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The unconventional analogies of ‘Your Hands Are Feet’

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Last week, we held the first Engadget Experience in LA, where Your Hands Are Feet was one of five immersive art projects to debut. The virtual reality experience drops you into a surreal world, full of experiential metaphors. Experiences like, for in...



Sonos One now supports voice control of Spotify with Alexa

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:47:00 -0500

(image) The Sonos One is the company's first voice-activated speaker, letting users control their music via Amazon's Alexa assistant. When we reviewed it back in October, editor Nathan Ingraham called it the best-sounding smart speaker you can buy. But when...



Android has tracked location info regardless of privacy settings

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:34:00 -0500

(image) When you tell your phone to stop sharing your location, you expect it to honor your request, don't you? Unfortunately, that hasn't been entirely true with Android as of late. Quartz has confirmed that, starting in early 2017, Android phones have be...



Misfit's latest hybrid smartwatch focuses on classic style

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) If it wasn't already evident that Misfit is on a fashion kick with its smartwatches, it is now. The Fossil-owned badge has unveiled a new hybrid smartwatch, the Command, that promises to track your fitness while looking appropriate for formal wear. I...



Now you can send PayPal invoices over Facebook Messenger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) PayPal has spent the last few months adding more integrations to make sending money easier. Sure, some are gimmicky (like 'friendship gift cards'), but a new feature to keep track of group purchases is nifty. The platform also started allowing folks...



Leica's CL gives an iconic design the modern tech it deserves

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Up until recently, Leica built lovely, expensive cameras that no-one ever called "state-of-the-art." The TL2, however, recently marked a change in direction. Not only was it relatively cheap for a Leica at $1,950, but it was endowed with modern featu...



'Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition' is coming to PC

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:02:00 -0500

(image) BioWare's Dungeons & Dragons-based RPG Neverwinter Nights (NWN) is getting an enhanced edition for PC. The revamped game from Beamdog -- a studio that cut its teeth on remasters of PC classics, such as Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment -- wil...



Dish customers can no longer access CBS TV channels

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:27:00 -0500

(image) If you're looking forward to watching the NFL this Thanksgiving you might find yourself stuck watching holiday reruns instead, as CBS is making good on its threat to black out dozens of channels in response to its ongoing subscription feud with Dish....



UK government issues advice on what makes 'Kodi boxes’ illegal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:50:00 -0500

(image) While streaming services like Netflix and Spotify have provided easy (and affordable) ways for Britons to enjoy legal content in their homes, the UK government is still waging war against what it calls "illicit streaming devices." This week, the Inte...



The Morning After: Tuesday, November 21st 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! This Tuesday, we're testing concrete speakers, blissful Dreamcast games reimagined in VR, and a robot that will copy your moves.



Google’s Gboard app gets more languages and built-in stickers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:50:00 -0500

(image) After catching up with iOS, Google's keyboard app for Android is now racing ahead, courtesy of an update that packs 40 additional languages (including Japanese), and built-in sticker packs. Although Google already has a keyboard for non-Latin script...



'Pokémon Go' players catch 500 million Pokémon in under two days

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:40:00 -0500

(image) Spurred by Pokémon Go's latest event, players have caught 500 million pocket monsters in less than two days. Developer Niantic kickstarted the Global Catch Challenge on Sunday (inviting fans to collectively catch a whopping 3 billion Pok&eacut...



Toyota's T-HR3 robot mimics your movements

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:28:00 -0500

(image) While Honda's ASIMO has taken much of the attention for automaker-built robots, Toyota has been working on humanoid helpers of its own for years, and now it's unveiling a third-generation model. The THR-3 expands on previous models built to test spec...



The FCC's plan to undo net neutrality is about to be revealed

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:50:00 -0500

(image) Back in April, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai outlined a plan to undo net neutrality protections implemented during the Obama administration, before taking public comments. Millions of messages in response crashed the FCC's website for a time, but despite...



GE hub connects its smart lights to Alexa and Google

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:43:00 -0500

(image) When GE introduced its latest C-series smart light bulbs, the focus was on affordability -- as they talked directly to your phone through Bluetooth, you didn't need a bridge device. That kept them out of touch of voice assistants, however, which mean...



What's on TV: 'Godless,' 'Marvel's Runaways'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:28:00 -0500

(image) As we get ready for the holiday later this week, there are plenty of new streaming options in case you've already cleared your DVR. Hulu premieres its new Marvel series Runaways, while Netflix offers its western Godless and Spike Lee's She's Gotta Ha...



'Rez Infinite' arrives on your phone through Daydream VR

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:29:00 -0500

(image) Rez Infinite is a sublime experience in virtual reality, but there's a catch: that requirement for PlayStation VR or a PC usually means you're tied down. That won't be an issue after today, provided you have the right hardware: Enhance Games has rele...



Hulu lawsuit centers on lack of audio options for blind users

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:33:00 -0500

(image) While captions help deaf and limited hearing viewers enjoy video content, a separate audio track describing actions helps blind watchers understand what's going on. But not all content platforms have the latter feature. A group of blind and visually-...



'Bait!' brings an ice fishing expedition to Facebook's social VR

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:58:00 -0500

(image) Facebook launched its social VR Spaces beta last April, finally showing us a compelling experience that helped put the social media company's acquisition of Oculus in the first place. Recently, Oculus showed off a little ice fishing game from casual...



Amazon Echo is the latest device to benefit (RED)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:00 -0500

(image) Want to get a smart speaker while contributing to an important cause? Amazon has you covered: it just unveiled a Product (RED) version of its second-generation Echo. As you might expect, buying the crimson-hued device will contribute 10 percent (in t...



North American 'League of Legends' championship finalizes 10-team roster

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this year, League of Legends studio Riot Games introduced new rules for the game's American pro league. At long last, the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) will have a permanent roster of ten teams, starting with the 2018 sea...



DOJ slaps AT&T with antitrust lawsuit over Time Warner purchase

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:32:00 -0500

(image) The US Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T to block the massive communications company from purchasing Time Warner, one of the world's biggest entertainment conglomerates. AT&T released a statement calling the move...



FanDuel's co-founder leaves to create an eSports company

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:03:00 -0500

(image) FanDuel co-creator Nigel Eccles has been toying with startup ideas ever since his company proposed a merger with DraftKings, and he's taking action now that the merger has fallen apart. Eccles has stepped down from his CEO and chairman positions to h...



DJI threatens legal action after researcher reports bug

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:42:00 -0500

(image) In August, DJI announced that it was launching a bug bounty program that would give out rewards to people who could find flaws in its software. The company said it would pay between $100 and $30,000 depending on the flaw. But according to an essay wr...



Honda will use targeted Facebook videos to encourage recall repairs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:21:00 -0500

(image) As the Takata airbag recall -- the largest ever US auto recall -- continues, Honda has been looking for new ways to reach customers who haven't yet brought in their vehicles for repair. And the company's next move, as Reuters reports, is to target Ho...