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08/22/2014 08:57 PM
SpaceX rocket malfunctions and explodes during 'complex' test
No one ever said rebooting spaceflight was going to be easy. The SpaceX team might know that better than anyone, especially on a night like this: one of the company's experimental F9R rockets malfunctioned in a test flight over McGregor, Texas and...
08/22/2014 08:42 PM
New York Attorney General asks Airbnb to hand over 124 hosts' personal data
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is not done scrutinizing Airbnb's and its hosts' business practices just yet. He's now asked the company to hand over full, unredacted personal information on 124 hosts in the state, months after receiving...
08/22/2014 07:53 PM
New wearable wants to help you run better, smarter and safer
As great as running is for your health, it can also cause you some pain if not done properly -- like a lot of things in life, overdoing it could turn out unwanted results (hello, shin splints). Thankfully, there's a new Kickstarter project which is...
08/22/2014 07:07 PM
Apple offers battery replacements for some early iPhone 5 units
It's hardly uncommon for smartphone batteries to lose some of their oomph over time, but Apple just might be able to help if your iPhone 5's battery has been flakier than usual. The folks in Cupertino have figured out that some of the iPhone 5s sold...
08/22/2014 06:41 PM
Leica's latest rangefinder camera is both speedier and stealthier
Digital rangefinder cameras may look like retro fashion items, but they're genuinely handy for pros -- they're good for moments when you need quality without carrying a big, conspicuous DSLR. To that end, Leica has just launched the M-P, a new...
08/22/2014 05:49 PM
Uber drivers reportedly dealing with robberies in Los Angeles
For Uber, its rise to the top hasn't always gone smoothly. From facing legal challenges across different parts of the world, to battling it out verbally with competitors, the ridesharing company has had to fight hard to make a name for itself. And...
08/22/2014 05:07 PM
Engadget Daily: 'Halo 2: Anniversary,' problems with Secret's secrecy and more!
Today, we anticipate the visual glory of Halo 2: Anniversary, learn that a monkey can't own photo rights, sit down without a chair, investigate problems with Secret's anonymity and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24...
08/22/2014 04:23 PM
ComScore: Most people in the US don't download apps on a regular basis
While smartphone apps come in handy for a variety of uses from sharing photos to navigating a new locale, it appears that most folks in the US barely download them at all. According to ComScore, 65.5 percent of those users 18 and above who wield a...
08/22/2014 03:42 PM
Secret's next update will add polls and Flickr support, but limit photo uploads
If you love hanging your dirty laundry on carefully curated and symbolic images, then Secret's next update both is -- and isn't -- for you. Sometime next week, the anonymous sharing app will integrate Flickr image search, but access to the photo...
08/22/2014 03:07 PM
Twitter's 'Buy Now' button may be powered by Stripe payments
Remember that illusive "Buy Now" button that briefly showed up on Twitter last month? Re/Code says it's still on the way -- and it's backed by Stripe, a mobile payments startup. According to sources close to the outlet, merchants that want to sell...
08/22/2014 02:38 PM
Over 1,000 US businesses hit with the same cyberattack as Target
Target's massive data breach grabbed headlines right in the middle of holiday shopping that year, and the fallout continues. According to a Department of Homeland Security advisory this afternoon, the attacks that hit the red-hued retailer, along...
08/22/2014 02:09 PM
Text adventure 'game' offers a taste of what clinical depression is like
Unless you're deep in the throes of it yourself, actual, clinical depression can be incredibly hard to wrap your head around. Sure, you can scroll through the Wikipedia article all you like, but intellectually knowing about and feeling depression are...
08/22/2014 01:45 PM
NSA and GCHQ employees may be undermining the agencies' work to hack Tor
It's no secret that US and British spy agencies are trying to crack the Tor network, but new information suggests that the agencies' floundering efforts may be sabotaged from within. For the uninitiated, Tor is a web browser that anonymizes a...
08/22/2014 01:29 PM
Google buys design firm behind OLPC and Slingbox
Man, Google's checkbook is really getting a workout this summer. According to a report from Bloomberg, the search giant just acquired yet another company, and unlike the other two companies it bought this month, it isn't an mobile app startup No, no:...
08/22/2014 01:12 PM
Apparently, Porsche Design is still working with BlackBerry
Since 2012, Porsche Design and BlackBerry have worked together on two high-end handsets that offer a retooled exterior and... not much else. That didn't stop the duo from selling the tweaked aesthetic for over $2,000, though. It seems that the pair...
08/22/2014 12:44 PM
Man lands in jail for using phone to pirate movie at the theater
The concept of someone recording films at movie theaters for pirating purposes seems so outdated. Yet, that's still happening in some parts of the world, apparently. Most recently, there's the case of Philip Danks, a 25-year-old UK man who just got...
08/22/2014 12:13 PM
CarKarPlay display mirrors your smartphone on your dashboard
Remember the good old days when mini Bluetooth keyboards just became a thing? Then you may recall a brand called iPazzPort, who is now launching what appears to be the world's first wireless display dedicated to mobile devices. Much like the brand,...
08/22/2014 11:47 AM
The Big Picture: Neptune's largest moon, Triton
Neptune has more moons than we have planets in our Solar System, with a total of 14 (and counting) orbiting around it. Its largest, Triton, is big enough to practically be considered a planet, so much so that scientists often compare it to Pluto....
08/22/2014 11:21 AM
The best way to draw a self-portrait is with your blood and a CNC machine
Snapping a selfie with your phone is easy enough these days, but in order to create a self-portrait, a Brooklyn-based artist chose a slightly different route. 44-year-old Ted Lawson hooked himself up to a CNC machine (which he refers to as a "robot")...
08/22/2014 10:53 AM
If Secret isn't anonymous, we're all screwed
People have been airing their dirty laundry and slinging shade on Secret -- an anonymous sharing app -- for months now. Who could blame them? It's fun, it's freeing and accountability basically doesn't exist there... or so some may believe. Kevin...
08/22/2014 10:26 AM
India makes 'liking' blasphemous content illegal
India's previously criticized Facebook for not censoring material that was critical of its government, so let's agree that the country has something of a strained relationship with social media. Now, however, the south-west state of Karnataka has...
08/22/2014 10:00 AM
Coin's Bluetooth credit card stand-in will reach 10,000 lucky testers this fall
If you're one of the adventurous early adopters who pre-ordered Coin, you might finally get the chance to try it out. To recap: This Bluetooth-enabled piece of plastic acts as a stand-in for up to eight different cards, so that you only have to carry...
08/22/2014 09:30 AM
Could one of these gadgets upgrade your golf game?
With golf season in mid-swing, is your handicap going down, or just your morale? If it's the latter, a few extra lessons might be in order. Given that I write for Engadget (and not Golf Digest) I can't school you, but I can help you with some...
08/22/2014 08:30 AM
'Halo 2: Anniversary' edition shows some games get better with age
Halo: The Master Chief Collection promises to be the ultimate compilation for fans of John-117's adventures and online competitors alike, featuring remastered versions of all four numbered Halo titles (and access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta when...
08/22/2014 07:53 AM
An F1 racer burning rubber in infrared is trippy
FLIR has just shown a dramatic spectrum of Formula 1 racing you may not have even realized you were missing: full infrared. The company filmed Red Bull's RB8 F1 car doing donuts at the Gamma Racing Day in Assen using its FLIR X6580sc and other...