Google Home and Assistant can speak Canadian French now

Getty Images The first of several new languages for Google’s Assistant AI is here, as users have noticed Canadian French as a language option. I was able to switch it on for my Google Home by looking for Assistant Language under device settings in its control app, while The Android Soul reports they could turn […]

Twitch’s latest marathon is a six-day ‘MST3K’ binge

Twitch B-movie lovers rejoice, for social video platform Twitch is set to air a Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon lasting a mind-numbing six days. The stream, which features 38 classic episodes, will air on Shout! Factory TV’s new Twitch channel from June 26 to July 3. The comic sci-fi show, which emerged as a cult […]

An algorithm customizes exoskeletons to fit a person’s needs

Carnegie Mellon University Scientists have been studying exoskeletons in nature for years, and they’ve been trying to figure out how to adapt them for human use. After all, a powered exoskeleton could change the lives of people who have mobility issues, whether due to age, injury or disease. The problem is that exoskeletons aren’t one […]

‘Pokémon Go’ badasses can now play Raid Battles

Some Pokémon Go players can now start working in groups to take on powerful creatures in Raid Battles, one of the long-awaited features for the popular augmented reality game. There’s a catch, though: Pokémon trainers have to be level 35 and up to access the new co-op mode, so don’t get too excited if you’re […]

Current theories might be wrong about how a galaxy evolves

NASA With the help of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, researchers made a surprising discovery that goes against what we thought we knew about old galaxies and how they evolve. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a disk-shaped spiral galaxy. Typical of this shape of galaxy, the Milky Way’s stars move around with predictable regularity and […]

YouTube’s mobile app will adjust to display videos of any size

Shutterstock YouTube is having a pretty busy week. The Google-owned video site announced six new shows for its new Red Originals program, its YouTube TV initiative expands to ten new metropolitan markets in the US and its new VR180 technology aims to change the way you watch your videos both in and out of VR. […]

Surface Pro review: Microsoft’s best hybrid notebook plays it safe

Surface Pro (2017) Get more info More 87 Scores Key Specs Type Tablet (Convertible) Bundled OS Windows Video outputs DisplayPort System RAM 4 GB Maximum battery life Up to13.5 hour Pointing device Trackpad From$799.00 Buy Now The Surface Pro is everything we’ve ever wanted from Microsoft’s Surface line. It fixes the few remaining problems from […]

Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

ymgerman via Getty Images Gmail is the de facto standard for personal email accounts, with more than more than 1.2 billion people using the free service. One criticism, however, is that Google scans your email for keywords so it can better target ads directly to you. Not anymore, though. Just like Google did away with […]

China targets livestreaming in latest censorship crackdown

Bloomberg via Getty Images China just shut down livestreaming on three major media platforms — Weibo, the news site iFeng and the video website ACFUN. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television sent notices to the companies ordering them to cease all video and audio livestreaming, saying they were, “not in line […]

Oliver Stone’s unhealthy treatment of hacking in Hollywood

Illustration by D. Thomas Magee What’s so compelling about Oliver Stone’s recent four-part interview series with Vladimir Putin is probably not what the multi-Oscar-winning director intended. It’s the same thing that makes his Snowden biopic its own sort of cipher after the fact. Both have inadvertently, and strangely by their own design, upset the already […]