• Boeing's solar-powered climate research drone takes flight in 2019
    Engadget36 minutes ago

    Boeing's solar-powered climate research drone takes flight in 2019

    Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing that specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles, is gearing up to launch a solar-powered autonomous aircraft. The vehicle, called Odysseus, is designed for persistent flight at high-altitudes and will be used to perform climate and atmospheric research. According

  • Indiegogo’s guaranteed shipping provides refunds for failed campaigns
    TechCrunch37 minutes ago

    Indiegogo’s guaranteed shipping provides refunds for failed campaigns

    For all the potential upsides of crowdfunding, backing a project always feels like a gamble. Indiegogo’s hoping to curb some of those failures with guaranteed shipping, a new feature that suspends funding unless a product actual ships. The concept isn’t a rethink of crowdfunding exactly, but it does

  • Another Apple Supplier Just Cut Its Forecast
    Bloomberg42 minutes ago

    Another Apple Supplier Just Cut Its Forecast

    AMS AG, a Switzerland-based maker of light sensors for smartphones, became at least the fourth key supplier to the U.S. company this week to reduce revenue estimates for the current quarter. Apple is headed for its longest losing streak in more than six months as investors reassess the company’s growth

  • Dolby releases branded wireless headphones
    TechCrunch1 hour ago

    Dolby releases branded wireless headphones

    Dolby’s been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Dolby Dimension are working a pretty interesting angle here, however,

  • Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme
    Engadget2 hours ago

    Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme

    Microsoft only just resumed rolling out its problematic Windows 10 October update, but it's already looking toward the future. The company has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview to Fast ring users with some big updates in tow, both conspicuous and otherwise. If you think Windows is too dour

  • NYT: Facebook's crisis response included sneaky redirections
    Engadget3 hours ago

    NYT: Facebook's crisis response included sneaky redirections

    It's no secret that the last couple of years have seen Facebook's reputation take a series of hits -- whether due to data breaches, alleged bias, rumors of intrusive spying or confusing policies -- but a New York Times report tonight exposes more about how the company reacted. Arriving on the

  • Tencent Finally Gives Its Battle-Weary Investors Some Relief
    Bloomberg3 hours ago

    Tencent Finally Gives Its Battle-Weary Investors Some Relief

    The WeChat-operator reported a 30 percent jump in quarterly profit -- well ahead of expectations for about 2 percent -- thanks in part to investments such as recent market debutante Meituan Dianping. While China is trying to combat gaming addiction and is reshuffling regulators, uncertainty persists

  • Bloomberg3 hours ago

    Oracle Loses Protest of Pentagon Cloud Bid Seen Favoring Amazon

    The GAO decision issued Wednesday deals a blow to Oracle’s push to expand its federal defense contracts, leaving the tech company with fewer options to improve its chances of winning the award. It also frees the Pentagon to pursue the single-source solution it has opted for all along. “The Defense

  • Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn
    TechCrunch4 hours ago

    Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn

    Salad startup and retailer Sweetgreen recently raised a $200 million Series H round led by Fidelity that valued the company at more than $1 billion. This round brings Sweetgreen's total amount of funding to $365 million. With this additional $200 million in funding, Sweetgreen is setting its eyes

  • eBay's toy catalog includes a $100,000 'Magic: The Gathering' card
    Engadget4 hours ago

    eBay's toy catalog includes a $100,000 'Magic: The Gathering' card

    The online retailer is putting together a Toy Book containing the hottest items of this year and all the retro playthings that will make your nostalgia kick in. If you're in New York City, eBay is also opening up an interactive storefront called Toytopia where kids can come in and play with the

  • Amazon HQ Move Criticized by New York City Council, U.S. Senator
    Bloomberg4 hours ago

    Amazon HQ Move Criticized by New York City Council, U.S. Senator

    About 250 people huddled against the cold wind in Long Island City Wednesday, near the East River site where Amazon plans to move in. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand later used a Twitter posting to join the chorus of critics. The gathering in Queens included dozens of elected officials, including City

  • Facebook starts rolling out Messenger's 'unsend' feature
    Engadget5 hours ago

    Facebook starts rolling out Messenger's 'unsend' feature

    Facebook didn't take long to roll out Messenger's unsend feature, although it may be a while before you have the option of correcting missteps in your part of the world. Unsending is now available in Messenger's Android and iOS apps in Bolivia, Colombia, Lithuania and Poland, with promises

  • Cisco Calms Concerns of Demand Drop With In-Line Forecast
    Bloomberg5 hours ago

    Cisco Calms Concerns of Demand Drop With In-Line Forecast

    Analysts predicted 72 cents, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins has returned the largest maker of networking gear to growth by updating its main hardware products and buying companies to push further into software and services. Cisco has also benefited

  • Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires
    TechCrunch5 hours ago

    Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires

    With California's recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles

  • RFID stickers could signal contaminated food
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    RFID stickers could signal contaminated food

    If a food item isn't safe to eat, it's best to find that out before someone eats it. MIT researchers have found a way to check many items instantly, non-invasively, and from a distance — using the RFID tags many products already have. RFID, or radio frequency identification, uses a tiny antenna

  • Bloomberg6 hours ago

    Microsoft Ties Progress on Diversity to How Much It Pays Workers

    “That means employees and managers will have ongoing conversations throughout the year on how every individual at Microsoft can contribute to making us more diverse and more inclusive,” Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Microsoft’s chief diversity officer, said Wednesday in an interview. This isn’t the first time

  • 'Astroneer' brings space exploration to Xbox and PC on February 6th
    Engadget6 hours ago

    'Astroneer' brings space exploration to Xbox and PC on February 6th

    Space exploration game Astroneer has racked up a major following in its Early Access stage. After hinting at it, the game finally has an official release date. If you aren't one of the two million players to take a crack at the early stages version of Astroneer, here's what to expect: The interplanetary

  • The Correspondent launches campaign to bring its ad-free journalism to the US
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    The Correspondent launches campaign to bring its ad-free journalism to the US

    De Correspondent, a Dutch news organization aiming to "unbreak the news," is planning to launch in the United States next year as The Correspondent. To fund its efforts, it's hoping to raise $2.5 million from future readers. Co-founder and CEO Ernst Pfauth (a former tech journalist who

  • Facebook Messenger starts rolling out Unsend; here’s how it works
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    Facebook Messenger starts rolling out Unsend; here’s how it works

    Facebook secretly retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TechCrunch reported seven months ago. Now for the first time, Facebook Messenger users will get the power to unsend too so they can remove their sent messages from the recipient’s inbox.

  • Facebook fundraisers have raised over $1 billion
    Engadget6 hours ago

    Facebook fundraisers have raised over $1 billion

    Facebook announced today that it's expanding its nonprofit fundraising tool to Canada and Australia, and it also shared that it recently reached a major fundraising milestone. Since it launched the tool that allows users to raise money for nonprofits and personal causes, over 20 million users have