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Ryuk ransomware banks $3.7 million in five months

Jan 14, 2019

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The Ryuk ransomware hasn't just causing grief for newspapers -- it's also quite lucrative for its operators. Researchers at CrowdStrike and FireEye both estimate that the code has produced the equivalent of $3.7 million in bitcoin since August, spre...

China will blame TikTok-like video apps for their users' content

Jan 14, 2019

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China's growing crackdown on internet media now includes some tight limits on short-form video apps like TikTok. Recently imposed guidelines make app creators responsible for the content their users post, and ask platforms to review every bit of con...

Cadillac drops teaser pics of its first electric vehicle

Jan 14, 2019

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Shortly after GM revealed Cadillac will take the lead in its electrification push, the brand has given us a peek at its first-ever electric car. Following a couple of hybrid attempts, the new vehicle doesn't come with a name or any details, but from...

World's longest aircraft retires to make way for production models

Jan 14, 2019

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The world's longest aircraft has been sidelined... although that's not necessarily a bad thing. Hybrid Air Vehicles has decided against rebuilding its record-setting Airlander 10 prototype. The company will instead use its resources to create the "...

Germany may order Facebook to stop collecting some user data

Jan 14, 2019

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Germany's efforts to regulate Facebook's practices might just escalate in the near future. Bild am Sonntag sources claim the country's Federal Cartel Office will order Facebook to stop collecting some user data. It's chiefly concerned with how the...

Apple HomePod launches in China on January 18th

Jan 14, 2019

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Apple's HomePod has only been available in a handful of countries (mostly North America and Europe) so far, but it's expanding availability in grand fashion. The company is releasing its smart speaker in China, including Hong Kong, on January 18th....

Switch Online code hints at potential SNES game additions

Jan 13, 2019

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To date, Nintendo has handed out NES games as bonuses with Switch Online subscriptions. But what about SNES titles? Thanks to some code sleuthing, you might have a hint of what's in the pipeline. Twitter user Kapu claims to have found references t...

Canada adopts strict rules for drone flights

Jan 13, 2019

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It's Canada's turn to implement rules for drone flights, and those in the pipeline could make the American approach seem lenient. Transport Canada has adopted new regulations that will require the registration of any drone weighing between 250g and...

GM will make Cadillac its 'lead' electric vehicle brand

Jan 13, 2019

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While Chevrolet launched the Volt plug-in hybrid and pure-electric Bolt, Cadillac has taken a backseat in GM's electric vehicle push. Now as it attempts to find profits in that segment, the company's electrification plans will put luxury first. In an...

YouTube searches for 'RBG' led to slew of bogus conspiracy videos

Jan 13, 2019

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As much as YouTube has done to counter hoaxes and fake news in its searches, it still has room for improvement. The Washington Post discovered that "more than half" of YouTube's top 20 search results for "RBG," the nickname for US Supreme Court Just...

After Math: How we survived CES 2019

Jan 13, 2019

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As cleanup crews descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center and the events attendees reluctantly make their ways home, it's hard to believe that the weeklong technology expo is already over. We saw autonomous bread machines, self-driving semis, and e...

All the laptops that came out at CES 2019

Jan 13, 2019

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With the latest release of NVIDIA's RTX ray-tracing laptop chips, any manufacturer can make a fast and lightweight laptop. To stand out now, you need to try something new, so this year at CES 2019, the focus was on displays and eccentric designs. De...

The best travel plug adapter

Jan 13, 2019

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By Geoffrey Morrison This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full travel plug adapter guide here...

Epic's updated game store refund policy matches Steam

Jan 13, 2019

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The Epic Games Store wasn't all that refund-friendly on launch. You could only ask for two refunds in an entire year (albeit after unlimited hours of play), and you had to submit details like your IP address in a support ticket to have a hope of gett...

Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope (updated)

Jan 13, 2019

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Russia's astronomy program is facing a significant setback. The country's orbital Spektr-R radio telescope has stopped responding to commands since January 11th. While it's still transmitting signals, the satellite effectively can't be used for futur...

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland over alleged spying

Jan 13, 2019

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Huawei doesn't want further whiffs of suspicion around its motivations, even in cases where it's not directly implicated. The Chinese tech giant has fired Weijing Wang, an employee arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security official...

'Fallout 76' players found a secret developer room

Jan 13, 2019

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No, Fallout 76's troubles aren't over yet. Gamers have discovered that the online RPG has a developer room where you can find virtually everything in the game, including unreleased items like special power armor. It even includes the game's lone hu...

Lime halts service in Switzerland over possibly dangerous glitch

Jan 12, 2019

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Don't expect to travel around Zurich on an electric two-wheeler in the near future. Lime has halted services in Switzerland following reports of its scooters abruptly halting in mid-ride, throwing (and sometimes injuring) riders. In a message to cu...

Formlabs pushes the boundaries of what 3D-printing can do

Jan 12, 2019

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When 3D-printing burst onto the scene, its mouth was writing checks its capability had almost no chance of cashing. For all of its grand promises, the results the machines produced were useful for prototyping and very little else. Fast forward a...

NVIDIA's new lab aims to develop robotic breakthroughs

Jan 12, 2019

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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...

The technology behind the world's largest cannabis dispensary

Jan 12, 2019

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Las Vegas is not a town for half measures. So it's of little surprise that when the state of Nevada legalized recreational cannabis in July of 2017, Sin City took the cannabis dispensary model and added a bit of Vegas' over-the-top magic. The res...

The Void’s extra-sensory VR does what home experiences can’t

Jan 12, 2019

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I walked through The Void's virtual reality center in the Las Vegas Venetian twice. The first time, armed with headset and wireless backpack, I was shuttled through Ralph Breaks VR, the company's latest experience. I saw my own shiny animated pink h...

Spryng is tech-laced compression wear for speeding up workout recover

Jan 12, 2019

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If you wanted to simplify, CES 2019 could be neatly divided into self-driving cars, giant TVs and health tech. A lot of what we've seen of the latter either tracks your movement or is hardware ingrained into workouts. Spryng is a little different, ai...

CBS' reworked film division will focus on streaming

Jan 12, 2019

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CBS' ongoing streaming push is now affecting its movie business. Variety has revealed that CBS is folding its Films division into the larger Entertainment Group over the next year, and it will shift its focus to streaming after the last of its four i...

Gaming laptops are getting wonderfully weird in 2019

Jan 12, 2019

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The gaming laptop renaissance is upon us. For the past few years, they've been getting thinner, lighter and more powerful, thanks to NVIDIA's 10-series Max-Q graphics cards. But this year at CES, they got truly weird and wild. Alienware's Area 51m le...

Hupnos sleep mask gets to work the minute you start snoring

Jan 7, 2019

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I have a confession: I am a loud snorer, and that's bad news for my wife. As funny as this may sound, it's a real problem for many couples, to the point where they would end up sleeping in separate rooms. I'll need to start sliming down to tackle my...

HyperX's first standalone microphone is built for game streamers

Jan 7, 2019

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HyperX is taking on the likes of Blue and Razer with its first standalone microphone for the game streaming set. The "Quadcast" is aimed at aspirational streamers and influencers alike, claims the company. It comes complete with an anti-vibration sho...

Garmin adds LTE to its Vivoactive 3 Music watch

Jan 7, 2019

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Garmin has made plenty of smartwatches in recent years, and today the company is introducing its first with LTE. It's an update to the existing, awkwardly-named Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music that can connect to Verizon's LTE network for a variety of feat...

The Morning After: Apple's CES ad and Amazon's Alexa army

Jan 7, 2019

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Welcome to your Monday morning! Engadget is reporting live from the world's biggest tech event, CES. We'll be here delivering all the biggest news from the likes of Google, Samsung, Sony and the rest. Expect liveblogs and three epic days of our live...

Linksys' Max Stream router can be the center of a mesh network

Jan 7, 2019

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It's CES, and that means it's time for Linksys to unveil yet another WiFi router -- but this one could be particularly important if you're tired of dead spots in coverage. Its new Max Stream AC2200 is a typical (if quick) tri-band router with 2.2Gbp...

Belkin's latest Wemo light switches work natively with HomeKit

Jan 7, 2019

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Until now, using one of Belkin's Wemo Light Switches with Apple's HomeKit has meant attaching a bridge. No more: Belkin is introducing new Light Switches that take advantage of Apple's software-based authentication to offer native HomeKit support. In...

IKEA is launching low-cost smart window blinds

Jan 7, 2019

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Almost a year ago, Swedish furniture giant IKEA signalled its intention to make people's homes smarter with the launch of its own intelligent lighting range. TRÅDFRI -- as we now know it -- has grown to include a variety of LED bulbs, motion se...

Byton adds an additional touchscreen to its upcoming SUV

Jan 7, 2019

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Concept cars always undergo changes before they become production vehicles. Maybe the styling is adjusted or a crazy pie-in-the-sky tech feature is removed. Even the yet-to-be-produced wares of automotive startups end up with something being adjusted...

NVIDIA rebrands G-SYNC HDR as 'G-SYNC Ultimate'

Jan 7, 2019

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At its CES 2019 keynote, NVIDIA revealed that it's essentially rebranding G-SYNC HDR displays as G-SYNC Ultimate. It launched the HDR program last year at CES, promising very high standards like G-SYNC variable frame-rate refresh rates at 144 Hz and...

LaCie's chiseled 5TB USB drive aims to make storage stylish

Jan 7, 2019

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LaCie (and its parent Seagate) is still determined to inject some style into the world of external hard drives -- thankfully, with some improved functionality as well. Its 2019 Mobile Drive touts a chiseled-looking "diamond cut" metal design that wo...

Blue's latest microphone gives streamers an XLR option

Jan 7, 2019

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With the rise of livestreaming, easy-to-use audio gear has become a staple among YouTubers, podcasters and more. Blue has been catering to that group for a while now with its line of plug-and-play USB microphones, but at CES 2019 the company has a ne...

NVIDIA certifies a dozen FreeSync monitors as 'G-SYNC compatible'

Jan 7, 2019

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Monitor manufacturers must usually decide whether to use NVIDIA's G-SYNC and AMD's FreeSync, a crucial choice that can divide consumers into camps and drastically affect sales. Now, NVIDIA has brought G-SYNC compatibility certification to a number of...

Over a dozen iPhone apps talked to a known malware server

Jan 7, 2019

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Apple's App Store has generally had fewer security concerns than the Google Play Store, but that hasn't stopped questionable apps from slipping through the cracks. Security researchers from Wandera have discovered 14 games that all communicated with...

Razer adds NVIDIA RTX graphics to its Blade laptop

Jan 7, 2019

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After debuting last fall, NVIDIA's RTX line of graphics cards is making its way to notebooks. And that means pretty much every gaming laptop under the sun -- good, bad and everything between -- is due a refresh. Thankfully, this one's definit...

Samsung takes another stab at gaming laptops with the Odyssey

Jan 7, 2019

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Almost every PC maker has tried their hands at gaming laptops, but what's surprising about Samsung is that it's never quite gotten it right. That might change with its latest Notebook Odyssey, its first machine to support NVIDIA's RTX 2080 graphics....

ASUS ROG Strix II gaming laptops to get NVIDIA RTX graphics

Jan 7, 2019

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ASUS prides itself on making gaming laptops not just for the high-end gamer crowd, but also for those who want something a little more mainstream. The ROG Strix II line is exactly that, and sits somewhere in between beefy desktop replacements and sup...

ASUS' thin Zephyrus gaming notebook gets a 17-inch screen

Jan 7, 2019

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ASUS's thin Zephyrus gaming lineup is getting bigger. Today the company announced a 17-inch version of the Zephyrus S, the GX701. It has the same sharp looks as the 15-inch Zephyrus S ASUS unveiled in the fall, but its larger display should be ev...

Acer's Predator Triton 900 is a $4,000 gaming laptop with a crazy hinge

Jan 7, 2019

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Back at IFA, Acer first showed us the Predator Triton 900, a computer that doesn't look like your average gaming laptop thanks to the company's impressively-engineered but unusual "Ezel Aero Hinge" display design. Acer didn't have much to say about i...

You've never seen a gaming laptop like the ASUS ROG Mothership

Jan 7, 2019

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Last year, gaming laptops got thinner and lighter. This year, they're getting wild. Take the ROG Mothership, it's ostensibly a new 17-inch gaming laptop from ASUS -- but it's actually something much weirder. Hit a button, and a huge kickstand jut...

Alienware's lightest 17-inch notebook ever has NVIDIA's RTX graphics

Jan 7, 2019

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Just a few months after Alienware unveiled its first truly slim notebook, the company is back with a bigger model. The Alienware m17 shares the same refined design as the previous m15 -- slim bezels around the screen, and fewer extraneous case bits t...

NVIDIA's RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to laptops

Jan 7, 2019

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It didn't take NVIDIA long to shrink down its groundbreaking RTX 20-series graphics processors for gaming notebooks. At CES, the company announced that RTX GPUs are coming to 40 upcoming laptops, with availability starting on January 29th. That inclu...

NVIDIA's $349 RTX 2060 GPU is more powerful than a 1070 Ti

Jan 7, 2019

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NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 is here, months after the company unveiled the higher-end RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 graphics cards. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the new GPU during his CES keynote, where he revealed that the card was powering a Battlef...

Toyota unveils finalists in $4 million quest to reinvent wheelchairs

Jan 7, 2019

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Toyota's ongoing bid to modernize wheelchairs has borne some fruit. The automaker has unveiled the five finalists for its $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge after three years of competition, and all of them promise to rethink how people with mo...

'Roma' Golden Globe win is the highlight on a big night for Netflix

Jan 7, 2019

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The 76th annual Golden Globe awards have been going on tonight, and as usual a number of streaming shows are pulling in some notable hardware. Perhaps most notable is Alfonso Cuarón winning best director for Roma, a Netflix-distributed film th...

I want a wireless charging pocket in my next bag

Jan 7, 2019

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Look, it's hard to get excited about a backpack. But, I have to admit, the Targus Mobile ViP+ Backpack is actually pretty damn cool. Most importantly, it's a solid feeling bag with plenty of padding where it's needed most and tons of storage space. B...

Our favorite games of 2018

Dec 31, 2018

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It didn't take long for us to declare 2017 a pretty great year for games, with a spectacular roster that included Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and Assassin's Creed Origins. In our roundup last December we also listed what we wer...

Popsugar’s celebrity look-alike app is leaking users’ photos

Dec 31, 2018

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I can't think of a more fitting way to end 2018 than with another, final data leak. This one is from #Twinning tool, the popular new app from Popsugar that matches your selfie with your top five celebrity look-alikes. Turns out, while you were upload...

Google is testing group calling in Duo

Dec 31, 2018

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Google's upgrade strategy for Duo could include some highly sought-after features. Android Police sources say Google is testing a group calling feature in at least the Android version of its video chat app. It only supports seven people at once (no...

The Morning After: AI got its eyes in 2018

Dec 31, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We took the weekend to work on it and it turns out Netflix's Black Mirror special episode (have you found all of the endings yet?) is not named Baldersnatch, Bumbersloot or Blipblops. We'll see if 2019 brings mo...

Soulja Boy's emulator consoles meet their inevitable end

Dec 31, 2018

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Less than a month after Soulja Boy made an initial foray into the world of handheld and console gaming, and the project has been shut down. In a tweet, the musician and entrepreneur claimed that he had to "boss up," adding that he "didn't have a choi...

Tech-friendly bus startup FlixBus offers riders VR headsets

Dec 31, 2018

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As anyone who has tried using VR in an airplane or crazy self-driving car knows, it can either help you while away the time or make you nauseous. None of that is discouraging the low-cost, high-tech bus service Flixbus, which has started testing virt...

Hubble telescope 'mother' Nancy Grace Roman dies

Dec 31, 2018

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The astronomy world is poorer off today. Nancy Grace Roman, the first chief of astronomy at NASA's Office of Space Science, died on December 25th at 93. She was widely considered the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope, persuading the scientific...

Court tosses lawsuit over Google Photos' facial recognition

Dec 31, 2018

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Google Photos users nervous about facial recognition on the service aren't going to be very happy. A Chicago judge has granted Google a motion dismissing a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by gath...

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

Dec 31, 2018

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It's not just dating and health apps that might be violating your privacy when they send data to Facebook. A Privacy International study has determined that "at least" 20 out of 34 popular Android apps are transmitting sensitive information to Faceb...

Early internet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81

Dec 31, 2018

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The internet has lost one of its early architects. Larry Roberts, best known as the program manager for ARPAnet (the internet's precursor), died on December 26th at the age of 81. While he wasn't as much of a public representative for the internet...

AT&T portable battery will charge both your Apple Watch and iPhone

Dec 30, 2018

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Apple's AirPower charging mat may be a no-show, but that doesn't mean you're out of luck if you want a multi-device charger from a big-name brand. Entries at both the FCC and the Wireless Power Consortium have revealed that AT&T is working on th...

Austria plans its own tax for tech giants like Apple and Google

Dec 30, 2018

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France isn't the only European country moving forward with plans to tax international tech giants. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that it will introduce its own tax on Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies allegedly dodging t...

Amazon will build more Whole Foods stores to expand Prime Now

Dec 30, 2018

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Amazon hasn't been shy about using Whole Foods stores to hawk its own wares, but now it's apparently building stores with that primarily in mind. Wall Street Journal sources have learned that the internet giant aims to build and enlarge Whole Foods l...

Malware stalls delivery of LA Times and other major US newspapers

Dec 30, 2018

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If you still look forward to reading a physical newspaper now and then, you might have been in for a rude surprise this weekend. An unspecified malware strain has attacked Tribune Publishing's network, delaying the release of Saturday editions of at...

NYPD will deploy a drone at Times Square on New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2018

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Security at Times Square tends to be extra-tight on New Year's Eve, but it's now poised to have some robotic support. The NYPD is deploying one of its new camera-toting drones at the event for the first time, giving it an aerial surveillance tool th...

Blizzard hopes to improve the quality of 'Overwatch' esports chats

Dec 30, 2018

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Blizzard isn't just interested in improving the professionalism of its players... it wants to improve the experience for the audience, too. The developer is testing a chat moderation system for its Overwatch Contenders feeder league that will requir...

The best ultrawide monitors

Dec 30, 2018

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By Thorin Klosowski This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full ultrawide monitors guide here....

EU offers bounties to help find security flaws in open source tools

Dec 30, 2018

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The European Union believes it has a simple way to bolster its digital security: offer lots of cold, hard cash. The European Commission is launching bug bounties in January that will offer prizes in return for spotting security flaws in 14 free, open...

China detains scientist who claims to have made gene-edited babies

Dec 30, 2018

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China was quick to halt the work of scientist He Jiankui after he claimed to have created the first genetically edited babies, but that apparently wasn't enough. After weeks of uncertainty surrounding He's whereabouts, the New York Times has learned...

Android's stock texting app now includes anti-spam safeguards

Dec 30, 2018

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Your Android phone's text messages could soon be relatively junk-free without needing help from carriers. Android Police has learned that Google is rolling out spam protection to the Messages app for at least some users. It's not clear just what the...

Twitter security flaw uses text spoofing to hijack UK accounts

Dec 30, 2018

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A Twitter security flaw gives hackers a way to post unauthorized tweets via text messaging, and British cybersecurity firm Insinia has proven its existence by hijacking some celebrities' accounts. The company was able to post tweets as other people w...

