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May 20, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Buying the Google Pixel 3A will get you a $100 gift card, but not for much longer

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - If you purchase an unlocked Google Pixel 3A or Pixel 3A XL from a handful of retailers, you can get a $100 gift card back — but only for a couple more days. This ongoing deal will last through May 18th, and several retailers are participating. The list includes Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Google Store. Target is offering a gift card with purchase, though it requires carrier activation. You can also buy the Pixel 3A. [more...]

May 20, 2019 7:50 AM ET

Twitter is giving TweetDeck some much-needed love with GIF, poll, and emoji support

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - TweetDeck is getting some much-needed core Twitter features, the company announced today, including native support for GIFs, polls, and emoji. These features have long been a part of the desktop version of Twitter and, before it got shut down last year, the dedicated Mac app version. But TweetDeck has for years languished in the periphery of Twitter’s product road map, getting new features late or not at all. Now, after polling. [more...]

May 20, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Kevin Durant gets into headphone design with Master & Dynamic investment

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - NBA champion and former Beats athlete Kevin Durant has a new headphones brand to call his own, literally, after buying a stake in New York’s Master & Dynamic. Announcing the partnership this week, Master & Dynamic CEO Jonathan Levine spoke with The Verge to lay out what we can expect, stressing that it’s much more than just a paid celebrity endorsement. Durant isn’t getting paid anything, for a start. According to Levine,. [more...]

May 20, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Microsoft and Sony form cloud gaming and AI partnership

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services. “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” Microsoft said in a statement. Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future. Microsoft says “these efforts will also include building better. [more...]

May 20, 2019 7:20 AM ET

Android’s Live Transcribe will let you save transcriptions and show ‘sound events’

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - When Google released Live Transcribe this past February, it was a hugely important accessibility feature for people who are deaf or hard of hearing — and it still is. The feature automatically and pretty accurately transcribes the spoken word in near real time in up to 70 different languages. Now, Google is expanding Live Transcribe with two new features. The first is important for extending it as an accessibility tool: “sound events.” In. [more...]

May 20, 2019 7:10 AM ET

This robot hits you in real life when you get hit in VR

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - If you love the immersive experience of VR fighting games, but felt like it was lacking the actual physical harm component, this robot is for you. Robotics engineer and YouTube creator James Bruton has teamed up with University of Portsmouth students to create a robot that fights humans in real life while they’re playing in VR. The robot wheels around on a wooden base, and has pneumatic punching arms made from 3D-printed. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:50 AM ET

Verizon’s 5G network is now hitting gigabit download speeds

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - What a difference a few weeks can make. Last month, I came to Chicago for the launch of Verizon’s 5G network, which is now live both here and in Minneapolis. The inaugural 5G device was the Moto Z3 equipped with Motorola’s 5G MotoMod, and my experience — and that of many other tech journalists — was less than positive: 5G coverage was exceedingly difficult to find. Speeds were noticeably faster than. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Watch the first trailer for The CW’s Batwoman

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - The latest entry in The CW’s Arrowverse is coming later this fall: Batwoman. At its upfronts presentation today, the network unveiled a first trailer for its next superhero series. This particular version of Batwoman follows Kate Kane (played by Orange Is The New Black’s Ruby Rose) — cousin to Bruce Wayne, who happens to be missing — as she leaves Gotham City in the midst of a crime wave. Her father, Jacob Kane, steps. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Asus’ ZenFone 6 has top-notch specs and no notch, thanks to a flip-top camera

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - The Asus ZenFone 6 has officially been announced, and where the ZenFone 5 was basically just a boring iPhone X clone, the new model is thinking way outside the box, eliminating the top bezel entirely thanks to a completely wild rotating camera. I mean, just look at this thing: The whole phone also represents a shift in direction for Asus, which seems determined to carve out its own niche in the phone. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:20 AM ET

Google reveals it’s working on foldable phone prototypes

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Samsung may have just had its first ever, high-profile foldable phone flame out in embarrassing fashion, but that’s not stopping other companies from looking into the technology. Ahead of its I/O developer conference, Google says it’s also looking into foldable tech and has been prototyping foldable displays for quite some time, according to CNET. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Google’s Pixel development lead,. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:20 AM ET

