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US took down Iranian drone using new jammer technology

Jul 21, 2019

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When the USS Boxer took down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, it apparently represented a baptism by fire for new technology. The Wall Street Journal understands that the action was the US Navy's first use of MADIS (Marine Air Defense Integ...

'Fortnite' winds down season nine with a giant-sized battle

Jul 21, 2019

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Epic is still finding ways to mark Fortnite's season transitions in grand style. The studio just finished a "Final Showdown" event for the end of season nine that interrupted the battle royale with a brawl between a giant monster and an equally mass...

Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce is leaving the gaming company

Jul 21, 2019

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Another Blizzard co-founder is stepping away from the company. Just a few months after Mike Morhaime left his role as Blizzard CEO and president, his fellow founder Frank Pearce has announced that he's also hanging up his hat as Chief Development Off...

Amazon's 'The Expanse' season 4 premieres December 13th

Jul 21, 2019

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Fans of The Expanse finally know when they can expect Amazon to continue the cult-hit sci-fi series. The internet giant has confirmed that the fourth season of The Expanse will debut on December 13th. As you might have surmised, it's a direct conti...

'The Orville' season 3 will be a Hulu exclusive

Jul 21, 2019

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You'll have to forget about watching The Orville's third season on Fox. Hulu has announced that it will offer season 3 of the sci-fi series as an exclusive in the US, with new episodes premiering in late 2020. Creator and star Seth MacFarlane was f...

'Westworld' season 3 trailer shows robots venturing beyond the park

Jul 20, 2019

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HBO has released the first full trailer for Westworld's third season, and it's clear that there's much, much more to see than what you caught in the teaser. The clip shows a future city where the park robots have slipped into human society, with Dol...

NASA's Orion crew capsule is ready for its uncrewed trip to the Moon

Jul 20, 2019

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You knew the US wouldn't mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 without news about the country's next trip to the Moon. Both Lockheed Martin and NASA have confirmed completion of the Orion crew capsule that will play a key role in Artemis 1, the unc...

CBS offers the first trailer for 'Star Trek: Picard'

Jul 20, 2019

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CBS is using San Diego Comic-Con to share a wealth of new info about its next wave of Star Trek material on All Access. To start, there's finally an honest-to-goodness trailer for Star Trek: Picard, which premieres early 2020 on the streaming service...

CBS goes dark on DirecTV Now, other AT&T services in price dispute

Jul 20, 2019

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Media giants are embroiled in yet another fight over TV rates, and viewers are once again paying the price. CBS' channels in 17 markets (including New York, San Francisco and Atlanta) have gone dark on AT&T services like DirecTV Now and U-verse...

Neil Armstrong's Buzz Aldrin photo is unparalleled in art

Jul 20, 2019

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Few would deny that Neil Armstrong's shot of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous and compelling photos ever taken. What makes it so iconic? Of course, he had access to a place that only 11 other human beings have been, but there's...

Recommended Reading: The race back to the Moon

Jul 20, 2019

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Dueling superpowers, rival billionaires. Inside the new race to the Moon Jeffrey Kluger, Time SpaceX, Blue Origin and others are in a heated battle to help NASA return the US to the Moon. Time takes an in-depth look at the new space race and the k...

The sneakers inspired by Apollo 11 and the Moon landing

Jul 20, 2019

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NASA's Apollo 11 has had an outsize influence on our culture since July 20th, 1969. That's the day the spaceflight mission successfully completed its lunar landing, paving the way for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to become the first humans to ever...

Watch astronauts reach space on Apollo 11's 50th anniversary

Jul 20, 2019

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Earth is about to mark Apollo 11's 50th anniversary in one of the most fitting ways possible: sending people to space on the same day. NASA's Andrew Morgan (shown at left), Roscosmos' Alexander Skvortsov and the ESA's Luca Parmitano are launching on...

How HoloLens is helping advance the science of spaceflight

Jul 20, 2019

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AR headsets haven't exactly caught on with the general public -- especially after the Google Glass debacle. Mixed reality technology has garnered a sizable amount of interest in a variety of professional industries, though, from medicine and educatio...

Did Frankenstein go to the Moon?

Jul 20, 2019

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There's a mystery at the heart of the first Moon landing. And no, it's not whether the whole thing was staged. Instead, historians are wondering whether a small company in Manchester helped NASA design its iconic Apollo 11 spacesuit.

The Morning After: 2020 Corvette adds NFC, 1080p and OTA updates

Jul 20, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Chevrolet unveiled its tech-filled 2020 Corvette, and Comic-Con is in full swing. We'll take a look back at someone this week's highlight stories, like Neuralink's plan to connect brains...

NSA contractor sentenced to nine years over theft of classified info

Jul 20, 2019

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In 2016, federal agents arrested NSA contractor Harold Martin for stealing up to 50TB of classified information, and reports claimed that included offensive hacking technology designed to break into foreign computer networks. Sources for the data he...

Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe

Jul 20, 2019

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Google has to pay the FTC a multimillion dollar fine to settle a probe into YouTube's shortcomings when it comes to protecting kids using its service, according to The Washington Post. The agency launched an investigation into the video-sharing platf...

Equifax reportedly close to $700 million data breach settlement

Jul 20, 2019

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Remember that time Equifax had a data breach and leaked an incredible amount of information -- addresses, social security numbers and even driver's licenses -- on more than 143 million people in the US alone? That was revealed nearly two years ago, a...

'The Dark Crystal' Comic-Con preview goes behind the scenes

Jul 20, 2019

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Besides The Witcher, Netflix also highlighted its upcoming The Dark Crystal prequel series at Comic-Con. Instead of another trailer, the video posted goes behind the scenes, talking to engineers and others at Jim Henson Company who have continued the...

Netflix's 'The Witcher' teaser trailer revealed at Comic-Con

Jul 19, 2019

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Late last year we learned that The Witcher's TV adaptation found its Geralt in the form of Superman star Henry Cavill, and now at Comic-Con fans have their first glimpse of the live-action series coming to Netflix. The teaser trailer was unveiled at...

Huawei CEO: Entity List ban is 'the start of the US falling behind'

Jul 19, 2019

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It's been a tumultuous year for Huawei's businesses in the US, and the company's highest-ranking officials are speaking out. Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei spoke with Yahoo Finance in an hour-long interview published today, explaining the company's pla...

Eli Roth’s studio is making five horror series for Facebook Watch

Jul 19, 2019

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Last fall, Crypt TV announced it would convert its Webby Award-winning short The Birch into a 15-episode horror series for Facebook Watch. The digital studio, founded by Eli Roth and Jack Davis, isn't stopping there. According to Deadline, Crypt TV a...

US Netflix subscribers can finally watch Eurovision replays

Jul 19, 2019

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Americans didn't have official ways to watch the Eurovision Song Contest live this year, but they'll at least have a way to relive it. Netflix will carry the 2019 competition's semi-finals and grand final in the US starting on July 22nd, giving you e...

Hulu's Comic-Con surprise: 'Veronica Mars' S4 is streaming now

Jul 19, 2019

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Forget waiting until July 26th, during a panel at Comic-Con Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell announced season four of the relaunched series is premiering today on Hulu. All eight episodes are live right now, so if you're not at the event it's a perfec...

Europe's sat-nav network crippled by 'technical incident'

Jul 15, 2019

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Europe's Galileo satellite network, freshly approved by the FCC for US smartphones, has suffered a serious outage. The system has been down since Friday due to what officials at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have described as a "technical incident r...

Synthetic fiber 'muscles' could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

Jul 15, 2019

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Most attempts at giving robots muscles tend to be heavy, slow or both. Scientists might finally have a solution that's both light and nimble, though. They've developed fibers that can serve as artificial muscles for robots while remaining light, re...

US Army to test robotic combat vehicles in 2020

Jul 15, 2019

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The US military is about to try using robotic vehicles in a more aggressive fashion -- the Army will start testing robotic combat vehicles in 2020. Soldiers in two modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles (Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators, or ME...

France is creating a space command to defend its satellites

Jul 15, 2019

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The US isn't the only country that wants to create a dedicated space force within its military. French President Emmanuel Macron has greenlit plans to create a space command within his country's air force next September. The division would bolster...

VW inadvertently offers a peek at the interior of its ID.3 EV

Jul 14, 2019

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So much for VW keeping a tight lid on the ID.3's finished design. Auto Conspiracy and others have obtained a promo video for the electric hatchback's interior, showing an appropriately very connected machine. The early look suggests the ID.3 will use...

Microsoft is shutting down its internet board and card games

Jul 14, 2019

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Microsoft has already given users of older Windows versions some not-so-subtle hints that it's time to move on. Now, it's giving them more of a push by removing things dear to their hearts: their board and card games. The software giant is shutting...

NASA backs demo that will 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

Jul 14, 2019

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NASA is expanding its efforts to bring 3D printing to space. The agency has given Made In Space a $73.3 million contract to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One (shown above), a robotic manufacturing ship...

Watch India launch a historic Moon mission starting at 5PM ET

Jul 14, 2019

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India is on the cusp of making space exploration history in more ways than one, and you might get to watch it first-hand. ISRO is livestreaming the launch of Chandrayaan-2, its second uncrewed mission to the Moon, starting at 5PM Eastern (liftoff is...

Huawei preps 'extensive' US job cuts despite partial reprieve

Jul 14, 2019

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Huawei appears to be prepared for a long trade battle despite the US government's promises of easing some restrictions. Wall Street Journal sources claim Huawei is prepping "extensive" layoffs at its Futurewei research offices in the US, with "hundr...

Should I buy this big thing if it's a Prime Day deal?

Jul 14, 2019

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By Wirecutter Staff Amazon Prime Day 2019 is coming, and we're getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks and recommendations from our expert staff. Bookmark our Deals page, follow @WirecutterDeals on Twitter, and sign up for...

After Math: Flipping the Switch

Jul 14, 2019

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Nintendo wasn't the only company this week making headlines about switches. Facebook's poker playing AI turned the tables on some Texas Hold'em pros, Foxconn pulled the old switcheroo on the state of Wisconsin, and Luminar's new LiDAR is poised to tu...

Disney pulls the plug on FX Networks' standalone streaming service

Jul 14, 2019

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There's bound to be a lot of changes, both big and small, at 21st Century Fox now that Disney's acquisition of the media giant is completed. One of those is the shutdown of FX Networks' Plus subscription service, which it launched with Comcast back i...

Sony says its USB hub is the world's fastest SD card reader

Jul 14, 2019

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It's hard to spice up USB hubs when they're practically ubiquitous. Sony's solution? Make it indispensable to pro photographers. The company's newly announced MRW-W3 hub is billed as the "world's fastest" UHS-II SD (and microSD) card reader, suppo...

Blizzard will shut down 'Overwatch' matches when it spots cheating

Jul 14, 2019

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Blizzard thinks it has a straightforward way to prevent Overwatch cheaters from wrecking others' matches: bring those matches to a screeching halt. As part of a developer update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that Blizzard will automaticall...

'Space Invaders' movie is closer to becoming a reality

Jul 14, 2019

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Warner Bros. bought the movie rights to Space Invaders years ago, and now it looks ready to do something with the classic alien-blasting franchise. Deadline reports that Warner's New Line Cinema is advancing production on the film, with Mortal Komba...

G2A proposes blocking tool to deal with shady game key resales

Jul 14, 2019

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G2A still has a problem with sketchy game key resales, to the point where developers like Mike Rowe have suggested that it would be better to pirate games instead. The site thinks it has a way to mitigate the problem, though. It's proposing a tool...

Niantic is shutting down Field Trip, its first app

Jul 13, 2019

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Niantic built its reputation on location-based games like Pokémon Go, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but its roots are in its Field Trip app for finding nearby activities. And believe it or not, the company has kept the app going si...

US issues final rules halting increase of fuel efficiency penalties

Jul 13, 2019

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The Trump administration isn't deterred by legal attempts to preserve a once-planned increase in fuel efficiency penalties. The NHTSA has issued final rules freezing the fine at $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon a new vehicle consumes above...

Prime Day pro tip: Find extra deals with Amazon's app

Jul 13, 2019

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By Nathan Burrow Amazon Prime Day 2019 will begin July 15, and we're getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks and recommendations from our expert staff. Bookmark our Deals page, follow Wirecutter Deals on Twitter, and sign u...

Russia launches X-ray telescope to find 'millions' of black holes

Jul 13, 2019

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Russia is back in the business of space observation after losing control of a radio telescope a the start of 2019. The country has successfully launched Spektr-RG, an X-ray telescope co-developed with Germany's help. The vessel will take 100 days t...

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Jul 13, 2019

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Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando "Corby" Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Co...

What did the Nintendo 3DS mean to you?

Jul 13, 2019

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With this week's announcement of Nintendo's new Switch Lite console, we've been thinking about the handheld that preceded it: The Nintendo 3DS, a successor to the wildly popular DS that took the dual screen and added the ability to display games in 3...

Hitting the Books: Gravity's mystery may prove our multiverse exists

Jul 13, 2019

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Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Recommended Reading: The legacy of female players in 'FIFA'

Jul 13, 2019

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How female characters in FIFA led to a diversity movement at EA Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat Discussions on diversity and equal pay have taken over in the week following the 2019 Women's World Cup, especially in the US. EA game designer Katie Scott...

The Morning After: That's what quantum entanglement looks like

Jul 13, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The AMD vs. NVIDIA midrange GPU battle is heating up, Microsoft went back to the '80s and Nintendo introduced a Switch Lite. Oh, and some Amazon workers will strike on Prime Day. Welcome to your weekend.

How to prepare for Amazon Prime Day

Jul 8, 2019

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By Alex Roth Amazon Prime Day 2019 will begin July 15, and we're getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks and recommendations from our expert staff. Bookmark our Deals page, follow Wirecutter Deals on Twitter, and sign up fo...

The Morning After: Aircraft lands itself for the first time

Jul 8, 2019

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Welcome back to the Morning After. Over the weekend, our team tried out AMD's latest Radeon GPUs, Google tested out a global video play/pause button for Chrome and an airplane managed to land all by itself.

The White House's social media summit may not include Facebook and Twitter

Jul 8, 2019

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The White House's upcoming social media summit might be missing some key players when it goes ahead this week. Facebook and Twitter have not been invited to attend, according to sources who spoke with CNN.

UK regulator to hit British Airways with record fine over 2018 hack

Jul 8, 2019

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The UK's data privacy authority has announced it intends to levy its largest ever fine against airline British Airways (BA). The airline will have to pay £183.39 million ($230 million) to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for failing...

Google is testing a global video play/pause button for Chrome

Jul 8, 2019

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Google could soon add a button to its Chrome browser that would make it possible to pause or play video from any tab. A recent release of Chrome's Canary development version has a new feature called Global Media Controls, as seen by Techdows, ZDNet a...

X-rays help astronomers detect spinning black holes

Jul 8, 2019

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It can be tricky to measure the spin of a black hole, particularly when it's hard to see them, but astronomers have pulled off just such a feat. They've gauged the spins of five supermassive black holes through a combination of data from the Chandra...

Russia says it will give soldiers bomb-carrying drones

Jul 8, 2019

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Never mind using small drones for battlefield recon -- if Russia has its way, they'll be another part of the arsenal. The country's Defense Ministry recently told Izvestia that it's not only outfitting platoons with small drones, but will eventually...

'Destiny 2' year two winds down with Moments of Triumph starting July 9th

Jul 8, 2019

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The second year of Destiny 2 is ramping down with Shadowkeep around the corner, and that can only mean one thing in Bungie's world: it's achievement-hunting season. The developer is kicking off 2019's Moments of Triumph on July 9th, giving you a chan...

The EU's election interference alert system isn't working properly

Jul 7, 2019

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The European Union was quick to report online interference in its recent elections, but the system designed to catch that interference apparently needs some improvement. The New York Times has learned through records and interviews that the EU's Rap...

FBI and ICE use DMV photos as 'gold mine' for facial recognition data

Jul 7, 2019

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Cities and companies might be turning away from facial recognition, but federal agents are embracing it -- whether or not the public is fully aware of what's happening. Georgetown Law researchers and the Washington Post have discovered that FBI and I...

Apple tests iCloud.com sign-ins with your face or finger

Jul 7, 2019

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The iCloud website is handy when you want to check info from an unfamiliar device or just prefer to use a browser, but the need to enter your password could be enough of a pain that you might just pull out your phone instead. Soon, though, it could b...

Scientists store data inside molecules that drive your metabolism

Jul 7, 2019

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Never mind using DNA to store data -- there may be a simpler way to store info. Brown University scientists have shown that it's possible to store data in solutions of artificial metabolic molecules, such as amino acids and sugars. The presence or...

Amazon asks FCC for permission to launch internet satellites

Jul 7, 2019

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Amazon is moving fairly quickly on its plan to deploy thousands of internet satellites. The company has filed for FCC permission to launch 3,236 satellites as part of Project Kuiper. The spacecraft would be grouped into 98 orbital planes, and fly a...

European regulators demand changes to 737 Max autopilot

Jul 7, 2019

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It's not just American officials who think Boeing's 737 Max software needs more polish. A Bloomberg source said that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has told Boeing to make five changes to the airliner before it can return to servic...

After Math: 'Murica

Jul 7, 2019

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Now that the 4th of July festivities are winding down, let's take a look back at the most American stories Engadget ran this week.

Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT review: AMD brings the fight back to NVIDIA

Jul 7, 2019

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The unveiling of the Radeon 5000 family and Ryzen third-gen chips at Computex made it clear this was going to be a special year for AMD. Its latest CPUs include a monster 12-core chip for just $499. And with its latest video cards, the Radeon RX 5700...

Aircraft lands itself truly autonomously for the first time

Jul 7, 2019

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Many airliners can land automatically, but they don't really land autonomously -- the airport is guiding them in with a radio signal (the Instrument Landing System). And when many smaller airports don't have this feature, it's not even an option. R...

Korg's music-making Switch app offers Genesis and Taito game sounds

Jul 7, 2019

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It stands to reason that a music creation app on a game console should have sound samples from consoles, doesn't it? Korg certainly thinks so. It's updating its Gadget app for the Switch with both a Sega Genesis-derived drum machine (Otorii) and a Ta...

Professor convicted of sending US missile chip technology to China

Jul 7, 2019

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The American government is particularly wary of China these days, and it's determined to make an example out of those who would share US secrets with its major rival. A California federal court has convicted UCLA professor Yi-Chi Shih for reportedly...

Mozilla preps its ad-free news subscription service for testing

Jul 6, 2019

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Mozilla seems to have made significant progress on its Apple News competitor over three months after it was announced. According to various sources, the organization has sent out invites to users, inviting them to participate in the upcoming beta lau...

GM's self-driving unit is close to receiving a $2.25 billion boost

Jul 6, 2019

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It took more than a year, but GM's self-driving company is close to receiving a giant cash infusion. Cruise Automation confirmed to Reuters that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) had approved SoftBank's $2.25 billion investment i...

'Gears 5' multiplayer test starts July 19th

Jul 6, 2019

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The Coalition and Microsoft have offered a peek at Gears 5's cooperative Escape mode, but how does its competitive gameplay fare? You might find out very shortly if you're committed to the franchise. The companies are launching a Multiplayer Techni...

7-Eleven Japan's weak app security led to a $500,000 customer loss

Jul 6, 2019

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7-Eleven Japan's mobile payment app had such poor security measures, the company had to shut it down just a couple of days after its release. In an announcement explaining the issue, the company admitted that hackers were able to break into 900 users...

Huawei is helping all the UK's top carriers build their 5G networks

Jul 6, 2019

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British carriers apparently aren't put off by US pressure to ditch Huawei for their 5G network deployments. The Guardian's sources understand that all four of the UK's largest wireless providers (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) are all using Huawei to b...

Watch VW's electric race car smash a 20-year-old Goodwood record (updated)

Jul 6, 2019

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VW clearly wasn't satisfied with setting the electric car record for the hill climb at 2018's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The automaker's ID.R racer (driven by Romain Dumas) returned to this year's festival in grand style, setting a hill climb time o...

'Alan Wake' developer may bring the cult classic to more consoles

Jul 1, 2019

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Alan Wake might make its way to PS4 or Switch (or even mobile) after developer Remedy Entertainment snagged back the publishing rights to the 2010 cult classic from Microsoft. It told investors it would earn royalty payments of about 2.5 million euro...

Five 'Star Trek' movies come to Amazon Prime on July 31st

Jul 1, 2019

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There's more Star Trek available for streaming -- although it might not be on the service you were expecting to use. Amazon is adding five pre-Abrams Star Trek movies to Prime Video in the US on July 31st. Two of them come from the cast of the origin...

The best games for PS4

Jul 1, 2019

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Sony's PlayStation 4 is fast approaching its sixth birthday, and that poses a problem. You see, game developers have seen fit to release a game for almost every day the console has been available, leaving you with well over 1,500 titles to choose fro...

Did Apple fix its Mac Pro problem?

Jul 1, 2019

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Welcome to the latest episode of Upscaled, our explainer show where we look at the components and parts that make our favorite tech better. This week, we're talking about Apple's new Mac Pro, an insanely powerful new computer that's also a majo...

HTC Vive will help more companies jump into VR

Jul 1, 2019

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Much like how Microsoft has positioned HoloLens as an enterprise-friendly tool for training, HTC Vive wants to help businesses take advantage of virtual reality. The company is launching a new unit today, Vive Enterprise Solutions, that'll be entirel...

Snapchat made a Bitomji tennis game to celebrate Wimbledon

Jul 1, 2019

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It's no secret that Snapchat is a big fan of sport, and tennis is no exception. Last year it released a 3D Bitmoji Lens that let users "take on" tennis legend Serena Williams at Wimbledon, now it's launched a real-time Bitmoji multiplayer tennis game...

OnePlus admits it sent bizarre notifications to OnePlus 7 Pro owners

Jul 1, 2019

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Owners of OnePlus 7 Pro phones have randomly received several weird notifications, causing consternation and concerns about security.

Brave web browser is really fast at blocking ads

Jul 1, 2019

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Google recently unveiled "Manifest V3," a new suite of proposed Chromium browser changes that would make it a lot harder to block ads. Now, the third-party browser Brave, which uses Chromium technology, has essentially defied Google by unveiling ext...

Samsung's Bixby Marketplace launches in the US and South Korea

Jul 1, 2019

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Bixby may be the forgotten child of virtual assistants, but Samsung is still hoping it can break through and compete with the likes of Siri, Alexa and Cortana. The company has opened its Bixby Marketplace in the US and South Korea, where users can do...

The Morning After: 'Stranger Things 3' and its low-fi tech

Jul 1, 2019

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Hey, good morning! Welcome back! Stranger Things Season 3 is upon us, Amazon is upgrading its Fire TV service (alongside a sweet discount on its DVR box) and Huawei devices may make it back to the US.

Jony Ive reportedly felt that Tim Cook wasn’t interested in design

Jul 1, 2019

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Jony Ive's departure was made official last week, but may have begun years ago because of Apple's shift in focus from design to operations, according to the WSJ and Bloomberg. Citing multiple unnamed sources, the reports stated that Ive was "dispirit...

