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Office 365 business installations are auto-switching Chrome search to Bing

Microsoft is making Bing the default search engine in Chrome -- for business users, that is. The tech giant has announced that when enterprise customers install Office 365 ProPlus Version 2002 or update the suite in February, they'll find that the "M...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 9:45 am

Now everyone can play 'Mario Kart Tour' multiplayer

At launch, Nintendo's Mario Kart for mobile devices (iOS, Android) had a major missing piece: multiplayer. Now Mario Kart Tour has kicked off the second round of its beta test for head-to-head racing, and this time it doesn't require that players pur...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 8:23 am

Twitter launches Facebook-like reaction emojis for DMs

Have you ever gotten a Twitter DM that made you wish you could give it a thumbs down, laugh at it or just generally react to it like you can on Facebook? Well, now you can. Twitter has rolled out emoji reactions for Direct Messages, which looks simil...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 7:16 am

Fujifilm's X-T200 mirrorless camera uses gyros for ultra-stable video

Fujifilm is taking a slightly unusual tactic to replacing its entry-level X-T100 mirrorless camera: make the sequel indispensable to video makers. Its just-introduced X-T200 still shoots 24.2-megapixel stills, but it now captures 4K video using a "Di...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 5:00 am

DOJ letter reveals the FBI recently cracked an iPhone 11

While the Department of Justice, US attorney general and even the president continue to pressure Apple for additional technical support in unlocking iPhones tied to the naval base shooting in December, a letter reveals that the FBI recently cracked a...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 4:21 am

DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues

DirecTV has one month to remove a satellite from geostationary orbit, so it doesn't take other satellites down with it if it ends up exploding. The AT&T-owned TV service fears that its Spaceway-1 satellite (a Boeing 702HP model) might explode due...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 2:36 am

Microsoft gets the ball rolling on Surface Duo apps

Microsoft has moved one step closer to making its dual-screen Surface devices a practical reality. The tech giant has released a preview toolkit to help developers make apps for its Android-powered Surface Duo, including Java frameworks and emulatio...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 1:07 am

California says Riot Games' discrimination settlement isn't enough

Riot Games' tentative $10 million settlement over gender discrimination claims might be revised much higher. The LA Times has learned that California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement...

Posted on 23 January 2020 | 12:13 am

India will launch a humanoid robot ahead of its first crewed space mission

Before sending its first crewed mission in late 2021, India will launch a humanoid robot called Vyommitra into space, reports The Tribune. It will take flight later this year and in 2021. According to the publication, the robot's name is a combinatio...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 10:31 pm

A 'The Witcher' anime film is coming to Netflix

Netflix clearly knows its adaptation of The Witcher is a hot property (shifting metrics aside), and it's determined to milk that success for all it's worth. The service has confirmed rumors that it's working on an anime movie offshoot, The Witcher:...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 9:25 pm

Google helps publish the largest high-res map of brain connectivity

A joint effort between Google and the Janelia Research Campus has just achieved a significant breakthrough in brain mapping. They've published the largest high-resolution map of brain connectivity to date, offering a 3D model of 25,000 fruit fly neur...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 8:32 pm

Google Collections will save and organize your searches

If you've ever attempted to find something you searched for on Google but didn't save, you know how frustrating that process can be. Google recognizes this, and it's introducing a new AI-powered Search feature that's meant to help. Today, it's launch...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 7:49 pm

Project xCloud is coming to Canada

Microsoft is making good on its promise to expand the Project xCloud preview in 2020 to include more than just three countries. The company has announced that its game streaming test will be available in Canada starting on January 29th, with registra...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 7:03 pm

‘Project: Mara’ is Ninja Theory's new psychological horror game

Microsoft's Ninja Theory is developing an experimental new game called Project: Mara that it says will explore "new ways of storytelling" through "a grounded representation of mental terror." We don't know when you'll be able to play Project: Mara, b...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 6:49 pm

PGA Tour highlight videos are coming to Facebook Watch

You won't have to venture far beyond your Facebook feed to get a pro golf fix this year. The social network has reached a deal with the PGA Tour to bring daily round recaps and player-oriented highlight videos to Facebook Watch in 2020, starting wit...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 6:36 pm

Microsoft accidently exposed 250 million customer service records

While most people were out celebrating the start of a new year, Microsoft's security teams were working overtime to close a potentially enormous security loophole. On Thursday, the company disclosed a database error that temporarily left approximatel...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 6:27 pm

Germany has to pay Microsoft for failing to upgrade from Windows 7

Last winter, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would reach its end-of-life on January 14th, 2020. In other words, the company will not be releasing any updates for the operating system -- even crucial security patches -- after that date. The public...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 6:06 pm

Seattle-area election will let residents vote by smartphone

Claims that Americans could vote by phone have usually been hoaxes, but Seattle-area residents will get to try the real thing before long. NPR has learned that a King County board of supervisors election on February 11th will let all eligible voters...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 5:41 pm

EA is shutting down its mobile 'Tetris' games

EA is giving up on its mobile Tetris games. Tetris 2011 and Tetris Blitz have disappeared from the Play Store, and in the App Store, EA left a note for fans explaining that it will retire its Tetris app on April 21st, that includes Tetris 2011, Tetri...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 5:23 pm

How I smart-homed my tiny studio apartment

I work in New York. I live on my own. Ergo, I live in a tiny apartment. I also rent my studio, meaning I can't make major changes to my place. This, to a tech reporter covering the rise of the smart home, is like being a diabetic kid in a candy store...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 4:30 pm

Lucid opens European pre-orders for its currently unfinished EV

Last week, Lucid Motors unveiled a production model of its electric sedan the Lucid Air. The company has been struggling to bring the vehicle, which it first unveiled in 2016, to the market, and it isn't planning to unveil its customer-ready version...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 4:01 pm

UN calls for investigation into alleged Saudi hacking of Jeff Bezos

The United Nations is joining the chorus of those concerned about allegations Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in hacking Jeff Bezos' phone. UN experts have issued a statement calling for an "immediate investigation" into cla...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 3:17 pm

The best smart speakers

When Amazon first introduced Alexa and the Echo speaker five years ago, the idea of talking to a digital assistant wasn't totally novel. Both the iPhone and Android phones had semi-intelligent voice controls -- but with the Echo, Amazon took its firs...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 3:00 pm

Tesla reportedly lets it sell and service cars in Michigan (updated)

Michigan residents can now have Tesla vehicles delivered in their home state, according to AP, Bloomberg and other sources. The automaker and the state have reportedly reached a settlement that would end the former's lawsuit challenging Michigan's ba...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 2:25 pm

Motorola will begin taking foldable Razr pre-orders on January 26th

Motorola's revived Razr phone was supposed to be available for pre-order back in December, but the company chose to push it back due to (seemingly unexpected) significant consumer demand. Now, the phonemaker is finally ready to take your reservations...

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 2:00 pm