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DNC hires ex-Uber engineer as its chief technology officer

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:31:00 -0400

(image) The Democratic National Committee has selected ex-Twitter VP Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer. Krikorian was until recently the senior director of engineering at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, but left the company in February.

Artistic AI paints portraits of people who aren't really there

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:31:00 -0400

(image) Mike Tyka paints the portraits of people who don't exist. The subjects of his ephemeral artwork are not born from any brush. Rather, they are sculpted -- roughly -- from the digital imagination of his computer's neural network.

US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) Yesterday, a number of Ukrainian and Russian companies and state agencies reported being hit by a cyberattack, the results of which ranged from flight delays at Boryspil airport to a shutdown of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's automatic radiation mon...

Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today....

California may give EV buyers instant rebates

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:44:00 -0400

(image) If you're worried about the federal tax credit for electric car purchases phasing out, you may want to pay attention to what California is proposing. The state is concerned about demand for EVs declining as the tax incentives disappear. As a result,...

Bonaverde wants to be the Keurig of raw coffee

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Many people take their coffee drinking seriously, but even those with a proper espresso machine at home won't roast their own beans. This delicate step is typically done on an industrial scale using specialist equipment, far from the end consumer. No...

Adidas' All Day fitness app hits iOS and Android devices

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:14:00 -0400

(image) Exactly three months after announcing its All Day fitness app, Adidas is finally launching it in the US. The application, which is available for iOS and Android, focuses on serving up insights about different health aspects, such as mindset, movement...

A lizard-inspired robot gripper may solve our space-junk problems

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 -0400

(image) Space junk is a huge problem in orbit. Over 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting the Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, and we haven't yet figured out how to clean it up. But engineers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough: They've d...

Apply now for Engadget’s $500,000 immersive art program

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:38:00 -0400

(image) We're just two days away from the official deadline to apply for Engadget's unreal arts program for unreal times. But what is time, really? In the spirit of breaking with convention, we've extended the deadline to apply for Engadget's Alternate Real...

Apple Music's latest personalized playlist helps you chill

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:22:00 -0400

(image) Ever since Apple Music got its big redesign last year, you've had access to just two personalized playlists: a favorites mix and a new releases mix. Suffice it to say that this won't cover the bases if you want tunes that suit a specific mood. Howe...

LG's 77-inch Wallpaper TV is selling for the low, low price of $20k

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:01:00 -0400

(image) LG's W-series "Picture-on-Wall" TVs wowed us at CES, but we knew the massive 65-inch and 77-inch hyperthin screens would cost a mint. Especially since last year's top-of-the-line G-series started at $5,000. Wonder no longer, screen aficionados: The l...

Tinder's new 'Gold' subscription shows your likes before you swipe

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:42:00 -0400

(image) Tinder is introducing another subscription option, which comes with an exclusive perk to get existing premium members to fork out some extra cash. Tinder Gold gives you access to a new "Likes You" option that basically allows you to browse through al...

Xiaomi is bringing cinema tech to a living room projector

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:18:00 -0400

(image) When it comes to home theater setups, high-quality projectors have traditionally been the pricier way to enjoy your movies. Now, however, Chinese tech company Xiaomi is hoping to change that with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector. Priced at a...

Théoriz recreates the Holodeck with AR tech and projectors

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) If you had to list the most mind-blowing tech demos in recent memory, Microsoft's Hololens AR headset would need to be included, as would its projector-enhanced Illumiroom. A company called Théoriz from Lyon, France has married both of those t...

Chinese tech giant LeEco can’t stop losing money

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:41:00 -0400

(image) Chinese tech company LeEco has been busy over the past decade, producing everything from TVs to electric cars (or at least, trying to). But now, the conglomerate is in trouble: They are in a cash crunch and haven't been able to raise enough money to...

Redesigned PS4 media hub showcases the best streaming videos

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) Sony is streamlining the way it presents TV and video on the PlayStation 4, making it easier to discover films and shows from across apps, all in one convenient location.

Now you can make local Snapchat filters on your phone

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Geofilters have been making Snapchat boatloads of money, so it doesn't come as a surprise that the company is making them even more accessible. Starting today, you can create Geofilters right within the application, but only if you're in the US. If y...

Pricey electric bicycle wheel gets you to work sweat-free

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:39:00 -0400

(image) Yes, I own a bike. But it's nothing to get excited about. A neighbor put it on the sidewalk with a "free" sign, and bam! I had a bicycle. It's old and rusty but perfect for neighborhood errands. I normally wouldn't use it to ride to work, but the $1,...

Volkswagen’s cars will be ‘talking’ to each other by 2019

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:20:00 -0400

(image) Vehicles will be communicating with other as soon as 2019, if Volkswagen's plans come to fruition. Just one day after announcing its autonomous vehicle AI partnership with NVIDIA, the German car manufacturer says pWLAN (public wireless LAN) technolog...

Pornhub will sync videos with your interactive sex toys

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) If you own either the Fleshlight Launch or Kiiroo's Onyx, then you'll know that both are capable of syncing with a certain group of adult movies. These specially-made interactive videos contain a data layer that lets the hardware jerk and thrust alon...

Report details Facebook’s bizarre logic on hate speech

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:35:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has more than two billion users, and ensuring that the discussion between them remains civil is an understandably difficult task. But, if evidence found by ProPublica is true, the company's own policy on hate speech may cause unreasonable di...

These drone racing goggles could spark the sport's digital era

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:15:00 -0400

(image) Drones with digital video capabilities already exist, but in the racing world, analog is still king. For now, at least. Fat Shark has been the go-to maker of racing drone goggles for several years, and it's about to double down on digital, which in t...

Tablo easily turns Android TV boxes into standalone DVRs

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) If you already have a TV antenna and an Android TV box like the NVIDIA Shield, then you're very close to having everything you need for a DIY Tablo DVR. Instead of picking up one of the company's boxes that can start at $180, now you can simply add i...

Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensors work underwater

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:45:00 -0400

(image) Hot on the heels of Apple's plans to reinvent its iPhone's fingerprint reader, Qualcomm looks set to position itself at the forefront of the fingerprint sensor market. It claims that it will be one of the first, if not the first, companies to produce...

You'll need an Xbox to enjoy Netflix's Dolby Atmos debut

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0400

(image) According to Dolby's website, Vudu is the only streaming service with titles that support Atmos 3D sound technology. Now, Netflix has joined the Atmos movement with the launch of Bong Joon Ho's (Snowpiercer) Cannes Film Festival flick about a cute "s...