Netflix is set to adapt Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' comics into a TV series

Jul 1, 2019

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Neil Gaiman's epic mythology comic Sandman could finally make its screen debut. Netflix and Warner Bros. are close to signing a big-money deal to adapt the comic into a TV show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Scientists capture 4D atomic movement in breakthrough experiment

Jul 1, 2019

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Long-held theories about how materials melt, freeze and evaporate may need to be tweaked thanks to some breakthrough research. A UCLA-led team of scientists have captured the 4D movement of atoms through time and 3D space as they changed states, repo...

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR box is $100 off today

Jul 1, 2019

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If you've been considering a Fire TV Recast, now is the time to buy - the DVR is on sale for its lowest price ever. From today, the Recast is on sale for $129.99, a saving of $100.

NASA's TESS spacecraft discovers its smallest exoplanet to date

Jul 1, 2019

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NASA's TESS spacecraft is continuing to find ever-smaller planets -- and that now includes planets smaller than the human homeworld. The vessel has found a planet in the L 98-59 system, L 98-59b, that's 80 percent the size of Earth -- and 10 percent...

Amazon gives Fire TV devices a section devoted to live television

Jul 1, 2019

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Fire TV devices now have access to plenty of live television services, and Amazon wants to be sure you know what's playing regardless of what services you prefer. The internet giant is rolling out a dedicated Live tab that showcases whatever's playi...

UAE debuts the world's largest individual solar power project

Jul 1, 2019

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The United Arab Emirates might still be associated with oil money, but it just set a record for reducing its dependence on oil. The Emirate Water and Electricity Company has started running Noor Abu Dhabi, the largest individual solar power project i...

AMD denies improperly sharing CPU tech with China

Jun 30, 2019

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AMD has been accused of feeding sensitive technology to China, and the company isn't having any of it. The chip designer has rejected Wall Street Journal claims that partnerships formed in early 2016 improperly shared x86 CPU tech with Sugon Informa...

Facebook will fight misinformation linked to the 2020 US census

Jun 30, 2019

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Facebook isn't just limiting its anti-interference efforts to elections. The social network has published a second updated on its civil rights audit, and with it news that the company plans to treat the 2020 US census as if it were a vote. It will...

Apple won't offer a Netflix-like quantity of TV shows

Jun 30, 2019

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Apple has hinted that its TV+ service will focus more on a handful of top-tier shows than a Netflix-style deluge, but now that's considerably more explicit. Senior VP Eddy Cue told the Sunday Times in an interview that Apple "won't create the most"...

New electric cars in Europe have to make artificial noises

Jun 30, 2019

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Don't be surprised if you hear more of a racket from electric cars in Europe. As of July 1st, new four-wheeled EV models in the European Union require a noise-emitting device (Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, or AVAS) that kicks in whenever the vehicle...

Android will have an equivalent to Apple's AirDrop file sharing

Jun 30, 2019

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Ask iPhone users about the creature comforts they like and there's a good chance they'll mention AirDrop -- it's an easy way to share a photo with a nearby Apple device owner. Android users should soon have an equivalent, though. The 9to5Google tea...

Germany and the Netherlands form a joint military network

Jun 30, 2019

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Networking on the battlefield won't just be limited to communication between units for one country. Germany and the Netherlands have created a joint military network, TEN (Tactical Edge Networking), that helps soldiers from the two countries coordin...

The best sous vide machine and gear

Jun 30, 2019

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By Tim Barribeau and Nick Guy 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 guide to sous vide ma...

After Math: Jony Bye-ve

Jun 30, 2019

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This has was a big week for mobility, especially the employment kind. Jony Ive is leaving Apple to start his own design studio next year, Latinx drama One Day at a Time is making the switch from "cancelled by Netflix" to "picked up on basic cable," a...

iPadOS makes Apple's tablets feel like a priority again

Jun 24, 2019

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When I reviewed the iPad Pro last year, I was torn. Here was one of the most impressive (not to mention expensive) tablets any company had ever made, and its software seemed caught between two goals: provide the classic, friendly iOS experience p...

A weekend with 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite'

Jun 24, 2019

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Mat Smith and Dan Cooper grew up in the UK at the right age to witness the birth of Pottermania. The Harry Potter novels are firmly encoded in their very British psyches, and both are fans of augmented reality, GPS-connected mobile games. So it made...

iOS 13 preview: Shaping up to be a huge update

Jun 24, 2019

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After Apple announced all of its big software updates for the year at WWDC, it made clear that the first public beta versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS would go live sometime in July. Whoops! Never mind. The company just let us know they'll be rel...

Mark Hamill and other stars will read the Mueller Report live at 9PM ET

Jun 24, 2019

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On Monday night, a group of Hollywood stars will take part in a live reading of The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts, a play based on the Mueller report. The likes of Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow and Alyssa Milano are am...

macOS Catalina preview: It's all about the apps

Jun 24, 2019

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Three weeks ago, Apple was holding court at the San Jose Convention Center, where it kicked off its annual developer conference with first looks at iOS 13, iPadOS and the latest version of macOS, Catalina. Today the company is releasing Catalina in b...

7-Eleven can deliver your Slurpees to parks and beaches

Jun 24, 2019

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7-Eleven has a way for its 7Now deliveries to stand out from the herd: let you order in all kinds of public spaces. An update to its 7Now app for iOS lets you ask for delivery to "pins," or commonly accessible locations like parks, beaches, concert...

Senate bill would make companies put a price on personal data

Jun 24, 2019

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Many will tell you that internet giants see your data as their most valuable resource, but politicians now want to put a number on that value. Senators Mark Warner and Josh Hawley are introducing the Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden O...

Microsoft's dual-screen tablet could run Android apps

Jun 24, 2019

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Microsoft could release a radically different Surface as early as the first half of 2020. Rumors about a dual-screen tablet have been circulating since last year, and the company reportedly showed a similar device to employees earlier this month. Now...

BET+ streaming service launches this fall with Tyler Perry's help

Jun 24, 2019

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The rumor was true -- BET is launching a streaming service. The newly official BET+ is due to launch in the fall and will work closely with Tyler Perry Studios to offer a host of African American-focused on-demand video to subscribers. In addition to...

Google’s new curriculum teaches kids how to detect disinformation

Jun 24, 2019

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When Google launched its "Be Internet Awesome" curriculum for educators a couple of years ago, it focused its efforts on teaching children about online safety. This year, however, the company is adding a new component to its campaign: media literacy....

Samsung's new SmartThings camera and smart plug don't need the hub

Jun 24, 2019

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Samsung is adding a camera, a WiFi smart plug and a smart bulb to its range of SmartThings devices available in the US. The indoor camera has full HD and HDR capabilities -- plus, it has a 145-degree view to be able to monitor a wider part of your ho...

Amazon Echo Show 5 review: An Alexa display with alarm clock smarts

Jun 24, 2019

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When Amazon introduced the second-gen Echo Show display last year, it was a huge upgrade over the original, with a built-in browser, better sound and more video options than before. Just months later, however, and Amazon has released a new model call...

Daimler forced to recall more Mercedes cars in emissions cheat probe

Jun 24, 2019

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Things are getting worse for German auto manufacturer Daimler after local newspaper Bild reported that the company is recalling a further 60,000 Mercedes cars.

Bill Gates claims his ‘greatest mistake’ was not beating Android

Jun 24, 2019

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Bill Gates has spoken candidly about his regrets as the leader of Microsoft, most particularly the company's attempts to build a dominant mobile OS. As reported by The Verge, during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global, Gates said "the...

The Morning After: US 'launched cyber-attack' on Iranian weapons systems

Jun 24, 2019

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Good morning, there! If you've been waiting on making your own media hub, a new 4K-ready Raspberry Pi model might be exactly what you're after. Elsewhere, the US used a cyberattack to take down an Iranian missile control base.

Xiaomi's new Mi CC phones are aimed at young people

Jun 24, 2019

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has struggled to sell phones recently, so now it's spreading its offerings to cater to specific sets of customers. In this case, it's targeting the younger generation with the launch of Mi CC, a new series of smartphones a...

The new Raspberry Pi 4 is ready for 4K video

Jun 24, 2019

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Like the Raspberry Pi but wish it had a little more oomph for your homebrew projects? The Pi Foundation might have what you need. The newly released Raspberry Pi 4 Model B mates the familiar tiny computer-on-a-board design with purportedly "ground-br...

Fast delivery may negate the environmental benefits of online shopping

Jun 24, 2019

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Many will tell you that online shopping is more eco-friendly since you don't have to drive as often, but just the opposite might be true in recent years. Axios has warned that the increasing number of super-fast delivery options may be leading to mo...

Minnesota cop receives $585,000 after fellow officers spied on DMV data

Jun 24, 2019

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The city of Minneapolis is learning a hard lesson about the importance of placing checks on government data access. A court has awarded police officer Amy Krekelberg a total of $585,000 after she sued Minneapolis and two fellow officers for allegedl...

Robot 'duck' keeps weeds out of rice paddies

Jun 24, 2019

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For rice farmers, ducks have been a viable way to keep their crops healthy -- they destroy weeds, eat bugs and fertilize crops without using harmful chemicals. And now, a Nissan technician might have an alternative when fowl isn't an option. He's t...

Blizzard's global esports director quits amid turmoil

Jun 23, 2019

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Blizzard's esports team just lost another major leader -- global esports director Kim Phan has left Blizzard to pursue a "new endeavor" in the gaming industry. The veteran didn't harbor ill will against Blizzard in her farewell post (she plans to att...

NASA's Astrobee cube robot flies in space for the first time

Jun 23, 2019

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NASA's Astrobee cube robots are finally earning their space wings... in a manner of speaking. The agency has confirmed that one of the bots, Bumble, flew on its own for the first time aboard the International Space Station on June 14th. While the tri...

US may require companies make 5G equipment outside of China

Jun 23, 2019

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The US isn't just skittish about American companies using equipment from Chinese companies in their 5G networks -- it might force companies to avoid Chinese involvement altogether. Wall Street Journal sources claim that the Trump administration is co...

Paris may offer flying taxis to 2024 Olympics guests

Jun 23, 2019

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You can be sure that transportation will be a nightmare for many people attending the 2024 Paris Olympics, but technology could make it slightly more bearable. Airbus, Aeroports de Paris and the Paris Transport Authority are exploring the feasibility...

AI could study your brain to help teachers improve their courses

Jun 23, 2019

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Teachers don't always know how well their methods work. They can ask questions and hand out tests, of course, but it's not always clear who's at fault if the message doesn't get through. AI might do the trick before long, though. Dartmouth College re...

FCC task force will help connect farms and ranches

Jun 17, 2019

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Today, the FCC announced a task force meant to support the deployment of broadband across unserved farms and ranches. The Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force will work with the US Department of Agriculture and public and private sector stakeholders....

Microsoft's To-Do app is now available for Mac

Jun 17, 2019

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Microsoft has released To-Do for Mac, finally giving Apple users access to the task management tool on their desktops. The Mac app will allow users to work offline, view their upcoming tasks under "My Day," share to-do lists with friends and colleagu...

Engadget is looking for contributing writers in the US!

Jun 17, 2019

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Good news! Engadget is looking for freelance news writers in the US! Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and links to three writing samples to jobs at engadget dot com.

Apple is trying to save my hearing after I spent years ruining it

Jun 17, 2019

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My love affair with loud music started in earnest in my sophomore year of high school, when I got an iPod for my birthday and immediately started blasting Black Mages albums and anime theme songs. Fast forward fifteen years, and my morning commute ne...

ACLU: Police must get warrants to obtain personal data from cars

Jun 17, 2019

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You might not think of your car as a treasure trove of personal data, but it frequently is -- performance data, phone contacts and location info may be sitting under the hood. And the American Civil Liberties Union wants to be sure police can't just...

Adobe’s upcoming iPad painting app is called Adobe Fresco

Jun 17, 2019

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Adobe's forthcoming iPad art app -- Project Gemini -- is being rebranded as Adobe Fresco, a nod to the centuries-old Italian painting technique. The company revealed that the latest addition to Creative Cloud Suite is currently available for private...

Samsung tweet suggests scanning your smart TV for malware every few weeks

Jun 17, 2019

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This morning a Samsung customer support account tweeted an odd warning that, to prevent malicious software attacks on your smart TV, you should scan it for viruses every few weeks. It even included an instructional video to help you do so. The tweet,...

Grubhub is delivering Dunkin' donuts in New York City

Jun 17, 2019

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If you're craving donuts but can't step outside to get them, some extra relief might be at hand. Grubhub is rolling out the option to order from Dunkin' through its apps, starting with Seamless customers in New York City. It'll reach other markets...

AI could be the key to catching Type 1 diabetes much earlier

Jun 17, 2019

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Will AI lead to a quicker diagnosis of diabetes, a condition often called the silent killer? IBM researchers are hoping so. They recently announced an AI-powered screening tool that could potentially identify Type 1 diabetes antibodies in people's bl...

Netflix puts a 'Patriot Act' episode about bad internet access on DVD

Jun 17, 2019

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The latest episode of Netflix variety talk show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj focuses on the digital divide. In it, Minhaj breaks down some of the many reasons why internet access is so terrible across much of the US, including the roles of carriers...

Domino's will use self-driving vehicles to deliver pizza in Houston

Jun 17, 2019

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Domino's is determined to make autonomous pizza delivery a practical reality. The chain has unveiled plans to deliver pies to "select" Houston customers later in 2019 using Nuro's self-driving R2 vehicle. If you order online from a participating st...

UK design student creates a smart chest binder for trans people

Jun 17, 2019

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A UK design student created a smart wearable that could make chest binding safer, easier and more comfortable for transgender men and non-binary people. Chest binding is the act of flattening one's breasts using a tight garment in order to make the c...

What we played in June: 'Final Fantasy Tactics' and 'Overcooked'

Jun 17, 2019

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Welcome back to Engadget's Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. This time around, we've been putting time into the iOS version of Final Fantasy Tactics, Overcooked and Just Cause 4. And we also briefly spent s...

Germans can soon use their iPhones as virtual ID cards

Jun 17, 2019

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iOS 13's newly expanded NFC support will be useful for more than just hopping on the subway. Germany is taking advantage of the upcoming software's support for Apple-approved NFC identification documents to let residents scan their ID cards and use t...

Comcast built an eye-control remote to help users with movement issues

Jun 17, 2019

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in an attempt to improve the accessibility of its services, Comcast announced today the launch of a feature that will allow users to control their television using only their eyes. The Xfinity X1 eye control will give Comcast customers the ability to...

The Morning After: 'Pokémon Go' cheaters never prosper

Jun 17, 2019

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Over the weekend, cheaters never prosper as the creators of Pokémon Go sues a group of cheaters who used hacked apps to breeze through games. (Conveniently, we also run through the history of video-game cheating through the decades.) And, whil...

Huawei's US ban may cost $30 billion, but it vows to rebound

Jun 17, 2019

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If you were wondering what the short-term cost of America's war with Huawei was, then your estimates can begin at the $30 billion mark. That's the figure Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei mentioned earlier today when discussing the hit his company will take...

Instagram tests easier ways to recover hacked accounts

Jun 17, 2019

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Instagram might offer a little more reassurance if your account is ever hijacked. The social network is testing a new in-app account recovery process that should make it easier to recover an account -- and make it harder for thieves to get away with...

MIT's new robot can identify things by sight and by touch

Jun 17, 2019

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For humans, it's easy to predict how an object will feel by looking at it or tell what an object looks like by touching it, but this can be a big challenge for machines. Now, a new robot developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

India plans to launch space station by 2030

Jun 17, 2019

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India's broadening spaceflight ambitions now include a longer-term presence in Earth's orbit. Indian Space Research Organization chief K Sivan (above) recently revealed plans to launch a space station around 2030. It will be a relatively small statio...

American Airlines offers satellite WiFi to its entire mainline fleet

Jun 17, 2019

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If you're relying on American Airlines for a summer trip, there's a good chance you'll have internet access most of the way. The company has finished deploying satellite-based internet access to the fleet of 700-plus narrowbody aircraft that mainly h...

Niantic sues group of alleged 'Pokémon Go' cheaters

Jun 16, 2019

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It's not just multi-platform gaming giants suing cheaters. Niantic has sued members of Global++ for allegedly offering "unauthorized derivative" (read: hacked) versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress and even the still-in-beta Harry Potter: Wizards Un...

Florida allows self-driving car tests without backup drivers

Jun 16, 2019

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Companies that want to test their self-driving cars will have an easier time of it in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles without backup drivers. It also lets occupan...

Genius accuses Google of copying its lyrics data (updated)

Jun 16, 2019

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Have you found yourself using Google's lyrics results more than visiting individual lyrics sites? You're not alone -- and Genius thinks underhanded tactics are involved. The company has accused Google of not only hurting its traffic with its lyrics c...

EU says Russia conducted 'sustained' election interference campaign

Jun 16, 2019

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The European Union already suspected that Russia was trying to disrupt its parliamentary elections through hacks and other online interference, and now it's directly pointing a finger at the country. EU officials have published a report accusing Rus...

'Shenmue 3' will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC

Jun 10, 2019

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Surprise! The PC version of Shenmue 3 is now an Epic Games Store exclusive. That means the crowdfunded sequel, which was originally unveiled as part of Sony's E3 press conference in 2015, won't be sold through Steam or any other PC-centric storefront...

Solar-powered LightSail spacecraft is ready for its second flight

Jun 10, 2019

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When the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches this summer, it will carry the Planetary Society's Carl Sagan-inspired LightSail 2. You may remember LightSail as a crowdfunded, experimental "solar sail." The unique craft looks something like a giant kit...

CBS expands its streaming local news service to Los Angeles

Jun 10, 2019

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CBS has expanded its local news streaming service to Los Angeles after it debuted CBSN New York in December, giving Los Angelenos another way to find out what's happening around town. The ad-supported CBSN Los Angeles includes continuous news coverag...

Scotland will build a massive battery to store excess wind power

Jun 10, 2019

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UK energy supplier Scottish Power plans to launch a massive battery-storage system to capture renewable power from its 214 wind turbines. The 50 megawatt lithium-ion battery will allow Scottish Power to store energy when wind speeds are high and rele...

Watch Bethesda’s E3 2019 highlights in 15 minutes

Jun 10, 2019

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Bethesda kicked off its E3 event yesterday, and if your head is still spinning from all of the gaming updates announced this weekend, here's your chance to catch up on Bethesda's biggest news. The company debuted Orion, a software collection mean...

Samsung still doesn't know when the Galaxy Fold will launch

Jun 10, 2019

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Remember how Samsung said it would narrow down its plans to relaunch the Galaxy Fold sometime in mid-May? Well, it's been a month -- and now those rumors of an extended delay appear to be coming true. A spokesperson has reiterated to CNET that a ne...

Watch the Xbox E3 2019 press conference in under 15 minutes

Jun 10, 2019

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Sony skipped E3 this year, and my gosh Microsoft made the most of it. The company used its Xbox briefing to tease Project Scarlett, a powerful new console due "holiday 2020," and the introduction of Project xCloud, a long-awaited game streaming s...

'Persona 5 Royal' trailer offers a peek at the expanded story

Jun 10, 2019

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Now that Persona 5 Royal is on the way to the Americas and Europe, Atlus is ready to give those audiences a taste of what to expect. It's offering an English-language trailer that highlights the new places, story scenes, abilities and characters, in...

Use tech to keep your kids organized (since they won't do it themselves)

Jun 10, 2019

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Gone are the days of trusty Moleskine 18-month planners, scraps of to-do lists and family calendars hanging on the fridge. Full-time jobs and older kids mean more clubs, more appointments, more social life. Making a move to digital organization can t...

Now you can ‘Beat Saber’ to Imagine Dragons

Jun 10, 2019

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The artist-specific add-on for various music and rhythm games is a time-honored tradition that we don't see enough of these days. That's why it's so comforting to see Imagine Dragons teaming up with the developers of Beat Saber to launch a 10-track c...

Vertigo Games announces VR co-op shooter ‘After the Fall’

Jun 10, 2019

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Vertigo Games previewed its new multiplayer VR shooter After the Fall today at the Upload VR conference. The game, set in the frigid aftermath of a 1980s post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, can be played solo or with up to four players. The objective is to...

Samsung unveils its first gaming monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync

Jun 10, 2019

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Samsung is no stranger to gaming monitors, but you've had to use AMD FreeSync (if it was even available) if you were determined to eliminate any trace of screen tearing artifacts. What if your PC uses NVIDIA graphics, though? You can relax -- Samsu...

'Doom' will be streaming on iOS later this year

Jun 10, 2019

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Earlier today at E3, Bethesda announced its new game streaming technology, Orion. The company promises Orion will be able to work with any game and any platform, and later this year iOS users will be able to test that promise out with Doom. The 2016...

Razer’s 'mental performance' drink probably won't quench its thirst

Jun 10, 2019

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Razer wants to tackle another part of the gaming experience -- namely, the drinks you need to keep your momentum going. It's introducing Respawn (no connection to that Respawn), a "mental performance" drink mix that's meant to keep your focus sharp f...

Apple may have narrowed down the Mac Pro's release date (updated)

Jun 10, 2019

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The Mac Pro was one of the bigger announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week, bringing with it immense power and an aesthetically questionable if practical design (it looks like a cheese grater instead of a trash can this time...

Google Stadia may offer publisher-specific subscriptions

Jun 10, 2019

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Last week, Google revealed pricing and availability for its much-anticipated game streaming service Stadia. It announced the Founder's Edition and Stadia Pro packages, as well as a targeted November release date. Later, Phil Harrison, a vice presiden...

Indian streaming giant broke Safari support to deal with security hole

Jun 10, 2019

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Websites tend to drop support for a particular browser due to obsolescence or just a lack of functionality, but India's biggest streaming service apparently had another reason: a piracy-friendly security hole. TechCrunch sources understand that Disne...

Google Assistant now offers navigation help in Waze

Jun 10, 2019

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You might not have to touch your screen much at all the next time you navigate with Waze. Google is starting to roll out Assistant support in Waze for Android users, making some of its features available through (relatively) distraction-free voice c...

Epix is the latest streaming channel to launch on Amazon Prime

Jun 10, 2019

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MGM's premium cable network, Epix, has come to Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month.

Ecuadorian President blocks extradition of alleged Facebook fraudster

Jun 10, 2019

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A New York man who fled to Ecuador after allegedly trying to defraud Mark Zuckerberg will not be extradited to the US, Reuters reports.

The Morning After: Keanu Reeves surprised us at E3 2019

Jun 10, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The E3 2019 show floor doesn't open until Tuesday, but things are already in full swing with presentations from Microsoft, EA and Bethesda. We've seen everything in gaming that was announced so far, from high-pr...

Europe's Space Agency opens its doors to commercial spaceflights

Jun 10, 2019

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It's not only NASA that is embracing private space flight. The European Space Agency (ESA) is opening its own commercial space program, giving companies the option to take paid trips into orbit.

Burger King's Impossible Whopper comes to San Francisco

Jun 10, 2019

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Burger King's journey to bring a meatless, yet tasty, burger to all of its restaurants is making a stop-off at San Francisco. Starting today, the Impossible Burger -- in the form of an Impossible Whopper -- is available at the 111 Burger King restaur...

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ will be released on March 3rd, 2020

Jun 10, 2019

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It's been four years since Sony teased that it had commissioned a ground-up remake of the seminal Final Fantasy VII. At this year's E3, the company has let it be known that the game will land on PS4s around the world on March 3rd, 2020.

