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  • The CIA couldn't properly use a mass surveillance program for years

    25 April 2015, 9:06 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Whatever you think about the morality of using mass surveillance to catch evildoers, the technology only works if people can use it -- just ask the CIA. The New York Times has obtained a declassified report revealing that that the agency was largely kept in…
  • Send directions to your Android phone with a Google search

    25 April 2015, 3:09 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Sending Google Maps directions to an Android phone hasn't been that hard for a while, but it's now downright easy. Google has introduced a web feature that delivers instructions through a simple search. As long as your phone is properly linked to your Google…
  • Google sends a Glass-like mystery device through the FCC

    25 April 2015, 1:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Google might have just hinted at the future of its Glass headsets. The company has sent a mystery "smart BLE" (Bluetooth Low Energy) device to the FCC for approval, the A4R-CAP1, and there are a few telltale signs that it's one of Mountain View's wearables.…
  • From garage to campus: a look at the digs of tech's Big Five

    25 April 2015, 11:00 am by: Jon Turi

    Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon: These juggernauts are at the forefront of the tech industry. And with that success comes an ever-expanding workforce, and the need for a place to put them. To keep pace with growth, these companies have been…
  • Google pulls the Nexus 7 tablet from its online store

    25 April 2015, 5:30 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    In case you were on the fence about grabbing one of Google's affordable Nexus tablets, you'd better jump off it pretty soon. The Nexus 7's been pulled from the Google Store, as spotted by TalkAndroid, and it almost assuredly isn't coming back -- especially…
  • Apple Watch app roundup: It's all on the wrist

    24 April 2015, 12:44 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    It's Apple Watch day. And whether you received one already, or are stuck waiting a few weeks for it, you'll want apps to make the most out of your new wearable when the time comes. Thankfully, we here at Engadget are always thinking about you, the reader, so…
  • Here's the Apple Watch torn apart for your pleasure

    24 April 2015, 10:22 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    You likely won't be able to repair the Apple Watch on your own -- shocking, we know. The gadget eviscerators over at iFixit put the Apple Watch under the knife today, just as people who've preordered the Watch have begun receiving their shipments. After a…
  • Twitter Highlights serves up the day's best tweets

    23 April 2015, 6:45 pm by: Roberto Baldwin

    Unless you're constantly checking Twitter, there's a very good chance you're going to miss something cool. To help keep you from missing those very important tweets, Twitter introduced Highlights for Android. The feature notifies you up to twice a day about…
  • Microsoft's Surface sales are on the upswing once again

    23 April 2015, 4:29 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    After a very slow start, Microsoft's Surface finally seems to be hitting its stride. The company made $713 million from Surface sales last quarter, a 44 percent jump over last year, according to its latest earnings report. And yes, it's attributing much of…
  • Microsoft offers schools a discount on Surface 3 and a cheaper model

    23 April 2015, 3:38 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Microsoft is sweetening the pot for schools looking to adopt its new hybrid tablet by giving them a 10 percent discount on the Surface 3, Type Cover and stylus. Normally, they cost $500, $130 and $50, respectively. On top of that, it's also offering a slightly…
  • A cheat sheet to Project Fi, Google's mobile phone service

    23 April 2015, 2:00 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Rumors of Google breaking into the wireless carrier game have been fodder for scoops, breathless reports and thinkpieces for years now, and for the longest time it looked like the search giant just couldn't make it happen. Yesterday Google put all that to…
  • Acer's Liquid X2 smartphone is another globetrotter's dream

    23 April 2015, 1:53 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Sure, you probably don't need a smartphone with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a trio of SIM card slots, but thanks to Acer, your author can't stop thinking about one. Acer's so-called Liquid X2 is clearly well-equipped to play globetrotter, but (just like the…
  • Google's Project Fi is great, but the UK doesn't need it

