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You can share the taste of lemonade through the internet

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:56:00 -0400

(image) Ever see a friend post a photo of a drink online and wonder whether it's really as delicious as it looks? You might not have to pay a visit to find out: researchers have found a way to send the basic look and taste of lemonade through the internet. T...

Scientists find a low-cost way to build genomes from scratch

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:25:00 -0400

(image) To put it mildly, sequencing and building a genome from scratch isn't cheap. It's sometimes affordable for human genomes, but it's often prohibitively expensive (hundreds of thousands of dollars) whenever you're charting new territory -- say, a speci...

'NBA Jam' creator talks about Midway's little-known history

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:57:00 -0400

(image) If you hung around arcades in the 1990s, you were likely extremely familiar with Midway sports games like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz. Apparently, though, even these classics have a few secrets left. Former Midway design lead Mark Turmell has participated...

Amazon considers opening augmented reality furniture stores

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:28:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's retail plans could extend well beyond books and groceries. New York Times sources hear that the internet giant is "exploring" the possibility of appliance and furniture stores with a technological angle. You'd use augmented or virtual real...

NASA picks 10 smallsat missions to explore the Solar System

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:59:00 -0400

(image) Some missions don't require big spacecraft to accomplish. Take for example, these 10 projects under NASA's Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program. The agency picked 10 projects from PSDS3 to develop mission concepts that use sm...

Lyft's 'Round-Up' program donates part of your fare to charity

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:00 -0400

(image) Lyft has been positioning itself as the anti-Uber in light of its rival's mounting controversies, and it's determined to underscore that point. The ridesharing service has introduced a Round Up & Donate program that, as the name suggests, rounds...

'StarCraft: Remastered' upgrades a real-time strategy classic

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:56:00 -0400

(image) Blizzard is legendary for keeping old games alive, but it's going the extra mile this time around. The studio has unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, an overhaul that drags the 1998 real-time strategy game (including the Brood War expansion) into the mo...

The best hair dryer

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) By Shannon Palus This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

After Math: Money, monie, moné

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It's been a stellar week for sales. Under Armor has a new 3D printed sneaker coming out, Adidas will knit you a sweater in 4 hours or less and Twitter is could soon be hawking premium Tweetdeck accounts. Numbers, because something something dollar bi...

DirecTV plans to air 25 MLB games in 4K

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:35:00 -0400

(image) If you're looking for more 4K sports to justify your shiny new TV, you may be in luck. DirecTV is gearing up for its second season of broadcasting MLB games in 4K, and this year you'll have a fairly wide range of games to watch in exceptional. You...

'Black box' technique may lead to more powerful AI

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:28:00 -0400

(image) It's not easy to train a neural network. Even if they're not difficult to implement, it can take hours to get them ready no matter how much computing power you can use. OpenAI researchers may have a better solution: forgetting many of the usual rules...

Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:02:00 -0400

(image) You might want to think twice about running a non-stop livestream just because you can -- at least in Germany, regulators will want to have a word with you. They've told the 24-hour let's play channel PietSmietTV that it has to apply for a broadcasti...

Nokia's new Android phones will make their way Stateside

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:30:00 -0400

(image) Nokia's 3310 stole the show at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, but it wasn't the only device the brand announced at the event. It also debuted a trio of Android phones called the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. Now the company has revealed on Twitter that...

China says Apple isn't cloning a local phone maker

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:01:00 -0400

(image) Did it seem ridiculous to you that Beijing officials ordered a ban on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus over a dubious design patent claim? You're not the only one. A court has reversed the ban (which was suspended during a dispute process) and declared tha...

California's new car emission standards defy the White House

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:31:00 -0400

(image) The Trump administration may be rethinking car efficiency regulations, but that isn't stopping California from putting its foot down. The state's Air Resources Board has finalized car emissions standards for 2022-2025 that the White House still wants...

3D-printed cartilage cell implants thrive in baby mice

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:59:00 -0400

(image) Somewhere in Sweden, a few lab mice have human cartilage cells living and growing within their bodies. A team of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy used a CELLINK 3D bioprinter to make hydrogel out of human-der...

Uber pauses its self-driving efforts following Arizona crash

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:28:00 -0400

(image) Uber isn't taking any chances in the wake of its self-driving car accident in Tempe, Arizona. The company has suspended both its Arizona testing and its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania operations while it investigates what happened. The company has confirme...

AMC's streaming service would still need a cable subscription

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:57:00 -0400

(image) Just because a TV channel wants to offer an online video service doesn't mean it's forward thinking. Case in point: AMC. Reuters sources claim that the network is prepping a paid streaming option (tentatively $5-7 per month) that would require a co...

Recommended Reading: Radiohead's 'OK Computer' predicted the future

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) The Radiohead Prophesies: How 'OK Computer' Predicted the Future Stuart Berman, Pitchfork Pitchfork is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer this week, including a pretty interesting look at how Thom Yorke imagined the future...

Toto hopes to woo Americans with high-tech toilet showroom

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Japanese toilets have long been a mainstay in Asian households, but the concept is still something of a curiosity in much of the Western world. Toto, Japan's biggest toilet maker, has attempted to market its high-tech commodes to American audiences f...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Letter from the Editor There's something about the internet that turns grown-ass adults into sniveling, name-calling adolescents. We make dick jokes, start flame wars and lol so hard when others fail. In my six years at Engadget, I've learned the ha...

Digital downloads killed 150 GameStop stores

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:34:00 -0400

(image) It's game over for at least 150 GameStop stores. The retailer has announced that it's shutting down 2 to 3 percent of 7,500 shops across the globe after sales and earning plummeted last year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company was affe...

Uber CEO linked to escort bar visit that resulted in an HR complaint

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:21:00 -0400

(image) In case you were counting, it has been more than a month since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination within his company. Tonight The Information reports that in 2014, Kalanick senior V...

Movado's Android Wear device looks like its regular watches

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:40:00 -0400

(image) Movado has revealed its first Android Wear watch at Baselworld 2017, a few weeks after it announced its first solo foray into smartwatches. The American watchmaker calls its creation Movado Connect, a timepiece with edge-to-edge, always-on display sp...

Amazon will collect state sales taxes nationwide April 1st

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:57:00 -0400

(image) While Amazon has resisted collecting state sales taxes, over the last few years it has bent, state by state. Now CNBC reports that as of April 1st, it will collect sales taxes in every state that imposes one, as Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico jo...