Category Archive for: Engadget

Rise in Arctic Ocean acid pinned on climate change

Climate change isn’t just manifesting in polar regions through ice cracks. Researchers have learned that the Arctic Ocean saw a rapid rise in acid levels between 1994 and 2010, most likely from airborne carbon dioxide (aka a greenhouse dissolving int…

Lead an army of cartoon heroes in Epic’s latest game

Epic Games announced Battle Breakers, its new free-to-play title for mobile and PC, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The game looks like a Saturday-morning cartoon, complete with larger-than-life characters and a huge, cinem…

One billion hours of YouTube are watched every day

It’s easy to track YouTube’s most popular metric: Check the counter below any video to see how many times it’s been played. It’s harder to know how long viewers watch, which YouTube staff started tracking years ago. Today, those stats passed an auspi…

Porsche Design reveals a Windows 2-in-1 convertible

Porsche Design had another Mobile World Congress revelation besides a limited edition version of Huawei’s Watch 2. The design group has also announced a laptop-tablet convertible and detachable hybrid of its own called Book One, which looks like it w…

Non-profit aims to preserve the hidden history of video games

It’s relatively easy for developers to preserve classic video games through emulators, museums, remasters and retro consoles. But what about the culture that surrounded it, such as ads, boxes, magazines and gamers’ own experiences? That’s where the n…

‘Hearthstone’ gets first expansion of the year in early April

It doesn’t take much to set video game fans down rumor rabbit holes these days, but in this case, hints about Hearthstone’s first expansion in 2017 were correct. Blizzard has officially announced that Journey to Un’Goro will be the next content block…

Amazon is teaching Alexa to distinguish different voices

For all of Alexa’s many skills, one major thing Amazon’s voice assistant is currently missing is the ability to distinguish who is actually speaking to it. According to a new report from Time magazine, however, the online retail giant is currently wo…

What’s on TV: ‘Horizon Zero Dawn,’ ‘Moonlight’

This week’s big premieres are Horizon Zero Dawn on the PS4, and Nintendo’s Switch console. If you’re not pulled in by open-world charms or Joycons, then remember Planet Earth II is continuing on BBC America, and this week we’re visiting the jungles….

Visit NASA’s newly discovered planets in ‘Elite: Dangerous’

Sadly, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever visit the Trappist-1 system’s newly-discovered Earth-sized planets in your lifetime… not unless someone develops near-light speed travel, anyway. However, you’ll at least have the option of a virtual tour. Fron…

Here’s what you missed from the MWC 2017 press events

All the big press conferences here at MWC 2017 are finally over, and that means it’s time to bring you all the news and reports of the quirkiest developments on the show floor. But in case you haven’t been closely following the announcements out of B…

Fox tests auto-downloading movies onto your phone

Wouldn’t you like it if newish movies trickle-downloaded onto your phone when you weren’t looking so you could watch them later? That’s the concept behind an experiment being carried out by 20th Century Fox over the next month. The studio has partner…

Sensor turns on a cop’s body camera when their gun is pulled

Years after high-profile police shootings pressured departments across the country to adopt body cameras, results have been mixed. The increased accountability expected from their rollout has been marred with technical malfunctions or absent f…

Connected teddy bears leaked kids’ voices online

When Germany banned a connected doll over security concerns, it wasn’t being overly cautious. As it turns out, there’s a textbook example of what happens when toy data privacy goes horribly wrong. Security researchers have discovered that Spiral To…

Takata pleads guilty to fraud in faulty airbag cover-up

Japanese auto parts maker Takata has formally pled guilty in federal court today to a criminal fraud charge stemming from its cover-up of millions of faulty airbags. As part of the guilty plea, Takata admitted it intentionally hid the fact tha…

Was that ‘Moonlight’ Oscar mix-up caused by a tweet?

By now, you’ve probably seen the video from last night: Warren Beatty looking confused holding an envelope and card that didn’t match what he expected, Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong winner, and, eventually, the cast and crew of Moonlight correctl…

SpaceX is sending two private citizens around the moon in 2018

It’s been a long time since humans orbited the moon — but Elon Musk’s SpaceX is going to try and change that next year. The company just announced that two private citizens approached SpaceX about a trip to the moon for late 2018. The two potential…

Control your home with a gorgeous wooden remote

If you’re looking for an attractive way to control your smart home, this minimalist, carved-wood multipurpose remote might fit the bill. It’s called the Turn Touch, and it’s pulled in almost twice the Kickstarter funding requested. The project has al…

Uber’s SVP of engineering resigns amid allegations of sexual harassment

Uber’s highly regarded SVP of engineering Amit Singhal has been asked to leave the company after reports emerged that he was involved in a sexual harassment case while he was still employed at Google. According to Recode, Singhal was with Uber for ab…

Boston Dynamics officially reveals its rolling ‘Handle’ robot

We got a preview of Boston Dynamics’ latest “helper” thanks to offscreen video leaked from a presentation, but now the company is ready to let us meet Handle. Unlike its previous robots that ran, jumped or walked, this two-legged monstrosity gets aro…

We’re live from GDC 2017 in San Francisco!

The 2017 Game Developers Conference is happening this week in San Francisco, and we’re here to keep you up to date on all the latest news from the event. Like last year, companies such as HTC and Oculus will probably share new virtual reality develop…

Huawei is considering cell towers that wirelessly charge drones

Huawei’s big news at MWC was, of course, the P10 handset and a new watch. The company does have its fingers in other pies, though, and one of those is the drone game. Far away from the exhibition halls where all the smartphones are on display is an a…

Mozilla buys Pocket, an app for saving articles

More than one save-it-for-later service is finding a new owner these days — Mozilla has acquired Read It Later, the developer behind Pocket. The service will be treated as a product separate from (but of course, complementary to) Firefox, and…

LG is working on a VR headset with Valve

LG is teaming up with video game developer Valve to create a head-mounted virtual reality device that uses SteamVR tracking technology. This places LG in direct competition with HTC, which teamed up with Valve to create the HTC Vive.

‘MythBusters’ revival gets its new hosts

The original MythBusters show ended with a bang, but Discovery was quick to plan a reboot and launch a reality show competition (Science Channel’s MythBusters: The Search) to find replacements for lead presenters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. And at…

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