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Air racing tournament unveils an all-electric sports aircraft

The electric aircraft seen to date have focused more on raw utility than thrill-seeking, but that's about to change very shortly. Air Race E, an air racing tournament backed by Airbus, has formally unveiled what it bills as the first electric race a...

18 Nov 2019 2:05 am
Iran shuts down nearly all internet access in response to fuel protests

Iran is trying an all-too-familiar tactic to hinder protests: cut the lines of communication. The Iranian government has shut down nearly all internet access in the country amidst mounting protests that began over a 50 percent hike in fuel prices an...

18 Nov 2019 12:46 am
The best probe thermometer

By Michael Sullivan 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 probe thermometer. A...

17 Nov 2019 11:30 pm
After Math: Everything's coming up Disney

It's been a big week for Disney. The company finally launched its streaming platform, Disney+, to great fanfare. At the same time, Star Wars: Fallen Order, another Disney-owned IP, launched on Friday for the PC and consoles. But who has time for vide...

17 Nov 2019 10:00 pm
mTiny robot review: Screen-free coding for kids

My five- and seven-year-old constantly fight over who gets the iPad first. We have one, and they get to use it in tiny doses, usually when I'm at my wit's end. Their favorite app? ScratchJr, MIT's go-to coding tool for kids. They like to code. No. Th...

17 Nov 2019 8:30 pm
BioWare may revamp 'Anthem' in a bid to save it

There's no question that BioWare has struggled with Anthem between bugs and basic mechanics, and has made significant gameplay changes in a bid to keep its shared world shooter alive. However, the developer might soon resort to more drastic measures...

17 Nov 2019 3:32 pm
Simpsons World shuts down as episodes move to Disney+

You knew Simpsons World wouldn't last much longer when Disney+ claimed The Simpsons as a streaming exclusive, but you might not have expected the end to be so... abrupt. Simpsons World has promptly shut down, making Disney+ the only place to watch e...

17 Nov 2019 9:47 am
Aibo update lets you program your robot puppy's actions

Not happy with what Sony's reborn Aibo can do? You now have the power to make it do more. Sony has rolled out a 2.50 update for the robot dog that enables, among other things, a web-based interface for programming actions. Beginners can use a visu...

17 Nov 2019 7:44 am
Huawei's foldable Mate X smartphone goes on sale in China

There's finally a major foldable smartphone on the market beyond the Galaxy Fold... if you live in China. As promised, Huawei has started selling the Mate X through its Vmall online store. It'll cost a steep 16,999 yuan (about $2,400 US), but you'll...

17 Nov 2019 5:45 am
Redbox will stop selling Disney movie codes as part of settlement

Disney's lawsuit against Redbox is over, and it's not great news for Redbox. The two sides have agreed to a settlement that will have Redbox stop the sale of movie download codes from Disney disc packs. Attorneys for Disney had accused Redbox of vi...

17 Nov 2019 4:12 am
Google's fight with Oracle will be heard in the Supreme Court

Google is getting one more shot at fending off Oracle's Android copyright claims. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Google's appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that Android violated Oracle copyright by using Java code without a license....

17 Nov 2019 2:52 am
Cortana app will stop working on phones in some countries

Microsoft's changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. The company has revealed that the Cortana app will stop working after January 31st, 2020 for people in Australia, Canada and the UK. Lists, reminders and othe...

17 Nov 2019 1:34 am
States sue to prevent EPA from revoking state emissions powers

States are taking further legal action to prevent the Trump administration from undoing California's stricter emissions rules. California, 22 other states, DC and the cities of New York and Los Angeles have sued the EPA and other agencies in an attem...

17 Nov 2019 12:18 am
Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

When 'Halo 2' invaded planet earth Anthony John Agnello, The Ringer In the latest installment of "things that will make you feel old," Halo 2 was released on November 9, 2004 -- which makes it 15 years old. The Ringer takes an in-depth look at the...

16 Nov 2019 11:00 pm
The Morning After: iFixit looks inside the 16-inch MacBook Pro

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Now that Apple's new laptop is here, it's time to tear it apart and look inside. Disney is responding to Simpsons fans, and Amazon has a new high-quality Echo speaker. Finally, there's a...

16 Nov 2019 8:15 pm
Netflix tweaks 'Devil Next Door' documentary after Polish PM complains

Netflix distributes content in nearly every country around the world now, which has meant making edits to content in some places based on local laws. In the case of a Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj episode that was critical of Saudi Arabia's governmen...

16 Nov 2019 2:59 pm
Researchers develop an AI system with near-perfect seizure prediction

We've seen a smart arm bracelet that can predict nightly seizures, but now a pair of researchers have created something even more promising: an AI system that can predict epileptic seizures with 99.6-percent accuracy. Even better, it can do so up to...

16 Nov 2019 10:03 am
NYT: Trump admin set to extend Huawei license again

In May, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to the "Entity List," banning US companies from doing business with it unless they have a special license. Since then it has extended temporary licenses for existing customers, like mobile phone users a...