Proposed rules in India could force Uber to go electric

Jun 10, 2019

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Uber has been trying to get more electric vehicles to join its fleet for a while now, but it might have to find a way to speed things up if India passes a set of proposed rules for clean mobility. According to Reuters, Indian officials are planning t...

The new iPad Files app is actually useful for managing files

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple is making the iPad more powerful with the new iPadOS, and a lot of these fresh features are all about productivity. The Files app is getting a huge upgrade, complete with zip and unzip features, local storage, a new Column View, folder-sharing...

The iPad is getting its own OS

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple showed off a slew of updated iOS 13 features and a spiffy new dedicated operating system for the iPad during the WWDC 2019 event in San Jose on Monday.

Apple finally reveals the new Mac Pro

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple's been teasing a redesigned Mac Pro for years now -- in fact, it's been well over a year since the company said it would be shipping the computer at some point during 2019 after originally promising it would arrive in 2018. Well, today, we're f...

Siri now sounds more like a human

Jun 3, 2019

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While Siri sounds decent most of the time, it still comes off as a little robotic. With iOS 13, however, Siri will apparently sound a lot more human-like. At WWDC, Apple said it's taken a "huge step forward" by incorporating a neural text-to-speech t...

DoJ antitrust investigation could look into Apple too

Jun 3, 2019

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Late on Friday, reports surfaced that the Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust probe into Google's business practices, and additional reports over the weekend revealed enforcement agencies reshuffling their oversight of "Big Tech." Now, ju...

HomePod will support multiple users and music handoffs

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple just addressed some of the complaints about the HomePod in one fell swoop. A future update to the smart speaker will bring multiple major upgrades, most notably support for multiple users. Like its rivals, it can recognize who's speaking and cu...

Apple CarPlay redesign puts multiple apps side-by-side

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple CarPlay is getting a redesign. Apple announced at its annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) that it is overhauling the in-car entertainment system's dashboard to display more relevant information. Users will be able to see a map with d...

Apple's HomeKit adds security to routers and streaming cameras

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple is continuing its privacy-based assault on Google and Facebook. At its WWDC event, the company unveiled HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit for Routers. Both services are meant to protect the privacy of Apple customers.

iOS 13 makes it easier to browse, view and edit photos and videos

Jun 3, 2019

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Aside from the introduction of that system-wide dark mode in iOS 13, Apple is also making it easier to browse, view and edit your photos and videos. At WWDC 2019, the company showed off a new version of its Photos app that's designed to "remove dupli...

'Sign in with Apple' protects your email and info from apps

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple has long touted its approach to privacy as a selling point, and at WWDC, it revealed more privacy-oriented features. It's offering a "Sign in with Apple" option for apps and services it says provides "fast, easy sign in without the tracking" th...

Apple Maps gets a much-needed revamp

Jun 3, 2019

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Back when Apple Maps debuted, it was often derided for lacking a lot of detail, especially when compared to Google Maps. Now, with iOS13, that appears to be changing. At WWDC, iOS lead Craig Federighi showed off a new Apple Maps that is much more det...

Apple is finally adding swipe typing to its iOS keyboard

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple is adding the ability to type by swiping across keys on the keyboard in iOS 13. The new feature, called QuickPath, was announced at the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) on Monday. The style of typing was previously only...

Google will reveal Stadia launch details and price on Thursday

Jun 3, 2019

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With Stadia, Google's is promising a robust, low-latency video game streaming system, but it's kept a few crucial details under wraps -- like when it'll launch, how much it'll cost, and which games it'll support. These answers are coming in a Google...

Apple adds system-wide dark mode for iOS 13

Jun 3, 2019

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As expected, Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 13, will include a system-wide dark mode. The company announced the change at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today. While the feature has been circulating through the rumor mill for...

iOS 13 focuses on speed and embraces the darkness

Jun 3, 2019

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iOS is Apple's most important piece of software, and as such the company is kicking off WWDC 2019 with a first look at iOS 13. Apple's senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi is taking us through the new software -- and while last year's up...

Apple Watch can help save your hearing and track your menstrual cycle

Jun 3, 2019

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It wouldn't be WWDC without new features for Apple Health. We knew the company had big plans for the app this year based on Tim Cook's comments in January, but now we're getting details on the improvements that will arrive with iOS 13 and watchOS 6....

Watch the teaser for Apple's 'For All Mankind' sci-fi space show

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple kicked off its WWDC keynote today with a "For All Mankind" trailer, giving us a brief glimpse at one of its original Apple TV+ shows. Produced by Ronald D. Moore, best known for spearheading the excellent Battlestar Galactica remake, the new se...

Apple's watchOS 6 finally adds an app store

Jun 3, 2019

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The Apple Watch is about to become that much more independent from your iPhone. Apple has introduced watchOS 6, and its centerpiece is an on-device App Store -- yes, you can download apps to your wrist without having to reach for your handset. There...

Apple TV will support PlayStation and Xbox controllers

Jun 3, 2019

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Apple has been gradually improving its tvOS over the past couple of years, thanks to features such as zero sign-on for cable-powered apps and added support for Dolby Atmos audio. Most recently, the company also launched an overhauled version of the T...

Facebook's Avatars are a belated answer to Bitmoji

Jun 3, 2019

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Facebook is hoping to shake up its emoji with something that will seem remarkably familiar. The company has introduced its long-expected Avatars, or personalized cartoon stickers that you can use in places like Messenger and the News Feed. They bea...

Apple reveals 'iPadOS' in developer info ahead of WWDC

Jun 3, 2019

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There have been rumors that Apple would significantly revamp iOS on the iPad this year, and now we're getting a sense that the redesign could be bigger than anticipated. According to documentation found in Apple's developer portal, the iPad will get...

Square Enix is teasing 'Outriders' for E3

Jun 3, 2019

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Square Enix might have another Marvel title coming in addition to its long-awaited Avengers title. The company confirmed today that it's going to be showing off a new game called Outriders during its E3 panel on June 10th. That announcement, which in...

Microsoft is showing a dual-screen Surface device to employees

Jun 3, 2019

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Rumors of Microsoft making a dual-screened Surface appear to be solidifying, although you may need to adjust your expectations. Sources for The Verge claim the company held an internal event where it offered a peek at future Surface device, includin...

Live from WWDC 2019!

Jun 3, 2019

Description:

Yes, another Apple event. After devoting an entire keynote this March to streaming services, Apple is kicking off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference today, and so it's time for the company to shift its attention back to its bread-and-butter pl...

AMD will share its graphics technology with Samsung

Jun 3, 2019

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AMD stole the spotlight at Computex 2019, where it shared details on its third generation Ryzen CPUs and first Navi GPUs. But that's not the only big news AMD has in store. Today, the company announced a multi-year partnership with Samsung, in which...

Tools to help quantify your baby’s progress

May 27, 2019

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The most straightforward way to keep track of your baby's data is the trusty spreadsheet. We recommend Google Sheets, since you can easily share it with your partner, and it has most of the features you'd want from a proper spreadsheet application. W...

Why Sony still dominates the full-frame camera market

May 27, 2019

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Before Canon and Nikon even launched their all-new full-frame mirrorless camera systems, I figured they'd have a tough time against the entrenched leader, Sony. They needed to be very aggressive with the pricing and features, something neither compan...

More 'Death Stranding' details are coming on May 29th

May 27, 2019

Description:

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding has so far existed as little more than a collection of strange cutscenes and brief gameplay snippets, but it's about to make considerably more sense... hopefully. Kojima Productions has teased a countdown to a news anno...

TikTok's creator is reportedly making a smartphone

May 27, 2019

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TikTok's owner ByteDance may have grander ambitions than chat apps and streaming music -- Financial Times tipsters have claimed that the company is working on its own smartphone. The device would draw on acquired patents and talent from Chinese phon...

Watch AMD's Computex 2019 event in nine minutes!

May 27, 2019

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Computex has kicked off in Taipei today, so probably before you were even awake, AMD revealed its ambitious new CPU and GPU hardware additions. It's going after NVIDIA's middle-weight RTX 2070 graphics with the Radeon RX 5700. Not only will it be...

ASUS' latest WiFi 6 router looks appallingly normal

May 27, 2019

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When you look up WiFi 6 routers, you tend to end up with a bunch of nightmare-inducing designs that resemble gigantic dead spiders. Luckily, brands like Netgear and TP-Link have shown that such products can don a more humble outfit, and ASUS is final...

ASUS’ redesigned touchscreen trackpad is bigger and more intuitive

May 27, 2019

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It's only been about a year since ASUS introduced the ZenBook Pro with a touchscreen trackpad called a ScreenPad, and the company is already back with an updated version. To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, ASUS unveiled a slew of intriguin...

ASUS made the world's first 240Hz portable monitor for gamers

May 27, 2019

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Portable USB monitors are no stranger to Computex, but this year, ASUS brought us something a little more ambitious: the world's first 240Hz portable gaming monitor. The ROG Strix XG17 features a 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD, and it's a high...

ASUS releases a 30th anniversary edition ZenFone 6 and ZenBook

May 27, 2019

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ASUS turned 30 last month, so it's no surprise that the company saved some special edition products for Computex. What we have here are the ZenFone 6 Edition 30, ZenBook Edition 30 and Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard -- a fitting trio to reflect th...

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo hands-on: A bizarre yet useful dual-screen laptop

May 27, 2019

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Every once in awhile, a briefing pleasantly surprises me. And that's what happened when ASUS brought the new ZenBook Pro Duo to our office in New York last week to give us a preview prior to its Computex debut today. It's hard to describe this...

The Morning After: AMD, NVIDIA and Intel do battle at Computex

May 27, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. While those in the US mark Memorial Day, Computex 2019 is in full swing with hardware from Intel, AMD, ARM and NVIDIA setting new performance and efficiency benchmarks for laptops and phones headed our way later...

AMD isn't ruling out ray tracing for its new Radeon RX 5000 GPUs

May 27, 2019

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AMD finally unveiled its first Navi-based "RDNA" video cards this morning, the Radeon RX 5000-series. But, curiously, it's still keeping plenty of details under wraps. In particular, the company hasn't said anything definitive on real-time ray tracin...

Acer brings NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 5000 to its ConceptD 7 laptop

May 27, 2019

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Earlier this year, Acer announced its ConceptD range of high-end notebooks designed to woo away folks who had gone sour on the MacBook Pro. The company touted the range's sharp looks and sharp specs paired with a commitment to color accuracy on the d...

Razer updates the Blade with NVIDIA’s new Quadro RTX 5000

May 27, 2019

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Hot on the heels of NVIDIA announcing the arrival of its Quadro RTX 5000 for laptops, comes the parade of companies who have signed up to offer the new silicon. First off, is Razer, which is upgrading its line of Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 professiona...

NVIDIA is bringing pro-level Quadro RTX GPUs to laptops

May 27, 2019

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NVIDIA has succeeded in shrinking its beefy Quadro RTX 5000 graphics hardware in order to bring it to laptops. The silicon offers 3,072 CUDA cores and 48 RT cores, paired with 384 Tensor cores and 16GB GDDR6 RAM, same as the version available for des...

NVIDIA is giving away the 'Quake II' ray tracing demo on June 6th

May 27, 2019

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Earlier this year, a team inside NVIDIA took Quake II and ran it through its ray tracing system to see if the 1997 title could be gussied up. The resulting tech demo, shown off at GDC, received more than half a million YouTube videos and more than a...

Lenovo's Project Limitless 5G laptop makes a lot of promises

May 27, 2019

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When you name a product Project Limitless, it better truly have no limits. But the 5G laptop that Lenovo so boldly named and teased here at Computex 2019 was precisely the opposite: limited. Granted, this was a prototype device that isn't entir...

ARM's latest chip designs promise 60 percent faster AI on phones

May 27, 2019

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ARM isn't boasting about PC-crushing performance like it did in 2018, but it still has plenty of swagger going into Computex 2019. The designer has unveiled two new chip architectures that promise giant strides in performance, especially for AI. The...

AMD's third-gen Ryzen 9 CPU is a 12-core powerhouse for $499

May 27, 2019

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AMD just dropped the mic when it comes to ultra-fast consumer CPUs. At Computex today, AMD CEO Lisa Su introduced the company's third-generation Ryzen CPUs, which are also the world's first 7-nanometer desktop chips. Its crown jewel is the 12-core/24...

AMD's first Navi GPUs are the Radeon RX 5000-series

May 27, 2019

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Just as we expected, AMD took the wraps off of its first 7nm Navi consumer GPU's today at Computex, though the company is still playing coy with details. The Radeon RX 5000 series is the name of the new lineup, and the first featured card is the RX 5...

Microsoft AI creates realistic speech with little training

May 27, 2019

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Text-to-speech conversion is becoming increasingly clever, but there's a problem: it can still take plenty of training time and resources to produce natural-sounding output. Microsoft and Chinese researchers might have a more effective way. They've...

Tesla starts locking down features on entry-level Model 3

May 27, 2019

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Tesla's entry-level Model 3 has been available to order for a while (lately in limited form), but early buyers have technically been getting more -- without the promised software lock, drivers were effectively getting the upgraded Standard Range Plus...

Microsoft, Alphabet team up to teach quantum computer programming

May 26, 2019

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The very concept of a quantum computer can be daunting, let alone programming it, but Microsoft thinks it can offer a helping hand. It's partnering with Alphabet's X and Brilliant on an online curriculum for quantum computing. The course starts wit...

Airbnb agrees to share data for over 17,000 NYC listings

May 26, 2019

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Airbnb and New York City are inching closer to making peace over data sharing. To start, the home rental outfit has reached an agreement to hand over semi-anonymized host and reservation data for over 17,000 listings in the city. It's also providin...

Moog museum tells the history of popular synthesized music

May 26, 2019

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There's no doubt that Bob Moog had a massive influence on music by making synthesizers popular and accessible, and now there's a dedicated place to pay homage to his legacy. The Bob Moog Foundation has opened the Moogseum, a museum in Asheville, Nort...

Play 'Doctor Who: The Edge of Time' in VR this September

May 20, 2019

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While you can't warp time to see the twelfth season of Doctor Who any sooner, this September, you'll be able to dive into the show in a new way. BBC Studios is bringing the series to life as a VR video game, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. This is the...

T-Mobile and Sprint make promises to clinch FCC's merger approval

May 20, 2019

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T-Mobile and Sprint are still determined to secure a merger, and they've just made a fresh round of promises to win regulators' hearts. The carriers have made new commitments to the FCC that would guarantee wider access to high-speed mobile internet...

Intel, Qualcomm and other chipmakers cut off supplies to Huawei

May 20, 2019

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Huawei has more to worry about beyond Google's decision to suspend Android support. Bloomberg sources said that American chipmakers Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Xilinx had told staff they wouldn't supply Huawei with parts "till further notice," lea...

The Morning After: Impossible Foods' next project is sausage meat

May 20, 2019

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Welcome back! We kick off the week with bad news for Huawei as Google complies with US government requirements regarding the phone maker, suspending the transfer of proprietary hardware and software. In better news for the planet, we go behind the sc...

EVgo is installing fast chargers at Chevron filling stations

May 20, 2019

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EV infrastructure company EVgo has teamed up with Chevron to install fast chargers at select filling stations in California. The chargers, with up to 100 kW of capacity, are now running at Menlo Park and under construction at other locations in Los A...

Facebook Research is developing touchy-feely curious robots

May 20, 2019

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As a social media platform with global reach, Facebook leans extensively on its artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems to keep the site online and harmful content off it (at least, some of the time). Following its announcement at the st...

Impossible launches sausage pizza with Little Caesars

May 20, 2019

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Little Caesars, the nationwide pizza chain, will be the first restaurant to sell Impossible's new plant-based sausage product -- as a pie topping. Starting today, the Impossible Supreme Pizza will launch at Little Caesars branches in Yakima, WA, Ft....

AMD says its chips are immune to crippling new vulnerabilities

May 20, 2019

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As if Spectre and Meltdown weren't bad enough, researchers recently unveiled a quartet of new CPU flaws: Zombieload, RIDL & Fallout, and Store-to-Leak Forwarding, known as MDS vulnerabilities. They're serious enough that Intel-powered PC owners n...

HBO teases 2020 return for 'Westworld' with a new trailer

May 20, 2019

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While everyone figures out what they think of the Game of Thrones finale, HBO has pitched a reason to stick around with its first trailer for the third season of Westworld. This one doesn't take us back to the Old West, India or an age of Shoguns and...

Google quietly shelves custom Pixel phone cases

May 20, 2019

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Google's Pixel 3a might have been good news for fans of mid-range phones, but it marked the death knell for one of the company's signature phone features: its customizable cases. The 9to5Google crew has discovered that Google axed the personalized M...

Victim group says UK's revenge porn laws aren't working

May 20, 2019

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The UK's move to treat revenge porn as a specific crime was supposed to catch perpetrators who'd otherwise slip through the cracks, but that doesn't appear to have worked out in practice. The Revenge Porn helpline has collected police data showing t...

Samsung brings Galaxy Watch Active features to older smartwatches

May 20, 2019

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You don't have to spring for the Galaxy Watch Active to put Samsung's latest software features on your wrist. The company is rolling out an update that brings the Active's One UI interface, health features and other optimizations to the regular Gala...

Hackers turn tables on account hijackers by stealing forum data

May 19, 2019

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Online account hijackers received a taste of ironic punishment this week. KrebsOnSecurity has learned that hackers stole the database from the popular hijacker forum OGusers on May 12th, obtaining email addresses, hashed passwords, IP addresses and...

South Korea's government will switch to Linux over cost concerns

May 19, 2019

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Some governments might have fallen out of love with Linux, but South Korea appears ready to start a torrid affair. The country's Ministry of the Interior and Safety has outlined plans to switch government computers from Windows to Linux due to both...

Chevy tests a crossover utility version of its Bolt EV

May 19, 2019

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Chevy has talked about producing more electric crossovers besides the Bolt EV, and it now appears much closer to fulfilling that goal. Our sister site Autoblog has obtained photos and video of Chevy testing a more utility-focused crossover, rumored...

'Overwatch' third anniversary event kicks off May 21st

May 19, 2019

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Blizzard is holding its third Overwatch anniversary event on May 21st, and this year the focus appears to be on welcoming in as many as people as possible. The occasion will revive many seasonal cosmetics, Arcade brawls, emotes and skins, but it'll...

Google suspends Huawei's Android support (updated)

May 19, 2019

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Huawei was already facing serious trouble following the Trump administration's de facto ban, but it might get considerably worse. Reuters sources claim Google has suspended transactions with Huawei that require transferring proprietary hardware and s...

Many of the Brexit Party's Twitter followers appear to be bots

May 19, 2019

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It's not shocking to see Twitter bots latch on to a political campaign, but it's not often they do so soon after a campaign starts -- let alone on a large scale. That appears to be the case with the UK's Brexit Party, however. The no-deal EU withdr...

The best bike phone mount

May 19, 2019

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By Amy Roberts 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 guide to bike phone mounts. Using a...

Impossible Foods' next product is sausage

May 19, 2019

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After three years of selling convincing plant-based burgers, Impossible Foods is on the verge of releasing its next product: sausage. We first learned about and tried the product during a trip to Impossible's headquarters in Redwood City, CA -- whic...

Impossible Foods’ rising empire of almost-meat

May 19, 2019

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This April Fools' Day, Impossible Foods was behind a prank video. Customers in a St Louis branch of Burger King were surreptitiously filmed eating the restaurant's flagship Whopper. First they rhapsodized about their love for beef. Then they were tol...

After Math: Goodbye, Grumpy Cat, whoa oh oh

May 19, 2019

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Terrible news, everyone! The internet's favorite maladjusted kitteh has gone to the Great Cat Tree in the sky after succumbing to a urinary tract infection earlier this week. She -- yes, Grumpy Cat was a girl -- will be missed. Likewise, Cray Superco...

Group accuses EU internet providers of violating net neutrality

May 19, 2019

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The European Union has had net neutrality regulations in place since 2016, but some are concerned that internet service providers are playing fast and loose with those rules. A group of 45 advocate organizations, companies and individuals (including...

NASA's Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

May 19, 2019

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NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft. The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Stati...

Google rolls out a refreshed, more personal Smart Display interface

May 19, 2019

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Google introduced an updated Smart Display interface alongside the Nest Hub Max, and now you don't need that new hardware to see what the fuss is about. The 9to5Google team has discovered that Google is rolling out the refreshed interface to the Nest...

‘The Orville’ will return for a third season on Fox

May 13, 2019

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The adventures of the USS Orville will continue, as Fox has renewed The Orville for a third season. Seth MacFarlane's show concerns the crew of the eponymous spaceship, as it explores the depths of space. The show's season season was not a ratings wi...

Botched update crashes hundreds of Netherlands police ankle monitors

May 13, 2019

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Mangled software updates are a headache for everyday users, but they created serious trouble for Dutch law enforcement in recent days. Officials have revealed that a software update created a "disruption" for hundreds of ankle monitors used to track...

Elon Musk shows SpaceX's first internet satellites ready for launch

May 13, 2019

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This might be your best chance to get a peek at SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites before they're hurtled into orbit. Elon Musk has posted a photo (below) of the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of...

US charges nine people over $2.4 million SIM hijacking ring

May 13, 2019

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American law enforcement just took down a significant SIM hijacking ring. Federal agents have charged nine men with wire fraud and identity theft charges for participating in The Community, a group that transferred phone numbers to SIM cards in thei...

NASA wants your memories of the Apollo 11 Moon landing

May 12, 2019

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Were you fortunate enough to watch the Apollo 11 Moon landing as it happened, or know someone who did? NASA wants to hear from you. It recently launched a story program that asks the public to submit audio recordings of their Apollo 11 memories in...

Kamala Harris sees Facebook as a 'utility' that might need breaking up

May 12, 2019

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Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't the only major presidential candidate eyeing the possibility of breaking up Facebook. Fellow Senator Kamala Harris stated in a CNN interview that she believed the US should "seriously take a look" at splitting the soci...

Respawn will ban 'Apex Legends' players who mooch on their teams

May 12, 2019

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Ever dealt with a teammate in an online game who was clearly there just to leech on your success? You might not have to in Apex Legends. As part of a broader update on its plans, Respawn has warned that it will issue temporary bans to players who pig...

SEC approves a stock exchange built for tech startups

May 12, 2019

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For tech companies, going public is often fraught with pressure -- they're suddenly expected to deliver positive news every quarter, and they might push innovation to the wayside in the quest to become proftiable. They should soon have a better alte...

The best USB audio interface

May 12, 2019

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By Daniel Varghese 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 guide to USB audio interfaces....

After Math: Break them up

May 12, 2019

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It's been another week of gaffes from the tech industry's marquee companies -- but then again, when aren't firms living the "move fast, break stuff" credo not shooting themselves in the foot? Google is in antitrust trouble with Indian authorities, Am...

Gene-modified viruses rescue patient from drug-resistant 'superbug'

May 12, 2019

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Doctors normally resort to bacteriophages (bacteria-killing viruses) to kill antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" only when they've run out of options, in part because it's difficult to find the ideal example. It can take months or more just to find a v...

'Rage 2' will receive at least two paid add-ons after launch

May 12, 2019

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Just because Rage 2 is a single-player game doesn't mean its gameplay will remain all that static. Avalanche and Bethesda have published a 2019 roadmap for the open-world shooter, and it's evident that the developers want to treat the game almost as...

