Amazon renews its Lord of the Rings show for a second season with lightning speed

Amazon renews its Lord of the Rings show for a second season with lightning speed

In this post-Game of Thrones world of ours, it seems that high fantasy is king and studios are willing to shell out big bucks for series of their own. Today we're learning that Amazon is definitely one of those companies looking to spend, as it has renewed its upcoming Lord of the Rings show for a second season.

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Google Assistant gets personalized audio news feed feature

Google Assistant gets personalized audio news feed feature

Google Assistant users can now ask for a personalized feed of audio news using their smartphone or smart speaker, Google has announced. The new feature is designed to simplify the process of finding audio news that is relevant to the user's interests and locations, according to Google, which uses its tech to analyze the audio and determine the news each user will hear.

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Ford is building the Mustang Mach-E a hands-free driving system

Ford is building the Mustang Mach-E a hands-free driving system

Ford is developing a hands-free driving system for the Mustang Mach-E, which will allow the all-electric car to pilot itself on certain roads without the driver needing to touch the wheel. The as-yet-unnamed feature isn't expected to launch at the same time as the first 2021 Mustang Mach-E models arrive in dealerships, but Ford says that doesn't mean early-adopters will miss out.

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PUBG loot boxes are about to undergo a big change

PUBG loot boxes are about to undergo a big change

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is about to get some big changes to monetization. Since shortly after launch, the game has relied on a crate and key system to make additional money past the initial cost of the game. Crate and key systems are nothing new, but they are somewhat annoying for players, as loot crates require keys that often need to be purchased separately before they can be unlocked.

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The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio get cabins to match their performance

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio get cabins to match their performance

Alfa Romeo has revealed its 2020 updates for the Giulia and Stelvio, promising smarter technology, more active safety, and a cabin that better befits the name for the new model year. Making their debut at the LA Auto Show 2019, the 2020 Giulia and 2020 Stelvio - Alfa's sedan and SUV, respectively - tackle one of the lingering frustrations voiced by would-be owners.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield first impressions: My kingdom for a Bulbasaur

Pokemon Sword and Shield first impressions: My kingdom for a Bulbasaur

Pokemon Sword and Shield are officially out and, like many Pokemon fans, I spent much of the weekend playing through the opening hours of Pokemon Sword. Though it's going to take more playtime before I'll have a comprehensive opinion on Sword and Shield, I've played it enough to form some early impressions of it. After somewhere around 15 hours of game time, I can indeed confirm that this is a Pokemon game.

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E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

We've been following the outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) since early August. On September 19, 2019, the FDA opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related lung injury outbreak, while the CDC's then-current case count was 530 people - this count has gone up considerably since then.

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Pokemon GO creators’ next big game: CATAN World Explorers

Pokemon GO creators’ next big game: CATAN World Explorers

CATAN - World Explorers is a new GPS map-centric mobile game from Niantic, in the works right now. This time, it's not about Pokemon, and it's not about Harry Potter. This time it's all about CATAN! That's the universe created by the original tabletop game Settlers of Catan. In this new game, as a user, you'll be able to "turn your neighborhood, town, and virtually the whole world into a huge Catan game board."

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Mario Kart Tour kicks off Winter Tour with new drivers and items

Mario Kart Tour kicks off Winter Tour with new drivers and items

Mario Kart Tour is leaving the Paris Tour behind and moving onto some more snowy pastures. Nintendo announced today that the next tour for the mobile game will be the Winter Tour, and with it will come some updated driving controls, new courses, and new drivers. As you might imagine, a lot of the new content is winter-themed, starting with the game's newest track, DK Pass.

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How to stop Pokemon GO push notifications

How to stop Pokemon GO push notifications

The latest version of Pokemon GO has a way to get rid of individual sorts of notifications. Earlier versions of Pokemon GO showed only a couple different sorts of Push Notifications in a list, which was sort of a bummer. If you're just viewing this game for the first time now since you quit a year ago - things have gotten better!

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Sony bets on artificial intelligence with new Sony AI global division

Sony bets on artificial intelligence with new Sony AI global division

Sony is launching a new global division focused on artificial intelligence, with Sony AI hoping to figure out new ways to apply machine intelligence across gaming, photography, and more. The new organization will have offices across the globe, Sony confirmed today, and build on the company's existing research into how AI can be applied into everyday life.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

With the Galaxy Watch Active 2 now out on shelves, Samsung has decided to bring some of its functionality to older models. Samsung announced today that it's bringing a number of UX features from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 over to the original Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. These UX features will be packed into a software update that's launching today on a region-by-region basis.

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