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WhatsApp lets users share their real-time locations

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:02:00 -0400

(image) This week, messaging app WhatsApp announced a new feature that allows users to share their real-time location with family and friends. The feature is encrypted end to end to ensure users' privacy and security, and it allows you to control who can see...

YouTube says it spots most terrorist videos before they're flagged

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:33:00 -0400

(image) Last year, tech giants started working together to combat the spread of terrorist content online. One of them is Google-owned YouTube, which began implementing stricter measures in June in an effort to get rid of extremist videos that tend to pop up...

Facebook and Google reportedly helped set up anti-Muslim election ads

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:14:00 -0400

(image) It looks like Russia wasn't the only one buying ads online to help sway the election last year. Facebook and Google worked closely with conservative non-profit Secure America Now and advertising firm Harris Media on ad campaigns targeting swing state...

Earbud translators will bring us closer: The Future IRL

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) The moment Google Pixel Buds were used earlier this month to demonstrate real time translation from Swedish to English, people started freaking out about potential use cases for this kind of technology. But the thing is, Google isn't the only company...

Facebook slips a screen-sharing feature into Live videos

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has quietly launched a new feature for Live videos that makes sharing your screen a painless experience. Instead of downloading a third-party service, you can now simply click the "Share Screen" button that appears once you enter the Live mo...

Amazon's Alexa can create lists for virtually anything

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's Alexa may boast tens of thousands of skills, but there's probably a handful you keep coming back to. If you're the adventurous type, you might use it to find baby-making tunes, brush up on Eurovision trivia, or play a tickling game. Everyone...

Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB cloud service

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Adobe has unveiled a raft of new apps and updates for Max 2017, most notably a big revamp of Lightroom CC to make it more cloud-friendly for mobile users. The centerpiece is an all-new Lightroom CC with a 1TB cloud service -- the "Project Nimbus" app...

Where are VR and AR headed? We’ll explore at the Engadget Experience.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) We're diving head-first into the world of virtual and augmented reality next month at the inaugural Engadget Experience. The event, which takes place at LA's Ace Hotel on November 14th, will bring together pioneering minds in these new mediums. (Tick...

London's new electric black cabs hit the streets

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:40:00 -0400

(image) London's new electric taxis are almost ready for the public. Six test vehicles are being introduced to the city's streets today ahead of a planned roll out later this year. Participating drivers will be collecting data about potential emissions savin...

'Monument Valley 2' comes to Android on November 6th

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:27:00 -0400

(image) Monument Valley 2, the follow-up to UsTwo's beautiful and head-turning puzzler from 2014, is almost ready for Android phones and tablets. The London studio announced today that the game will arrive in the Play Store on November 6th, five months after...

World’s first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:07:00 -0400

(image) The blades of five huge turbines have begun spinning on the world's first offshore wind farm, located over 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is cutting the ribbon on the renewable energy si...

Gmail on iOS trials third-party email accounts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:01:00 -0400

(image) One of the worst things about Gmail for iOS is that unlike its Android counterpart, it doesn't support third-party accounts. If you also use Outlook or other providers for any reason, you'll still have to depend on one of its rival apps. Now, it look...

Sainsbury's gets serious about one-hour deliveries in London

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:05:00 -0400

(image) For more than a year, Sainsbury's has offered customers in a small section of London access to "Chop Chop," its one-hour grocery delivery app. Shoppers in Wandsworth helped develop the service, before it was rolled out between Wimbledon and the West...

The Morning After: Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Welcome to the mid-week Morning After. There's no lack of hardware today, with new Microsoft laptops, Pixel 2 reviews, a smart Sonos speaker and much more. And robot battles.

USA and Japan's giant robot battle was a slow, brilliant mess

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

(image) The oft-delayed giant robot fight has finally taken place. On Tuesday, Team USA's mechs scrapped it out with Japan's Kuratas in an abandoned steel mill for the world to watch. There could only be one victor, and it proved to be the red, white, and bl...

Amazon UK now has over 100 instant-order Dash buttons

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:05:00 -0400

(image) In order to be the biggest, sometimes you need to be the fastest. It's a philosophy that Amazon has strictly adhered to, thanks to 1-Click ordering and its one-click Dash buttons. It's been just over a year since Amazon introduced its instant order b...

Stretchable 'skin' gives robots the sense of touch

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:02:00 -0400

(image) Robots show a lot of promise as first responders, but they can't effectively dismantle bombs or perform delicate first aid procedures if they can't feel what they're touching. To remedy that problem, a team of engineers from the University of Washing...

Apple responds to Sen. Al Franken’s Face ID concerns in letter

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:37:00 -0400

(image) Apple has responded to Senator Al Franken's concerns over the privacy implications of its Face ID feature, which is set to debut on the iPhone X next month. In his letter to Tim Cook, Franken asked about customer security, third-party access to data...

HP ZBook X2 hands-on: A hulking tablet for a niche audience

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) HP claims to have made the "world's most powerful detachable." The company is unveiling its ZBook X2 convertible at the Adobe Max conference today, which is appropriate since this device is designed for people who use Adobe's pro software suite. Spec...

Sonos One review: The best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) When Sonos released the Play:5 speaker in late 2015, the Amazon Echo was still an unproven tech curiosity. But since then, Alexa and the Echo have grown rapidly in both popularity and functionality, inspiring competition from the likes of Google and...

Bigelow Aerospace plans an inflatable habitat for lunar orbit

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:46:00 -0400

(image) Bigelow Aerospace has been working on inflatable space habitats for a while now. The company sent a small inflatable unit to the ISS that added a small living area on the space station and it partnered with United Launch Alliance (ULA) last year on p...

AI-powered app finds and locks away your racy photos

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:56:00 -0400

(image) Hiding racy photos on your phone can be a tedious, manual affair. Depending on the app, you need to first select all the pics you want to move, move them and then delete them from your original cameral roll. That's not to mention making sure they did...

Intel proposes a mathematical formula for self-driving car safety

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:00:00 -0400

(image) As autonomous vehicles become a part of the landscape, there are more questions than ever about their safety, and how to determine responsibility when they get in an accident. With so many companies (Alphabet, Uber, GM, Tesla and Ford -- just to name...

Samsung believes 'programmable objects' will blanket your home

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:15:00 -0400

(image) While Samsung continues to reap the rewards of being the world's largest Android partner, it also has its eyes set on the future of the connected home. "Samsung is very focused on the internet of things," said David Eun, the president of Samsung Next...

Indiegogo's Marketplace sells successfully-funded projects

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:26:00 -0400

(image) Indiegogo has become a viable alternative to Kickstarter for crowd-funding projects in the last few years. It's not just small projects, either — big names like IBM, Honeywell and Atari have used the site to pull in funding. Now the crowd-sourc...