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Pixar's 'Soul' was so popular on streaming that it beat 'The Office' 23 Jan 2021, 11:10 pm

There was little doubt Pixar’s Soul would find a large audience by going straight to Disney+ in many countries, but it’s now clear just how successful that strategy was. Deadline reports that the existential movie topped Nielsen’s streaming rankings...

Tesla accuses engineer of stealing crucial company software 23 Jan 2021, 10:07 pm

Tesla is no stranger to allegations of staff stealing its technology, but its latest case may be particularly brazen if true. As Electrek has learned, the EV maker has sued engineer Alex Khatilov for allegedly stealing the company’s custom Warp Drive...

Boeing wants all its aircraft to fly on sustainable fuels by 2030 23 Jan 2021, 9:28 pm

Boeing has vowed to make flights using its planes more eco-friendly within the next decade: The aviation titan has announced its commitment to make sure its planes can fly on 100 percent sustainable fuels by 2030. It explained that making the shift t...

FTC issues first fines using a law against ticket scalping bots 23 Jan 2021, 7:36 pm

Most live events simply aren’t an option due to the pandemic, but that isn’t stopping the FTC from cracking down on ticket scalper bots. The regulator has taken its first legal action using the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act meant to punish th...

Home security technician admits hacking customers' security cameras 23 Jan 2021, 6:45 pm

A former ADT security company employee has admitted to breaking into the cameras he installed in users’ homes in the Dallas area to watch their private moments. Telesforo Aviles has pleaded guilty to computer fraud and now faces up to five years in f...

Italy blocks TikTok for some users following girl's death 23 Jan 2021, 6:28 pm

TikTok is facing mounting concerns over its approach to younger users. The Guardian reports that Italy’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has blocked TikTok for users whose age can’t be verified after a 10-year-old girl died while allegedly participat...

ICYMI: We test out the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones 23 Jan 2021, 5:00 pm

Now that CES is over, we can really get the new year underway. Here at Engadget, that means reviewing all of the latest tech as it becomes available, from smartphones to smart scales. At last week’s Unpacked event, Samsung announced two smartphones,...

Hitting the Books: AI doctors and the dangers tiered medical care 23 Jan 2021, 4:30 pm

Healthcare is a human right, however, nobody said all coverage is created equal. Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are already making impressive inroads into the myriad fields of medicine — from IBM’s Watson: Hospital Edition and A...

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon 23 Jan 2021, 4:13 pm

It’s now decidedly more affordable to get the combo of an iPad and a Magic Keyboard — if you act quickly, at least. Amazon is selling the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro (no Pencil included) for $199, a full $100 below the usual...

Recommended Reading: What went wrong with Cyberpunk 2077? 23 Jan 2021, 3:00 pm

Inside Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous rolloutJason Schreier, BloombergInterviews with more than 20 CD Projekt Red staff members (current and former) uncovered a development cycle “marred by unchecked ambition, poor planning and technical shortcomings.”...

The Morning After: Microsoft changed its mind about an Xbox Live price hike 23 Jan 2021, 2:35 pm

Usually, a company releasing news late on a Friday night is a bad sign, but Microsoft went the other way. After starting off Friday by awkwardly announcing revised pricing for Xbox Live Gold that would’ve doubled the cost for new Xbox accounts to acc...

Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users 23 Jan 2021, 6:17 am

Facebook isn’t down, but it did start an odd trending topic on Twitter Friday night as confused iPhone owners tried to figure out why the social network logged them out. I haven’t found an explanation for why this happened, but it appears that everyo...

Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games 23 Jan 2021, 5:16 am

In one of the first positive Friday night news dumps I can remember, Microsoft has not only reversed course on its poorly-received plan to raise the price for Xbox Live, it’s adding a treat. Soon, for free-to-play games (like Fortnite, Apex Legends o...

SpaceX's first 'rideshare' mission will launch a record number of satellites (updated) 23 Jan 2021, 5:15 am

The SpaceX Transporter-1 mission set to launch today will put 133 commercial and government spacecraft, as well as 10 more Starlink satellites, in orbit. SpaceX says that’s “the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission” — the previous record...

NBC is shutting down its sports cable channel as the bundle contracts 23 Jan 2021, 3:55 am

According to reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua told staffers in a memo that the NBC Sports Network cable channel is shutting down the end of this year. While it’s unclear what will happen to som...

Amazon will start streaming Robert Kirkman's 'Invincible' on March 26th 22 Jan 2021, 11:00 pm

Amazon has shared the first trailer for Invincible. The upcoming adult animated series sees The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun reunite for another project. This time around, Yeun stars as 17-year-old Mark Grayson, who struggles to come...

The first big 'Cyberpunk 2077' patch has arrived 22 Jan 2021, 10:36 pm

As promised, the first of two early-2021 patches for CD Projekt Red’s troubled Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived. This updates the game to version 1.1 on PC, consoles and Stadia, and according to the notes it lays the groundwork for future updates, while al...

Blizzard is gobbling up Vicarious Visions 22 Jan 2021, 8:48 pm

Game publisher Activision is folding one of its oldest support studios into Blizzard. On Friday, the company told GamesIndustry.biz all 200 team members of Vicarious Visions are now employees of Blizzard. And moving forward, they’ll be “fully dedicat...

Democrats ask Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to rework their suggestion algorithms 22 Jan 2021, 7:41 pm

A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate letters...

Cadillac's upcoming Celestiq flagship EV has a tint-shifting smart roof 22 Jan 2021, 6:09 pm

GM has high hopes for its upcoming Cadillac Celestiq sedan, slated for release in 2023. The flagship EV is being built to help the brand recapture its reign as “the Standard of the World.” As such, it’s expected to arrive packed to the gills with cut...

The best deals we found this week: $40 off Google's Pixel 4a 5G and more 22 Jan 2021, 5:20 pm

This week brought a return of some holiday sale prices, plus a few deals that are even better than those we saw late last year. Google’s Pixel 4a 5G fell to a new record-low price, while the 8th-generation iPad remains on sale for $299. If you want t...

Pinterest adds eyeshadow to its virtual makeup kit 22 Jan 2021, 5:00 pm

Pinterest has expanded its Try On feature with a new makeup category: eyeshadow. The app will now give you a way to virtually try on eyeshadow products from Lancome, YSL, Urban Decay and NYX Cosmetics. You can access the selection by tapping the Pint...

President Biden appoints 'world-class' cybersecurity team in wake of hacks 22 Jan 2021, 4:35 pm

President Biden is elevating the importance of cybersecurity in light of the SolarWinds hack that compromised multiple government institutions. Reuters reports that Biden has appointed (and will soon appoint) a host of officials well-versed in cybers...

Microsoft won't increase Xbox Live Gold prices for new members 22 Jan 2021, 3:33 pm

Microsoft continues sending not-so-subtle signals that it would really, really like you to drop Xbox Live Gold in favor of Game Pass. The company has raised prices for new Xbox Live Gold memberships across the board, with the changes becoming more no...

Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra review 22 Jan 2021, 1:30 pm

We’re back in review mode this week! Cherlynn dishes her thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra, and whether they’re worthy upgrades over last year’s phones. Do all those cameras make a difference? And is there a point to releasing a Galaxy...

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