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Jeff Bezos' leaked text messages may have come from his girlfriend

When Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with leaked text messages, this raised a question: how did those messages escape Bezos' phone? Apparently, they might have come from Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. Wall Str...

26 Jan 2020 6:17 am
Marvel axes two of its Hulu animated shows

Hulu's animated Marvel show lineup won't be quite as extensive as you might have hoped. Hollywood Reporter understands that Marvel has cut two of the shows, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler, in favor of focusing its energy on the remaining MO...

26 Jan 2020 4:19 am
Porsche's first Super Bowl ad in 23 years is for the electric Taycan

There have been Super Bowl ads for electric cars before, but they've tended to treat EVs as novelties. BMW's 2015 ad for the i3 was practically a crash course in EVs, while Audi's 2019 spot was more to advertise electrification than the still-unavai...

26 Jan 2020 3:03 am
'Uncharted' movie delayed to March 5th, 2021

So much for the Uncharted movie having a reasonably firm release date. Sony's Columbia Pictures has delayed the release of the game-inspired swashbuckler from its earlier December 18th, 2020 slot to March 5th, 2021. There wasn't a specific explanat...

26 Jan 2020 1:46 am
Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

Apple won't have to pay WiLan as much as expected for alleged patent violations. A retrial jury has reduced the damages from WiLan's lawsuit from the original $145.1 million (determined in 2018) down to slightly over $85.2 million. That's still no...

26 Jan 2020 12:32 am
The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it's Byte

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This week took some interesting turns between a possible peek at the Xbox Series X back panel and rumors of an iPhone SE2. Among the stories below that you might have missed, we've also launched a series of smar...

25 Jan 2020 8:30 pm
Recommended Reading: Facial recognition, police and privacy

The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it Kashmir Hill, The New York Times Clearview is a startup that developed a facial recognition system that matches a photo of a person to publicly available images. Those can be from Facebook...

25 Jan 2020 8:00 pm
Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

There was a time when you probably wouldn't even think of Netflix when discussing films that should be in The Criterion Collection. Now, the streaming giant has announced that four of its originals will be part of the film archive. The Irishman and M...

25 Jan 2020 3:43 pm
Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

Whether it's Fortnite, the latest Google Maps app or a firmware update for your Tesla Model X, reverse-engineering software to find features that are included but not-yet-enabled is a common hobby for the impatient hackers among us. Today the first n...

25 Jan 2020 10:40 am
Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app: Byte

In 2017 Twitter pulled the plug on Vine, and left a community of extremely-short-form-video creators without a platform. Since then TikTok has flourished, but it's still not the same thing. Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann has been teasing a sequel since l...

25 Jan 2020 6:33 am
US Space Force logo unveiled with a clear Star Trek influence

The president has been pushing to create a new military branch, dubbed Space Force, since 2018 and today tweeted out a logo for the department. The most noticeable part of the logo is right in the center, where a design that closely resembles Star Tr...

25 Jan 2020 4:09 am
YouTube will stream Blizzard's CoD and Overwatch leagues in 2020

Activision Blizzard's next big esports bet, Call of Duty League, gets underway today. While the company worked with Twitch in the past on Overwatch League, that's not where you'll be able to watch its latest foray into top-level competitive gaming. Y...

25 Jan 2020 3:36 am
Uber reaches its last major city in North America

Uber has been available in every major North American city for a while, but not Vancouver, British Columbia -- the city has refused to bow to pressure and even used undercover agents to make sure companies weren't flouting the law. However, even tha...

25 Jan 2020 3:08 am
Grab a discounted Pixel 3a and get a $100 gift card at these US retailers

If you're in the market for an affordable new phone, Amazon, Best Buy and B&H have gotten into something of small pricing war over Google's excellent pair of Pixel 3a devices. Amazon and B&H are currently selling all three color variants of t...

25 Jan 2020 1:57 am
Watch Google's upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Fast Share, Google's upcoming take on AirDrop. But based on a new hands-on video, it looks like you may soon be able to check out the file-sharing feature on your Android phone. Now known as Nearby S...

25 Jan 2020 1:01 am
Google vows to make Search 'better' after redesign backlash

Last week, Google upset desktop users when it changed the appearance of Search. The changes were relatively minor, showing companies' favicons next to link previews, but critics argue that the changes cluttered an otherwise clean interface and made i...

25 Jan 2020 12:46 am
The best touchscreen winter gloves

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24 Jan 2020 11:30 pm
A breath-sensing AR project helps visualize your impact on the world

What if you could see how your breath affected the world around you? A new immersive production premiering at the Sundance festival today hopes it will make you consider your impact on the environment. It's called Breathe, and features animated glowi...

