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Ford’s latest police hybrid is built for efficiency, not speed

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:03:00 -0500

(image) Ford has already got the "speed" part down for hybrid police cars with its Police Responder Hybrid pursuit car, but now it's focusing on the economy side. It just launched its first-ever plug-in hybrid aimed at police and government officials for "no...

Surface Book 2 can’t stay charged during gaming sessions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:36:00 -0500

(image) The Surface Book 2 is aimed at graphic pros, but with a stout NVIDIA 1060 GPU, it's a tempting gaming machine, too. As we observed during our review, gaming drains the battery pretty fast, though. Worse, The Verge noticed that the power supply can't...

Now you can ask to join a friend's Instagram live video

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:13:00 -0500

(image) Just a couple of weeks ago, Instagram made it easy to invite a friend to view your live broadcasts on the photo sharing network. Unfortunately, the invitation was only one way. Instagram has fixed that, however, with a new option: you can now request...

'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:55:00 -0500

(image) A large part of Minecraft's allure is showing off your work. And now, it should be relatively easy to do that in real time. Mojang has released an update that lets you livestream directly to Microsoft Mixer (its parent company's service, naturally) f...

Skype disappears from China's app stores

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:36:00 -0500

(image) If you hope to download Skype to keep in touch while you're in China, you may be in for a rude surprise. Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and other companies have been removing Microsoft's internet calling software from their app stores in recent weeks in resp...

Uber is working on tools to fight motion sickness in self-driving cars

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:17:00 -0500

(image) Motion sickness is a real problem in self-driving cars. As you're not in control of where the car is going, you might feel queasy when the vehicle moves in ways you weren't anticipating. Uber clearly needs to minimize that urge to hurl if it's goin...

What to expect for Black Friday 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated...

This ex-trucker has some questions about the Tesla Semi

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:40:00 -0500

(image) By Jonathon Ramsey Resurrecting a dormant childhood dream, I spent almost nine months of this year as an over-the-road truck driver – six months in a Freightliner Cascadia pulling a refrigerated trailer, then nearly three months in a Kenworth...

DOJ indicts HBO hacker for swiping episodes and documents

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:17:00 -0500

(image) This summer, a hacker went after HBO and obtained scripts and unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers and The Deuce. The hacker demanded $6 million in bitcoin from the media company and threatened to release more confide...

FCC chairman reveals plan to kill net neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) As expected, tomorrow, the FCC will release its plan to undo the net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama administration. Despite plenty of opposition, the FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai will go forward with the proposal, which will be vot...

Facebook Messenger will now send your photos in 4K

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Facebook Messenger has recently gotten some pretty nifty additions, like the ability to share Apple Music and Spotify tunes, send cash to friends and new video chat filters. Now the company is improving another visual feature: photos. Now you can sen...

Uber fined $8.9 million for hiring drivers with criminal records

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:31:00 -0500

(image) Uber has notorious issues when it comes to its background checks for its drivers. The company has missed (or outright ignored) criminal records in the past; earlier this year, over 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers failed a Massachusetts background check....

Engadget giveaway: Win an LG V30 smartphone!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:00 -0500

(image) With smartphones becoming the center of portable media capture, LG's V30 feature set positions it near the top of available options. Plus if you're an Android user and have been eyeballing all the tall OLED displays out there, now's your chance. On...

Buoy uses AI and machine learning to keep your water bills low

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Buoy is a device that puts machine learning to work to save on your water bill. The IoT device connects to your home's WiFi network and water supply to monitor how much is going where on a use-by-use basis (faucet shower, washing machine, etc..), in...

AI spots art fakes by examining a single brushstroke

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:44:00 -0500

(image) Attempts at art forgeries run from the laughable (remember Monkey Jesus?) to the exquisite (this ambiguous Baroque masterpiece nearly cost a gallery €120 million last year), and traditionally the art world has had to rely on expert knowledge and...

Laser wormhole art is as dazzling as it is dangerous

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:00 -0500

(image) When an artwork features both high-intensity lasers and a carbon fiber sculpture to keep spectators back, you know it's not going to be dull. Rita McBride's Particulates art installation at the Dia Art Foundation in Chelsea, New York features 16 lase...

’Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ is now available, a day early

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:16:00 -0500

(image) This week, Nintendo announced that the mobile installment in its popular Animal Crossing franchise, called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, would arrive on iOS and Android devices around the world on November 22nd. But it turns out that the game is here...

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....