Germany tests its first 'electric highway' for trucks

May 12, 2019

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Germany is joining the ranks of those countries betting on "electric highways" to foster eco-friendly trucking. The country has started real-world tests of an eHighway system on a 3.1-mile stretch of the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, wit...

CBS All Access will stream 'Twilight Zone' in black and white

May 12, 2019

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It's not often that streaming services are willing to release new versions of their shows to cater to fans, but CBS All Access is willing to make an exception. It's launching a black-and-white version of Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone on May 30th...

Tinder preps 'Lite' version of its dating app for data-limited areas

May 12, 2019

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Add Tinder to the growing list of tech giants launching lightweight apps to reel in more users. As part of an earnings call, Match Group divulged plans for a Tinder Lite app that would be smaller and better-suited to area where cellular data "comes...

Facebook says it needs more regulation, not a breakup

May 11, 2019

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Facebook wasn't content offering a brief statement rejecting co-founder Chris Hughes' call to break up the social network. Global Affairs and Communications VP Nick Clegg has published an opinion piece in the New York Times criticizing Hughes' argum...

Netflix's 'She-Ra' reboot returns for a third season on August 2nd

May 11, 2019

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She-Ra and her squad of kick-ass magical princesses are coming back for a third season -- this time with Geena Davis as part of the cast. The award-winning actress and champion of female representation on screen will voice a new character named Hunta...

Facebook sues firm for allegedly misusing app data to target ads

May 11, 2019

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Facebook is trying to preempt Cambridge Analytica-style scandals with legal action. The social network has sued the South Korean analytics firm Rankwave for allegedly misusing its app data for ad targeting (thus breaching its contract) as well as fa...

HTC will release a cheaper blockchain phone later this year

May 11, 2019

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HTC is dead serious about its foray into crypto-phones. Today, the Taiwanese company announced the Exodus 1s, a cheaper version of the Exodus flagship that was launched last year. We don't know much about the mid-range device beyond its price -- some...

Amazon says it mistakenly pulled ads with religious content

May 11, 2019

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Amazon's growing ad business may have produced some unintended casualties. CNBC has learned that Amazon staffers were mistakenly removing ads with religious content, explaining to sellers that a "policy update" reportedly banned promos for products...

Recommended Reading: Google Duplex still confuses restaurants

May 11, 2019

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One year later, restaurants are still confused by Google Duplex Natt Garun, The Verge Google had us in awe when it debuted the AI-powered Duplex tech at I/O 2018. The system can be used to make reservations on your behalf, and it can even make a c...

Hitting the Books: Autonomous cars will do more than drive you around

May 11, 2019

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Welcome, dear readers, to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology w...

How Android Q supports 5G apps and why you should care

May 11, 2019

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When Francesco Grilli and his peers were working on the 4G standard, they had a few ideas as to what the popular use cases might be. Video calls over the internet, perhaps, or rich messaging content, they thought. "In the end, none of that really hap...

This week in tech history: Google unveils the first consumer Chromebooks

May 11, 2019

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At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive...

The Morning After: Reviewing Mercedes' tech-filled A220

May 11, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The weekend is a perfect time to catch up on everything announced during Microsoft's Build 2019 conference and Google's I/O event. Of course, the news wasn't all Android Q and Windows 10 -- check below for other...

Card skimming hack targets 201 campus stores in North America

May 6, 2019

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The infamous Magecart card skimming hack has been used to make life miserable for college students. Trend Micro has discovered that a hacking group, currently nicknamed Mirrorthief, relied on the scripting technique to steal card data from 201 onlin...

VW's eGon is a driveable, educational EV skeleton

May 6, 2019

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How do you illustrate the inner workings of electric cars without resorting to plain cutaway images and videos? If you're VW, you make a rolling skeleton on wheels. The company has unveiled an eGon model that strips the e-Golf down to its inner wor...

Israel is the first to respond to a cyberattack with immediate force

May 6, 2019

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It's no longer novel for militaries to respond to cyberattacks with physical force (the US used a drone strike in 2015), but now they're being treated with the same urgency as real-world bullets and missiles. Israel Defense Forces have launched an a...

US Air Force successfully shoots down multiple missiles with a laser

May 6, 2019

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The US Air Force just edged closer to its goal of outfitting aircraft with laser weapons. Testers at the White Sands Missile Range have successfully shot down multiple air-launched missiles using the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiE...

EU set to investigate Apple over Spotify's competition claims

May 5, 2019

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The European Union might just believe that Spotify's complaint against Apple has some merit. Financial Times sources have claimed that EU competition commissioners have decided to launch an antitrust investigation into allegations that Apple unfairl...

Facebook opens 'war room' to fight meddling in EU election

May 5, 2019

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Facebook is now using "war room" to fight election interference for most of Europe. The social network has debuted a 40-person team devoted to tracking and fighting misinformation campaigns ahead of the European Union election on May 20th. The tea...

iOS 12.3 code hints at support for more forms of mass transit

May 5, 2019

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Apple's plans to expand support for mass transit now appear likely to hinge around its next big iOS 12 update. Tap Down Under has found code within iOS 12.3 that hints at support for EMV payment cards (think credit cards like AmEx, Mastercard and Vi...

Holographic tech could be key to future quantum computers

May 5, 2019

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A breakthrough in studying light might just be the ticket to the future of quantum computing. Researchers at EPFL have found a way to determine how light behaves beyond the limitations of wavelengths, opening the door to encoding quantum data in a s...

Sunsets are kryptonite to some fancy robot vacuums

May 5, 2019

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By Liam McCabe 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 sunsets are kryptonite to so...

After Math: Liar, liar, pants on fire

May 5, 2019

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Ladies and gentlemen, I come to you this week a broken man. My childhood dream of seeing a speedy video game rodent hero break the fourth wall and go on a road trip with a middling white male actor I only sort of recognize has been shattered. Not bec...

UK government starts accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay

May 5, 2019

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It's now that much quicker for Brits to pay for official services online -- if you use the right services. The UK government now supports Apple Pay and Google Pay for a handful of online services as part of a trial. Right now, it's primarily useful...

First private Japanese rocket reaches space

May 5, 2019

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Japan can finally include itself among the ranks of countries with successful private spaceflight outfits. Interstellar Technologies has successfully launched its MOMO-3 sounding rocket into space, with the vehicle easily crossing the Kárm&aa...

NASA's Hubble Legacy Field image contains 16 years of data

May 5, 2019

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The Hubble Space Telescope has been capturing tons of space images since it entered orbit in 1990. Now, NASA has put together a mosaic photo using 16 years' worth of data to create one of the widest views of the universe we've ever seen. The image, c...

One of the most popular areas in 'Fortnite' is no more

May 5, 2019

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As much as Epic might like to mess with Fortnite's environment, Tilted Towers has remained sacrosanct. It's not hard to see why -- it's widely considered the most popular drop spot in the game, and it's where you go if you're determined to score goo...

OnePlus explains the 7's lack of a water resistance rating

May 5, 2019

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Don't expect OnePlus to slap water and dust resistance ratings on its phones any time soon. Co-founder Carl Pei has posted the company's rationale for declining to get an IP rating. The company wanted to do things based on "what you really need" rath...

Former YouTube star sentenced to 10 years in prison over child porn

May 4, 2019

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A one-time YouTube star is facing the consequences of apparent abuse of his audience. A judge has sentenced acapella cover producer Austin Jones to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in February to receiving child porn. The internet persona...

'Madden 19' championship finale breaks series viewing records

May 4, 2019

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EA's Madden esports ambitions appear to have borne fruit. The gaming giant has revealed that the Madden NFL 19 Bowl, the final match in the Championship Series, broke franchise viewing records to become the most-viewed event in Madden's history. In...

Tesla warns employees against leaking info

May 4, 2019

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Tesla has a rough history with leakers, and it's apparently eager to remind employees of that fact. CNBC said it had obtained an email from Tesla's security team (yes, the irony is thick) warning staff against leaking sensitive information. The messa...

Ask Engadget: Which smart doorbell should I buy?

May 4, 2019

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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...

'Hardcore History' host Dan Carlin wants you to relive WW1 in VR

May 4, 2019

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With his hit podcast, Hardcore History, Dan Carlin brought his love for the past to the masses. It was only a matter of time until he wanted to move beyond audio -- but instead of moving into the crowded world of documentaries, he turned to VR. War R...

Hitting the Books: Ever wonder how audio sampling works?

May 4, 2019

Description:

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Oculus Rift S review: Just another tethered VR headset

May 4, 2019

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Who needs the Rift S, really? That's the question I kept asking myself as I tested out the latest PC VR headset from Oculus. It's not a sequel to the original Rift, which helped kick off the modern VR era in a spectacular way. And even calling it...

Making a pickle-infused cake, for science

May 4, 2019

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Although I haven't had any formal training as a chef, I consider myself an above-average eater. So when I was presented with a whipping siphon -- the ruffian responsible for the foam craze that once plagued high-end restaurants and now appears in tre...

This week in tech history: Microsoft announces its first 'real' laptop

May 4, 2019

Description:

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive...

The Morning After: Firefox extensions stopped working for a while

May 4, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! The weekend got off to a bad start for the Firefox team, but other notable stories this week included the Sonic trailer and Samsung's odd vertically-oriented TV. Check out some of the hi...

PewDiePie asks for end to 'subscribe' meme after synagogue shooting

Apr 29, 2019

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PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has largely left himself out of commentary on the effects of the "subscribe to PewDiePie" meme that has been circulating for months, but he's now weighing in. The YouTube star has posted a video calling on viewers to...

Overcast can create clips from any public podcast

Apr 29, 2019

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It can be a headache to share a favorite podcast moment with your friends. Unless you're willing to dive into the file with a media editor, you'll usually have to share the whole episode and make a note of the time. Overcast, however, might have just...

E*Trade may offer trading for Bitcoin and Ethereum

Apr 28, 2019

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Cryptocurrency traders might soon have an important ally. A Bloomberg source claims E*Trade is in the midst of work to enable trading cryptocurrencies, starting with Bitcoin and Ethereum. It would think about adding other currencies going forward,...

Epic pulled the Siphon from 'Fortnite' after it frustrated most players

Apr 28, 2019

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Epic has to walk a fine line between courting the Fortnite esports crowd and satisfying the bulk of its audience, and that's particularly apparent today. The developer has explained that it pulled the Siphon (a feature that gave health and shields a...

Apple poached Intel's 5G leader weeks ahead of Qualcomm truce

Apr 28, 2019

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Intel's decision to bail on 5G modems may have gone hand-in-hand with Apple's truce with Qualcomm, but it's now clear there were hints of a shift weeks earlier. The Telegraph has learned that Apple poached Intel's 5G phone modem leader, Umashankar T...

Microbiome testing startup faces FBI investigation over billing

Apr 28, 2019

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Another lab testing startup is facing legal scrutiny, albeit not for the same reasons as Theranos. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the FBI is investigating uBiome, a firm that tests microbiomes (the communities of organisms in your body) to...

The best USB headset for your computer

Apr 28, 2019

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By Ray Aguilera and Daniel Varghese 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 guide to USB he...

After Math: No Spoilers!

Apr 28, 2019

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As the moviegoing public anxiously awaited this weekend's release of Avengers: Endgame, the rest of the tech world moved ahead as if nobody had been snapped. Here are some of the week's top headlines you may have missed while scouring Fandango for op...

Windows preview brings Android notifications to your PC

Apr 28, 2019

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Microsoft has fulfilled one of the larger promises behind its Your Phone software -- if you're willing to experiment a bit. The developer has released a Windows Insider Preview that displays Android notifications on your PC. If you allow apps to di...

This gaming phone has a built-in cooling fan and can record 8K video

Apr 28, 2019

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We've already seen the likes of ASUS and Black Shark offering external cooling fans for their gaming smartphones, but the folks over at Nubia reckon it's about time to stuff a fan inside a phone (I mean, what else would you expect from a company that...

AT&T says it's the first US network to reach 2Gbps speeds on 5G

Apr 28, 2019

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The chest-thumping over 5G continues. AT&T has reported that it achieved the first 2Gbps speeds on a 5G network in the US. It achieved the feat using a Netgear mobile router on the carrier's public-facing network in the Atlanta area. The perfo...

Colorado hopes to fine gas car drivers who park at EV stations

Apr 28, 2019

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It's already hard enough to find an electric car charging station, but it's worse when you have to deal with passive-aggressive types (or just inconsiderate folk) who park their gas-based cars in those stations. Colorado, at least, wants to do someth...

Indiegogo will ban fundraising for anti-vaccination projects

Apr 28, 2019

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Add Indiegogo to the growing list of internet giants blocking anti-vaccination content. The crowdfunding site told BuzzFeed News it will ban campaigns from anti-vaxxers and others who conduct "health campaigns" unsupported by science. It didn't say...

Netflix cancels 'Santa Clarita Diet' after three seasons

Apr 27, 2019

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Netflix is keeping up its habit of canceling shows after three seasons, no matter what the level of interest. The service has dropped Santa Clarita Diet just weeks after its third season premiered on March 29th. It's not clear what prompted the dec...

FCC clears SpaceX to fly internet satellites in lower orbit

Apr 27, 2019

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SpaceX is one step closer to fulfilling its plans of launching a host of internet satellites. The FCC has approved its revised plan that would fly over 1,500 of its Starlink satellites at a lower orbit of 'just' 550km (about 342 miles). The move cl...

Google staff share claims of company retaliation in town hall meeting

Apr 27, 2019

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As promised, Google employees who led the large-scale walkouts in November have held a town hall meeting to share more allegations of a retaliatory culture at the company. Bloomberg understands that Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker provided "m...

Apple accused of clamping down on apps competing with Screen Time (updated)

Apr 27, 2019

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The introduction of Screen Time in iOS 12 was ostensibly a boon for parents and anyone else wanting to keep a lid on device use, but there are concerns that it's cracking down on apps that compete with that feature. The New York Times and Sensor Towe...

Recommended Reading: The cost of Fortnite's success

Apr 27, 2019

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How Fortnite's success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games Colin Campbell, Polygon There have been a few stories recently about intense work conditions, or crunch, at studios making high-profile titles. Earlier this month we read about A...

Hitting the Books: When better living through technology isn't enough

Apr 27, 2019

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Welcome to Engadget's newest series, Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and t...

Fable's 'Wolves in the Walls' VR is about more than virtual reality

Apr 27, 2019

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After rebranding itself as a "virtual beings" studio in January, Fable is ready to show us what they mean. At the Tribeca Film Festival this week, it debuted the second chapter of The Wolves in the Wall, a VR experience adapted from the Neil Gaiman s...

This week in tech history: The first Apple Watch hits stores

Apr 27, 2019

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At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive...

The Morning After: A simpler Gmail

Apr 27, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! While the weird situation around Samsung's Galaxy Fold dominated things this week, there were other notable stories. Check out a few of them below, along with news from Friday including...

United covers over the cameras on its in-flight entertainment systems

Apr 27, 2019

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Just because airlines don't want passengers video chatting from phones while they're in the air doesn't mean there was never a thought of selling it as a service, and as a result some airplanes have seat-back entertainment systems with a camera embed...

Stream select Tribeca Film Festival talks live on Facebook

Apr 27, 2019

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The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, and it's live-streaming a handful of its talks. Through the festival's Facebook page, you can watch conversations with celebs like Queen Latifah, Michael J. Fox, Denis Leary, Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish. You ca...

FBI, DHS task forces to address election security are now permanent

Apr 27, 2019

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In response to questions after a speech Friday in front of the Council on Foreign Relations, FBI director Christopher Wray called Russian efforts using social media to influence elections in the US "pretty much a 365-days-a-year" threat. According to...

After Math: Move fast and break laws

Apr 21, 2019

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While the world held its collective breath this week ahead of Special Counsel Mueller's damning report on the current administration's conduct, the tech industry went ahead and let out all the bad news it had been holding onto for just such a moment....

Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media after terrorist bombings

Apr 21, 2019

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Extremist violence has once again prompted Sri Lanka to put a halt to social media in the country. The government has instituted a "temporary" ban on social networks, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber, after a string of apparently coordinated b...

Nintendo Game Boy at 30: As fun as it ever was

Apr 21, 2019

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy's release in Japan. Three decades ago, the portable gaming landscape would change forever. Whether you owned a Game Boy or not, it's likely something you're familiar with. The legacy reaches far beyond...

Austria draft law would require real names for internet comments

Apr 21, 2019

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It's not just China that wants to reduce anonymity online. Austria's government has introduced a draft law that would require you to provide your real name and address to larger sites before commenting. You could still use a nickname in public, but...

AI generates non-stop stream of death metal

Apr 21, 2019

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There's a limit to the volume of death metal humans can reproduce -- their fingers and vocal chords can only handle so much. Thanks to technology, however, you'll never have to go short. CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski recently launched a YouTube channel...

'Crackdown 3' lets you team up with friends in Wrecking Zone

Apr 21, 2019

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Crackdown 3's signature Wrecking Zone mode should now be decidedly livelier. After a brief round of testing, Sumo and Microsoft have released an update that adds Squad support to the destroy-everything multiplayer feature. If you have Crackdown-lov...

Epic banned over 1,200 'Fortnite' World Cup players for cheating

Apr 21, 2019

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You'd think that an event as high stakes as the Fortnite World Cup would have participants on their best behavior, but that's apparently not the case. Epic has revealed that it banned more than 1,200 accounts for some form of cheating during the fir...

PayPal and GoFundMe cut off donations to militia detaining migrants

Apr 21, 2019

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Crowdfunding and payment companies are no strangers to cutting off access to organizations that violate their policies, but their latest move could be more contentious than usual. PayPal and GoFundMe have confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they've shut...

Mental health apps are sharing data without proper disclosure

Apr 20, 2019

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It's important for health apps to keep your data under lock and key, but it's not clear that's the case for some mental health apps. A study of 36 mental health apps (not named in the public release) has revealed that 29 of them were sharing data for...

Netflix might have more Beyoncé specials planned after 'Homecoming'

Apr 20, 2019

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Homecoming, Beyoncé's behind-the-scenes Coachella documentary, might be just the beginning of a series of Queen Bey projects on Netflix. According to Variety, the streaming giant has inked a $60 million three-project deal with the singer. It's...

Have robots roll your joints and infuse your budder this High Stoner Holiday

Apr 20, 2019

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Ugh, when did getting stoned become so much work? Back in my day, there was one kind of weed: whatever strain your dealer had in stock. And there were only three ways to enjoy it: through a perforated apple, rolled up in a crude approximation of a jo...

CIA claims Huawei is funded by Chinese state security

Apr 20, 2019

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The US has rattled its saber more than once trying to deter countries from using Huawei technology, but it hasn't publicly disclosed much of what it's worried about. You might have a better insight after today, though. A source speaking to The Time...

Recommended Reading: Coachella was built for YouTube

Apr 20, 2019

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Coachella 2019 review: A festival built for YouTube Paul A. Thompson, Pitchfork For years, Coachella's opening weekend has been a huge event for YouTube. A weekend's worth of livestreams don't deliver all of the acts to your living room, but the s...

Hitting the Books: How calculus is helping unravel DNA's secrets

Apr 20, 2019

Description:

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

The Morning After: Cracking open the Galaxy Fold

Apr 20, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! It's time to take a peek inside Samsung's Galaxy Fold and consider what the future of console gaming will look like under the Xbox or PlayStation banner. Also, consumer BBM is going away...

The next frontier for cannabis vapes: mood-specific formulas

Apr 20, 2019

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"In New York, my bicycle messenger really had two types of cannabis. It was either green or brown." Michael Ray is the CEO of Bloom Farms, a California-based cannabis company that specializes in vape cartridges and CBD tinctures. Ray's reflecting on...

SiriusXM's Essential streaming service doesn't need car satellite radios

Apr 20, 2019

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SiriusXM is hoping to carve a place for itself on your phones and smart speakers. The company mostly associated with in-vehicle entertainment has launched a purely online streaming service called SiriusXM Essential. It'll set you back $8 a month -- w...

Galaxy Fold teardown gives us a look at its complicated design

Apr 20, 2019

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This teardown is no precision iFixit job, but if you just want to see what parts and pixie dust are holding Samsung's Galaxy Fold together, some images from an apparently now-deleted Weibo post can help. Not surprisingly for a first-gen new device, t...

Amazon asks delivery drivers to verify their identities with selfies

Apr 20, 2019

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Amazon is asking its delivery drivers to take selfies so it can verify their identities using facial recognition. The rules apply to drivers in the Amazon Flex program, through which they make deliveries with their own cars as independent contractors...

Hacker posts over 4,000 sensitive documents from Mexican embassy

Apr 19, 2019

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Thousands of documents containing sensitive information belonging to Mexico's embassy in Guatemala were leaked online this week by a hacker. The stolen cache contained more than 4,800 files related to the embassy's activities including its dealings w...

Rivian turned down GM investment so it could build EVs for others

Apr 19, 2019

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Reports emerged last week that GM would not join Amazon in investing in electric vehicle startup Rivian, and now we have a little more clarity on why talks broke down. It seems GM wanted some exclusivity, but Rivian plans to build vehicles for other...

Console gaming is at a crossroads

Apr 19, 2019

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Sony and Microsoft have been walking the same path for nearly 20 years, when it comes to gaming hardware. Instead of leaves, shiny silver game discs dangle from the trees, while black and white boxes of varying sizes line the underbrush, covered in d...

'MalwareTech' security researcher pleads guilty

Apr 19, 2019

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In 2017, Marcus Hutchins went from being a relatively unknown 23-year-old, to being a worldwide hero, to facing criminal charges all in a span of a few months. After he shut down the rapidly spreading WannaCry malware by finding a killswitch domain i...

Sidewalk Labs' street signs alert people to data collection in use

Apr 19, 2019

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As Sidewalk Labs builds its "smart city" in Toronto, there have been growing concerns that the sensor and camera-laden neighborhood may invade the privacy of citizens. To deal with some of those issues, the subsidiary of Alphabet announced today that...

Syringe 'watch' puts a life-saving allergy shot on your wrist

Apr 19, 2019

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If you're prone to serious allergic reactions, carrying an epinephrine shot (such as an EpiPen) could be vital. Those shots are often bulky, though, and there's a real chance you could lose yours right before you need it. Students at Rice Universit...

Amazon shareholders will vote to ban facial recognition tech

Apr 15, 2019

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Amazon shareholders will vote to ban the company's controversial facial recognition technology next week in a key symbolic process. Amazon set the vote date, May 22nd, after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected the company's reque...

US convicts Romanians over scheme that hijacked 400,000 computers

Apr 15, 2019

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Two Romanian residents are about to face prison time for a particularly large digital crime spree. A federal jury has found Radu Miclaus and Bogdan Nicolescu guilty for a scheme that stole credit card data and other sensitive info by hijacking over...

AI developed a whole new sport

Apr 15, 2019

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Many existing sports have their roots in hundreds (if not thousands) of years of human tradition. But what if you asked computers to create a sport? You now know how that can turn out. The design agency AKQA has introduced Speedgate, reportedly the f...

Daimler's diesel emissions cheating may include 60,000 more cars

Apr 15, 2019

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Daimler is already in hot water for its alleged diesel emissions cheating, but it's about to get worse. Bild am Sonntag has learned that German regulators have discovered evidence of cheating software in roughly 60,000 GLK 220 CDI models made betwe...

