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03/25/2017 10:30 AM
Recommended Reading: Radiohead's 'OK Computer' predicted the future
The Radiohead Prophesies: How 'OK Computer' Predicted the Future Stuart Berman, Pitchfork Pitchfork is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer this week, including a pretty interesting look at how Thom Yorke imagined the future...
03/25/2017 08:00 AM
Toto hopes to woo Americans with high-tech toilet showroom
Japanese toilets have long been a mainstay in Asian households, but the concept is still something of a curiosity in much of the Western world. Toto, Japan's biggest toilet maker, has attempted to market its high-tech commodes to American audiences f...
03/25/2017 06:00 AM
The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Letter from the Editor There's something about the internet that turns grown-ass adults into sniveling, name-calling adolescents. We make dick jokes, start flame wars and lol so hard when others fail. In my six years at Engadget, I've learned the ha...
03/25/2017 04:34 AM
Digital downloads killed 150 GameStop stores
It's game over for at least 150 GameStop stores. The retailer has announced that it's shutting down 2 to 3 percent of 7,500 shops across the globe after sales and earning plummeted last year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company was affe...
03/25/2017 12:21 AM
Uber CEO linked to escort bar visit that resulted in an HR complaint
In case you were counting, it has been more than a month since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination within his company. Tonight The Information reports that in 2014, Kalanick senior V...
03/24/2017 08:40 PM
Movado's Android Wear device looks like its regular watches
Movado has revealed its first Android Wear watch at Baselworld 2017, a few weeks after it announced its first solo foray into smartwatches. The American watchmaker calls its creation Movado Connect, a timepiece with edge-to-edge, always-on display sp...
03/24/2017 07:57 PM
Amazon will collect state sales taxes nationwide April 1st
While Amazon has resisted collecting state sales taxes, over the last few years it has bent, state by state. Now CNBC reports that as of April 1st, it will collect sales taxes in every state that imposes one, as Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico jo...
03/24/2017 05:36 PM
Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lot
As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a "release candidate" Model 3. Autoblog explains that unless...
03/24/2017 03:33 PM
Netflix thinks people still like Adam Sandler movies
Adam Sandler's recent output has been... well, it's probably best not to talk about it. Regardless of how you feel about his work, Netflix and its viewers seem to be fans and as such the streaming juggernaut has inked another four-movie deal with the...
03/24/2017 02:55 PM
Google app test makes editing photos more social
Right on the heels of killing off Google Talk, the company has admitted it's working on a new app for group photo editing and sharing. While Google already has the chat app Allo and video calling app Duo, it may be feeling pressure from its competito...
03/24/2017 02:25 PM
Tesla starts taking solar roof orders next month
Compared to successfully launching a private rocketry business and an electric vehicle brand, Elon Musk's quest to line your roof with solar cells is a less flashy endeavor. He pitched it last August as Tesla's preamble in its eventually successful a...
03/24/2017 01:56 PM
Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995
It's time for Facebook to fully embrace the animated GIF. The social network is about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and your feed will never be the same.
03/24/2017 01:28 PM
Google kills Talk so Hangouts may live
Google has a frankly absurd ecosystem of chat, messaging and texting apps. In theory, the company would like enterprise users to get on board with Hangouts while directing people to Allo for their day-to-day personal chats and texts. In practice, how...
03/24/2017 01:00 PM
How to adult at security
You're a grown-ass adult -- so stop using the same password for everything. Seriously, your cat's name followed by your birthday isn't fooling anybody. Don't be that guy (of any gender) who gets totally owned by ransomware. Pull up your big-person pa...
03/24/2017 12:45 PM
Treasury secretary doesn't see AI as a threat to jobs
Anyone who's been paying attention to the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence over the last decade likely will admit that those technologies are going to effect the economy in ways we can't fully predict quite yet. For treasury secre...
03/24/2017 12:22 PM
We're playing 'Splatoon 2's Global Testfire and you should too
You won't be able to buy the follow up to Nintendo's hit Wii U competitive shooter until Summer, but if you have a Switch you can play the game today. Over the course of the next three days, Nintendo will hosting the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire -- an...
03/24/2017 11:50 AM
HTC U Ultra review: Bad decisions in a beautiful body
I was almost giddy when I reviewed the HTC 10 last year. After years of casting about for the right approach, the company built a phone that seemed like a clear step in the right direction. Fast forward to January 2017: HTC revealed the $750 U Ultra,...
03/24/2017 11:21 AM
48 new emojis are coming to your phone this summer
Near the end of last year, we got word that new emojis were on the way. With that announcement came a list of 51 proposed emojis that would come with the upcoming release of Unicode 10.0. That lineup has been pared down to 48, and as Emojipedia notes...
03/24/2017 11:00 AM
Logitech's CEO says you can innovate and be humble
Logitech is a rare technology company. It's been around for 35 years, all the while finding different ways to thrive as an independent accessory maker. But despite being a well-known brand, it's never been considered "hip" like Apple or Beats. Instea...
03/24/2017 10:42 AM
Tool may finally let you stream its brooding art metal
A number of artists who were initially opposed to streaming services wind up with their music available there for one reason or another. The music of both The Beatles and Prince is now available for streaming after both were holdouts for a long time....
03/24/2017 10:19 AM
Comcast is considering a nationwide streaming TV service
Comcast is laying the groundwork for a streaming TV service similar to DirecTV Now in markets it currently doesn't serve, including New York and LA, according to Bloomberg. It reportedly obtained nationwide TV channel rights from several unnamed cabl...
03/24/2017 10:00 AM
The best external desktop hard drive
By Justin Krajeski 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 wo...
03/24/2017 09:47 AM
Xbox One launch title 'Ryse' is free to play next month
April is fast approaching, which means another handful of games will be free to play on Xbox One through the Games with Gold program. During the course of next month, four titles -- two for Xbox One and two for Xbox 360 -- will be free to download. T...
03/24/2017 09:24 AM
MIT creates 3D-printed robot inspired by the goldbug beetle
Someday, robots, planes, cars and other machines might have sensors all over their bodies, turning them into a huge touchscreen that recognizes your input. For that to happen, though, scientists have to develop sensor-rich robotic skin that can react...
03/24/2017 08:57 AM
T-Mobile fights phone scams with new tools for customers
This week, the FCC revealed its plan to battle robocalls. Part of that initiative includes allowing phone companies to target and block calls from fake or suspect phone numbers. Those rules are still being finalized, but T-Mobile isn't wasting any ti...