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Blue Origin tests Crew Capsule 2.0 with 'biggest windows in space'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:58:00 -0500

(image) Jeff Bezos' rocket company isn't quite ready for space tourism, but today's test flight gets it a bit closer. Bezos tweeted that for the first time, Blue Origin has tested version 2.0 of its Crew Capsule, and while he didn't mention how luxurious the...(image)

EA and the CW team up for a 'Madden NFL' eSports special

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:58:00 -0500

(image) Sure, Madden NFL is a massively popular video game series that began in 1993 as John Madden Football, but it has never really broken through to the mainstream. The franchise has been making inroads to the eSports space over the last couple of years,...(image)

US once again requires that you register your drone

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:44:00 -0500

(image) The US' brief period of registration-free drone flight is over -- President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, and it revives the registration requirement for civilian drones. Robotic fliers between 0.5lbs and 55lbs nee...(image)

Google finally integrates Duo on Android call screen

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:54:00 -0500

(image) Google has been planning to integrate its Duo video chat on Pixel, Nexus and Android One phones for a couple of months. According to a report at Android Police, the company is rolling out Duo video chat in the ordinary phone dialer app, which basical...(image)

Indiegogo makes it easy to hop on the cryptocurrency bandwagon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:36:00 -0500

(image) There's a frenzy over cryptocurrency at the moment (helped in no small part by bitcoin's sky-high value), and Indiegogo is determined to milk the trend for all it's worth. The crowdfunding site has partnered with MicroVentures to enable investments...(image)

Alexa's latest trick is helping you find Twitch streams

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:04:00 -0500

(image) Sure, it's great that Amazon keeps adding more to Alexa, like the option to wake up with music instead of a shrill alarm or a enabling live BBC programming. But what about newer media platforms? Now Twitch users can bark orders at Alexa to keep up wi...(image)

Avis is testing a system that unlocks a rental car with your phone

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:00 -0500

(image) Avis announced today that it has teamed up with Continental to bring keyless car rental to its customers, Roadshow reports. As part of a pilot program taking place in Kansas City, the company has equipped some of its cars with Continental's Key-as-a-...(image)

Marvel's 'The Punisher' renewed for second season on Netflix

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

(image) Almost a month after Netflix released the first season of The Punisher, the network has officially renewed it for a second. As usual for a first announcement, there's no hint at a release date or what's in store for violent vigilante Frank Castle whe...(image)

Adobe Lightroom uses AI to edit your photos like a pro

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:58:00 -0500

(image) Many photo editing apps have an auto-adjust feature that can improve photos, but pros tend to steer clear of it for a reason -- it's more of a vague guess than an informed edit based on experience. Wouldn't it be nice if it learned from the pros? I...(image)

AT&T's international data plans are now a little more reasonable

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

(image) AT&T's international data roaming packs just became slightly more practical... slightly. The carrier has updated its Passport packages to give you 1GB of data and unlimited texting in a one-time $60 purchase, and 3GB for $120. That's a lot more...(image)

Steam puts curator-recommended games right up front in its store

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:19:00 -0500

(image) In October, Valve announced it was working on an overhaul of the Steam Curator program and for the past few weeks it has been testing some major changes with a small group of Curators. Those changes are now live and they're aimed at improving the sys...(image)

Senators make last ditch effort to halt the FCC's net neutrality vote

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:02:00 -0500

(image) The FCC is set to vote this Thursday on its proposal to remove net neutrality protections put in place in 2015 and while it's all but certain that the commission will vote in favor of the proposal, some still haven't given up trying to convince the c...(image)

Under-display fingerprint reader arrives on 'major' phone in January

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:41:00 -0500

(image) Under-the-screen fingerprint readers won't just be reserved for rough prototypes in the near future. Synaptics has sent word that a "major" smartphone manufacturer in the "top five" will unveil a phone using its Clear ID sensor at CES in January. I...(image)

'Life is Strange' comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:22:00 -0500

(image) If you haven't had the chance to play 2014's Life is Strange or its recent sequel Before the Storm, now's your chance. The brilliant episodic narrative game revolves around teenaged Max and her ability to rewind time, returning to her hometown only t...(image)

Hulu brings picture-in-picture to its live TV service on the web

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:03:00 -0500

(image) Last month, Hulu added a few new features to the web version of its Live TV service that improved browsing and made the user interface easier to navigate. Today Hulu adds to those improvements by bringing some of the more useful features available on...(image)

Amazon Prime Video will stream in HDR10+ on Samsung TVs

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

(image) One of the perpetual gripes about Samsung's newer TVs is that they don't support Dolby Vision for high dynamic range content, limiting you to basic HDR10 for most video. They do offer the more comparable HDR10+ format, but who's using it? As of now,...(image)

Instagram's latest test adds recommended posts to your feed

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) Instagram is testing a new feature that would add posts you might like to your main feed. The Verge reports that this "Recommended for You" section would include posts that your friends have liked or posts that Instagram's algorithm thinks you might...(image)

Lyft's first international service goes live in Toronto

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:59:00 -0500

(image) Lyft's first offering beyond US borders is finally up and running. The ridesharing service has gone live in the Greater Toronto Area, giving you a big-name alternative to Uber whether you're in Toronto's core or living as far away as Hamilton or Osha...(image)

Samsung vs. Acer Mixed Reality headsets: Which handles VR best?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:30:00 -0500

(image) The big VR story this year isn't another headset from Oculus or HTC -- it's Microsoft's entry into the space with Windows 10 Mixed Reality devices. They promise to be cheaper and easier to use than the Rift or Vive, thanks to a bit of help from HoloL...(image)

Steve Bannon and Breitbart spent months trying to sabotage Twitter

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:16:00 -0500

(image) BuzzFeed News released a report today detailing efforts made by Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Breitbart News to damage Twitter. For about a year, they explored various ways to bring down the platform, tactics that included legal action, an anti...(image)

Twitter adds thread tools to help you craft epic tweetstorms

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

(image) Multi-part tweetstorms are a staple of Twitter, for better or worse, and the social network wants them to be as easy to write as possible. After months of testing, it's adding a thread feature that simplifies creating and posting a series of tweets....(image)

Engadget is once again presenting the official Best of CES awards!

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500

(image) CES is just around the corner, which means the Engadget team is already in the thick of planning for the world's premier consumer electronics show. We're getting ready to try out all the latest gadgets and, of course, we're pumped to be hosting the o...(image)

Instagram now allows you to follow hashtags like regular accounts

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:19:00 -0500

(image) Hashtags are key to discoverability on Instagram, as Engadget Editor Dan Cooper discovered when he spent a month trying to accumulate 100,000 followers on the service. And now, Instagram has made it even easier to use them, thanks to a new feature th...(image)

Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-style AR objects

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

(image) Facebook clearly doesn't want any significant Snapchat feature to go unanswered. It's adding World Effects to Messenger's camera that, to no one's surprise, serve as direct parallels to Snapchat's augmented reality objects. You can float an arrow i...(image)

A humanoid robot carried the Olympic torch in South Korea

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:40:00 -0500

(image) One of the traditions of the Olympics is the torch relay, in which people carry the flame from Olympia, Greece to the location of the Games. In 2018, the Olympic Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the torch relay is currently underwa...(image)