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TCL limits its budget-friendly 4K smart TV to one size

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:22:00 -0400

(image) When we picked TCL's P-Series Roku 4K Smart TV for our Buyer's and Back to School Guides, we noted a perfectly good television with an "extra-bright screen, good contrast and accurate colors" — a steal for $650. The Wirecutter named it "The Bes...

The next 'Final Fantasy' brawler 'Dissidia NT' heads to PS4 in January

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:02:00 -0400

(image) We knew that the next entry in Final Fantasy's all-star brawler Dissidia series would be coming to PS4, and a possible Amazon mishap clued us in to an end-of-2017 release. Square Enix has announced that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will arrive a little...

Google uses machine learning to help journalists track hate

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:46:00 -0400

(image) Hate crimes have sadly existed long before last weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia but tracking them has been difficult. To help fix that, the Google News Lab has partnered with ProPublica, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Sou...

USA Today teams with Instagram to livestream the solar eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:18:00 -0400

(image) The USA Today Network has announced that in collaboration with Instagram, it will livestream the total solar eclipse on August 21st. The feed will feature real-time video broadcasts by journalists in areas along the eclipse's path of totality. Report...

The best instant camera

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) By Erin Lodi 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, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

Trump announces he’s elevating the role of US Cyber Command

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:41:00 -0400

(image) In a statement today, President Trump announced that he's elevating the US Cyber Command to a unified combatant command, bringing it the level of others like the US European Command and the US Special Operations Command. "This new Unified Combatant C...

Netflix is using 'The Defenders' debut to hype 'The Punisher'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:22:00 -0400

(image) Marvel's latest TV series The Defenders, which brings together heroes such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, might have just debuted on Netflix, but that doesn't mean that the comic book company is resting on its laurels. Marvel TV is using...

The grantees of Engadget’s $500,000 immersive arts program

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) When we launched the Alternate Realities grant program in May we had no idea what to expect. We saw a need for funding in the arts happening at just the time when new media like AR and VR were starting to go mainstream. So, with support from our pare...

Google Home's voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:44:00 -0400

(image) If you're a Google Home user without a paid Spotify account, your use of the service on Home has been limited. Up until now, Spotify has only integrated with Home for paid accounts. But at I/O, Google announced that would change; free Spotify users w...

Google countdown teases Android O reveal during solar eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0400

(image) Google is capitalizing on the solar eclipse hype to tease out the latest version of Android. On Monday at 2:40 PM Eastern, the internet juggernaut says we'll "meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers." Given that the f...

Sprint plans fix for BlackBerry KEYone that reinstalls bloatware

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) We were pretty impressed with BlackBerry's newest smartphone, the KEYone, especially given how long the company had gone without a serious contender on the market. But it seems its US versions carried by Sprint have brought something else from the pa...

Everyone could soon have the powers of Doctor Octopus

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Doctor Otto Octavius may have been a power-mad scientist bent on world domination and the utter ruin of his nemesis, Spider-Man, but the guy had some surprisingly cogent thoughts on prosthetics development. And although mind-controlled supernumerary...

Remember software's dearly departed with Product Graveyard

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:36:00 -0400

(image) Vine. Sunrise. Google Reader. Over the years, we've seen many pieces of software thrown on the virtual garbage pile. The reasons behind their demise are numerous: Sometimes a startup is acquired, only to be have its indie darling absorbed by another,...

Apple mulls pricey early movie rentals right after theater debut

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:12:00 -0400

(image) Apple and Comcast are the latest names in the seemingly never-ending struggle to bring movies home faster. Bloomberg reports that the tech behemoth and telco, independently, are in talks with movie studios to offer $50 rentals roughly 17 days after t...

How to watch the eclipse, regardless of where you live

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) You've been hearing a lot about the eclipse, but now that it's finally almost here, do you know how you're going to view it? If you live in the contiguous US, whether you're in the area that will see a full solar eclipse or not, you have multiple opt...

LinkedIn's app can record and share video, not that you would

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:44:00 -0400

(image) Picture the scene: Your boss calls a snap meeting. You, being the diligent worker, whip out your phone and start recording. Your colleagues look on in bewilderment. "What are you playing at?" your boss asks sternly. "I'm recording our sesh for Linked...

Essential's startup advantage might come back to haunt it

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400

(image) "Most companies would get a stage, and we'd have lights and music and everything else," joked Andy Rubin as he addressed a group of reporters. "But that really isn't our style." He was casually dressed in jeans and a blue T-shirt with a coffee mug in...

Former Uber CEO says fraud lawsuit defies common sense

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:14:00 -0400

(image) Travis Kalanick says Benchmark Capital, the Uber board member suing him for fraud, pretended to be on his side and then forced him to resign as CEO while he was vulnerable due to the death of his mother. The former Uber chief has filed his response t...

Essential's PH-1 strives to be more than just another Android phone

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Andy Rubin rose to fame for his role in creating Android, and even after leaving Google, he couldn't quit phones completely. Now he's back with his new company, Essential, to show the world's best phone makers how it's done. I've spent a few days pla...

EFF warns blocking neo-Nazi sites may threaten free speech

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:31:00 -0400

(image) The EFF has criticized internet providers for blocking the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, saying it violates the principals of free speech and could backfire. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare did here was dangerous,"...

BT Sport to stream its Saturday footy results show on Twitter

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:10:00 -0400

(image) Twitter has recently been the forum of choice for many weird, wannabe-viral transfer announcements, but BT will soon be taking to the social network for more serious football coverage. Just as we start digging our teeth into the new Premier League se...

Self-driving truck that’s built to crash comes to Colorado

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:01:00 -0400

(image) Tech and automotive companies have quietly been trialing autonomous trucks since 2015. Thus far, these tests (from the likes of Daimler and Uber) have been inconspicuous enough to go unnoticed by other drivers. But, a new kind of driverless truck is...

Apple demonstrates how the iPad Pro was made for iOS 11

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:02:00 -0400

(image) Apple's iPad sales were surprisingly good last quarter, but a lot of critics (including us) thought there was still no way the iPad Pro could replace a proper PC. The release of iOS 11 next month will change some minds, however. A new series of Apple...

The Morning After: Friday, August 18th 2017

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) This Friday morning involves car news, more smartphones with almost too many cameras and a glimpse at Tribeca's TV festival.

Google and Deezer promise to expunge racist music, too

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:32:00 -0400

(image) Google and Deezer don't want to be known as home for the hateful, racist music that Spotify started deleting earlier this week -- so both companies have pledged to follow in its footsteps. Spotify began removing racist content after Digital Music New...