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Facebook adds more familiar features to Messenger chats

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has a habit of copping features from other apps and dropping them into Messenger, so the addition of message reactions and @-mentions in the social network's marquee messaging app was probably inevitable as the company slowly merges features...

The Wirecutter's best deals: Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro drops to $2,070

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:29:00 -0400

(image) This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

Samsung finally has an LTE model of the Gear S3 Classic

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:53:00 -0400

(image) If you're in the market for a new wearable with a retro look, Samsung today announced that its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch is getting 4G LTE connectivity. The original Classic lacked this feature, opting for WiFi instead. S3 fans had to go with the Fr...

Bloody, meatless Impossible Burger will soon be easier to find

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:19:00 -0400

(image) The so-called Impossible Burger debuted last year, but it's still pretty difficult to get you hands on one. Although it looks, smells and even bleeds like the real thing, the burger's patty contains no beef, but rather "meat" that's made from plant p...

Jaguar follows Chevy with unlimited LTE for your car

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:53:00 -0400

(image) In-car WiFi is only worth having if you've got enough mobile data to make use of it. Following Chevy's lead, Jaguar Land Rover will offer a pre-paid, unlimited AT&T data plan for $20 a month. The luxury automaker says that you can connect as many...

German researchers built a molecule-splitting artificial sun

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:32:00 -0400

(image) Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing a novel way to generate hydrogen, a potential green energy source, by using a massive array of lights normally found in movie theaters.

Google and Howard University partner for more diversity in tech

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:10:00 -0400

(image) Diversity (or the lack thereof) at Silicon Valley companies like Google has been a hot topic in the tech industry of late -- just about every major tech company out there now is publishing diversity numbers and pledging to make their workforces more...

Apple explores using an iPhone or iPad to power a laptop

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:50:00 -0400

(image) The notion of using a phone to power a computer isn't new -- we've seen companies like HP and Motorola try, and ultimately fail, to make it a reality for years. But that's not stopping Apple from considering the idea. The USPTO issued a patent filing...

Google improves Photos and Duo for lousy connections

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:28:00 -0400

(image) Google's been pretty busy this week. It added a location-sharing feature to the Maps app, started allowing sports teams and artists to post directly to its search results, teased us with a preview of Android O and vowed to make sure all Android phone...

Senate agrees to let carriers use your data however they want

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:05:00 -0400

(image) The US Senate on Thursday voted in a resolution that will effectively eliminate the consumer privacy rules that the Federal Communications Commission enacted back in October. These rules had required service providers like Verizon and AT&T to obt...

WikiLeaks: CIA has all sorts of tools for hacking your Mac

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:52:00 -0400

(image) One of Apple's big talking points is that Macs don't get viruses and that they're relatively safe when compared to Windows PCs. Well, WikiLeaks would like you to reconsider that notion with more info about Vault 7. The organization's latest dump is a...

What we love and hate about 'Mass Effect: Andromeda'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) A veteran Mass Effect player and a complete novice walk into a bar. This isn't the beginning of a terrible joke: Instead, it's the premise of a conversation between Engadget associate editor Timothy J. Seppala and senior reporter Jessica Conditt, bo...

Instagram will start blurring 'sensitive' photos in your feed

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:22:00 -0400

(image) In recent months, Instagram has taken some long-overdue steps to reduce abuse on its platform and generally make the experience better and safer for all users. Today, the company has announced another change in line with those goals. When you're brow...

The panic and pleasure of online dating as a woman in her 40s

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Dating in my twenties and thirties made me feel like Odysseus, trying to choose between dashing myself on the ego-bruising rocks of casual romps or a slow death from unrequited lust for garbage humans. There was the ex who brutally dumped me but woul...

Spotify's latest music documentary chronicles Green Day's rise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:42:00 -0400

(image) Spotify's Landmark music documentary series debuted back in August with four episodes on the early days of Metallic. Today, another installment is premiering on the streaming service and this time you'll get to relive the grungy angst of the early '9...

US ordered social media checks for some Visa applicants

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:20:00 -0400

(image) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered "mandatory social media checks" on all visa applicants who visited ISIS-controlled regions, according to memos seen by Reuters. That could explain why some visitors to the US have complained about increased...

Coffee Meets Bagel dating app is trying to end ghosting

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) "Coffee Meets Bagel," a dating app that promises high-quality matches, has launched a rather pricey premium tier. The company's cofounder told VentureBeat that they had a lofty goal in mind when they decided to offer the option: they want to end ghos...

Artificial skin with solar cells could power prosthetics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:40:00 -0400

(image) Researchers at Glasgow University have successfully developed a new type of artificial skin that is more sensitive than our own. Made of just a single atomic layer of graphene, the new soft feeling epidermis functions as its own sophisticated touch s...

Alaska Airlines: Goodbye 'Virgin America,' hello comfier flights

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:20:00 -0400

(image) Virgin America has been the airline of choice for many travelers due to its on-board amenities, including comfy seating, mood lighting, Netflix and Spotify. However, the name won't be around much longer. Alaska Airlines, which bought the airline last...

Researchers make super-cheap smartphone sperm test

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Harvard researchers have developed a new device that helps men easily measure their fertility at home with their smartphone. While similar test kits exist, what sets this prototype apart is its affordability. Costing just $4.45 to make, this impressi...

'Destiny 2' is expected to arrive this September

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:40:00 -0400

(image) Destiny had a rocky start, but the first-person space shooter eventually ended up living up to the promise it showed back when it was announced. Time flies, though, and the original game is nearly three years old, and Bungie has promised a full seque...

NASA AI auto-captured the changes in famous Ethiopian volcano

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:20:00 -0400

(image) Artificial intelligence can help satellites and other spacecraft observe interesting phenomena before humans even spot them. Case in point: NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft started capturing images of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano as soon as...

What the internet taught me about dressing like an adult

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Last December, I bought a pair of jeans from Uniqlo. That was the only time I purchased clothing from a brick-and-mortar store in all of 2016. For the past few years now, I've done most of my clothes shopping online. Not just because it's convenient,...

Misfit's Vapor will run Android Wear instead of its own OS

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:45:00 -0400

(image) Android Wear smartwatches are saddled with the problem that the tech companies making them suck at fashion design. So it's good news that one of the better-looking smartwatches out there, the Misfit Vapor, will run Android Wear 2.0 instead of the cus...

ICYMI: Watching plants grow and playing 'Mario Kart' with an actual car

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) Today on In Case You Missed It: The thought of watching a plant grow seems, well boring. But researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria used lasers, fluorescent lights and a microscope to track the growth of a flowering w...