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ASUS blew a hole in its newest wireless router

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:30:00 -0400

(image) Wireless routers have been, for years, ugly black rectangles that we've habitually tried to bury behind our TVs and bookshelves. ASUS is hoping that you'll think differently about the Blue Cave, its new WiFi router that looks like an electric pencil...(image)

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 is a powerhouse with a 4K touchscreen

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:20:00 -0400

(image) It's been well over two years since ASUS announced its original ZenBook Pro, and while it received a spec bump late last year, it's about time for the company to revamp its premium desktop replacement line. Announced at the "Edge of Beyond" event ahe...(image)

ASUS ZenBook Flip S is the thinnest convertible yet

Mon, 29 May 2017 02:15:00 -0400

(image) If you're shopping for a new laptop for the back-to-school season, get ready to be spoiled for choice. At its event in Taiwan today, ASUS showed off a slew of new laptops and convertibles, leading with the ZenBook Flip S, which the company says is th...(image)

ARM's new mobile processors are built for AI on the go

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(image) When ARM showed up at Computex last year, it brought a bundle of smartphone processors that pushed for better mobile VR. As you might've noticed, though, AI is one of the big new trends in mobile this year — is it any surprise that the ARM's pu...(image)

Zepp phone apps use AI to study your basketball shots

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:45:00 -0400

(image) You may know Zepp for sports tracking sensors you can slap on your baseball bat or soccer ball, but its latest tracking involves little more than your phone and a good view of the action. Its game recording and training apps (Android, iOS) are adding...(image)

'Rime' creators will remove anti-tampering code if it's cracked

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:17:00 -0400

(image) Game studios that use digital rights management (DRM) tools tend to defend it to the death, even after it's been cracked. It prevents 'casual' piracy and cheating, they sometimes argue. However, Rime developer Tequila Works is taking a decidedly diff...(image)

Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:26:00 -0400

(image) As a rule, astronomers believe that stars have to explode in a supernova before they collapse into black holes. That violent death is always the cue, right? Not necessarily. Researchers have spotted a massive star 22 million light years away, N69...(image)

Nintendo might not be done boosting Switch production

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:58:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that Nintendo is facing a ton of demand for the Switch, to the point where it reportedly doubled production to keep up. Even that figure might be a tad conservative, however. The Financial Times' supply chain sources claim that Nintend...(image)

USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:27:00 -0400

(image) Sega's Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldn't it be...(image)

Conch shells hold the secret to impact-resistant armor

Sun, 28 May 2017 14:56:00 -0400

(image) The conch shell is made of the same material as chalk, but unlike the crumbly rock, it's one of the toughest materials out there. If we can understand why it's so tough, we can mimic it to create nearly unbreakable materials that can be used for safe...(image)

Sony's latest E Ink tablet comes to the US in June

Sun, 28 May 2017 13:54:00 -0400

(image) Did you see Sony's second-generation Digital Paper and realize you found your dream e-reader? If so, you'll get to do something about it very soon. Sony has announced that its latest 13.3-inch E Ink tablet (the DPT-RP1) will reach the US sometime in...(image)

The best bike lock

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) By Duncan Niederlitz 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 wor...(image)

After Math: That took long enough

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:30:00 -0400

(image) It's been a big week of things finally happening. Uber's making good on the backpay it owes its drivers, Target settled its data breach lawsuits and some semen that spent nearly a year in space proves to still be viable. Numbers, because how else wil...(image)

Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:06:00 -0400

(image) These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. That's because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky,...(image)

Researchers find a more effective way to test self-driving cars

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:03:00 -0400

(image) It's tricky to test self-driving cars. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of miles under your belt, it's still difficult to account for every possible real-world peril. Researchers think they can fast-track that experience, however. They've devel...(image)

Mind-controlled bionic hand can help stroke patients move again

Sat, 27 May 2017 22:25:00 -0400

(image) A team of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have proven that the mind-controlled device they developed can help stroke survivors regain control of their hands. Stroke typically causes paralysis on one side of t...(image)

The original 'Crazy Taxi' is free to play on your smartphone

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:58:00 -0400

(image) If you've ever wanted to understand the fuss over Crazy Taxi but didn't want to spend money on a piece of gaming history, you now have your chance. Sega has made it free to play both the Android and iOS versions of the original title, giving you a s...(image)

Google says it would cost too much to gather wage gap data

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:25:00 -0400

(image) The Department of Labor will have to keep bugging Google for the salary records it's been asking for, because the tech titan keeps refusing to hand them over. Those records might be able to prove once and for all whether Mountain View truly pays wome...(image)

Construction starts on the world's largest optical telescope

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:57:00 -0400

(image) After several years of planning and no shortage of financial anxiety, construction has officially started on the Extremely Large Telescope. Contractors are now building the main structure and dome of the Chile-based observer ahead of its initial ser...(image)

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:26:00 -0400

(image) To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and...(image)

The search for a habitable second Earth

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) Contact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that...(image)

British Airways IT failure cancels many flights out of London (updated)

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:28:00 -0400

(image) Airline glitches and the ensuing pandemonium are nothing new, but they've just hit one of the world's largest travel hubs. British Airways has suffered a global IT system failure so serious that it cancelled all its flights out of London's Heathrow a...(image)

Recommended Reading: The bright future of free over-the-air TV

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and HDR. Consumer Reports has the run down on what t...(image)

'Fallen London' and the secret to writing an infinite gothic game

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Writing a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of backstory? That's a different beast altogether....(image)

ICYMI: Control D-ing this show

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: When this show was announced on Engadget two years ago, we promised to find you the offbeat tech and science news you might have missed while following the previous day's big headlines. I've felt a great responsibi...(image)