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Construction starts on the world's largest optical telescope

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:57:00 -0400

(image) After several years of planning and no shortage of financial anxiety, construction has officially started on the Extremely Large Telescope. Contractors are now building the main structure and dome of the Chile-based observer ahead of its initial ser...

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:26:00 -0400

(image) To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and...

The search for a habitable second Earth

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) Contact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that...

British Airways IT failure cancels many flights out of London (updated)

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:28:00 -0400

(image) Airline glitches and the ensuing pandemonium are nothing new, but they've just hit one of the world's largest travel hubs. British Airways has suffered a global IT system failure so serious that it cancelled all its flights out of London's Heathrow a...

Recommended Reading: The bright future of free over-the-air TV

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and HDR. Consumer Reports has the run down on what t...

'Fallen London' and the secret to writing an infinite gothic game

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Writing a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of backstory? That's a different beast altogether....

ICYMI: Control D-ing this show

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: When this show was announced on Engadget two years ago, we promised to find you the offbeat tech and science news you might have missed while following the previous day's big headlines. I've felt a great responsibi...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. If you have an extra day off, then that may provide time to catch up on our new Tomorrow section, plus the latest Google Search feature and Apple's plan for AI.

Amazon UK's new video options will require a TV licence

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:34:00 -0400

(image) Live TV viewers in the UK are supposed to pay a fee that supports services and content from the BBC. Lately, despite changes that closed the "iPlayer loophole," that still doesn't apply to people who only watch streaming video on-demand, so some cord...

Hisense 4K TVs look for a place to fit on crowded shelves

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:59:00 -0400

(image) At CES we were quite impressed by the Hisense lineup of smart TVs, and now the company says its 2017 models are arriving at retail. The H6D, H7D, H9D and H9D Plus series cover a range of price points and sizes, with 4K models ranging from the 43-inch...

BMW's latest motorcycle concept links futuristic style and tech

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:36:00 -0400

(image) No doubt, BMW has come up with some cool conceptual vehicles lately, with a color-changing Mini and a futuristic, self-driving Next 100 auto. Its Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle, revealed last October, is maybe the coolest yet with a gyroscopic s...

Now you can design Google Photo Books on iOS or Android

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:48:00 -0400

(image) Among the many things Google announced at I/O 2017 last week, one of them was the ability for people to create and order physical albums with Google Photos. The only problem with that, however, is you could only use it through a desktop browser. Than...

Apple 'Neural Engine' chip could power AI on iPhones

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:12:00 -0400

(image) Apple's focused on increasing the speed of every new mobile processor generation, most recently pairing its quad core A10 Fusion chips with its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models last September. But to keep its devices competitive, Apple is building a second...

Watch us play the Nintendo Switch 'Arms' Global Testpunch

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:40:00 -0400

(image) When Nintendo announced Splatoon for the Wii U, gamers weren't quite sure what to make of it. The idea of a competitive shooter from Nintendo was so bizarre, it was kind of hard to assess from a distance -- so the company invited players to try the g...

Google's ‘Personal’ tab filters out everything but your own content

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:17:00 -0400

(image) As people accumulate massive data troves on Gmail, Google Photos and other Google apps, the search giant wants to help people find what they're looking for among their own personal content. While Google's core search product already shows some person...

Lyft drivers can start planning pickups days in advance

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:31:00 -0400

(image) Just as it does for riders, Lyft continues to improve the experience for its drivers. The latest effort is a feature that lets contractors deal with scheduled pickups up to seven days in advance, instead of only being aware of a passenger's planned d...

NASA’s Juno mission discovers Jupiter is really weird

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:53:00 -0400

(image) NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has sent back a ton of data about our solar system's largest planet. The results from the orbiter's first big data-collection pass, which took place last August, are finally in and it's clear that Juno's five-year journ...

What to expect at Computex 2017

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:30:00 -0400

(image) We're pretty much halfway through the year, which means it's Computex time. As usual, you'll find a handful of us running around the Taipei show floors next week, where we'll be getting our hands dirty with the latest PC products and components. Last...

Chipotle finds malware exposed credit card info across the US

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:13:00 -0400

(image) Hackers stole credit card information from customers at Chipotle restaurants across the United States between March 24th and April 18th, the company announced today. Chipotle revealed in April that it had been the victim of an attack, and today it sh...

Tidal burns through its third CEO in two years

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:52:00 -0400

(image) Yet another Tidal CEO is out. Jeff Toig, who took over the position from interim CEO Peter Tonstad in 2016, has reportedly left the company. Which means Tidal is now looking for its fourth chief executive in two years.

MIT 3D-printed the shape-shifting future of pasta

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

(image) A new research project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group combines 3D printing, molecular gastronomy and macaroni. According to MIT News, researchers Wen Wang and Lining Yao have engineered flat sheets of gelatin an...

Theresa May wants to force tech giants to curb extremist content

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:08:00 -0400

(image) British Prime Minister Theresa May called on global leaders at the G7 conference in Sicily to force internet and social media companies stop the spread of terrorist content available online. "Make no mistake: the fight is moving from the battlefield...

Don't scream: The new 'Friday the 13th' game is out today

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) After a slight delay, the first official Friday the 13th game since 1989 is available today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you want to jump right into the action at Camp Crystal Lake, though, you might have to wait for Friday the 13th: The Gam...

Sergey Brin’s secret airship will deliver aid and schlep his family

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:40:00 -0400

(image) Last month, news dropped that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building an airship on the sly -- not a traditional airplane but an honest-to-god helium-filled dirigible. He insisted the project wasn't operating under the tech titan, even as his fello...

The Facebook president and Zuck's racist rulebook

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:18:00 -0400

(image) If a political campaign is an engine then propaganda is its oil, and its gas is the medium of communication with voters. The hacking of the DNC and tonnes of raw crude in propaganda mined out through WikiLeaks, Breitbart and Daily Stormer was black...