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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...

Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lot

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:36:00 -0400

(image) As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a "release candidate" Model 3. Autoblog explains that unless...

Netflix thinks people still like Adam Sandler movies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:33:00 -0400

(image) Adam Sandler's recent output has been... well, it's probably best not to talk about it. Regardless of how you feel about his work, Netflix and its viewers seem to be fans and as such the streaming juggernaut has inked another four-movie deal with the...

Google app test makes editing photos more social

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:55:00 -0400

(image) Right on the heels of killing off Google Talk, the company has admitted it's working on a new app for group photo editing and sharing. While Google already has the chat app Allo and video calling app Duo, it may be feeling pressure from its competito...

Tesla starts taking solar roof orders next month

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:25:00 -0400

(image) Compared to successfully launching a private rocketry business and an electric vehicle brand, Elon Musk's quest to line your roof with solar cells is a less flashy endeavor. He pitched it last August as Tesla's preamble in its eventually successful a...

Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:56:00 -0400

(image) It's time for Facebook to fully embrace the animated GIF. The social network is about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and your feed will never be the same.

Google kills Talk so Hangouts may live

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:28:00 -0400

(image) Google has a frankly absurd ecosystem of chat, messaging and texting apps. In theory, the company would like enterprise users to get on board with Hangouts while directing people to Allo for their day-to-day personal chats and texts. In practice, how...

How to adult at security

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) You're a grown-ass adult -- so stop using the same password for everything. Seriously, your cat's name followed by your birthday isn't fooling anybody. Don't be that guy (of any gender) who gets totally owned by ransomware. Pull up your big-person pa...