Tesla will 'substantially' raise the price of its self-driving option

Apr 15, 2019

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You might want to act quickly if you're determined to get a Tesla vehicle with self-driving capability. Elon Musk has warned that the price of the Full Self-Driving package will "increase substantially over time," starting with a hike on May 1st. H...

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

Apr 15, 2019

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It's clearer than ever that police see smartphones as treasure troves of evidence. New York Times sources understand that law enforcement requests for information from Google's mobile Location History database, known internally as Sensorvault, have...

AI defeated a top-tier 'Dota 2' esports team

Apr 14, 2019

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So much for the best Dota 2 players having the skill to fend off cutting-edge AI. OpenAI Five has beaten five players from OG, the veteran team that won Valve's 2018 International, in a best-of-three exhibition match. The Verge noted that the deep...

The best microSD cards

Apr 14, 2019

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By Nathan Edwards 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 micro SD cards guide here. After...

VW's ID Roomzz previews a full-size electric SUV due in 2021

Apr 14, 2019

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Volkswagen's growing electric car lineup will include something for those who like the reassurance of a full-size SUV. The automaker has unveiled an ID Roomzz concept that previews a three-row SUV headed for production in 2021. It's stylistically s...

Israel's Moon probe snaps a final photo before crashing

Apr 14, 2019

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The Beresheet spacecraft from Israel's SpaceIL was facing long odds to land on the Moon, being the first ever privately launched probe to attempt it. Alas, its engine cut out during the landing attempt, communication was lost, and Beresheet crashed i...

Apple may be spending 'hundreds of millions' to land games for Arcade

Apr 14, 2019

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You know by now that Apple is pushing for as many high-profile games as it can get for its upcoming Arcade service, but how far is it willing to go? Quite far, apparently. Financial Times sources claim Apple is spending "hundreds of millions" of do...

After Math: Eat your heart out, Soundgarden

Apr 14, 2019

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From the first direct images of a black hole and a nearly-successful private moon landing to self-healing exosuits and self-retrieving rockets, read on for the top stories from what's been a stellar week for space science!

Internet Explorer security flaw allows hackers to steal files

Apr 14, 2019

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a longstanding reputation for poor security, but it's now bad enough that you could be attacked jut by having it on your PC. Security researcher John Page has revealed an unpatched exploit in the web browser's handl...

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by second outage within a month

Apr 14, 2019

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Just as the US was waking up to a lovely Sunday, Facebook was sadly tackling yet another massive outage -- its second one within a month. According to downdetector.com, soon after 6AM ET today, users across the world started experiencing issues with...

GM talks with electric truck maker Rivian may be dead

Apr 14, 2019

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By Sven Gustafson GM will not follow Amazon's lead and take an equity stake in fledgling electric vehicle company Rivian after talks reached an impasse. So says Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources who are familiar with the matter and say the negotiati...

Leak shows Microsoft's 'All Digital' Xbox One S

Apr 14, 2019

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Yes, that disc-free Xbox One appears to be real. WinFuture has obtained images it says show off the Xbox One S All Digital, not to mention some extra details. The console's design is exactly what you'd expect -- surprise, it's an Xbox One S without...

BTS smashes YouTube record one week after it was set

Apr 14, 2019

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So much for YouTube's recent flurry of records standing the test of time. K-pop megagroup BTS has surpassed Blackpink's one-day viewing record a mere week later, notching 78 million views for their "Boy With Luv" music video within its first 24 hour...

SpaceIL plans second private Moon lander despite crash

Apr 14, 2019

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SpaceIL's first attempt at a private Moon landing didn't go according to plan. However, that isn't deterring the team from giving it another shot. Founder Morris Khan has announced that the team will build another Beresheet lander and "complete the...

Amazon may be working on a free, ad-supported music service

Apr 13, 2019

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Amazon might compete more directly with Spotify in the near future. Billboard sources maintain that Amazon is in talks to debut a free, ad-supported service as soon as next week. You'd only have access to a "limited catalog," but this would also gi...

FBI-related breach reportedly compromised federal agents' details

Apr 13, 2019

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A group of hackers has exploited the flaws of at least three FBI-affiliated websites and leaked thousands of federal and law enforcement agents' personal details. According to TechCrunch, the group infiltrated websites run by the FBI National Academy...

The best NAS for most home users

Apr 13, 2019

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By Thorin Klosowski and Joel Santo Domingo 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 NAS for...

Respawn's 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order' arrives November 15th

Apr 13, 2019

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Respawn has pulled back the curtains on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order after months of teases. The single-player game is now due to launch on November 15th and follows Cal Kestis, a Padawan trying to survive Emperor Palpatine's command to execute the J...

Stratolaunch completes the first flight of the world's largest airplane

Apr 13, 2019

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Stratolaunch is making some history even as it scales back its ambitions -- the company has successfully flown the world's largest aircraft, the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch, for the first time. The dual-fuselage rocket hauler took off from the Moj...

Recommended Reading: The end of 'Game of Thrones'

Apr 13, 2019

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'Game of Thrones' season 8 showrunners interview: 'This is where the story ends' James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly Winter is here. HBO's powerhouse Game of Thrones returns for its final season this weekend, signaling the beginning of the end (at...

Microsoft webmail breach exposed email addresses and subject lines

Apr 13, 2019

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You'll want to keep an eye out for suspicious activity if you use Microsoft's webmail services. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that "cybercriminals" compromised a "limited number" of its web-based email accounts between January 1st and March...

Rocket Lab's Photon platform makes it easier to launch satellites

Apr 9, 2019

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Rocket Lab isn't content with just carrying satellites into orbit... it wants to power the satellites, too. The company has unveiled a satellite platform, Photon, that handles much of the hard work. It looks simple, but it includes avionics, attitu...

Google opens a pop-up learning center in New York City

Apr 8, 2019

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While Amazon opted not to move into New York City, Google is setting up shop -- albeit for entirely different reasons. The search giant announced that it is going to set up a temporary learning center in the Big Apple that will offer hands-on worksho...

Amazon Alexa provides more detailed news briefings in the US

Apr 8, 2019

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Voice assistants usually only give you brief summaries of the news -- helpful if you're in a hurry, but that's about it. Amazon is betting that you'll want something deeper. It's rolling out an Alexa feature in the US that provides long-form news f...

AMD's latest Ryzen Pro chips bring Vega graphics to work laptops

Apr 8, 2019

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Now that AMD has unveiled second-gen Ryzen chips for everyday laptops, it's turning its attention to the pro crowd. It's releasing a new wave of Ryzen Pro processors aimed at "premium" (but still highly portable) work machines. The four-core Ryzen...

The EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

Apr 8, 2019

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No technology raises ethical concerns (and outright fear) quite like artificial intelligence. And it's not just individual citizens who are worried. Facebook, Google and Stanford University have invested in AI ethics research centers. Late last year,...

Snapchat's new Android app is better, but imperfect

Apr 8, 2019

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Snapchat may soon get better for Android users, but that day is not today. On Monday, Snap teased its long-awaited Android redesign, something that should delight its frustrated users. But while the company is making changes, they're not all quite re...

RED finally ships the $1,600 titanium Hydrogen One

Apr 8, 2019

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At long last, RED is shipping the titanium version of its Hydrogen One phone. It promised the variant when it announced the handset in 2017, and took pre-orders for that version at the full $1,595 cost. When RED delayed the titanium model last Septem...

Blackpink's 'Kill This Love' is breaking YouTube records

Apr 8, 2019

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In its first 24 hours, the music video for "Kill This Love" -- the latest single by K-pop quartet Blackpink -- reached 56.7 million YouTube views. It then went on to earn 100 million views in less than three days. That's the fastest any music video h...

Twitter limits daily follows to combat spammers

Apr 8, 2019

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In an apparent attempt to combat spam and bot accounts that populate its platform, Twitter announced today that it is changing its rules to allow users to follow up to 400 accounts per day. The change marks a considerable drop from the previous cap,...

The Galaxy S10's fingerprint reader was thwarted by a 3D printer

Apr 8, 2019

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The fingerprint reader in the Samsung Galaxy S10 has caused a few issues already, such as incompatibility with some types of screen protectors. The in-display scanner uses ultrasound to read the physical ridges of your fingerprint, supposedly making...

Huawei is ‘open’ to selling its 5G modems, but only to Apple

Apr 8, 2019

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For years, Huawei has been developing its own high-powered processors and modems, all to power its big portfolio of mobile devices. And so far, the company has refused to sell any of those to its competitors. We've learned, however, that the company...

The first 'Fortnite' World Cup Finals begin July 26th

Apr 8, 2019

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The Fortnite World Cup hasn't even started, but that isn't stopping Epic from getting ready for the grand finale. The developer has announced that the World Cup finals will take place between July 26th and July 28th at the USTA Billie Jean King Nati...

Facebook bans white nationalism and separatism accounts in Canada

Apr 8, 2019

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Last week, Facebook announced it would ban white nationalism and separatism content, in addition to the white supremacy content it already prohibits. Today, we're getting a sense of which accounts that might include. According to BuzzFeed News, Faceb...

Microsoft releases first test builds of its Chromium-based Edge browser

Apr 8, 2019

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Microsoft has released the first test versions of its new-look, Chromium-powered Edge browser on Windows 10. The Canary preview is updated every day and is more likely to have bugs, while the Developer version will have weekly updates. A more-stable...

Facebook wants to circle Africa with an undersea data cable

Apr 8, 2019

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Facebook's quest to connect more of Africa may have it practically encircling the continent. Wall Street Journal sources maintain that Facebook is in talks to run an undersea data cable (nicknamed Simba -- yes, really) that would run around much of...

Gocycle's GX is a head-turning e-bike that folds in a flash

Apr 8, 2019

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If you live in a bustling city like London, a folding bike is pretty darn useful. You can take it on a train, taxi or bus -- heck, even a Tube carriage if it's quiet -- then disembark and pedal to your final destination. A folding two-wheeler can als...

Red Carpet Films offers first run movie rentals for $3,000

Apr 8, 2019

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While the average person might debate buying a discounted movie ticket subscription, Red Carpet Films hopes the uber wealthy will consider spending $3,000 to rent first run films. The concept isn't entirely new: charge people hefty premiums to watch...

IKEA's Sonos-powered lamp and bookshelf are speakers in disguise

Apr 8, 2019

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After enough teasing, IKEA saved the full reveal for Italy's premier design show, Salone del Mobile, unveiling not only the $99 SYMFONISK bookshelf with WiFi speaker but also what the furniture maker calls its "loudest table lamp ever" -- yep, an on-...

Razer's updated capture card streams in 1080p while you game in 4K

Apr 8, 2019

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It's been a while since Razer updated its capture card for livestreamers, but the company is finally ready to update its line and compete with heavyweights like Elgato. Its external Ripsaw HD looks familiar on the outside and still pumps out an unco...

Google Play Store has a problem with violent games made for kids

Apr 8, 2019

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Google's issues with disturbing child-oriented content extend beyond YouTube. Wired has found dozens of Android apps on the Play Store that were rated as safe for kids, but featured gruesome content. Mad Max Zombies was rated PEGI 3 but had you gun...

The FTC will hold a public workshop on loot boxes in August

Apr 8, 2019

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The Federal Trade Commission pledged in November to investigate loot boxes, and it's set out the timeline for the first steps in the process. It will hold a public workshop on August 7th to look into consumer protection issues linked with them.

Tencent 's game store is available outside of China

Apr 8, 2019

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Just because China's Tencent owns a stake in Epic Games (not to mention other game publishers) doesn't preclude it from offering an international game store of its own. The tech giant has launched a Hong Kong-based WeGame X service that's accessible...

UK will hold social networks accountable for harmful content

Apr 8, 2019

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The UK government plans to penalize tech companies like Facebook and Google that fail to curb the spread of harmful content on their platforms. As promised, the country is seeking to empower an independent regulator to enforce the rules which target...

Bang and Olufsen's gorgeous OLED TV has 'wing' speakers that fold out

Apr 8, 2019

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Samsung and Huawei's folding smartphones can't have all the fun. Bang and Olufsen's Beovision Harmony is its latest high-end TV design that uses a 77-inch LG OLED TV (nice choice right there), wrapped in a very stylish frame and audio package t...

The Morning After: US Army demonstrates its HoloLens AR system in the field

Apr 8, 2019

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Hi there! Over the weekend, we reported more details of Google's cheaper Pixel phones, see how the US Army plans to use augmented reality in the field, and explained how the UK is investigating games companies, including Nintendo and Sony, over appa...

Verizon has a phone plan for kids, complete with parental controls

Apr 2, 2019

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Like it or not, many kids have smartphones -- and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) wants to capitalize on that with a plan meant to reassure parents anxious about what their young ones might see. The carrier's newly unveiled Just Kids plan melds 5...

'Avengers: Endgame' pre-sales are crashing movie ticket sites

Apr 2, 2019

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If you were hoping to snag Avengers: Endgame tickets in a snap when pre-sales opened this morning, you might have been dismayed to see error messages or long wait times on ticket sites. Many of those trying to make sure they can see the Marvel blockb...

Netflix renews 'The Umbrella Academy' for a second season

Apr 2, 2019

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Netflix announced today that it is renewing The Umbrella Academy for a second season. The main cast will reprise their roles for the next installment of the superhero story, which will feature 10 one-hour episodes. While Netflix hasn't given any time...

Engadget giveaway: Win a Shield TV Gaming Edition courtesy of Plex!

Apr 2, 2019

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This week's giveaway, courtesy of Plex, could put a sleek multimedia machine in your home. Plex's popular grid-view software helps you organize and navigate your files, while giving you access to them on-the-go. The NVIDIA Shield is a cord-cutting An...

Spark email app debuts on Android as Inbox gets the axe

Apr 2, 2019

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For years, iOS and macOS users have had access to Spark, an organization-focussed email app. Until now, Android users were left in the dark, but as of today, Spark is officially available in the Google Play store.

FCC commissioner calls for crackdown on sales of phone location data

Apr 2, 2019

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If you're concerned that carriers' phone location data is still ending up in the wrong hands nearly a year after the issue became clear, you're not alone. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has penned an editorial calling for federal action against co...

Formlabs promises smoother, cleaner 3D printing

Apr 2, 2019

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Formlabs' 3D-printing technology is now being used to make razor handles, movie props and even false teeth. It makes sense, then, that the products coming out of its printers need to be as smooth as possible to avoid the need for extra finishing. Tha...

Nokia's X71 phone has a hole-punch display and a 48-megapixel camera

Apr 2, 2019

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Nokia is the latest Android phone-maker to embrace the hole-punch display with the launch of the X71. Camera-centric phones have been par for the course for Nokia under both its previous owner Microsoft and current brand licensee HMD Global. The new...

WhatsApp debuts fact-checking service to counter fake news in India

Apr 2, 2019

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India's elections begin April 11th, and WhatsApp is determined to use every method it can to fight fake news ahead of the voting. The Facebook-owned company has teamed up with Proto to launch a fact-checking service, Checkpoint Tipline, that lets loc...

Teenage Engineering's new pocket synth is a collaboration with Ghostly

Apr 2, 2019

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Teenage Engineering's pocket-sized synths are some of our favorite music-making gear here at Engadget, Today, the company is adding another tiny device to its Pocket Operator line. The PO-33 Ghostly Edition is a limited-release version of the existin...

Withings' entry-level Move smartwatch arrives with custom colors

Apr 2, 2019

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Back in January, smartwatch maker Withings announced the Move, a low-cost fitness tracker watch that could be customized by the user. Now, a month after the company initially promised shipments would begin, you can finally get hold of the first versi...

Farewell, Google+: You didn't fail, you just didn't succeed

Apr 2, 2019

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It's the end of Google+. Eight years after its launch, Google is finally pulling the plug on its social network. It was a platform designed to take on Facebook but, despite the company's best efforts, it always existed in its shadow. As of today, the...

'No Man's Sky VR' is the purest way to explore the universe

Apr 2, 2019

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There's been at least one moment in the past year when Sean Murray, the creator of No Man's Sky, has been seated around an awards-ceremony table with the people behind Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege or Warframe, and they've all shared a moment of incred...

'Iron Man VR' is as close to being Tony Stark as you're likely to get

Apr 2, 2019

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Remember when Spider-Man came out last year for the PS4 and everybody was agog over how realistic and seamless the gameplay mechanics were -- how much it "felt" like you were Spidey himself? Marvel's Iron Man VR would like you to hold its beer.

Deep Silver deactivates 'Metro Exodus' keys stolen from a factory

Apr 2, 2019

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If you've been sold a code for post-apocalyptic adventure Metro Exodus, you might want to check where it came from. According to publisher Deep Silver, a number of keys have been stolen from the factory where physical key printing for the game had be...

The Morning After: The meatless Burger King Whopper

Apr 2, 2019

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Hey, good morning! Did you survive the trolling and April Fools shenanigans? Good on you. That said, there were some surprises that could have been interpreted as fake news, like the Impossible Whopper and that shotgun drone.

Netflix shows off Drake's 'Top Boy' revival

Apr 2, 2019

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Netflix's Top Boy returns to the explosive streets of east London in the first trailer for its upcoming season. British rappers-turned-actors Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson are back in the mix, joined by Little Simz and UK album-chart topper Dave.

Netflix's new superhero movie may star Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer

Apr 2, 2019

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Netflix may have lost the whole Defenders crew, but it's reportedly gaining two new superheroes. According to Deadline, the streaming giant is "wrapping up deals" with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer to star in Thunder Force. The film, written a...

NASA says satellite that India shot down may threaten the ISS

Apr 2, 2019

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NASA chief Jim Bridenstine called India's destruction of one of its satellites a "terrible, terrible thing" that could endanger astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Addressing employees, he said a missile that shot down a satellit...

NASA is testing Jupiter moon probe's data-beaming antenna

Apr 2, 2019

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What the Europa Clipper finds when it starts orbiting Jupiter's icy moon won't be of any use to us if it can't send data back to Earth. In order to beam back information from that far into the solar system, the Clipper will be equipped with a high-ga...

Deleted 'Borderlands 3' tweet suggests a September 13th release date

Apr 2, 2019

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Gearbox seems to have given away the release date for Borderlands 3 a little earlier than expected. A now-deleted tweet from the Borderlands Twitter account read "Mayhem is Coming September 13th." It appears the date leaked a couple of days before th...

What's on TV: 'Killing Eve,' 'Sabrina' and 'The Tick'

Apr 2, 2019

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This week is a little light on big videogame releases, but sports fans can tune into the closing rounds of the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Fans of streaming have their pick of series, with The Twilight Zone ((you can watch the first episode for...

Cloudflare's privacy-focused DNS app adds a free VPN

Apr 2, 2019

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Cloudfare's 1.1.1.1 DNS service will add a VPN to its app for mobile devices. Known as Warp, the feature will gives users of the DNS resolver even more privacy while browsing the internet on their phone. Though the 1.1.1.1 DNS service already keeps y...

Bragi sells off its in-ear headphone business as it focuses on software

Apr 2, 2019

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Bragi hasn't been shy about transitioning away from making consumer-facing earbuds and toward developing high-concept features, but it's now clear that shift is complete. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it sold its hardware business to...

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' gets a second battle royale map tomorrow

Apr 2, 2019

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout battle royale mode is about to get a new map. The second arena in which players will duke it out for supremacy is Alcatraz. The map hits PS4 tomorrow and will arrive on other platforms later.

‘Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs’ washes ashore on PlayStation VR

Mar 27, 2019

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If you're an Angry Birds diehard, you'll be happy to hear that Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs is available on PlayStation VR for $14.99. And Rovio and Resolution Games have added 13 new levels of play. Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs launched on Vive and...

'Anthem' patch taps into NVIDIA's AI-powered antialiasing

Mar 27, 2019

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A patch to Anthem released on Tuesday that will allow for faster performance as well as some added features. The update includes NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and NVIDIA Highlights. The game developer claims that Anthem players will see...

Google streamlines two-step verification with security keys

Mar 27, 2019

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Google just made it easier to lock down your account if you're a G Suite user. The internet giant is trotting out a series of updates for two-step verification, starting with the interface itself. You'll see new instructions text and images to walk...

Disposable delivery drones pass test with US Marines

Mar 27, 2019

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The US military is testing delivery drones that can transport supplies over long distances and be thrown away after each use. Made of cheap plywood, the bigger version of the two gliders being tested can carry over 700 kilograms, or roughly 1800 poun...

VP Pence wants US astronauts back on the Moon by 2024

Mar 26, 2019

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Apparently, plans to put US astronauts on the Moon by the late 2020s weren't ambitious enough. Vice President Pence announced at the National Space Council that the US now planned to return people to the Moon by 2024, about four years earlier than e...

Qualcomm, Apple split results of iPhone patent cases

Mar 26, 2019

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A US trade judge recommended a temporary sales ban on some models of iPhone following a ruling that found Apple infringed upon Qualcomm patents. The judge's decision was not binding and will be reviewed by the International Trade Commission (ITC). Th...

FTC will examine privacy policies at major internet providers

Mar 26, 2019

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Just because American internet providers are facing looser privacy regulations doesn't mean they're avoiding all scrutiny. The Federal Trade Commission has ordered AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber, T-Mobile and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) to...

Google forms an external council to foster 'responsible' AI

Mar 26, 2019

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Google is joining Facebook, Stanford and other outfits setting up institutions to support ethical AI. The company has created an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council that will shape the "responsible development and use" of AI in its products...

UPS launches a drone 'airline' to deliver medical samples

Mar 26, 2019

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Autonomous delivery drone networks are coming to the US in earnest. UPS and Matternet are launching a drone "airline" that will use the robotic aircraft to carry medical samples between WakeMed's health care facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina. T...

Google wants to bring local news back to underserved cities

Mar 26, 2019

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Google and newspaper publishing company McClatchy announced a new partnership that will aim to develop sustainable business models for local news publications. As part of the ongoing Google News Initiative, the companies will be teaming up to create...

Apple TV+ needs more than just A-list talent

Mar 26, 2019

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Apple's "It's Showtime" event revealed the technology industry's worst-kept secret: The company was building its own TV service. The back half of the event was designed to show off the litany of A-listers the company had signed up. Steven Spielberg,...

'Moons of Madness' blends Lovecraft with 'Dead Space'

Mar 26, 2019

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There aren't many great H.P. Lovecraft-inspired games, let alone ones that venture outside of Lovecraft's time period, but Rock Pocket Games and Funcom think can do both at once. They've announced Moons of Madness, a "cosmic horror" game that blends...

Uber's Ride Pass brings discounts to 20 more cities

Mar 26, 2019

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You don't have to live in Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Austin or Orlando to lock in discounted Uber rates anymore. The company announced today that it's expanding Ride Pass to another 20 US cities. The monthly subscription plan lets users secure consi...

Final Fantasy XV's last DLC hurrah is out today

Mar 26, 2019

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The story of Final Fantasy XV comes to an untimely end on Tuesday with the release of its first and final DLC, "Episode Ardyn." The game follows Ardyn Lucis Caelum, the mysterious antagonist of Final Fantasy XV, during an era before main protagonist...

Huawei is working on a series of stylish smart glasses

Mar 26, 2019

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Alongside the P30 Pro, the P30 and a bunch of accessories, Huawei had a surprise: smart glasses. No, it isn't 2016. The company is working with Korean eyewear (and pop-culture influencer) Gentle Monster to produce a line of smartphones eyewear that...