16 Nov 2019 7:53 am
Disney+ will fix its 'Simpsons' widescreen problem in 2020

As soon as Disney+ launched, fans of The Simpsons noticed a big problem. In a repeat of an issue that occurred when FXX started playing old episodes a few years ago, someone made the decision to crop and zoom older 4x3 aspect ratio episodes to fill o...

16 Nov 2019 6:05 am
CNBC: T-Mobile CEO John Legere won't be the next WeWork CEO

Earlier this week T-Mobile CEO John Legere's name popped up as a possibility to take over the top spot at WeWork after its failed IPO and ouster of co-founder Adam Neumann. However, subsequent rumors clarified that he was just one of the potential re...

16 Nov 2019 5:45 am
Google scales back town hall meetings following leaks

Google's weekly all-hands meetings have quickly become a source of leaks, and the company is apparently taking an aggressive approach to curbing those leaks: it's limiting the meetings themselves. The Verge has learned that CEO Sundar Pichai sent com...

16 Nov 2019 4:13 am
What we've been watching: 'State of the Union' and 'Little Monsters'

In this installment of our video IRL, senior editor Daniel Cooper highlights the short-bites marital drama Ste of the Union that you absolutely must not binge. Senior editor Richard Lawler explains why Hulu's shlocky horror movie Little Monsters is w...

16 Nov 2019 3:25 am
iFixit examines the 16-inch MacBook Pro's 'throwback' keyboard design

From the time we spent with Apple's just-announced 16-inch MacBook Pro, it was obvious that the shallow, unreliable butterfly keyboard design was out and scissor switches were back in. (It didn't hurt that Apple has confirmed the changes on the new M...

16 Nov 2019 3:08 am
Spotify's latest feature creates a playlist for your road trip

It's no secret Spotify wants to give you as many playlist options as possible, and today it's adding one more. Only this time, the streaming service wants to help you create a list for a specific activity: a road trip. With "Soundtrack your Ride," Sp...

16 Nov 2019 2:41 am
Google's Files app now streams local media to your Chromecast

Google just made it decidedly easier to beam your personal media collection to your Chromecast device of choice. An updated version of the Files by Google app includes long-in-the-making support for playing your audio, photos and videos on any Chrom...

16 Nov 2019 2:17 am
Pre-installed apps on low-end Android phones are full of security holes

In what has become an annual reckoning, security research company Kryptowire recently published its 2019 report on the state of manufacturer-installed software and firmware for Android devices and, to no one's surprise, they found more than 140 bugs...

16 Nov 2019 1:52 am
Porsches Taycan lives up to its EV hype

Driving a Porsche -- regardless of its body style -- is filled with expectations. The vehicle should go fast while whipping around corners. So it's no surprise that the automaker's electric Taycan (pronounced Tie Khan) offers those things. The re...

16 Nov 2019 1:30 am
Twitter's political ad ban will also curb ads for hot-button issues

Twitter has finally outlined how its ban on political ads will work, and it's considerably clearer -- if not as clear as some would like. When the ban takes effect on November 22nd, it'll bar ads for anything referring to candidates, parties, existi...

16 Nov 2019 1:21 am
Apple TV+ snags Gary Oldman for spy drama 'Slow Horses'

Apple TV+ has only just rolled out and it's already nabbed one of the biggest names in showbiz. Acting legend Gary Oldman is set to star in spy drama Slow Horses, an adaptation of Mick Herron's Slough House books, according to Variety.

16 Nov 2019 12:48 am
Hulu increases the price of its live TV service, again

Hulu's live TV streaming is about to get more expensive. The company announced today that its Hulu + Live TV option would increase to $54.99 a month starting December 18th. This is the second time this year the company has raised its rate on live tel...

16 Nov 2019 12:18 am
Colin Furze made a real version of Junkrats RIP-tire from Overwatch

If you need something from pop culture brought to life, then the first person to call is Colin Furze, YouTube's own mad inventor. Furze has already made working versions of the grapple gauntlet from Assassin's Creed and Wolverine's claws from the X-M...

15 Nov 2019 11:53 pm
Echo Studio review: Amazon finally nailed the audio quality

We've heard this pitch before from Amazon. Last year, the company debuted the $150 Echo Plus in an attempt to improve audio quality in its smart speaker line. It also revealed a $130 Echo Sub add-on that could provide the much-needed low-end tones th...

15 Nov 2019 11:30 pm
The best USB car charger

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 guide to USB car chargers. For a few...

15 Nov 2019 11:00 pm
How to hack your holiday meal

I don't think of cooking as a production or a nuisance so much as a sporting event, and holiday meals take the place of the Super Bowl. In our house, my husband Marcus and I train for months, testing out different recipes, techniques and timings so t...

