Rainy Hills | Technology

Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics


02/08/2016 11:26 AM
Hacker posts info on thousands of Homeland Security employees
The US government has yet another security breach on its hands. Late yesterday, a Twitter account posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory containing names, titles, email addresses, phone numbers and more for over 9,000 employees. "Th...
02/08/2016 11:01 AM
Watch the cinematic opening for 'Dark Souls 3'
Dark Souls 3 is almost here, people of the internet. But while you patiently wait until April 12th, when the game's scheduled to launch, there's now a cinematic opening for it to keep your emotions at ease. In the video titled To the Kingdom of Lothr...
02/08/2016 10:26 AM
The future of military camouflage may be a cute chameleon robot
Researcher Guoping Wang of Wuhan University, China, and a handful of collaborators 3D-printed a chameleon robot that changes colors in response to its environment, as spotted by New Scientist. The little lizard is lined in plasmonic displays created...
02/08/2016 10:00 AM
You can now buy MSI's eye-tracking laptop
MSI has revealed that people can now pick up the flagship GT72S laptop for the princely sum of $2,599.99. Unlike other high-end gaming devices, this one has a trick up its sleeve: Tobii's eye-tracking sensor technology. We've previously showed you pr...
02/08/2016 09:12 AM
Humble Bundle is funding its own games
Now that the Humble Bundle crew has a monthly indie game subscription service, you might be wondering: how is it going to keep you coming back for more? By offering exclusive games, that's how. The outfit tells Destructoid that it's funding small tit...
02/08/2016 08:30 AM
3D hand scanner could give you custom braces
Many 3D scanners are built to scan whole objects, but that doesn't necessarily cut it if you're trying to scan a specific part. Ever try to map your own hand? Yeah, that doesn't work very well. However, recent graduate Pieter Smakman has a better...
02/08/2016 08:00 AM
The environmentally friendly rainbow laser forest
Lasers might not be the first things that come to mind when thinking of the conserving the environment. Nonetheless, they're being used to manage commercial forests more efficiently. The false-color image above was captured with a "laser radar" LIDA...
02/08/2016 07:41 AM
The Pirate Bay begins testing browser streaming
The Pirate Bay torrent site has blown around so much, you might not even be sure where it is right now (thepiratebay.se, we think). It's still kicking though, and now has a new trick -- streaming directly from your browser. It's able to do that thank...
02/08/2016 07:22 AM
iRobot is selling off its military division
The US military might seem like an endless cash train for contractors, but it's not always so. Vacuum bot maker iRobot has sold off its defense and security division in order to focus on its core Roomba business. If you were unaware that iRobot even...
02/08/2016 07:01 AM
India bans Facebook's 'Free Basics' service
Net neutrality one, Facebook zero. India's telecommunications regulator has banned what it calls "discriminatory tariffs for data services," more commonly known as zero-rating. The term describes schemes that allow customers to access particular site...
02/08/2016 06:02 AM
'Red Dead Redemption' pays a brief visit to the Xbox One
Ever since Microsoft announced backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, gamers have campaigned for the inclusion of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. The open-world western is yet to grace Microsoft's 100+ strong list of available games, but the proba...
02/08/2016 05:04 AM
The OnePlus 2 now costs $349
If you need a high-end phone but have budget issues, OnePlus has permanently lowered the price of its OnePlus 2 smartphone from $399 to $349 (€345 and £249 in Europe and the UK). That makes it just $100 more than its entry-level OnePlus X...
02/08/2016 04:01 AM
Vallie offers to charge your EV before parking it in London
After a small test in the heart of London, Vallie has started to expand its on-demand valet parking service. At least a little bit, anyway. The app now covers a slightly larger patch of the city, stretching as far as King's Cross St. Pancras station...
02/08/2016 03:35 AM
World's fastest mobility scooter hits record 107.6 mph
It must've been a slow week at an Isle of Man bodyshop when mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine decided to "tweak" a mobility scooter for a bit more speed. The garden-variety Days Strider model was designed to go 8 mph, so naturally the pair add...
02/08/2016 02:21 AM
The UK wants Google to test its self-driving cars in London
Google's self-driving cars have already racked up more than a million miles, however all of them have taken place in the US. What about other parts of the world, such as those where people drive on the left? According to Sky News, some London officia...
02/08/2016 02:06 AM
Watch 540 dancing robots celebrate Chinese New Year
Ten robot cheerleaders isn't enough when it comes to celebrating Chinese New Year. To kick off the year of the monkey, Chinese broadcaster CCTV's TV special included 540 dancing robots, with a fleet of drones to top it all off with a layer of glitter...
02/08/2016 12:25 AM
Experiment to determine why astronauts feel weak back on Earth
Astronauts don't have it easy when they come home, and it's not just because of the change in gravity: their red blood cell production drops while they're in space, leaving them weakened on Earth. But why? That's what a Canadian experiment aboard the...
02/07/2016 10:29 PM
Super Bowl 50: the ads, not the football
You've probably seen plenty of this year's Super Bowl ads already, especially as YouTube offered many companies the option to get their videos out in advance, hopefully ensuring more views during the barrage of The Big Game itself. So, we've already...
02/07/2016 09:51 PM
Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game
It's no secret that you can use Facebook Messenger for a whole lot more than just chatting with pals, but there's still a surprise or two in store. Social networkers have discovered that Messenger has a hidden chess game (quietly available for a lea...
02/07/2016 08:20 PM
Chip promises brain-like AI in your mobile devices
There's one big, glaring reason why you don't see neural networks in mobile devices right now: power. Many of these brain-like artificial intelligence systems depend on large, many-core graphics processors to work, which just isn't practical for a d...
02/07/2016 06:45 PM
Smallest-ever optical switch revolves around one atom
We've seen some ridiculously tiny electronics in our day, but this might take the cake. Swiss researchers have built an optical networking switch so small that it's measured on the atomic scale -- in fact, it's smaller than the wavelength of light i...
02/07/2016 05:12 PM
'Titanfall 2' will have a real single-player campaign
Respawn hasn't said much about its Titanfall sequel beyond plans for multi-platform support, but some details are starting to trickle out... and they'll be good news for fans of the robot-slash-infantry shooter. In a chat with Forbes, head writer Jes...
02/07/2016 03:49 PM
Scientists decode the bedbug's genes to help kill it
Just the very thought of bedbugs probably makes your skin crawl, and that's made all the worse by their ability to adapt to new threats. Like it or not, that pesticide you used years ago probably doesn't work any more. What to do? Genetics might j...
02/07/2016 02:16 PM
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact arrive in the US
As promised, Sony has brought its latest and greatest smartphones to the US. Both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are now on sale in unlocked form through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and other shops at respective prices of $599 and $499. Both pac...
02/07/2016 12:45 PM
Google is reportedly releasing a VR headset this year
There were hints that Google was interested in making virtual reality hardware, and now some of the first details of that gear seem to be trickling out. Financial Times sources claim that Google's first true VR headset is effectively a more open riv...