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Google is shutting down Spaces

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:54:00 -0500

(image) Google's oh-so-brief Spaces experiment didn't even last a year before the company decided to shut it down. According to a note from the Spaces team today, they've made a "tough decision" and the group-sharing social network will lock down in read-onl...

How used cars became a security nightmare

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:30:00 -0500

(image) Application security for connected cars is far less mature than anyone should be comfortable with. This was clear at the RSA information security conference last week in San Francisco, where two presentations demonstrated different ways cars can be r...

'Halo' will bring back local multiplayer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:11:00 -0500

(image) When I critiqued Halo 5: Guardians, the lack of split-screen co-op was low on my list of gripes with the game. But that's not to say it wasn't a problem. In the lead-up to the 2015 game's release, developer 343 Industries crowed that there were no sa...

Solar-powered drone switches from helicopter to plane mode

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:46:00 -0500

(image) Ever since the wobbly autogyro went out of fashion, engineers have tried designing a craft that gets the vertical lift of a helicopter's blades with the horizontal thrust of a plane is difficult to pull off. Popular successes, like the AV-8 Harrier s...

Sling TV launches new Extra channel bundles

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:51:00 -0500

(image) It's no secret that Sling wants to overthrow the sluggish cable providers. But as more an more people start cutting the cord, Sling is finding out that some of them aren't quite ready to ditch the channel packages that they're used to. Now, to cover...

Arctic seed vault grows as defense against food crisis

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:04:00 -0500

(image) In light of President Donald Trump's rise to power, some people are seriously worried about the planet's health. Count The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists among that group, since they recently pushed the Doomsday Clock to two and half minutes to mi...

LG's ultralight Gram laptops now available starting at $1,000

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:38:00 -0500

(image) One of the most exciting things we saw at CES 2017 was LG's 14-inch Gram laptop, particularly because of its lightweight design (2.3 pounds). Today, the company announced that the device is now available, along with the 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions. R...

Everything you don't want to know about the Nintendo Switch

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:15:00 -0500

(image) Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services, third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications. The frustration of seeing a company...

'RollerCoaster Tycoon' finally goes 3D on mobile

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:50:00 -0500

(image) With RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics...

Investors and employees aren't buying Uber's sexism 'probe'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:24:00 -0500

(image) Nobody was terribly surprised by revelations from former engineer Susan Fowler about a sexist, bro-centric Uber culture that protects "high performer" employees. And many folks aren't impressed by CEO Travis Kalanick's investigation into the matter b...

The best password managers

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) By Joe Kissell This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work....

The NBA hopes VR will expand its audience

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:10:00 -0500

(image) This year's NBA All-Star Weekend wasn't just about the iconic Slam Dunk Contest or the riveting game between the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences. Yes, these were certainly the main attractions for attendees and viewers at home,...

Play both 'Banner Saga' games for free via Twitch Prime

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:50:00 -0500

(image) Now here's an offer from Twitch and Banner Saga creator Stoic you can't refuse. Twitch Prime members (that is, anyone on Amazon Prime) can download the original Banner Saga for free right now, and on March 2nd, also get Banner Saga 2 gratis. But wait...

You can now gamble while playing 'Frogger'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:33:00 -0500

(image) Konami has launched a version of Frogger that's suitable for gambling, which is now available to play in a casino. Frogger: Get Hoppin' is a skill-based title that enables players to wager money in exchange for testing their reflexes in the game. It'...

'Runner 2' and other indie hits get rare physical releases

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:15:00 -0500

(image) Indie games don't often cross over into the physical world, so it's pretty notable when two separate companies make boxed games at once. Choice Provisions is partnering with Limited Run Games on a physical version of the Runner2 sidescroller on PS4 a...

The Engadget Podcast Ep 29: Re-Offender

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Nathan Ingraham join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the biggest tech stories of the week. Of course, that means Uber and the growing controversy around its corporate culture -- including allegations...

Google helps put aging SHA-1 encryption out to pasture

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:50:00 -0500

(image) The decades-old SHA-1 encryption used to protect websites is already dying, but a discovery from Google and security researcher CWI Amsterdam could be the killing blow. For the first time, they've found a way to generate a "collision" and create the...

ICYMI: UPS delivery drones and fashion's robo-photo booth

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: We explore UPS' plans to deploy hordes of delivery drones and the robots are coming to replace fashion photographers — body shaming not included. And just in case you've been too busy to keep an eye on your R...

Huawei announces a 360-degree VR camera for smartphones

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:15:00 -0500

(image) Huawei is joining the 360-degree camera war. The Chinese electronics company has revealed that it created a 360-degree clip-on for smartphones called Honor VR Camera in collaboration with Insta 360 at an event in Beijing. Huawei is keeping its pricin...

Initial thoughts on 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Unlike my New York-based colleagues, I didn't get a Nintendo Switch early enough to give some thoughts on the hardware. Mine arrived yesterday, along with Just Dance 2017 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For obvious reasons, the former is...

ZeniMax wants to stop Oculus from selling VR headsets

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:50:00 -0500

(image) Despite being $500 million richer than it was a few months ago, ZeniMax still isn't happy about the outcome of its Oculus Rift lawsuit. Reuters is reporting that the video game company behind id Software and Bethesda has filed for an injunction block...

LG's latest battery is also a phone

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:29:00 -0500

(image) The problem with having a smartphone that you want to use all the damn time is that you'll spend a big chunk of your day wedded to an outlet. LG believes that nobody should have to suffer such an indignity, and has launched the X power2 as a remedy....

Latest version of iOS solves iPhone 6's shutdown issues

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:02:00 -0500

(image) Some iPhone 6 and 6s devices have been randomly shutting down over the past several months. iOS 10.2.1 was designed to fix the issue, and Apple says it has successfully solved the problem for most people who've already installed it. Cupertino told Te...

Samsung to change donation policies amid bribery scandal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:07:00 -0500

(image) In the last six months, Samsung has been no stranger to scandal. Since September, it's hurriedly dealt with the fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall, and in recent weeks has been thrust into an investigation over bribery claims involving some of its...

The Morning After: Friday, February 24 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Good morning. We spent two days with the Nintendo Switch and we have feelings. Amazon is citing the First Amendment in defense of its robot Alexa, and we look forward to transforming into cups and bananas in Bethesda's forthcoming Prey.