McDonald's will use AI to automatically tweak drive-thru menus

Mar 26, 2019

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When you roll up to a McDonald's drive-thru in the near future, you might notice the menu changing while you're ordering to persuade you to buy a few more items. The fast food giant is buying machine learning startup Dynamic Yield for a reported $300...

EU passes divisive Article 13 copyright law

Mar 26, 2019

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In what should be its final vote on the matter, the European Parliament approved its new, highly controversial copyright rules. While the Copyright Directive is meant to empower creatives and news publishers, the rules are seen by many as over the to...

Spotify will personalize some of its biggest playlists for users

Mar 26, 2019

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Spotify isn't just reserving personalization for obvious playlists like Discover Weekly. The streaming giant is planning to personalize some of its other playlists based on your tastes. You won't get the exact same playlist as a friend, in other word...

Facebook pulls 2,632 bogus accounts and pages in latest crackdown

Mar 26, 2019

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Facebook's war against shady accounts isn't about to slow down. The social site has pulled 2,632 accounts, groups and accounts for conducting "coordinated inauthentic behavior" across Facebook and Instagram. The perpetrators were linked to Russia,...

Apple News app kept crashing after iOS 12.2 update

Mar 26, 2019

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The rollout of Apple News+ has not gone as planned for Apple. While the new subscription news service is supposed to be available in the Apple News app following the update to iOS 12.2, a number of users have taken to social media to complain about t...

Google's AMP tech makes Gmail more interactive

Mar 26, 2019

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Google is finally ready to bring its fast-loading AMP tech to Gmail after more than a year of testing. Now widely available on the web, "dynamic email" (as Google calls it) gives you web-based interactions that would normally require opening your br...

Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani will kick off 'Twilight Zone' next week

Mar 26, 2019

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We're less than a week away from the premiere of Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot, and we're starting to get a sense of how the series will start -- thanks to two eerie trailers released by CBS.

Uber is acquiring Middle Eastern rival Careem for $3.1 billion

Mar 26, 2019

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Uber has confirmed it's acquiring its main rival in the Middle East, Careem, for $3.1 billion. The deal is the region's largest ever tech transaction, outside of Israel, according to the Associated Press. It gives Uber significant access to the great...

'Trover Saves the Universe' is even more bonkers than I'd hoped

Mar 26, 2019

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The inside of Justin Roiland's head is a magical, mysterious place filled with wondrously quirky, foul-mouthed, morally ambiguous characters. And so, too, is Trover Saves the Universe, the latest title from Roiland's fledgeling studio, Squanch Games....

Apple News+ has issues, but it's a great deal for casual readers

Mar 26, 2019

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Yesterday, Apple unveiled Apple News+, an all-you-can-eat subscription service that offers access to over 300 different magazines and periodicals, including newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, for $9.99 a month. I alrea...

Weight Watchers is trying to avoid becoming the next Kodak

Mar 20, 2019

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One of the most well-known brands in dieting is undoubtedly Weight Watchers. Ever since the 1960s, the company has helped people shed pounds through food-logging (customers keep track of point values assigned to different foods) and through weekly gr...

'Speaking Simulator' uses your gift of gab for world domination

Mar 20, 2019

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Everybody wants to rule the world, even AI-controlled alien robots. And in Speaking Simulator from Affable Games, you absolutely can -- you'll just first have to convince the rest of humanity to let you.

Facebook Messenger gets threaded replies

Mar 20, 2019

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Facebook is making it a bit easier to keep track of who's talking to who in a busy group chat. It's rolling out a thread feature for Messenger that lets you reply to specific messages (including media and emoji). If you ask an important question, y...

BMW’s future EVs could outlast the competition by 200 miles

Mar 20, 2019

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BMW has said that it wants to build all variants of its cars (hybrid, gas, electric) on the same production lines. So, a 3 Series with an internal combustion engine (ICE) will be built right beside one with a battery pack. It relies on the automaker...

White House launches site to highlight AI initiatives

Mar 20, 2019

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Now that the US government has been ordered to prioritize AI, it's launching a website to promote its AI efforts. The newly available AI.gov showcases a number of initiatives over the years, including Obama-era moves like the strategic AI research p...

'Nuclear Throne' and other Vlambeer games come to the Switch

Mar 20, 2019

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Vlambeer hasn't really had a presence on the Switch, but it's rectifying that in very short order. The indie studio is bringing three titles to Nintendo's current console, starting immediately with Nuclear Throne. While the top-down wasteland shoot...

Disney revives Lucasfilm Games as EA flounders with 'Star Wars'

Mar 20, 2019

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There hasn't been a Lucasfilm Games-badged release since before 1991's Monkey Island 2, but that isn't stopping Disney from resurrecting the classic label. The company recently posted several job listings for producers and marketers under the Lucasfi...

Volvo will use cameras to fight drunk and distracted driving

Mar 20, 2019

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Volvo plans to use cameras and sensors inside cars to combat drunk and distracted driving. The vehicles may intervene if a driver doesn't respond to warning signals -- cars may limit their speed, alert the Volvo on Call service (which will contact th...

Snapchat admits its age-verification system doesn’t work

Mar 20, 2019

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Confronted by the UK's Parliament, Snapchat admitted its age verification process doesn't keep users younger than 13 years old from signing up. That's not exactly a big secret. Users are simply asked to enter their birthday, which could easily be fud...

Epic Games has 250 million 'Fortnite' players and a lot of plans

Mar 20, 2019

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When Tim Sweeney built ZZT in 1991, he didn't know how to program graphics. Instead of coding actual characters and objects into his game, he used text symbols, and the main character was simply a smiley face trailing across the screen. "That includ...

'Detroit', 'Heavy Rain' and 'Beyond' will hit the Epic Games Store

Mar 20, 2019

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Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are all making their way to PC for the first time in 2019 through the Epic Games Store. To date, the games have only been available on PlayStation 3 and/or PS4. The Quantic Dream titles are a bi...

Amazon creates its own skincare line called Belei

Mar 20, 2019

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Amazon loves to capitalize on popular products, and that apparently extends to the recent fascination with skincare products. The internet giant has introduced its first "dedicated" skincare line, Belei, to snap up customers who'd otherwise hunt dow...

'Cadence of Hyrule' for Switch puts a Zelda spin on an indie classic

Mar 20, 2019

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Hyrule is about to get down. Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (what a mouthful) is heading to the Nintendo Switch this spring. It's a top-down 2D roguelike that infuses the universe of The Legend of Zelda int...

'Stranger Things 3: The Game' arrives alongside the show on July 4th

Mar 20, 2019

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When the Duffer Brothers said Stranger Things 3: The Game would tie in with the third season of the Netflix series, they weren't kidding. Bonus XP's suitably retro beat-em-up is due to launch on the Switch (and most likely other platforms) on July 4t...

Double Fine's radioactive adventure 'Rad' arrives this summer

Mar 20, 2019

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Tim Schafer and Lee Petty of Double Fine Productions made a short appearance on Nintendo's Nindies Showcase today to help introduce a new rock-flavored action game. And no, it's not Brutal Legend 2. Instead, it's a new property titled Rad, which foll...

'Cuphead' hits Nintendo Switch on April 18th

Mar 20, 2019

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The delightfully difficult game Cuphead is making its way to the Switch this Spring, Nintendo announced at GDC 2019 on Wednesday. The game will be ported with the same hand-drawn cell animation and jazzy soundtrack by Kristofer Maddigan that endeared...

AIs are better gamers than us, but that’s OK

Mar 20, 2019

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We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what artificial intelligence is capable of, from medical advancements to movie recommendations. Despite AI being a potential goldmine of help to humanity, even the greatest minds are partial to the...

The new Oculus Rift S arrives this spring for $399

Mar 20, 2019

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Oculus announced at GDC today that an updated version of its Rift virtual reality headset is on the way this spring. Oculus Rift S will cost $399, an increase of $50 from the Rift, while it's set to offer improved resolution and the same integrated a...

Optimus Ride is testing its self-driving shuttle in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Mar 20, 2019

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New York City is getting a self-driving shuttle, sort of. Optimus Ride announced plans to deploy its self-driving system at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the second quarter of this year. The vehicles will run in a closed loop on the Navy Yard's private r...

Google's first AI-powered Doodle is a piano duet with Bach

Mar 20, 2019

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Google has created its first ever AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, and it can turn your tunes into masterpieces in the Baroque composer's style. Starting on March 21st, you'll be able to play with the interactive Doodl...

Leaked memo promises major Xbox streaming news at E3

Mar 20, 2019

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Google had some major news on the gaming front Tuesday when it announced Stadia, its game-streaming service. Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer was among those who paid attention to Google's event, and he was quick to remind his team Stadia wasn't t...

Konami is bringing 'Castlevania' and 'Contra' to modern consoles

Mar 20, 2019

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Konami is celebrating its 50th birthday with three new compilations based on Castlevania, Contra and its early arcade games, each available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (via Steam).

Grado Labs GW100 review: A blessing and a curse

Mar 20, 2019

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Grado Labs was late to the wireless game. The company knows it, and it has good reasons for not jumping in sooner. "Wireless technology has never been very good, so just like closed-back, we could make them, but people would expect them to sound lik...

First 'Stranger Things 3' trailer reunites the gang

Mar 20, 2019

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After giving us a brief Stranger Things 3 teaser yesterday, Netflix is treating us to the show's full-blown trailer. The clip crams plenty of action into its almost three-minute-long duration, with more nods to Spielberg (possessed toys for the Polte...

Battle medic Baptiste officially joins 'Overwatch'

Mar 20, 2019

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Overwatch has a new entrant: support medic Baptiste. After a couple of months of battle-testing on the game's public server, the newbie is now live with the latest patch. Not only does the Haitian add a dose of diversity to the online shooter, but he...

Google shutters its Spotlight Stories VR studio after six years

Mar 14, 2019

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Google's Spotlight Stories is no more. The VR studio's executive producer, Karen Dufilho, has sent out an email to announce that the division is shutting down. Stories started as a partnership between Google and Motorola as a way to create 360-degree...

MoviePass' 'day to day' leading exec resigns after a few months

Mar 14, 2019

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In December MoviePass closed out a turbulent year with new subscription plans for moviegoers and a path to profitability, all with a new exec Khalid Itum taking over day to day operations. Now reports have surfaced that that Itum has resigned, as Bus...

MIT robot's flytrap gripper can grab both fragile and heavy objects

Mar 14, 2019

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Robot hands tend to skew toward extremes. They can pick up delicate objects or heavy objects, but rarely both. MIT CSAIL's solution? Avoid hands altogether. Its researchers have developed a Venus flytrap-like gripper that can grab objects as frag...

Senators want Congressional hacks to be public knowledge

Mar 14, 2019

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When a company is hacked, consumers usually find out about it through the press or emails. You probably remember the Target hack that spilled data from millions of credit and debit card accounts. But do you remember the last publicly disclosed Congre...

EA reportedly paid Ninja $1 million to stream 'Apex Legends'

Mar 14, 2019

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It's no secret that EA paid top streamers to promote (and to some extent, influence) Apex Legends, but how much did those streamers make? In one case, it might have been quite a lot. A Reuters source claimed that EA paid Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) a...

'Overwatch' healer Baptiste debuts on March 19th

Mar 14, 2019

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Baptiste, the Haitian combat medic who grew up an orphan, will make his Overwatch debut next week. The game announced on Twitter that Baptiste would be coming out on March 19th. Last month, we learned some details about Baptiste in a revealing traile...

US conducts criminal investigation into Facebook's data deals

Mar 14, 2019

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Investigations into Facebook's data handling keep piling up. The New York Times has learned that federal prosecutors are in the midst of a criminal investigation into the data deals Facebook arranged with tech companies. It's not known when the inv...

Facebook helps you host viewing parties for live TV

Mar 13, 2019

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Facebook's Watch Party won't just help you help watch online videos with friends -- it'll soon help with old-school TV. The social network is launching a new Watch Party experience that will let you host live TV shows, starting with sports. Start a...

Microsoft's Wireless Display app streams PC games to your Xbox

Mar 13, 2019

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Microsoft announced today that it has updated its Wireless Display app to add support for the Xbox One. The latest version of the app will allow gamers to stream PC titles from Steam and elsewhere directly to Microsoft's gaming console. The app also...

'Hyper Light Drifter' devs' next game goes rollerblading across clouds

Mar 13, 2019

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The developers of Hyper Light Drifter have introduced their second game, and it's about as strange as you'd expect... if not more so. Heart Machine has offered a brief peek at Solar Ash Kingdom, a game that blends a "surreal" world, "massive enemy en...

Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TV

Mar 13, 2019

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Apple Music users in the US can now listen to their tracks on Amazon Fire TVs (or sticks). The news comes only months after Apple Music became available on Echo devices stateside. Apple's streaming service is also expected to come to Echo users in th...

Legendary ASCII game 'Dwarf Fortress' is coming to Steam

Mar 13, 2019

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The 17-year-old classic Dwarf Fortress is considered a pioneer in gaming through its massive, highly interactive world, but it's a tough sell to modern gamers with its ASCII graphics and its absence on modern game stores. That won't be an issue for...

Periscope details plan to cut down on spam and fake activity

Mar 13, 2019

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Periscope, the livestreaming app owned by Twitter, is banning fake engagement on the platform. This includes fake hearts, chats, followers, and views. In a Medium post, the company told users to expect an "increase in enforcement actions" as the poli...

Sneaky deep sea robot will take pics of fish without spooking them

Mar 13, 2019

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Robots typically aren't good choices for studying deep sea animals like jellyfish -- not when their light, noise and movement can scare away those creatures. Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution may have a far less intrusive option, th...

Google adds DuckDuckGo as a search engine option in Chrome

Mar 13, 2019

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Hidden in the most recent version of Chrome is the ability to change its default search engine to a more privacy-friendly option. With the release of Chrome 73, Google has quietly introduced DuckDuckGo as a preferred search option in more than 60 mar...

Wearing headphones at a concert isn’t as weird as I thought it would be

Mar 13, 2019

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One of the worst concerts I've ever attended in my life -- in terms of pure sound quality -- was at Barclays Center. I get that arena shows are never going to be known for their top-notch acoustics, but the concrete cavern that the Brooklyn Nets call...

The Android Q beta is here with a focus on privacy

Mar 13, 2019

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It's that time of year when Google offers an early peek at the next version of Android, and sure enough, the first Android Q preview beta is here. Like previous Android betas, the emphasis here is more on functional updates rather than razzle-dazzle....

US grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes

Mar 13, 2019

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Less than one day after expressing confidence in Boeing's 737 Max fleet, the US government has decided to ground the plane involved in two recent crashes. According to CNBC, President Trump told reporters that the US was issuing an emergency order to...

HP is recalling more laptop batteries over fire concerns

Mar 13, 2019

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HP is expanding its recall of laptop and mobile workstation batteries because of concerns over "fire and burn hazards." HP actually announced the broader recall in January, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission didn't post it on its website unti...

Google targets ads at gamers who don’t make in-app purchases

Mar 13, 2019

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If you're one of the few mobile gamers who actually spend money on in-app purchases, you might begin to see fewer ads. While developers make most of their money with advertising, in some cases, ads hurt in-app purchases by disrupting the gameplay of...

Sony fixes bug that prevented Kodi installs on its TVs

Mar 13, 2019

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The furor over Sony TVs allegedly blocking Kodi appears to be over. Sony told Engadget it's rolling out a firmware update for some of its Android-powered sets that fixes a bug preventing Kodi from installing. While it didn't say just what the fix ent...

'SimBad' Android adware was downloaded nearly 150 million times

Mar 13, 2019

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As much as Google has done to keep malware out of the Play Store, some notable examples still get through. Google has pulled 210 apps from the store after Check Point researchers discovered that they were infected with the same strain of adware. Ni...

Man arrested for selling Netflix and Spotify accounts

Mar 13, 2019

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced today that they arrested a man accused of selling stolen login credentials online. The unnamed man, a 21-year-old living in Sydney, Australia, operated a website called WickedGen.com that advertised havin...

Samsung Galaxy Buds review: A waste of good design

Mar 13, 2019

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Apple has the AirPods for the iPhone, and now Samsung has a true wireless headphone made specifically for its Galaxy lineup. The Galaxy Buds offer a lot of the same features as most other true wireless earbuds: charging case, on-board controls, audio...

Dozens of law enforcement agencies are helping ICE track cars

Mar 13, 2019

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More than 9,200 Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees have access to a license plate database that allows authorities to track the movement of vehicles over time. The American Civil Liberties Union says more than 80 law enforcement agencies a...

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $300 on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Mar 7, 2019

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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.

EA is the latest to nix its E3 press conference

Mar 7, 2019

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When E3 kicks off later this year, Electronic Arts will be seen but not heard. The company announced today that it will be forgoing its standard press conference at the event. Instead, EA will be focused on EA Play, its annual showcase that will kick...

Leica's compact, full-frame Q2 captures 47MP photos and 4K video

Mar 7, 2019

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Leica made a few waves with its original Q camera in 2015, and not without merit: the Q was a compact full-frame camera that took advantage of the company's reputation for high-quality lenses. You'll be glad to hear, then, that Leica is back with a...

Facebook Messenger bug let other people see who you'd been talking to

Mar 7, 2019

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In November, researchers discovered a Facebook bug that allowed websites to extract data from users' profiles thanks to a security flaw relating to cross-site frame leakage (CSFL). Today, the same team has revealed a now-patched vulnerability that wo...

Tim Cook is in on the Tim Apple joke

Mar 7, 2019

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President Trump knows words. He has the best words. And he showed some of those big beautiful words off yesterday during a press conference for the during the inaugural meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board with Apple CEO, Tim Cook....

Facebook removes fake accounts stoking political tension in UK

Mar 7, 2019

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Facebook just cracked down on more fake accounts in the UK, and this time it was a relatively sophisticated scheme. The social network has pulled 137 bogus accounts (including for Instagram), groups and pages for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" t...

Amazon teases when its 'Lord of the Rings' series will take place

Mar 7, 2019

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Amazon has offered precious little information about its forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, but some Twitter and Instagram teases that started last month are finally bearing fruit. Previous posts showed the map of Middle-earth slowly being filled...

Sinemia's new movie ticket discount doesn't require a subscription

Mar 7, 2019

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From discounted weekday-only movie subscriptions to $30 unlimited passes, rollover tickets, debit cards to avoid online fees and direct ticket sales, it seems like Sinemia has tried just about everything to get people to buy movie tickets. Apparently...

The Queen is now on Instagram

Mar 7, 2019

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Queen Elizabeth II might be the next big Instagram influencer. Her Majesty made her first ever post to Instagram today while visiting the Science Museum in London. Her post, made from the official TheRoyalFamily account, was a photo of a letter sent...

The original ‘Diablo’ is now available on GOG.com

Mar 7, 2019

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The original 1996 Diablo is now available for the first time digitally on GOG.com. Fans of Blizzard's classic RPG can choose between two modes; an old-school version with 20 FPS, SVGA graphics and Battle.net multiplayer support, or a more modern vers...

SiriusXM plans original podcasts, shows and more for Pandora

Mar 7, 2019

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If you listen to Pandora regularly, you might notice new channels, shows, podcast and playlists popping up. Roughly one month after finalizing its $3.5 billion acquisition of Pandora, Sirius XM announced a first-ever, original content team for the pl...

Bird's new program lets local operators run their own scooter network

Mar 7, 2019

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Bird's e-scooters are on their way to Canada, Latin America and New Zealand under a program that allows local business owners to set up their own networks. The company is opening up Bird Platform, which it first announced in November. Operators of th...

Supercar fantasies at the Geneva Motor Show

Mar 7, 2019

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Most of us will never have the cash for a supercar, but we still want them to look cooler and go faster every year. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, automakers were happy to accommodate, with a fresh crop of electric and gas-powered super- and hype...

Alexa's new skill lets you scour Ticketmaster using your voice

Mar 7, 2019

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You can buy tickets using voice commands now that Ticketmaster has given Alexa access to its events. If you've got nothing particular in mind, say "Alexa, open Ticketmaster." You can also ask the voice assistant to look for events you can go to with...

AI picks your 'perfect' makeup shade without seeing your face

Mar 7, 2019

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Finding a decent foundation is the Holy Grail of beauty that many makeup-wearers can only dream of. Even if you find something that just kind-of-works for you, chances are you'll stick with it instead of risking spending more on something that won't....

‘Apex Legends’ update attempts to balance its most powerful weapons

Mar 7, 2019

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It's the stuff of nightmares. You're looted out of your mind, there are only two squads left standing, and you get double-tapped from the other side of the world by a Wingman-wielding Pathfinder. Well, you can sleep soundly now sweet Lifeline, becaus...

The best games for PC

Mar 7, 2019

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So how do you categorize a beast like gaming on the PC? With decades of titles to pluck from (and the first port of call for most indie titles, too), there's so much to choose from. Gaming on your PC adds the benefits of (nearly always flawless) back...

24 hours with Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active

Mar 7, 2019

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active is cute. That's obviously not the only thing going for the company's latest workout-friendly wearable, but its relative cuteness is surprisingly important here. After all, it directly affected the components Samsung use...

Corsair’s K83 media keyboard is great... when it works

Mar 7, 2019

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Corsair is in general, a gamer's brand. The company makes PC components like memory and cases, as well as accessories like mice and keyboards for those who want to fully optimize their play experience. But let's be honest, you don't need to be a game...

Nintendo Switch revisited: Two years makes a big difference

Mar 7, 2019

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The Nintendo Switch is no Wii U -- we knew that much when we reviewed it on March 1st, 2017. Its portable design lets you play your games anywhere, and it seamlessly turns into a home console when you dock it, something that still feels magical t...

Fiat's Centoventi is a customizable EV for the masses

Mar 7, 2019

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Fiat has unveiled a concept EV to promote the idea of a completely customizable car that's available to everyone. The Centoventi, which means "120," in honor of Fiat's anniversary, would be sold as a bare gray car. The buyer could then pick four...

Microsoft beats Amazon to open the first cloud data center in Africa

Mar 7, 2019

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Microsoft has become the first major cloud provider to open a data center in South Africa. Its two new Azure facilities in Cape Town and Johannesburg have been in the works since 2017, and while they were originally slated to go live in 2018, their a...

The Morning After: Nintendo is bringing VR to the Switch

Mar 7, 2019

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Hey, good morning! Between all the motor show news from Geneva, Mark Zuckerberg is pitching a privacy-focused revamp of Facebook (what would that even look like?), and there's a blast from the past, 1995 to be precise, with some post-Virtual Boy vir...

‘Anthem’ bug makes starter rifle the game’s most powerful weapon

Mar 7, 2019

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You've gotta pay your dues in shooter game Anthem. Like Destiny 2 and Warframe, you get ahead with tireless grinding, repeatedly working through the same missions to get your hands on better guns and better loot. So a recently-discovered bug is threa...

Sony finally brings PS4 Remote Play to iPhone and iPad

Mar 7, 2019

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The latest update to the PlayStation 4 operating system has a feature that some users have craved for years. From today, the console will now properly sync with iOS devices, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to game with the PS4 Remote P...

