Category Archive for: Engadget

‘Dunkirk’ demands to be experienced in a theater

Dunkirk is a cinematic mic drop by Christopher Nolan — 106 minutes of sound, fury and, if you’re lucky, glorious 70mm IMAX film. It’s a movie that uses all of the latest technology to not only show you the relentless horror of war, but also make you…

One weekend with the ‘Destiny 2’ beta

It’s easy to think of the original Destiny as a large-scale, highly polished test run for Bungie’s vision of the future of video games. When Destiny came out in September 2014, it was unclear whether an MMO-style first-person shooter could even work…

Wisconsin company offers staff implants for keys and passwords

Don’t assume that companies chipping employees is usually the stuff of dystopian science fiction — it’s here… although it’s better than it sounds. Wisconsin’s Three Square Market is giving employees the option of receiving a rice-sized implant (n…

ASUS’ take on mesh WiFi is now available

Mesh networking is all the rage for people who want to fill every bit of their home with sweet high-speed Wi-Fi. Lynksys, Google, Netgear, TP-Link and Eero all have devices that use the new technology to smooth out the dead spots in your home….

Snopes needs money to continue fighting fake news

When you want to find out if something on the internet is true, you head to Snopes.com. The venerable fact-checking site, established in 1994 by David Mikkelson, is now part of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network, the group that Google and…

Google ships final Android O beta before official launch

You won’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on Android O. Google has posted its fourth Developer Preview for the mobile operating system, and it’s the last beta you’ll see — after this, the next stop is the finished version that will r…

Fairphone will stop supporting its first ‘ethical’ phone

Fairphone has announced that it will no longer be supporting the Fairphone 1, which first hit the market in 2013. That means the company won’t be supplying spare parts for the phone any longer and has ceased developing the Android software update.

Orii smart ring turns your fingertip into a Bluetooth earpiece

While modern Bluetooth earpieces are more compact than ever, chances are you’ll still need to leave at least one stuck in your ear. This can get uncomfortable over time, not to mention the dorkiness that’s been haunting this form factor since day one…

JCPenney joins the modern age and adopts Apple Pay

The list of stores and merchants that accept Apple Pay seems to be growing on a daily basis, and now there’s one more to add to the list. JCPenney’s store credit card will now work with Apple Pay, and the department store will now accept Apple Pay at…

A Twitter joke gave rise to a truly original soccer game

The internet has a fantastic ability to embrace a joke, and then beat it to death faster than you can mumble “my name’s Jeff.” From Hobo With a Shotgun and Kung Fury through to Goat Simulator and Snakes on a Plane, what works as a 60-second gag rarel…

At the Mercedes museum, your rental car parks itself

The concept of a self-parking car certainly isn’t new, but Daimler is about to take the next logical step on that front. It’s partnering with Bosch to launch an Automated Valet Parking service at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. When it launc…

The UK wants smart homes to become one with the energy grid

The UK government imagines a near future where smart home devices and appliances can help balance the scales of energy supply and demand, as well as save consumers and businesses money. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strate…

An iPod Shuffle for Spotify is surprisingly essential

Thanks to Baby Driver, we’ve all been reminded of our love affair for the MP3 player — namely the iPod. Now that Apple Music, Spotify and others allow us to carry millions of songs on our phones at all times, the days of frantically loading a dedica…

Galaxy S8 Active ditches the curved display in leaked images

Samsung has been putting out Active versions of its S line since the S4 and this weekend, some images and specs of the upcoming Galaxy S8 Active leaked on Reddit. The leaker supposedly got ahold of the phone from a pal who works for Samsung. I…

MetroPCS customers can use T-Mobile’s scam-fighting tools

Shortly after the FCC revealed its plan to fight robocalls, T-Mobile introduced two anti-scamming tools back in March to alert customers to shady calls. Now, the carrier is giving MetroPCS users the same treatment, making Scam ID and Scam Bloc…

The best accessories for your dorm

When we talk about the best accessories for students, we’re not just talking about things like mice and laptop bags, though make no mistake: We most definitely have opinions there. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t also include some more domestic items…

Elon Musk hints at changes to SpaceX’s Mars rocket

We’ve known for awhile that SpaceX’s plan to get an uncrewed capsule to Mars by the end of next year was a little too ambitious. Last week, we reported that Musk had abandoned plans for the Red Dragon capsule altogether, but he promised something muc…

‘Final Fantasy’ characters are now selling Nissans

Final Fantasy character Lightning has landed herself another ad campaign. She’s already hawked Prada and Louis Vuitton and now she’s moved from the fashion world to the auto industry. Lightning appears with Snow Villiers — who was also in the Prada…

The moon may be hiding lots of water below its surface

Since 2008, we’ve known that there is water on the moon. The lack of atmosphere and a magnetic field means that most of the water on our satellite’s surface would be immediately stripped by the sun. However, that doesn’t apply within the Moon’s inter…

Helix wants to build a marketplace for your DNA

There are secrets buried deep within our genetic code, and more than a few companies that want to help you learn them. Helix believes that the gaggle of startups vying for your DNA have a problem: they all need an individual sample to use. That’s why…

The next HoloLens will use AI to recognize real-world objects

We’re all excited about the gaming potential of HoloLens, but Microsoft is also fixated on enterprise AR, much like Google now is with Glass. During a talk at the CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) conference in Hawaii, Microsoft Research…

Spotify and Warner are ready to make a deal on music royalties

Spotify’s been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, as they’re being hit with lawsuits for having unlicensed music in their catalog. But this morning, there’s some good news for Spotify. Reuters exclusively reports that the streaming music c…

Tesco’s same-day grocery delivery option is going UK-wide

Tesco is today claiming a win over supermarket rivals and the logistical magicians at Amazon after kicking off the expansion of same-day grocery deliveries to cover the whole of the UK — or 99 percent of households, at least. More than 300 st…

Tiny robot prowls water lines in search of leaks

Twenty percent of fresh water around the world is lost to leaks, but finding tiny pipe defects is nearly impossible — especially in non-metal ones used in the developing world. MIT researchers have come up with a tiny, badminton bird shaped r…

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