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The Morning After: The battery-saving power of dark mode on iPhones

Oct 21 2019
Hey, good morning! Welcome back! This week is reviews week, so you can expect verdicts on Microsoft's new Surface family, Google's new Pixel phones and Nest devices and a few more things. Over the weekend, we saw proof that dark mode could help your...

Rocket Lab plans to send payloads to the Moon

Oct 21 2019
Rocket Lab has been increasing the altitude of its missions in recent months, but now it wants to venture much, much farther. The private spaceflight firm now intends to help launch missions to higher Earth orbits, lunar orbit and even Lagrange poin...

Google will fix Pixel 4 face unlock issue with 'eyes open' update

Oct 21 2019
Shortly after Google's Pixel 4 launch last week, the BBC discovered that its Face Unlock biometric security system would unlock your phone, even if your eyes were closed. That would mean that someone could unlock your phone even if you were sleeping,...

Test shows dark mode really can save battery life on OLED iPhones

Oct 21 2019
Dark mode is a key feature on iOS 13, but can it really extend your iPhone's battery life? If it's an OLED model, the answer seems to be a firm yes, according to tests done by PhoneBuff. They used robotic devices to perform identical tasks on two iPh...

Los Angeles Fire Department wants to double its drone fleet

Oct 21 2019
It's not just law enforcement finding success with drones. The Los Angeles Fire Department's Battalion Chief Richard Field told TechCrunch that he intended to double the drone fleet just five months after a partnership with DJI began. On top of the...

Sonar drone helps find a WWII Japanese aircraft carrier

Oct 21 2019
The late Paul Allen's underwater robotics are still achieving firsts in discovering long-lost warships. Vulcan's research vessel Petrel and its two robotic vehicles have discovered the Kaga, a Japanese aircraft carrier sunk during WWII's pivotal Bat...

Next-gen hearing implants could overcome inner ear damage

Oct 21 2019
Many hearing implants won't help people with inner ear damage or auditory nerve problems, but the brainstem implants that do frequently do an incomplete job. Soon, however, there might be a far better solution. Researchers have designed a conformab...

Amazon sellers are shipping long-expired food

Oct 20 2019
Whole Foods thrives on freshness, but Amazon's online store? Not so much. CNBC reports that Amazon's third-party sellers are all-too-frequently shipping food that has long-since expired, including products like year-old Hostess brownies and Teavana g...

Bungie pulls popular gun from 'Destiny 2' after discovering exploit

Oct 20 2019
Believe it or not, Bungie is grappling with another wildly overpowered Destiny 2 weapon. The developer has pulled the Telesto fusion rifle from all activities after players discovered an exploit that lets them rapidly charge their character's Super...

Google to fix 'bug' that uploads free full-quality iPhone pics to Photos

Oct 20 2019
Google is about to patch a quirk in Photos that effectively gives iPhone users a free ride. The company told Android Police in a statement that it's planning to fix a Google Photos "bug" that stores iOS photos in their original quality without count...

Instagram test helps you choose people to unfollow

Oct 20 2019
Use Instagram for long enough and you'll probably rack up a few contacts that you don't really care about -- someone you followed on impulse and quickly forgot, perhaps. You might have a way to prune those unnecessary connections before long. App sle...

Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Oct 20 2019
Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very lon...

The best trackballs

Oct 20 2019
By Thorin Klosowski 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 trackballs. After sp...

After Math: Stand and Delivery

Oct 20 2019
Things happened this week, such as Alphabet commencing commercial flights of its Wing drone delivery program in Christiansburg, Virginia. But they weren't the only tech corporation that decided to put things where they previously were not at speeds t...

Honda's Accord Hybrid is a value-packed sedan

Oct 20 2019
Honda has a well-deserved reputation as an automaker that produces well-engineered, long-lasting vehicles. So it should be no surprise that the 2020 Accord Hybrid is those things and more. Will it impress your car-nerd friends? Probably not. Will it...

NASA's InSight lander can finally dig a hole for its Mars heat probe

Oct 20 2019
NASA's InSight lander was supposed be digging a hole so a probe (above) could measure the heat escaping from Mars' interior, but it hasn't made much progress since work got started in February -- it hadn't even finished burying itself. At last, it's...

Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to US telecoms

Oct 20 2019
Huawei is banned from selling its 5G technology in the US, but that isn't stopping it from trying an end run around that hurdle. Senior VP Vincent Pang told Reuters that Huawei is in early discussions to license its 5G tech to American companies. T...

Fossil's latest Wear OS watches now make calls using iPhones

Oct 20 2019
Fossil has acted on its promise to show more love to iPhone users with its Gen 5 smartwatches. An in-progress software update now lets the wristwear make calls using Apple's handsets, making them some of the first Wear OS devices with calling suppor...

Toyota will debut its tiny city EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Oct 20 2019
Toyota is showing off the production-ready version of an ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. And by "ultra-compact," the company means really, really tiny. The automaker says it designed the city car to "support...

Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

Oct 20 2019
If you're both a Star Wars fan and a hypebeast, the next month might a dream come true. Adidas is releasing an entire Star Wars x Adidas collection of basketball shoes starting on November 1st, catering to both your particular fandom and your footwea...

Disney+ non-fiction shows include Mickey, Wolfgang Puck documentaries

Oct 19 2019
Disney already has a robust lineup of scripted shows for its upcoming streaming service, but it'll also have documentaries on offer for non-fiction fans. The company has announced new non-fiction originals for Disney+ at the International Documentary...

Mercedes app was leaking car owners' data to other users

Oct 19 2019
Your car maker's mobile app can be very convenient, but it can also create privacy headaches in the wrong circumstances. Mercedes-Benz owners told TechCrunch that the car company's remote control app was supplying data from other users' accounts for...

AT&T hikes TV Now prices by as much as $15 per month

Oct 19 2019
Yes, AT&T is raising prices for its TV Now service for the second time this year -- and it's not a small hike. The telecom is notifying subscribers that the Plus tier will jump from $50 to $65 per month on November 19th, while the Max plan will l...

Samsung won't support Linux on DeX once Android 10 arrives

Oct 19 2019
If you've been using Linux on DeX (aka Linux on Galaxy) to turn your Samsung phone into a PC, you'll need to make a change of plans. Samsung is warning users that it's shutting down the Linux on DeX beta program, and that its Android 10 update won't...

Twitch 'Watch Parties' let streamers watch Prime Video with viewers

Oct 19 2019
Twitch has started testing a new feature that allows streamers to watch Prime Video with their viewers -- as long as they're also subscribers. Travis Shreffler, a content creator and author, has tweeted an email he received from Prime Video, inviting...