Louis Vuitton's pricey smartwatch gets a big upgrade for 2019

Dec 30, 2018

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Louis Vuitton has upgraded its extravagant take on Wear OS with Qualcomm's new chipset for wearables. The new LV Tambour Horizon smartwatch is now powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100, the same chip that Qualcomm worked on for years with help from Goo...

China's first video game approvals in months don't include Tencent

Dec 29, 2018

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A week after China approved its first batch of video games in nine months, the list is finally available... and who's not included may be more notable than who is. The country's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television...

Bangladesh shuts off mobile internet ahead of election

Dec 29, 2018

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The Bangladeshi government isn't just counting on Facebook and Twitter crackdowns to protect its December 30th parliamentary election. The country's Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has shut down 3G and 4G mobile data to "prevent rumors and...

Hackers steal personal data from 997 North Korean defectors

Dec 29, 2018

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Hackers just caused grief for North Korean defectors. South Korea's Unification Ministry has revealed that attackers stole the personal data of 997 defectors, including their names and addresses. The breach came after a staff member at the Hana Fou...

50 years ago, 'Earthrise' inspired the environmental movement

Dec 24, 2018

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The most famous photo ever taken from space, Earthrise, is 50 years old today. It's so iconic that we now take it for granted, but it may have had a greater impact on humanity than any photograph ever taken. Far from being planned, astronaut Bill And...

HQ Trivia's 'Wheel of Fortune' game is now open to everyone

Dec 24, 2018

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It's a sad time for the HQ Trivia team following the loss of co-founder Colin Kroll, but there is some consolation for the company. Intermedia Labs has made its word game, HQ Words, available to all users (currently only confirmed for iOS) following...

Headphone jack fans lost out to fullscreen smartphones in 2018

Dec 24, 2018

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Throughout 2016 and 2017, it was hard to fathom why Apple, Motorola and other smartphone makers were so eager to drop headphone jacks. There weren't any huge leaps in battery life or other features to make it worth losing the most widely suppor...

How Google software won 2018

Dec 24, 2018

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Google is relatively new to the hardware game -- at least compared to rivals Apple and Samsung. Its latest devices have been a mix of hits and misses. The Home Hub and the Pixel phones are excellent, while the Pixelbook has become something of...

Congress approves act that opens US government data to the public

Dec 24, 2018

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Congress has passed a bill that could make it easier for you to access public data released by the government. The House approved the OPEN Government Data Act on Saturday, while all eyes were on the shutdown, as part of a larger bill to support evide...

The best drones for photos and video

Dec 24, 2018

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By Signe Brewster This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full drones guide here. After 45 hour...

Snapchat lenses now officially work on dogs

Dec 24, 2018

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Let's not kid ourselves, you've tried to use Snapchat's lenses on your dog before. Even if you've managed to make it work, Snapchat hasn't technically dog-friendly at the time. After adding lenses for cats last month, Snapchat announced that its came...

Watch Bugatti test the first 3D-printed brake caliper

Dec 24, 2018

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Back at the start of 2018, Bugatti revealed that it was working on the first 3D-printed brake caliper. Now that the year is winding to a close, it's finally ready to show the caliper in action. Bugatti has posted a video (below) of a test that simula...

The Morning After: Makers of 'Fallout 76' apologize with free games

Dec 24, 2018

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Hey, good morning! It's Christmas Eve! As we wind down (just a little) for the holidays, Bethesda is apologizing for the lukewarm Fallout 76 with free games, Amazon Prime Video grabs more talent and the connected inhaler is coming soon.

Huawei ships record 200 million phones in 2018 despite controversies

Dec 24, 2018

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Huawei's 2018 was tumultuous, to put it mildly, but the company has at least a few reasons to brag. The Chinese mobile giant has revealed that it shipped over 200 million smartphones in the year, setting a new record (it 'only' moved 153 million phon...

Chinese draft law would prevent forced technology transfers

Dec 24, 2018

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China might be prepared to further cool the US trade war. Legislators have submitted a draft law that would ban forced technology transfers, one of the objections that prompted the Trump administration to slap tariffs on China in the first place. The...

Uber offers settlement to some drivers over worker status

Dec 24, 2018

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Uber drivers may in the US are out of luck pursuing class action lawsuits that would force the company to treat them as employees. They might, however, get something for their trouble -- with some caveats. TechCrunch has learned that Uber has offer...

Facebook axed political discussion feature over fear of bias allegations

Dec 24, 2018

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Facebook's wariness of appearing biased against conservatives may have ironically cost it an attempt to remove that bias. Wall Street Journal sources say the social network dropped "Common Ground," an initiative that encouraged more peaceful interac...

UK police release two people arrested over Gatwick airport drones

Dec 24, 2018

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So much for law enforcement coming any closer to pinpointing the culprits behind the drone flights around Gatwick Airport. Sussex Police have released the man and woman arrested on December 21st after determining that they're "no longer suspects" beh...

Tesla will ensure you get the full tax credit if it misses delivery

Dec 24, 2018

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Even those who don't receive their Teslas before the year ends can still take advantage of the $7,500 federal tax incentive in full. That tax credit will still be halved when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. However, company chief Elon M...

California issues its first approval for an autonomous ride service

Dec 23, 2018

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Which company did you think would be most likely to offer an autonomous ride service in California? A heavyweight like Waymo or Uber? No -- it's an up-and-comer. The state's Public Utilities Commission has revealed that self-driving car startup Zoox...

'Luke Cage' showrunner jumps ship for Amazon

Dec 23, 2018

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Netflix's decision to scrap Luke Cage (among other Marvel shows) might have an upside for its rivals -- Amazon has struck a deal with the superhero production's showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker. He'll develop and produce content for Prime Video under h...

The best wired fast chargers

Dec 23, 2018

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By Nick Guy and Sarah Witman This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full wired fast charger gui...

SpaceX completes its first US national security mission

Dec 23, 2018

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SpaceX managed to squeak in one more milestone before the end of 2018. The private spaceflight company successfully launched its first-ever US national security mission, carrying the US Air Force's equally new GPS III satellite into orbit. The effort...

The year in strange tech stories

Dec 23, 2018

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"Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral," said the historian Melvin Kranzberg. What technology often is, however, is weird. As we watch tech pervade society and alter our basic ways of living, let's also not forget the plethora of biz...

Tesla's mobile app can remotely heat your seats

Dec 23, 2018

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Tesla has rolled out an update for its mobile app that can ensure you're sliding into a warm and toasty car in this wintry weather. You can now use the app to remotely activate your electric vehicle's heated seats -- you only need to tap on that part...

'Dragon Quest XI' is coming to Switch, at least in Japan

Dec 23, 2018

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You won't have to dig out your 3DS if you want to play Dragon Quest XI on a Nintendo console. Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI S will reach the Switch sometime in 2019. The release has only been confirmed for Japan so far, although th...

FDA approves app-connected digital inhaler

Dec 23, 2018

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The FDA has given the ProAir Digihaler, a digital and mobile-connected inhaler that comes with built-in sensors, its sweet approval. Those sensors can detect whenever the device is used and even measure the strength of the user's inhalation. More imp...

Microsoft's first webcams in years might include Xbox One support

Dec 23, 2018

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Microsoft hasn't been in the webcam game for a long time, but it might come roaring back -- and with some thoroughly modern hardware, to boot. Sources talking to Paul Thurrott (well-known for his Microsoft connections) claim Microsoft wants to return...

Bethesda says sorry to 'Fallout 76' players with free games

Dec 23, 2018

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Bethesda is continuing its apology tour of sorts for Fallout 76's rough state on launch, and this time you don't need to have spent a lot to receive compensation. The developer is promising a free copy of Fallout Classics Collection (1, 2 and Tactic...

'Kingdom Hearts 3' leaks six weeks early

Dec 17, 2018

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It's not unheard of for games to reach players days before launch thanks to supply chain leaks, pirates or overeager retailers. Square Enix, however, is dealing with something considerably worse. The developer's Tetsyuo Nomura has confirmed that copi...

T-Mobile's eSIM support for new iPhones is limited to prepaid lines

Dec 17, 2018

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Now that AT&T and Verizon have switched on their support for eSIMs in iPhones, it's T-Mobile's turn. The magenta network has released an eSIM app that adds a line to your iPhone XR, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max without making you insert a little c...

NAACP encourages people to #LogOutFacebook after Senate report

Dec 17, 2018

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has returned a donation to Facebook and encouraged its partners and supporters to log out of the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp for one week in the wake of a Senate report on Russ...

Alfonso Ribiero sues Epic for using the Carlton dance in 'Fortnite'

Dec 17, 2018

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It's no secret that Epic has patterned many of Fortnite's dance emotes on real-world moves, but that's increasingly landing the game studio in hot water. Mere weeks after rapper 2 Milly sued Epic (and 2K) for allegedly duping the Milly Rock, Alfonso...

Hackers hit The Wall Street Journal in support of PewDiePie

Dec 17, 2018

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Hackers targeted The Wall Street Journal earlier today, posting a fake apology in support of PewDiePie. In a sponsored post, the hackers published a note that said the publication wanted to apologize to the YouTuber and "due to misrepresentation" b...

Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now arrive on Oculus Go

Dec 17, 2018

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Back in June, Oculus launched Oculus TV, a way for you to watch shows and movies from a string of partners on a virtual 180-inch display. Now, Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now are joining the fray, so you'll have more ways to watch live TV, sports and movi...

Facebook's 'Clear History' tool won't arrive until spring 2019

Dec 17, 2018

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When Facebook introduced its Clear History feature in May, it expected to offer the privacy-oriented controls in the space of a few months. Well... it's going to take decidedly longer than that. The company's David Baser told Recode in an interview t...

Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ prequel casts Mark Hamill, Natalie Dormer

Dec 17, 2018

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Last year, Netflix and The Jim Henson Company announced that a series based on Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal was in the works, and now Netflix has revealed the series' impressive voice cast. Called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the s...

Google Assistant will warn you when it predicts flight delays

Dec 17, 2018

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Google has predicted flight delays for a while, but only if you've searched for a flight yourself. Wouldn't it be better if it warned you before you packed your bags? It will soon. In addition to bringing delay predictions to Assistant, Google is...

2018: The Winners and Losers

Dec 17, 2018

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You'll see a lot of "best of" lists around this time of year. But "best" is a limited word. What if the ideas and people that dominated weren't, in fact, very good? Conversely, what happens when the products or concepts that showed the most promise d...

Apple hires former Tesla and Microsoft senior designer

Dec 17, 2018

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Apple has hired Andrew Kim, formerly of Tesla and Microsoft, to bolster its design team. Kim captured the attention of many in 2011 with a custom iOS device stand and again in 2012 when, as a fan, he shared his vision for an overhaul of Microsoft's b...

The worst gadgets of 2018

Dec 17, 2018

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We've had the winners. Now that this dumpster fire of a year is finally coming to a close, it's time to look back on the disasters (real, political and humanitarian) we've survived and heave a sigh of relief. We made it, guys. But not everything came...

The best gadgets of 2018

Dec 17, 2018

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It's difficult to think of 2018 as a year with anything worth celebrating. But despite all the bad news the year dealt us, there were successes -- if you know where to look. In all corners of tech, we saw wins big and small. There were advances in ob...

Fitbit's updated smartwatch OS provides more fitness info at a glance

Dec 17, 2018

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You clearly buy a Fitbit smartwatch for its fitness tracking, and the company wants to be sure you wring the most out of that tentpole feature. It just released a Fitbit OS 3.0 update for the Ionic and Versa that provides both more fitness info and...

The Bloodhound supersonic car project is back in action

Dec 17, 2018

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Earlier this month, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, as it had failed to acquire the roughly £25 million (approximately $32 million) it needed to keep going. The team was said to be working o...

Google puts $1 billion towards new NYC campus

Dec 17, 2018

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Google announced today that it's investing more than $1 billion in New York City in order to establish a new campus. The move would create a 1.7 million square-foot campus and, over the next decade, double the number of employees the company has in t...

Huawei's Nova 4 suggests 2019 is the year of the hole-punch display

Dec 17, 2018

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In the wake of Samsung's A8s, Huawei is the latest smartphone maker to announce an all-screen handset with a circular cutout for the camera. Looking beyond the divisive notch, the design feature is all about maximizing display real estate. And Huawei...

Speculative gadgets at the Future Interfaces Group

Dec 17, 2018

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To try to get a glimpse of the everyday devices we could be using a decade from now, there are worse places to look than inside the Future Interfaces Group (FIG) lab at Carnegie Mellon University. During a recent visit to Pittsburgh by Engadge...

Lenovo's new ThinkPads are its first with Intel's 8th-gen processors

Dec 17, 2018

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Lenovo is updating its ThinkPad L-series lineup with two fresh laptops that won't break the bank for business users. The new entrants include the traditional notebook-style L390 and the flexible Yoga L390, which (as usual) has a hinge that lets you t...

Facebook Messenger's camera fakes portrait mode photos

Dec 17, 2018

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Facebook Messenger's camera just caught up to Instagram's in a few key areas, and then some. To start, you can snap software-based portrait mode photos -- if you don't have a dual-camera phone (or one with clever AI photography), you can still get th...

LG's 32-inch QHD monitor packs AMD FreeSync for around $300

Dec 17, 2018

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LG is leading the charge with big, cheap gaming displays, having recently unveiled a 32-inch 4K model for less than $500. If you're willing to settle for QHD resolution, you can do even better with another new 32-inch model, the 32QK500-W. It packs A...

Hyundai will sell a car that can be unlocked with a fingerprint

Dec 17, 2018

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Hyundai has unveiled a new car system that lets drivers unlock and start a vehicle using their fingerprints. The tech is built in to the door handle and ignition button of the new 2019 Santa Fe SUV, showcased at an auto show in China last week.

The Morning After: Amazon's Alexa adds security to its resume

Dec 17, 2018

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Good morning! As we feel our way through the haze that is a combination of corporate party and holiday-season prep, Monday kicks off with stories on Alexa's new security talents, a car coming in 2021 that we already drove, and expect Year In Review r...

VW's I.D. EV will deliver a 300 mile range for the price of a Golf

Dec 17, 2018

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Volkswagen's Jürgen Stackmann has revealed a few key details about its mass-market I.D. electric car, including the range and how you'll buy one. It'll have a 550 km range by Europe's new WLTP method (345 miles), which equates to around 290 mile...

Amazon declares war on loss-making 'CRaP'

Dec 17, 2018

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In its quest to cut costs and maximize profits, Amazon is reportedly looking to eliminate product quantities that it can't make money on. These goods, codenamed CRaP, are offerings that Amazon "Can't Realize a Profit" on, once you factor in shipping...

YouTube bans the founder of far-right group the Proud Boys

Dec 10, 2018

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The Proud Boys have lost another online platform, though this time it's not for the far-right group's hate speech and support for violence. YouTube has terminated Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes' account following "multiple third-party claims" of c...

Amazon adds location-specific reminders and routines to Alexa

Dec 10, 2018

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Alexa isn't just for at home anymore. Thanks to an update from Amazon, Alexa devices can perform time- and location-based routines and reminders, triggered at a given time or when you enter for leave a specific area. The update, which includes some f...

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft already found water on its target asteroid

Dec 10, 2018

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It didn't take long for NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to glean valuable insights from the asteroid Bennu. The vessel has helped scientists discover water trapped inside Bennu's clays thanks to its two spectrometers, which spotted the hydroxyls (bonded...

More people get their news from social media than newspapers

Dec 10, 2018

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For the first time since the Pew Research Center began tracking how adults in the US get their news, social media has edged out print newspapers. In a survey conducted earlier this year, 20 percent of adults said they often get news via social media...

Lotus' first electric car might be a 1,000HP monster

Dec 10, 2018

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Lotus won't be the first British car manufacturer to go electric, but it might make waves when it does. Autocar sources claim Lotus' first EV will be a 1,000BHP (about 1,013HP) hypercar costing about £2 million, or roughly $2.5 million. It'd...

Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

Dec 10, 2018

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It's notoriously difficult for streaming music services to get a foothold in Japan -- this is a country where CDs still reign (72 percent of music revenue was for physical media in 2017). All the same, Sony and Rhapsody are giving it a shot. They'r...

Instagram adds walkie-talkie voice messages

Dec 10, 2018

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You no longer have to strike up a live conversation if you want voice chats on Instagram -- the social network has launched walkie-talkie style voice messaging feature for direct messages. If you want to speak your mind, you only have to hold down a...

'Monster Hunter World: Icebourne' expansion arrives fall 2019

Dec 10, 2018

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There's about to be a whole lot more to explore in Monster Hunter: World. Capcom announced today that a new expansion called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be making its way to consoles in fall 2019. The massive update will include new locales,...

Another Google+ data bug exposes info for 52.5 million users

Dec 10, 2018

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Google's semi-defunct social media platform Google+ has suffered its second data breach in three months and, as a result, will be completely shuttered in April, four months earlier than previously planned.

GoPro will make 'most' of its US cameras outside of China

Dec 10, 2018

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China and the US may have declared a tariff truce (however tentative), but GoPro isn't taking any chances. It's moving "most" of its US-bound action camera production out of China by summer 2019 to reduce the effect of any potential tariff increases...

8BitDo adapter adds wireless controller support to PlayStation Classic

Dec 10, 2018

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The PlayStation Classic, Sony's retro console that includes 20 PS1 games, arrived last week, and for those of us who prefer to play a little further away from the TV than wired controllers allow, a solution is on the way. Later this month, 8BitDo is...

The best books, movies and graphic novels to give as gifts

Dec 10, 2018

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It's cold outside! Which makes the holidays the ideal time to give the gift of indoor entertainment. We've curated a breadth of books, movies and music in our holiday gift guide to curl up to, all of them staff favorites. On the list you'll find some...

John Romero gifts 'Doom' 18 new levels for its 25th birthday

Dec 10, 2018

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Ready to feel ancient? The original Doom is 25 years old -- and co-creator John Romero wants to make sure you know it. He's preparing an add-on for the 1993 game, Sigil, that serves as a "spiritual successor" to the classic shooter's fourth episode (...

Google Maps for iPhone now includes personalized recommendations

Dec 10, 2018

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Earlier this year, Google redesigned Maps to add a bunch of features, including personalized suggestions based on your tastes and interests. Now, that feature will be more broadly available as Google is bringing the For You tab to iOS in more than 40...

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space

Dec 10, 2018

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has exited the heliosphere -- the plasma bubble created by the sun that encompasses most of our solar system -- and entered interstellar space, making it the second human-made object to do so. Voyager 1 hit this milestone...

China grants Qualcomm a ban on some iPhone sales, Apple files appeal

Dec 10, 2018

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A Chinese court granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple that halts sales and imports of most iPhone models in the country. The court ruled that several devices, including iPhone X, violated two Qualcomm patents related to resizing photos and man...

Microsoft's new Edge browser will support Chrome extensions

Dec 10, 2018

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Microsoft's upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser will support Chrome's vast collection of extensions. The software's project manager, Kyle Alden, revealed the answer to the question on everyone's lips on the Windows 10 subreddit, reports Thurrotts. "...

