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  • You can swap out Project Ara's modules without switching the phone off

    30 September 2014, 1:04 am by: Mariella Moon

    Back in April, Project Ara's Module Developers Kit revealed that the phone's battery will be hot-swappable; in other words, you can replace it without having to switch the phone off. Nifty trick, right? Well, the feature's apparently not limited to...
  • Test code hints at future iPads with Touch ID and Apple Pay

    29 September 2014, 11:43 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There have been photos and vague rumors hinting that Apple's next iPads will involve more than just a speed bump, but there hasn't been much in the way of hard evidence... until today, that is. Hamza Sood has uncovered code in the iOS 8.1 developer...
  • Cortana makes sure you don't miss nearby concerts

    29 September 2014, 10:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Microsoft's virtual assistant comes in handy for lots of things -- especially reminders. Now, thanks to a hand from SeatGeek's ticket engine, Cortana will alert you when bands you listen to on the regular have a tour stop close by. As you might...
  • Engadget Daily: GoPro Hero4, the gospel of virtual reality and more!

    29 September 2014, 10:06 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Hey, want to spice up your Monday evening? Check out our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the GoPro Hero4, everything you need to know about the Bash shell flaw, and more. You know you want to. ...
  • Netflix and IMAX will get 'Crouching Tiger 2' on the same day

    29 September 2014, 9:20 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Netflix's tight relationship with The Weinstein Company has scored another win, and the streaming service's first big movie debut -- but definitely not its last. The two revealed tonight that next year when the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden...
  • Cable, the FCC and streaming killed Saturday morning cartoons

    29 September 2014, 8:49 pm by: Jon Fingas

    We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one of your fondest childhood traditions has kicked the bucket: Saturday morning cartoons are no more. The CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American kids without any animated...
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Shadow of Mordor', 'Transformers', 'Homeland' and 'Krull'

    29 September 2014, 7:33 pm by: Richard Lawler

    As the fall TV premieres continue to roll (Did anyone watch Scorpion last week? Did anyone enjoy watching Scorpion last week?) we're looking forward to a few big Blu-ray releases. Sure, Michael Bay's latest fighting robot epic is hitting the shelves...
  • eMusic ditches major labels as it hopes to rule indie song downloads

    29 September 2014, 6:59 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Many digital music stores scramble to get every song they can, but not eMusic -- it's willingly headed in the opposite direction. The download service has announced that it's dropping music from the three major labels (Sony, Universal and Warner) as...
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Hyrule Warriors' on Wii U! (Update: game over!)

    29 September 2014, 6:30 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...
  • HP's $199 Windows laptop arrives alongside a pair of tablets

    29 September 2014, 6:01 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Contrary to earlier rumors, HP's Chromebook-like Stream 14 turned out to be more expensive than people had hoped for when it was announced a few weeks ago. Having said that, today HP is finally introducing its $199 laptop with Windows, staying in...
  • Parrot brings big color and big comfort to its touch-controlled headphones

    29 September 2014, 6:00 pm by: Richard Lai

    As much as we enjoy Parrot's advanced Zik Bluetooth headphones, many complained that they're a tad on the hefty side, and not everyone's a fan of the earcups' bulky look. Worry not, though, as the French company has finally delivered a new and...
  • Apple updates OS X to protect 'advanced UNIX users' from Shellshock

    29 September 2014, 5:55 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Although OS X is among the systems listed as vulnerable to the recently-uncovered Shellshock / Bash security flaw (still not sure what that is? Let us explain.), Apple has said it isn't a problem for most users. For those potentially vulnerable due...
  • VRClay marries the Oculus Rift and motion control for easy 3D sculpting

    29 September 2014, 5:27 pm by: Chris Velazco

    In case you needed yet another reminder that we live in the future, take a look at what happens when someone mashes up the Oculus Rift and Razer's handheld Hydra motion controllers with some nifty homebrew sculpting software. The end result is...
  • Thailand built a robot to taste-test authentic dishes

    29 September 2014, 4:50 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    The authenticity of native eats can vary from generation to generation, or country to country if you're eating in a place different than where a dish was originally created. But that's not to say there aren't cases in which things are cooked and made...
  • Mathematician tries to predict the next two 'Game of Thrones' books

    29 September 2014, 4:18 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Tired of waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series? So is the University of Canterbury's Richard Vale: he's created a statistical model based on the series' previous tomes to predict what might be in...
  • New web service prevents spies from easily intercepting your data

    29 September 2014, 3:46 pm by: Jon Fingas

    The encryption that protects your email and social updates is far from flawless -- it's relatively easy for spies to intercept your data using spoofs and hacked servers. If Greg Slepak has his way, though, there will soon be a safer way to send your...
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests spur growth for secure messaging apps

    29 September 2014, 3:12 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    Social media and civil unrest have long gone hand-in-hand, from coordinating revolution during the Arab Spring to repressing corruption in Turkey. Amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, locals have taken to the location-based messaging app...
  • BlackBerry looking to release more 'unconventional' devices

    29 September 2014, 2:42 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    For better or worse, much has been made about the distinct shape of BlackBerry's new smartphone, the Passport. And, according to Ron Louks, president of the company's Devices division, we can expect BlackBerry to start pushing more...
  • Google is bringing fullscreen ads to an app near you

    29 September 2014, 2:14 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    Advertisers aren't always a fan of investing in mobile. Part of that reason is that the ads you see on phones and tablets don't command the same amount of attention that ads do on desktops. Google is working on new ad units though that could lure in...
  • Photoshop for Chromebooks begins long-awaited beta test

    29 September 2014, 1:44 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you've been eyeing a Chromebook to replace that Windows or Mac machine, Google's OS is about to get a massive boost in productivity. Starting today, Photoshop is headed to the machines thanks to a partnership with Adobe -- if you meet certain...
  • Think tank hires 'Call of Duty' game director to predict the future of war

    29 September 2014, 12:32 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you felt that Call of Duty: Black Ops II presented an eerily plausible vision of war in the years ahead, you're not alone. The Atlantic Council, a political think tank, has asked Black Ops II director Dave Anthony to contribute to an "Art of...
  • NFL's archaic blackout rules face government challenge

    29 September 2014, 11:51 am by: Billy Steele

    For decades, the NFL blackout rules have been in place to encourage fans to attend games rather than watch from the comforts of home. According to Recode though, that could change this week. The FCC will reportedly axe the long-standing policy that...
  • Authors will fire back at Amazon with calls for a government investigation

    29 September 2014, 11:15 am by: Chris Velazco

    If you've been following the protracted war between Amazon and Hachette, you know that Amazon's been stymieing sales of certain books by making it impossible to pre-order them, and pushing back delivery of others all over a e-book contract dispute....
  • Circle's Bitcoin bank is now open to everyone in the world

    29 September 2014, 10:33 am by: Daniel Cooper

    When Circle's Bitcoin bank launched in May, the only way that you could sign up was if you had an invitation. From today, however, the nascent financial institution has opened its doors to everyone in the world. Circle is pitching itself as a...
  • Xbox One launches in China

    29 September 2014, 9:32 am by: Jon Fingas

    Chinese gamers have just witnessed their first major console launch since authorities lifted their 13-year ban on most video game systems. Following a last-minute delay, Microsoft has released the Xbox One in mainland China; people in 37 cities...

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