    23 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Matt Brian

    For years, there have been rumblings that Google was looking to get into the carrier business, but it took until yesterday for the search giant to finally reveal what it's been working on. It's called Project Fi, and it's a unique new service that bears little…
  • Misfit's Apple Watch app is a tiny, fast-paced fitness coach

    23 April 2015, 10:00 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    If you can get a decent workout in just a few minutes, you've got no excuse to be a lazy bum. That's the thinking behind Misfit Minute, a new Apple Watch app launching today from the fitness wearable company Misfit. The app basically takes the place of a…
  • You can pre-order Samsung's new Gear VR for Galaxy S6 on April 24

    23 April 2015, 9:28 am by: Devindra Hardawar

    If you just snapped up a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, it won't be too long until you can get your hands on Samsung's new Gear VR headset. Samsung just announced that the revamped Gear VR will be available for pre-order on April 24 on Best Buy's website. There's no…
  • This smartphone is extra-secure and stronger than steel

    23 April 2015, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    How do you stand out if you're a fledgling smartphone maker that can't compete on specs alone? If you're Turing Robotic Industries, you pour your energy into clever design -- both inside and out. The newly unveiled Turing Phone puts an emphasis on security,…
  • Uber co-founder's new app wants to be your personal shopper

    23 April 2015, 7:10 am by: Mariella Moon

    Shopping these days is easy peasy. You can either buy online if you want to stay in your pajamas or go to a store if you need a sales rep's help. One startup believes it can combine both experiences, though, through a fledgling concierge service called the…
  • New bill would extend Patriot Act surveillance until 2020

    22 April 2015, 11:44 pm by: Billy Steele

    In case you haven't heard, the Patriot Act's Section 215 is set to expire June 1st. That's the provision that National Security Agency uses to justify its bulk data collection practices. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to make sure…
  • Butterfly wings are the key to glare-free phone displays

    22 April 2015, 9:49 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Butterflies have proven to be a surprising source of inspiration for technology, and that trend isn't about to slow down any time soon. German researchers have discovered that irregular, nanoscopic structures on the glasswing butterfly's namesake transparent…
  • EE adds two own-brand smartphones to its low-cost Android flock

    22 April 2015, 7:01 pm by: Matt Brian

    Besides offering the flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung and HTC, UK mobile operator EE also offers a range of own-brand 4G devices. The carrier's avian-themed lineup already includes the Kestrel smartphone, Eagle tablet and a number of WiFi dongles, but…
  • Three's launching Voice over LTE support this autumn

    22 April 2015, 3:20 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    Three's hellbent on continually improving network reliability and coverage, and as part of that, the carrier has today announced it's gearing up to add Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to its network this autumn. The provider is currently on track to switch its…
  • Facebook Hello shows who's calling your Android phone

    22 April 2015, 1:52 pm by: Jon Fingas

    As helpful as it is, caller ID doesn't really tell you everything about who's ringing your phone or why. Is it an acquaintance? A best friend's birthday? Or a robocaller? Facebook might have a better solution. It's rolling out Hello, the previously leaked…
  • Google's Project Fi service turns multiple phone networks into one

    22 April 2015, 1:50 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Got a Nexus 6? Itching to dump your traditional wireless service provider for something a bit more ambitious? Google's got you covered. After months of speculation and a not-so-subtle nod from Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress, the search giant's new…
  • Researchers find another terrifying iOS flaw

    22 April 2015, 11:26 am by: Daniel Cooper

    It can't have escaped your attention that security experts have declared open season on Apple products over the last few weeks. At San Francisco's RSA conference, an even more terrifying exploit has been revealed that has the power to send your iPhone or iPad…
  • Microsoft's Health app won't need a tracker to get your fitness data

    22 April 2015, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    When Microsoft said its Health platform was open to everyone, it wasn't kidding around. The company has revealed that its mobile Health app will soon get step counts and calorie burns from the sensors built into your phone -- you won't need a Band (or any…

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