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A life-size Gundam statue will be completed outside of Japan in 2021

You wont have to visit Japan to see a life-size Gundam statue in the months ahead, although you may still have to book a lengthy trip. Our Engadget Chinese colleagues report that Bandai Namco will debut an 18-meter (about 59ft) Freedom Gundam statue...

13 Jul 2020 4:59 am
'Far Cry 6' arrives February 18th, 2021

Ubisofts Far Cry 6 announcement might have been spoiled, but theres still more to say. The gaming giant has announced that its next open-world shooter will arrive on February 18th, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Stadia, PC (via the Epi...

13 Jul 2020 2:28 am
Fitbit's Charge 4 can wake you up when you feel well-rested

You now have more reasons to wear your Fitbit Charge 4 around the clock. The 9to5Google team reports (via The Verge) that a Charge 4 update has introduced two major features to improve your sleep habits and encourage more exercise. Smart Wake sets al...

13 Jul 2020 2:03 am
'Hyper Scape' open beta is available on PC today

If you missed out on early access to Hyper Scape, you now have another, much easier opportunity to try it. Ubisoft has launched an open beta for its cyberspace-inspired battle royale shooter on PC. Youll need UPlay to install it, but it beats having...

13 Jul 2020 1:28 am
Assassin's Creed Valhalla made me want to visit East Anglia

It's hard to get a feel for a game in a couple of hours. It's even harder when your screen is filled with streaming artifacts, but such is life in 2020. Ahead of Ubisoft's Forward gaming event, the company offered us some remote demos of two of its A...

13 Jul 2020 1:26 am
'Watch Dogs: Legion' lets you be anyone, if you put in the work

London has fallen. At least, thats what youre told when you first visit the dystopian future of Englands capital city in Legion, the third instalment of Ubisofts action-adventure series Watch Dogs. Navigating the underground corridors of the Hous...

13 Jul 2020 1:20 am
NASA-backed project could automatically fix 3D printing for Moon bases

If humanity is going to 3D-print Moon bases, it cant afford for things to go wrong and NASA is backing technology to make sure those parts get built. According to Parabolic Arc, the agency recently selected a project from Relativity Space (which i...

13 Jul 2020 12:48 am
Watch Ubisoft's summer games show right here at 2:40pm ET

Its Ubisofts turn to show off this summer, after live virtual events from Sony, Microsoft and EA. Ubisoft has prepared a 45-minute, pre-recorded stream that kicks off at 3pm ET but well be live on the Engadget YouTube channel at 2:40pm ET to put...

12 Jul 2020 11:50 pm
VR time machine helps an inventor relive his past

Life is made of fleeting moments that you may easily forget, but one inventor might have found a way to remember it... much of it, anyway. As PetaPixel reports, Lucas Rizzotto recently developed a virtual reality time machine that lets him revisit...

12 Jul 2020 11:33 pm
Three Ubisoft executives leave amid misconduct allegations

More executives are leaving Ubisoft in the wake of misconduct allegations. The company has announced (via Kotaku) that Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascot has resigned immediately after Libration claims he enabled misconduct by other executives, in...

12 Jul 2020 10:14 pm
After Math: With the kids away, it's time to play

Since it looks like the fall school semester is happening whether were ready for it or not, youll finally have dibs on next game on that console your kids have been bogarting for the past quarantined four months. Lucky for you, there are plenty o...

12 Jul 2020 9:00 pm
'Fall Guys' brings mini-game battle royale to PS4 and Steam on August 4th

If you want a battle royale-like experience but want something more family-friendly than Call of Duty or Fortnite, you wont have to wait much longer. Mediatonic and Devolver have announced that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will be available on PS4 a...

12 Jul 2020 4:13 pm
Microsoft and Google team up to bring more web apps to the Play Store

Microsofts support for Android is going beyond native apps and devices like the Surface Duo. Thurrot reports Microsoft is collaborating with Google to help bring more (and importantly, better) progressive web apps to Android devices through the Play...

12 Jul 2020 9:29 am
Devolver made a free game about a canceled game convention

E3 and virtually every other in-person gaming expo for 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but that isnt preventing Devolver Digital from doing something to fill the void in a very self-referential way. It just released a free Devolverland E...

12 Jul 2020 6:47 am
US court finds Russian national guilty of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox

A San Francisco jury has found Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin guilty of one of the biggest data breaches in US history. Nikulin has been convicted of hacking LinkedIn and Dropbox back in 2012, which resulted in the theft of 117 million usernames a...

12 Jul 2020 4:40 am
Tesla drops Model Y price by $3,000

Tesla just gave would-be Model Y buyers an unexpected treat: a sudden price drop. Electrek has discovered that Tesla lowered the cost of a Long Range AWD variant by $3,000 to $49,990 before taxes and incentives. The electric crossover still isnt a t...