The White House is painting an ugly picture of tech bias against conservatives

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Last month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) held a hearing to discuss what he perceived to be a conservative bias on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. A representative from each of those companies sat before him and a panel predominantly composed of other Republicans. (Most Democratic members decided to skip the “bias” hearing entirely.) “Not only does Big Tech have the power to silence voices with which they disagree, but Big. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:13 AM ET

Valve’s Steam Link app is finally available for iOS and Apple TV

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Valve’s Steam Link app is now available on iOS devices and the Apple TV, almost a year after Apple initially rejected it for “business conflicts.” Steam Link allows you to beam your existing library of PC games to other devices on the same network; the app is Valve’s replacement for a now-discontinued streaming box that carried the same name. The news comes days after the Supreme Court ruled that Apple must face an antitrust lawsuit related to alleged monopolistic. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Real estate site Redfin has been testing a feature for buyers to bid for homes online

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Real estate company Redfin has been testing a feature that will allow home buyers to place a bid on a property via the company’s website, according to The New York Times. It’s a move that is part of a trend within the real estate industry that could upend the traditional marketplace. The program looks to be a relaunch of a feature that the company debuted over a decade ago: Redfin Direct, which it. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:10 AM ET

White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. “Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the site reads. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Kickstarter will not voluntarily recognize its employee union

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan and management will not voluntarily recognize Kickstarter United, its nascent employee union. (The staff is organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.) Instead, the company wants a National Labor Relations Board election. In an email to the entire staff, Hasan expressed concern that a union would hurt the company. Kickstarter has faced a number of challenges, Hasan writes. “I recognize the need. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Tesla pushes battery software update after recent fires

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - Tesla is pushing out a software update to all Model S and X cars following two recent high-profile battery fires. The automaker said it’s issuing the update “out of an abundance of caution.” The over-the-air update will change some of the settings in the cars’ battery management software related to charging and thermal controls, though the company didn’t go into further detail. (The software of Tesla’s battery management system is. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:08 AM ET

HTC isn’t dead yet, promises Android 9 updates this month

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - You’d be forgiven for writing off HTC’s smartphone business as over. The Pixel 3Athat Google just released was developed by its Taiwan team, which Google acquihired from HTC over a year ago, and HTC itself has been quiet about new flagships since last summer’s U12 Plus. Well, HTC has shown some small signs of life this week by announcing its release schedule for the overdue updates to Android 9 Pie. The HTC U11 will be updated first, around. [more...]

May 20, 2019 6:06 AM ET

Audeze gets super serious about gaming audio with $899 LCD-GX

iCrowdNewswire - May 20, 2019 - If there’s one brand I trust to build the best headphones in the world, it’s Audeze. The company’s flagship LCD line extends all the way up into the $4,000 price range, and I’d argue that its latest LCD-4z have the performance to match. Today, though, Audeze is addressing a broader market with the launch of its second gaming headphones, the LCD-GX. These borrow the same basic layout and construction as the 4z —. [more...]

May 19, 2019 11:50 AM ET

Verizon’s Pixel exclusivity is over: Pixel 3A is coming to T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - Google announced its newest, most affordable phones today — the Pixel 3A and 3A XL — and for the first time with Pixel phones, more carriers than just Verizon will sell them in stores. Google confirmed today that T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular will sell the phones, along with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. AT&T will also support the 3A and 3A XL, which means that people can insert a SIM and use the. [more...]

May 19, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Google announces the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, starting at $399

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - Announced at Google I/O today and available to buy immediately, the new Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL are more budget-friendly variants of the flagship Pixel 3 family. They still feature the superb Pixel camera that has been Google’s signature advantage, though they step down the spec to use plastic rather than glass for the rear, along with a more basic Snapdragon 670 processor, a limit of 64GB of maximum storage,. [more...]

May 19, 2019 6:20 AM ET

Instagram ends experiment with standalone Direct messaging app

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - Facebook is shutting down Direct, a standalone camera-first messaging app used to send Instagram direct messages. “In the coming month, we’ll no longer be supporting the Direct app,” read a message in the app announcing the shutdown. “Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don’t need to do anything.” The announcement was first spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra. First launched in December 2017, Direct was an apparent. [more...]

