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Apple will store China's iCloud keys on local servers

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:19:00 -0500

(image) Apple has already bent over backwards in a bid to keep doing business in China, but it'll have to bend a little further. As of the end of February, the company will host mainland Chinese users' iCloud keys on servers located within the country -- an...



Sony Music chairman leaves to form Apple partnership

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:11:00 -0500

(image) Apple's music exec connections may extend beyond the likes of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Variety sources have claimed that Sony Music chairman Doug Morris is leaving the publisher at the end of March to help run a new label, 12 Tone, that will have a...



Chrome's pull-to-refresh starts making its way to Chromebooks

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:46:00 -0500

(image) Chrome on Chromebooks and Windows-2-in-1 devices is on its way to becoming more like its sibling on mobile. As lucasban has posted on Reddit, the pull-to-refresh gesture is now available on the browser's developer channel for those platforms. While t...



Nearly half of 2017's cryptocurrencies have already failed

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:17:00 -0500

(image) The surging price of bitcoin (among others) in 2017 led more than a few companies to hop on the cryptocurrency bandwagon with hopes of striking it rich almost overnight. Many of their initial coin offerings seemed dodgy from the outset... and it tur...



LG’s V30S ThinQ is the AI-fueled phone the V30 should’ve been

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:45:00 -0500

(image) In the midst of a tricky fiscal year, LG decided to run with a new strategy: cook up interim smartphones to sell between its major flagship releases. The plan was based in part on the surprising success of phones like the X cam, and since the company...



Fully driverless car tests in California could start in April

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:43:00 -0500

(image) Automakers testing their self-driving cars on California roads might be able to go fully autonomous as soon as April, according to the state's DMV. Instead of putting someone behind the wheel to take over in certain circumstances, such as when the se...



MIT's Veil service will make private browsing more private

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:59:00 -0500

(image) After reports and studies revealed that browsers' private modes aren't that secure, MIT graduate student Frank Wang decided to take things into his own hands. He and his team from MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a tool called Veil, which you could...



Apple Pay Cash nears its first international expansion

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:31:00 -0500

(image) Apple Pay Cash may not be limited to Americans for much longer. Users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain have all reported seeing the peer-to-peer payment service show up in iOS' Messages app, suggesting that launches in their countries (and potentially mo...



Recommended Reading: Tim Cook on Apple's iPhone X, HomePod and more

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

(image) Why Apple is the world's most innovative company Robert Safian, Fast Company Apple may be one of the biggest companies in the world, but it still doesn't open up often about how it operates. A few times a year though, we catch a glimpse. Fast Comp...



Alcatel crams flagship features into its affordable smartphones

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

(image) When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: Its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and...



Ask Engadget: Is a 4K monitor the best choice for my desk?

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0500

(image) The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...



We're live from MWC 2018 in Barcelona!

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Spring season is right around the corner, and that means it's time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's biggest phone show. This year, you can expect to be introduced to Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, as well as a s...



Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with buyable loot boxes that unbalanced multiplayer combat, and other games like Need For Speed: Payback a...



'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG models so terrible?

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Black Panther is a refreshing answer to the increasingly stale world of superhero cinema. But there's one glaring flaw throughout the film: its use of CG models to replace humans during action sequences. They're weightless, ugly and, worst of all, in...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We're hours away from Samsung's big Galaxy S9 event, so catch up on this week's news and get ready for the liveblog starting at noon ET on Sunday.



Android P won't get a 'dark mode' after all

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:28:00 -0500

(image) There was a short-lived hysteria Friday when it seemed like Google would grant a longstanding request to add built-in "dark mode" theming on stock Android, similar to the tweak OnePlus adds. Unfortunately, the team updated its tracker to explain that...



Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:48:00 -0500

(image) Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever...



Amazon secures movie rights for Alafair Burke’s thriller ‘The Wife’

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:35:00 -0500

(image) Amazon Studios is ramping up its efforts in the streaming space lately in a push to focus on bigger movies and television shows. The company hired NBC's Jennifer Salke as its new head executive to take the place of the disgraced Roy Price, and has...



Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:16:00 -0500

(image) This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra...



Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March 8th

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:40:00 -0500

(image) Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a g...



Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:33:00 -0500

(image) You no longer have to head to a reseller's site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games' product pages -- so long as you sign...



CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for your vibrator

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:43:00 -0500

(image) CamSoda, an adult entertainment platform, announced a new product this week that aims to satisfy you in a number of ways. The RubGrub is a 3D-printed button attachment made to fit on a Lovense Nora vibrator. And the idea is that when you're done usin...



Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:22:00 -0500

(image) In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race with its answer to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, the $45 Mi AI -- though it probably won't find its way to American shores, given how had a time it's had penetrating the US and E...



YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:59:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars' channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa...



Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:43:00 -0500

(image) Apple may be close to launching another one of the numerous products it teased last year. Sources talking to both MacOtakara and the Apple Post have claimed that the company's AirPower wireless charging mat should ship sometime in late March, about...