50 years ago, 'the mother of all demos' foretold our tech future

Dec 10, 2018

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Innovation usually happens in slow, measured steps over many years, but a demo in 1968 transformed the world of personal computers in just 90 minutes. In a presentation dubbed "the mother of all demos," Douglas Engelbart showed off technology t...

Samsung to develop real products with a fake Supreme

Dec 10, 2018

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The Chinese launch event for Samsung's Galaxy A8s had a little surprise for fashion-conscious locals, as the company announced that it was partnering with Supreme. Samsung China's Feng En even invited executives from the popular fashion brand on stag...

Elon Musk says the SEC can't stop him from tweeting what he wants

Dec 10, 2018

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Elon Musk says nobody censors his Twitter in the wake of his settlement with the SEC. As part of that deal over the securities fraud charge for his tweets about taking Tesla private, the entrepreneur agreed to step down as chairman and establish "add...

The Morning After: Notch alternatives are getting interesting

Dec 10, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Netflix kept the pressure on this weekend with some new trailers -- don't miss the Stranger Things season three episode titles -- and the all-screen phone trend could go in a couple of new directions with Honor...

Engadget UK giveaway: Win a smart heating system courtesy of Tado

Dec 10, 2018

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There's something ever so satisfying about milling around in your PJs at home when you need to wrap up like a mummy to set foot outside. But making repeated trips to the thermostat and fiddling around with the timer isn't quite so enjoyable. This wee...

Netflix's star-studded 'Triple Frontier' arrives in March 2019

Dec 10, 2018

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Netflix has unveiled a trailer and release date for Triple Frontier, a new cartel thriller with an impressive cast. Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Son's of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, the film follows a team of ex-US Special Forces...

Honor View 20 will also feature a punch-hole all-screen design

Dec 10, 2018

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With Huawei and Samsung already prepping all-screen smartphones with a circular front camera cutout, other companies are bound to join this notch-free party. The latest brand to tease a "hole-screen" device is none other than Huawei's awkwardly linke...

Essential buys the company behind Newton Mail

Dec 10, 2018

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The Newton Mail subscription service might be dead, but its owner just found an unusual lifeline. Essential has acquired Newton developer CloudMagic for an unspecified amount. The phone maker didn't say just what it would do with its new purchase,...

Pixel 3 update addresses multitasking woes

Dec 3, 2018

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Google's initial Pixel 3 software had multiple rough spots, but one of the most common complaints has centered on memory management -- users have seen their phones close apps when doing something as simple as taking a picture. That might be less of...

Pager service in Japan is finally coming to an end

Dec 3, 2018

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After nearly five decades, Japan is finally ending pagers for good. The last service provider in the country, Tokyo Telemessage, announced that it will terminate its service in September 2019, according to SoraNews24. The company said about 1,500 peo...

Astronauts aboard Soyuz spacecraft arrive safely at the ISS

Dec 3, 2018

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The three crew members aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft have safely arrived at the International Space Station after launching from Kazakhstan earlier today. Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko o...

Google's AR Pocket Gallery turns your phone into an art museum

Dec 3, 2018

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You can certainly view paintings on your phone, but you can't truly recreate the feeling of seeing a masterpiece in museum. Google thinks it can get close, though. The search giant has introduced a Pocket Gallery feature to its Arts & Culture app...

Apple Music will finally support Android tablets

Dec 3, 2018

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There probably isn't a huge cross section of people who both subscribe to Apple Music and use Android tablets, but Apple has your back if you're part of that group. Listeners have learned that the latest beta of Apple Music for Android now includes...

Arlo's new security camera has a 4K sensor and built-in spotlight

Dec 3, 2018

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As if you needed more choices to think about when picking out a security camera, Arlo has a new option for you: the Arlo Ultra. The wireless camera features a 4K Ultra HD resolution sensor with high dynamic range (HDR) and comes with a built-in spotl...

'MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries' arrives on September 10th, 2019

Dec 3, 2018

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries finally has a release date. The fifth major installment in the series will be released on September 10th, 2019. Developer Piranha Games made the release date official at MechCon 2018 and celebrated the announcement with a n...

Apple Music will reveal key Grammy nominations on December 7th

Dec 3, 2018

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Apple's involvement in the Grammys dates back more than a decade. This year, however, its connection will be more conspicuous. The Recording Academy has revealed that Apple Music will stream Grammy nominations in "select categories" (read: the bett...

Uber hires an NHTSA veteran to bolster its self-driving car plans

Dec 3, 2018

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Uber has hired a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official to join its autonomous vehicle team, Reuters reports. Nat Beuse will be joining the company after serving as the NHTSA's associate administrator of vehicle safety...

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

Dec 3, 2018

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Tumblr has announced that it will no longer allow adult content beginning December 17th. The site, which is owned by Engadget's parent company, says that content includes "photos, videos or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting...

Overwatch League lands major merchandise deal with Fanatics

Dec 3, 2018

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Blizzard's Overwatch League is teaming up with Fanatics for a multi-year merchandise deal that should pull eSports apparel a little closer to the mainstream. It marks the first eSports partnership for Fanatics, which handles merch and e-commerce stor...

The best gifts for PC gamers

Dec 3, 2018

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For many, PCs are the ultimate way to play games, so we've got plenty of picks to help your loved ones get started or improve their setups in our holiday gift guide. If they're starting from scratch, they'll need a gaming machine. Gigabyte's Aero 15X...

'Friends' won't be there for you on Netflix after 2018 (update)

Dec 3, 2018

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Friends has felt like a staple on Netflix for years, but you won't get to take it for granted for much longer. Visit the show's page in the US and you'll notice that the classic sitcom is listed as being available until January 1st, 2019. In other wo...

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has arrived at the asteroid Bennu

Dec 3, 2018

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has officially arrived at the asteroid Bennu after a more than two-year-long journey. The spacecraft rendezvoused with its target around noon EST, and NASA confirmed the arrival a few minutes thereafter during a live even...

Anyone can use NVIDIA's physics simulation engine

Dec 3, 2018

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NVIDIA isn't just showing off its Titan RTX GPU and some clever AI demos -- it also has big news for anyone interested in more realistic computer physics. The company is releasing its hardware-accelerated PhysX simulation engine as an open source pr...

Vinyl record production has finally joined the modern age

Dec 3, 2018

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When you think of manufacturing in the US, vinyl records probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind, but the industry has been chugging along as best it can. For decades, pressing plants have been using aging machines that require a complex...

Verizon and Samsung will release a 5G phone early next year

Dec 3, 2018

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As providers build out their 5G networks, we'll need devices that can fully take advantage of the upgraded connectivity. As such, Samsung and Verizon are teaming up to release a 5G phone in the US in the first half of next year.

Dutch court rejects man’s attempt to change legal age for Tinder

Dec 3, 2018

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Last month, Emile Ratelband, a motivational speaker from the Netherlands, asked a Dutch court for a legal age change. His argument was that while he was technically 69 years old, he felt 20 years younger, and that age difference was hurting him both...

What we're gifting this month: OLED TVs, a Google Home for the parents

Dec 3, 2018

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Rather than explain what we regret buying in those Black Friday sales, we're taking a forward-thinking approach to the holiday season, and the gifts we're looking to give or receive. Chris Schodt might take the OLED TV dive, while Cherlynn Low is try...

NVIDIA officially unveils its flagship Titan RTX GPU

Dec 3, 2018

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Shortly after teasing it, NVIDIA has officially unveiled the its top-end GPU, the Titan RTX. As expected, it has 72 Turing RT and 4,608 CUDA cores, up from 68 and 4,352, respectively, over the RTX 2080 Ti. However, this isn't so much a consumer...

Microsoft brings live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint

Dec 3, 2018

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Microsoft is rolling out a new accessibility feature for PowerPoint, one that stands to help speakers ensure their presentations are understood by their entire audience. The company notes that in cases where audience members are hard of hearing or sp...

'PUBG Mobile' is getting a 'Resident Evil 2' crossover

Dec 3, 2018

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PUBG Mobile is gearing up for another high-profile crossover just months after its Mission Impossible: Fallout event. This time it's trading in the secret agent thrills for bucketloads of gore courtesy of a Resident Evil 2 mash-up. The news was tease...

NVIDIA's new AI turns videos of the real world into virtual landscapes

Dec 3, 2018

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Attendees of this year's NeurIPS AI conference in Montreal can spend a few moments driving through a virtual city, courtesy of NVIDIA. While that normally wouldn't be much to get worked up over, the simulation is fascinating because of what made it p...

Google Maps update ensures Assistant stays out of the way

Dec 3, 2018

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Google recently launched a slew of updates for Assistant, and now it's making its AI helper smarter and more discrete for Maps. Reddit user raddacle noticed that Assistant on maps now takes up very little space when it pops up, and keeps navigation o...

The Morning After: Apple's next AirPods

Dec 3, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome back! We're kicking off a new week with a review of the second-generation Mighty player for Spotify, plus news for Disney's streaming Star Wars series and some curious hints about NVIDIA's next major gra...

Volvo's self-driving trucks will haul limestone from a mine

Nov 26, 2018

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Sometimes, it's the least glamorous uses of self-driving tech that can be the most important. Volvo has struck a deal that will have six of its autonomous trucks carrying limestone from a Brønnøy Kalk mine in Norway to a port roughly 3...

Elon Musk says there's a '70 percent' chance he'll move to Mars

Nov 26, 2018

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Elon Musk has talked about personally heading to Mars before, but how likely is he to make the trip, really? Well, he just put a number on it. In an interview for the Axios on HBO documentary series, Musk said there was a "70 percent" chance he'll go...

Someone may have hacked Drake's 'Fortnite' account

Nov 26, 2018

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Drake is a fairly knowledgeable Fortnite player, but he might have a thing or two to learn about online security. While famed game streamer Ninja was running a charity event on November 23rd, a "Duddus647" account joined his Fortnite game, possibly u...

Mobile internet is faster than WiFi in 33 countries

Nov 26, 2018

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It's tempting to assume that a good WiFi hotspot will outpace modern cellular data, but that's not necessarily true -- in some countries, WiFi might be more of a pain. OpenSignal has conducted a study showing that mobile data is faster on average th...

Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET

Nov 26, 2018

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After a months-long journey, NASA's InSight lander is poised to touch down on Mars -- and you'd better believe NASA is offering plenty of ways to tune in. It's delivering live coverage of the landing on November 26th starting at 2PM Eastern (the actu...

Google settles with contractor over alleged racial discrimination

Nov 25, 2018

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As much as Google talks about being inclusive of other cultures, it might have some more work to do. The Guardian has learned that Google recently settled a racial discrimination claim from a British contractor who collected shopping mall WiFi data f...

Ohio is the first state to accept bitcoin for paying business taxes

Nov 25, 2018

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There's a lot of legal uncertainty in the US surrounding cryptocurrency, but Ohio is pressing forward. As of this week, it'll be the first state to accept bitcoin for paying tax bills. The Wall Street Journal notes this will be limited to businesses...

Orbiter flaw may have ruled out some signs of water on Mars

Nov 25, 2018

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You might not want to get too excited about the prospects of finding water on Mars. A recently published study has determined that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's approach to handling water data is flawed, potentially invalidating some earlier dis...

The best Christmas lights

Nov 25, 2018

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By Doug Mahoney This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full Christmas lights guide here. After...

The 'Proving Grounds’ track gives every car a chance to be a winner

Nov 25, 2018

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The Nurburgring track is the de facto bar for testing cars. Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Ferraris all fly around the asphalt altar and post impressive numbers. It's built for insanely fast cars, and your average sedan, minivan, truck, or SUV isn't inv...

After Math: To all the turkeys I loved before

Nov 25, 2018

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The holiday season has officially kicked into high gear, which means it's time to gather around the hearth, count your blessings and quietly roll your eyes as uncle Jerry launches once again into why smoke wouldn't rise straight up if the Earth weren...

How to find the best laptop bag

Nov 25, 2018

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As with any tech accessory, when it comes to laptop bags, one is largely spoiled for choice: From colored Cordura backpacks and canvas messengers to leather briefcases, there is a plethora of options when it comes to style, size and features. Try to...

Netflix and Warner Bros. settle with Satanists over 'Sabrina' statue

Nov 25, 2018

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If you guessed that Netflix and Warner Bros. would rather not entangle themselves in a $150 million lawsuit from the Satanic Temple over a statue... you guessed correctly. The companies have settled with the Temple over claims the goat-headed statue...

Turner had to stream Woods-Mickelson golf event for free due to glitch

Nov 25, 2018

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Online pay-per-view events are increasingly common, but it's clear they still have some technical hurdles to clear. Turner's Bleacher Report was forced to offer a free stream for a much-hyped one-on-one golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickels...

Over a third of online Black Friday purchases came from phones

Nov 25, 2018

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If you spent Black Friday hunting for deals on your smartphone, you're not the only one. Adobe analysts have determined that just over a third (33.5 percent) of online Black Friday sales were completed on smartphones -- a large uptick from 29.1 perc...

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents

Nov 25, 2018

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The UK Parliament is determined to get to the bottom of Facebook's data privacy practices, whether or not Mark Zuckerberg is willing to testify. Digital Culture, Media and Sport committee (DCMS) chairman Damian Collins used an uncommon process to fo...

Logitech may be close to buying Plantronics (updated)

Nov 25, 2018

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Logitech isn't done trying to rule the personal audio world just because it has Astro, Jaybird and Ultimate Ears under its belt. Reuters sources have claimed that the peripheral maker is in talks to buy Plantronics, best known for its Bluetooth audio...

Facebook will send policy VP to testify in UK instead of Zuckerberg

Nov 24, 2018

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Facebook might have turned down the UK parliament's request for Mark Zuckerberg to testify, but it will be sending someone in his place. The government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee has confirmed that Facebook will send policy...

Luxury resort bans gadgets at swimming pool to create guest 'haven'

Nov 24, 2018

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Look, as great as it is to have all these fancy laptops and smartphones around us, sometimes we can become too attached to them. And when you're on vacation, you just have to find a way to break free from technology. That's why a luxury resort in Bal...

Superconducting tape could lead to lower-cost wind power

Nov 24, 2018

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Wind power is limited in part by how expensive it can be to make each turbine. You may need roughly a ton of rare earth metals per machine... and that adds up. It could soon be much less expensive, however. The EU-backed EcoSwing project recently...

New York spurs EV sales with fast chargers and lower power rates

Nov 24, 2018

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Federal electric car tax credits might disappear (if just due to strong sales), but that isn't preventing individual states from stepping up. New York has unveiled a string of programs that it hopes will incentivize EV purchases in the state. In ad...

Samsung reaches final settlement with cancer-stricken employees

Nov 24, 2018

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After 11 years of controversy, Samsung has apologized for creating an unsafe work environment that resulted in a number of former employees contracting leukemia and other cancers, according to the Associated Press. The company has vowed to compensate...

Airstream’s Nest is a cozy, futuristic trailer

Nov 24, 2018

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Even if you've never thought about splurging on a travel trailer, you've probably lusted after an Airstream. The aluminum homes away from home glisten as they are towed down highways and backroads, and you can't help yourself. You want one.

Ask Engadget: Should I buy a retro gaming console?

Nov 24, 2018

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The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac...

The Morning After: A $3 billion walk

Nov 24, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your holiday weekend. While some of us recover from binge eating and shopping, we'll look at back at highlight stories from the week, as well some you may have missed on Black Friday.

Microsoft opens the door to native ARM apps on Windows 10

Nov 18, 2018

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ARM-based Windows 10 devices have improved in performance, but the software is another story -- without official tools to write native 64-bit ARM apps, it's been difficult to help these machines reach their potential. That shouldn't be an issue afte...

First 'State of Decay 2' content update adds stealthy crossbows

Nov 18, 2018

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If you thought State of Decay 2 was getting a bit stale even with a little DLC, relief is at hand. Undead Labs has released its expected free Zedhunter update, and it promises some significant changes to the gameplay in addition to extra missions --...

Alexa can wake up more of your smart home devices

Nov 18, 2018

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You can certainly use Amazon's Alexa to turn on some devices, but that support is frequently limited. What if a device is in a low-power state and won't respond to your hue and cry? Amazon now has a solution. It recently added a "wake-on-LAN" contr...

NASA bids Kepler 'goodnight' with last set of commands

Nov 18, 2018

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The Kepler Space Telescope has officially gone to sleep for good. On November 15th, the death anniversary of its namesake German astronomer Johannes Kepler, its ground team sent it a series of "goodnight" commands. They were meant to disable the tele...

Google may add public comments for searches

Nov 18, 2018

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Google+ is shutting down in the wake of a data privacy flaw, but that doesn't mean Google is now uninterested in social features. The 9to5Google crew has discovered what appears to be in-testing support for comments on search results. The feature w...

Tumblr for iOS disappears from the App Store

Nov 17, 2018

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You won't want to rush to get Tumblr's iOS app at the moment... because you can't. Users have noticed that the social network (part of Engadget's parent company Verizon) has been unavailable on the App Store. It's not certain what prompted the disapp...

SpaceX drops plans to make Falcon 9 rockets more reusable

Nov 17, 2018

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For a while, SpaceX has dreamed of making its Falcon 9 rocket as reusable as possible, and not just the first stage. Now, though, it's having a change of heart. SpaceX has scrapped plans to make the rocket's second stage reusable. Instead, Elon Mu...

'Devil May Cry' series coming from the producer of 'Castlevania'

Nov 17, 2018

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After Adi Shankar chalked up a hit with his animated Castlevania series on Netflix, what's he going to do next? Why, adapt another classic, darkly-themed video game franchise, of course. Shankar told IGN in an interview that he's developing an animat...

YouTube quietly offers free, ad-supported movies

Nov 17, 2018

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YouTube is borrowing a page from Vudu's playbook, in a manner of speaking. AdAge has confirmed that the Google video service quietly started adding free, ad-supported movies to its "Movies & Shows" section in October. The roughly 100-title collec...

Ask Engadget: Is it OK to buy a tech toy for someone else's kid?

Nov 17, 2018

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The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac...

The best external hard drives

Nov 17, 2018

Description:

By Justin Krajeski This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full external hard drives guide here....

The Morning After: We took push notifications to the limit

Nov 17, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We've looked directly into the push notification abyss and come out the other side, while scientists made important decisions about the kilogram. Of course, we're also tracking all kinds...

Criterion will launch its own classic film streaming service in 2019

Nov 17, 2018

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Criterion won't kill its streaming channel after FilmStruck shuts down on November 29th -- in fact, it'll live on as an independent service slated for launch in spring 2019. The video distribution company started looking for a new home as soon as War...

Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some users' passwords

Nov 17, 2018

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According to The Information, Instagram has suffered a serious security leak of its own that could've exposed user's passwords. While Facebook recently had a much more serious problem linked to its "View As" tool that was being actively exploited by....

Boring Company breaks through to the end of its first test tunnel

Nov 17, 2018

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We're about a month away from the planned opening of The Boring Company's Test Tunnel in LA, and it appears progress is moving along. Elon Musk tweeted this brief video of a digging machine breaking through, and although he wasn't specific about the...

Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users too

Nov 17, 2018

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Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they're not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users in the US can get three months for $0.99 as long as they haven't used a 30-day trial befo...

