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Snapchat had more than 200 million daily users last quarter

Snap appears to be working its way out of a downturn. In the company’s Q2 earnings release that just dropped. Snap revealed that it had 203 million daily active Snapchat users in the last quarter, up eight percent year-over-year and seven percent qua…

A new bill could ban facial recognition in federally-funded housing

Now that facial recognition is more common, so are the laws aiming to limit its scope. San Francisco, Oakland, Calif. and Somerville, Mass. have all passed laws prohibiting city use of facial recognition. Now, a group of Congresswomen hope to …

Amazon's 'Homecoming' casts Janelle Monáe as its new lead

When Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming returns for its second season, it’ll have a new star. Actor and musician Janelle Monáe is taking over the lead role from Julia Roberts. She’ll play a woman who wakes up a canoe with no idea how she got…

Quakecon's Steam sale offers steep discounts on 'Doom' and 'Wolfenstein'

QuakeCon is right around the corner, and Bethesda is determined to capitalize on the wave of good vibe for id Software’s gaming legacy — including, we’d add, the looming 25th anniversary of Doom II. To that end, it’s launching a QuakeCon sale on Ste…

FTC to accuse Facebook of misusing phone numbers and facial recognition

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reportedly plans to issue a complaint over Facebook’s handling of phone numbers and facial recognition. According to The Washington Post, the FTC plans to allege that advertisers managed to target users who provided…

The Mini SE combines green power with go-kart handling

The EV market continues to expand with more automakers releasing more vehicles. At auto shows, the cars of the future are now shown with electric powertrains instead of giant V8 engines. Automakers have also started looking backward for the ve…

Alphabet's internet balloons have spent a million hours in the stratosphere

The fledgling internet balloon industry just marked an important achievement. Alphabet’s Loon has recorded over 1 million hours of stratospheric flight for its balloons, covering about 24.9 million miles. The figures aren’t completely shocking when…

‘GTA: Online’ opens the doors to The Diamond Casino & Resort

The wait is over for GTA: Online’s long-rumored “Vinewood Casino.” The Diamond Casino & Resort opened its doors today. The “sprawling entertainment and luxury living complex” offers plenty to bet on, including roulette, blackjack and three card p…

How to stream college sports without losing your mind

Thanks to all the services that let you stream live TV, it’s easy to watch sports without a commitment to cable. The channel lineups vary, and some are more limited than others. What’s more, the television rights for college sports, especially footba…

Exploratory adventure 'Vane' is now available on Steam

Several months after the PS4 launch, the trippy adventure game Vane is ready for the PC crowd. Friend & Foe has launched the title on Steam for $20, with the soundtrack available separately through Steam and Bandcamp for $7. It prese…

Lego's treehouse set uses plant-based bricks for the greenery

Last year, Lego revealed a new type of brick made using a type of polyethylene created with ethanol from sustainably sourced sugarcane. Though it said only a small percentage of total bricks would be made in such a way, it was a major step tow…

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 may have a touch-sensitive bezel

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active is more compact and less expensive than its sibling smartwatches, but navigation is considerably clunkier without the brand’s usual rotating bezel. The company may have a simple solution to that, though — turn the beze…

'Two Point Hospital' is coming to consoles in late 2019

You won’t have to fire up a computer to play the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital. Two Point Studios and Sega are bringing Two Point Hospital to PS4, Switch and Xbox One sometime in late 2019. It’ll remain faithful to the absurdity of the PC h…

How to buy a laptop for school in 2019

If you’re bound for college or high school, there’s good news and bad news when it comes to choosing a laptop. On the plus side, there are more choices than ever, which means there’s a good chance you can find a notebook that’s perfect for you. The d…

Toyota's 2020 Olympics robots will include a javelin-carrying cart

Robots are going to play a large role at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Toyota is determined to be at the forefront — if in some occasionally strange ways. The automotive giant has unveiled its robot lineup for the summer games, and one of the …

Don't expect Apple to switch to USB-C for the iPhone 11

September is only a few short weeks away, which means we’re fast approaching the likely date for Apple’s fall event and, barring a major surprise, the reveal of this year’s iPhone lineup. The latest rumors suggest Apple will have again have three mod…

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar review: A full bag of tricks

Sennheiser has spread the gospel of its Ambeo tech for years. The broad pitch is incredibly immersive audio for AR, VR and your living room. As far as consumers are concerned, though, Ambeo is just a headset that records 3D audio and headphone…

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

New York City could become the first city in the country to ban the sale of geolocation data to third parties. A bill introduced today would make it illegal for cellphone and mobile app companies to sell location data collected in the city. It…

Huawei lays off two thirds of its US research division

The rumors of Huawei laying off a large chunk of its US staff have come to pass. The company is cutting over 600 of the 850 jobs at its Futurewei Technologies research wing in the country in response to the "curtailment of business opera…

Pandora's Voice Mode is your personal music assistant

Pandora is rolling out Voice Mode to all users today. While you may have used Pandora voice controls on smart products like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, the new feature takes voice commands to the next level. It’s meant to be more like a personal ass…

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