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FaviconAmerican Express will stop requiring signatures for purchases 11 Dec 2017, 6:03 pm

Mastercard and Discover both announced in recent months that, starting next year, they would no longer require signatures for credit card transactions. Now, the Verge reports, American Express has announced it's also moving away from signatures. As o...

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FaviconParis cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties 11 Dec 2017, 5:38 pm

Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe...

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FaviconAirbnb will add VR previews of rooms and cities 11 Dec 2017, 5:19 pm

Airbnb has been expanding to serve users' other needs, from partnering with WeWork to find desks for traveling customers to investing in apartment complexes for season-length rentals. But the company isn't neglecting its main rental service. Today, A...

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FaviconFCC and FTC outline how they’ll cooperate after net neutrality vote 11 Dec 2017, 4:59 pm

The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposal to roll back net neutrality protections on December 14th and ahead of that vote, the FCC and FTC have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding each agency's role in policing internet service...

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FaviconGoogle app experiments push the limits of phone photography 11 Dec 2017, 4:41 pm

Google doesn't want to limit its photographic prowess to its own phones -- it just released an initial batch of "appsperiments" that use the company's knack for computer vision and other technologies to test the boundaries of phone photography. Stor...

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FaviconDutch police retire convocation of drone-catching eagles 11 Dec 2017, 4:22 pm

Police in the Netherlands may have been a tad too hasty in testing a squadron of drone-catching eagles. NOS has learned that Dutch law enforcement officials are retiring the birds (they're going to new homes) and winding down the program. Not surpr...

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FaviconSamsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials 11 Dec 2017, 4:01 pm

It's not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC's ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset...

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FaviconNew standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays 11 Dec 2017, 3:39 pm

As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all...

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FaviconImgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs 11 Dec 2017, 3:18 pm

Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-...

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FaviconHypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency 11 Dec 2017, 3:00 pm

Less than two weeks after being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai said one of his priorities was to "make the agency's operation more transparent," beginning with a pilot program to release internal documents pertainin...

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FaviconResearchers create prosthetic hand that offers more lifelike dexterity 11 Dec 2017, 2:42 pm

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a prosthetic hand inspired by the bionic one given to Star Wars' Luke Skywalker. What sets this one apart from other prosthetics is the amount of dexterity it offers, allowing users to move individual finger...

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FaviconAmazon's Alexa can now wake you up with music instead of alarms 11 Dec 2017, 2:21 pm

One of the greatest perks of connected speakers is waking up to whatever music you like, not just a buzzer or the radio. However, that hasn't been an option for Alexa-equipped devices like the Echo -- until today, that is. Amazon has added a feature...

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FaviconMicrosoft offers developers a preview of its quantum computing kit 11 Dec 2017, 2:02 pm

Developers hoping to get on the quantum computer train early can now get started with Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit, a free preview version of which was released today. The kit, which was first announced at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Sept...

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FaviconRussian hackers steal $10 million from ATMs through bank networks 11 Dec 2017, 1:38 pm

The recent rash of bank system hacks goes deeper than you might have thought -- it also includes stealing cash directly from ATMs. Researchers at Group-iB have published details of MoneyTaker, a group of Russian hackers that has stolen close to $10...

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FaviconXbox One can now stream YouTube video in 4K 11 Dec 2017, 1:19 pm

The Xbox One X and S both allow you to watch 4K video, but the consoles didn't have a way to watch YouTube in 4K. That is, until now. This week, Microsoft is rolling out an app for both versions of the Xbox One console that provides support for 4K vi...

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FaviconI tried (and failed) to become an Instagram guru 11 Dec 2017, 1:00 pm

The life of a rock star social media celebrity may not be as worthwhile as building hospitals in war zones, but it looks a hell of a lot more fun. Imagine all of those trips behind the red velvet rope to a world where beautiful people like and respec...

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FaviconTrump to sign directive ordering NASA to return to the Moon 11 Dec 2017, 12:43 pm

President Trump's administration hasn't been shy about wanting to put people back on the Moon, and now it's taking action to make sure that happens. In a statement, the White House said the President would sign Space Policy Directive 1, which orders...

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FaviconApple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam 11 Dec 2017, 12:24 pm

Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be wo...

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FaviconThe best gifts for a console gamer 11 Dec 2017, 12:15 pm

Don't worry, we're not out to start a console war in our comments: If you're in the market for a new games system, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch and 2DS XL all made it into our holiday gift guide, for different reasons. Once you fig...

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FaviconGoogle's Pixel AR stickers are available starting today 11 Dec 2017, 12:00 pm

During Google's Pixel 2 event in October, the company teased its upcoming AR stickers and starting today, Pixel users can actually get their hands on them. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers like Foodmoji...

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FaviconAtaribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details 11 Dec 2017, 11:42 am

Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the "earliest supporters" to sn...

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FaviconNetflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations 11 Dec 2017, 11:21 am

Nominations for next month's Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.

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FaviconNASA's high altitude ER-2 scans California's wildfires 11 Dec 2017, 11:03 am

For the second time this year, swaths of California are burning out of control thanks to unseasonably warm and dry temperatures. To better study what's happening and assess the environmental impact, NASA deployed its high-altitude ER-2 aircraft with...

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Favicon'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores 11 Dec 2017, 10:22 am

Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix. N...

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FaviconTech pioneers tell FCC: 'You don't understand how the internet works' 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 am

Today, pioneers of the internet such as Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf sent a letter to the FCC telling them, "You don't understand how the internet works." The letter calls on the FCC to cancel the December 14th vote, which would rep...

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