Verizon to introduce next-generation RCS texting in 2019

Nov 17, 2018

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RCS support has been slow to roll out, but another major US carrier will soon jump on board. Verizon announced at an event that the company would support the messaging system in "early 2019," joining Sprint, US Cellular and the limited support curren...

Microsoft briefly tested ads in the Windows 10 mail app

Nov 16, 2018

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It's bad enough when your email inbox gets inundated with subscriptions and promotions you forgot you ever signed up for, but now Microsoft is thinking about injecting advertisements right into your inbox. According to Windows news site Aggiornamenti...

Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

Nov 16, 2018

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In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels in tears. The idea being that diabetics would have an easier, less invasive way of keeping track of their glucose l...

Microsoft’s new experimental app is all about imitating emojis

Nov 16, 2018

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Microsoft has released a new app that aims to demonstrate how its Windows Machine Learning APIs can be used to build apps and "make machine learning fun and approachable." Emoji8 is a UWP app that uses machine learning to determine how well you can i...

Google releases gorgeous VR short film 'Age of Sail'

Nov 16, 2018

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Google Spotlight Stories has released its latest short, Age of Sail. Directed by Academy Award winner John Kahrs (Disney's Paperman short), it blends beautiful animation with the story of an old, lonely sailor, played by Ian McShane, who is adrift in...

More companies are chipping their workers like pets

Nov 16, 2018

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The trend of blundering into the void of adopting new tech, damn the consequences, full speed ahead, continues this week. The Telegraph tells us about "a number of UK legal and financial firms" are in talks with a chip company to implant their employ...

Senate bill takes aim at illegal robocalls

Nov 16, 2018

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Three senators have proposed new legislation aimed at deterring robocall scams. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Protection, or TRACED, Act would give the FCC broader authority to penalize those that violate telemarketing restrictions, give the...

Scoot will add locks to its scooters to combat theft and vandalism

Nov 16, 2018

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In August, San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency awarded two companies, Scoot and Skip, permits to operate their scooters in the city. The scooter pilot program has now been running for a month and Scoot says it has learned a few things dur...

Verizon app puts four extra numbers on one phone

Nov 16, 2018

Description:

Multi-SIM phones are all fine and dandy, but they have their limits: you rarely get more than two lines, and they may be overkill if you just want a new set of digits rather than a wholly separate connection. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) thin...

Giphy’s film festival turns GIFs into art

Nov 10, 2018

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As I made my way into the Metrograph movie theater in New York City, I felt like I was attending a screening for the Tribeca Film Festival. There was a red carpet, people posing for professional photographers, an official film guide and, of course, d...

ASUS ZenBook S review: Just a decent laptop

Nov 10, 2018

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ASUS has cranked out so many laptop variations over the years that it's a little hard to be surprised by a new traditional clamshell notebook. But the ZenBook S represents an intriguing combination of portability, power and design. It's extremely...

The Morning After: MacBook Air and iPad Pro reviews

Nov 10, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend. Microsoft's big Xbox event is scheduled to kick off at 4 PM ET, but until then you can check out our reviews of the iPad Pro, MacBook Air and BMW i8. Also, Tesla's updates have delivered...

T-Mobile's internet TV box revealed in an FCC filing

Nov 10, 2018

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T-Mobile is apparently still planning on launching its streaming TV service by the end of this year, and now Variety has spotted this box in an FCC filing. Dubbed the T-Mobile Mini in the document, it can connect via WiFi, Bluetooth or Ethernet, alon...

Twitter is removing 'locked' accounts, again

Nov 10, 2018

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As Twitter has tried to get a handle on fake accounts floating around its service for various reasons, there have been a series of purges. Last July many high-profile accounts saw their follower numbers dip as it removed accounts that had already bee...

Facebook debuts Lasso, a TikTok-style video app aimed at teens

Nov 10, 2018

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In an attempt to court the youths who have been fleeing from its flagship platform, Facebook has once again dipped into its bag of tricks and pulled out a TikTok clone. Lasso, a music-filled video sharing app that Facebook has reportedly been working...

Income, tax and immigration data stolen in Healthcare.gov breach

Nov 10, 2018

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now has details about the data stolen in the breach of Healthcare.gov that occurred last month. According to the government agency, a significant amount of personal information including partial So...

Apple announces repair programs for iPhone X, MacBook Pro problems

Nov 10, 2018

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As it tends to do, Apple has chosen a Friday evening to announce programs that will replace flawed components on a couple of its devices. First up is a display module replacement program for the iPhone X. Some owners have been reporting touch issues...

Toyota will use hydrogen burners to reduce factory emissions

Nov 9, 2018

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As clean as fuel cell cars and EVs may be, they're still made using pollution-producing factories -- and Toyota wants to help solve this. The company has introduced what it says is the first-ever general-purpose hydrogen burner built for use at fact...

Roborace won't use a fully driverless car for its first season

Nov 9, 2018

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Roborace has long talked of completely driverless cars hitting the track when its first season gets underway, but the company has had a change of heart. CEO (and Formula E winner) Lucas di Grassi has revealed to Motorsport.com that Roborace's "Season...

The New York Times taps Google's AI to find stories in old photos

Nov 9, 2018

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The New York Times has somewhere in the realm of five to seven million physical photos in its enormous archive, many of which date back more than a century. The images document vital moments and contain valuable records of our recent history, but the...

Gaming guide creator Prima Games is shutting down

Nov 9, 2018

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Prima Games, the company that's been creating physical video game strategy guides for the past 28 years, is shutting down according to Publisher's Lunch. Prima's publisher DK's CEO Ian Hudson sent out an internal memo saying it was an "extremely diff...

PayPal bans far-right Proud Boys and multiple anti-fascist groups

Nov 9, 2018

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The far-right group Proud Boys has been hit with bans from Twitter and Facebook and now it will no longer be allowed to operate on PayPal. The Verge reports that PayPal will be cancelling both the Proud Boys account as well as that of its founder Gav...

Apple plans to sell more of its products on Amazon

Nov 9, 2018

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Apple and Amazon have come to an agreement to stock the online retailer's shelves with more Apple products, according to CNET. The deal will expand Amazon's direct access to Apple products, including the latest models of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Wa...

How Brian Kemp hacked Georgia’s election

Nov 9, 2018

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"[Brian] Kemp on Thursday said he had resigned as Georgia's secretary of state," reported Reuters yesterday. No one watching Kemp's malfeasant, multi-year election security trash fire could understand why that sentence didn't stop at "resigned."

Inside Xbox event will showcase updates to ‘Minecraft,’ ‘Sea of Thieves’

Nov 9, 2018

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Xbox fans have a lot of news and announcements to look forward to this weekend -- and a free copy of Crackdown to play right now -- as Microsoft's X018 event gets underway in Mexico City. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST, X018 will host a special two-hour liv...

Mac mini teardown uncovers all of the tiny desktop's updates

Nov 9, 2018

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The long-overdue Mac mini update looks similar on the outside, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit -- though you'll be glad to hear some things have stayed the same. iFixit has torn down the diminutive desktop, and it's evident t...

Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call

Nov 9, 2018

Description:

I'm going to let you in on a secret: In the lead-up to Apple's big Mac-and-iPad event last month, Team Engadget had a prewritten story ready to go in the event that Apple finally killed off the Air line. Needless to say, that article never saw...

Xiaomi's UK launch is an important step in going global

Nov 9, 2018

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In some parts of the world, Xiaomi is a household name. And in others, it's almost unknown, discussed only in whispers amongst tech journalists and enthusiasts. The Chinese company launched its first smartphone seven years ago, and since then it's gr...

SpaceX revises internet satellite launch plan to minimize space debris

Nov 9, 2018

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For the past few years, SpaceX has been working on its Starlink project, the goal of which is to launch thousands of low-orbiting satellites that will provide high-speed internet to people around the world. In February, the company put two prototype...

iPad Pro 12.9 review (2018): The future of computing?

Nov 9, 2018

Description:

The iPad Pro line has been around for three years now, and Apple has been adamant that it embodies the company's vision for the "future of computing." That's as big a claim now as it was when Tim Cook first made it, but with the release of the ne...

Apple patent could make it impossible to put headphones on wrong

Nov 9, 2018

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It's been rumored that Apple has been working on a pair of over-ear headphones for some time now. While the company hasn't revealed any details, a recently approved patent may provide a glimpse into Apple's plans. The patent, titled "System and metho...

The Game Awards will stream on more than 40 platforms next month

Nov 9, 2018

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The end of the year is fast approaching, which means awards season is getting into full swing. The Game Awards takes place December 6th at 9PM ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and this year, it will stream live on more than 40 video platfo...

Can I trust my bathroom scale?

Nov 9, 2018

Description:

By Shannon Palus This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog on bathroom scales here. Bat...

The best smartphones and tablets to give as gifts

Nov 9, 2018

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If there's someone in your life who's wishing for a phone or a tablet this holiday season, check out the shortlist in our newly published gift guide. As you might expect, recent flagships like Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, iPhone XR and Samsung Gal...

Bethesda enlists Ninja and Rick and Morty for 'Fallout 76' livestream

Nov 2, 2018

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To build up hype for the upcoming release of Fallout 76, Bethesda pulled the handle on the pop culture slot machine and it landed on Ninja, Logic and Rick and Morty. That motley crew of nerd stardom will play through the new online survival game on d...

The latest 'Overwatch' hero is gunslinging gang leader Ashe

Nov 2, 2018

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As ever at Blizzcon, Blizzard had a new Overwatch hero to reveal. The 29th playable character is Ashe, the damage-dealing leader of the Deadlock Gang. Along with her main weapon, a semi-automatic rifle, she can use her coach gun to knock enemies away...

'Destiny 2' for PC is free until November 18th

Nov 2, 2018

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Bungie and Activision aren't going to stop at handing out free copies of Destiny 2 to console gamers. Right in time for the launch of BlizzCon, they're making the base PC version of the shared-world shooter available for free from now through Novemb...

Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Kicking Nazis off tech companies' services is so easy, and such a simple thing to do. It is such a basic act of human decency, a trivial task that would stop PayPal, Stripe, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy and many more from being unquestionabl...

‘Football Manager 2019’ is out now on PC, Mac and mobile

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Here's a bit of good news for those itching for some soccer simulation: Sega and Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2019 is available today for PC and Mac. Also debuting today are Football Manager 2019 Touch and Football Manager 2019 Mobile, marki...

GM is making e-bikes as it expands beyond cars

Nov 2, 2018

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GM is keenly aware that it can't depend on car sales going forward, and that now includes venturing beyond cars. The company has revealed that it's working on two e-bikes, one compact and one folding, ahead of a launch sometime in 2019. It didn't s...

RED Hydrogen One review: Mediocre cameraphone, extraordinary price tag

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

The RED Hydrogen One is not really a smartphone, it's a camera that also happens to be a smartphone. This makes sense to me intuitively, because when I use smartphones for video projects, or to take photos on vacation, I use a separate phone as the c...

Scientists find evidence of a black hole at our galaxy’s center

Nov 2, 2018

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Researchers have long suspected that a supermassive black hole lies in the center of our galaxy, and now they have strong evidence to support that suspicion. Using the Very Large Telescope -- an array of four individual telescopes stationed in the At...

Apple News app will provide real-time results on Election Day

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Come November 6th, Apple will turn its News app into election central. According to TechCrunch, the company is planning to launch a new Election Night section that will display live results, highlight updates to key races and share major stories from...

Spotify begins testing Apple Watch app

Nov 2, 2018

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A year and a half later, Spotify is following through on its plans to make an official Apple Watch app. The streaming music provider has released a test version of its iOS client that includes a companion app for Apple's wearable. To call it basic wo...

Razer Phone 2 review: Strictly for gamers

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

When the Razer Phone debuted last year, it was one of the first modern gaming phones to hit the market. While it may not seem like it here in the US, there's a growing appetite for hardcore mobile gaming. Especially in Asia, where multiplayer onl...

How to clean a humidifier

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

By Tim Heffernan This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog on how to clean a humidifier...

Activision debuts 'Call of Duty' companion app for your phone

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Call of Duty players can now take advantage of a companion app for Black Ops 4 and WWII on iOS and Android. It provides stats on your gameplay in Black Ops 4's multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout (i.e. battle royale) modes, and does the same for WWII's...

Vans' NASA collection is built for sneakerheads and space nerds

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Vans is continuing its run of iconic collections with the release of a NASA "Space Voyager" line that spans sneakers, clothing, and accessories. Inspired by the textures and features of the space agency's original gear, the items include two variatio...

Stanford outlines its massive Apple Watch heart rate study

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

The Apple Heart Study Stanford launched back in 2017 has garnered so much interest that it was able get 400,000 volunteers. Now, the researchers have revealed the finer details about the study, including what the testers can expect. To start with, ea...

NASA says goodbye to its Dawn spacecraft after 11 years of service

Nov 2, 2018

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has run out of fuel, and its mission has come to an end. Launched in 2007, Dawn orbited the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt -- Vesta and Ceres -- collecting valuable data that have helped scientists understand how...

‘World of Warcraft Classic’ demo has a one-hour time limit

Nov 2, 2018

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With BlizzCon 2018 kicking off today, attendees and virtual ticket holders will finally get to try out World of Warcraft Classic, a full year after it was first announced. For the uninitiated, that's the massively multiplayer online game in its origi...

Volvo and Baidu team up to build self-driving cars for China

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

It's not just Ford that's working with Baidu to develop self-driving cars for the Chinese market -- Volvo has also revealed its team-up with the tech giant. While Ford announced the partnership earlier, the Swedish luxury automaker says it's the "fir...

Snapchat pushes voters toward the nearest polling place

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Snap said its surprisingly successful voter registration campaign helped 418,000 people register in the space of a two-week period. Now, the ephemeral messaging app is following that up with an initiative that encourages those users (and other voters...

Hulu lands all of Fox’s big animated comedies

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Hulu has announced a deal with 20th Century Fox that will see the majority of Fox's animated sitcoms sticking with the platform. The most notable new addition to the service is King of the Hill, all 13 seasons of which are now available to stream. In...

Samsung will reportedly open its Bixby assistant to developers

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Samsung apparently has enough confidence in its half-baked voice assistant, Bixby, that it plans to open it up to developers, according to the WSJ. At its San Francisco developer conference next week, it plans to roll out new features for the assista...

US shoots down a fake nuke using a 'kill vehicle' interceptor

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

A US warship has shot down a ballistic missile in space as part of the latest test of the military's advanced interceptor technology. And the entire feat was caught on video. The clip captures the moment sailors aboard the USS John Finn intercepted t...

Buick adds Yelp Reservations to its car dashboards

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Until Buick lets you order coffee and fuel with your voice, you'll have to stick to using your digits. The brand launched its Marketplace app for its in-car infotainment system late last year and it's been adding new services ever since. Yelp Reserva...

The Morning After: Tesla R/C and rollable TVs

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. An almost perfect phone with one small problem: You probably can't buy it. Today's newsletter contains that and much, much more: Come for the Tesla R/C cars, stay for the rollable TVs and just-right iPads.

Global smartphone sales fell by 6 percent last quarter

Nov 2, 2018

Description:

It's not a secret that smartphone sales have been dropping around the world, but a new report gives us an idea of just how bad it's getting. Manufacturers shipped just 355.2 million units last quarter, a decline of 6.0 percent over last year, accordi...

Honda teams up with MIT and others to develop curious AI

Oct 25, 2018

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Honda is teaming up with three universities on a project aimed at developing curious artificial intelligence. The new three-year initiative, dubbed the Curious Minded Machine, will work towards an intelligent system that can learn continuously, much...

Apple's News app draws 90 million regular readers

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Sure, Apple includes its News app on iOS devices and Macs, but how many people actually flip through it on a regular basis? Quite a few, it seems. As part of a rare peek, the New York Times reported that News has about 90 million regular readers....

Google reportedly paid Andy Rubin $90 million after misconduct probe

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Android co-founder Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 and while it seemed at the time that he left on his own accord and that the split was amicable, reports surfaced last year that depicted a different situation. The Information, citing multiple sources...

Star Trek animated comedy 'Lower Decks' is coming to CBS All Access

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

CBS All Access has been forging ahead with new Star Trek programming, and the streaming network has just greenlighted a new show. Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour animated comedy developed by Mike McMahan, a writer for Rick and Morty and the upc...

Check out our improved and expanded buyer's guide!

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Remember gdgt? The social network-slash-product database where gadget enthusiasts rated the things they'd bought (and bookmarked the stuff they wanted)? Well, it never went away: For the past few years, the gdgt database has lived on at Engadget, whe...

'Pokémon Go' will track your activity without launching the app

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Pokémon Go has encouraged more than a few people to step up their physical exercise, and Niantic wants to reward that. It's launching an Adventure Sync feature in its augmented reality games (starting with Pokémon Go) that syncs with G...

Take a trip to the depths of the world's biggest underwater sinkhole

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

In 1971, underwater explorer and ocean conservationist Jacques Cousteau parked his ship in the middle of Lighthouse Reef, some 40 miles off the coast of Belize, to dive what would become one of the world's premiere scuba destinations: The Great Blue...

Fox News will debut its subscription service on November 27th

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Earlier this year, Fox revealed that it had plans to launch a paid streaming service for fans of its conservative news channel. Fox Nation will launch on Tuesday, November 27th, and will cost $6 per month. For those interest in paying yearly, it will...

Dropbox's collaboration tool adds timelines to coordinate your team

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Dropbox's collaboration-focused Paper tool just became much more useful if your team is juggling multiple schedules. The company's answer to Google Docs now has a timelines feature that lets you track who's working on a project and when. You can se...

RAW image editor merges the best parts of Photoshop and Lightroom

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Image pros that work with RAW photos must often switch back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop, first to adjust the look and then to do any layering or cleanup. FXhome, the company behind the YouTuber VFX program HitFilm, has just launched a $...

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 Review: An expensive experiment

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

The launch of the first touchscreen smartphones made it clear that buttons on mobile devices were a thing of the past. Users readily embraced the new wave of button-free phones and tablets, but laptops are harder to crack. It's far more difficult to...

Nerf's first ‘Fortnite’-inspired gun is the AR-L Blaster

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Last month, Hasbro and Epic Games announced that some Fortnite-themed Nerf guns were on the way. And now we have a model and a release date. The first Nerf gun from the line is the Fortnite AR-L Blaster, and it features rapid-fire motorized blasting...

Palm's tiny companion phone goes on sale next week

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

If you're intrigued by the new Palm mini smartphone, then you don't have to wait much longer to pick it up. The Verizon-exclusive phone will be available from the mobile carrier starting on November 2nd. The full retail price will be $350, or you can...

Hulu adds ABC News Live and CBSN to its live TV package

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Hulu is adding three more news channels to its live TV package, albeit streaming networks you can watch elsewhere for free. ABC News Live, CBSN and startup network Cheddar are all joining the service.

Spotify is on its way back to Roku streaming devices

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Spotify first made its way to Roku back in 2012, but it pulled its support for the platform in late 2017 due to various technical issues. Roku promised that the service will come back to its devices with OS 9's launch, though, and that's exactly what...

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket heading for milestone third launch

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

SpaceX is gearing up to launch the final Falcon 9 rocket design for the third time, just months after reusing it to blast off a satellite to geostationary orbit. The move would be a milestone of sorts for the private space company, marking the first...

