Leaks point to two 2016 Moto X phones with modular add-ons

Motorola was in dire straits when it was acquired by Google back in 2012, as its phones failed to compete with the Galaxies and iPhones of the world. Google oversaw the launch of the original Moto X, which many feel was a turning point for the company. Now,Motorola is owned by Lenovo and it’s nearly…

Doubts cast over whether teenager located lost Maya city

Fundamental breakthroughs in archaeology are a comparatively rare event. For everyKing Tut’s tomb or discovery of Troy, there’s thousands of hours of painstaking labor, whether that means tromping through jungles, excavating fragments of pottery, or poring over ancient manuscripts preserved by volcanic eruptions. The Internet is currently erupting with stories of William Gadoury, a 15-year…

Overwatch beta runs well on consoles and PC alike

Blizzard has a long history of producing high quality multiplayer games, and Overwatch isn’t going to buck that trend. Last week’s open beta gave us a representative look at how the retail version of the game will be when it launches on the 24th, and it seems to work as intended regardless of which platform…

New Windows 10 build kills controversial password-sharing Wi-Fi Sense

When Microsoft announced Windows 10, it added a feature called Wi-Fi Sense that had previously debuted on the Windows Phone operating system. Wi-Fi Sense was a password-sharing option that allowed you to share Wi-Fi passwords with your friends and contacts in Skype, Outlook, and Facebook. Here’s how Microsoft described the featurelast year: “When you share…

Kepler team announces largest-ever collection of 1,284 verified new exoplanets

NASA announced that its Kepler telescope has verified 1,284 exoplanets in our galaxy, more than doubling the number of known planets orbiting other stars. An additional 1,327 candidates have better-than-even odds of being actual planets, but they aren’t well enough substantiated to be called “verified,” and will require additional study. What’s more, Kepler reports nine…

Reporting multiple Twitter abuses is now less tedious

Twitter is stepping up how it deals with rule-breaking accounts by finally allowing users to flag errant tweets en masse. Starting today, anyone can submit multiple offending tweets into a single report, which the social media service says will greatly expedite the review process when investigating abuse on the site. Reporting individual tweets – the…

Facebook’s latest report shows user data requests are on the rise

Facebook released more than its gloat-worthy earnings report this week. The social network also put out its most recent transparency report, detailing the many occurrences when governments worldwide requested it hand over data on its users. Facebook’s newest Global Government Request Report breaks down government petitions filed with the site over the latter part of…

Don’t retweet something if you want to remember it

Uh-oh. Psychologists have found that sharing information with your friends makes it much harder to remember what that information was. In experiments at Beijing University, a bunch of students were split into two groups and presented with a series of messages from Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent. After reading each one, one group was given the…

Using these words will make your eBay items sell for more, apparently

Selling something on eBay? You might want to give a bit more consideration to the language you’re using. Researchers at Birmingham City University examined over 68,000 items being sold on the UK eBay site and discovered that the words you use can affect how much money you make. For example, fragrances that are described as…

Other browsers get the push as Microsoft makes Cortana Edge-only

One of the major moves Windows 10 made was to bring Cortana to the desktop – whether you wanted her there, or not – and now Microsoft has announced a big change to the way search works with its digital assistant on PC. From now on, when you use Cortana’s search box (bottom-left, on the…