• Best Buy CEO warns tariffs could raise gadget prices
    by Jon Porter on May 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has warned that consumers are likely to be hit by price increases as a result of the Trump administration’s proposed round tariffs reports Reuters. “The impact of tariffs at 25% will result in price increases and will be felt by U.S. consumers,” the CEO said on today’s earnings call. The comments have come just over a month before a public hearing is due to take place on June 17th, in which the 3,805 products that will be affected by tariffs of up to 25% will be discussed. This list includes gadgets such as laptops, cellphones, and tablets, as well as other everyday items like clothing, books, bedsheets, and fresh produce. If approved, the tariffs could apply from the end of June. The CEO’s comments echo the... Continue reading […]

  • Tfue’s fight against Faze Clan is new for e-sports, not YouTube
    by Julia Alexander on May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    One of the world’s top Fortnite streamers filed a lawsuit this week claiming that the popular e-sports organization Faze Clan has been financially exploiting him. The lawsuit paints Faze Clan as abusive, pressuring the streamer to do dangerous stunts and drink underage, but the story is ultimately one about getting out of a contract, so that the increasingly successful streamer can stake out on his own. It’s a new situation for e-sports, but not for online video creators in general — YouTubers faced similar issues some years ago when they relied on organized networks to grow, but have since abandoned them for more lucrative individual opportunities. Turner Tenney, better known by the handle “Tfue,” filed the lawsuit on Monday, alleging... Continue reading […]

  • Barnes and Noble announces new NOOK GlowLight Plus eReader
    by Andrew Liptak on May 23, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced that it is updating its Nook Glowlight Plus eReader. It will be available in stores starting on Monday, May 27, and online starting Wednesday, May 29, and will retail for $199.99. The company says that this larger Nook will have a 7.8-inch eInk display, which should be an appealing upgrade for readers — the regular Nook Glowlight 3 comes with a 6-inch screen. It’s also a little bigger than the company’s 7-inch Nook Tablet (a separate line of Android devices), but smaller than the 10.1-inch Nook Tablet. The device also comes with more space than the predecessor that the company debuted in 2015: this version has 8GB of storage. Like the regular Nook Glowlight line, it’s waterproof, and comes with a... Continue reading […]

  • Terminator: Dark Fate’s first trailer sees Linda Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor
    by Julia Alexander on May 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’d be back in the first Terminator movie back in 1984 and 35 years later, that’s come true, again. He’s returned a few times since, but the first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate reunites Schwarzenegger’s T-800 robot with Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor. The movie will introduce new characters to the franchise, including Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) as a new hybrid between terminator and human. Other actors, like Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), will play Dark Fate’s new homicidal robot. Dark Fate also marks director James Cameron’s return to the Terminator franchise, reuniting all three for the first time in years. Cameron will produce the film, while Deadpool’s Tim Miller is behind the... Continue reading […]

  • Engineer charged with faking inspection reports for parts used in SpaceX rockets
    by Loren Grush on May 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    A man from upstate New York has been charged with providing false inspection reports and test certifications for parts used in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, as well as vehicles from other aerospace contractors employed by the Defense Department. The misconduct was brought to light thanks to an investigation from NASA’s inspector general, the FBI, and the Air Force’s office of special investigations. The man, James Smalley, was a quality assurance engineer at PMI Industries, a machining company in Rochester, New York that makes various aerospace parts. In January of 2018, SpaceX directed the firm SQA Services to do an internal audit, which found that numerous PMI inspection reports and test certifications — used to confirm... Continue reading […]

  • At Riot, the walkout was just the beginning
    by Megan Farokhmanesh on May 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Organizers talk next steps in holding their company accountable Continue reading […]

  • Huawei’s Android and Windows alternatives are destined for failure
    by Tom Warren on May 23, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Competing with Google and Microsoft’s dominant operating systems is a fruitless effort Continue reading […]

  • Google Assistant can now tell you when your next NYC subway train will arrive
    by Jon Porter on May 23, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Ahead of the launch of Google Pay and Apple Pay on New York City’s MTA transit system on May 31st, Google is integrating new public transport information into Google Assistant in the city. Starting today, Google will be able to tell you when your next train is arriving, and it will also give you walking directions to reach the station. You can either ask for the next train overall, or specify a particular line. The functionality will work on Android phones, smart speakers, and smart displays. The MTA transit system’s new Google Pay functionality is coming thanks to OMNY, a contactless payment system that will also support Apple Pay and contactless NFC cards when it launches next week. At launch it will be available to use on Staten... Continue reading […]

  • Watch SpaceX launch the first 60 satellites in massive Starlink internet constellation
    by Loren Grush on May 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Tonight, SpaceX will attempt to jumpstart its ambitious internet-from-space initiative known as Starlink, by launching the first 60 production satellites of nearly 12,000 planned spacecraft into a low orbit above Earth. These inaugural probes do not have all of the capabilities that the finalized satellites are supposed to have, but their launch will get the ball rolling on Starlink — and should help SpaceX learn what it takes to operate a large crop of vehicles in space. “This was one of the hardest engineer projects I’ve ever seen done, and it’s been executed really well,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call. Starlink is one of SpaceX’s most formidable projects. SpaceX envisions putting up two groups of satellites into... Continue reading […]

  • Alexa is coming to LG’s 2019 TVs staring this month
    by Jon Porter on May 23, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Later this month, LG’s 2019 range of TVs in North America will be updated to support Alexa voice commands. Europe and Asia will have to wait a little bit longer. The addition of Amazon’s voice assistant feature was originally announced when the TVs were revealed back in January, and works via the Alexa app and the TV remote’s Amazon Prime Video button. You press the button, and then speak as you would to any other Alexa-equipped device. The TVs support Alexa skills and routines, and can be used to control other Alexa-compatible smart home devices. This isn’t the first time LG TVs have supported Alexa in some form, but with last year’s models you needed an external Alexa smart speaker to use voice commands to control your TV. This year... Continue reading […]