Google Maps' 'Follow' button gives you updates from real places

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Google has launched a number of new features for Maps over the last few months. Now, it's rolling out a "Follow" function for locations, which will give you updates on events and offers from your favorite stores and restaurants. And it'll tell you ab...

Amazon is letting companies trap Alexa in office equipment

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Alexa for Business launched last fall, giving companies the opportunity to use Alexa as a superefficient office assistant. At launch, an Amazon Echo could be paired with existing office equipment, but according to Amazon, many organizations say they'...

Facebook is reportedly working on a TikTok-like music video app

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Facebook's music label partnerships opened up a lot of possibilities for the social network. According to TechCrunch, the company is currently working on a standalone app similar to TikTok/Musical.ly called "Lasso," which you can use to record and sh...

China suggests Trump should ditch ‘tapped’ iPhones for Huawei

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

China is trolling Trump. In an official response to the allegations that it and Russia are spying on the President's trio of iPhones, a top-ranking Chinese official said: "If they are very worried about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei."

Xiaomi's all-screen Mi Mix 3 slider comes with up to 10GB RAM

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

It was a little over a year ago when I bumped into Xiaomi president Lin Bin at his flagship store in Beijing. Pointing at the then-freshly launched, near-bezel-less Mi Mix 2, Lin asked me, "Are you fine with having the front camera in the chin...

Facebook fined £500k in the UK for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has upheld its £500,000 ($645,000) fine for Facebook for the social network's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. ICO's investigations found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook proce...

Twitter is more profitable despite losing 9 million 'users'

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Twitter has announced that it made a profit for the fourth successive quarter, capping a year of profitability. In its most recent release, the company said that it pulled in $758 million in revenue and turned a net profit of $106 million. Since the...

'Red Dead Redemption 2': Separation of crunch and art

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Four days before the debut of Red Dead Redemption 2, arguably the most high-profile video game launch of the year, the non-profit organization Take This sent out an email to its supporters and the media. "Crunch is yet again a hot topic in the gamin...

The Morning After: Tesla turns a profit

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We have some good news for Hubble, but bad news for folks hoping to use their third-party wireless charger with a Pixel 3. Also, MIT asked millions of people about the "trolley problem" to find out how they thin...

Skydio's follow-me drone takes commands from your Apple Watch

Oct 17, 2018

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Skydio's highly autonomous R1 drone is already mostly hands-free. Now, however, you might not need something in your hands even when you do take control. It's releasing an Apple Watch app for the R1 that offers basic control in those moments when y...

Tesla buys the land it needs for its Shanghai Gigafactory

Oct 17, 2018

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Tesla has secured an 860,000 square meter plot of land in Shanghai for its first overseas Gigafactory after signing an agreement with the local government. The EV-maker confirmed the purchase on Chinese social media, complete with pics from the signi...

Google's Chrome now lets you unlink your web and browser sign-ins

Oct 17, 2018

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If one of the things you hate about Chrome 69 is how logging into Gmail automatically links your account to the browser, you may want to download the latest update. Chrome 70 is now available for download, and it will give you a way to access Google...

Sony brings its 100 percent renewable energy goal forward a decade

Oct 17, 2018

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Just a month after Sony announced its plans to power its worldwide operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, the tech company has brought forward its US goal by a decade, to 2030. Sony currently sources just 25 percent of its energy in th...

Verizon launches a new generation of its kid-tracking wearable

Oct 17, 2018

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Your kid almost certainly doesn't need a smartwatch, but you can still strap one to them if you want. Verizon has expanded its dormant lineup of GizmoKids wearables with the GizmoWatch—the first of the bunch to offer 4G LTE.

MIT's AI can identify breast cancer risk as reliably as a radiologist

Oct 17, 2018

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Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the US. There are multiple factors involved in developing the disease, but one issue is dense breast tissue. Some 40 percent of US women have dense breast tissue, which alone increases the risk of breast ca...

The Morning After: Robot Dance

Oct 17, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Facebook's next big launch is... The Real World? We'll explain. Also, it's time to look inside Google's new Pixel 3, and YouTube took an unplanned break last night.

Google's latest Gboard stickers celebrate American Sign Language

Oct 17, 2018

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One of the benefits of using Google's Gboard, aside from predictive emojis and GIF searches, is the cute animated stickers. Sure, most of them are fun and silly, but there are a few that carry deeper meaning. One example is a recently released sticke...

SimpliSafe monitors the outdoors with its first video doorbell

Oct 17, 2018

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There is already no shortage of options for smart doorbells, and now you can add SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro to the list. The device marks the security firm's first venture into home security outside of the house.

Uber launches its safety hub for European passengers

Oct 17, 2018

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Uber's recent safety push is spreading to Europe. The ridesharing service is launching a safety center in its app for the UK and 23 other European countries to provide many of the safeguards that launched stateside earlier in the year. You can sha...

Facebook and MTV are revamping 'The Real World'

Oct 17, 2018

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Facebook's big push into original video content is only getting stronger. Less than two months after the worldwide launch of its Watch streaming service, which is also trying to lure in independent creators, the company is making some major show anno...

Google-backed startup's chat bots turn ads into conversations

Oct 17, 2018

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AdLingo, a marketing platform fresh out of Google's Area 120 incubator program, is making advertisements "conversational" with the help of AI. AdLingo doesn't build its own chatbots, but instead connects third-party chatbot tools with a company's mar...

USA Today thinks chat bots can keep voters informed during midterms

Oct 17, 2018

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USA Today is no stranger to using technology as a hook for political coverage, but this time it could be particularly helpful in performing your civic duty. It's rolling out chat bots across its properties that will help you keep tabs on various aspe...

NBA League Pass transforms games into VR viewing parties

Oct 17, 2018

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Live sports broadcasts in VR tend to be solitary affairs, but they're about to become decidedly more social. Now that the 2018-2019 NBA season is getting underway, NBA League Pass and NextVR have revealed that they're offering shared viewing through...

'Pokemon Go' gets a little bigger with 'Diamond' and 'Pearl' monsters

Oct 17, 2018

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The Pokémon company has announced that monsters from the Sinnoh region -- the Diamond and Pearl games -- are now available in Pokémon Go. Players will now be able to capture favorites like Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup as they make thei...

Outage pulls the plug on YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music

Oct 17, 2018

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For about the last half hour, YouTube has been mostly unusable and inaccessible. According to the company's Twitter account, "We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed." There's no word on what is causing the error, but we've s...

Sixense refunds backers for VR controller, five years later

Oct 17, 2018

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More than five years after funding its Stem virtual reality controller system on Kickstarter, Sixense is paying back those who pledged for the device. Sixense is no longer making a consumer version of the controller, as it is focusing on producing ha...

Samsung unveils Exynos chips built for connected cars

Oct 17, 2018

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Samsung's Exynos processors are no longer confined to mobile devices and the occasional smartwatch. The company has launched Exynos Auto and Isocell Auto brands that will respectively make chips and camera sensors for connected cars. The Exynos lin...

Facebook will demote spammy scraper website links in the News Feed

Oct 16, 2018

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Facebook will automatically demote links from websites that post stolen content in the News Feed, according to TechCrunch. The social network has been trying to get its feed under control over the past few years in an effort to strike a balance betwe...

Hot Wheels' real-life 'Rocket League' RC cars land November 1st

Oct 16, 2018

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If you've ever wondered what Rocket League would be like in real life, this RC version is as close of an approximation as you'll get to the video game. As teased earlier this year, Hot Wheels and Psyonix have teamed up to build an actual physical ver...

‘Spider-Man’ DLC arrives next Tuesday with new suits, more web slinging

Oct 16, 2018

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People can't stop talking about the PS4 exclusive game Marvel's Spider-Man, and now they'll have even more to chat about. The first chapter of a new DLC called The City that Never Sleeps launches on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Bill Gates remembers Paul Allen: 'I will miss him tremendously'

Oct 16, 2018

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Yesterday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away at the age of 65 following a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and today, Bill Gates shared a few thoughts on the man he says changed his life. "When I think about Paul, I remember a passionate...

Hulu considers a skinnier live TV bundle

Oct 16, 2018

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A year and a half after getting into the live TV game, Hulu may make some changes to its live offerings. In a new "skinnier" package, Hulu could offer less live channels but more shows on-demand. Hulu CEO Randy Freer told The Information that reshuff...

Qualcomm's new 60GHz WiFi chips promise better VR

Oct 16, 2018

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Mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm has announced a family of 60GHz WiFi chips, the QCA64x8 and QCA64x1, which can deliver speeds of over 10Gbps. The WiFi 802.11ay standard that these chips use bring with it theoretical speeds that can surpass even mos...

New study dissects FCC net neutrality commenter backgrounds

Oct 16, 2018

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A new study out of Stanford University has found that while nearly every unique comment filed in response to the FCC's proposal to repeal net neutrality opposed the agency's plan, net neutrality support was geographically widespread and spanned party...

Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL pictures leak for what might be the last time

Oct 9, 2018

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Ahead of Google's Pixel 3 event tomorrow, the larger variant of its phone suffered multiple leaks before we got hands-on time with a retail boxed version over the weekend. Just to (hopefully) put a cap on things before the show starts, Evan Blass has...

What's on TV: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,' 'Titans' and 'Charmed'

Oct 9, 2018

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This week we're waiting for (newly enhanced with a battle royale "Blackout" mode) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to hit consoles. On TV Better Call Saul wraps up its season tonight, while Netflix premieres a full season of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat that's bas...

Sony sues California man for selling jailbroken PS4 consoles

Oct 8, 2018

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There hasn't been much piracy in the PS4's five-year history, but that's been changing ever since users started discovering jailbreaks that would allow running unofficial software -- and Sony is eager to put a swift stop to it. The company has sued...

Google speakers don't stand out, and that's a good thing

Oct 8, 2018

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Two years ago, Google unveiled the Home, its first-ever smart speaker. Unlike the Echo, with its tall, cylindrical shape that seemed like an over-sized router, the Home was short, stout and decidedly more friendly in appearance. Google followed that...

Netflix is buying its first production studio complex

Oct 8, 2018

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Netflix isn't just expanding its footprint in California. The streaming behemoth is planning to open a production hub in New Mexico by acquiring Albuquerque's ABQ Studios -- its first purchase of a production studio complex. It's making the deal (wh...

Eminem-produced film 'Bodied' hits YouTube Premium November 28th

Oct 8, 2018

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Earlier this year, YouTube snagged the rights to Bodied, an Eminem-produced satirical film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and took home the Grolsch People's Choice Midnight Madness award. Now, ahead of its November release,...

‘Guacamelee’ lands on the Switch today, sequel to follow in December

Oct 8, 2018

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DrinkBox Studios, the team behind the excellent Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition and Guacamelee 2, have announced that both games will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, with the former out on the Nintendo eShop today. Guacamelee is a si...

Walmart taps MGM to create original shows for its Vudu service

Oct 8, 2018

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Walmart is bringing original programming to its Vudu video streaming service and it's partnering with MGM to do so. The studio will develop original, family-friendly series for the platform, with the first expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2...

Apple issues update to fix iPhone XS charging and WiFi problems

Oct 8, 2018

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It didn't take long for Apple to tackle some of the iPhone XS' teething troubles. The company has released an iOS 12.0.1 update that, most notably, fixes a glitch that prevented the XS and XS Max from charging over a wired connection until you woke t...

T-Mobile's prepaid service will offer 5G in 2019

Oct 8, 2018

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You won't have to spring for a 'premium' carrier to use some of the earliest mobile 5G service. T-Mobile has formally relaunched its prepaid Metro service, and with it comes word that the sub-brand will launch 5G service sometime in 2019. It's not ce...

Apple may enlist UK telecom giant BT to jumpstart its TV strategy

Oct 8, 2018

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Apple has been laying the groundwork for its entry into TV services for a while. Now, however, it might recruit one of the UK's largest telecoms to help out. The Daily Telegraph sources have claimed that Apple is in "early discussions" with BT to d...

Google limits third-party access to Gmail and other account data

Oct 8, 2018

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Google isn't just shutting down the consumer version of Google+ as a response to privacy concerns. The company is gradually rolling out a change to its developer tools that will give users much more control over privacy permissions for their account...

Google is shutting down Google+ following massive data exposure

Oct 8, 2018

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Following a massive data breach first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Google announced today that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers. The company finally admitted that Google+ never received the broad adoption or eng...

Chrome's upcoming security change will break hundreds of sites

Oct 8, 2018

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Google will strengthen Chrome's security with its next release, but that might have some unintended consequences for the sites you use. Security researcher Scott Helme has found that hundreds of the top 1 million sites are using old Symantec HTTPS ce...

Google exposed data for hundreds of thousands of users

Oct 8, 2018

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Google exposed private data from hundreds of thousands of Google+ users and then chose not to inform those affected by the issue. The Wall Street Journal reports that sources close to the matter claim the decision to keep the exposure under wraps was...

Pre-order Microsoft’s Surface Headphones on November 15th

Oct 8, 2018

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Microsoft caught just about everyone by surprise when it announced new noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones earlier this month at its Surface launch event. The subdued white cans, priced at $350, are set to compete with the excellent Sony 1000XM3 and...

Chernobyl’s uninhabitable land is the home of a new solar plant

Oct 8, 2018

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In 1986, the world experienced its worst nuclear disaster to date when an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exposed large swaths of Europe and the Soviet Union to radioactive material. The area around the now defunct plant is uninhabitabl...

Google Slides automatically captions your presentations

Oct 8, 2018

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If you want to caption a presentation for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, you typically have to do it yourself. Google might just save you that trouble -- it's launching an automatic closed captioning feature for Slides. Plug a microphone int...

Hubble Space Telescope is in trouble after gyroscope failure

Oct 8, 2018

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The Hubble Space Telescope has advanced our understanding of the universe immeasurably since it was first deployed to low Earth orbit in 1990. It's impossible to overemphasize just how valuable it has been to scientists. But now, the space-based obse...

'House of Cards' season 6 trailer shows Claire under attack

Oct 8, 2018

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Fans have been waiting awhile for the final season of House of Cards, and specifically to see what form it will take without former star Kevin Spacey. Now, Netflix has released the full trailer for the sixth season, and it reveals a lot more of where...

The Pixel 3's most important feature needs to be reliability

Oct 8, 2018

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Google's Pixel 2 was announced last October in two different flavors: a five-inch device made by HTC and a six-incher from LG. Unfortunately, both handsets had something of a rocky start, with the larger device seemingly riddled with flaws. In the pa...

The creators of 'Fortnite' just bought an anti-cheating company

Oct 8, 2018

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Epic Games has acquired Kamu, a Helsinki-based company whose offerings include game security, game telemetry and game management services. Epic has already been using Kamu's services with Fortnite, and CEO Tim Sweeney said working with Kamu has "been...

Intel's 9th-generation Core processors reach up to 5GHz

Oct 8, 2018

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The rumors were (mostly) true: Intel has unveiled its first 9th-generation Core processors, aiming them at desktop-based enthusiasts. The updated CPUs ultimately represent a refinement of Intel's existing 14-nanometer chips, but promise both more...

Intel's 28-core Xeon CPU is built for power-hungry content creators

Oct 8, 2018

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As promised back at Computex, Intel is unveiling a 28-core behemoth CPU today, the Xeon W-3175X, alongside the rest of its 9th generation desktop lineup. It's a more specialized chip than last year's 18-core X-series processor, but it offers even mor...

'Fallout 76' preview: This isn't 'Fallout 5'

Oct 8, 2018

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I really wanted to find the Mothman. Apparently he resides along the Greenbrier River, in the lush, post-apocalyptic forests of West Virginia. Pull up the map in Fallout 76 and a friendly icon proclaiming "Mothman Museum" sits along the river's east...

EU now recognizes digital IDs across borders

Sep 30, 2018

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If you're a European Union citizen, it just became that much easier to prove your identity -- wherever you happen to be in the region. The EU now officially supports cross-border recognition for digital IDs, making your virtual driver's license or ba...

After Math: Hello Darkness, my old friend

Sep 30, 2018

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Well, this week lasted years. While we weren't being bludgeoned by the cantankerous Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, we were learning about how 50 million Facebook users had their accounts hacked, that Elon Musk is being sued by the SEC for his Twitt...

Tim Berners-Lee project gives you more control over web data

Sep 30, 2018

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After incidents like Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, it'd be understandable if you felt like your data wasn't really under your control. Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee hopes to put that data back in your hands -- he's been collaborating with peo...

California's new laws bolster security for connected devices

Sep 30, 2018

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California just raised the baseline for security in the Internet of Things... to a degree. Governor Jerry Brown has signed very similar Assembly and Senate bills that require hardware makers to include "reasonable" security measures for connected de...

App flaw let anyone access UK Conservative politicians' data

Sep 30, 2018

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The UK Conservative party is learning a hard lesson about the importance of basic security measures in mobile apps. Users have discovered that you could log into the party's conference app using only an attendee's email address, providing access to a...

MoviePass test reactivates accounts if users don't opt out

Sep 30, 2018

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Former MoviePass subscribers who thought they were able to evade the company's previous attempts at reactivating accounts without consent may want to check their emails. According to various social media posts on Twitter and Reddit, the beleaguered c...

Best Buy inadvertently sold Google's next-gen Chromecast

Sep 30, 2018

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Google is still having an absolutely lousy time keeping its October 9th announcements under wraps. Redditor GroveStreetHomie managed to buy the as yet unreleased third-generation Chromecast at a Best Buy that had mistakenly put it out for sale. Ext...

Tesla reportedly met its ambitious quarterly Model 3 production goal

Sep 30, 2018

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is having a lousy week, but the company might have something to crow about. A source speaking to Electrek (historically accurate with these rumors) has reported that Tesla met its lofty target of building at least 50,000 Model 3 c...

FL Studio gets its own dedicated music-making hardware

Sep 29, 2018

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The favorite DAW (digital audio workstation) of producers like Metro Boomin and Mike Will Made It finally has a piece of hardware to call its own. Ableton got its first dedicated hardware controller way back in 2009. And Pro Tools has had them since....

Elon Musk settles with SEC over fraud charge

Sep 29, 2018

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Elon Musk's SEC drama is over almost as soon as it begun -- the entrepreneur has settled with the SEC over the securities fraud charge for his tweets about taking Tesla private. He'll get to keep the CEO position and won't have to admit guilt, but he...

Some iPhone XS units won't charge until you wake the screen

Sep 29, 2018

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It wouldn't be a major phone launch without some teething troubles, and the iPhone XS appears to be no exception to the rule. Some device owners on Apple's forums, Reddit and Unbox Therapy (among others) have reported that their units won't charge pr...

Tesla asks employees to beta test its full self-driving system

Sep 29, 2018

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To get Tesla's full self-driving capabilities, you'd have to pay between $5,000 and $10,000 for an upgrade, depending on the package you choose. The company is offering some of its employees the chance to get it for free, though -- so long as they're...

Meet 'Minecraft: Dungeons,' an adventure game with online co-op

Sep 29, 2018

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The new game from Mojang answers the eternal question, what if Minecraft and Gauntlet had a baby? Minecraft: Dungeons is a brand-new game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers like Wizardry and Ultima Underworld, and it turns the series' traditional...

