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Google Maps will show where your next Calendar appointment is

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:33:00 -0400

(image) Google has been all about change for its suite of productivity apps this week, and now we're seeing what happens when some of the disparate services combine. On Android, Maps and Calendar are joining forces to give a quick visual reference for where...



Twitch rolls out video uploads, clip editing on iOS and Android

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:59:00 -0400

(image) While Amazon-linked Prime features are the big news out of TwitchCon, the livestreaming service is bringing some long-promised new features to users. Starting today, users can upload videos directly to Twitch. That means streamers can apply their vid...



GLM unveils its exotic electric G4 concept car

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:04:00 -0400

(image) Green Lord Motors, better known as GLM, has been called the Tesla of Japan on more than one occasion. Founded in 2010, GLM has quietly been producing its own electric vehicle platform paired with a third-party body much in the same way Tesla launched...



Twitch announces ad-free streaming for Amazon Prime members

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:40:00 -0400

(image) Today at Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, Amazon and the world's biggest livestreaming platform announced a new perk of their deepening relationship. It's called Twitch Prime and starting today Amazon Prime members get ad-free viewing on Twitch, plus ex...



BMW teases an all-electric future with Mini and X3

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:14:00 -0400

(image) BMW's outline to reinvent itself as an automaker of the future has a new wrinkle to it. The company plans to sell electric versions of the X3 SUV as well as an EV Mini, according to Reuters. There isn't a timeline for the former, but the latter is ex...



The Pax Era aims to be the Keurig of vaporizers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:49:00 -0400

(image) Out of all the ways to ingest THC, oil concentrates are far and away the messiest, stickiest and most irritating method. Unlike shatter, crumble or even wax, all of which maintain their shape and texture to some degree, oils have a knack for getting...



Rosetta probe's love affair with a comet ended predictably

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:24:00 -0400

(image) Goodbye, Rosetta. After 12 years of getting up close and personal with Comet 67P, your service has come to an end. At approximately 7:19 am Eastern the spacecraft descended upon the comet one last time, snapping pictures and analyzing gases before cr...



What to expect to see from Google's October 4th event

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

(image) It's that time of the year when tech companies trot out their newest wares hoping to cash in on the holiday season buying spree and Google is no different. On October 4th the search giant is holding an event to show off, well something, but most like...



US builds a $100 million African drone base to fight Boko Haram

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:44:00 -0400

(image) The Department of Defense announced on Friday that it is investing $100 million in a drone base located in Agadez, in central Niger. The base will serve as a central surveillance hub in the fight against both Boko Haram and roaming militant groups li...



Hackers targeted voter registration systems in 20 states

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:22:00 -0400

(image) With the US presidential election just over a month away, a Homeland Security official says voter registration systems in 20 states were the targets of hackers. The Associated Press reports that an official from the department confirmed the activity...



Wanted: One 400-lb hacker (or maybe five tiny ones)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0400

(image) This week the topic of cybersecurity made its first-ever appearance at a presidential debate. This was thanks to moderator Lester Holt, who asked candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump how to fight cyberattacks. Both were heavy on emphasizing t...



The United Nations is turning VR into a tool for social change

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:39:00 -0400

(image) Virtual reality is lauded as an empathy generator. The ability to transport viewers to a setting that would otherwise be inaccessible, or even unfathomable, lends a sense of poignancy to the medium. Over the last two years, journalistic stories and c...



Facebook tests feature similar to Snapchat Stories for Messenger

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:16:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has been keen on borrowing features from Snapchat as of late and it's testing yet another one in Poland. The so-called "Messenger Day" tool allows Facebook Messenger users to share a collection of photos and videos with friends that will dis...



Japan's noisy iPhone problem

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:55:00 -0400

(image) I canceled my iPhone 7 Plus order last week. Yes, I still had a two-week wait before it was scheduled to arrive, but it wasn't impatience that got the better of me. It was where I live: Japan. iPhones sold here (and in Korea) hold the dubious honor o...



Volkswagen previews its EV future with the I.D. concept

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:29:00 -0400

(image) You wouldn't blame Volkswagen if it never wanted to here the word "diesel" ever again. The German company desperately needs to swing from dirty to clean, so it launched the ID, a new platform for its next-gen EVs. The first model is a concept car, bu...



Salesforce urges EU to block Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:03:00 -0400

(image) When Microsoft announced they'd won the bidding war for LinkedIn with a colossal $26.2 billion offer, it seemed, well, about as interesting as corporate enterprise acquisitions sound. Yet it's a shrewd move for both: Integrating a business-oriented s...



States sue to block White House plan for internet transition

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:39:00 -0400

(image) If you thought the battle over whether or not the "keys" to the internet would be handed over to an international governing body might be over quickly, we've got some bad news. Attorneys general from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada filed a lawsui...



The best smart leak detector

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:15:00 -0400

(image) By Rachel Cericola This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here. After spending over 10 hours pouring water, mopping it up, and changing wet socks to test the performance...



China now streams some court trials on the internet

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:52:00 -0400

(image) In China, some court cases will now be streamed on the internet for the public to view across the country. The Chinese government isn't exactly known for transparency, but this is certainly a step in that direction. As you might expect, not all cases...



Fuze is the first iPhone 7 headphone jack case you can preorder

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:28:00 -0400

(image) It was only a matter of time until iPhone 7 accessory makers started delivering a slew of cases to bring back the 3.5mm headphone jack. But I didn't expect the first case that you could actually preorder -- Fuze -- would come from a tiny Austin outfi...



US renews five-year gaming education grant for Becker College

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:04:00 -0400

(image) To maintain its interest in gaming education, the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration renewed a five-year grant this week with Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Becker College is the home of MassDigi, an academic...



Cybersecurity firm offers $1.5 million for iPhone exploits

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:44:00 -0400

(image) A previously undisclosed (aka zero-day) exploit can fetch enough money to buy its finder a house. Zerodium, a firm that buys security exploits, has announced that it's paying $1.5 million for one that can be used to take over iPhones and iPads. That'...



Google search cards help you choose a college

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:22:00 -0400

(image) Search for a college or university with Google and you'll soon see a new results card. These small, mobile-friendly summaries include graduation and acceptance rates, the average post-grad salary and the normal fees for undergraduate tuition. All of...



The Engadget Podcast Ep 8: He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400

(image) On this week's episode managing editor Dana Wollman, reviews editor Cherlynn Low and senior editor Devindra Hardawar join host Terrence O'Brien to discuss Elon Musk's plans to colonize Mars, racing 3D boats in Red Hook and the over-simplification of...



ICYMI: Channel your Wall-E future with self-driving tech

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: Nissan created smart chairs that autonomously move themselves while people are seated in them, modeled off of the car maker's ProPILOT driving system. The chairs are being used in Japan to keep people neatly in line...