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  • Netflix's new ad boards react to the weather with GIFs

    31 October 2014, 8:54 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    To promote its recent launch in France, Netflix hired Ogilvy Paris to create an advertising campaign with a difference. The agency installed digital posters that change their content to match the context of their surroundings. GIFs from Netflix's...
  • Amazon will develop Fire phone sequels despite the first one's failure

    31 October 2014, 8:16 am by: Mariella Moon

    Amazon's Fire phone has been doing so badly on the market, that the company took a $170 million hit in the third quarter of 2014 and is currently sitting on $83 million worth of unsold devices. But even all those millions aren't enough to make the...
  • These LED bulbs are brighter despite fewer diodes and a lower price

    31 October 2014, 7:35 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    One of the toughest parts to swallow of LED lighting technology is just how costly it can be. Well, the folks at Cree have taken umbrage with that and developed a bulb that'll retail for around $5 per 40- and 60-watt equivalent bulb -- less than some...
  • Hungary's internet tax axed after public protests

    31 October 2014, 6:18 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Barely a week after it was first proposed, Hungary's internet tax looks to be dead in the water. Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred....
  • Google Calendar for the web now lets you plan a schedule more quickly

    31 October 2014, 5:48 am by: Mariella Moon

    The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are you're already busy planning your schedule for the next couple of months. Knowing how important it is to stick to a schedule for seasons like this, Google has introduced a handful of changes to its...
  • HTC's recovery stays on track by the slimmest of margins

    31 October 2014, 4:49 am by: Daniel Cooper

    When a company like HTC has been on a year-long losing streak, it's hard to work out if its earnings for this quarter are a cause for celebration or despair. Last quarter, you see, the One M8 helped the company achieve a huge turnaround, pulling down...
  • Sony loses a little less money thanks to the PlayStation 4 (update)

    31 October 2014, 3:48 am by: Steve Dent

    If you're rooting for Sony to pull through recent tough times, it's still a cliffhanger, according to its latest earnings report. On the plus side, PS4 sales have been stellar, up 83 percent over last year at 310 billion yen ($2.8 billion). The good...
  • You can try Sony's VR headset at the 'PlayStation Experience'

    31 October 2014, 3:02 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Tickets for Sony's PlayStation Experience in December go on sale today, but aside from a few coy teases, what you'll do there hasn't been clear. Well, now that's changing. For starters, Project Morpheus -- the catch-up king's VR headset -- is making...
  • Google Wallet can now auto-withdraw from banks and send low balance alerts

    31 October 2014, 1:28 am by: Mariella Moon

    You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the...
  • Google wants more companies to highlight actionable content on Inbox app

    30 October 2014, 11:56 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Google has been making it easier for more and more third-party companies to take advantage of its products' features recently. For instance, it's now taking airlines, restos and event venues (among others) by the hand, showing them how to use the new...
  • Samsung's all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones ever

    30 October 2014, 10:37 pm by: Mat Smith

    A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung's "thinnest smartphone to date" and yet, this isn't a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween - or not related at all - the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more...
  • 'Arrested Development' season four is getting a re-edit

    30 October 2014, 10:34 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    It wasn't a huge mistake, but the structure that Arrested Development's fourth season used was a bit off-putting for some viewers. Each episode followed the foibles of single members of the Bluth family in a few different timelines, and the early...
  • Spain is making Google (and others) pay news publishers a tax

    30 October 2014, 9:56 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    For companies like Google, facing problems with the law across Europe has become a common thing. The most recent example of this is now taking place in Spain, where the country's parliament just gave the go-ahead to what's being known as the "Google...
  • Next Thursday you can ask Mark Zuckerberg anything

    30 October 2014, 8:44 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    "When so many other features of the site have changed, why is Poking still a thing?" That's the question I'd ask Mark Zuckerberg if I ever had the chance. And next week, I might get an answer. Just about anyone could get a query answered by the...
  • Android co-founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google

    30 October 2014, 8:02 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Just about a year ago we learned Andy Rubin had shifted his focus at Google from Android ("the definition of open") to working with robots, like the ones from its acquisition Boston Dynamics, but tonight reports indicate he is leaving the company...
  • Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song

    30 October 2014, 7:17 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and...
  • Engadget Daily: The 'Microsoft Band,' life with the OnePlus One and more!

    30 October 2014, 6:16 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Been waiting for a Windows-powered smartwatch? Well, you'll have to keep waiting; Microsoft's debut wearable is a Nike FuelBand-like fitness tracker called the Band. That's not all we have on deck, though. Click through for our Nintendo 3DS review,...
  • Kodak's new action cam offers 360-degree views of your stunts

    30 October 2014, 5:29 pm by: Billy Steele

    Kodak has already thrown its hat into the action cam fray, but its new gadget offers a much wider view of the goings-on. The company's PIXPRO SP360 effort captures footage with 360-degree views in full HD (1080p), which it says is capable of creating...
  • Researchers use wearable sensors to better communicate with dogs

    30 October 2014, 4:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get your canine companion to get the commands you're giving, but there could be an easier way in the future. Researchers at North Carolina State University are working on a means to improve those communication skills...
  • Don't call Timex's Ironman One GPS+ a 'smartwatch' (hands-on)

    30 October 2014, 4:26 pm by: Ben Gilbert

    The last time we thought about Timex, we were still using landlines and adjusting the tracking on the VCR so that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze would display properly. Remember "Indiglo"? That's still a thing, apparently!...
  • I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard

    30 October 2014, 3:45 pm by: Brad Molen

    Apparently I'm a masochist. That's an odd way to begin a review. But to give BlackBerry's latest handset, the Passport, as thorough a review as possible, I decided to type the entire thing from the phone itself. My twisted idea came from a...
  • Tell us how you really feel about the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4

    30 October 2014, 3:15 pm by: Kris Naudus

    Sure, smartphones have been getting larger and larger every year. And for those who really want to go big, large-screen "phablet" Android phones have risen to fill the demand. But iPhone users who wanted a larger screen have always been left wanting...
  • Vudu lends its on-demand streaming library to TiVo devices

    30 October 2014, 2:47 pm by: Billy Steele

    TiVo owners who enjoy doing more than just recording TV shows just got another on-demand option. Walmart's video service, Vudu, will be available on select models soon, bringing over 100,000 movie and television selections for rent or purchase à la...
  • TalkTalk to join the exclusive 'quad-play' club... sort of

    30 October 2014, 2:43 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    Earlier this year, Virgin Media became the UK's first 'quad-play' provider, meaning it began offering one-bill bundles that include all four of its services: mobile, landline, broadband and TV. Soon enough, however, TalkTalk will be joining Virgin...
  • James Cameron thinks current VR technology is 'a yawn'

    30 October 2014, 2:19 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Coming from the man who created Terminator and Avatar, two of the most highly recognized sci-fi franchises, you'd think James Cameron would be excited about the rise of virtual reality in the past couple of years. But not so fast. Yesterday, during...

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