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Oscars 2019: No one cares about your speech, you just need to go viral     – CNET
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Commentary: Forget genuine emotion and thanking your peers — the perfect Oscars speech is about easily tweetable GIFs.

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Vision system for autonomous vehicles watches not just where pedestrians walk, but how
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The University of Michigan, well known for its efforts in self-driving car tech, has been working on an improved algorithm for predicting the movements of pedestrians that takes into account not just what they’re doing, but how they’re doing it. This body language could be critical to predicting what a person does next. Keeping an […]

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Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic—it’s a gameplay revolution
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Enlarge / What happens when more people get their hands on Tetris pieces in a single online match? A lot more than you might realize. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) In an interview with Ars Technica last year, Brendan Greene, the game designer best known for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), offered a throwaway opinion: every […]

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A ridiculously rare copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for over $100,000
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An extra special copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for a mind-boggling $100,150. Before you go digging through the attic to find your old copy to throw up for auction, you should know: the version in question here is super, super rare. So what makes it special? Super Mario has been released and […]

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Just when an end seemed near, two 3D-printed gun-file legal battles get new life
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Enlarge / The information contained on this Defense Distributed USB drive has been sparking quite a bit of legal action over the last year. (credit: Nathan Mattise) Last week, the legal drama surrounding 3D-printed gun files and firearms tech company Defense Distributed seemed near the finish line. A judge had newly ruled that a federal […]

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Chrome API Update Will Kill a Bunch of Other Extensions, Not Just Ad Blockers
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An anonymous reader writes: A planned update to one of the Google Chrome extensions APIs would kill much more than a few ad blockers, ZDNet has learned, including browser extensions for antivirus products, parental control enforcement, phishing detection, and various privacy-enhancing services. Developers for extensions published by F-Secure, NoScript, Amnesty International, and Ermes Cyber Security, […]

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Get two years of nearly unlimited cloud backup for just $24.50     – CNET
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iDrive’s latest deal scores you 10TB of space for your computers and mobile devices. Plus: A third-gen Echo Dot for $20.99?! Yes, with a small catch.

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Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: When a clock is just a clock, and also another clock     – CNET
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Amazon’s newest gadget helps everyone keep track of Alexa timers. It also tells the time.

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Penn Jillette's magical advice for keeping healthy at CES 2019: Just give up     – CNET
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The legendary magician talks weight loss, The Impossible Burger and VR games with CNET.

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