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  • A farewell tour of Google I/O 2015

    30 May 2015, 12:30 pm by: Chris Velazco

    After two furious days of news -- both expected and not -- Google I/O has finally come to a close. We're still summing up our thoughts about the show and what Google's new future looks like, but we wanted to take you on one last stroll through Moscone West as…
  • Google and Qualcomm squeezed Project Tango tech into a smartphone

    29 May 2015, 2:15 pm by: Chris Velazco

    It seems like a decent of chunk of Google's big news today deals with its partnerships. The search giant is already teaming up with Levi's to explore the realm of smart Jacquard clothes, and now Google has confirmed that it's been working with Qualcomm to…
  • Path's social apps get sold to the company behind KakaoTalk

    29 May 2015, 1:30 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Remember Path, the social network for keeping in touch with your closest friends and family? Unless you live in Indonesia, probably not. And that's part of the reason why it ended selling its social networking apps to Daum Kakao, the Korean parent company of…
  • A look at two alternatives to those $200 Beats headphones

    29 May 2015, 11:38 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Thanks to Beats, there's no shortage of $200 headphones on the market. But what about cans coming from folks known for their speakers rather than their rhymes? Given their heritage in the audio space, I had high hopes for both the Klipsch Reference On-Ear…
  • Apple offers a quick workaround for nasty iOS messaging bug

    29 May 2015, 10:44 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    We already know Apple is working on a fix for a recently discovered texting bug that can render your Messages app useless (and in some cases even reboot your phone), but now there's a faster solution for anyone affected. You just need to use Siri to read your…
  • Skeegle is like Meerkat or Periscope, but for private groups

    29 May 2015, 7:31 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Broadcasting live video from your smartphone has quickly become all the rage. The most popular enablers of this craze are Meerkat and Periscope, both of which aim to create a global community of streamers and voyeurs that find each other's feeds through open…
  • Google Photos cuts out Plus to make the app we really wanted

    28 May 2015, 10:02 pm by: Richard Lawler

    The most striking part of the just released (on the web, iOS and Android) Google Photos is how familiar it feels if you've already been using Photos in Google+, or before that, Picasa. The biggest change I noticed early on is that by separating Photos from its…
  • Google's Now on Tap makes Android M smartphones so much smarter

    28 May 2015, 9:40 pm by: Chris Velazco

    In no particular order, Google's invading our living rooms, our extremities, our skies, and - curiously - our Android phones. No, really! By announcing Google Now on Tap during today's I/O keynote, the company's going all-in on the idea that a Google…
  • Google wants you to buy Big Macs with your face

    28 May 2015, 8:07 pm by: Roberto Baldwin

    Google may have been the first big tech company to push NFC payments, but it was Apple Pay that got the public excited about buying things with your smartphone. At a Google I/O session for Android Pay, the search giant announced that it was partnering with…
  • Canadian man gets fined for using his Apple Watch while driving

    28 May 2015, 6:16 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Now that electronics manufacturers are releasing more and more smartwatch models, you might be wondering what the authorities' stance is on using one while driving. Well, this clears things up a bit for our Canadian readers: a man named Jeffrey Macesin was…
  • Google I/O 2015: the numbers you need to know

    28 May 2015, 4:10 pm by: James Trew

    Didn't fancy sitting through the whole liveblog from this year's Google I/O keynote? We understand. Sometimes you just want to catch the key plays via the post-game show. And that's kinda why Engadget exists, after all. As always with Google's big developer…
  • Android app makers can experiment with Play Store listings

    28 May 2015, 2:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Those rumors of Google letting Android app developers experiment with what you see in the Play Store? Yes, they're true. Creators can now conduct tests to see what pricing works best, or whether one icon color is more alluring than others -- you'll only view…
  • Google's Cloud Messaging now sends notifications to iOS devices

