/Technology/ Last Updated: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019 @ 9:15pm EDT

Mashable

Amanda Yeo

'Adventure Time' is returning for 4 huge mega-episodes and oh my glob

Adventure time, come on grab your friends again! Streaming service HBO Max has announced four new hour-long Adventure Time specials, a year after the 10-season cartoon's mathematical series finale.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands will be set after the finale, which saw the end of the Great Gum War, the adventures of Jake and Finn, and the sexual tension between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. 

Like Adventure Time, Adventure Time: Distant Lands will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios,...

Mashable

Karissa Bell

You can’t lurk on Instagram anymore unless you’re logged in

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Instagram lurkers.

First, Instagram removed its infamous "following" tab, which let you surreptitiously keep track of what posts your friends were liking. Now, the company will no longer let you view more than a handful of photos on public profiles if you're not logged in. 

Prior to the update, which was implemented in the last few weeks, anyone could browse public-facing profiles on Instagram via a browser without logging into the service. Now, after...

The Verge

Jay Peters

Microsoft said the Surface Laptop 3 would be easy to open — and it actually is

Image: iFixit

Earlier this month, Surface boss Panos Panay showed how you’d be able to get into the Surface Laptop 3 just by lifting off the top plate — and it turns out, it’s pretty much as easy as Panay made it seem, according to iFixit’s Surface Laptop 3 teardown.

Previous Surface Laptops weren’t easy to open up at all. You had to forcibly pry off the keyboard and top cover assembly to get to the internals — iFixit used a knife on the Surface Laptop — and when you...

The Verge

Sean Hollister

Chromebooks will more easily sideload Android apps with Chrome OS 80

Chromebooks are able to run Android apps, but mostly just ones from the Google Play Store — if you wanted to install something that’s not officially sanctioned, you’d generally need to flip your device into a far less secure Developer Mode and/or beam it over from a tethered phone. That won’t be the case with Chrome OS 80, though — that release will add a native sideloading option for Android app APKs, according to Google.

Just ask AboutChromebooks’ Kevin Tofel, who spotted the...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Samsung's fix for Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanning will roll out soon

Samsung is acting on its promise to fix its fingerprint reader security flaw. The tech firm is alerting Galaxy S10, S10+, Note 10 and Note 10+ owners that it'll send a notification for the patch "within 24 hours" (clearly less time than that as you...

Gizmodo

Ryan F. Mandelbaum

First Look at 'Sycamore,' Google's Quantum Computer

Between the mountainous and coastal vistas of Goleta, California, sits an unassuming office on the side of a building next to the freeway. It could belong to any Southern California company; workers sit in gray cubicles beneath fluorescent lights, and there’s a rack to hold employees’ bikes and surfboards. But at…

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Mashable

Morgan Sung

YouTuber who let his followers redecorate his room finally does a room tour

Michael Reeves, the YouTuber who built a bot to let his Twitter followers pick bedroom decor, finally showed off his newly designed room.

Reeves put out a call for suggestions earlier this month. When followers replied to his tweet with Amazon links, the bot found the most-liked replies, automatically purchased it, and delivered it to Reeves' new home. As long as the item was under $25, the bot would continue to buy the most-liked Amazon links every 15 minutes for 24 hours. 

"There are a...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Google accused of spying with new tool that flags large employee meetings

Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge

Google employees have accused their employer of creating a surveillance tool disguised as a calendar extension designed to monitor gatherings of more than 100 people, a signal that those employees may be planning protests or discussing union organizing. Google parent company Alphabet “categorically” denies the accusation.

The accusation, outlined in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News, claims severe unethical conduct from high-ranking Google...

The Verge

Jay Peters

AT&T claims a weeks-long voicemail outage will be fixed with a single device update, but that doesn’t make sense

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

AT&T has been experiencing a weeks-long voicemail outage affecting customers across the country. But it’s hard to tell exactly what’s causing the outage, or how long until it will be fixed — and AT&T is saying conflicting things about what’s going on.

Here’s what the company told us, when we asked:

“A recent software update to some devices may be affecting our customers’ voicemail. We are working with the device manufacturer to issue a...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Fortnite’s black hole event broke Twitch and Twitter viewing records

Image: Epic Games

It’s been just over a week since Fortnite came back online following a two-day, black hole-induced hiatus. But the event, which ushered in the game’s eleventh season and its all-new redesigned map, was one of the biggest singular online gaming events to date — with more than 7 million concurrent viewers across Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.