Facebook will never be completely secure

Sep 29, 2018

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Yesterday, Facebook announced that it found -- and fixed -- a stunning security breach that put 50 million people's accounts at risk. In the words of Facebook executives, the attack was "sophisticated" and its reach was "broad." And, more chillingly,...

Watch the iPhone XS survive drop tests on concrete

Sep 29, 2018

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We've all had that brief moment of panic when our (probably expensive) smartphones plunge onto solid ground, so Apple's claim that the glass on Apple's latest iPhones is the toughest on any smartphone might be welcome news for the clumsiest among us....

The Morning After: Facebook got hacked

Sep 29, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We'll look into Facebook's unfortunate exposure, Photokina, Oculus Connect and other big events from this week like Google's 20th birthday.

ITC judge denies Qualcomm's request, won't stop iPhone imports

Sep 29, 2018

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While the patent lawsuit battle between Qualcomm and Apple is far from over -- remember how long it took for things to get settled with Samsung? -- we do have an update. On Friday, U.S. International Trade Commission judge Thomas Pender found (PDF) t...

Google Podcasts rolls out Cast support for everyone

Sep 29, 2018

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When Google finally launched its dedicated Podcasts app for Android (an iOS version hasn't been released yet), we found it "pretty, but basic." The only way to turn around that reputation is to actually flesh out its list of features, and now that in...

Intel admits 'tight' supply for cheap PC chips, focuses on high-end

Sep 29, 2018

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In an open letter, interim Intel CEO Bob Swan admitted the company's supply of CPUs for the "entry level" PC market is "undoubtedly tight," so if you have trouble finding a cheap laptop for the holiday season then you know why. Between consumers upgr...

Facebook reportedly avoided DOJ wiretap of Messenger calls

Sep 28, 2018

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As part of a case involving members of the MS-13 gang, the US Department of Justice has been pushing to get access to Facebook Messenger voice calls. It even attempted to hold Facebook in contempt of court last month when the company pushed back on a...

Senator calls for investigation into Facebook’s latest breach

Sep 28, 2018

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Facebook revealed today that it was hit with a data breach that affected 50 million users, and now Senator Mark Warner has called the incident "deeply concerning." In a statement released shortly after the reports surfaced, Warner said, "A full inves...

17 people charged in a string of Apple store robberies

Sep 28, 2018

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A number of individuals have been arrested in conjunction with a series of Apple store robberies that resulted in the theft of over $1 million worth of devices. The California Attorney General's office said in a statement on Thursday that seven were...

Sony confirms PlayStation Experience won't happen this year

Sep 28, 2018

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Sony's PlayStation Experience event won't take place this year. Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden confirmed the news Friday on the PlayStation Blogcast, noting that it was a "hard decision."

Silicon Valley’s Brett Kavanaugh problem

Sep 28, 2018

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As we steel ourselves to careen numbly toward whatever new horrors lay in store with Trump, his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, and the conservative politicians willing to help them, it's impossible not to contemplate how deep and depraved the cu...

Disney shuts down kid-friendly Club Penguin Island to cut costs

Sep 28, 2018

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Last year, Disney's kid-friendly online game Club Penguin shut down and the company relaunched it as a mobile app called Club Penguin Island. But now, Kotaku reports, Club Penguin Island is going away as well. Employees at the Kelowna, British Columb...

'Fortnite' will add more audio cues to help you hunt rivals

Sep 21, 2018

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Play enough Fortnite and you'll know that audio cues can make all the difference -- footsteps are your cue to get ready for a fight (or, let's be honest, run for the hills). To that end, Epic has offered a sneak peek at the development and testing of...

OnePlus rolls out its version of Android Pie

Sep 21, 2018

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OnePlus isn't wasting too much time in bringing its version of Android Pie to its phones. A little over a month after Google released the OS, OnePlus is rolling out OxygenOS 9.0, which includes Pie features such as gesture navigation, adaptive batter...

NYT lawsuit accuses FCC of withholding evidence of Russian meddling

Sep 21, 2018

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Are you frustrated that the FCC has been reluctant to cooperate with investigations into fake anti-net neutrality comments? So is the New York Times. The newspaper has sued the FCC after the regulator repeatedly refused to provide server logs for its...

Instagram says it’s not working on a regram feature

Sep 21, 2018

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Rumors of an Instagram regram function have circulated a number of times, and they were renewed this week when The Verge reported that the company was working on a reshare feature. But while Instagram initially told the site that it had no comment ab...

Streaming accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue in the US

Sep 21, 2018

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released music industry revenue statistics for the first half of 2018 in the US, and on average, revenue growth has slowed. While overall revenue was up 10 percent compared to the same time las...

'Walking Dead' studio Telltale lays off most of its staff (updated)

Sep 21, 2018

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Telltale Games, the studio behind titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, has laid off most of its staff in what it's calling a "majority studio closure." The publisher told Engadget in a statement that "a majority of the company's emp...

Google tests see-through mode, better motion tracking for Daydream

Sep 21, 2018

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Google has introduced some new experimental features for developers working with the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the standalone Daydream headset released earlier this year. First up is see-through mode, a setting that lets the user see the real space around...

Lockly's smart locks promise better security through algorithms

Sep 21, 2018

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Lockly thinks it has what it takes to stand out in the nascent smart lock market. Its latest model, the Secure Plus, uses a 3D fingerprint sensor combined with proprietary algorithm-based passcode tech which, together, supposedly makes the setup "vir...

Twitter bug sent some DMs to developers for over a year

Sep 21, 2018

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A bug in one of Twitter's APIs may have caused unauthorized developers to receive some users' direct messages and protected tweets. Twitter says it hasn't yet discovered evidence that a developer actually received such data, nor does it believe that...

FCC’s Ajit Pai labels California net neutrality law 'illegal'

Sep 21, 2018

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FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn't mince words in comments regarding California's recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. In his keynote speech for neoconservative policy organization Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai called California's SB 822...

T-Mobile aims to lower broadband prices with its 5G service

Sep 21, 2018

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More and more companies are turning to at-home 5G service to fill in the gaps in availability of broadband internet. Now, T-Mobile has revealed details about its plans for at-home 5G service to the FCC, as was first spotted by Fierce Wireless.

PayPal is the latest company to ban InfoWars

Sep 21, 2018

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InfoWars has been issued another ban, this time from PayPal. The company notified InfoWars on Thursday that it would no longer process the site's store transactions, giving InfoWars 10 days to find a new processor. PayPal said the site had violated i...

Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap

Sep 21, 2018

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We've reached peak consumerism. At Amazon's event this week, it announced a whopping 70 new features and devices, including three new speakers, a revamped FireTV, an in-car dongle, an updated smart display and ... a microwave. The company is squeezin...

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: Pricey but future-proof

Sep 21, 2018

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When Apple introduced the iPhone X last year, it didn't just release a new phone -- it presented a new vision of what iPhones should be. The fact that the X became Apple's top-selling model quarter after quarter was proof that people were embraci...

Samsung makes it easier to avoid Bixby on the Note 9

Sep 21, 2018

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Samsung's Bixby isn't exactly the most popular voice assistant, which is why some Galaxy Note 9 owners have been frustrated by the inclusion of a Bixby button on their handset. One tap would bring up the voice assistant, often by accident, and there...

Razer's new headset frees your beautiful face while streaming games

Sep 21, 2018

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If you're into streaming games on the likes of Twitch, YouTube or Mixer and you'd like to showcase more of your beautiful face to your viewers, Razer's Ifrit headset might be worth your consideration. Instead of bulky over-ear headphones (which might...

Apple snags Chris Evans for limited series ‘Defending Jacob’

Sep 21, 2018

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Chris Evans is the latest star to join Apple's growing TV lineup. The actor, known for playing Captain America, will lead Defending Jacob, a limited series based on a 2012 novel by William Landay. The story centers on an attorney whose 14-year-old so...

How to clean earbuds and headphones

Sep 21, 2018

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By Lauren Dragan This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full blog here. Everything we wear on...

3D gun publisher Cody Wilson was arrested in Taiwan

Sep 21, 2018

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Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, a company currently involved in a legal battle over whether it can legally sell plans for 3D-printed guns, has been arrested in Taiwan, BuzzFeed News reports. Wilson was charged with sexual assault earlier t...

Facebook will no longer offer political candidates in-person support

Sep 21, 2018

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Facebook has apparently decided keep its distance from political candidates' campaigns going forward. According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the social network will no longer dispatch employees to serve as on-site support for nominees like it did for Pr...

How to buy a turntable

Sep 21, 2018

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So you want to start collecting vinyl. Great! Record sales have been steadily climbing, and in March, physical music outsold downloads for the first time in six years. You might've even started buying vinyl already to get in on the action. But given...

iPhone XS teardown shows few changes aside from the battery

Sep 21, 2018

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You know it was only a matter of time before the people over at iFixit tore apart Apple's latest and greatest smartphones. For the first time, they took their screwdrivers and tools to two phones at once: the iPhone XS and the XS Max.

Sokpop is selling indie games like a magazine subscription

Sep 21, 2018

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There are many ways to buy a video game. You can snag a physical copy, peruse a digital store like Steam, or subscribe to massive Netflix-style services such as PlayStation Now and Xbox Games Pass. There's no shortage of options, but that hasn't stop...

White House sanctions quicker response to foreign cyber attacks

Sep 21, 2018

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This week, the White House approved a new policy that allows the military to undertake actions that fall below the "use of force" threshold. This frees up military organizations to engage in more day-to-day "cyber operations" against foreign countrie...

If Amazon wants Alexa everywhere, it needs better language support

Sep 21, 2018

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I can't profess to fully understand all of the complexities of localizing services for various languages, nuances, accents and dialects where voice recognition is concerned. However, with Amazon's Alexa ambitions ramping up after its hardware event T...

CareerBuilder is the latest to jump on the AR bandwagon

Sep 12, 2018

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How do you spice up a job-finding app when many of them effectively do the same thing? By adding a few buzzword-laden features, apparently. CareerBuilder has launched a revamped iOS app (Android is coming in the "months ahead") where the centerpiec...

Sharp's 8K satellite receiver is ready for broadcasts to start in Japan

Sep 12, 2018

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As we learned during IFA last month, the 8K hype train is here whether we're ready or not. In Japan everything is timed to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, and as such broadcaster NHK is planning to kick off hybrid 4K/8K broadcas...

Google Gboard test makes finding a relevant GIF even faster

Sep 12, 2018

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The whole point of Google's Gboard is to help you find relevant items without leaving your phone's keyboard, but how do you know there's something useful available while you're casually typing away? You might get a clue soon enough. Android Police...

YouTube will stream Rihanna's fashion show on September 12th

Sep 12, 2018

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Paul McCartney isn't the only superstar to have lined up a live YouTube stream these days. Rihanna is broadcasting her Savage x Fenty brand's fashion show on Google's service at 7:30PM Eastern on September 12th. She's promising an "immersive experien...

Mercedes' latest GLE melds tech with a super-smooth ride

Sep 12, 2018

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The EQC isn't Mercedes' only tech-heavy SUV launching in the near future. The brand has taken the wraps off a new version of the GLE where the technology matters as much with what you don't notice as what you do. It's billed as the first vehicle to c...

Plex is shutting down its personal cloud streaming service

Sep 11, 2018

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Media streaming service Plex is shutting down its cloud service at the end of November. The company is making the move because of technical issues and cost concerns. Once support ends, you'll have to stream media from your own server, computer or Net...

'FIFA 19' demo gives you an early taste of The Journey this week

Sep 11, 2018

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It's that time of year again: FIFA demo season. The demo's 2019 installment for, you guessed it FIFA 19, will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One September 13th, around two weeks before the full game. The playable teaser features 10 teams total...

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Sep 11, 2018

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Today Verizon announced it's launching "the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service" on October 1st. 5G Home service uses the next generation wireless technology to offer home internet service without a cable or fiber hookup. Residents...

OKCupid users can choose a pronoun to display in their profile

Sep 11, 2018

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Online dating service OkCupid now allows its non-binary and LGBT users to choose their pronoun. Once they've selected their gender(s) from their profile, they can either select from a trio of options (she/her, he/him and they/them) or type in their c...

Amazon will sell full-size, live Christmas trees this holiday season

Sep 11, 2018

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During the holidays, you may turn to Amazon for hassle-free gift shopping or for some festive decorations, but this year you'll be able to get one more item to deck your home out for Christmas -- a full-size Christmas tree. Come November, Amazon will...

FCC presses pause on review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger

Sep 11, 2018

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The FCC just announced it's "pausing the Commission's informal 180-day transaction shot clock" on the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. The reasoning for this apparently comes from material submitted only recently by the companies, that break down...

Tesla drops color options to speed up production

Sep 11, 2018

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We hope you weren't dead set on getting a Tesla vehicle in Silver Metallic or Obsidian Black. Elon Musk has revealed that the company is taking both colors "off the menu" for all its cars in a bid to streamline manufacturing. They'll stick around for...

Amazon snags exclusive Jack White documentary and EP

Sep 11, 2018

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Amazon will soon be the home for some exclusive Jack White content, the company announced on Tuesday. The musician will release a documentary on Prime Video that centers on his concert at The Anthem in Washington, DC -- part of his Boarding House Rea...

TwitchCon's Hackathon returns on October 27

Sep 11, 2018

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TwitchCon 2018 is fast approaching, and the annual celebration of the streamer community will again hold a hackathon for developers to create fun and/or useful Twitch extensions using the platform's API tools. They'll have 24 hours to build their pro...

PayPal will instantly pay businesses after they make a sale

Sep 11, 2018

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PayPal is adding a new feature for businesses that use its platform for their sales. Funds Now will let certain businesses in good standing -- that means without fraud concerns or an excess of customer complaints -- get instant access to funds from c...

British Airways hackers used same tools behind Ticketmaster breach

Sep 11, 2018

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The British Airways web hack wasn't an isolated incident. Analysts at RiskIQ have reported that the breach was likely perpetrated by Magecart, the same criminal enterprise that infiltrated Ticketmaster UK. In both cases, the culprits used similar v...

'The Last Remnant' finally comes to PlayStation a decade late

Sep 11, 2018

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If you've been waiting patiently for a decade to play The Last Remnant on a PlayStation, we finally have good news for you. A remastered version of the Japanese RPG is coming to the PlayStation 4 on December 6th in celebration of the game's 10th anni...

Sacramento Kings use next-gen texting to send tickets and schedules

Sep 11, 2018

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The Sacramento Kings are still as obsessed with technology as ever, although their latest move could be particularly helpful in the long run. The basketball team has teamed up with Zipwhip to become the first pro sports outfit to use next-gen RCS tex...

Apple's iPhone event will be livestreamed on Twitter, too

Sep 11, 2018

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Don't feel like dusting off Safari or Edge tomorrow to watch Apple's next iPhone reveal? Well, for the first time ever, the event will be live-streamed on Twitter. The news first appeared as a sponsored Tweet from the hardware juggernaut yesterday, a...

Tinder's curated 'Top Picks' list is available worldwide

Sep 11, 2018

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In June, Tinder announced that it was testing a feature that provides Gold members a list of their top matches. Now, Top Picks, as it's called, is available to all paying Tinder Gold subscribers worldwide. The highlighted profiles, which are refreshe...

Facebook's 'Rosetta' AI can extract text from a billion images daily

Sep 11, 2018

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People online tend to communicate not just with words, but also with images. For a platform like Facebook with over 2 billion monthly active users, that means a plethora of images gets posted every day, including memes. In order to include images wit...

Alphabet's Loon internet balloons broadcast their strongest signal yet

Sep 11, 2018

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Mere months after shedding its "project" moniker, Google's internet-by-balloon moonshot, Loon has hit another milestone. Last month, the tech juggernaut pushed data packets across seven of its balloons at a distance of nearly 1,000 kilometers. Previo...

A letter from the editor: Engadget’s next chapter

Sep 11, 2018

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Hello again. Allow me to reintroduce myself: I am Dana Wollman, once Engadget's resident laptop reviewer, later managing and executive editor, and now editor in chief. I'm delighted to be taking the reins at the site I've called home for the past sev...

Lyft vows to make itself completely carbon neutral

Sep 11, 2018

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Lyft is taking its environmental commitment to its logical conclusion. The ridesharing outfit has promised to achieve complete carbon neutrality, not just its rides, and will strive to use 100 percent renewable energy. It's buying those renewables...

Valve approves first uncensored porn game on Steam

Sep 11, 2018

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Valve's Steam store is getting its first "100% uncensored" porn game with the approval of Dharker Studios' Negligee: Love Stories. Its developer tweeted that the title featuring "sexual interactions and nudity" got the "thumbs up" and will be availab...

Tesla's Roadster prompts Koenigsegg to rethink its supercars

Sep 3, 2018

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Did you suspect that supercar manufacturers would be nervous when Tesla vowed that its next-gen Roadster would deliver a "hardcore smackdown" to gas-powered performance cars? Your hunch was well-founded. In a chat with Top Gear, Koenigsegg's namesake...

NASA's public CO2 challenge could help astronauts endure on Mars

Sep 3, 2018

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NASA would really prefer that Mars astronauts produce their materials on Mars, but that's not so easy when resources we take for granted on Earth are hard to get on the Red Planet. The administration has an idea as to how it might accomplish that fe...

Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera leaks in vivid detail

Sep 3, 2018

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You don't have to wonder how Canon will respond to Nikon's Z-series mirrorless cameras (and by extension Sony) -- many of the details now appear to be out in the open. Nokishita and Canon Rumors have posted leaked details of the EOS R, a 30.3-megapi...

Google widens crackdown on ads for tech support scams

Sep 3, 2018

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Tech support scams are seemingly as plentiful as ever, and Google is taking some strict measures to prevent those fraudsters from showing up in its ads. The search firm has begun "restricting" tech support ads worldwide, and it's planning to introdu...

BioWare will offer a full 'Anthem' demo on February 1st

Sep 2, 2018

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Full demos for games aren't very common these days, especially for online-focused games where you're more likely to see alpha and beta tests. BioWare is promising something different for Anthem, however. The studio plans to release an honest-to-goodn...

US police arrest China shopping giant's CEO over misconduct claims

Sep 2, 2018

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Richard Liu, the CEO of Chinese internet shopping behemoth JD.com, is facing scrutiny after Minneapolis police arrested and temporarily detained him this weekend over sexual misconduct allegations. Officers took him in late on August 31st and release...

Tesla reportedly missed its latest Model 3 production goal

Sep 2, 2018

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When Tesla made over 5,000 Model 3s per week at the end of June, it had lofty ambitions for its future -- it was going to press for 6,000 per week by the end of August. So how'd it do? Not so well, if Electrek is accurate. Its source claims that Tesl...

UE Boom app update removes Alexa support on Android

Sep 2, 2018

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You normally hear about companies adding Alexa support, but not so in this case -- the feature is going away for some users. An updated version of Ultimate Ears' Boom app for Android has removed Alexa control (not to mention alarms) for both UE Boom...

Tesla package will enable Track Mode for more Model 3 buyers

Sep 2, 2018

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Tesla's Model 3 Performance is potentially a tuner's dream EV thanks to its upcoming Track Mode, but there's a problem: to get that Track Mode, you have to spring for a Performance Upgrade package on top of the Performance trim level. You won't have...