    28 May 2015, 2:10 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Google's Cloud Messaging is no longer just for sending alerts to Android devices or your web browser. The internet giant has announced that the service now pushes notifications to iOS devices as well -- your favorite app can deliver updates to all your gadgets…
  • Google Maps delivers destination info, voice directions while offline

    28 May 2015, 2:09 pm by: Billy Steele

    Sometimes you still need navigation and destination info when you're offline. Google is delivering just that with offline Maps. Even when you're not connected (or in airplane mode), the app will still provide information on places in your searches. This means…
  • Android Pay will arrive with Android M, handle payments via NFC

    28 May 2015, 1:06 pm by: Billy Steele

    Google SVP Sundar Pichai may have tipped the company's hand on mobile payments back in Barcelona, but he offered little detail on how the system would work. At I/O 2015, though, the folks in Mountain View served up a wealth of details on the matter, including…
  • Google debuts Android M, which is all about 'polish and quality'

    28 May 2015, 12:58 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Like clockwork, Google lifted the veil on Android M at its I/O developer conference today, an event that's traditionally served as the company's launchpad for its mobile OS updates. No, we don't yet know what the "M" stands for (we'd love to see Android…
  • HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer

    28 May 2015, 12:50 pm by: Richard Lawler

    That Apple-exclusive streaming window is ending -- Google exec Sundar Pichai just announced that HBO Now is coming to Android too. Whether you use Android, iOS or a web browser, Google Cast support is coming too -- for the 17 million or so Chromecasts out…
  • British Museum to give live tours over Periscope

    28 May 2015, 8:23 am by: Matt Brian

    Live-streaming apps may have become a new way for social types to show their vanity, but they're also great tools for delivering slices of world culture to people's mobile phones. That's exactly what the British Museum hopes to do with its popular exhibit…
  • Runtastic's latest workout app puts more junk in your trunk

    28 May 2015, 8:00 am by: Billy Steele

    Runtastic already offers dedicated apps for ab and bun workouts, and now the company takes aim at your lower half. Leg Trainer delivers over 50 exercise videos that'll allow you to select activity based on goals and fitness level. There are pre-selected…
  • Where to buy LG's G4 in the UK

    28 May 2015, 7:30 am by: Jamie Rigg

    If we were to ask what your current smartphone is lacking above all, you'd probably cite a shortage of leather, right? OK, so maybe not, but with the launch of the LG G4 in the UK, a leather-backed handset is now well within your grasp. LG's latest flagship,…
  • The new Shazam identifies boxed items, books and magazines

    28 May 2015, 6:00 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    It's true: Shazam's adding more useful features to its application, as was reported by Reuters back in March. Now, the famed discovery software can identify more than music, movies, TV shows and commercials, which has been the core functionality to date. With…
  • Apple Store app offers same-day delivery in select locations

    28 May 2015, 4:14 am by: Mariella Moon

    The Apple Store app now offers same-day delivery service through Postmates, the same company bringing Big Macs to New York City homes and Starbucks coffee to households and offices in several US cities. To be clear, the two companies have been working together…
  • Lenovo's 'Magic View' smartwatch concept hides a private display

    28 May 2015, 3:32 am by: James Trew

    Smartwatches, you know the drill: a touchscreen display, and it feeds you notifications and stuff. Pretty boring, right? Lenovo agrees, so has cooked up a "Magic View" concept to show things don't need to be this way. The problem Magic View solves is simple:…
  • Microsoft's new Windows Store policy will combat junk apps

    28 May 2015, 2:53 am by: Mariella Moon

    It's no secret that Windows Store has serious issues not just with scammy apps, but also with spammy ones. Now, Microsoft is finally addressing that problem by introducing a stricter certification policy for new and existing apps that could clean its catalog…
  • Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface

    28 May 2015, 1:17 am by: Richard Lai

    Smartphones with built-in projectors -- well, just the two from Samsung, really -- haven't exactly been a huge hit so far, but Lenovo thinks it's finally got the right use case for this combination: beaming a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto your desk.…

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