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Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:52:00 -0400

(image) Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only...



Popular iOS notes app Bear adds sketching (and stickers)

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:43:00 -0400

(image) Bear, a fast, lightweight and lovely note-taking app for iOS and the Mac, has been building a following over the past year or so. The app's excellent design, small but essential feature set and steady stream of updates have made it worth its subscrip...



Tesla’s Model 3 budget EV can do 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:11:00 -0400

(image) Some of the performance details of Tesla's Model 3, which is set to begin production in July, were leaked today by insiders at the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club. An infographic comparing the new, $35,000 model with the fancier and more powerful Model S r...



The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on a PlayStation VR

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:00 -0400

(image) 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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...



Disney CEO Bob Iger now says the company wasn't hacked

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:19:00 -0400

(image) A couple of weeks ago, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney CEO Bob Iger had emailed employees about a ransom demand. Rumors indicated that hackers claimed to have a copy of an upcoming movie, possibly Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell N...



‘Titanfall 2’ gets its first new mech

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:54:00 -0400

(image) Titanfall 2 was one of last year's most hotly-anticipated --and well-received -- titles and the team behind it has kept its multiplayer scene alive with several free DLC releases. While the playerbase has dwindled, the next gratis content addition, M...



Android co-founder teases smartphone reveal date on Twitter (updated)

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

(image) Android co-founder Andy Rubin teased us with a photo of his new smartphone this past March. The glimpse was small, showing only a corner of the new phone made by Rubin's company, Essential Products, Inc. The company jumped on Twitter today to announc...



Baidu’s text-to-speech system mimics a variety of accents ‘perfectly'

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:02:00 -0400

(image) Chinese tech giant Baidu's text-to-speech system, Deep Voice, is making a lot of progress toward sounding more human. The latest news about the tech are audio samples showcasing its ability to accurately portray differences in regional accents. The c...



Robot uses machine-learning to grab objects on the first try

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:40:00 -0400

(image) Training robots how to grasp various objects without dropping them usually requires a lot of practice. But a new robot, designed by researchers at UC Berkeley and Siemens and described in an upcoming paper, can learn how to grip new objects just by s...



Instagram Direct doesn't care about your photo orientation

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:18:00 -0400

(image) Instagram Direct debuted in 2013 as a way to send photos and videos, well, directly to your friends on the photo sharing service. The Facebook-owned company has added more features to the system over the intervening years, like threaded messaging, di...



Your mall will basically have to be psychic to survive

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) Repeat after me: Shopping is therapy. Whether you believe it or not, the rush some of us get from buying a new dress or gadget can be cathartic. And in the not-too-distant future, real-world shopping will get so seamless that it could feel like the s...



Texas legislature overrules Austin, allows Uber and Lyft to return

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:46:00 -0400

(image) When Austin citizens voted in May 2016 to require fingerprint-based background checks from ride-sharing drivers and ban passenger pickup in traffic lanes, Uber and Lyft promptly pulled out of the city. But both are scheduled to restart operations in...



HTC Link promises a high-end VR experience with a smartphone

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:31:00 -0400

(image) Consumers with an interest in VR currently have two options: The high-end systems, such as the Oculus Rift, have their own displays and are powered by a computer. The more portable systems, like the Samsung Gear VR, are powered by your smartphone and...



Class-action suit alleges GM cheated emissions test

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:12:00 -0400

(image) Yet another automaker has potentially been caught trying to cheat on its EPA emissions tests. Following VW's "diesel-gate" SNAFU in 2015 and the Justice Department going after Fiat-Chrysler just last week, GM on Thursday found itself the defendant in...



Draft bill gives the government power to control your drone

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:55:00 -0400

(image) Drones have been the focus of many security initiatives, like the "sky fence" in the Channel Islands that jams pilot signals to stop drones from bringing contraband into the prison. Remotely piloted aircraft can also be a force for good, like in Afri...



Everyone's favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:18:00 -0400

(image) It's pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn't have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monste...



Lyft challenges Uber Black with its own luxury cars

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Lyft passengers who prefer a black Audi or Lexus to the ubiquitous Toyota Camry can rest easy. On Thursday, Lyft launched their Lux service in New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago, bringing premium black cars with drivers r...



T-Mobile launching its flexible 'Digits' plan on May 31st

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:39:00 -0400

(image) T-Mobile has been working on a new type of multi-number, multi-device phone service. Digits, one of the company's UnCarrier moves, is now through beta testing and ready to launch at the end of the month.



Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co-op streaming

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:19:00 -0400

(image) While Twitch has been busy expanding the breadth of what you can watch on its platform, Microsoft has been quietly improving how you watch and broadcast with its Beam service. Just to get it out of the way, Beam will henceforth be known as "Mixer." T...



Binge-watching will be as easy as breathing

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) It's never been a better time to be a media addict. We're in the midst of a television renaissance, where writers are pushing the medium to new heights. It's easier than ever to get access to foreign and independent films. And the rise of streaming s...



B&O hides high-end speakers in hexagonal wall art

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:57:00 -0400

(image) When buying a new piece of tech that's going to live with you for years, your primary concern is balancing price, features and future-proofing. But some products don't wave spec sheets around, instead focusing on design that complements minimalist sp...



You’re more rational on a smartphone than on a PC

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:20:00 -0400

(image) Could the device you're using -- smartphone versus PC -- affect the moral decisions you make when using the device? A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that it's possible. The results reveal that people are more like...



IFTTT's free 'maker' tier lets anyone create and share recipes

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:57:00 -0400

(image) We thought the combined might of Domino's Pizza and IFTTT shortcuts was as good as it might get, but that may just be the start. IFTTT is opening up its recipe/ applet creating platform to everyone, with a free 'maker' tier that offers deeper (read:...



Alto uses your emails to clean up your calendar

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:28:00 -0400

(image) Smartphones are an absolute godsend for organizing... well, pretty much everything. Yet despite all they do for us, it can still be hugely frustrating when your various calendar apps don't play nicely with each other. AOL (Engadget's parent company,...



Imzy, the nice Reddit, is shutting down

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:17:00 -0400

(image) Imzy, an online community that billed itself as Reddit, but for nice people, has announced that it will be closing down. In a statement, CEO Dan McComas admitted that after two years, the site was unable to find its "place in the market." Imzy's last...