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  • Microsoft's first post-Nokia phone is the budget Lumia 530

    23 July 2014, 4:42 am by: Matt Brian

    With Nokia's range of Android-powered smartphones all but dead, Microsoft is pushing its newly-acquired Lumia line harder than ever. Today, it's introduced the lowest-priced Windows Phone to date, the Lumia 530, delivering middle-of-the-road specs...
  • YouTube star sued for copyright to the tune of $150,000 per song

    23 July 2014, 4:16 am by: Mariella Moon

    Most YouTubers just get a takedown notice if someone reports them using copyrighted tunes with their videos. But when that user is a huge star on the video portal like make-up guru Michelle Phan, who has almost 7 million subscribers and was even...
  • Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing

    23 July 2014, 2:47 am by: Jon Fingas

    We've ripped apart knock-off gadgets more than a few times, but there are moments where a company's urge to mimic others will pay dividends. Take 8Bitdo's recently released NES30, for example: the Bluetooth gamepad recreates as much of the NES...
  • Technology and recession are cutting into blue collar jobs

    23 July 2014, 1:04 am by: Mariella Moon

    The National Bureau of Economic Research just published a paper that confirms what you might have been thinking for a long time now: recession and technology have been putting people out of work. Since we've yet to design a self-aware robot or AI...
  • Google Maps now gives you detailed ads for local stores

    22 July 2014, 11:48 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Google Maps already shows a wealth of info about nearby stores when you're searching for them, but ads haven't received that first-class treatment. Like it or not, that's changing; Maps on mobile and the web now shows you a whole raft of details for...
  • Google's new, image-rich Play Store for Android is rolling out now

    22 July 2014, 10:35 pm by: Jon Fingas

    It looks like you won't have to wait long at all to check out Google's visually rich Play Store revamp -- it's rolling out now. The refresh doesn't appear any different on the surface, but a quick dive shows very different product pages that are...
  • Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel

    22 July 2014, 9:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon. With the Fire phone,...
  • Edward Snowden's preferred OS has a major security flaw

    22 July 2014, 8:37 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Think you're safe from spies because you're using Tails, the same Linux distribution that Edward Snowden uses to remain anonymous? Unfortunately, you'll still have to be on your guard. Security firm Exodus Intelligence has revealed that the latest...
  • Engadget Daily: NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, Atari's 'Pridefest' and more!

    22 July 2014, 8:10 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Today, we take a look at NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet, investigate Atari's future with the LGBT community, ponder an Apple smartwatch patent and learn about a potential HIV breakthrough. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....
  • ASUS has the world's fastest WiFi router... for now

    22 July 2014, 7:53 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Hey look, a new router from ASUS and, apparently, it is super, super fast. According to the Taiwanese company, its RT-AC87 is "the world's first" with Wave 2 features, which bring better reliability, major speed boosts and overall performance...
  • Artist uses over-sized pixels to keep an eye on London's pedestrians

    22 July 2014, 7:09 pm by: Billy Steele

    Folks strolling past the Welcome Collection's venue in London may have an eery feeling that they're being watched. Well, that's because they are. And not just by a government's prying eyes, but with 650 over-sized pixels that render their own set of...
  • You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo'

    22 July 2014, 6:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin...
  • Zepp takes a swing at baseball with its tiny data analyzer

    22 July 2014, 5:55 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    As someone who doesn't play baseball often, if ever, I need all the help I can get. But since America's Pastime isn't my first sport of choice to practice, I'm okay admitting how extremely terrible I am at it. For others, however, things might be a...
  • Government turns to robots for security interviews

    22 July 2014, 5:26 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    National Center for Credibility Assessment is looking to bring the process of doling out national security clearances into the future. As it does more often than not, "the future" in this case means robots. Alright, well not robots exactly but a...
  • China and Macs power Apple's growth as iPad demand wanes

    22 July 2014, 4:52 pm by: Zach Honig

    Apple had a very strong second quarter. iPhone sales were up significantly over Q2 2013 and the company pocketed $700 million more in profit than it did during the same period last year, even though iPad sales slipped slightly. The company's third...
  • The cloud is a big money maker for Microsoft as it rethinks hardware and content

    22 July 2014, 4:22 pm by: Dana Wollman

    We always want to know how Microsoft is doing, but today we're paying especially close attention: The company just released its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter, the first full quarter that new CEO Satya Nadella was on the job. Also, let's not...
  • Yo and the app hype machine

    22 July 2014, 4:00 pm by: Nicole Lee

    Yo is a notifications app where all it does is send the word "Yo" to your friends. That's it. Just "Yo." Of course, silly single-purpose apps like these are a dime a dozen -- remember those fart apps of old? -- but the thing that sets Yo apart is...
  • eBay brings its RedLaser barcode-scanner app to Google Glass

    22 July 2014, 3:33 pm by: Dana Wollman

    You might know eBay as the website where you can buy a rare NES game for a hundred grand, but the company also has its own barcode scanner, called RedLaser. It's been out on Android and iOS for a while, and now the company is bringing it to Google...
  • New plugin-free web games run (almost) as well as their desktop counterparts

    22 July 2014, 2:59 pm by: Jon Fingas

    So far, sophisticated 3D web games have typically required either a plugin (think Quake Live) or a special environment where they can run native code. While those are just dandy, they aren't really web games, are they? That's going to change shortly,...
  • Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you're watching on Netflix

    22 July 2014, 2:28 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    When you start chugging a series, it's hard to stop, even for trips to the bathroom, or going to work, or catching up on sleep. It's a problem that Netflix loves to exploit, only giving you a few seconds before offering up the next episode of...
  • Wacom's sketching app finally arrives on Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8

    22 July 2014, 1:54 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Wacom loves doodlers almost as much as serious artists, but its Paper-esque sketching app was limited to iOS devices only. That changes from today, now that the company has launched Windows, Android and Kindle Fire versions of Bamboo Paper. Thanks to...
  • LG's rollable TVs are (predictably) very flexible

    22 July 2014, 1:23 pm by: Mat Smith

    Remember when LG announced that it had managed to create a rollable 18-inch display? Well, here's the proof: a very much flexible OLED display. The resolution might not be there yet (1,200 x 810, alas) but the hopes and dreams of a picnic-blanket TV...
  • A newer kind of web tracking is almost impossible to stop

    22 July 2014, 12:56 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You may think you're thwarting advertisers and other nosy web citizens by blocking cookies and invoking Do Not Track whenever possible, but that apparently isn't good enough. Researchers have just documented a newer web tracking technique, canvas...
  • Apple 'iTime' patent details a modular smartwatch with sensors in the band

    22 July 2014, 12:27 pm by: Steve Dent

    A new Apple patent for smartwatch designs and features is bound to fuel more speculation about an incoming "iWatch," even though such claims often amount to nothing. Still, the patent is interesting on its own merits. One version shows a receptacle...
  • Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $120,000

    22 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Dana Wollman

    There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you'd be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company's own words, the "world's first, largest and most curved 105-inch curved UHD...

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