers
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:10:24 -0400
Consumers typically don't like big pay TV bundles -- until they lose one of their favorite channels. Comcast's moving of Food Network and some others didn't sit well with subscribers.
Amazon's Alexa won't pass on recordings if you don't set up call features
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:09:34 -0400
Every Echo owner's nightmare came true this week, from the call feature available on Amazon and Google speakers. How to set up
Russian Facebook ads inflamed Hispanic tensions over immigration after Trump election
Fri, 25 May 2018 20:18:02 -0400
Russians bought Facebook ads to further inflame tensions with Hispanics over Trump’s campaign rhetoric and his immigration crackdown after taking office.
Why you’re getting flooded with so many terms-of-service updates
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:15:07 -0400
There's been a flood of GDPR privacy emails advising Web users of privacy-policy changes. Stemming from European rules, they can help U.S. users, too.
FBI: Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers worldwide
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:32:15 -0400
The FBI issued a formal warning that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.
Flippy the robot's burgers may be better than yours
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:56:34 -0400
This hamburger-flipping robot was so popular when it debuted, it couldn't keep up with demand. Now Flippy is back and even better than before, as USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham shows us in Talking Tech.
ZTE deal would lift sanctions for fine, management shuffle, administration tells lawmakers
Sat, 26 May 2018 12:23:26 -0400
Trump has struck a deal with Chinese telecom ZTE to lift U.S. trade restrictions that threatened to put the company out of business.
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' plans its own assault on battle royale genre
Fri, 25 May 2018 18:42:29 -0400
The next Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4, out Oct. 12, takes a new strategic tack. The latest release in the multibillion dollar series foregoes a single-player story, instead adding a Battle Royale game mode, in a move to confront hit game Fortnite.
Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. YouTube Music: Which is best for your hard-earned cash?
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:58:37 -0400
USA TODAY looks for the best deals, recommendations and ease of use among the top four music streaming subscription services.
Your vintage video game systems, old iPods and disco-era TVs could be worth big bucks
Tue, 22 May 2018 13:42:53 -0400
Are you sitting on a forgotten-gadget goldmine? Most everyone has some spare gadgets lying around. Think old GameBoys, record players, iPods and even tube TVs. Here's what collectors are hot for.
How to improve your Uber or Lyft passenger rating — and why you would want to
Mon, 21 May 2018 17:20:03 -0400
A better Uber or Lyft rating can make it more likely you'll get picked up first. Here's how to see your rating and how to improve it. Among the tips: Don't smoke, vape, ask your driver to go through the drive through or speed. And be polite.
I was a GPS zombie. Here's what happened when I went back to paper maps and serendipity
Tue, 22 May 2018 16:01:12 -0400
I’d become that person who never looked at maps and drives like a zombie from here to there thanks to phone GPS. So I said no to the navigation option on my new car and tried to explore the old-fashioned way.
Instagram's new policy reveals they track more than what you post
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:42:21 -0400
The EU's new privacy regulations have forced Instagram to reveal how they track users while they're in the app. Tony Spitz has the details.
GDPR is going to cause American companies trouble
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:33:21 -0400
They could face some hefty fines if they don’t comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Science could bring the endangered northern white rhino back
Fri, 25 May 2018 14:40:44 -0400
Scientists have sequenced the frozen DNA from a dozen northern white rhinos and have found that the species could be saved. Tony Spitz has the details.
The 20 most Instagrammable pool floats of 2018
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:27:08 -0400
These are the best pool floats you can buy for the perfect summer by the water.
Samsung's latest TVs are worth building your living room around
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:44:16 -0400
You might want to buy a pair of sunglasses, too
16 Amazon products with over 15k reviews—and why people love them
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:22:10 -0400
More than 15,000 people adore these items, and we think you will too.
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Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:22:12 GMT
Complaints against the web giants are filed on the first day of the EU's new data protection law.
YouTube star John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain dies aged 33
Fri, 25 May 2018 08:11:26 GMT
Game critic John Bain - known as TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit - dies of cancer.
Dota 2: UK major tournament to 'inspire' fans
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:27:10 GMT
Organisers say they hope hosting the event in Birmingham will drive more UK players to compete.
Call of Duty Kansas 'swatting' death: Two more charged
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:54:54 GMT
A man renting a gamer's home was shot dead by police responding to a hoax call.
GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules
Fri, 25 May 2018 15:18:24 GMT
The LA Times is among many sites blocked to European users over new EU rules on using personal data.
RuneScape Classic: Game to shut down after 17 years
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:16:25 GMT
The fantasy game will be taken offline due to outdated software and an increasing number of bugs.
Netflix eclipses Disney in market milestone
Thu, 24 May 2018 20:37:26 GMT
The online streaming giant briefly becomes the world's most valuable media company, worth more than $150bn.
Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung
Fri, 25 May 2018 04:59:03 GMT
Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple damages in a long-running dispute between the tech firms.
Tech firms battle with GDPR privacy rules
Thu, 24 May 2018 13:06:49 GMT
EU residents are being blocked from several services and in some cases having their accounts wiped.
Google 'stole my videos', says film-maker Philip Bloom
Thu, 24 May 2018 00:04:46 GMT
Film-maker claims his footage has been misused, after an internal Google video leaks online.
Uber car 'had six seconds to respond' in fatal crash
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:30:08 GMT
The self-driving car spotted a woman crossing the road six seconds before killing her, a report says.
FBI seeks to thwart cyber-attack on Ukraine
Thu, 24 May 2018 12:23:31 GMT
Malware that could 'kill' home routers has been thwarted by the FBI's action against the malicious site.
GDPR quiz: How will data privacy law affect you?
Thu, 24 May 2018 07:27:50 GMT
Test your knowledge of how the EU's data protection law could affect you.
Uber to open Paris lab for flying taxis
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:22:11 GMT
Ride-hailing firm wants to create a sky-based taxi service and is investing in France to make it happen.
Steam store school-shooting game 'appalling'
Wed, 23 May 2018 16:20:24 GMT
An anti-gun violence charity calls for a school-shooting video game to be dropped from Steam.
Trump barred from blocking Twitter users by judge
Wed, 23 May 2018 18:33:31 GMT
A judge rules that blocking access to the president's tweets violates free speech.
Uber ends Arizona driverless car programme
Wed, 23 May 2018 21:34:37 GMT
Uber pulls out of the state two months after a fatal accident involving one of its autonomous cars.
Tesla Autopilot: Name deceptive, claim groups
Wed, 23 May 2018 16:55:57 GMT
Two consumer rights group claim the marketing for the driving assistant technology is deceptive and misleading.
BMW cars found to contain more than a dozen flaws
Wed, 23 May 2018 12:47:53 GMT
China-based researchers are working with the carmaker to patch the security problems.
FBI admits over-counting locked iPhones and other mobiles
Wed, 23 May 2018 12:17:35 GMT
The use of numerous databases resulted in individual iPhones being erroneously counted multiple times.
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