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  • Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing

    25 October 2014, 6:19 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Roku frequently comes across as the little media player company that could: its streaming box business is growing in spite of much larger competition. As healthy as it is, though, this upstart now appears eager to join the big leagues. Tipsters for...
  • Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe

    25 October 2014, 4:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Twitpic may not have avoided an untimely demise, but you won't have to worry about some of your older Twitter photos disappearing into the void. The defunct hosting company has reached a last-minute deal that will have Twitter take over both the...
  • Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech

    25 October 2014, 2:27 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're bent on using Apple Pay or Google Wallet for your shopping, you may have to be finicky about your choice of drug stores. Both CVS and Rite Aid have shut off their support for NFC-based payments just days after Apple Pay went live. Try to...
  • IRL: Keeping a journal with Day One

    25 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Frank Spinillo

    Trying to keep a journal has always been difficult for me. Before the age of smartphones, I tried to rely on text files or a physical notepad. If I wasn't forgetting to write down my thoughts, I was losing the file or my handwriting was so bad it...
  • Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

    25 October 2014, 11:44 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Even the most well respected filmmakers have been known to bend the truth a bit when it comes to depicting science on the silver screen, throwing accuracy to the wind in favor of trivialities like "plot" and "drama." We kid, of course. But how does...
  • Sony wants to show you how PS4's online game-sharing works

    25 October 2014, 10:38 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    When next Tuesday's 2.0 update hits for the PlayStation 4, Sony will finally turn one of the most ambitious promises it made when the console was first announced a reality. We're talking about Share Play, of course. We know: the ability to virtually...
  • Who'd have thought the Power Mac G5 made a good bench?

    25 October 2014, 9:04 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Like it or loathe it, you have to admit that the design of the Power Mac G5 was a very clever way of getting around the system's legendary thermal issues. It was no surprise that the ol' cheesegrater was kept around for the Mac Pro, at least until...
  • Robotic hand uses the power of static electricity to pick up objects

    25 October 2014, 7:18 am by: Mariella Moon

    A cheap robotic hand developed by a company called Grabit offers something most of the other mechanical limbs we've seen before don't: the ability to pick up objects using electrostatic attraction. Even if you're not familiar with term, you've likely...
  • Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete

    25 October 2014, 2:39 am by: Michael Gorman

    Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated its main Android app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that...
  • Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family'

    24 October 2014, 10:45 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Concerned there's not enough to watch on Netflix, or that the big studios and networks might hold stuff back for their own streaming services? Rest easy, the video streamer has plans for a slew of exclusive content over the next few years, and this...
  • Engadget Daily: Nexus 9, Google VP sets new space-jump record, and more!

    24 October 2014, 8:39 pm by: Andy Bowen

    It's Friday, ya'll. But before you checkout for the weekend, check out all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our hands-on with the Nexus 9, a new high-altitude jump record, the best gaming mice you can buy right now, and more. ...
  • Nest owns Revolv's home automation tech now, too

    24 October 2014, 7:58 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Google's adding another member to its household family that includes Nest and Dropcam, and this time its home automation outfit Revolv. The firm's website lists it as "a Nest company" now, and goes on to to assure existing customers that they're...
  • Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products

    24 October 2014, 6:55 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to Re/code, Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now basically has control of almost every other Google...
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (update: game over!)

    24 October 2014, 6:30 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The developers at Harmonix Music Systems know a thing or two about music. And we'd hope so, it is in the company name, after all. The studio's latest Kinect game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, is quite a bit different than anything they've done...
  • Got Google's new Inbox app? Now you can invite three friends!

    24 October 2014, 5:39 pm by: Chris Velazco

    The jury's still out on Google's new mobile approach to email, but that hasn't stopped people from going a little batty over getting invited to use it (see also: Gmail, Google Wave). In case you were feeling a little weird about begging Google for an...
  • Yardarm will tell dispatchers when and where police fire guns

    24 October 2014, 4:48 pm by: Sean Buckley

    With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are drawn, and why? A Silicon Valley startup called Yardarm...
  • AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one

    24 October 2014, 4:08 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM...
  • The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer

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

    The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one day before the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, comes with a...
  • Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video)

    24 October 2014, 3:28 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Move over Felix Baumgartner -- just two years after the daredevil's record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York Times reports Eustace rode a balloon 135,908 feet above New Mexico and...
  • Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products

    24 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Nest's thermostat and smoke detector now works with more third-party home automation products, the first fruits of the developer program that the Google-owned company launched in June. First in the list is something you're likely familiar with:...
  • Canadians now have faster mobile data than you

    24 October 2014, 2:41 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Our Canadian neighbors have already been given a taste of Rogers' extremely data-friendly LTE, but now the carrier is officially rolling out its LTE-Advanced network across 12 different cities. In fact, it's the first North Amercian carrier to launch...
  • Deezer bets podcasts will make its music service better

    24 October 2014, 2:16 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Deezer's streaming service may not have a reputation in the US to match others like Spotify, Beats and Rdio, but the "first truly worldwide digital music streaming service" is expanding by acquring the podcast app Stitcher. The company tells...
  • What's up with Engadget Expand?

    24 October 2014, 1:50 pm by: John Colucci

    We're just two weeks away from our free Engadget Expand event, taking place at New York City's Javits Center on November 7th and 8th and there's still so much to tell you about. If you can't join us in person, don't worry -- we'll keep you updated...
  • 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene

    24 October 2014, 1:20 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The developers at Harmonix aren't afraid to hit the reset button if something isn't working correctly. Chances are, strumming a plastic Stratocaster changed quite a bit before you ever even started playing "Creep" by Radiohead in Rock Band. Same goes...
  • Here's how Nintendo's Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

    24 October 2014, 12:41 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo...

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