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'Live Message' on the Galaxy Note 8 lets you draw all over photos

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:32:00 -0400

(image) While Samsung used to be known for loading up its smartphones with all manner of gimmicky software of questionable utility, the company has pulled back on its Android customizations in recent years. But with today's unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8, Sa...

Samsung debuts a smarter, more capable S Pen

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:29:00 -0400

(image) Tablets and pens have gone hand in hand since the days of cuneiform and the original Galaxy Note. However, as the Notes (as well as Tabs and Notebooks) themselves have advanced in capability over the past few years, their styli generally haven't kept...

Galaxy Note 8 hands-on: Enough to make you forget the Note 7

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) After the nightmare that was the Galaxy Note 7, few people would've been surprised if Samsung killed the Note line entirely. But it didn't. As an insane number of leaks have suggested, the company still believes the world needs a high-end phablet wit...

The Galaxy Note 8's dual camera rivals the iPhone 7 Plus

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Samsung may be late to the dual-camera game, but it seems to have put that extra time to good use. The Note 8 is the first major Galaxy handset to sport two rear cameras, with a setup that includes twin 12-megapixel sensors, one with wide-angle lens...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 packs a giant display and a smarter pen

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It's been a long, long year for Galaxy Note fans. The Note 7 launched with much fanfare last summer, only to die in spectacular fashion as systemic battery flaws (not to mention hasty decision-making) forced Samsung to recall the fire-prone handset t...

Live from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 event!

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:45:00 -0400

(image) After an embarrassing fiasco involving exploding batteries, recalls, apologies and assurances, Samsung is ready to re-introduce the Note line to the world. Thanks to the plethora of leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what the new device will look l...

Pepper's new job is performing Buddhist funeral ceremonies

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:26:00 -0400

(image) Pepper the robot has seen a variety of gainful employment in its relatively short life. It's worked in a mobile phone store, a Pizza Hut and a French train station, but now it seems it's jacking in the corporate world for more spiritual pursuits: Bud...

Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home are under £100 right now

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:10:00 -0400

(image) If you're in the market for a smart speaker but don't fancy shelling out the full retail price for one, Amazon and Google might be able to help. Today, both the Amazon Echo and Google Home have been given price cuts that have taken them below the &po...

HP's Omen X is a monstrous, customizable gaming laptop

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) While companies like ASUS, Acer and NVIDIA are working on making gaming laptops thinner and lighter, HP is going in the opposite direction with its huge Omen X Laptop. It weighs a whopping 10.8 lbs, which is close to other 17-inch gaming notebooks. I...

Watch Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 livestream at 11AM ET

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:41:00 -0400

(image) If you've been eagerly awaiting the return of the Galaxy Note after the drama surrounding last year's model, today is the day. At 11AM ET, Samsung will reveal the Note 8 and perhaps a few other things during the festivities. We'll be there to cover a...

'Fallout,' 'Doom' and 'Skyrim' will launch in VR this year

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:20:00 -0400

(image) The biggest beef for VR gamers is the lack of, well, VR games. That's about to change soon thanks to Bethesda, which revealed that all three of the VR titles it announced previously will be coming to the Playstation VR and HTC Vive by the end of the...

Amazon's new education tool helps students become better writers

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's been ramping up its efforts in the education space since 2013, when it acquired TenMarks. The ed-tech startup helps teachers and parents create easy-to-digest curriculums for young students, which up until today were all about math. But now,...

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's custom spacesuit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:31:00 -0400

(image) Ladies and gentleman, meet the SpaceX spacesuit. Elon Musk just came through with the first pic of the astronaut gear via his Instagram. And, even though it's not a full look at the suit, it offers plenty to pick apart. Like, why is the American flag...

Apple's next self-driving phase is an employee shuttle

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:03:00 -0400

(image) Apple famously planned to build an entire self-driving car, but abandoned that idea to focus on autonomous vehicle technology à la Uber and Waymo. Thanks to a New York Times report, we now know some of what happened and what Apple is doing now...

Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:45:00 -0400

(image) For Amazon Echo owners in the UK, the arrival of Music Unlimited provided the likes of Apple and Spotify with some music needed competition. The company immediately made it the default music service on the smart speaker, allowing users to instantly q...

EE says it'll also sue Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:19:00 -0400

(image) It seems a couple of UK carriers would rather tie the impending 5G spectrum auction up in litigation than let any of their competitors get their own way. Following in the footsteps of Three, EE's now threatening its own legal challenge against Ofcom...

MIT makes it easy for beginners to design robots

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:02:00 -0400

(image) It's not easy building robots if you don't have the education and the training. A team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), however, have developed a tool that allows even beginners to design mach...

The Morning After: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Wednesday has arrived. It brings the last gasp of eclipse talk (for a few years, anyway), as well as our first close look at the SNES Classic Edition. Oh, and don't forget, check Engadget for all of the Samsung...

Blizzard's making 'Overwatch' competitive seasons short and sweet

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:15:00 -0400

(image) By now, Overwatch gamers are accustomed to getting updates. Blizzard keeps spoiling us with new characters, modes, and events. They in turn keep the game fresh for returning players 14 months down the line. Judging by its latest announcement, the dev...

Royal Mail is going greener with all-electric vans

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0400

(image) As you can probably imagine, Royal Mail isn't the most environmentally friendly of businesses due to the sheer number of vehicles it has on the road. The logistical behemoth is getting greener by the day, however, today beginning a new trial of cute,...

Amazon's latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes 'Madden 18' fans

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:30:00 -0400

(image) Amazon's well and truly got football fever. It seems securing the rights to select NFL games for Prime Video wasn't enough, it's now also got the hook-up for Madden 18. The latest instalment in the long-running sports franchise just dropped. And, Twi...

DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:45:00 -0400

(image) The Department of Justice has given up on getting the IPs of 1.3 million visitors to, a website that helped organize protests of the president's inauguration. it originally asked the website's host, Dreamhost, for all visitors' persona...

Walmart uses Google's AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) Google's Express delivery service has just gained another big player in addition to Target and Costco: Walmart. Soon, you'll be able to buy items from the major retailer with your voice through Google Home or via the Google Express website or app and...

Sony owes Xperia owners a refund over faulty water resistance

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:09:00 -0400

(image) When you buy a phone billed as water-resistant, you generally expect it to survive accidental dunks. Some Sony phone owners have a very different story, though -- their supposedly resistant phones took water damage that required an expensive fix. If...

What's on TV: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:16:00 -0400

(image) We're back! This week the big event doesn't occur until Sunday night (unless it leaks early), when Game of Thrones wraps up its penultimate season with another super-sized episode clocking in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Until then we can check out Mad...