Save me, water-powered eye massager

Sep 2, 2018

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After days of fighting crowds and trudging through miles of IFA's chaotic show floor, I just needed a break. I found my oasis in Aurai's water-powered eye massager. It's exactly what it sounds like: A small $239 headset that rubs your eyes with p...

After Math: This is the end

Sep 2, 2018

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All good things must come to an end, often not nearly soon enough. Unfortunately for you, generous reader, this week's deadpool does not include After Math. But we are, however, witnessing the death knells of long-haul driving, fossil fuel energy and...

Sony's new HX99 compact camera does things your smartphone can't

Sep 2, 2018

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At a time when everyone is carrying around a generally capable camera inside their smartphone, compact cameras have struggled to stay relevant. Barring Sony's own wonderful RX100 series and Fujifilm's X100F family, the world of point-and-shoots is us...

Embassy 'sonic attacks' may have been microwave blasts

Sep 2, 2018

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When researchers postulated that the "sonic attacks" on embassies in Cuba (and more recently China) were the fault of malfunctioning surveillance gear, that wasn't the end to concerns about the true cause... if anything, there's more worry than ever....

Ben Heck's Arduino-based zen garden

Sep 2, 2018

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Matthew Eargle joins Ben on this week's episode to create a robot that can reproduce and rake your very own, very chilled-out zen garden. Ben works out the 3D-printed design using Autodesk Fusion 360, while Felix and Matt handle motor control usi...

Prison survival game 'Scum' no longer includes neo-Nazi tattoos

Sep 2, 2018

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Days after prisoner survival game Scum came out in Steam Early Access, players discovered their criminal characters could be given Nazi-related tattoos. Today, its publisher Devolver Digital scrubbed the customization options from the title and apolo...

Skype drops Snapchat-like feature since people weren't using it

Sep 2, 2018

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Microsoft's about-face on Skype now extends to one of its not-so-subtle attempts to ride the social media bandwagon. As part of a broader app update, Microsoft has revealed that it's axing its Snapchat-like Highlights feature for mobile users in a b...

Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicators

Sep 2, 2018

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Twitter wants to be more conversational -- and apparently more like a message board and a chat app. In a post retweeted by Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, the company's head of product Sara Haider showed screenshots of two features the platform is testing...

GoPro Hero 7 leak hints at steadier action shots

Sep 2, 2018

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'Tis the season for major device leaks, it seems. Austin Mittelstadt has posted photos of a store display that spills the beans on GoPro's unannounced Hero 7 action cameras. The leak shows a cam that looks similar to the Hero 6 on the surface, but pr...

Microsoft sunsets Surface Plus upgrade program after a year

Sep 1, 2018

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Microsoft will no longer accept enrollments into the Surface Plus Program. The tech giant has quietly shut down the trade-in program on August 31st, just a bit over a year since it launched, with a short notice on its portal. Surface Plus gave custom...

Sprint's newest Unlimited plan includes Amazon, Hulu and Tidal

Sep 1, 2018

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Virtually every major US carrier offers one or more free services (however temporary) with at least one of its plans, so how is Sprint going to compete? By including more services, naturally. The carrier has launched an Unlimited Premium plan that,...

RHA's high-end planar magnetic earbuds sound incredible

Sep 1, 2018

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Planar magnetic headphones don't use the magnet-and-coil driver typical to most cans. Instead, they use a fixed but flexible diaphragm that undulates to create sound. RHA is the first company to concentrate this technology into wireless earbuds (the...

Honor’s Play gaming phone is far from perfect for 'PUBG'

Sep 1, 2018

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The new Honor Play is business as usual for Huawei's under-brand. A marriage of surprisingly good specs, premium-esque design and a mid-range price tag is Honor's modus operandi, but the Play was created with a specific demographic in mind: The a...

Apple reports its first self-driving car crash

Sep 1, 2018

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Apple has been keeping most of its self-driving car plans and progress under wraps, but every once in a while, we get a small peek at what the tech giant has been doing. It has revealed in a DMV filing, for instance, that one of its autonomous vehicl...

Recommended Reading: AI the music producer

Sep 1, 2018

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How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made Dani Deahl, The Verge The rise of streaming services is one of many challenges the music industry is currently having to contend with. In the latest installment of its "The Future of Music"...

This audacious curved-screen wearable has a gaudy camera

Sep 1, 2018

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Just as Google is making Wear OS feel less like a smartphone system squeezed onto a watch, ZTE spinoff Nubia wants to slap a full phone on your wrist. At IFA 2018, the company unveiled a prototype device called the Nubia-A, which it's touting as a "w...

Audi's PB 18 E-Tron is a supercar spaceship

Aug 24, 2018

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Ahead of the final unveiling of the E-Tron SUV, the automaker used the car festivities at Laguna Seca raceway to unveil its electric supercar, the PB 18. With over 60o horsepower and a center-positioned driver's seat, it's ready for the track. But al...

US airports' new facial recognition tech spots first imposter

Aug 24, 2018

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The facial recognition technology the US is testing for airports has caught its first imposter merely three days after Washington Dulles International started using it. According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a 26-year-old man from Sao P...

Fire near Tesla's Fremont plant extinguished quickly

Aug 24, 2018

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This evening firefighters responded to a structure fire burning near Tesla's Fremont plant, with initial reports indicating it started in a cardboard pile and spread to the grass. While pictures from the air posted by local news station KTVU showed a...

Epic uses a free 'Fortnite' dance to encourage two-factor authentication

Aug 24, 2018

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As Fortnite's popularity has grown, player's accounts have become targets for attackers who want to steal access and run up fake charges. One way to combat this is by enabling two-factor authentication that requires a generated code or emailed link f...

Feds investigate Microsoft for alleged bribery in Hungary

Aug 23, 2018

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U.S. authorities are investigating Microsoft for potential bribery and corruption in software sales in Hungary, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2013 and 2014, Microsoft allegedly sold software such as Word and Excel at a steep discount to mi...

Windows 95 app brings nerd nostalgia to macOS, Windows and Linux

Aug 23, 2018

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If you're nostalgic about old tech and software, then get ready: Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has created an app that allows you to run Windows 95 on Windows, macOS and Linux (which is perhaps more practical than running it on an Apple Watch). If...

Sony's new PS4 remote automatically links up with your A/V gear

Aug 23, 2018

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If you were looking for an update to PDP's basic PS4 media remote, you're in luck: The new version, announced today, uses "advanced Cloud technology" to automatically detect all the devices connected to your console to help you program them at your w...

Google's Daydream science labs bring STEM experiments to VR

Aug 23, 2018

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It's not always easy for STEM students to find enough lab time to get their work done, which is often essential for their degrees. Whether it's down to student demand, school budgets or students living far away from their university's labs, there are...

‘EVE Online’ crowdsourced science data will soon be publicly available

Aug 23, 2018

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In March 2016, space MMO EVE Online added the Project Discovery minigame which let players classify proteins in their downtime to help researchers. After collecting data for over two years, the project's team recently uploaded it to the publicly-avai...

Apple moves forward with TV adaptation of Asimov's ‘Foundation’

Aug 23, 2018

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In April, reports surfaced that Apple was looking into an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series for its lineup, and now the company has announced that it is moving forward with the show. Apple has gone ahead and ordered the adaptation, which...

Infiniti taunts us with another electric race car we can't buy

Aug 23, 2018

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If you thought the retro-tastic Infiniti Prototype 9 couldn't be improved upon, the automaker thought otherwise. At this year's Pebble Beach automotive event, the larger Prototype 10 made an appearance.

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $20 on a PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset

Aug 23, 2018

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This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here.

A closer look at Nikon's Z7 flagship mirrorless camera

Aug 23, 2018

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After what seemed like an endless amount of rumors and teases, Nikon has finally debuted its Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. While both models have the potential to rival some of Sony's best mirrorless shooters, like the A7 III, let's talk about...

'Arena of Valor' is a completely different game on Switch

Aug 23, 2018

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Arena of Valor is arguably the most popular video game in the world, clocking more than 200 million players -- before it debuted in North America in December. Compare that to other online blockbusters like League of Legends (103 million players as of...

NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to 5 years in prison

Aug 23, 2018

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Reality Winner, the whistleblower who leaked NSA election hacking data, pled guilty back in June to a single count of transmitting national defense information. Today, she was sentenced to 63 months in prison, which prosecutors called the longest sen...

BMW unveils the tech-filled, aggressive-looking Z4 Roadster

Aug 23, 2018

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BMW unveiled the new BMW Z4 Roadster at Pebble Beach, California this morning with a more aggressive design that takes cues from the 8 Series. Concepts of both cars were shown off last year at Pebble Beach which leads us to believe that BMW really li...

Google removes accounts tied to Iran-led misinformation campaign

Aug 23, 2018

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Google shared an update today regarding its efforts to combat state-sponsored phishing attacks and to remove accounts associated with an influence operation linked to Iran. The company said that in recent months, it has detected and blocked state-spo...

Sony Aibo hands-on: An adorable robo-pup that needs training

Aug 23, 2018

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It's easy to scoff at Aibo, Sony's $2,799 robot dog. But seeing one up close might change your mind. It moves much more smoothly than before; it reacts to your pets and voice commands realistically; and best of all, it'll get smarter over time. Yes,...

‘Sekiro’ continues the work that ‘Bloodborne’ started

Aug 23, 2018

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice doesn't represent a seachange from the formula that Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki has been refining over the past decade, but it does take that blueprint in a welcome new direction. At Gamescom, I spent an hour or so...

LG adds an exoskeleton to its line of CLOi robots

Aug 23, 2018

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Today, LG announced that it will reveal its first robotic exoskeleton at IFA 2018, which takes place in Berlin from August 31st to September 5th. The exoskeleton, called LG CLOi SuitBot, is designed to support a user's legs to allow for more limb str...

Twitch's next streaming marathon includes 932 episodes of 'Pokémon'

Aug 23, 2018

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Bob Ross. Julia Child. Doctor Who. Now you can add Ash Ketchum and Pikachu to the list of marathons Twitch has streamed. Starting August 27th and going all the way through 2019, Twitch will stream 16 Pokémon movies and 19 seasons of the franch...

'Gone Home' won't arrive on Switch until September 6th

Aug 23, 2018

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Gone Home, the hit debut from The Fullbright Company, was supposed to be released for the Nintendo Switch today, but the launch has been delayed. Annapurna Interactive, the publisher bringing the game to the Switch, tweeted that the new launch date i...

VW's $4 billion connected car push includes its own operating system

Aug 23, 2018

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VW knows it has to rethink its approach to technology if it's going to adapt to a world full of electric cars, autonomy and ridesharing services, and that extends to the very software that makes those vehicles tick. The automaker has committed &euro...

Oculus debuts three VR experiences that tackle timely social issues

Aug 23, 2018

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Oculus' Creators Lab regularly works with filmmakers under the VR for Good initiative to produce immersive experiences that "showcase the need for social change." Now, it's making three very timely projects available for download from the Oculus Vide...

Google's Datally offers two more ways to manage your data use

Aug 23, 2018

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Google has added two more useful features to its Datally data-managing app. The first is emergency bank, a way to portion off some of your data and save it for when you might need it most. Just enter your balance and how much you'd like to reserve, t...

Facebook's Messenger Kids app lets children start friend requests

Aug 13, 2018

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Facebook's Messenger Kids app has so far been strict about adding friends. Early on, it even required that children count their parents as friends. The social network is ready to loosen things up, however... if only a bit. It's giving its Android...

iOS 12 won't launch with FaceTime group chats

Aug 13, 2018

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We hope you weren't planning a group FaceTime chat the very moment iOS 12 and macOS Mojave reached your devices. The release notes for Apple's latest iOS 12 and Mojave developer betas reveal that group FaceTime won't be available in either operating...

Dozens of kids hack election site replicas in just minutes

Aug 13, 2018

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The Def Con hacker conference has been demonstrating how vulnerable voting machines are to hacks through its Voting Village, wherein adults are given the chance to compromise various models of voting devices. But this year, Def Con also let kids get...

Pixel XL may lose fast charging after Android Pie update

Aug 13, 2018

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Android Pie has been out for a week; now Google's latest mobile operating system has a problem. Users of the company's own Pixel XL from 2016 are reporting issues with fast chargers after they've updated to Pie. People aren't seeing the "Charging rap...

Uber uses AI to determine if your trips are for business or pleasure

Aug 13, 2018

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If you rely on ridesharing for work trips, you might have experienced that moment of panic where you accidentally expensed a personal trip to your business account, or paid from your own funds to get to the airport for a company flight. Uber thinks...

What we're playing: 'Dead Cells'

Aug 13, 2018

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You know the drill: Last year's PC indie sleeper gets new life with a Switch release. Motion Twin's Dead Cells is one of these. It's been out for a year on Steam Early Access, but properly arrived last week on all platforms, including Nintendo's hybr...

Volkswagen kicks off EV awareness campaign

Aug 13, 2018

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Volkswagen's Electrify America subsidiary has put out a commercial that aims to spread awareness of electric vehicles and how far the industry has progressed, Reuters reports. The ad is part of a $45 million public education initiative. "We're trying...

Netflix’s CFO for the last eight years is stepping down

Aug 13, 2018

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Netflix is undergoing some changes at the top of the company, as Chief Financial Officer David Wells plans to leave after helping to find his successor. He's held the role since 2010 and has been with Netflix since 2004. Wells plans to focus on phila...

The nine headphones that made our back-to-school guide

Aug 13, 2018

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So you're headed off to college in the fall. What are you going to use to help you focus when you're on deadline? To tune out the rowdy partiers down the hall? Whether you need a pair of earbuds, a set of sound-cancelling cans or just a pair of budge...

Security flaws could open body cameras up to hacks

Aug 13, 2018

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At Def Con this weekend, Josh Mitchell, a cybersecurity consultant with Nuix, showed how various models of body cameras can be hacked, tracked and manipulated. Mitchell looked at devices produced by five companies -- Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Dig...

Elon Musk explains funding plans for taking Tesla private

Aug 13, 2018

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When Elon Musk said he was seriously looking at taking Tesla private, he still left a few open questions. Why did he decide to not only disclose it with a tweet, but shout "funding secured" from the rooftops? He's now offering an explanation -- not t...

DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases

Aug 13, 2018

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DeepMind has successfully developed a system that can analyze retinal scans and spot symptoms of sight-threatening eye diseases. Today, the AI division -- owned by Google's parent company Alphabet -- published "early results" of a research project wi...

Solar-powered aircraft stays aloft for record-breaking 25 days

Aug 13, 2018

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While Facebook and Google recently pulled the plug on their solar-powered internet drones, another company with a lot more experience is having success with the idea. Airbus announced that its solar-powered Zephyr S HAPS (high altitude pseudo-satelli...

Vimeo is the latest platform to remove InfoWars's Alex Jones

Aug 13, 2018

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Vimeo has joined services like Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple Podcasts and removed InfoWars's Alex Jones from its platform. According to Business Insider, new videos uploaded Thursday and Friday violated the site's Terms of Service for "discrim...

Moto Z3 review: When novel ideas get old

Aug 13, 2018

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2016's Moto Z and Z Force proved that a company could make sophisticated, truly modular smartphones. Need better battery life? Slap a new one onto the Z's back. Not loving the built-in camera? Go ahead and add one made by Hasselblad. The list goe...

AI-driven animations will make your digital avatars come to life

Aug 13, 2018

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Even with the assistance of automated animation features in modern game-development engines, bringing on-screen avatars to life can be an arduous and time-consuming task. However, a recent string of advancements in AI could soon help drastically redu...

HoloLens will help a children's hospital perform critical surgeries

Aug 13, 2018

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A UK children's hospital plans to use Microsoft's HoloLens and Surface Hub during critical operations like heart surgery, Microsoft announced. Alder Hey hospital will employ the Surface Hub to let medical personnel collaborate and share images, while...

Samsung's new mesh routers use Plume's WiFi optimization tech

Aug 13, 2018

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Mesh WiFi systems, like those from Eero, Netgear, Google and many others, have quickly become the preferred way to blanket a home in internet coverage. It provides a simple way to reach all corners of a house, something that's needed with the growing...

Michael Kors' latest Wear OS watch features a popular design

Aug 13, 2018

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Michael Kors is going back to its roots for the next model in its ever-expanding Access smartwatch line. It's reviving its long-serving Runway watch as a Wear OS smartwatch, giving it the familiar case and steel bracelet options while throwing in new...

The Morning After: A smart way of dealing with online trolls

Aug 13, 2018

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Good morning! Over the weekend, scientists might have detected our solar system's 'wall', Fallout 76 will have a smart in-game way to deal with trolls and Lenovo unveiled a new, slender, light professional laptop.

Ticketmaster shuts down its UK ticket resale sites

Aug 13, 2018

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After a UK watchdog threatened legal action, Ticketmaster has announced that it's shutting down its second-hand ticket reselling sites, Get Me In and Seatwave. Instead, the site is launching a fan-to-fan ticket exchange that lets you buy or sell tick...

AMD's Radeon Pro WX 8200 is for content creators on a budget

Aug 13, 2018

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AMD has been pushing Intel on the CPU high-end with new, more budget-minded offerings like the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper, and now it's doing the same to NVIDIA. Just ahead of Siggraph 2018, AMD launched the Radeon Pro WX 8200, a card aimed not at ga...

Lenovo unveils its thinnest and lightest professional notebook

Aug 13, 2018

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Lenovo's Thinkpad range has long offered solutions for power users with notebooks like the X1 Carbon. Its Thinkpad P series aimed to preserve functionality in a slimmer overall package, and the Thinkpad P1 and Thinkpad P72 -- its two latest laptops -...

Android exploit targeted apps' shoddy use of external storage

Aug 13, 2018

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Many mobile security flaws revolve around obvious avenues like websites or deep, operating system-level exploits. The security team at Check Point, however, has discovered another path: apps that make poor use of external storage like SD cards. Whi...

Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies

Aug 13, 2018

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Some people worry that hackers could infiltrate their smart speakers and spy on them, but that hasn't been the practical reality -- not for Amazon's Echo, at least. A team of researchers from China's Tencent has come about as close as you can get rig...

Facebook's 'playable ads' bring game demos to the news feed

Aug 2, 2018

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Facebook's next foray into the gaming space is giving players a chance to try mobile games out before they download them. The social network is calling them "Playable Ads," which is fairly self-explanatory. There's a lot of advertising mumbo-jumbo in...

Canada's first eSports stadium comes to Vancouver in 2019

Aug 2, 2018

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The US has a few dedicated eSports arenas, but what about its northern neighbor? Don't worry, you're covered there, too. Myesports Ventues has announced that it's opening The Gaming Stadium, billed as Canada's first eSports stadium, in Vancouver (sp...

Get your own HAL-9000 replica with Bluetooth and voice command

Aug 2, 2018

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Sci-fi fans rejoice: You can now talk to your very own replica of the iconic HAL-9000 computer from Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Master Replicas Group has already achieved 358 percent funding on this Indi...

iOS 12 developer beta points to bezel-less iPad with Face ID

Aug 2, 2018

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Last year, early iOS leaks gave us a preview of the eventual iPhone X and some details on Apple's HomePod speaker. Now, 9to5Mac points out an icon in the iOS 12 developer beta that seems to show an iPad design with tiny bezels all around and missing...

