U.S. Navy uses laser to take down drone
U.S. Navy uses laser to take down drone
2:51

U.S. Navy uses laser to take down drone

Culture
We've entered the era of laser warfare. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. The U.S. Navy announced plans to put the first laser weapon on a ship. The laser can set a drone on fire and send a crashing to the ocean as seen in this YouTube video from the Navy. The first prototype is expected to be put on a ship by the end of the year. What's interesting about this weapon is that each time it shoots it only cost about $1 an energy to power it but lasers might not work well in bad weather like rain or fog. Next step for the Navy, getting sharks with laser beams attached to their foreheads. The full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now on CNET and this is the tablet that's going against the iPad mini. Our editor said it was a stunning tablet and Samsung's best yet but the fact that it's $400 is a hard sell. It's $70 more expensive than the iPad mini and it's not as thin or light but it does come with a stylus pen. So, artists and those who like to jot notes down might say it's worth the price. Selling it for more than Apple shows Samsung's confidence these days and its products and customer-based. It goes on sale Thursday, April 11th. In the last update I reported on rumors that Google was in talks to buy the messaging app called WhatsApp. Well, perhaps it's not true. An executive at WhatsApp told AllThingsD that there are new talks with Google but there have been previous reports of the app talking to Facebook about an acquisition. So, it's not the first time we've heard this popular chat app might be for sale. If you've been inside to Starbucks, you know about those free iTunes app songs and e-books that you can get on a card near the register, well, they're called Pick of the Week. And now, there's no card required to redeem the free downloads. Starbucks' visitors can access the freebies from the Starbucks app when connected to the in-store WiFi network. Starbucks is launching this new feature by offering the Angry Birds Star Wars game for free. Here's some cool science. Japanese scientists say they have a way of telling what you're dreaming about just by looking at brain patterns during sleep. So, for example, if you dream about a cat, your brain will show the same pattern the next time you think about a cat. What if you dream about being in a dream? Inception. Android users will notice that the Google Play Marketplace app has gotten a makeover. The layout is cleaner and it's supposed to help you discover new things to download faster, so you spend more money. Yeah, and that's for other Android apps. The Tumblr app got an upgrade. It has a new design with options to save draft post and customized tweets. Apple users may see these updates in the months ahead. That's your tech news update. You can find more details on the show blog cnet.com/update and you can always stay updated on Twitter. From our studios in Ne York, I'm Bridget Carey.

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline
ud113016.jpg

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen
ud112916.jpg

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens
ud112816.jpg

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving
ud1123162.jpg

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving

Facebook drone accident under investigation
ud112216.jpg

Facebook drone accident under investigation

Facebook needs you to fight fake news
ud112116.jpg

Facebook needs you to fight fake news

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent
ud111816.jpg

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?
ud111716.jpg

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing
ud111616.jpg

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22 Ultra, iPhone 14 ProMax: How Do They Compare?
yt-samsung-s22-s23-iphone14-pro-max

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22 Ultra, iPhone 14 ProMax: How Do They Compare?

Boston Dynamics' Stretch Robot Is DHL's Newest Helper
dhl-image-without-bug

Boston Dynamics' Stretch Robot Is DHL's Newest Helper

Samsung Galaxy S23 Event: Everything Revealed
1203860653352361-tosb2t0zztw5ftnk6qic-height640.png

Samsung Galaxy S23 Event: Everything Revealed

Samsung Introduces New One UI 5 Features
samsung-one-ui-5-00-00-41-16-still101

Samsung Introduces New One UI 5 Features

Samsung's Galaxy Book 3 Ultra Fixes Two Things I Didn't Like About Last Year's Galaxy Books
galaxy-laptops-josh-seq-00-05-55-20-still002

Samsung's Galaxy Book 3 Ultra Fixes Two Things I Didn't Like About Last Year's Galaxy Books

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup Is Here With Big Camera Upgrades
cnets23

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup Is Here With Big Camera Upgrades

Most Popular All most popular

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money
yt-reduce-your-utility-bills-v3

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows
trans-solar-panels-seq-00-06-11-19-still001

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home
yt-money-rent-buy-v1-1

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

New Solar Shingles You May Not Even Notice
solar-shingles-2

New Solar Shingles You May Not Even Notice

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away
ces-dolby-00-00-55-13-still001

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away

How Healthy is Your Heart, Really? 5 Ways to Tell at Home
how-healthy-is-your-heart-2

How Healthy is Your Heart, Really? 5 Ways to Tell at Home

Latest Products All latest products

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup Is Here With Big Camera Upgrades
cnets23

Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup Is Here With Big Camera Upgrades

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini
macbook-pro-and-mac-mini

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90
google-booth-seq-00-08-05-25-still002

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen
c0270-mp4-02-36-54-21-still001

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices
ces-disneyalexa-00-01-11-14-still001

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away
ces-dolby-00-00-55-13-still001

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away

Latest How To All how to videos

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC
pc-vr-5

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser
cast-2

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account