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12/09/2016 08:00 AM
The Engadget Podcast Ep 17: Mansion on the Hill
Executive editor Christopher Trout and reviews editor Cherlynn Low join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the week's biggest news, including: Pandora Premium, Fitbit's purchase of Pebble and the gaming industry's nostalgia overload. Then Chris will...
12/09/2016 07:30 AM
ICYMI: Birds the magical flying machines
Today on In Case You Missed It: There are three main theories of flight and it turns out, Stanford has poked holes in them by simply training a mini parrot to wear tiny safety goggles, then fly through a laser sheet. The video is more adorable t...
12/09/2016 07:00 AM
Chrome will provide clearer warnings for insecure retail sites
Chrome's developers have futzed with the way that it displays insecure sites over the past few years, and for now, non-HTTPS sites display a "neutral" info symbol. Google warned that would change soon for certain types of sites, however, and we can n...
12/09/2016 06:05 AM
Brood with Hollywood's finest in VR film noir
As part of a magazine celebrating this year's best actors, the New York Times has put together a murky, monochromatic set of film noir vignettes. The kicker? They were all shot in 360 degrees, giving you complete freedom over the camera angle. You're...
12/09/2016 05:02 AM
'Elite: Dangerous' finally beams onto PS4 in Q2 2017
Space adventure Elite: Dangerous is coming to the Playstation 4 in the second quarter next year, completing its gaming platform sweep. The trading and combat sim will have all the latest Horizon expansions, letting you tear around the surface of plan...
12/09/2016 04:00 AM
The Morning After: Friday December 9, 2016
Friday is here, and we learned that Magic Leap's wondrous demo video last year was all CGI magic, that scientists have discovered a dinosaur tail with feathers, and explain why Pebble fans might not be happy with the company's new owners.
12/09/2016 03:30 AM
Google Search experiment asks users to rate movies and TV shows
Try looking up a movie on Google -- if you notice a thumbs up and a thumbs down sign inside the movie's info box, you're among the few who has access to the tech titan's new experimental feature. The big G has confirmed to Search Engine Land that it...
12/09/2016 02:06 AM
Apple CarPlay is now in 200 cars, including 2017 models
Over 200 vehicles now support Apple's in-car infotainment system, the tech giant boasted on its website. Apple has updated its CarPlay-compatible vehicle list with 50 new entries, some of which are upcoming 2017 models from Audi, Honda, Kia, Maserati...
12/09/2016 12:27 AM
Spotify isn't acquiring SoundCloud after all
Just a couple of months ago, rumors indicated Spotify was negotiating to acquire fellow music streamer SoundCloud. Now, TechCrunch reports hearing from a source that those talks have ended and Spotify is walking away. According to the Financial Times...
12/08/2016 11:05 PM
First feathered dinosaur tail found encased in amber
Scientists have found dinosaur-era feathers and evidence of them in fossil impressions before. But this is the first time they've discovered a full-feathered tail section preserved in amber, ripe for forensic analysis and Spielbergian dreams.
12/08/2016 09:29 PM
EU is suing member states over Volkswagen diesel scandal
The European Union isn't happy some of its member countries still haven't punished Volkswagen for cheating on emission tests. According to several sources, it has began taking legal action against seven nations, starting with the UK, Germany, Luxembo...
12/08/2016 08:42 PM
Twitter accidentally killed @ names in replies on iOS today
If you use the official Twitter iOS app, you may have noticed something missing today: @username handles in replies. I wasn't a fan of the reworked style when it popped up on my Android device recently, and neither were many of the people affected by...
12/08/2016 08:11 PM
TSMC plans a new factory to pump out tomorrow's 3 nm chips
News leaked in late August that chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and Apple were working shrinking the A11 processor set to go in next year's iPhone down to 10nm. But to ensure it stays in business with the tech titan and other d...
12/08/2016 06:57 PM
'Reality' of Magic Leap could be further away than we thought
Over the last couple of years, we've repeatedly heard a lot about Magic Leap's supposedly advanced augmented reality tech, but have seen very little. In 2014, a half-billion dollar round of investment that included Google ratcheted up the hype and it...
12/08/2016 05:25 PM
Secret's anonymous sharing app is now a publishing platform
Remember Secret? The standard bearer for the anonymous social app movement shuttered in 2015 before co-creator David Byttow teased a possible Version 2 in the wake of Donald Trump's election. While the old app-based Secret won't be coming back, Bytto...
12/08/2016 04:29 PM
German Intel chief: Russia is trying to 'destabilize' the country
America's recent elections weren't the only event that Russia has been accused of meddling in. On Thursday, President Dr Hans-Georg Maaßen of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Germany's internal intelligence service, issued a brut...
12/08/2016 04:13 PM
AT&T will finally refund $88 million in unauthorized charges
Thanks to some shady business dealings between AT&T and a pair of companies known for bloating customers' cell phone bills, roughly 2.7 million current and former AT&T mobile subscribers are getting more than $88 million dollars in refunds fr...
12/08/2016 03:38 PM
Facebook now lets you create your own frame for photos and videos
For better or worse, Facebook is trying really hard to copy Snapchat. In the past few months the giant social network has added different features that, if you ask us, are seemingly inspired by the app with the ghost mascot. And its latest feature fo...
12/08/2016 03:00 PM
The Wirecutter's best deals: An $800 Dell laptop, down to $660
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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...
12/08/2016 02:39 PM
NASA has shared its massive GIF archive with Pinterest and GIPHY
NASA's been making a concerted effort over the past year to share its enormous archive of images and video with the internet. Last October, the agency teamed up with Flickr to feature thousands of Apollo era mission pictures. Thursday, NASA once agai...
12/08/2016 02:14 PM
Join the perfect match in 'Halo 5' with the custom game browser
Today's update to Halo 5: Guardians adds a long-requested feature to Xbox One and Windows 10: a custom games browser. The new browser allows players to search for in-progress games from the main menu, customizing search parameters by specific maps, m...
12/08/2016 01:38 PM
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95
John Glenn, the legendary war veteran, astronaut and United States Senator, died this afternoon at the age of 95 after being hospitalized in his home state of Ohio. After serving as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, Glenn became the...
12/08/2016 01:34 PM
Google opens up its Assistant actions to developers
When Google first unveiled its Assistant earlier this year, the service seemed to have quite a lot of potential. Unfortunately, in our testing of the company's new Home speaker and Pixel smartphones, we found the digital helper rather limited. Now th...
12/08/2016 01:07 PM
NYC will stop collecting info Trump could use for deportations
The NYC mayor's office has announced that it will no longer store personal records for immigrants who apply for the city's free IDNYC identification card. While the card allows users to secure accounts for utilities, banking and more, officials fear...
12/08/2016 01:00 PM
Twitch gamers will stream from the White House next week
A host of popular Twitch streamers will emerge from their poster-walled bedrooms next week to give President Obama a masterclass in clutch plays. On Monday, December 12th, Monster-guzzling gaming celebs will huddle around screens at the president's W...