24 Jan 2020 10:30 pm
I am my own spy: A personal surveillance story

One of the first webcams I purchased was a Dropcam several years ago. We'd had a couple of package thefts, and I wanted to see if I could catch the perpetrator in the act. I positioned the camera at our front window, with the lens pointed at the step...

24 Jan 2020 10:00 pm
Fortnite Chapter 2's next season will start on February 20th

Epic Games has at last set a start date for Fortnite's next season. It's scheduled for February 20th, more than four months after Chapter 2 started, which makes the current season by far the longest in the battle royale's history.

24 Jan 2020 9:44 pm
Craig Kaths' intricate synth sculptures look real enough to play

Recently, I spent the afternoon traipsing through the streets of Brooklyn for Gowanus' annual open art studios tour. It's a yearly ritual for me because the industrial neighborhood, which is full of warehouses turned CrossFit gyms, is a veritable pla...

24 Jan 2020 9:30 pm
'Rocket League' loses online multiplayer on Linux and Mac

Psyonix has announced that it is withdrawing support for Rocket League on Linux and macOS as part of its push to update the game with "new technologies." In a statement, the company said that it was "no longer viable" to maintain support for the macO...

24 Jan 2020 9:05 pm
My quest to fix my terrible home WiFi

When I was young -- in high school or so -- my sister and I had a system worked out. Our Comcast cable internet service routinely seemed to flake out, so she and I would take turns running downstairs to the router, unplugging it, waiting for what fel...

24 Jan 2020 8:30 pm
Sega's new app lets you remotely win prizes from a real claw machine in Japan

If you've ever wanted to play around on a claw machine without all the hassle of leaving your house -- or even standing up -- technology has come through for you. Sega has launched a new mobile apps, Sega Catcher Online, that lets you do exactly that...

24 Jan 2020 8:09 pm
Beats Solo Pro headphones are back to their lowest price on Amazon

Amazon is currently offering two Beats Pro models with a decent price cut, so if you're in the market for new ear gear now is the time to act. First up, the Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones are available in all colors for $250 -- that's $50 off the...

24 Jan 2020 7:51 pm
How Weber used decades of expertise to improve smart grilling

The Weber Kettle is arguably the most iconic grill of all time. There are other companies that have made a name for themselves with novel designs and features. But when you think about charcoal grills, I'll bet the kettle shape Weber pioneered comes...

24 Jan 2020 7:30 pm
Engadget Podcast: Sonos and the inevitable death of connected gadgets

Sonos announced that it's ceasing updates for several older devices this week, and its loyal customers aren't taking very kindly to that. This week, Devindra, Cherlynn and Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into Sonos' plans, and what it say...

24 Jan 2020 7:00 pm
London police begin using live facial recognition tech across the capital

London's Metropolitan Police Service has begun using live facial recognition (LFR) technology. At key areas throughout the city, signposted cameras will scan the faces of passing people, alerting officers to potential matches with wanted criminals. A...

24 Jan 2020 6:35 pm
The Morning After: Sonos tries again, and Tinder's new tools

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Tinder decided the end of January was the best time to add several new features to its app, aimed at security and the end of catfishing. It's not exactly your typical Valentine's Day preamble, is it? First, it...

24 Jan 2020 6:00 pm
Samsung is building its own version of AirDrop called Quick Share

Samsung is working on an AirDrop rival called Quick Share for its Galaxy phones, according to XDA Developers. The publication was able to obtain a copy of the feature's APK from a source who reportedly has a Galaxy S20+ 5G, if that is indeed the phon...

24 Jan 2020 5:40 pm
MIT's new GPS system uses satellite images to put you in the right lane

If you've ever used GPS navigation while driving in an unfamiliar place, chances are you've had more than one incident with last minute merging -- likely because the GPS hasn't picked up on the number of lanes on the road, or where they lead to. But...

24 Jan 2020 4:20 pm
'Disco Elysium' gets a hardcore mode for fans who want a challenge

Video game developer ZA/UM has launched a Hardcore True Detective mode for its award-winning game Disco Elysium. And it sounds like the perfect reason not to feel bad about replaying the detective RPG instead of starting another previously untouched...

24 Jan 2020 2:10 pm
'Apex Legends' celebrates its first year with a new melee-focused hero

It's been almost a year since EA and Respawn shocked gamers by following up the Titanfall games with a new free-to-play battle royale shooter. Now, the team has revealed that for its first anniversary Apex Legends will add a new hero, Forge, and laun...

24 Jan 2020 12:33 pm
Sprint will fix anyone's cracked Samsung Galaxy screen for $49

Sprint has launched an affordable screen repair program for Samsung Galaxy phones, and it doesn't even matter if you're a subscriber. The company will fix cracked screens on eligible devices for $49 until February 9th, 2020 "no matter who your carrie...

