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  • Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses

    23 October 2014, 5:54 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google Now has just added more cards to its ever-increasing arsenal, and this time, they'll help you prepare for eclipses and possibly dangerous situations. The new eclipse card lists almost everything you need to know about the phenomenon, including what it…
  • 'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

    23 October 2014, 2:18 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt on Android,…
  • Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

    23 October 2014, 1:37 am by: Mariella Moon

    Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app... whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced something similar…
  • Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

    23 October 2014, 12:58 am by: Mariella Moon

    A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and…
  • Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China

    22 October 2014, 7:43 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Xiaomi's a force to be reckoned with in China -- its new phones routinely sell out online in seconds -- but its influence is steadily growing outside its native home. That's why the company's infrastructure has been quietly shifting these past few months, and…
  • Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

    22 October 2014, 6:40 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Slightly irked that you have to say "OK Google" whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a trio of experimental Android releases with Torque, an app…
  • AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off

    22 October 2014, 6:04 pm by: Brad Molen

    It's no secret that the US wireless market is saturated, and that most people who want a mobile device have already purchased one by now. Naturally, this means that the national players in the industry are looking for other points of revenue to aid future…
  • Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration

    22 October 2014, 4:50 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps (you'll…
  • Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users

    22 October 2014, 4:17 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at retail…
  • Twitter trades passwords for phone numbers with Digits login

    22 October 2014, 1:45 pm by: Nicole Lee

    At its mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Twitter just announced Digits, a brand-new way to log in to apps with just your phone number. Instead of going through the tedious process of signing up with an email and password or using one of many…
  • Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

    22 October 2014, 1:06 pm by: Ben Gilbert

    If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a good question -- Google's made a demo slash…
  • New Sky+ app pushes pictures from your mobile devices to the big screen

    22 October 2014, 12:40 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    For anyone with a Sky+HD box, the Sky+ app for Android and iOS gives you a handy way to manage recordings while away from home, and lets you use mobile devices as substitute remotes when you're plonked in front of the TV. Now, with an updated version of the…
  • Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data

    22 October 2014, 11:16 am by: Jon Fingas

    Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well as…
  • Finally, an open-source smart toothbrush with a subscription plan

    22 October 2014, 5:26 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    If you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I need a crowdfunded toothbrush that tracks my oral activities," you're in luck. The folks at Goodwell estimate that we'll each go through some 300 toothbrushes over the course of our lifetime. As such, it wants to do…
  • Apple Maps now lets small business owners add their own info

    22 October 2014, 4:50 am by: Mariella Moon

    When Tim Cook apologized for Apple Maps in 2012, he promised to do everything to make the app better. The company's latest push to improve its navigation app involves putting all the small businesses it can on Apple Maps -- that is, with a little help from the…
  • Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting

    22 October 2014, 4:02 am by: Chris Velazco

    When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola's itching to improve its battery life just a little more... as well as stamp out a few bugs for…
  • The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review

    21 October 2014, 9:01 pm by: Brad Molen

    It's a conflicting time for Apple. On one hand, it's a joyous occasion for the company because its latest iPhones, which come in larger screen sizes than the last, set new sales records worldwide; but on the other hand, its lineup of iPads just experienced its…
  • Vine for iOS now lets you follow channels to get their best videos

    21 October 2014, 6:21 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Vine is full of video creators talented enough to score TV deals, but keeping up with them has usually meant either following them one-by-one or browsing channels for ages. You have a much easier way to catch up on those clips as of today, though: Vine's iOS…
  • MLB is bringing Apple Pay to the 2014 World Series

    21 October 2014, 4:49 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Tonight, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will begin battling it out for Major League Baseball's biggest prize: the World Series. And to make things better for ballpark attendees, MLB and MasterCard have announced that Kauffman Stadium (Royals) and…
  • Apple acknowledges iCloud attack, says servers were not affected

    21 October 2014, 2:18 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Following reports yesterday that China was secretly collecting data from iCloud users, Apple has confirmed to Dow Jones that it is aware of network attacks on its service. The iPhone maker said it knows about "intermittent organized network attacks" on people…
  • PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve equations

    21 October 2014, 2:08 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Need a little help getting through your next big math exam? MicroBlink has an app that could help you study more effectively -- perhaps too effectively. Its newly unveiled PhotoMath for iOS and Windows Phone (Android is due in early 2015) uses your…
  • Engadget and JetBlue will beam you to Expand!

    21 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: John Colucci

    We're sending one lucky Engadget reader (and a guest of choice) to Engadget Expand in New York City on November 7-8, thanks to our friends at JetBlue Airways and our sponsors. What's more, if you're one of the 10 runners-up, Suitable Technologies will give you…
  • Google's redesigned Play Music app offers stations that suit your mood

    21 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You know how there were hints that Google Play Music was about to get a Material Design makeover? As it turns out, that's just a small piece of what's in store. Google has updated its Play Music Android, iOS and web apps with a new Listen Now page that focuses…
  • Verizon thinks that the prepaid phone market is dead, and that's okay

    21 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Daniel Cooper

    If your response to the question "How much money did Verizon make in the last quarter" was "$3.79 billion in net profit," then congratulations. Big Red can afford to feel quite smug about its performance in the last three months, finding 1.53 million new…
  • Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop

    21 October 2014, 7:07 am by: Mariella Moon

    So, you've taken a look at the new iPhones and iPads and thought to yourself: "Nah, it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side." Well, good timing, because Google has published a guide to help you switch from iOS to its newest platform,…

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