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Obama's got a new cybersecurity plan, but what's the point?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:53:00 -0500

(image) There's been a lot of hot air blown across headlines this week about the big cybersecurity plan proposed by the White House's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (PDF). The plan for a commission to create long-term recommendations on beef...

Feds investigate police body cam footage in New Mexico

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:24:00 -0500

(image) The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into claims that the Albuquerque Police Department edited and deleted footage from officers' body cameras in an effort to remove scenes that might damage the department's reputation....

'808: The Movie' is Apple Music's latest exclusive

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:56:00 -0500

(image) Apple was clear from the jump that it had bigger plans for its streaming service than just audio. Today, the Apple Music subscribers get an exclusive look a music-focused documentary: 808: The Movie. We first learned about the film that chronicles th...

Ubisoft executives fined millions for alleged insider trading

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

(image) In addition to a looming hostile takeover, Ubisoft corporate has to deal with over a million Euros in fines for alleged insider trading. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) has levied a combined €1.27 million (almost $1.4 mil...

Michigan embraces our self-driving future

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:06:00 -0500

(image) Michigan isn't just America's high five, historically it's the heart of the auto industry as well. And now the state looks to be preparing for the future. Today, Governor Rick Snyder has signed four bills into law regarding autonomous vehicle repair,...

Flickering LED lights could treat Alzheimer's disease

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:41:00 -0500

(image) Twinkling lights aren't just pretty -- if they're flickering at a specific frequency, they could also treat Alzheimer's disease. A group of researchers have tested the effectiveness of LED lights flashing at 40 hertz as a treatment for Alzheimer's on...

The inventor of Bluetooth on where wireless is going next

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:15:00 -0500

(image) Bluetooth has come a long way. It's gone from being a frustrating standard that only businesspeople used for mobile headsets to something that millions rely on daily for wireless speakers and headphones, syncing with wearables and more. And now, with...

Teens love vaping, much to the Surgeon General's horror

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:54:00 -0500

(image) We know that smoking is bad for you, which is why so many people have switched across to vaping as a (theoretically) safer alternative. But that hasn't stopped the Surgeon General from objecting to the rise in e-cigarette use, especially amongst youn...

Inside the factory building GM's game-changing Bolt EV

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:30:00 -0500

(image) At CES earlier this year, GM CEO Mary Barra announced, to much fanfare, that the Bolt EV would have a range of over 200 miles, cost less than $30,000 (after tax credits) and ship by the end of the year. So far, two of those three proclamations have c...

Make your space fortune in 'Astroneer' on December 16th

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:05:00 -0500

(image) If you felt a little let down by No Man's Sky, perhaps Astroneer can restore your faith in procedurally generated universes. System Era's space exploration game is finally nearing completion, and will be released on Steam Early Access, as well as Xbo...

There's a tiny piano app for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:42:00 -0500

(image) Apple has showed off a number of uses for the newfangled MacBook Pro Touch Bar, including DJ and other music making controls. It also plays Doom, which is quite handy. When you need to do your best Elton John impression, there's an app that can help...

Rockstar classic 'Bully' arrives on iOS and Android

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

(image) Think of Rockstar and your mind probably jumps to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, or Red Dead Redemption. While excellent games, they've arguably overshadowed an oft-forgotten classic from the PlayStation 2 era: Bully. The adventures of Jimmy Hopkins...

Mixed reality comes to your iPhone thanks to the Bridge headset

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:50:00 -0500

(image) There's something more than a little magical about seeing the world in front of you being devastated by dragons or augmented with arrows pointing you to your next meeting. Alas, while mixing realities like that with our smartphones is already possibl...

The best soundbar

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0500

(image) By Chris Heinonen and Dennis Burger 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 th...

Sky receives takeover bid from 21st Century Fox

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:07:00 -0500

(image) 21st Century Fox is in advanced talks to buy Sky, a major telecoms player and the biggest pay-TV provider in the UK. Negotiations are underway and the directors of both companies have reached an "agreement" of £10.75 per share. As Bloomberg rep...

The Huawei Mate 9 stands out with long battery life and a little AI

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Huawei needs new tricks to differentiate its products from the crowd of Chinese phones permeating the US market, and it's turning to artificial intelligence to set it apart. The Mate 9 is a new Android device that offers a "Machine Learning Algorithm...

Samsung will disable remaining US Note 7s with software update (updated)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:53:00 -0500

(image) Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall in the US is still ongoing, but the company will release an update in a couple of weeks that will basically force customers to return any devices that may still be in use. The company announced today that a December 19t...

Obama opens investigation into cyber attacks on US election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:45:00 -0500

(image) President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into cyber attacks and foreign influence during the 2016 US presidential election, Reuters reports. He's asking intelligence agencies to provide a report on the issue before he leaves office on Janu...

'Super Mario Run' won't work offline due to piracy concerns

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:00 -0500

(image) Super Mario Run doesn't arrive for another few days, but when it does, you'll need a constant internet connection to play the game. In an interview with Mashable, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that due to piracy concerns, the latest installme...

Goodbye (and maybe good riddance) to Pebble

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Before Android Wear and the Apple Watch, there was Pebble. The original Pebble smartwatch was, in many ways, a trailblazer. It was one of the first to play nice with the iPhone, it had downloadable watchfaces so you could switch up the look anytime y...

Audi's new traffic-light countdown is the first step to smarter cities

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500

(image) As I get closer to the intersection, a countdown starts on the dashboard. The light is currently green, but the new Audi I'm driving tells me it'll be 147 seconds before I make it through the junction. Sure enough, the light turns yellow, then red, a...

The Engadget Podcast Ep 17: Mansion on the Hill

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Executive editor Christopher Trout and reviews editor Cherlynn Low join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the week's biggest news, including: Pandora Premium, Fitbit's purchase of Pebble and the gaming industry's nostalgia overload. Then Chris will...

ICYMI: Birds the magical flying machines

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: There are three main theories of flight and it turns out, Stanford has poked holes in them by simply training a mini parrot to wear tiny safety goggles, then fly through a laser sheet. The video is more adorable t...

Chrome will provide clearer warnings for insecure retail sites

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Chrome's developers have futzed with the way that it displays insecure sites over the past few years, and for now, non-HTTPS sites display a "neutral" info symbol. Google warned that would change soon for certain types of sites, however, and we can n...

Brood with Hollywood's finest in VR film noir

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:05:00 -0500

(image) As part of a magazine celebrating this year's best actors, the New York Times has put together a murky, monochromatic set of film noir vignettes. The kicker? They were all shot in 360 degrees, giving you complete freedom over the camera angle. You're...