24 Jan 2020 8:56 am
FDA warns hospitals about security flaws in some GE medical equipment

Some GE medical equipment have vulnerabilities that make them easy to tamper with, according to the FDA. The agency has warned hospitals and healthcare providers that a third-party cybersecurity firm has identified flaws in certain GE Healthcare Clin...

24 Jan 2020 7:31 am
Google I/O 2020 starts May 12th

Now that enough people have completed a special puzzle, Google announced that its annual developer event will return to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Google I/O will run from May 12th - 14th, a few days later than its timing in 2019. I...

24 Jan 2020 6:16 am
Apple says EU push for universal phone charger would 'stifle innovation'

The European Parliament has renewed its push for a phone charger standard through an amended draft law, and it won't surprise you to hear that Apple has raised objections. The iPhone maker has issued a statement arguing that rules dictating a common...

24 Jan 2020 4:32 am
Sonos CEO: 'Legacy' devices will still work after May

A few days after Sonos announced it would stop updating some of its oldest products with new features going forward, CEO Patrick Spence has written a note to customers seeking to assuage their fears over what'll happen in May. As we reported original...

24 Jan 2020 3:42 am
Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the Patriot Act

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced new legislation that would attempt to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act definitively. Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have co-sponsored Wyden's Safeguarding Americans' Priva...

24 Jan 2020 3:21 am
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24 Jan 2020 2:31 am
Pocket Casts' revamped Discover section offers picks from top podcasters

The Pocket Casts crew thinks it has a simple solution to suggesting new podcasts: show what the top creators have to offer. Pocket Casts' Android and iOS apps will receive a revamped Discover section that highlights curated recommendations from top...

24 Jan 2020 2:20 am
Teenage Engineerings IKEA collection lands in stores next month

If IKEA's Sonos speakers are a little bland for your taste, you might be happy to know that the FREKVENS line, a collaboration between IKEA and Teenage Engineering, arrives in February. The collection is meant to get funky house parties started, and...

24 Jan 2020 2:00 am
Bjork and an AI collaborated on an eerie soundtrack for a hotel lobby

I sat in the lobby of the Sister City hotel in downtown New York, laying back on a comfy couch, breathing as deeply as I could. Bjork stayed here for a month last year. I thought that, maybe If I breathed hard enough, I could absorb some of her essen...

24 Jan 2020 1:45 am
23andMe lays off 100 workers amid shrinking demand for DNA tests

If you're skittish about DNA testing services, you're not the only one -- and it's directly affecting one of the heavyweights in the field. The 23andMe team is laying off about 100 workers, or 14 percent of its total workforce, in light of declining...

24 Jan 2020 1:05 am
Super Nintendo World won't open in Orlando until at least 2023

The first Super Nintendo World theme park attraction is set to open at Universal Studios Japan this summer. There have long been plans to open up similar areas at Universal Studios locations in Hollywood and Orlando, but you'll have to wait a while l...

24 Jan 2020 12:51 am
Department of Energy will invest $300 million in green transportation research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has set aside nearly $300 million, split across three separate funding opportunities, in new grants to promote the development of sustainable transportation tech. The first of the funds will see the DOE's Vehicles Te...

24 Jan 2020 12:32 am
'The Witcher' soundtrack comes to digital music services tomorrow

Netflix's take on The Witcher is a success by many metrics, although you wouldn't know it by looking at digital music services -- not unless you count the unofficial covers of a certain Jaskier song. Thankfully, Netflix is restoring some order to th...

24 Jan 2020 12:10 am
Steam's Lunar New Year sale begins with deals on GTA, Witcher and more

Steam is having a massive sale in celebration of the Lunar New Year and it all kicks off today. Right now, catch deals on Grand Theft Auto V (50 percent off), Dark Souls III (75 percent off), Resident Evil 2 (67 percent off), Disco Elysium (20 percen...

23 Jan 2020 11:52 pm
Snapchat will host exclusive NBC Olympics coverage

The 2020 Olympic Summer Games don't commence for six months, but plenty of marketing work goes into the international event well beforehand. NBC, which owns the media rights to the Olympic Games, has renewed its deal with Snap to publish daily covera...

23 Jan 2020 11:40 pm
What does Dells XPS 15 excel at?

Dell's 2019 XPS lineup has done well across the board -- both reviewers and consumers alike were impressed by the performance, speed and sleek design of last year's XPS 13. Its big brother, the XPS 15, continued that trend. With a ninth-generation ei...

23 Jan 2020 11:23 pm