Epic Games tells The Verge that the black hole event, officially called “The End,” amassed record-breaking viewership on...

The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ feature may get early-access release by the end of 2019

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Tesla may grant certain customers early access to a “feature complete” version of the company’s “full self-driving” (FSD) capabilities by the end of 2019, Elon Musk said in a call with investors Wednesday. Musk said that this wasn’t “for sure” — but that he thinks Tesla is on track for the release.

It’s a kind of limited beta test, so there won’t be a bunch of Tesla vehicles driving around autonomously by the end of the year....

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Apple Pay is more popular than Starbucks for US mobile payments

For a while, the most popular payment app in the US was... Starbucks. Yes, enough people were buying venti lattes that even dedicated payment services were being left by the wayside. You can't say the same now, though. Analysts at eMarketer have e...

TechCrunch

Walter Thompson

6 considerations for managing your cap table

Jared Verzello Contributor Jared Verzello is a startup and venture capital lawyer and GM of Atrium Seed where he guides companies through formation, fundraising, hiring, and managing board meetings. More posts by this contributor Pre- and Post-Money SAFEs: Choosing the right one for your startup

Founders start a company because they have an idea they want to bring to market. As their company gains traction and matures, the way in which they manage their...

TechCrunch

Jonathan Shieber

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are having a very bad day

The price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies tanked today, continuing a months-long slide that has seen the value of the digital currency slide by more than $2,000 from highs of above $10,000 earlier in the year.

Investors are still speculating about the cause of the crash, but hopeful cryptocurrency bulls before today had hoped that $8,000 would be the new floor for Bitcoin.

No longer. Today the price of Bitcoin dropped to $7,448.75, down from around $8,000 earlier in the day.

Investors...

TechCrunch

Sarah Perez

Google debuts new digital wellbeing ‘experiments’ like a notification mailbox, unlock clock & even a paper phone

Following the introduction of its digital wellbeing tools for Android at Google’s I/O developer conference last year, the company has since expanded the feature set to include new options like Focus mode and better parental controls for families with children. Now, Google is trying something new. The company today introduced a set of “experimental” apps designed to help users be better aware of their device use and reduce their screen time.

The apps, which are a part of a new Digital...

TechCrunch

Kirsten Korosec

As Tesla begins ‘trial’ Model 3 production in China, it closes in on a European factory

Tesla has started trial production of its Model 3 vehicle in its new Shanghai factory, which CEO Elon Musk called a “template for future growth.”

This trial basis includes all aspects of production, including body, paint and general assembly. Tesla said it is clearing final regulatory hurdles such as finalizing its manufacturing license. Once complete, the company will begin ramping production and delivering vehicles, the automaker said Wednesday in its third-quarter earnings...

TechCrunch

Ron Miller

Bill McDermott aims to grow ServiceNow like he did SAP

Bill McDermott has landed. Two weeks ago, he stepped down as CEO at SAP after a decade leading the company. Today, ServiceNow announced that he will be its new CEO.

It’s unclear how quickly the move came together but the plan for him is clear: to scale revenue like he did in his last job.

Commenting during the company’s earning’s call today, outgoing CEO John Donahoe said that McDermott met all of the board’s criteria for its next leader. This includes the ability to expand...

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington

Elon Musk says Tesla “early access” full self-driving could arrive by end of year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on the company’s earnings call today that the company’s full self-driving mode, in a feature-complete release, could arrive as early as the end of this year. That would be made available in an ‘early access’ mode which is essentially a limited beta, and Musk qualified that this isn’t a sure thing.

“While it’s going to be tight, it still does appear that will be at least in limited in early access release of a feature complete self-driving feature this...

TechCrunch

Romain Dillet

Revolut launches publicly in Singapore, signs deal with Mastercard

London-based fintech startup Revolut has two pieces of news to announe this week. First, Revolut is expanding to Singapore after a long beta period. The company already has 30,000 customers over there and anyone can open an account now.

Singapore residents will be able to take advantage of all of Revolut’s core features. You can open an account from your phone, get a card and start spending anywhere in the world.

Revolut supports Singapore Dollar as well as 13 other currencies. You can...

TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington

Tesla is launching version three of its solar roof tile this week

Tesla will debut a new, third iteration of its solar roof tile this week – with an official debut tomorrow afternoon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday that it’ll make an official announcement detailing the differences in generation three on Thursday afternoon.

Tesla originally unveiled its solar roof tile product back in 2016, officially opened pre-orders in 2017. During the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June, Musk said that the...

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