Congress passes data security bill for small businesses

Aug 2, 2018

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The US government doesn't have the strongest cybersecurity policy right now, but there's at least some progress on that front beyond what's happening at security agencies. The US Senate has passed its version of the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity...

Uber and Lyft hoped 'rainy day' fund would relax NYC regulations

Aug 2, 2018

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Ridesharing companies really, really don't like the thought of New York City capping their services and otherwise instituting new regulations. To that end, they recently tried a drastic measure: making a charity offer in return for concessions. Lyf...

Tesla is adding classic Atari games to its cars

Aug 2, 2018

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Tesla isn't limiting its fun-oriented EV updates to its upcoming party mode. Elon Musk has promised that "some of the best" Atari games will be playable in Tesla cars as part of a version 9.0 software update coming in roughly four weeks. The exec d...

Researchers tap AI for more efficient road maintenance

Aug 1, 2018

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Potholes are a nuisance pretty much everywhere and the methods traditionally used to keep track of them aren't terribly efficient. Whether it be driving around to visually inspect roads or watching videos of streets to spot and prioritize the repair...

The Versa smartwatch is saving Fitbit

Aug 1, 2018

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There's little doubt that Fitbit's Versa smartwatch has sold well, but apparently it's selling so well that it might just dig the company out of its financial hole. Alongside its latest earnings, Fitbit provided a rosy outlook indicating that it exp...

Nintendo's NES Classic outsold Xbox One and PS4 in June

Aug 1, 2018

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June was a pretty great month for Nintendo, as it was the month's top-selling games publisher; Mario Tennis Aces was the biggest-selling title even without counting its digital sales. And, because we'll never not want to play Super Mario Bros., more...

Tesla aims to make 10,000 Model 3 cars per week in 2019

Aug 1, 2018

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Now that Tesla is finally making over 5,000 Model 3 cars per week, it's eager to move to the next production goal... and it knows it needs to pick up the pace. As part of its second quarter earnings release, the automaker signaled plans to ramp up p...

CBS plans local news streaming starting in NYC and LA

Aug 1, 2018

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While CBS' board investigates its CEO for sexual misconduct, the company continues to move forward with its day to day business. Say hello to CBSN Local, a streaming news service that will show anchored local news coverage to major markets served by...

Plex adds offline podcast playback

Aug 1, 2018

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Plex is shifting podcasts out of beta to make them a fully fledged part of its media streaming suite. The move brings a few more features too, including offline listening, which is essential for any podcast service. You can set the number of episodes...

Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well

Aug 1, 2018

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Apple didn't say much about the Mac on yesterday's quarterly earnings call. Customers only bought 3.7 million Macs in the past three months, a 13 percent drop compared to the year prior. For those keeping track, that's only the fifth quarter in the p...

Spotify has taken down multiple episodes of Alex Jones’ podcast

Aug 1, 2018

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Spotify has taken down a number of episodes of Alex Jones' podcast for violating its hate speech policy. First noted by New York Times reporter Ben Sisario, the move follows similar actions taken by Facebook and YouTube. "We take reports of hate cont...

WhatsApp will charge businesses that respond to you too slowly

Aug 1, 2018

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WhatsApp is acting on promises to turn its chat into a valuable shopping tool -- and it's using money as an incentive to make it a good shopping tool. The Facebook-owned firm is launching a programming kit that makes it easy for businesses to use Wh...

Stream Lollapalooza sets live on Red Bull TV this weekend

Aug 1, 2018

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It's that time of year again, when big names from across the music world come together in Chicago for four days of festivities at Lollapalooza. If you won't be in the Windy City this weekend yet still want to check out some of the performances, Red B...

Three men arrested for stealing over 15 million payment cards

Aug 1, 2018

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US officials announced today that three alleged leaders of the cybercrime group known alternatively as Fin7, Carbanak and the Navigator Group have been arrested in Germany, Poland and Spain and charged with 26 felony counts. The charges include consp...

Reddit hacker snagged email addresses and old passwords

Aug 1, 2018

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Earlier this month, a hacker accessed a few of Reddit's systems, grabbing some current email addresses and a database backup from 2007 that contained account passwords. The company assured its users that the attacker did not gain write access to any...

JBL’s Google-powered smart display is available for preorder

Aug 1, 2018

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Another Google Assistant-powered smart display is on the way, as JBL has now made its Link View available for preorder. First announced at CES earlier this year, the JBL Link View follows the release of Lenovo's Google Assistant-powered Smart Display...

Vizio adds over 100 free streaming channels to its SmartCast TVs

Aug 1, 2018

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Vizio announced today that it's launching a new free streaming service called WatchFree. Rolling out now, the service will be available on most Vizio SmartCast TVs and will include more than 100 channels, such as NBC News, MSNBC, Fox Sports, Crime Ne...

Kroger offers free grocery delivery for orders over $35

Aug 1, 2018

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Today, the popular grocery chain Kroger announced a new service called Kroger Ship, which provides fast and free grocery delivery for orders above $35. For orders under that price, the fee is $5. The program is launching first in Cincinnati, Houston,...

'No Man’s Sky' finally delivers the grand adventure we were promised

Aug 1, 2018

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The huge No Man's Sky Next update has landed. Now we've had some time to relax into new material economies, multiplayer adventures and horrific alien eggs that will ruin your day, do we feel differently about the contentious space exploration game th...

UPS will build 'medium-duty' delivery truck for its electric fleet

Aug 1, 2018

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UPS' quest to electrify its trucks includes both giant semis and smaller last-mile trucks, but not so many of the vehicles in between. It might rectify that solution soon -- the courier company has teamed up with Thor Trucks to build and test a "medi...

What legacy will WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leave behind?

Aug 1, 2018

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"Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta's emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?" Fox News...

Facebook's 'shared viewing' video feature is coming to all groups

Jul 25, 2018

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Facebook has made it clear that it wants to make video a crucial part of its business, as it looks to compete with the likes of YouTube, Amazon and Netflix. And, over the past few months, the company's been making changes to help it get there, launch...

The Morning After: Chrome hates HTTP

Jul 25, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Apple is busy dealing with a performance-sapping problem on the new MacBook Pro, but we're getting you ready to go back to school with our latest buyer's guide update. Also, Nikon is working on a new camera moun...

Steam Chat's messaging features are now available for all

Jul 25, 2018

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After a few weeks of being limited to Steam's beta channel, a new Chat feature has rolled out for all users within the desktop app and on the web. Having an integrated friends list and chat system should make it easier to meet up with friends across...

Bosch launches road condition alert service for self-driving vehicles

Jul 25, 2018

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Today, Bosch has introduced a predictive road condition service that can help make sure self-driving vehicles remain safe even on wet and icy roads. The company says the technology can give automated vehicles that seat-of-the-pants feel -- you know t...

Ford's self-driving division is now its own company

Jul 25, 2018

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If Alphabet has Waymo and General Motors has GM Cruise, Ford has Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. The automaker has created a separate company for its self-driving business, clearly taking a cue from the two aforementioned players in the industry. In it...

Blockchain company Tron buys BitTorrent

Jul 25, 2018

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A blockchain startup called Tron has closed its deal to buy the file-sharing service BitTorrent. Neither side disclosed how much Tron paid, but TechCrunch reports the price was around $126 million in cash. BitTorrent's staff will work out of Tron's S...

Nikon confirms new full-frame FX mirrorless cameras and lens mount

Jul 25, 2018

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It's official: Nikon will soon launch a full-frame mirrorless camera system with a brand a new lens mount. In a press release, it announced that it's developing a "next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and Nikkor lenses, feat...

Watch the Google Cloud Next keynote in under 13 minutes

Jul 25, 2018

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With the Google Next 2018 conference -- the I/O for cloud computing -- now underway in San Francisco, the company spent some time Tuesday morning crowing over its most recent cloud-based accomplishments and explaining where the platform will be e...

Sega is releasing a 'Phantasy Star' mobile game in Japan

Jul 25, 2018

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Phantasy Star is a popular Sega RPG franchise that spawned numerous titles; it was Sega's answer to the Final Fantasy series. Now, for the franchise's 30th anniversary, Sega has announced a new mobile smartphone game called Idola: Phantasy Star Saga...

'GTA Online' rewards you for watching Facebook livestreams

Jul 25, 2018

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You now have good reasons to watch GTA Online streams besides the thrill of the gameplay itself. Now that the After Hours expansion is available, Rockstar is using Facebook's In-Stream Rewards to give you free GTAO currency when you watch certain br...

Facebook deal with Washington ends ad filtering for ethnicity

Jul 25, 2018

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Facebook has signed an agreement that will prevent advertisers promoting housing, credit, employment, insurance or businesses open to the public from excluding individuals from seeing thei...

DirecTV Now helped AT&T turn around its shrinking video business

Jul 25, 2018

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It's been clear for a while that DirecTV Now is keeping AT&T's TV subscriber numbers in the black, but it's now apparent just how much it's turning around its once-ailing video services. The telecom has posted second quarter earnings revealing t...

'Guacamelee 2' brings mayhem to PS4 and PC on August 21st

Jul 25, 2018

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You only have to wait a few more weeks to get another fix of Mexico-inspired Metroidvania action. DrinkBox has announced that Guacamelee 2 will reach PS4 and Steam (for Windows PCs) on August 21st for a reasonable $20. It's a refinement of the formul...

Elgato introduces a $100 mini version of its livestream controller

Jul 25, 2018

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Elgato introduced its $150 Stream Deck Live last year, which gives streamers quick access to customized broadcasting shortcuts. A month after the company was acquired by peripheral and computer parts manufacturer Corsair, it's released a mini version...

Volvo's all-electric Polestar 2 will go up against the Model 3

Jul 25, 2018

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Now that Polestar's first car (and its only hybrid car) is out the door, what's it going to do for the purely electric follow-up? Give Tesla's Model 3 a run for the money, apparently. Chief operating officer Jonathan Goodman told Autocar in a recent...

Uber drivers have completed more than 10 billion trips

Jul 25, 2018

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Uber announced today that on June 10th, 173 trips and deliveries that began simultaneously pushed the company past a record of 10 billion completed trips. Uber hit its 10 billionth trip just over a year after it completed its five billionth and the c...

Retired professor sues Lyft for patent infringement

Jul 25, 2018

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A retired Georgia Institute of Technology professor has sued Lyft for patent infringement, Reuters reports. The professor, Stephen Dickerson, filed his complaint with the New York Southern District Court on Monday through his company RideApp, and it...

Firefox is the latest browser to block autoplaying web audio

Jul 25, 2018

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Firefox is finally joining the ranks of web browsers that block autoplaying web sounds. Mozilla's latest Nightly builds for Firefox now include an option to mute autoplaying audio, hopefully saving you from jumping out of your seat when an obnoxious...

Facebook tiptoes into China by opening a startup incubator

Jul 25, 2018

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After years of trying and failing to get its social network unblocked in China (where it has been unavailable since 2009), Facebook is trying a different approach to make inroads into the vast market. It has opened a startup incubator in Hangzhou, th...

Google Docs uses AI to catch your grammar mistakes

Jul 25, 2018

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You no longer have to turn to tools like Grammarly if your Google Docs output lacks polish. As part of a sweeping set of updates aimed mostly at G Suite users, Google has introduced grammar suggestions to Docs users involved its Early Adopter Program...

Tesla asking suppliers for money back is a risky move

Jul 25, 2018

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The Model 3 will do one of two things for Tesla: It'll make the company a profitable seller of cars, solar panels, and batteries; or, it'll drag it further into debt. To keep the latter from happening, the company is doing something that seems insane...

Iris scanner AI can tell the difference between the living and the dead

Jul 25, 2018

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It's possible to use a dead person's fingerprints to unlock a device, but could you get away with exploiting the dead using an iris scanner? Not if a team of Polish researchers have their way. They've developed a machine learning algorithm that can...

Twitter tightens requirements to get rid of 'low quality' apps

Jul 25, 2018

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Twitter's efforts to fight spam are now focusing more on the apps generating that junk. As of today, every developer who wants to use Twitter's app toolkit has to go through an account application process that verifies both use cases and a creator's...

Samsung's AR Emoji will soon be a little more realistic

Jul 25, 2018

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Samsung's unsettling AR Emoji were the standout feature during the Galaxy S9's reveal last year, and now it's giving them an update. The company promises more granular adjustments for facial features like smiles, noses, ears, eyes and cheeks are en r...

Five years later, the Chromecast still holds its own

Jul 25, 2018

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There aren't many gadgets that I'm still using five years after I buy them, except for maybe a laptop. Even then, that's getting quite long in the tooth given how quickly upgrades arrive these days. Chromecast and Google Cast are still things that I...

T-Mobile now supports next-gen texting between carriers

Jul 1, 2018

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American carriers have had support for RCS' next-generation text messaging for a while, but it typically hasn't been very useful outside of your home network. Unless you're with Sprint, you haven't had that universal support needed to chat between ne...

Netflix martial arts series will feature 'The Raid' star Iko Uwais

Jul 1, 2018

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Netflix has given yet another original the go-ahead to shoot 10 episodes: this time, it's a martial arts sci-fi crime drama called Wu Assassins, and it will star Indonesian actor Iko Uwais. The name will most likely sound familiar to fans of the genr...

Drake smashes single-day Apple Music and Spotify records (again)

Jul 1, 2018

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Drake is back to breaking streaming music records, although this time he's getting a helping hand. To start, Apple has confirmed that the man from the 6 smashed his own single-day record on its music service, with his album Scorpion resulting in over...

Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies

Jul 1, 2018

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It's no secret that Facebook shared user data with device and software makers as part of its partnerships. Now, however, the scope of those deals has become clearer. Facebook has responded to a House Energy & Commerce Committee request for data...

E-cig startup Juul plans to go global by raising $1.2 billion

Jul 1, 2018

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"Juuling" might be a thing around the world in the future, because the e-cig-maker has big plans to go global. According to Bloomberg, Juul is raising $1.2 billion in a financing round, which would put the startup's value at a whopping $15 or $16 bil...

NSA deletes hundreds of millions of call records over privacy violations

Jul 1, 2018

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The NSA unfortunately has a long history of violating privacy rules, although this time the agency might not be entirely to blame. The NSA is deleting hundreds of millions of call and text message data records (collected since 2015) after learning o...

Recommended Reading: Fixing Apple Maps

Jul 1, 2018

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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch It's no secret that Apple Maps has lagged behind other options like Google Maps and Waze, but that may not be the case for much longer. TechCrunch has details on how Eddy Cu...

Vivo's all-screen NEX S is a frustrating glimpse of the future

Jun 30, 2018

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More than anything, Vivo's NEX S is a fascinating machine. From a distance, it seems like any other big-screened smartphone. Look more closely, though, and the ambition becomes strikingly clear. An in-display fingerprint sensor? A pop-up selfie c...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Jun 30, 2018

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend! Before looking back at some highlights from the last week, we'll take a look at Apple's big Maps upgrade and think about what Westworld needs to do next season. Calling all students! Whi...

Light's multi-lens camera tech is coming to a phone

Jun 30, 2018

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A couple of years ago, Light launched its L16 camera, a "multi-aperture computational camera" that features 16 lenses. Ten or more of them capture an image simultaneously but at different focal lengths and the camera then combines those separate imag...

'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie's villain could be played by Jim Carrey

Jun 30, 2018

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The Sonic movie that's in development from Deadpool director Tim Miller might just have its villain. According to reports from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, Jim Carrey is in "final negotiations" to join the cast of this live-action/CG...

FBI tracks down California man who threatened Ajit Pai's family

Jun 30, 2018

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Today the Department of Justice announced it has arrested a man in LA on charges that he threatened to kill the family of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. 33-year-old Markara Man allegedly sent three emails to Pai from "stubblemanliness@gmail.com" that in...

Qualcomm's latest chip will power affordable wireless earbuds

Jun 30, 2018

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At CES this January, Qualcomm introduced the QCC5100 chipset built to improve battery life, reception and processing power of wireless earbuds. Now the company has announced a cheaper version, the QCC3026, intended to make it easier for device compan...

This device will literally tell you how much you stink

Jun 30, 2018

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There's so much bad technology in the world that Japan even has a beautiful word for pointless gadgets: "chindogu." There's another splendid Japanese term, one that companies are apparently holding training sessions on how to combat: "sumeru harasume...

8BitDo put a handy home button on its NES Classic wireless controller

Jun 30, 2018

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To celebrate Nintendo re-issuing the NES Classic Edition, 8Bitdo has revamped its wireless retro controller to match. The new version -- dubbed "N30 2.4G Wireless Controller for NES Classic Edition" -- boasts a different button layout (a square rathe...

Tinder user photos are now encrypted

Jun 30, 2018

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In January, a security firm discovered that photos exchanged on Tinder weren't encrypted. If the firm connected to the same network as someone using the dating app, pics could be intercepted on their way between the app and the service's servers. Sen...

EFF and human rights groups sue to have FOSTA declared unconstitutional

Jun 30, 2018

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a number of other organizations and individuals have filed a lawsuit asking for FOSTA to be declared unconstitutional, with the EFF saying the law was "written so poorly that it actually criminalizes a sub...

Pioneer's DDJ-400 controller will help you learn booth basics

Jun 30, 2018

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DJ'ng, like playing guitar, is one of those things that looks simple until you actually try it yourself. To help make your two-turntable-and-a-microphone dreams a reality, Pioneer DJ will release another low-cost controller very soon, but this time i...

How France beat Russian meddling (and we could, too)

Jun 30, 2018

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Since we're all expecting Kanye West to be a Supreme Court justice by Monday, it will surprise no one to find out that the completely normal, perfectly-operating administration in the White House is blowing off a new threat of interference and hackin...

Nationwide Comcast outage is here to ruin your Friday

Jun 30, 2018

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We hope you weren't planning to start your pre-Independence Day weekend with a streaming video marathon... you might have to put it on hold. Comcast has confirmed a nationwide outage affecting internet access, TV and voice. While it wasn't specific a...

'Fortnite' is hosting a mysterious live event this weekend

Jun 30, 2018

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Fortnite's Playground might be on hold for now, but there will be something to captivate your attention in the near future. Epic Games has been teasing some kind of one-time event in the game's battle royale mode on June 30th at 1:30PM Eastern, with...

Valve's Steam Spy replacement will have ‘more useful’ game stats

Jun 30, 2018

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It looks as though Valve has something up its sleeve to replace Steam Spy. According to PC Games N, Jan-Peter Ewert, the head of business development at Valve, was asked about Steam Spy at a game industry conference. Ewert responded that developers n...

Microsoft might still be working on a pocket-sized Surface

Jun 30, 2018

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Microsoft has been evidently working on a foldable tablet, code-named Andromeda, for a while now. It's supposed to focus on pen input and was rumored to hit the market as early as this year. Now, according to a leaked Microsoft document acquired by T...

Uber is out to prove its self-driving cars are safe

Jun 30, 2018

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Uber put its autonomous vehicle testing on hold following a fatal accident involving one of its cars in Tempe, Arizona. But the company now plans to resume testing in Pittsburgh and maybe San Francisco in August, according to The Information. Additio...

Fans are mad at one of the biggest 'League of Legends' teams

Jun 30, 2018

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Winning a professional League of Legends title is tough. Keeping fans happy, one esports organization has learned, can be even tougher.