May 19, 2019 6:20 AM ET

Google won’t let you turn off the light on your indoor Nest cameras anymore

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - At its annual Google I/O developer conference today, Google announced a new set of privacy commitments for its in-home Nest security cameras, which include disabling the feature that lets users turn recording indicator lights on and off. The change will affect cameras like the Nest Cam IQ, and the newly announced Nest Hub Max, a larger, Nest-branded version of the Google Home Hub smart display.   Previously, Nest cameras had an option. [more...]

May 19, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Nest Hub Max: hands-on with Google’s first smart display with a camera

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - It can detect your face, too The Google Nest Hub Max is a big Google Assistant smart display with a camera on top that you can use for video calls and home security monitoring. It’s coming this summer, and it will retail for $229. Like the smaller $149 Google Home Hub, the Nest Hub Max has a matte display that adjusts its color temperature to match the room. The 10-inch screen. [more...]

May 19, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Google Pixel 3A review: a $399 phone with a great camera

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2019 - At $399 and $479, respectively, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL are great deals I am going to break an unwritten rule of tech reviews and tell you the ending right at the top: if you want to buy a new smartphone that costs between $300 and $500, you should buy a Pixel 3A or Pixel 3A XL. It is the best phone in that price range, and it’s actually. [more...]

May 18, 2019 8:50 AM ET

A hacking ring stole millions by hijacking SIM cards, feds say

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2019 - Nine people have been charged in an alleged conspiracy to hijack SIM cards and steal cryptocurrency from unwitting victims, prosecutors said this week. The scheme, according to court documents, netted more than $2.4 million. In an unsealed indictment, prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan allege that six of the people, living across the United States and Ireland, were members of a group called “The Community.”. [more...]

May 18, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Netflix’s top 10 most-viewed list is coming next week for UK users

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2019 - Netflix has historically been notoriously tight-fisted when it comes to revealing viewer numbers with the press and even with the people producing its original content. That’s been slowly changing in recent months, and it announced earlier this week that it would be testing a top-10 most viewed list for UK viewers, providing a bit of a glimpse into what its subscribers are watching. Netflix says (via Variety) that it’s testing a top-10. [more...]

May 18, 2019 8:30 AM ET

HBO’s award-winning Big Little Lies is streaming free on YouTube all weekend

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2019 - Weekends are made for spending time with family, taking in the great outdoors and, if you’re like me, spending time on the couch binging good television series. HBO has made that last option even better, making the entire first season of Big Little Lies available to watch for free on YouTube this weekend. Big Little Lies, a miniseries based on a book of the same name, follows a group of close-knit friends in Monterey. [more...]

May 18, 2019 8:20 AM ET

The best Mother’s Day deals that you can buy last minute

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2019 - If you’re looking for a tech gift to give to your mom, or a mom that you’re celebrating on Mother’s Day, your time is running out. Thankfully, there are several last-minute deals that you can check out, either in person or online (although you may have a slightly late gift if you buy online). If you need a gift in hand for mom on Sunday The Apple Watch Series 4 is. [more...]

May 18, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Watch Jeff Bezos’ big pitch for establishing a human presence in space

iCrowdNewswire - May 18, 2019 - This past week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos laid out his vision for the future of humanity’s presence in space. The richest man on the planet (on paper, at least) spent about an hour talking about how and why he believes we should someday develop massive free-floating space structures that can house millions of people off-world. And then he made the case for how his company Blue Origin will build the infrastructure. [more...]

May 17, 2019 8:50 AM ET

Amazon targets Uber Eats with Deliveroo investment

iCrowdNewswire - May 17, 2019 - Amazon lead a $575 million funding round in the UK-based food delivery company Deliveroo, continuing its efforts to diversify into the takeaway market. In a press release Deliveroo said it would use the money to expand its UK engineering team, expand its delivery reach, and continue to develop new products such as its delivery-only kitchens. Deliveroo currently operates in 500 towns and cities across 14 countries and territories. The investment will intensify. [more...]