15 Nov 2019 10:30 pm
GitHub will store all of its public open source code in an Arctic vault

Let's face it, there are a lot of things that could bring about the end of the world as we know it -- heightened political tensions, climate change, even an asteroid. In the event that things go FUBAR, what will happen to the masses upon masses of da...

15 Nov 2019 9:55 pm
The latest Xbox One update adds Google Assistant voice controls

Xbox One's November update is here, bringing with it a bunch of new features and tools designed, as always, to improve your gaming experience. First up, and probably most notable, is the roll-out of Google Assistant voice controls. We've known this w...

15 Nov 2019 9:33 pm
Amazon is selling the new 16-inch MacBook Pro for $100 less than Apple

Apple unveiled its redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro just two days ago, and Amazon has already jumped in with a sale -- $2,300 instead of Apple's list price of $2,399. It's a big spend either way, but that $100 saving will definitely sweeten what's an a...

15 Nov 2019 8:52 pm
Podcast: The 16-inch MacBook Pro is here (and so is our gift guide)!

Get ready for the holidays with an in depth look at Engadget's holiday gift guide! This week, editor in chief Dana Wollman joins Devindra to chat about how we pick the best gadget gifts and some of the wildest choices we've made. And of course, we fi...

15 Nov 2019 8:30 pm
If your family needs a second car, make it a fun, compact EV

Earlier this month, Volkswagen began production of the ID.3. It's a small, electric four-door hatchback with three different battery sizes, meant for a variety of driving lifestyles. The interior feels like the future, and if it drives anything like...

15 Nov 2019 8:00 pm
The popular 8-quart Instant Pot Lux is at its lowest price ever

Instant Pot deals are becoming almost a daily occurrence. But since we're heading into the heart of holiday shopping season, all of them are worth considering for the culinary wizard on your list. Today, Amazon has the Instant Pot Lux 80 8-quart 6-in...

15 Nov 2019 7:43 pm
What to do when everything on their holiday wish list is digital

The following scenario will play out thousands of times this holiday season, and if you're buying a lot of presents for friends and family, it'll likely affect your life personally. You: What do you want for the holidays? Them: The new Akali skin...

15 Nov 2019 7:30 pm
Apple 'surprised' by Germany's new law to open up mobile payments

Germany has introduced new legislation to deal with money-laundering, and it's causing problems for Apple. On Thursday, the German Parliament passed a raft of new measures to bring the country in line with EU directives on money laundering. These inc...

15 Nov 2019 7:08 pm
Apple bans vaping apps from the App Store

Vaping apps are no longer allowed in Apple's walled garden. In a statement given to Axios, the company confirmed that its App Store guidelines now ban software that encourages or helps people to vape. Any application that served such a person should...

15 Nov 2019 6:49 pm
'Minecraft Dungeons' will arrive in April 2020

Game developer Mojang last year unexpectedly announced that it was working on Minecraft Dungeons -- a blocky take on classic dungeon crawlers. Now we know when we can finally expect it to land. Initially slated for 2019, Microsoft now says the game w...

15 Nov 2019 6:31 pm
The Morning After: Consumer Reports recommends the Model 3 again

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Once you're done watching episode two of The Mandalorian, you can catch up with all of Microsoft's news from X019, as well as an update on next-gen texting for Android phones. In car news, details about Ford's M...

15 Nov 2019 5:45 pm
Jurassic World Evolution DLC lets you rebuild the original park

Jurassic Park video games are few and far between. So when Frontier Developments released Jurassic World Evolution, a god-view park builder and business simulation game, movie fans devoured it. The title had a few problems, but one towered well above...

15 Nov 2019 5:25 pm
'Fortnite' will let you play as a stormtrooper

Jedi: Fallen Order has received pretty decent reviews, but it's arrival is actually good news for Fortnite fans, too. Why, do you ask? Because it comes with a slick new Star Wars stormtrooper cosmetic skin available in Fortnite's store or for free if...

15 Nov 2019 4:04 pm
Google News dives deeper into stories with 'Beyond the Headlines'

Google has been tweaking its News site a lot over the last year in an effort to highlight major publishers and be more transparent on how it ranks news. Now, Google News has unveiled a "Beyond the Headlines" tab that lets you take a deeper dive on sp...

15 Nov 2019 3:15 pm
Lyft adds 200 electric vehicles to its fleet in Denver

Lyft has deployed 200 long-range electric vehicles in Denver, where they'll be part of its Express Drive rental program for drivers. The ride-sharing giant says it's the company's single largest deployment of EVs to date, and it's also the largest EV...

15 Nov 2019 2:03 pm
Tesla's Model 3 and S are (once again) recommended by 'Consumer Reports'

Two Tesla sedans are back in Consumer Reports' good graces. Model 3 and the Model S have regained the organization's recommendation after their reliability scores got a boost from CR's latest annual reliability survey of current owners. Tesla and Con...

15 Nov 2019 12:33 pm