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What we played in December: 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order' and 'FIFA 18'

Dec 9 2019
Welcome back to Engadget's Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. This month, we couldn't help but plow through Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and devote plenty of time to FIFA 18. And we made some time for classi...

'Twin Peaks VR' trailer offers a dive into David Lynch's mind

Dec 9 2019
If you suspected that Twin Peaks VR would be a head trip, you guessed correctly. Collider and Showtime have released a trailer for the series' official virtual reality experience ahead of its debut later in December, and it feels like a mirror of Da...

Cadillac will help you shop for cars in a live virtual showroom

Dec 9 2019
Cadillac is moving some of the car shopping process online... if not necessarily the parts you'd want the most. The automaker has launched a Cadillac Live service that lets you check out car features and ask questions through a live video connection...

A new BioShock game is in development

Dec 9 2019
2K Games has announced the formation of a new studio, Cloud Chamber, which will take the lead on a new title in the Bioshock series. Cloud Chamber has offices in California and Montreal, and will be headed up by 2K veteran Kelley Gilmore, who has pre...

China bans all government departments from using US-made technology

Dec 9 2019
It was only a matter of time before China started offering trade bans to US companies in return for the ban on Huawei's gear. The Financial Times is reporting that Beijing has ordered all government institutions and public bodies to get rid of their...

Mercedes and Bosch commence self-driving trials in San Jose

Dec 9 2019
Do you know the way to San Jose? It doesn't matter if you're in a self-driving car. As they previewed earlier this year, Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have commenced trials for an automated ride-hailing service in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose. To st...

The Morning After: Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to do more business with the Pentagon

Dec 9 2019
Good morning! Amazon's boss says that military contracts and Big Tech need to figure things out for the sake of the country. Meanwhile, Apple's long-time-coming Mac Pro hits preorder and OnePlus might return to very cheap smartphones, in a way.

Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Mobile Office apps in 2021

Dec 9 2019
The end is nigh for Windows 10 Mobile. We already knew that technical support for the mobile operating system would end on December 10th, 2019 (yep, that's tomorrow). Now, we have an official end-of-life date for the Windows 10 Mobile Office apps, to...

Snapchat Cameos lets you insert your face into a GIF

Dec 9 2019
Snapchat's secret weapon is its uncanny face-swapping and -tracking algorithms, and it has just deployed those to great effect in a new chat feature called Cameos. The feature, which leaked out yesterday, inserts your selfie into short, looping video...

NASA hopes OSIRIS-REx data will explain an asteroid's mini-eruptions

Dec 9 2019
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made a startling discovery shortly after arriving at its target, a 1614-foot-wide rock called Bennu: the asteroid was ejecting particles from its surface. While that's common behavior on icy comets, it's much rarer on ast...

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' season 3 arrives January 24th

Dec 9 2019
You won't have to wait very long for the third season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix has confirmed that the next installment of the Riverdale offshoot will premiere on January 24th, 2020, just several months after season two's April 2019...

Apple may offer tighter iOS parental controls this week

Dec 9 2019
Apple's flurry of iOS updates might include one more substantial tweak before the holiday break. Vietnamese carrier Viettel has posted a page that hints at a release for iOS 13.3 (plus a minor watchOS 6.1.1 update) this coming week, most likely on o...

Bethesda stops work on 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends'

Dec 9 2019
It's not a good time for card battle games, apparently. Bethesda has put all The Elder Scrolls: Legends development "on hold" for an indefinite amount of time, effectively canceling both the console version and a planned card set. The game will sti...

Apple TV+ scores its first award nomination with 'The Morning Show'

Dec 9 2019
Apple TV+ has bagged its first award nomination less than two months after launch, although Apple might not want to flaunt its critical acclaim just yet. The Critics' Choice Association has nominated The Morning Show's Billy Crudup (pictured at left)...

Snapchat's Cameo test slips your face into GIFs

Dec 8 2019
GIFs are great for conveying your reactions, but they're not usually very personal -- and recording yourself probably won't be that exciting. Snap might have found a way to bridge those two worlds. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's...

Study says climate change is starving the oceans of oxygen

Dec 8 2019
The effect of climate change on oceans is likely more extensive than you think. A study from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicated that climate change and the ensuing hotter water reduced the amount of oxygen dissolved i...

Tesla's electric ATV should launch at the same time as the Cybertruck

Dec 8 2019
Tesla has said precious little about its Cyberquad electric ATV, but it's now sharing one of the most important details: when you can expect to get one. Elon Musk told Twitter followers that Tesla was planning to release the ATV at the same time as t...

Jeff Bezos: US is in 'big trouble' if Big Tech rejects military contracts

Dec 8 2019
Don't expect Amazon to follow companies like Google in changing its mind on military contracts. Jeff Bezos told guests at the Reagan National Defense Forum that the US is in "big trouble" if large tech companies are "turning their back" on the Defen...

The best USB phone charger

Dec 8 2019
By Nick Guy This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full guide to USB phone charger. The best...

After Math: Hey there, big spender

Dec 8 2019
With Elon Musk narrowly avoiding $150 million in damages in his "pedo guy" defamation case, let's take a look at some of this past week's big ticket headlines.

Hackers targeted BMW, Hyundai in hunt for trade secrets

Dec 8 2019
Two of the world's larger car makers were the victims of a sophisticated (but still not very successful) hacking campaign. Bayerricscher Rundfunk has learned that intruders from the hacking group OceanLotus slipped into the networks of BMW and Hyund...

Ericsson will pay over $1 billion to settle US corruption charges

Dec 8 2019
Tech companies have been caught in corruption scandals before, but seldom on this scale. Telecom giant Ericsson has settled with the US Justice Department and SEC for just under $1.1 billion over charges of extensive corruption in several countries,...

Apple's redesigned Mac Pro will be available to order December 10th

Dec 8 2019
After half a year -- or two years, if you really think about it -- Apple's reworked Mac Pro is close at hand. The company has notified interested customers that both the workstation and the Pro Display XDR will be available to order on December 10th...

'Free Guy' trailer shows a video game NPC without chains

Dec 8 2019
Fox has posted the first trailer for the video game action-comedy Free Guy, and it appears ready to answer a lingering question: what if the trivial non-player characters in your favorite shooter realized they were in a game? The clip shows actor, p...

Porsche tests a four-motor powertrain for electric SUVs

Dec 8 2019
Porsche's follow-ups to the Taycan may make its powerplants seem conservative by comparison. The Stuttgart crew has revealed that it's working on a four-motor powertrain for electric SUVs, twice as many as what you'll find in the Taycan. This isn't a...