Mariella Moon

Engadget

@mariella_moon

  • Currently an associate editor covering space, science, and tech for Engadget
  • Graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines
  • Work has appeared on Yahoo, MSNBC, USA Today, and Mashable
Bandcamp will open its first record store in California next month

Jan 18

Bands and indie artists using Bandcamp to sell their music and merchandise might soon see their creations sold in the service's first brick-and-mortar location. The online platform, known for providing musicians an online portal where they can sell direct to …

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Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools

Jan 18

Verizon will give all its subscribers free access to its spam alert and call blocking tools, so long as their phones can support the features. The carrier originally rolled out those tools over a year ago as part of its $3-per-month Call Filter add-o...

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Tim Cook calls for a regulatory body to oversee data brokers

Jan 17

Apple chief Tim Cook has always been a vocal champion of privacy, even going so far as to publicly criticize other tech giants' data practices. Back in 2018, he called for GDPR-like laws in the US -- now he's calling for a regulatory body to oversee...

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Facebook makes its image compression tech available to all

Jan 17

Most applications need to compress the photos you upload, because better cameras also mean bigger image files. The larger the file is, the more data you use and the longer the upload takes. Facebook is helping smaller developers address the need for...

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Microsoft pledges $500 million to help Seattle's housing crisis

Jan 17

Microsoft is putting its massive balance sheet to good use by pledging $500 million to help address the housing crisis in the greater Seattle area. According to The New York Times, it's the most ambitious effort by a tech company to solve housing and homeless…

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Ford is developing a fully electric F-series pickup truck

Jan 17

Ford is taking steps to future-proof its business by developing not just a hybrid, but a fully electric pickup truck. Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets, has announced at an event in Detroit that the automaker is electrifying the F-series. The compa…

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CERN plans to build a collider four times bigger than the LHC

Jan 16

Back in 2014, CERN sought the help of over 1,300 contributors to help it conjure up a feasible plan for a new collider much, much bigger than the LHC. Now, the research organization has unveiled preliminary designs for the project named Future Circular Collid…

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Cord cutting has grown by 50 percent in the last eight years

Jan 16

A new Nielsen study has found that the number of cord cutters in the US has grown by 48 percent over the past eight years. Apparently, 16 million homes no longer have traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions, which means 14 percent of all hous...

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Verizon unlimited subscribers get permanent Apple Music access

Jan 16

Last year, Verizon offered unlimited subscribers six months of free access to Apple Music. Now the carrier is expanding that partnership and officially bundling Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited subscriptions with the service. Starting on January...

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US judge rules that feds can't force fingerprint or face phone unlocks

Jan 15

Authorities can't force people to unlock devices with their faces, fingers or irises, a magistrate judge from California has ruled. Forbes has uncovered a nine-page order denying the search warrant for an investigation looking into a Facebook extortion crime.…

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YouTube adds swipe-based navigation on mobile

Jan 15

Mobile navigation is all about the swipe these days, and now even YouTube is joining in. The platform has started rolling out an update for iOS devices, giving users a way to view the next video in the list by swiping left or right. Swipe forward to view the …

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Ajit Pai refused to discuss carrier tracking scandal with lawmakers

Jan 15

Lawmakers want to know why the FCC still allows mobile carriers to share their subscribers' location data with aggregators, but they won't be getting answers from its chairman anytime soon. Ajit Pai has refused to attend an emergency briefing request...

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NVIDIA's new lab aims to develop robotic breakthroughs

Jan 12

NVIDIA has opened a new lab in Seattle, and it's meant to serve as home for all its robotics projects. Over 50 research scientists and students from the University of Washington will work in the facility under NVIDIA's senior director of robotics res...

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SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects

Jan 12

SpaceX is letting around 10 percent of its 6,000-plus employees go, according Reuters and Ars Technica. The private space corporation previously said it's been profitable for years, thanks to lucrative contracts from clients that include NASA and the US Air F…

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Leaks reveal cloud-based 'Verizon Gaming' service

Jan 12

Verizon probably isn't the first name that'll come to mind when you think of video games, but the carrier apparently has big gaming plans for the future. According to The Verge, the company is working on and is already alpha testing a cloud gaming se...

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'Bird Box' writer will lead Netflix fantasy series 'Shadow and Bone'

Jan 11

Netflix has put in an eight-episode order for Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows Grishaverse fantasy novels. And it's probably not just because the books in those series are bestsellers -- we'll bet the fact that the show was created, written an…

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US Secret Service is probing how crooks use smart credit cards for fraud

Jan 11

Credit card thieves have been taking advantage of smart card technologies to avoid getting caught, according to Krebs on Security. The US Secret Service offices in New York and St. Louis have apparently been working on a criminal investigation involv...

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CBS Super Bowl coverage features augmented reality and 8K

Jan 11

CBS has big, high-tech plans for its Super Bowl LIII coverage this February. To start with, it's using 14 cameras, including aerial systems, to create live virtual graphic elements designed to blend into the background. The network promises to show y...

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Elon Musk shows off the first SpaceX Starship test vehicle

Jan 11

SpaceX is done preparing the Starship for its very first test flight ever, and Elon Musk has shared an actual photo of assembly on Twitter. Formerly known as the "BFR," the Starship is the private space company's upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehi...

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Google sued for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct allegations

Jan 11

A shareholder for Google's parent company Alphabet has sued the tech giant, accusing it of covering up sexual harassment claims against some of its top executives. The lawsuit filed by shareholder James Martin said Alphabet's board of directors, incl...

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