Amazon discontinues its quirky Dash buttons

Mar 1, 2019

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Amazon's physical Dash buttons are no more. The e-commerce giant has stopped selling its quirky, tap-to-order Dash buttons as of February 28th. It was an inevitable decision Amazon had to make with the advent of more advanced IoT devices, especially...

'Mewtwo Strikes Back' CG remake shows off its first trailer

Mar 1, 2019

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Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back debuted in 1998, and now we have a trailer for the CG-rendered reimagining that's coming to theaters in Japan on July 12th. A post on the official site revealed that Masaomi Ichimura will return as...

New Horizons photos shed more light on Kuiper Belt

Mar 1, 2019

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Those of you following NASA's New Horizons know the interplanetary space probe made the farthest-ever flyby in human history on New Year's Day, when it circled Ultima Thule, an object in Kuiper Belt. Now, a discovery from New Horizons' 2015 trip arou...

NASA's lunar outpost will get a robotic helping hand from Canada

Mar 1, 2019

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NASA's Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway has its first international partner. The agency announced today that Canada will be joining the effort to set up the lunar-orbit space station that will help to house astronauts, generate research and eventually...

'Soft' robotic hand runs on air pressure and AI

Mar 1, 2019

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We've seen examples of robots mimicking humans, but now we're seeing robots that can autonomously teach themselves how to handle objects. Festo has developed a flexible robotic hand that uses artificial intelligence to deduce how to manipulate an ite...

Huawei pleads not guilty to stealing US trade secrets

Feb 28, 2019

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In a US federal court in Seattle, Chinese tech firm Huawei pleaded not guilty to several charges that allege the company engaged or attempted to engage in theft of trade secrets, the Associated Press reported. US District Judge Richardo S. Martinez,...

Tesla starts charging $7,000 to add Full Self-Driving features post-delivery

Feb 28, 2019

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Tesla is splitting its self-driving function into two tiers -- Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability -- and charging a few thousand extra dollars for Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, Summon and other features coming out later this year.

Elon Musk: Expect a cheaper Tesla in '2 - 3 years'

Feb 28, 2019

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While Elon Musk just announced that Tesla's Model 3 is available for the $35,000 price he's been promising for years, the plan isn't to stop there. On a call with the media to announce the move, as well as its new policy of selling cars exclusively o...

Tesla's car sales are going online-only

Feb 28, 2019

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Along with launching its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3, Tesla announced that it is taking car sales to the internet -- exclusively. That shift is apparently a part of why it's going to be able to lower prices by a claimed 6 percent on average, as it w...

Tesla launches orders for the $35,000 Model 3

Feb 28, 2019

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In a sort of surprise event (CEO Elon Musk tweeted it out two days ago), Tesla announced the $35,000 Standard Range Model 3 is available for order. The automaker has been working diligently to streamline its production line and lower unit costs of th...

Google's new .dev domain opens to all

Feb 28, 2019

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Google's .dev domain is open to anyone today, less than two weeks after Google announced the new domain ending. The company envisions .dev as a dedicated space for developers and technology -- a way to showcase tools, programming languages, blogs and...

Russia is going to test an internet ‘kill switch,’ and its citizens will suffer

Feb 28, 2019

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Russia is planning to disconnect itself from the global internet in a test sometime between now and April. The country says it is implementing an internal internet (intranet) and an internet "kill switch" to protect itself against cyberwar. The quest...

You can get around Medium's paywall by clicking on twitter links

Feb 28, 2019

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Medium is putting a gate in it paywall for Twitter users. Company CEO Ev Williams announced that users who are directed to Medium from links on Twitter will not be subject to the standard limits of the paywall. They will be able to read stories for f...

Wirecutter's best deals: The Instant Pot Ultra 6-quart drops to $100

Feb 28, 2019

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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.

Samsung is giving away a screen protector with the Galaxy S10

Feb 28, 2019

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If you're planning to snag a Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ when they arrive next week, you might be pleased to see your new phone will already have a screen protector installed. While the plastic protector might not be as tough as other glass-based opti...

Toyota experiment uses cameras to create city maps for self-driving cars

Feb 28, 2019

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Self-driving cars usually benefit from having detailed road maps, but creating those maps can be agonizingly slow when it requires cars loaded with exotic hardware. Toyota researchers and Carmera might have an easier solution: use off-the-shelf camer...

YouTube shuts down comments on videos with young kids

Feb 28, 2019

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YouTube is taking far-reaching actions to prevent a repeat of the pedophilic comments that plagued videos on the service. It has disabled comments on "tens of millions" of clips with young children in them over the past week, and plans a "broadening...

The Switch adds another comic book reader in Izneo

Feb 28, 2019

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The Switch hasn't quite lived up to its tablet potential due to a severe lack of software outside of games, but it's surprisingly found a groove as a comic book e-reader. It's all thanks to Inky Pen -- a comic subscription that's currently exclusive...

Sony's CFexpress cards will bring blistering speeds to cameras

Feb 28, 2019

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Cameras are getting so fast now that it's hard for regular SD storage cards, even fancy UHS II models, to keep up. Sony has just announced that it's developing new cards using the all-new CFexpress tech that are up to the challenge. They can read and...

CNN’s Magic Leap app lets you interact with the news, if you dare

Feb 28, 2019

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It's 2019, so the idea of bringing the news, which is usually not good, into your living room sounds a bit ominous. That's not stopping CNN. The 24-hour-news network now has a mixed-reality app for the Magic Leap One that allows viewers to watch and...

Spiritual successor to 'Nintendogs' comes to Switch this spring

Feb 28, 2019

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If you're still suffering from Nintendogs withdrawal several years later, you might have an unofficial fix. Imagineer and Sold Out are releasing an international version of Little Friends: Dogs & Cats, a previously Japan-only pet sim that embodi...

Amazon Prime members can now set a weekly delivery day

Feb 28, 2019

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Instead of having another package arrive at your doorstep every single day, Amazon wants to cut down on cardboard and delivery trips by giving Prime members the ability to schedule what day all of their packages arrive. The new feature, called Amazon...

Phone-hacking device used by police sells on eBay for $100

Feb 28, 2019

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A phone-hacking device that law enforcement officials use to extract data from phones is popping up on eBay for as little as $100. Federal agencies in the US and elsewhere, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, typically spend up to...

Ricoh's Theta Z1 shoots 360-degree RAW images for $999

Feb 28, 2019

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Ricoh has unveiled the Theta Z1, a 360-degree camera that offers near-professional features for a price. It's got a pair of backside-illuminated 1-inch sensors and variable apertures that let you shoot 23-megapixel images at f/2.1, f/3.5 and f/5.6. O...

You can now remap the Bixby button on older Galaxy phones

Feb 28, 2019

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When Samsung revealed its Galaxy S10 last week, one feature caused a buzz: the ability to remap the phone's Bixby button so that it opens any app. On older phones, the Bixby button simply opened Samsung's voice assistant, but that changed today. A so...

Here's Bethesda's plan to keep 'Fallout 76' relevant in 2019

Feb 22, 2019

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After a few very rough months, Bethesda is ready to show where Fallout 76 is headed next... and it might just inject some needed variety into the online action RPG. The company has published a 2019 roadmap that starts on March 12th with Wild Appalac...

Multiple iOS apps are reportedly sharing sensitive data with Facebook

Feb 22, 2019

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At least 11 popular apps are reportedly sharing people's sensitive data with Facebook, even if they don't have an account on the social network. The Wall Street Journal found that apps which can help track personal information such as body weight, me...

Tune in to our Microsoft MWC liveblog Sunday at 12PM ET!

Feb 22, 2019

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MWC doesn't officially begin until Monday, but a few companies are revealing the goods this weekend ahead of the show. Microsoft is one of those, and we'll be there on Sunday (February 24th) to bring you all the news as it's announced in liveblog for...

BMW and Daimler invest $1 billion in their joint mobility services

Feb 22, 2019

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German automakers BMW and Daimler AG provided a host of details on their partnerhsip that will that will invest more than $1 billion into mobility services. The companies, which agreed to pool their services last year, plan to invest in handful of pr...

The best bag and cable organizers

Feb 22, 2019

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By Kaitlyn Wells 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 bag and cable organizers guide her...

Watch the premiere of Showtime's 'Desus & Mero' talk show for free

Feb 22, 2019

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Showtime's long-awaited Desus & Mero late-night talk show premiered Thursday, and while you'll typically need a subscription to check out the series, the network has shared the debut episode for free. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, who gained a fol...

85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy

Feb 22, 2019

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There's a good chance you use or have used Chrome, so there's good reason for you to be disturbed by new data from Duo Security that shows just how vulnerable the 180,000-plus Chrome apps and extensions are. For starters, 85 percent of them don't hav...

Samsung will let you remap the Bixby button on older phones too

Feb 22, 2019

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If the Bixby button on your Samsung Galaxy phone doesn't get much use, you might prefer to make it open another app. Samsung noted the remapping option when it revealed the S10 lineup this week, but if you have a slightly older Galaxy phone (namely,...

The first 'Fortnite' World Cup kicks off April 13th

Feb 22, 2019

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Epic entered the world of eSports with a bang last year when it unveiled its $100 million Fortnite tournaments. It made waves again last month by staging its latest showdown at the Australian Open. Not everything went according to plan, however, with...

Google fans: Tell us what you think about the Pixel Slate

Feb 22, 2019

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A few months ago, we reviewed Google's Pixel Slate, a Chrome OS tablet poised to take on the 'Pro' versions of the iPad and Microsoft Surface. It... did not go very well. While our reviewer Nate Ingraham was taken with the bright display, comfortable...

NVIDIA's GTX 1660 Ti offers gaming power without ray-tracing for $279

Feb 22, 2019

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NVIDIA has officially unveiled the much-leaked GTX 1660 Ti. It's a next-gen Turing card that lacks the RTX-series' ray tracing, but costs less and boosts performance over the last-generation GTX 1060. The new cards come with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM running...

Tesla trumps Audi and Jaguar EVs in independent efficiency test

Feb 22, 2019

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Tesla has had no end of production troubles in recent times. Even the roll-out of the Model 3 in Europe was marred by logistical issues. But there's a reason its EVs are still so widely-lauded despite these challenges: they're efficient. And that eff...

SpaceX launches the first private moon lander on Israel's behalf

Feb 22, 2019

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has ferried Israel's first lunar lander outside our atmosphere, setting it free to make its way to its ultimate destination: the moon. If it reaches its target successfully, Israel would be joining the US, China and the forme...

First 'Angry Birds 2' trailer warns that winter is coming

Feb 22, 2019

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Depending on your age, the Angry Birds movie was either cool beans or just a cynical ploy to sell more plush toys. But nobody really expected it to silence the haters by raking in over $352 million on a $73 million budget. And so a sequel was inevita...

The Morning After: What to expect at MWC 2019

Feb 22, 2019

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So Samsung's shown off everything it's got to show, and after a day to think it over, we have some feels about those S10 phones. Expect more phones, too: MWC kicks off this weekend, and we've got a full preview.

Apple hopes interest-free iPhones will boost slow Chinese sales

Feb 22, 2019

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As smartphones get more expensive, and the innovation in new devices gets less grand, there's less reason to upgrade your device every two years. It's a problem for all device manufacturers which rely upon handset sales to grease the wheels of their...

Ricoh's $899 large-sensor GR III compact will go on sale in March

Feb 22, 2019

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Compact cameras with sensors larger than one inch or so are a rare breed, but Ricoh is about to give you another option. It announced that the GR III, first unveiled last year, will go on sale in March for $899. It's a big improvement over the GR II,...

Facebook shuts down Onavo VPN app following privacy scandal

Feb 22, 2019

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Facebook has axed the Onavo VPN app for Android, pulling it from Google Play half a year after it yanked the iOS version from the Apple App Store. While Onavo was technically a VPN app that promised to limit other applications from using too much dat...

California bill aims to strengthen data breach notification law

Feb 22, 2019

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California might have more comprehensive data breach notification rules if a new bill becomes law. The golden state's Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, and Assemblymember Marc Levine want to require companies to notify customers if their passport num...

Japan's Hayabusa2 lands on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples

Feb 22, 2019

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Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu to accomplish one of its ultimate goals: collect samples for scientists back on Earth. The probe has briefly landed on the asteroid to fire a bullet into its...

CRISPR gene-editing experiment may have impacted twins' brains

Feb 21, 2019

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Researchers have published research into a gene at the heart of a controversial human gene-editing experiment, lending more weight to the theory that it inhibits cognitive function. But no one knows how the method may have affected the minds of the C...

Trailer for Jordan Peele's 'Twilight Zone' shows an unsettling universe

Feb 21, 2019

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You no longer have to wonder how Jordan Peele would handle a reboot of The Twilight Zone. CBS All Access has shared the first trailer for the streaming series, and it appears to be what you'd hope for from the Get Out director: a more disturbing tak...

NASA is giving us daily weather reports from Mars

Feb 21, 2019

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NASA says its new Mars weather website will be "geeky fun for meteorologists." For the rest of us, it's a daily reminder that Mars is ridiculously cold. The website shares a daily weather report with temperature, atmospheric pressure and wind speed c...

Wirecutter's best deals: Dell's G7 15 gaming laptop drops to $900

Feb 21, 2019

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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.

AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over pedophilia controversy

Feb 21, 2019

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As YouTube continues to struggle with the issue of child predators latching on to content for kids, the video platform has lost another major advertiser. AT&T has decided to pull its ads from YouTube, according to CNBC. The telecom giant joins Di...

Website uses AI to create infinite fake faces

Feb 16, 2019

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You might already know that AI can put real faces in implausible scenarios, but it's now clear that it can create faces that otherwise wouldn't exist. Developer Phillip Wang has created a website, ThisPersonDoesNotExist, that uses AI to generate a s...

'Pokémon Go' settlement promises action on nuisance Pokéstops

Feb 16, 2019

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Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, has reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against the company by homeowners who claim the game caused players to stumble into their yards searching for Pokémon. As part of the...

CBS reached its streaming subscription target two years early

Feb 16, 2019

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With cord-cutting on the rise, it seems there's enough room at the table for more internet-only services. CBS is now reporting that its streaming platforms, CBS All Access and Showtime, reach 8 million subscribers -- up 60 percent from the 5 million...

Nerf's 'Fortnite' guns will be here March 22nd

Feb 15, 2019

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If you thought Hasbro was already milking the Fortnite trend for all it's worth with an official Nerf gun, you haven't seen anything yet. The toy maker has unveiled its full line of Fortnite-themed Nerf guns (including Super Soakers), and while it's...

Inside Nike's DIY studio for Snapchat selfie filters

Feb 15, 2019

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Snapchat's Lens Studio, which lets anyone create their own augmented reality filters, has been a big hit for the company. There are now more than 250,000 Lenses created by independent users, and those have been viewed over 15 billion times. Still, Sn...

PowerUp Toys is motorizing more paper vehicles

Feb 15, 2019

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PowerUp Toys, the makers of a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit, is at Toy Fair 2019 with three new gizmos to occupy your free time. The company has an updated version of its popular plane kit with dual propellers, a new motorization kit that...

Updated Mormon rules let missionaries call or text their families weekly

Feb 15, 2019

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Until now, Mormon missionaries have only allowed to use phone calls or video chats to reach their families on Christmas and Mother's Day. After that, they'd had to rely on email or traditional letters. They'll have an easier time staying in touch f...

High-tech Pictionary is more challenging than using a pen

Feb 15, 2019

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Pictionary seems like one of those perfect games that doesn't really need an upgrade. You draw on a piece of paper, and people guess what you're trying to show them. Sure, you can put the game on a phone or tablet, but the basic concept remains the s...

NBA game recaps are coming to Facebook Watch

Feb 15, 2019

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You'll soon get to see official highlights from every NBA game on Facebook, after the two signed a deal to stream recaps on the Watch tab. The agreement covers all four of the NBA's leagues: NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and the NBA 2K eSports league. Reca...

Hasbro's Bluetooth lightsaber lets kids train to become a Jedi

Feb 15, 2019

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Hasbro has a new toy for the future Jedi in your life. The Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a suped-up version of the standard lightsaber that comes with its own training exercises and activities built in, according to The Verge. The toy connected to...

Amazon's first 'Lord of the Rings' teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map

Feb 15, 2019

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As things stand, we know very little about Amazon's Lord of the Rings Prime Video series. We do know it will last several seasons and it will include some familiar characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's books, though Amazon was clear it's not remaking Pete...

Dubai Airport drone scare temporarily disrupts flights

Feb 15, 2019

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Dubai International Airport is the latest to halt flights over a drone scare following similar incidents at London's Gatwick and Heathrow. The world's third-busiest airport temporarily stopped operations for just under 30 minutes due to "unauthorized...

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs outlines how it'll make money from Toronto

Feb 15, 2019

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For the last two years, Google's Sidewalk Labs has been working on a planned neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront. Now, thanks to internal documents obtained by the Toronto Star, the company's plans on how it will make money through the development h...

How AI made Facebook’s Portal your ‘personal cameraman’

Feb 15, 2019

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After releasing its Portal video-calling tool to largely positive reviews (especially from its employees) last November, Facebook is finally cracking open the device and giving the rest of us a glimpse at the Portal's inner workings. Engadget sat dow...

Amazon invests in electric truck-maker Rivian

Feb 15, 2019

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Amazon is staking a claim in the EV market after it led a $700 million investment round in electric pickup truck and SUV maker Rivian. Other details about the investment aren't being disclosed, but previous shareholders are involved and Rivian is rem...

The best portable laptop charger

Feb 15, 2019

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By 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 portable laptop charger guide here....

Overwatch League's premium pass wasn't ready for its debut

Feb 15, 2019

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If you tuned into opening night of Overwatch League's second season, you likely noticed some changes to the production from last year. For instance, each player's status bar at the top of the screen handily shows when a hero is hacked, stunned or fir...

Unboxing Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers is like opening a smartphone

Feb 15, 2019

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It was exactly a month ago that Nike took the wraps off of Adapt BB, its latest pair of shoes with power laces, and now the company is finally ready to bring them to the masses. The Adapt BB will launch globally on February 17th, although some lucky...

Netflix will explore Transformers' origins in upcoming animated series

Feb 15, 2019

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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee proved the franchise still has legs and now Netflix wants a slice of the action. The streaming service has ordered War for Cybertron, a new animated series that explores the "expansive universe" of the Autobots' home wo...

Twitter may let us 'clarify' (but not edit) our old tweets

Feb 15, 2019

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There are reasonable arguments for and against being able to edit tweets once they've been posted to Twitter dot com. Jack Dorsey doesn't necessarily want everyone to re-write their own history, but may allow us to re-contextualize our words in futur...

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review

Feb 15, 2019

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Not every audio company was quick to jump on the true wireless bandwagon. Some of the big names in headphones took their time crafting a set of earbuds before making a debut. Sennheiser was one of those, and its Momentum True Wireless model didn't ar...

What to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S10 event

Feb 15, 2019

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We're mere days away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, so the Korean conglomerate is all but ready to dish the details on the Galaxy S10 smartphone family. Not that we're totally in the dark, of course. As is the case in the lead-up to all flag...

Ubisoft: Ditching Steam for Epic caused a surge in 'Division 2' sales

Feb 15, 2019

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Ubisoft recently became the latest big gun to challenge Stream's status quo by jumping ship to the Epic Games Store. And it claims the decision has already paid off by diverting more players to its Uplay portal, where they purchased even more copies...

The new Pictionary has you drawing in thin air

Feb 15, 2019

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It's not easy being a traditional board game manufacturer in these digital days, although some companies have taken pretty bold steps to bridge the gap between table-top and pixel-based play. Now Pictionary is doing the same with Pictionary Air, whic...

The 'Fortnite' dance lawsuits are close to falling apart

Feb 15, 2019

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Epic Games has found itself slapped with a flurry of lawsuits, all alleging the company of stealing people's dance moves and selling them on for a profit. These dances are incorporated into its world-conquering game Fortnite, which are bought by play...

The Morning After: Speak & Spell's return

Feb 9, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! The theme today is looking back, whether it's to mid-90s HTML, some of our highlight stories from the last week or quirky retro toys.

Chrome OS update expands Google Assistant and Android Pie support

Feb 9, 2019

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Google has moved the latest version of its Chrome OS from beta to release status, and with the arrival of version 72 there are changes you'll notice -- if you're using the right kind of device. One of the biggest adjustments is its native integration...

The 'Captain Marvel' site revisits classic 90s web design

Feb 9, 2019

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No matter your level of excitement over the first Disney+-exclusive Marvel movie, if you remember web browsing in the days of 28.8 dial-up and web rings then the official Captain Marvel site will be an unexpected treat. The movie is set in 1995, and...

Networked freezers at grocery stores are vulnerable to hacking

Feb 9, 2019

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Security researchers at Safety Detective revealed vulnerabilities in the temperature control systems found in freezers that could allow an attacker to hijack the devices and destroy its contents. The security hole, which stems from weak passwords, af...

Uber's bike service is cutting into car rides

Feb 8, 2019

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If you suspected that Uber's Jump bike sharing would be popular enough to cut into its mainstream car service, you suspected correctly. Jump has revealed that more than 63,000 customers in San Francisco have taken over 625,000 trips since a launch i...

Nikola will unveil electric versions of two semi-trucks in April

Feb 8, 2019

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Nikola seems to have cracked the nut on how to build fully electric semi-trucks. It revealed its Nikola Two and Nikola Tre will be available in electric configurations as well as hydrogen. Nikola does plan to keep working on hydrogen trucks, so it's...

Chrome will soon support your keyboard’s play and pause buttons

Feb 8, 2019

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Starting next month, Google Chrome will finally offer official support for multimedia keys found on desktop and laptop keyboards, according to ZDNet. That means when you hit the "play" or "pause" button on your keyboard, Chrome should respond in kind...

Amazon revives its live shopping stream with a larger scope

Feb 8, 2019

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Amazon isn't giving up on live shopping streams just because its first attempt fell flat. The internet giant recently launched Amazon Live, a streaming channel with a much larger scope. Where the old Style Code Live was a single show devoted to bea...

Opera's free VPN is now built into its Android browser

Feb 8, 2019

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Opera is adding a free, unlimited VPN to its Android browser. It's rolling out the VPN gradually to beta users first before making it more widely available. You'll be able to set your location as America, Europe or Asia, or use a setting to automatic...

Four people are allowing strangers to control their smart homes

Feb 8, 2019

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For the next seven weeks, anyone who's inclined can go to 205 Hudson Street in New York City and take over someone else's apartment. Smart devices like the kettles, lighting and speakers of four homes connect directly to laptops in the corner of an...

Speak & Spell is B-A-C-K

Feb 8, 2019

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If you're a techie of a certain age (cough), you probably have fond memories of the Speak & Spell. The Texas Instruments toy's quirky speech synthesis may be quaint by modern standards, but it sounded like magic at a time when getting any compute...

Raspberry Pi Foundation opens its first physical store

Feb 8, 2019

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Raspberry Pi might not have the clout of an Apple or Microsoft, but it does have its own store now. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has set up shop with its first brick and mortar location. The Raspberry Pi Store is now open in Cambridge, England and wil...

Microsoft begs you to stop using Internet Explorer

Feb 8, 2019

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Old habits die hard, but they do eventually have to die. Microsoft knows there are still plenty of businesses and organizations out there using Internet Explorer because the outdated browser supports legacy web apps, but the company is asking people...

