Category Archive for: Engadget

Ben Heck’s super glue gun: Gears, Arduinos and motor drivers

We’re making progress with the Super Glue Gun project, though we’ve hit a problem and we could use your help. To push the glue sticks into the gun, we need motor control. For this we’re prototyping with ATTiny24, Arduino, and TRIACs, all while di…

Dell’s first HDR display is aimed squarely at video editors

HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the two main competing standards for high dynamic range displays. Today, Dell lent its support to the former as it announced its first HDR10-compliant display, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor. Dell revealed the…

HTC’s Zoe app arrives for Android, heads to iOS later this year

HTC revealed its plan to turn Sense feature Zoe into a full-on social network a couple months back. Today, the company announced that the photo and video-sharing app is exiting its open beta, and is available for compatible Android devices (4.3 and…

HTC’s RE camera is a GoPro for NoPros

Periscope. Asthma inhaler. PVC pipe. These are just a few items that came to mind the first time I saw HTC’s first standalone camera, which the company is simply — and oddly — calling the RE. Even though nothing about this device is normal, it’s…

HTC’s next midrange smartphone is destined for selfie fans

Selfies are exploding in popularity, so naturally manufacturers are stepping up to offer phones that match that rapidly expanding trend. In reality, there are already several that specifically cater to those who can’t resist a good picture of…

​Google’s latest Chromebook update makes it easy to juggle multiple accounts

Has your company bought into Google’s pitch for a Chrome-powered office? Then this update is for you: Google just announced a handful of Chromebook features specifically for office environments, including the ability to easily switch between personal…

The one (gesture control) ring to rule them all

While many companies are tinkering with lasers, ultrasound and even arm muscles for touchless gesture control on portable devices and desktop PCs, Japan’s 16Lab just wants to put a pretty ring on you. The yet-to-be-named titanium wearable is designed…

The DEA impersonated a woman on Facebook to catch criminals

Law enforcement is no stranger to going undercover to bust unsuspecting crooks, but the Drug Enforcement Administration may have taken an online sting operation one step too far. A woman arrested in a drug case, Sondra Arquiett, sued the government…

Fitbit doesn’t plan to share stats with Apple’s new Health app, for now

After a mention on stage back at WWDC when Apple Health was first announced for iOS 8, Fitbit was absent when the feature went live. Now, the activity-tracking outfit says it doesn’t “currently have plans” to opt in. “It is an interesting new…

From beginning to breakup: a history of HP’s highs and lows

HP’s recent decision to split into two companies is undoubtedly a big deal. It’s a cornerstone of Silicon Valley, and it has been synonymous with PCs for much of its lifetime. However, this is really just the latest chapter for a technology legend…

Google reportedly working on bite-sized app trials for Android

While Android has soared, Google Play has struggled a bit. Customers don’t buy nearly as many apps, songs or movies as their counterparts using iOS. According to The Information, Mountain View is working to change that with a new app trial program….

AT&T to pay $80 million in refunds for unauthorized charges

In order to settle an FTC complaint over unauthorized third-party charges, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Commission for customer refunds. The FTC complaint alleges that the carrier billed “hundreds of millions of dollars” in charges from outsid…

New York City residents can now get their own .nyc domain

NYC announced last year that its residents, including businesses and government entities, would be able to get a custom domain to match the place they call home — something London has done as well. With the first two phases of the rollout now…

Help us pick 10 Insert Coin semi-finalists from this list

Each of the top 10 semi-finalists for this year’s Insert Coin competition will get a $1,000 travel stipend and a spot on our showfloor at Expand NYC. So, we really want to make sure they’re projects you’d want to see in person. To make that happen,…

Apple’s next big event is on October 16, new iPad and Macs likely

It’s only been a month since the world’s press descended on the Flint Center for the Performing Arts to see Tim Cook reveal a pair of new iPhones, and now Apple’s calling everyone back again. Invites to an October 16th event at the company’s…

Playdate: We’re livestreaming ‘Alien: Isolation’ on Xbox One!

Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!…

Google’s search app now reminds you to pay your bills

You might not have to set reminders to pay your bills on time in the future. After a bit of testing with a limited audience, Google has updated its mobile search app to show both upcoming and past bills it finds in your Gmail. So long as a notice…

Watch the start screens for nearly every Game Boy title ever made

Up for a long nostalgia trip? You’re in for a treat. NicksplosionFX has posted a video showing the start screens for almost every original Game Boy title ever made, ranging from 4 in 1 Funpak to Zoop. Each opener only lasts a matter of seconds, but…

I played ping pong with a robot and it went easy on me

No, this isn’t the Tokyo Game Show. OMRON, the alleged company behind Amazon Fire’s face-tracking feature, exhibited its ping pong robot at CEATEC just to demonstrate its automation prowess. Well, by robot we don’t mean the humanoid kind; it’s more…

The Big Picture: a London footbridge that fans open for boats

What you see above is a bridge of a slightly different flavor. Taking inspiration from Japanese hand-fan design, the Merchant Square Bridge uses a cantilvered deck to cross the Grand Union Canal in Paddington, London. Each of the five steel beams…

Google offers three months free Now TV streaming to UK Chromecast owners

Every now and again, Google likes to give something back to Chromecast owners. In July, it celebrated the streaming dongle’s first birthday by offering a free 90-day subscription to Google Play Music All Access, but now it’s now decided to provide UK…

Apple TV update displays smart device info through HomeKit

Apple TV may soon be the defacto HomeKit smart home hub, judging release notes for the latest beta spotted by AppleInsider. The Software beta 2 release can now be “used for testing AirPlay and HomeKit with your iOS apps,” letting you set the devices…

Square now tells your barista when to start brewing

Square isn’t just in the business of selling things — it wants to help you buy stuff too. And now, it’s taking the latter a step further by simplifying your daily quest for a piping-hot cup o’ joe. After today’s update, you can use the Square Order…

Asda and Sainsbury’s to launch mobile payments in 2015

Mobile payments might be the next big thing for retailers, but we’ve still not reached the point where we can go out shopping and leave the wallet at home. Apple Pay may one day solve that problem, but it’s not yet launched in the US and there’s no…

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