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Airbnb offers Sarah Jessica Parker as your shoe shopping partner

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:21:00 -0400

(image) Tomorrow morning, Sex and the City fans will have the opportunity to grab one of four Airbnb Experiences that will take them on a shopping trip with Sarah Jessica Parker. Airbnb is expanding its offerings of Experiences in New York City, which will i...

macOS High Sierra is available to download

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:02:00 -0400

(image) Apple's last major operating system update of the year is here at last: as promised, you can now download the upgrade to macOS High Sierra through the Mac App Store. So long as you have a qualifying Mac (2009 or newer iMacs and MacBooks, as well as a...

What we're buying: BeatsX wireless buds, Roland JP-08, Paprika app

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) As summer turns to fall, Engadget editors are looking to indoor pursuits, whether that involves paying for smarter recipe apps, a new synth toy or some wireless headphones for that indoor treadmill.

Comcast cable service goes box-free on LG TVs in early 2018

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:41:00 -0400

(image) Comcast has already started offering access to Xfinity TV without a set-top box, but your choice of TVs has been limited -- we hope you like Samsung. However, you're about to have a wider selection. LG's 2017 and 2018 televisions will have access to...

Kodi box piracy case comes to anticlimactic end

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:26:00 -0400

(image) A man arrested for selling "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes has suddenly backed down from fighting his case. Brian "Tomo" Thompson plead guilty to two charges under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act earlier today. The charges are for advertising a...

Post Malone sets Apple Music streaming record with song ‘Rockstar’

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:00 -0400

(image) Post Malone's song "Rockstar" has just surpassed DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" as the record with the most Apple Music streams in one week. The Verge reports that the song snagged 25 million streams in a single week on the music service, which accounted...

Twitch wants to make sure you register to vote

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Twitch's latest move to expand beyond its game broadcasting bread and butter is to get you to the polls. Amazon's $970 million baby announced a partnership with TurboVote, a web app designed to make voter registration simpler; National Voter Registra...

Microsoft's all-in-one 365 subscription is available for schools

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:46:00 -0400

(image) Microsoft just launched its latest bid to bring its services into every aspect of schools and the workforce. To begin with, it's offering its all-encompassing Microsoft 365 subscription to education. Schools can pay a single per-person rate to get...

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch arrives October 1st for $300

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:31:00 -0400

(image) Fitbit Ionic, the company's first smartwatch, will be available for purchase on October 1st. The watch sports a reported five-day battery life, sleep tracking, guided workouts and music playback via Pandora or Fitbit's Music app. Fitbit Ionic is pric...

Trump's campaign manager reportedly tried planting a mole at Facebook

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:13:00 -0400

(image) Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon had designs to infiltrate Facebook's hiring practices leading up to last year's election, according to BuzzFeed News. The aim was to "flood the zone with candidates of all stripes who will report back...

Joe Biden will give daily news briefings on Echo and Google Home

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) One of the most useful features across both Google Home and the Amazon Echo series is getting a daily news briefing. Asking both devices to tell you what's going on for your day can include a customized look at news that matters to you from a variety...

Major accounting firm Deloitte reports extensive cybersecurity breach

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:42:00 -0400

(image) Deloitte, a major US and global accounting firm, revealed that it was hit with a cybersecurity breach that may have extended from October of last year through this past March, the Guardian reports. The company -- one of the world's Big Four accountin...

Levi’s Google-powered smart jacket goes on sale next week

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:12:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year, we discussed how Levi's was working on a smart jacket in connection with the Google Advanced Technology and Products group's Project Jacquard. Now, after much anticipation, the jacket is ready and will be available on (and...

Microsoft and Facebook’s massive undersea data cable is complete

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:51:00 -0400

(image) Last year, we reported that Microsoft and Facebook were teaming up to build a massive undersea cable that would cross the Atlantic, connecting Virginia Beach to the northern city of Bilbao in Spain. Last week, Microsoft announced that the cable, call...

Facebook knew about Russian meddling well before the US election

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Despite once saying that it was "crazy" to believe Russians influenced the 2016 election, Facebook knew about a possible operation as early as June, 2016, the Washington Post reports. It only started taking it seriously after President Obama met priv...

Swarovski's VR shopping app is glittery virtual decadence

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Mixed reality apps from the likes of Ikea and Edmunds already let you preview things like furniture and cars. Keen to jump on an emerging trend, Swarovski is releasing its own VR experience. The crystal maker's bizarre new app offers a virtual shoppi...

BBC is putting hundreds of classic TV programmes on iPlayer

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:48:00 -0400

(image) Over the years, the BBC has amassed an impressive trove of classic TV and radio programming. Accessing it all can be tricky, however, because iPlayer has always been positioned as more of a catchup service. Some series are available permanently, but...

M&S is tentatively trialling one-hour food deliveries

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:34:00 -0400

(image) Marks and Spencer (M&S) is finally coming round to the idea of letting customers order food online for speedy home delivery. The upmarket retailer has confirmed it's taking some very tentative first steps with a home delivery service in the Camde...

Companies will use AI to stamp out electricity theft

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:02:00 -0400

(image) Switching to efficient artificial intelligence systems has already saved Google a ton of money on its energy bills. And, it seems machine learning may also pose monetary benefits (of a different kind) for electricity providers. With power theft costi...

Opera adds a shortcut to push videos straight to VR headsets

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:01:00 -0400

(image) While Google's Chrome team has been busy working on VR web browsing, Opera decided to focus on solving one particular pain point: switching online videos between desktop browsers and VR headsets. Today, you can finally get a taste of Opera's solution...

The Morning After: Monday, September 25th 2017

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! Over the weekend, you might have missed Nintendo's attempt to refresh its first major smartphone game, Super Mario Run, and the smart planner by Moleskine that requires a little too much mental investment.

Intel's 8th-gen desktop CPUs boost gaming and streaming speeds

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:24:00 -0400

(image) Intel has launched its 8th-generation mainstream desktop chips, calling the flagship $359 Core i7-8700K its "best gaming desktop processor ever." The six-core, 12-thread 3.7GHz chip boosts Gears of War 4 frame rates up to 25 percent compared to 7th-g...

CRISPR gene-editing could result in more successful birth rates

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:44:00 -0400

(image) Gene-edited human embryos are offering new insights into the earliest stages of development, and could reduce the risk of miscarriage at the outset of pregnancy. In a new study, researchers from the UK's Francis Crick Institute used CRISPR Cas9 to bl...

Yale's next concert brings your phone into the performance

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:11:00 -0400

(image) Normally, bringing out your smartphone at a classical concert is a surefire way to get kicked out, or at least receive some disapproving stares from everyone in the room. Not so at the Yale Concert Band's next performance, though. When it holds its...

'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' creator goes 'dark'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:09:00 -0400

(image) It's a tough time for one of the game industry's more creative studios. The Chinese Room, the developers behind award-winners like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther, has revealed that it's "going dark" for the months ahead. The compan...