Engadget RSS Feed 7 April 2018

'PUBG' moves beyond battle royale with War Mode

The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds team is now clearer about their plans to add game modes beyond the signature battle royale and zombie games. The developer has revealed that it's experimenting with a War Mode that behaves more like the conventional...

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'Ghost Recon Wildlands' is getting a 'Splinter Cell' crossover

Ubisoft's latest bid to keep Ghost Recon Wildlands in the spotlight: bring in one of the Tom Clancy universe's other stars. The developer has teased "The Call," a special mission that appears to bring in Splinter Cell's legendary protagonist, Sam Fi...

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YouTube may handpick videos for its Kids app

Over the past months, it became increasingly clear that YouTube isn't the friendliest place for kids even with filters on. It doesn't just have a problem with vile videos pretending to be family-friendly content, but also with conspiracy theories pop...

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Homeland Security database would track bloggers, social media

Fears about the potential effects of propaganda and fake news remain high, and American officials are determined to keep track of media outlets in a bid to curb these misinformation campaigns. The Department of Homeland Security has put out a call f...

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Global cyberattack targets 200,000 network switches (updated)

The past few days haven't been great for the internet's broader security. Iran's Communication and Information Technology Ministry has reported that it was a victim in a global cyberattack that compromised about 200,000 Cisco switches that hadn't yet...

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California may soon allow passengers in driverless cars

In early April, California's new rules that allow automakers, tech giants and just about anybody to test fully driverless cars on its roads finally took effect. But before those companies can realize their ride-hailing robot taxi ambitions, they have...

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Amazon cancels 'Mozart in the Jungle' after four seasons

One of Prime Video's earliest successes is about to fade away: Amazon has canceled Mozart in the Jungle after four seasons. It's not certain what prompted the decision to axe the show, but it wasn't due to a lack of talent when the "sex, drugs and cl...

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Recommended Reading: Does Facebook need to be regulated?

How the government could fix Facebook Julia Angwin, The Atlantic There are a number of issues surrounding the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica saga. Perhaps the most prominent one is the question of whether or not the social network needs to be re...

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What Siri can learn from Google Assistant

It's no secret that when it comes to voice assistants, Siri is often cited as one of the worst. Even though Apple introduced it years before Amazon and Google, their digital rivals -- Alexa and Google Assistant -- have since bested Siri in both featu...

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: A smaller flagship without compromises

Smaller smartphones have fallen out of fashion. We now primarily use our handsets for browsing the web, gaming and every other form of entertainment, making a larger screen more desirable in many cases. But this means those looking for a smalle...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend! Facebook saved some news for a late Friday release, and there's one weird Chrome trick that might save you a fraction of a second. (It's clearing your download history, we're bad at click...

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Yes Chrome is scanning your Windows PC, but it might be a bug

A few days ago Kelly Shortridge, a product manager at SecurityScorecard detected some unexpected behavior on her PC, as a honeypot Canarytoken reported being accessed by Chrome.exe. That's not what you'd expect from a web browser normally, except for...

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China’s ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing recruits drivers in Mexico

In December, Reuters reported that China's Didi Chuxing ride-hailing company would be expanding its business into Mexico, taking on rival Uber, which has the largest foothold in the country. Now, Reuters reports that the company is actively recruitin...

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