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Report reveals the extent of China's tech sexism problem

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:37:00 -0400

(image) Chinese tech companies like Baidu and Alibaba have been using blatant sexism to attract job candidates and advertising jobs for "men only," Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported. "Major companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising...

Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:37:00 -0400

(image) There a number of reasons why camera-equipped smart glasses haven't taken off, whether it's dorky designs, bans or just a lack of practical applications beyond niche audiences. However, there's a common theme for them all: they need big batteries to...

Iran bans banks from trading cryptocurrencies

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:24:00 -0400

(image) Iran is borrowing a page from China when it comes to regulating money: if your real-world currency is in trouble, crack down on the virtual kind. The country's central bank has banned other banks and financial institutions from buying, selling or pr...

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:11:00 -0400

(image) Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles may still be on trial for embezzlement in Japan, but that isn't stopping him from playing an influential role in the cryptocurrency world. As part of an interview with Fortune, the one-time bitcoin exchange leader ha...

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:32:00 -0400

(image) Hollywood studios usually fight piracy by chasing after software add-ons and free streaming services, with the occasional device thrown in. A paid service, however? That's relatively rare... or at least, it has been. Amazon, Netflix and multiple H...

It's now safe to skin your Nintendo Switch

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:58:00 -0400

(image) When it became clear that vinyl wraps and other stickers were damaging the Switch, you could practically hear the wailing from console customizers everywhere. How were you supposed to add a personal touch to Nintendo's machine without giving it a pe...

US military hopes to launch rockets in 'days, not years'

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:31:00 -0400

(image) Even in the era of private spaceflight companies, the process of getting a rocket into space is glacially slow: it can take months or years to schedule and prepare for a mission. That was fine when launching any rocket was a special occasion, but DA...

BMW releases a teaser for the iX3, its first all-electric SUV

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:57:00 -0400

(image) BMW announced back in March that it's debuting a concept version of the iX3 at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. It's the automaker's first all-electric SUV, and it's also the first EV it's launching since it started producing the i3 back in 2013. Now, the...

The best projector for a home theater

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:30:00 -0400

(image) By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. The Sony VPL-HW4...

VW's electric Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 car

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:59:00 -0400

(image) After months of promises and teases, VW has formally unveiled its electric Pikes Peak race car... and its performance might be surprising even in light of earlier hype. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is built to smash Pikes Peak's EV record of 8 minutes and 5...

In 'This is Climate Change,' you can't look away from the destruction

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:30:00 -0400

(image) It's one thing to read about melting glaciers. It's another to sit and stare at one, as large chunks slowly slide off, crashing thunderously into the water below. In that moment, watching the destruction of a natural wonder, it's hard not to feel lik...

After Math: Number stations

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0400

(image) It was a week of hodge-podgery for the tech industry. AT&T rolled out its almost-5G service, Amazon finally revealed its Prime membership figures and Facebook continued its multi-year streak as "Company Least Encumbered by Any Discernible Form of...

The next 'Doom' movie won't play in theaters

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:29:00 -0400

(image) Do you remember the original Doom movie from 2005? You'd be forgiven if you didn't -- while it had recognizable stars (most notably Dwayne Johnson), it was a critical and commercial flop that only really found life after it left the big screen. Howev...

Ben Heck designs a glue gun with Fusion 360

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

(image) Ben and Karen talk through some of the suggestions from element14 Community members for the super glue gun build, before moving forward with the motor placement for the final...

Battle royale hybrid 'Darwin Project' is now free to play

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:26:00 -0400

(image) It's tough to compete in the battle royale world, especially with Fortnite in the room. How do you convince players to try your game if they aren't immediately enraptured? Scavengers Studio knows how: give it away. The company has turned E3 darling T...

Apple will shutter its last Watch-exclusive store in May

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:50:00 -0400

(image) On May 13th, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. The shop, which is located inside Shinjuku, Tokyo's posh Isetan department store, is one of the three pop-ups the tech titan built when it launched the wearable back in 2015. Twi...

Teen who hacked top US officials gets two years in prison

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:29:00 -0400

(image) The teenager who founded the hacking group that broke into ex-CIA chief John Brennan's email has been sentenced to serve two years at a youth detention center. Kane Gamble went by the alias "Cracka" when he and his group "Crackas With Attitude" targe...

WikiLeaks loses access to a key cryptocurrency account

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:02:00 -0400

(image) This hasn't been the best week for WikiLeaks, to put it mildly. Coinbase has shut off the WikiLeaks Shop's account for allegedly violating the cryptocurrency exchange's terms of service. In other words, the leak site just lost its existing means of...

Valve acquires the creators of 'Firewatch'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:31:00 -0400

(image) Campo Santo has widely been regarded as the little game studio that could. Its very first game, Firewatch, won numerous awards and even landed a movie deal. It won't be quite so indie going forward, however: the development team is joining Valve. Whi...

Apple will replace swollen batteries in newer MacBook Pros

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:58:00 -0400

(image) It hasn't been that long since the iPhone battery fiasco, but Apple already has another battery issue to deal with. The tech giant has launched a battery replacement program for 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bar manufactured between October 2016...

SEC charges third 'mastermind' in ICO fraud case

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:29:00 -0400

(image) The SEC is clearly determined to crack down on everyone involved in Centra Tech's allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. Officials have filed fraud charges against a third "mastermind" in the case, Raymond Trapani, for reportedly helping to whi...

GSMA puts eSIM work 'on hold' due to US collusion investigation

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:57:00 -0400

(image) Don't expect to see embedded SIM technology in your phone any time soon. The GSMA, which oversees key cellular standards, has placed eSIM spec work "on hold" while the US Department of Justice investigates the possibility of collusion between AT&...

Recommended Reading: Tesla and Waymo's self-driving data quests

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:33:00 -0400

(image) How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: Data Sean O'Kane, The Verge In order for cars to drive themselves, the vehicles and their systems require loads of data. And gathering those details are one of the main goals...

How to recycle your used and unwanted gadgets

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

(image) You're probably used to sorting your garbage into bins: green for paper, or blue for plastic and glass. But when it comes to electronics, we're still used to selling those off or tossing them into the trash heap. Unfortunately, our gadget addiction h...

Ask Engadget: What are the best apps and tools for the blind?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:30:00 -0400

(image) The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...