12 Jul 2020 3:23 am
Trump confirms cyberattack against Russian trolls during 2018 midterms

The US is normally secretive about its cyberattacks against Russia, but it just acknowledged one of them. President Trump confirmed to the Washington Post in an interview that he authorized an attack against the Internet Research Agency (a troll team...

12 Jul 2020 2:04 am
Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones

Wells Fargo does not want TikTok on its employees phones. According to The Information, the financial institution sent its employees a note, telling them to remove the app from corporate devices immediately. TikToks Wells Fargo ban wouldve come ho...

12 Jul 2020 12:50 am
EA's 'UFC 4' focuses on your fighter's backstory

Its been three years since EA last released a UFC game, and the company is clearly eager to show some progress. The publisher has unveiled UFC 4, where the focus in is on developing your fighters backstory in Career Mode. Every action feeds into yo...

11 Jul 2020 11:32 pm
LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it 'secretly' read iPhone clipboard data

The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isnt just prompting developers to rethink app privacy its also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social network s...

11 Jul 2020 10:15 pm
Hitting the Books: What astronauts can learn from nuclear submariners

Weve dreamt of colonizing the stars since our first tenuous steps across the moon, yet fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, the prospect of living and working beyond the bounds of Earth remains tantalizingly out of reach. In his latest book, Spa...

11 Jul 2020 9:00 pm
Recommended Reading: The Magic Leap project the world may never see

Fading light: The story of Magic Leaps lost mixed reality magnum opusAdi Robertson, The VergeLike a lot of companies this year, Magic Leap faced massive layoffs. The company was able to avoid those after it raised $350 million, but it did shift to e...

11 Jul 2020 7:30 pm
The Morning After: Amazon's TikTok ban was just some kind of mistake

Amazon has been in the streaming video game for a long time, but you wouldnt know it by trying to navigate the companys awkward streaming interface. The good news is that its Prime Video subscription package has better content on the way, but the b...

11 Jul 2020 6:45 pm
'Leaked' video teases a drift-modified Mustang Mach-E

Fords all-electric Mustang Mach-E hasnt rolled out yet, but someone is working on a special one-off, judging by a video posted to YouTube a few days ago. As noted by Autoblog and Jalopnik, this stripped down machine is obviously a Mach-E, but with...

11 Jul 2020 2:29 pm
Tesla's 'Battery Day' event is scheduled for September 22nd

Teslas long-delayed battery event has a new date, according to a new SEC filing spotted by Electrek. The automakers Battery Day presentation is now scheduled to happen on September 22nd after its annual stockholders meeting that will take place a...

11 Jul 2020 9:11 am
Facial recognition linked to a second wrongful arrest by Detroit police

A false facial recognition match has led to the arrest of another innocent person. According to the Detroit Free Press, police in the city arrested a man for allegedly reaching into a persons car, taking their phone and throwing it, breaking the cas...

11 Jul 2020 4:10 am
Amazon's 'New World' MMO is delayed again

Amazon is once delaying its upcoming colonial online RPGNew World (via PCGamer). The company's Amazon Games studiosaysit now plans to release the game sometime in the spring of 2021. It's also delaying the title's final beta test to that same time...

11 Jul 2020 3:00 am
Ask Engadget: How do I get help while 'schooling from home'?

This week's question asks how to get help at home from teachers and professors. Weigh in with your advice in the comments -- and feel free to send your own questions along to ask@engadget.com!What are the best ways of approaching a teacher or a tutor...

11 Jul 2020 2:44 am
Facebook may pause political ads prior to the 2020 election

Facebook could make a major change to its advertising policies in an effort to fight election-related misinformation. The social network is considering a ban on political advertising in the U.S. in the days before the 2020 election, Bloomberg reports...

11 Jul 2020 2:03 am
Google will prohibit ads for 'intimate partner surveillance' tech

Starting August 11th, Google is banning advertisements for stalkerware apps and hardware, which enable someone to track the phone activity or movement of another person. These apps and hardware tend to be used for intimate partner surveillance, a...

11 Jul 2020 1:35 am
HBO Max plans spin-off series based on upcoming 'The Batman' movie

HBO Max is working on a police drama set in the same universe as the upcoming Batman movie, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, is developing the show with Warner Bros. Television, Boardwalk Em...

10 Jul 2020 11:40 pm
Instagram expands policy banning promotion of conversion therapy

Instagram will no longer allow any kind of post that promotes conversion therapy. The app is expanding its policy, which already banned the promotion of conversion therapy in paid ads, to include organic posts as well.The move comes after users in t...

10 Jul 2020 11:34 pm
Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones

Amazon has requested that all of its employees delete the TikTok app from their phones citing security concerns. According to the New York Times, the company email stated that the app is now prohibited from all employee phones that can access Amazon...

10 Jul 2020 11:18 pm
This week's best deals: AirPods, Nintendo Switch game sale and more

As another week comes to a close, there are a number of gadget deals to pick from as well as some leftovers from the July 4th holiday. Apples AirPods with wireless charging case remain on sale for $150 and and you can still grab a bunch of first-par...

