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04/24/2017 07:00 AM
Rickard Nordin, Sweden's 'Hearthstone'-streaming politician
For many people, eSports cropped up when they weren't looking, growing out of the passionate local communities built by game creators and players. Professional teams now compete in high-stakes leagues for prestige, tournament winnings and lucrative s...
04/24/2017 06:00 AM
SlingStudio makes multi-camera video production a reality for all
Putting video on the internet is easier than ever -- even livestreaming has been dramatically simplified, thanks to products like Periscope and Facebook Live. But video production gets much more complex when you bring multiple cameras into the mix, w...
04/24/2017 05:02 AM
Siri now reads out your WhatsApp messages
Apple's Siri assistant may not boast as many third-party integrations as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it's still useful in its own right. Since the company opened up the platform last year, major apps have tapped into the platform, allowing...
04/24/2017 04:00 AM
The Morning After: Monday, April 24th 2017
Welcome to a fresh new week at Engadget. Over the weekend, you may have missed Uber's latest sketchy tale, a rallying call for truth and science, and a love letter to the Galaxy S8 from a once-Samsung hater.
04/24/2017 12:58 AM
South Korean presidential candidate campaigns with 'Starcraft' maps
How should politicians connect with younger voters? How do you cut through the relentless waves of promises, speeches and the rest? If you're South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, you take to Starcraft. Perhaps even more surprisingly, he's...
04/23/2017 09:55 PM
A 3D-printed patch could help you recover from a heart attack
Scientists have dreamed of easily patching up heart tissue in the wake of heart attacks, but there are always gotchas: for example, it's no mean feat to replicate the complex structures of real tissue. However, there may be a solution in sight. Res...
04/23/2017 07:24 PM
Most habitable planets may be completely covered in water
When you imagine what a rocky, habitable planet looks like, it's easy to picture an alternate Earth where land and oceans exist in an ideal balance. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily how it will pan out in real life... in fact, you might be surp...
04/23/2017 05:33 PM
IllumiBowl's latest toilet light also kills germs
IllumiBowl's motion-activated, multi-color toilet night light may have seemed like a silly idea when it first launched, but don't laugh -- it's a practical solution if you'd rather not flick on the regular bathroom light (and momentarily blind yourse...
04/23/2017 04:02 PM
Pinterest doesn't want you to see it as a social network
Believe it or not, Pinterest has never really advertised itself in the US -- remarkable for an internet giant with over 150 million users and enough clout that it can buy well-known services like Instapaper. However, you're about to see a lot more o...
04/23/2017 02:29 PM
First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market
When UniQure launched the first commercial gene therapy drug, Glybera, it promised a minor revolution in medicine. By using custom viruses to deliver genes, it could reportedly cure a rare disease (lipoprotein lipase deficiency) with just one round o...
04/23/2017 01:00 PM
Thousands descended on DC to march for truth and science
A balmy Friday evening gave way to a miserable Saturday, with low, gray clouds that blotted out the sun and soaked Washington DC with rain. That wasn't enough to stop thousands of people — from all over the country — from gathering on the...
04/23/2017 11:33 AM
Apple threatened to drop Uber's app over iPhone tagging (updated)
Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber's Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remo...
04/23/2017 10:00 AM
Livestream's Mevo camera can broadcast to YouTube Live
Last year, Livestream's Mevo became the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. Now the video streaming platform is giving its device a few more major upgrades, including support for Android and YouTube Live. The camera can now broadcas...
04/23/2017 08:30 AM
The best toaster
By Brendan Nystedt and Michael Sullivan This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions...
04/23/2017 07:00 AM
Ben Heck's super glue gun: Gears, Arduinos and motor drivers
We're making progress with the Super Glue Gun project, though we've hit a problem and we could use your help. To push the glue sticks into the gun, we need motor control. For this we're prototyping with ATTiny24, Arduino, and TRIACs, all while di...
04/23/2017 02:28 AM
YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens
Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug...
04/22/2017 09:57 PM
Europe may harmonize how internet companies fight hate speech
Internet companies are already taking action against hate speech, but it's no secret that they don't always tackle it in the same way. One may delete the hostile material immediately, while the other might spend days reviewing it before taking actio...
04/22/2017 08:31 PM
Artificially bright clouds might save the Great Barrier Reef
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is dying due to changes in ocean temperature, and conventional attempts to save it (such as improving water quality or limiting fishing) haven't panned out. However, scientists might have an unusual approach that works...
04/22/2017 06:59 PM
China proves its first resupply spacecraft can reach orbit
China's space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the e...
04/22/2017 05:25 PM
Verizon's Galaxy S8 won't help you shop on Amazon
Samsung already gave a heads-up that Bixby wouldn't be complete when the Galaxy S8 launched, but Verizon customers will have to make do with less than most... for a while, anyway. The American carrier has confirmed to CNET that its version of the S8...
04/22/2017 03:56 PM
Britain has its first day of coal-free power in 135 years
Coal power has been a fixture of British culture ever since the country's first plant went live in 1882. It shaped the Industrial Revolution (and the air pollution that followed), was involved in major labor disputes and even led to a famous album c...
04/22/2017 02:25 PM
YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ+ videos
YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit too restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including...
04/22/2017 12:57 PM
'Avatar' sequels start arriving on December 18th, 2020
James Cameron has spent years drumming up hype for his Avatar sequels with little to show for it (the first sequel was originally due this December). However, his team is finally ready to commit to specific release dates -- for all the new movies. Th...
04/22/2017 11:30 AM
Recommended Reading: Juicero and the Silicon Valley hype machine
Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze Ellen Huet and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg We never bought into the hype of a $700 juicer, but the folks at Juicero were able convince some that its WiFi-connected device was worth the investme...
04/22/2017 10:00 AM
'The Last Goodbye' is the VR Holocaust memorial we need today
You've read about the Holocaust in books and seen it portrayed in films. But it's another experience entirely to walk through the site of a concentration camp in virtual reality, led by a survivor who lost his entire family there. The Last Goodbye, w...