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Boston Dynamics' robots won't be held back by puny humans

Feb 20 2018
Are you looking for the exact moment when the robots decide to turn on their human creators? You might want to mark this day on your calendar. Boston Dynamics has posted video of a SpotMini test where it gauged the bot's ability to adjust to interf...

Android P will prevent apps from quietly hijacking your camera

Feb 20 2018
The threat of someone hijacking your phone's camera to spy on you unawares is sometimes overstated, but it's definitely a possibility. Enough so, in fact, that Google is determined to do something about it. Recently discovered code submissions show t...

Archos' electric scooter taps Android for directions

Feb 20 2018
It's not just bicycle makers hoping Android will improve your two-wheeled transportation. Archos has unveiled a Citee Connect electric scooter with a 5-inch Android computer in between the handlebars. The hardware won't rival your phone (it an uses...

Robots that pick up and sort objects may improve warehouse efficiency

Feb 20 2018
Sorting and organizing may not always be the most difficult tasks, but they can certainly get tedious. And while they may seem like prime examples of something we might like robots to do for us, picking up, recognizing and sorting objects is actually...

Judge rejects AT&T request for White House records on Time Warner merger

Feb 20 2018
After the Department of Justice filed suit last November to block AT&T's intended $85 billion merger with Time Warner, the telecom giant wanted to find out how much the White House was involved. The company had good reason to wonder how much dire...

Mattel and Tynker will use Barbie to teach kids to code

Feb 20 2018
A couple of years back, Mattel and Tynker partnered up to produce programming lessons based on Hot Wheels and Monster High. Now the two companies are expanding their partnership to launch seven new Barbie-themed coding lessons this coming summer. The...

Microsoft Mixer lets viewers buy games straight from livestreams

Feb 20 2018
A few weeks ago, Microsoft outlined new plans for its Mixer streaming service, including Direct Purchases. The feature would enable viewers to buy whatever game (or DLC) they're watching direct from the company's store, which would then give streamer...

'Santa Clarita Diet' returns to Netflix on March 23rd

Feb 20 2018
Netflix's show about managing suburban life with a zombie wife, Santa Clarita Diet, proved popular enough to secure a second season last spring. A year from that renewal, fans will finally get to watch when it arrives on March 23rd.

ASUS' Windows Mixed Reality headset is now on sale for $429

Feb 20 2018
We liked what we saw of the ASUS' foray into Windows Mixed Reality hardware at IFA 2017, but we always figured it would likely be pricey. That's been proven true now as the HC102 headset and two controllers are finally on sale in the US for $429.

Facebook makes it easier to share detailed 3D objects

Feb 20 2018
Facebook has had the option to post 3D objects for a while, and now you'll have some better reasons to use it. The social site has introduced support for a standard 3D file format (gITF 2.0) that not only allows for richer objects with more realistic...

Jessica Jones confronts her anger in new season two trailer

Feb 20 2018
The long-awaited second season of Jessica Jones will finally debut next month and today Netflix gave us another look at what we can expect from it. In the first trailer, released earlier this month, we saw Jones grappling with her past and trying to...

'Rocket League' DLC adds DC superhero flair on March 5th

Feb 20 2018
When car-soccer game Rocket League arrived last November, it included two DC Comics-inspired customization options like The Flash wheels and player banner. On March 5th, the game will get an entire roster of Justice League cars from Warner Bros., inc...

If NBC can’t improve its VR Olympics coverage, it should just stop

Feb 20 2018
If you're watching the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics on TV like a normal person, you may not realize there's another option. I viewed the opening ceremonies, skiing, curling, figure skating and other events in virtual reality on my Samsung Gear VR...

'Burnout Paradise' is back with a $40 4K remaster March 16th

Feb 20 2018
Burnout Paradise was one of those rare racers that transcended its genre and was just a killer game. If its recent 10th birthday had you feeling nostalgic, then we've got good news. Come March 16th, you'll be able to hit the streets of Paradise City...

’Elite Dangerous: Beyond’ Chapter One arrives on February 27th

Feb 20 2018
If you've been eagerly waiting for the third season of Elite Dangerous, your time has almost come. Today, Frontier Developments announced that the first chapter of the new season of the space MMORPG, called Beyond, will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One...

Installation begins on Bezos-backed 10,000 year clock

Feb 20 2018
How will our actions affect our grandchildren? Our great-grandchildren? And their great-grandchildren? That's the kind of long-term thinking that the non-profit organization the Long Now is trying to foster. And now Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reve...

Fox News' streaming service will cater to 'superfans'

Feb 20 2018
Fox News is joining the ranks of conventional broadcasters launching stand-alone streaming services. The channel has revealed plans for Fox Nation, an internet-only subscription video service for "superfans" of its ultra-conservative programming. T...

The ESA says preserving old online games isn't 'necessary'

Feb 20 2018
The video game industry as a whole does a poor job of preserving its history -- especially when it comes to online games. The Entertainment Software Association -- responsible for E3; counts Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft as m...

Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Feb 20 2018
Lithium-ion batteries have massively improved in the last half-decade, but there are still issues. The biggest, especially for EVs, is that charging takes too long to make them as useful as regular cars for highway driving. Researchers from the Unive...

Play 'Doom' with motion controls on Nintendo Switch

Feb 20 2018
Doom's arrival on the Nintendo Switch back in November was something of a surprise, given the limitations of the platform, but it's quickly captured the hearts of many a gamer. Now, developer Bethesda has improved the gameplay experience even more. P...

Engadget giveaway: Win a pro controller package from Scuf Gaming!

Feb 20 2018
Edge. That's what helps elevate pro gamers to the next level and Scuf Gaming offers a lot of it in its competitive controllers. The company has beefed-up versions for both PlayStation and Xbox, so you can focus on natural moves with custom settings t...

Snapchat adds Giphy's GIF stickers to liven up your Stories

Feb 20 2018
Usually you see Instagram borrowing features from Snapchat, but the reverse is true this time around. Snapchat has added GIF stickers from Giphy's library to its Android and iOS apps, giving you a considerably wider selection to choose from when cra...

Toyota's next EV motor could use 50 percent less rare earth metals

Feb 20 2018
Toyota has designed a magnet that halves the amount of rare earths needed in its electric cars, which could help mitigate the fall out of a looming materials shortage. Like other electric carmakers, Toyota has traditionally used neodymium, terbium an...

Modders turn Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux tablet

Feb 20 2018
For all of its Nintendo customizations, the Switch is ultimately a tablet running a garden variety NVIDIA Tegra processor -- and that means it can potentially handle the same software as other mobile devices. To prove that point, the fail0verflow te...

Lyft offers more rides to non-urgent medical appointments

Feb 20 2018
Lyft is continuing its bid to become the go-to choice for non-emergency medical trips. It's launching a new partnership with Hitch Health that will offer Lyft rides to health care appointments across the US. The basic concept is familiar, but there...