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04/30/2016 09:30 AM
Six robots inspired by real-life animals
By Cat DiStasio Many scientific and engineering developments were lifted right out of nature, but none more so than robots built to act like real-life animals. Biomimicry is the term for innovations like these, which draw inspiration from the power...
04/30/2016 08:00 AM
Recommended Reading: Why can't we stream more black TV shows?
Why Are so Many Great Black TV Shows Missing From Streaming Services? Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post Streaming services are great for providing a seemingly endless supply of movies and television shows. However, there are a ton of notable b...
04/30/2016 07:00 AM
ICYMI: Barely hoverbiking, new hair dryer tech and more
Today on In Case You Missed It: YouTuber Colin Furze teamed up with Ford to build a working hoverbike within just a few weeks, from his shed. It runs off of two diesel engines so granted, it's probably not the most mass-production friendly item, bu...
04/30/2016 04:00 AM
Roaming within the EU has just become cheaper
European decision-makers have been forcibly capping mobile roaming charges in the region for several years now. The last mandated reduction came into effect in July 2014, but today the European Commission has made calls, texts and megabytes that much...
04/30/2016 01:47 AM
Watch a 360-degree video of SpaceX's rocket landing at sea
If you've ever had any doubt whether SpaceX's Falcon 9 really touched down on a barge, you should watch this YouTube video. It shows a 360-degree view of the drone ship as the rocket was landing, which means you can drag the video around to watch it...
04/29/2016 11:38 PM
Puma's robotic running companion can keep pace with Usain Bolt
For some people, the RunKeeper coach's voice is enough to keep them motivated during a jog. Others need something physical to keep pace with. That's where Puma's BeatBot comes in. Developed by a NASA robotics engineer, a trio of MIT students and Puma...
04/29/2016 09:34 PM
Xiaomi's smartwatch for kids costs less than $50
Look, Xiaomi's smartwatch for kids isn't anything revolutionary. It has features typically found in children's wearables, including the ability to make and receive calls and to track users' whereabouts. The best thing about it, however, is its price:...
04/25/2016 03:20 PM
Double Play: How sports games reach deeper into gamers' pockets
*Editor's Note: This article is a guest-post from our Public Access community content section, where readers, commenters and fans can all contribute stories on their thoughts, opinions and experiences on technology and how it has impacted with thei...
04/29/2016 07:46 PM
Ask Alexa what's playing on SyFy
Amazon has been nudging third parties to make products that use its voice-controlled software, Alexa, but it's also encouraging others to specially interact by making custom 'Alexa skills'. Today, the SyFy network announced that it is the first enter...
04/29/2016 12:30 PM
The Public Access Weekly: The cool breeze
This week, Beyonce released a visual album called Lemonade, Babymetal partnered with Super Mario Maker (to the glee of many Engadget staffers), thousands if copies of Uncharted 4 were stolen and we got the first glimpses of the Snowden trailer.
04/29/2016 05:48 PM
Delta is rolling out RFID luggage tags by the end of summer
In an honorable attempt to make air travel slightly less terrible, Delta announced a new program this week that will track of checked baggage via paper RFID tags.
04/29/2016 04:52 PM
Wireless carriers will adopt a new real-time text protocol by December 2017
The FCC is ready to adopt a proposal that'll bring a new protocol to wireless networks to help people with disabilities communicate. It's called real-time text (RTT) and will be a replacement for the aging teletypwriter (TTY) devices that let users t...
04/29/2016 04:04 PM
Scientists use 'Moth Radio Hour' to map meaning across the brain
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley took on the complex task of mapping meaning along the cerebral cortex, the thin membrane that stretches across the entire brain, and their results suggest language is much more complex than previo...
04/29/2016 03:35 PM
Hulu is adapting Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Taking a cue from Netflix, Hulu isn't slowing down with its original programming. Today, the streaming service announced that it's ordered a full series adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's seminal sci-fi novel. It centers on a totali...
04/29/2016 02:50 PM
Judge rules for Fitbit in patent dispute with Jawbone
Fitbit just won a legal ruling invalidating the patents Jawbone was using to block it from importing its foreign-made fitness bands to the US. The ruling reduces the chance for Fitbit to face an import ban from the US International Trade Commission,...
04/29/2016 01:35 PM
Celebrate 50 years of 'Star Trek' at NYC's Intrepid museum
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of boldly going where no-one has gone before, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum in NYC will host "Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience." From July 8 to October 31, you too can explore the 26th century b...
04/29/2016 01:12 PM
Google patents smart lenses you inject into your eyes
Google Glass may have been too clunky to succeed in its original version, but the search giant will find its way into your eyeballs one way or another. According to a new patent filing, the company has devised a method to inject a device directly int...
04/29/2016 12:48 PM
Cord-munching weasel temporarily knocks the LHC offline
Just weeks after coming online from a series of crucial upgrades, CERN's Large Hadron Collider was knocked back offline overnight after a weasel (potentially a Marten) chomped through the wrong power cable. "We had electrical problems, and we are pre...
04/29/2016 12:25 PM
The 'Mass Effect' theme park attraction opens in May
Mass Effect is traveling to a strange new world: California's Great America theme park. The Mass Effect attraction opens on May 18th at California's Great America in Santa Clara, featuring an interactive 3D presentation with 4D effects, all hosted by...
04/29/2016 12:02 PM
Who hacked Facebook?
Late last week, a hacker named Orange Tsai wrote about how he hacked into Facebook under the aegis of its bug bounty program. A bug bounty is when a company pays hackers for vulnerabilities they find, providing the company with real-world threat test...
04/29/2016 11:39 AM
The 'Dark Souls' franchise is over... for now
At what could be the height of the Dark Souls franchise's popularity, developer From Software is ready to move on.
04/29/2016 11:19 AM
'Doom' creators pull 'Blackroom' Kickstarter after four days
That lasted long. John Romero and Adrian Carmack, founders of the Doom and Quake developer iD Software, have already pulled the plug on their new Kickstarter project. The Blackroom campaign had been running for four days when the pair decided to pres...
04/29/2016 11:00 AM
The curious case of 'Quadrilateral Cowboy'
Game developer Brendon Chung is an easygoing guy when it comes to the creative process. He doesn't make elaborate plans regarding the scope of his projects; instead he goes wherever the flow takes him. It's been working out for him: His completed gam...
04/29/2016 10:44 AM
Samsung brings nightly storytime into VR for busy parents
Parents don't always have a chance to read to their kids at night -- especially if they're traveling, or working late. Samsung is working on a potential solution for this modern dilemma: BedTime VR Stories, a new Gear VR app that lets parents experie...
04/29/2016 10:21 AM
The best universal remote control
By Darryl Wilkinson and Grant Clauser This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here. If you're looking for an easy-to-use universal remote to control up to eight devices, w...