Following backlash, Amazon might back out of New York-based HQ 2 plans

Feb 8, 2019

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Amazon is said to be having second thoughts about its plan to set up a second headquarters in New York City following significant pushback from politicians and residents. Executives have considered alternative options, the Washington Post reports.

The best standing desks

Feb 8, 2019

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By Kevin Purdy 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 standing desks guide here. After tw...

'Child's Play' reboot trailer suggests Chucky is now a killer robot

Feb 8, 2019

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It's not completely impossible that robots could turn against us, so it's no surprise killer robot movies have been popular for decades. The fear is real. We could be about to add another flick to the canon, as the new trailer for the Child's Play re...

Researchers say Twitter's not doing enough to combat abuse

Feb 8, 2019

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Twitter says that it has seen a marked decline in reports of abuse, with a commensurate surge in its profitability. But not everyone agrees, including researchers at the University of Iowa, which says the platform is sleeping on dealing with abusive...

Childish Gambino dances his way onto Pixel cameras

Feb 8, 2019

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Coachella headliner Childish Gambino is down to dance with anyone, anywhere at any time. Kind of. From today, an interactive Playmoji (i.e. an AR sticker) based on him is available in Google Pixel's Playground mode, which is built into the camera.

Kepler beams back final image from its almost decade-long journey

Feb 8, 2019

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NASA bid a bittersweet farewell to its Kepler spacecraft in October. During its nine-and-a-half year journey, the space telescope spotted more than 2,600 planets outside of our solar system. Not bad for a mission that was initially expected to last 3...

IK Multimedia’s Uno synth packs big sound on a small budget

Feb 8, 2019

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The affordable-synth trend of the past few years has been outstanding for anyone wanting to dip their toe into soundscapes and dance music. IK Multimedia, known mostly for instrument accessories for iOS, seems to have noticed there's money to be made...

Electric scooters were to blame for at least 1,500 US injuries last year

Feb 8, 2019

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Ever wondered how many e-scooter riders have gotten injured after one zooms past you with no helmet on? A new Consumer Reports investigation might give you an idea: the publication has confirmed that at least 1,545 patients were treated for scooter-i...

Amazon joins Microsoft in calling for regulation of facial recognition tech

Feb 8, 2019

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Faced with mounting criticism of its "Rekognition" system, Amazon has come out in favor of legislating facial recognition technology. In a blog post, the company has revealed its "proposed guidelines" for the responsible use of the tech that it hopes...

DOJ busts gang for allegedly selling fake cars on eBay

Feb 8, 2019

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The Department of Justice has unsealed information about an organized crime ring that used online sites like eBay and Craigslist to defraud people. 20 people, including 16 people from Romania and Bulgaria, stand accused of RICO, wire fraud and money...

The Morning After: Billionaire blackmail

Feb 8, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. So you play Fortnite? But you play it on your phone and on your PS4. You have to have two accounts because companies are the worst. Not for long -- Epic Games has a fix. Talking of fixes, Apple mends its messy F...

Apple will pay the teenager who discovered the Group FaceTime bug

Feb 8, 2019

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Apple has said it will pay the teen who discovered the Group FaceTime bug that let you listen in on someone before they answered a call. Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student from Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw around two weeks ago...

Amazon buys Shia LaBeouf's semi-autobiographical 'Honey Boy'

Feb 2, 2019

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It's no secret that Amazon has been on a buying spree at Sundance, but its latest acquisition is an unusual one. The internet giant has snapped up Honey Boy, a Shia LaBeouf drama influenced by the actor's childhood and created as part of his rehab p...

Gmail may add Inbox-style reminders and pins

Feb 2, 2019

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Google has assuaged Inbox fans by incorporating some of the defunct app's features into Gmail, but some of the best additions might still be on the horizon. Reddit user moodio shared an apparent leak showing a test version of Gmail for Android with...

The sequel to the Bill Murray movie 'Groundhog Day' is a VR game

Feb 2, 2019

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After 26 years, the hit Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day has a sequel... but it's not a movie at all. Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, MWM Immersive and Rime developer Tequila Works have unveiled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, a VR game for PlaySt...

Recommended Reading: What happens to your brain when you quit Facebook?

Feb 2, 2019

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This is your brain off Facebook Benedict Carey, The New York Times The decision to quit Facebook is all the rage these days, especially following an ever-growing number of data and privacy revelations. The New York Times offers a detailed look at...

The rise and fall of rocket mail

Feb 2, 2019

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As you read this, countless cards, letters and packages are en route to delivery destinations across the globe. We rarely think about the logistics involved in international mail crossing land and sea, country borders and continents, because we don't...

Bose Frames review: These might be smart sunglasses, one day

Feb 2, 2019

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If a pair of shades had intercourse with a set of headphones, you'd get the Bose Frames. However, they're more like sunglasses that are pregnant with baby speakers rather than a proper blend of the two. The idea behind the Bose Frames is to...

Spotify is reportedly in talks for a $200 million podcast purchase

Feb 2, 2019

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Spotify is reportedly looking to sink big money into podcasts. According to Recode and The Wall Street Journal, the music streaming company is currently in talks to acquire podcasting giant Gimlet Media for over $200 million. If Spotify manages to fi...

Netflix cancels 'Fuller House' after five seasons

Feb 2, 2019

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Nostalgia is a hell of a drug and the world's leading cause of midlife crises. It makes otherwise rational entities do things like blow their retirement savings on sports cars, undergo unnecessary cosmetic surgery or, in Netflix's case: renew the Ful...

Several states are investigating Facebook for mishandling user data

Feb 2, 2019

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Already the subject of a number of federal probes, Facebook is also the target of investigations being conducted at the state level, according to Bloomberg. The Attorneys General for Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Nort...

Detainee wins major literary prize for book written through WhatsApp

Feb 1, 2019

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Messaging apps aren't just useful for everyday communication -- in at least one case, they've enabled an influential book. Kurdish-Iranian author Behrouz Boochani has won Australia's top literary award, the Victorian Prize for Literature, with a boo...

First person sentenced for SIM hijacking faces 10 years in prison

Feb 1, 2019

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SIM card hijackers are starting to face the consequences of their actions. California college student Joel Ortiz has agreed to a plea deal that will have him serve 10 years in prison for stealing over $5 million in cryptocurrency through SIM swappin...

Snopes ends fact-checking partnership with Facebook

Feb 1, 2019

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Snopes is no longer helping Facebook debunk fake stories. the fact-checking company announced Friday that it isn't renewing its agreement with the social networking giant. Snopes said that it is still open to working with Facebook again in the future...

Foxconn pledges to still build Wisconsin factory after Trump talks

Feb 1, 2019

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Following talks with President Trump, Foxconn says it is indeed building a factory at its Wisconsin campus. Earlier this week, the company caused a furor when it said it's shifting plans away from manufacturing to focus on a research and engineering...

Uber will give free rides in the city that loses the Super Bowl

Feb 1, 2019

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There's good news and bad news for people who will spend Sunday watching their favorite teams play in the Super Bowl. The good news is you can get a free ride home from Uber after the game. The bad news is if you're getting that free ride, it means y...

House committee sets first climate change hearing in eight years

Feb 1, 2019

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The National Resources Committee has set a date for the first House of Representatives hearing on climate change in eight years after Democrats regained control of the legislature. It takes place Wednesday at 10 AM ET, and it will address how climate...

Twitter banned 2,600 Iran-linked accounts for election meddling

Feb 1, 2019

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Since September, Twitter has suspended 2,617 accounts linked to Iran, it said in a report on its US midterm election efforts. Some of the accounts claimed they were American news outlets and discussed US political and social issues. Twitter claims it...

Kia's 2019 Niro EV is an electric crossover for the people

Feb 1, 2019

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It was bound to happen to EVs eventually. No matter how mind-blowingly, world-changingly incredible an idea starts out, it will invariably reach the realm of the mundane before too long. Just look at smartphones, maglev trains and avocado toast. But...

Alphabet is exploring smart shoes that know when you fall

Feb 1, 2019

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Alphabet's Verily isn't done finding new places for its health-oriented wearable tech. CNBC sources claim the firm has developed prototype smart shoes that measure movement and weight, and could detect when you've fallen -- not a novel concept, but s...

Apple restores Google's internal iOS apps

Feb 1, 2019

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Apple has restored Google's access to its internal iOS apps, including pre-release beta versions of Maps, Hangouts and Gmail, as well as employee-only apps for the company's cafes and buses. Apple temporarily banned Google from running the apps on Th...

Intel's new CEO is facing the same old challenges

Feb 1, 2019

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After seven months as interim CEO, Robert "Bob" Holmes Swan has been appointed as Intel's seventh full-time leader. Swan started life at General Electric, spending 15 years there before leaving to become vice president (and later CEO) of the doomed o...

The best workout headphones

Feb 1, 2019

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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 workout headphones guide here. Ov...

Under Armour's HOVR connected shoes aim to make you a smarter runner

Feb 1, 2019

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Under Armour has been making a major push into smart running shoes for a couple of years now, and in 2019 the company is taking those efforts even further. This year, it plans to launch a suite of connected sneakers (five, to be exact), starting with...

Amazon assembles a high-profile cast for low-key superhero series

Feb 1, 2019

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Amazon has recruited a glitzy crew of Hollywood stars for its animated superhero show Invincible, based on the eponymous comic book co-created by The Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman. Leading the voice cast is TV's The Walking Dead alum Steven Yuen...

Brie Larson's new Netflix film tackles sexism in internet startups

Feb 1, 2019

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Brie Larson is set to star in a Netflix movie that highlights startup sexism as part of a two-film deal with the streaming service. Lady Business is based on a Fast Company article about two female entrepreneurs who invented a fake male cofounder in...

The unfiltered joy of Christine McConnell's 'Mortal Kombat' cake

Feb 1, 2019

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Rose is an obese, Frankenstein raccoon with a pink bow on top of her ratty head and a bent fork where her left hand should be. She's blindly self-possessed, spending her days devouring sweets and torturing men -- and often vice versa. She's died at l...

I tried, failed and finally managed to set up HDR on Windows 10

Jan 27, 2019

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You've been hearing a lot lately about high dynamic range (HDR) arriving to Windows 10 for gaming, movies and graphics. You may have also heard the rumors that there's not a lot you can do with it, it's underwhelming and can be incredibly difficult t...

Blue Origin starts building the factory for New Glenn's engines

Jan 27, 2019

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Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket just became more tangible. The company has officially started construction on a factory in Huntsville, Alabama that will produce the BE-4 engines powering both New Glenn and United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur. It...

Microsoft and MIT can detect AI 'blind spots' in self-driving cars

Jan 27, 2019

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Self-driving cars are still prone to making mistakes, in part because the AI training can only account for so many situations. Microsoft and MIT might just fill in those gaps in knowledge -- they've developed a model that can catch these virtual "bl...

Illinois biometric privacy law passes a key court test

Jan 27, 2019

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Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act just withstood a major challenge. The state's Supreme Court has returned a BIPA dispute back to circuit courts after rejecting claims that would have significantly limited the law's reach. Six Flags had f...

Trolls threaten laid off reporters in coordinated online campaign

Jan 27, 2019

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Unfortunately, sustained online harassment campaigns are still a reality. NBC News has learned that trolls have launched a coordinated threat campaign against BuzzFeed and Huffington Post (owned by Engadget parent Verizon) journalists recently let go...

'Fortnite' eliminates blind loot boxes in its PvE mode

Jan 27, 2019

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Epic Games has kept paid blind loot boxes out of Fortnite's signature battle royale mode, but now it's clearing them out of the cooperative Save the World mode, too. As of the 7.30 update, Epic has ditched V-Buck Llamas in favor of X-Ray Llamas that...

Vizio starts testing SmartCast 3.0 with AirPlay 2 support

Jan 27, 2019

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One of Vizio's biggest reveals at CES this year was a new version of SmartCast that works with Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. Now, the electronics-maker has started testing its updated smart TV platform with the intention of rolling it out to all its...

Amazon sets Sundance record by acquiring Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night'

Jan 26, 2019

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Amazon might just be the biggest player at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The internet giant has spent $13 million to acquire the US rights to Late Night, a movie written, produced and starring Mindy Kaling. As Deadline pointed out, that's a...

Apple's next low-cost iPads might skip Face ID

Jan 26, 2019

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If the redesigned iPad Pro gave you hope that Apple would deliver a similar overhaul for lower-cost iPads, you might want to temper your expectations. Code sleuther Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that the iOS 12.2 beta references four new iPad...

At Sundance, VR explores America's legacy of racism and... Eminem

Jan 26, 2019

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We've reached a point where it's no longer surprising to find virtual reality experiences at film festivals like Sundance and Tribeca. Where better to explore the evolution of cinema and our relationship with moving images? While VR still hasn't quit...

Recommended Reading: Instagram invades the home

Jan 26, 2019

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Home is where the photo booth is: How Instagram is changing our living spaces Alyssa Bereznak, The Ringer Backdrops, letter boards and faux patterns. The struggle to upgrade those Instagram-able moments at home is real. The Ringer examines the tre...

Ask Engadget: Is 5G worth waiting for?

Jan 26, 2019

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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...

Sora is all about the 'gram in 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Jan 26, 2019

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In Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora gets an iPhone. Sorry, a "Gummiphone." The fictional handset was built by Chip and Dale (I like to think their company is called Acorn Computers) at Hollow Bastion, one of the fictional worlds dreamt up for the Disney-meet...

Audi’s A6 offers A7 performance for less money

Jan 26, 2019

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The recently refreshed Audi A6 (starting at $58,900) isn't quite as nice as the refreshed A7 with its cool Sportback rear or the A8 with all-wheel steering. But that shouldn't deter you from taking one for a spin if you're shopping for it's more expe...

The Morning After: 'Metroid Prime 4' reboots

Jan 26, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Along with a look back at some big stories from the last few days we also have a fresh look at Apple's official iPhone battery cases, and some shocking news about Metroid 4.

Aston Martin's first electric sedan quietly rolls into view

Jan 26, 2019

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Earlier this week, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer tweeted out a very important moment for his company: the first time its Rapide E prototype drove off under its own power. It's the company's first electric car, designed under a mandate to "retain and e...

Electrify America shuts down most of its high-powered EV chargers

Jan 26, 2019

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Volkswagen-backed Electrify America has been busy building up an infrastructure of 150kW and 350kW-capable electric vehicle charging sites, even before there are any production cars on the road to use them. However, now it has had to take most of the...

Netflix scoops up Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy' movie

Jan 26, 2019

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Netflix is continuing its relentless charge to bring big-name filmmakers into its fold. This time around, it's scooped up an adaptation of JD Vance's bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, with Ron Howard set to direct. Filming is slated to start later...

'Anthem' VIP demo gets off to a rough start

Jan 26, 2019

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The "VIP" demo period for EA's Destiny-like online shooter Anthem started at noon ET today and almost immediately ran into gamestopping issues. Despite being limited to invited users and those who had pre-ordered, it faced severe capacity issues and...

Take the role of Hamlet's murdered father in a VR adaptation

Jan 26, 2019

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If you were relegated to stage crew duties during your high school's production of Hamlet, now is your time to finally get on stage -- albeit in an unconventional way. Google partnered up with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to create Hamlet 360...

FCA to test Jeep car-sharing and other pilots

Jan 25, 2019

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By Sven Gustafson Fiat Chrysler plans to launch a trio of pilot programs in Boston aimed at boosting sales of its Jeep cash cow and other brands, according to media reports. The programs, which involve car-sharing and subscription services, are expe...

Microsoft will help expand rural broadband access in Vermont

Jan 25, 2019

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Microsoft is continuing to help more people in rural areas gain broadband access through its Airband Initiative. It's teaming up with Vermont to expand connectivity there, while offering students access to digital skills and computer science programs...

T-Mobile's Metro is launching a 'snackable' video service in February

Jan 25, 2019

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T-Mobile didn't launch a TV service in 2018, but it will have a little something up its sleeve in the near future. In the wake of a rumor from Cheddar, video provider Xumo has confirmed that it's partnering with the carrier's prepaid Metro brand on a...

Tinder settles lawsuit over age discrimination

Jan 25, 2019

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Mature romantics just caught a break. Tinder has settled a lawsuit accusing it of age discrimination for charging the 30-and-up crowd double to subscribe to its premium Tinder Plus service. The Match Group-owned brand will pay $17.25 million in cas...

Fortnite’s legal battles probably won’t result in big payouts

Jan 25, 2019

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As Fortnite continues its astronomical rise, the legal troubles keep piling on for its developer, Epic Games. With more than 200 million players on Fortnite: Battle Royale (which reportedly earned over $1 billion in 2018), the title isn't just a cult...

Ducati confirms plans for an electric motorcycle

Jan 20, 2019

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Ducati has hinted at a desire to make electric motorcycles before, but it's committing in a more substantial way. Company chief Claudio Domenicali told guests at a Spanish event that the "future is electric" and the company was "not far from startin...

Uber is hiring robotics teams to work on bikes and scooters

Jan 20, 2019

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Uber is only gradually resuming its self-driving car program, but it's already thinking about expanding that technology to its two-wheeled services. The Telegraph has discovered that Uber is hiring for a "micromobility robotics" team that would brin...

Facebook introduces political petitions to your News Feed

Jan 20, 2019

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Facebook's efforts to improve civic engagement are expanding beyond easy access to politicians and voter registration campaigns. As of January 21st, it's launching a Community Actions feature in the US that brings political petitions to the News Fee...

The best USB-C MacBook and laptop chargers

Jan 20, 2019

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By Nick Guy 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 USB-C MacBook and laptop chargers guide...

After Math: Watch out now!

Jan 20, 2019

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You'd think that the week after CES would bring at least a brief lull in the firehose that is tech news, but you'd be wrong. Google's paying $40 million for Fossil's smartwatch tech; LG's holding a huge sale for last year's most expensive sets ahead...

Facebook backs an independent AI ethics research center

Jan 20, 2019

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Facebook is just as interested as its peers in fostering ethical AI. The social network has teamed up with the Technical University of Munich to back the formation of an independent AI ethics research center. The plainly titled Institute for Ethics...

Apple gets first crack at documentaries from Ron Howard

Jan 20, 2019

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Apple may have more than a few documentaries on tap for its upcoming streaming video service. Variety has learned that Apple has a "first-look" deal with Imagine Documentaries, the production company from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The move will...

Hitman convicted thanks to fitness watch location data

Jan 20, 2019

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An alleged hitman has learned hard lessons about the the value of GPS data on fitness watches. A Liverpool jury has found Mark Fellows guilty of the 2015 murder of mob boss Paul Massey in part thanks to location info from the accused's Garmin Foreru...

GoFundMe launches campaign for government workers hit by shutdown

Jan 20, 2019

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People have frequently used GoFundMe to lend a helping hand to others in need of some help, but the site itself is getting involved in light of the US government shutdown. The company has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to launch a donation campaign fo...

Showtime offers a peek at Desus and Mero's talk show

Jan 20, 2019

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How will podcasters Desus and Mero handle a late-night talk show on Showtime? You now have a slightly better idea. Showtime has posted a teaser for Desus & Mero that has the duo shopping for set decorations ahead of their February 21st premiere...

Amazon adds remastered 'Baywatch' to Prime Video on January 20th

Jan 20, 2019

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If you're feeling nostalgic for the 90s, Prime Video may have something you can binge on. Amazon is adding Baywatch -- yes, the classic TV series and not Dwayne Johnson's flick -- to its lineup for US, Canada and Australia. You'll even be able to enj...

iPhone SE goes back on sale as a $249 clearance item

Jan 19, 2019

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Do you deeply regret passing on the iPhone SE before Apple cut it out of the lineup? You now have another chance to get it. Apple has quietly resumed selling the iPhone SE as a clearance item in the US, starting at $249 for a 32GB model (down from th...

Stratolaunch axes launch vehicle and rocket engine projects

Jan 19, 2019

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Stratolaunch is axing several projects in an effort to scale back its operations a few months after founder Paul Allen, who's more recognized for being Microsoft's co-founder, passed away. According to GeekWire, the company will continue developing t...

EU copyright laws face uncertain fate after 11 countries reject proposal

Jan 19, 2019

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Internet giants like Google might breathe a little easier in Europe... at least, for now. The EU has called off January 21st negotiations for a final vote on the controversial Copyright Directive after 11 countries, including Germany, Italy and the...

Tesla hikes Supercharger prices worldwide to reflect changing costs

Jan 19, 2019

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Tesla's efforts to improve its bottom line go beyond layoffs and disappearing perks. Electrek has learned that Tesla is raising Supercharger rates around the world, with per kWh rates climbing about 33 percent in numerous markets. While it's still...

Recommended Reading: How we got two Fyre Festival documentaries

Jan 19, 2019

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Fyre Fight: The inside story of how we got two warring Fyre Festival documentaries in the same week Scott Tobias, The Ringer We've known for a while now that Hulu and Netflix were both working on documentaries chronicling the ill-fated influencer...

What we're buying: A terrible replacement baby monitor

Jan 19, 2019

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This week's IRL tale has nothing to do with new year's resolutions. Thankfully. Instead, Senior Editor Dan Cooper tries to replace his decent (but broken) baby monitor, and finds that cheaper models no longer cut it.

The Morning After: Galaxy S10 leaks and Amazon's robot safety vest

Jan 19, 2019

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! This week included Nike's real self-tightening basketball shoes, a Model 3 road trip assisted by AutoPilot and Google's big smartwatch purchase. Also, we might have gotten an early look...

ActionDash brings 'digital well being' tracking to more Android phones

Jan 19, 2019

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Late last year Google released a Digital Wellbeing app that surfaced insights about exactly how much you're using your phone, and in which apps. Apple installed a similar feature in iOS 12 with Screen Time, but on Android, Google's app only works wit...

Galaxy S10 leak suggests a lineup with three variants

Jan 19, 2019

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Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has already posted an image that appears to show the front of Samsung's Galaxy S10, and now he's tweeted a family photograph showing off three variants wrapped in cases. Left to right, you're apparently looking at the...

DNC claims Russians launched more phishing attacks after midterms

Jan 19, 2019

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The New York Times cites court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee that said it believes a Russian group launched a hacking attempt against it after last year's midterm elections. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between President Tr...

Netflix is reviving 'Unsolved Mysteries' with 'Stranger Things' producer

Jan 19, 2019

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Netflix is continuing its string of reboots by reviving Unsolved Mysteries, according to a report from Deadline. The streaming service is giving the greenlight to a 12-episode run of the true-crime and paranormal activity show. Shawn Levy, the execut...

Alphabet's Verily health watch gets FDA approval for ECG feature

Jan 18, 2019

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Verily announced a health watch in 2017 aimed at unearthing insights into medical conditions such as Parkinson's disease and PTSD. One of the focus areas for Alphabet's health division and its prescription-only Study Watch is cardiovascular health, a...

Facebook's latest attempt to court teens is a 'cringey' meme library

Jan 18, 2019

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Facebook is once again trying to court the kids, this time with a meme-filled app called LOL. Facebook confirmed the existence of the LOL to TechCrunch. The app, which offers an endless feed of videos clips and GIFs, features content pulled from the...

Sling TV adds personalized recommendations, starting on Apple TV

Jan 18, 2019

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Sling TV is introducing an arguably overdue feature for insatiable viewers: personalized recommendations. As of January 17th, Apple TV users will receive custom-tailored suggestions for live and on-demand programs, whether it's a channel, a movie or...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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