10 Jul 2020 11:00 pm
Ubisoft posts 'Far Cry 6' teaser starring Giancarlo Esposito

This morning, a listing for Far Cry 6 leaked on the Hong Kong version of the PlayStation Store, Polygon reports. Ubisoft hasnt officially announced the game, a sequel to Far Cry New Dawn, but following the leak, the company tweeted a teaser that con...

10 Jul 2020 9:56 pm
Amazon Prime Video will soon have the content, but it needs a better home

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it would finally add user profiles to its Prime Video service. At long last, you can separate profiles for each family member (up to six) so that your Watchlists and recommendations dont get mixed up. Its a...

10 Jul 2020 9:30 pm
Get an Amazon Echo Plus with a free Philips Hue light bulb for $80

A couple of Amazon Echo devices are on sale right now, but the best deal of the bunch is on the Echo Plus. The speaker with a built-in smart home hub is now $80, which is $70 off its typical price of $150. You can get the Echo Plus by itself for $80,...

10 Jul 2020 8:46 pm
Was the Motorola Razr worth reviving?

A few weeks ago we asked you to review Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip, one of the few foldable smartphones on the market. Now we want to know if any of you early adopters opted for the Motorola Razr instead its an updated version of the much loved V3 fro...

10 Jul 2020 8:30 pm
The influencers of pandemic gardening

To the untrained eye, Kevin Espiritus garden is an overflowing hodgepodge of containers: stackable planters growing beans, herbs in traditionally narrow windowsill planters and a variety of trellises inside canvas grow bags. The front yard is packed...

10 Jul 2020 7:30 pm
NASA upgrades Australias Deep Space Station for future missions to Mars

NASA is in the midst of upgrading Deep Space Station 43 one of its Deep Space Networks largest antennas located in Canberra, Australia to prepare for future missions. The agencys Deep Space Network is a collection of dishes that make communicat...

10 Jul 2020 7:00 pm
A Facebook SDK issue caused Spotify and other popular iOS apps to crash

If you woke up this morning ready to listen to your Release Radar mix on Spotify, well, we have some bad news at least for iPhone users. The Spotify app for iOS has been completely down for much of the morning. Spotify acknowledged the issue on its...

10 Jul 2020 6:28 pm
Podcast: Thunderbolt 4, Snapdragon 865 Plus and Facebook's latest mess

Were back from the July 4th break and were ready to dive into some seriously nerdy news. This week, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about Intels Thunderbolt 4 standard, and what it means for your next PC. We also dive into Qualcomms latest announcemen...

10 Jul 2020 6:01 pm
The first laptop with Apple's ARM chip could be the 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apples first Mac with its own ARM processor will be the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via iMore). He believes that production of that model will start in Q4 of 2020, with an A-series powered MacBook Air arriving shortly a...

10 Jul 2020 5:30 pm
The Morning After: Google revealed a replacement for the Home speaker

People are buying more PCs! The economy is back!Not so fast. Multiple reports yesterday say PC shipments did indeed grow over the last quarter, but this is due to the recovery of factories hit early by COVID-19 and also the boom in working (living or...

10 Jul 2020 4:55 pm
Klipsch T5 II and T5 II Sport earbuds arrive in August starting at $199

Back at CES, Klipsch revealed several true wireless models, including the high-end AI-powered (and super tiny) T10. Youll have to wait a bit longer on those, and the noise-cancelling version of the T5, but today the company is announcing that a few...

10 Jul 2020 4:30 pm
'Flight Simulator 2020' closed beta starts on July 30th

Microsofts Flight Simulator 2020, which blew our minds with hyper-detailed graphics and real-life weather and traffic conditions, is about to take a big step. The development team has announced (via Windows Central) that the closed beta is set to ar...

10 Jul 2020 4:00 pm
NASA wants to protect Moon and Mars from human contamination

NASA wants to make sure we dont unknowingly take organisms or other contaminants from Earth to other worlds (and vice-versa) when humans start exploring space beyond Low Earth Orbit. In a tweet, NASA Administrator Jim Brindestine has announced that...

10 Jul 2020 2:40 pm
iFixit takes the Oura smart ring apart to see how it works

As we continue to work and live during the coronavirus pandemic, interest in technology that might help fight the disease has spiked, and one of the clearest examples of that is Ouras smart ring. Early in June, researchers revealed data showing that...

10 Jul 2020 12:44 pm
Worldwide PC shipments grew due to work-from-home arrangements

The PC industry bounced back in the second quarter of 2020 after its weakest quarter in years mostly due to shelter-in-place orders prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. According to both Gartner and IDC, PC shipments grew year-over-year in the secon...

10 Jul 2020 9:36 am
Google reveals its new Nest smart speaker

The folks at Nest couldnt have been happy to see their next project revealed through grubby photos used for technical certification, so tonight they sent out a proper image and teaser video of the new device.If youre looking for more information ab...

10 Jul 2020 6:38 am