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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...



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...



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....



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...



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...



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...



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...



Tinder's new feature is a social feed from your matches

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:19:00 -0500

(image) Today, Tinder introduced a new feature called "Feed," which allows you to learn more about the people you're most interested in. From Instagram posts to their favorite artists on Spotify, Feed works with other services to bring you real-time updates...



Live-action 'Detective Pikachu' movie hits theaters in May 2019

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:43:00 -0500

(image) You still have a long wait ahead before you can finally watch Pikachu solve crimes while sounding just like Deadpool. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures plans to start showing the live-action Detective Pikachu film outside of Japan on May 10th...



YouTube TV is available in 34 new markets

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:21:00 -0500

(image) YouTube TV is the streaming service's live TV subscription service, which debuted in a limited number of markets. However, yesterday, YouTube TV tweeted that the service is now available in 34 new metro areas. That is a drastic increase over the 49 a...



Algoriddim's djay Pro 2 adds AI for DJ cruise control

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Algoriddim has been improving its DJ software consistently over the past few years for both mobile and desktop, with its most recent foray breaking ground on Microsoft's turf. Today, the company announced another step forward with an update to its Ma...



The 2018 Nissan Leaf gets a semi-autonomous upgrade

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500

(image) The Nissan Leaf is the top-selling electric vehicle in the world. Sure, Tesla and Chevy get all the hype with the Bolt and Model 3, but with more than 290,000 cars sold, Nissan's little electric car is the one people are buying. After seven years wit...



Apple iMac Pro goes on sale December 14th

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:26:00 -0500

(image) Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. It has yet to reveal the exact configuration options, but the $4,9...



Honda and Toyota are still backing hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:11:00 -0500

(image) Toyota, Honda and Nissan are partnering with eight industrial firms to make a fresh push on hydrogen refuelling stations in Japan. The group wants to build 80 stations within the first four years of the partnership -- which is expected to last a deca...



France gives 'Make our Planet Great Again' grants to US scientists

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:50:00 -0500

(image) France has backed up statements that it's willing to reward America's climate researchers now that the US has backed out of the Paris global warming accord. President Emmanuel Macron handed out 13 of 18 "Make our Planet Great Again" grants worth mill...



Nintendo has already sold over 10 million Switches

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:33:00 -0500

(image) That didn't take long: Nintendo has already sold over 10 million of its hybrid home/portable console, the Switch. If you're keeping track at home, that's roughly one million consoles sold every month since March. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 t...



Less than 1 percent of Android phones are running Oreo

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:02:00 -0500

(image) Android fragmentation! It's a problem as old as time itself. (Just kidding. But my gosh I've been writing about it for a long time.) Yesterday, Google released some fresh platform data explaining how many devices are running each version. Android 8.0...



Warner Bros. is making its own Harry Potter mobile game

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

(image) Hogwarts is officially going mobile. From next year, Potterheads -- and muggles, should they wish -- will be able to create their own characters and experience life as a Hogwarts student in officially-licensed game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. As...



You can now pre-order apps for Apple devices

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:04:00 -0500

(image) Apple has launched a simple new feature that makes it even easier to get the apps you've been waiting for. The company announced a new pre-order function that lets developers make their future releases available on the App Store up to 90 days in the...



Three expands ‘Feel at Home’ roaming to 11 more destinations

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:22:00 -0500

(image) Three has always been ahead of the pack when it comes to international roaming; it abolished charges in Europe well before the European Union made it law last June. The network has also expanded its "Feel at Home" program to other locations outside o...



The Morning After: Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This Tuesday, one Engadget editor attempted to become an Instagram star. (Spoiler: without money, it's harder than you'd think.) We have the best gift ideas for the console gamer in your life. We also take issue...



Watch SpaceX launch a reused capsule on a recycled rocket

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:01:00 -0500

(image) SpaceX is making an historic first on Wednesday, when it gets one step closer towards realizing its vision of reusable space launch gear. The private space company is launching a space station resupply mission using a refurbished Dragon spacecraft an...



People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:35:00 -0500

(image) Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching numbers (and the resulting media hype) are bound to draw the interest of casual folk. But,...



Microsoft's Cortana AI can connect to your Gmail

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:17:00 -0500

(image) Microsoft's Cortana refuses to sit idly by as Amazon's Alexa hogs all the skills. Even though the two digital helpers are best buds (by way of their upcoming partnership), Cortana is feeling competitive. The AI can now connect to your Gmail account v...



Bungie's next 'Destiny 2' update backtracks on DLC 'mistakes'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:47:00 -0500

(image) Bungie's Destiny 2 fixes continue to roll in. Having addressed its communities' gripes with the game's XP system, it's now tackling another hot-button topic: the high-level content locked behind the debut Curse of Osiris DLC. In its latest blog post,...