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  • Gadget Rewind 2006: Lego Mindstorms NXT

    20 April 2014, 11:00 am by: Jon Turi

    It's our 10th birthday, and to celebrate we'll be revisiting some of the key devices of the last decade. So please be kind, rewind. Lego, the popular toy brick maker, graduated from simple plastic playthings in 1998 when it released its Mindstorms...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: flexible circuit boards, BMW i3 and the world's first urban algae canopy

    20 April 2014, 10:04 am by: Inhabitat

    Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. When you think about transportation innovations, highways probably aren't the first things that come to...
  • Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed)

    20 April 2014, 6:08 am by: Richard Lawler

    Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You're not alone, as the Samsung.com website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart...
  • Audi's latest hybrid concept car takes the TT family offroad, with 408HP under the hood

    19 April 2014, 10:44 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Audi's latest prototype packing an E-Tron hybrid drivetrain is this TT Offroad Concept that takes the TT family beyond the coupes and convertibles we're familiar with. Going on display at the Beijing Motor Show, it combines two electric motors (one...
  • Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!

    19 April 2014, 7:27 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!...
  • Feedback Loop: E3 expectations, first MP3 player and password managers!

    19 April 2014, 5:13 pm by: Dave Schumaker

    Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need...
  • Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm

    19 April 2014, 3:33 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera,...
  • Google Trends email alerts will guarantee you never miss another cat meme

    19 April 2014, 1:58 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You can always swing by Google Trends if you want to gauge the popularity of a given search, but visiting that website every time can be a hassle. Thankfully, there's now an easier way: Google has added a subscription option that sends email...
  • Play: The frantic, fun and infuriating Trials Fusion

    19 April 2014, 1:00 pm by: Jamie Rigg

    Some games are so challenging, frustrating and physically draining that your controller could easily explode against the nearest wall at any second. Trials Fusion is one of those games: A repetitive, soul-destroying platformer that'll have you...
  • OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers leak out in new pictures

    19 April 2014, 12:33 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Former Oppo exec Pete Lau announced his plans to make "the perfect smartphone" a few months ago, and now the OnePlus One is almost here. Its launch is scheduled for April 23rd, but Android Authority points out these pictures posted on a forum that...
  • AllCast's screen-mirroring magic arrives on Amazon's Fire TV App Store

    19 April 2014, 10:46 am by: Mariella Moon

    Been putting off sideloading AllCast's SDK to your brand new Amazon Fire TV? Well, friend, your procrastination has paid off. Now, all you have to do to install the casting and screen-mirroring app is download it straight from the Amazon App Store....
  • Irish school children are building worlds for the Oculus Rift

    19 April 2014, 5:18 am by: Sean Buckley

    If games, wildlife documentaries and virtual strolls in the park aren't enough to validate virtual reality for you, try this one: educational motivation. School children in Ireland have been using a open source version of Second Life to learn coding,...
  • Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app

    18 April 2014, 11:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're...
  • Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 review, Oculus VR lets a terminal patient travel and more!

    18 April 2014, 9:37 pm by: Andy Bowen

    You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
  • Nike reportedly killing the Fuelband to focus on fitness software

    18 April 2014, 8:18 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Just days after Nike announced the launch of its Fuel Lab location in San Francisco to enhance partnerships with other digital services for athletes, there's a report that it's fired much of the team behind its FuelBand wristwear. CNET reports that,...
  • Hide your stash, heat-seeking drones are helping thugs hijack UK weed crops

    18 April 2014, 8:15 pm by: Joseph Volpe

    Criminals are dicks. That much we all know is true. But now these dicks are using heat-sensing drones to pull off "sophisticated" heists of weed farms (yes, that weed) in the United Kingdom, as local paper Halesowen News discovered. Consider this...
  • Labels claim Pandora owes money for streaming old songs, probably won't get it

    18 April 2014, 7:02 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Pandora can't catch a break, it seems. Just weeks after the streaming radio service escaped paying higher royalties to songwriters, record companies and musicians have sued it in a New York court for allegedly violating state copyright laws by...
  • DARPA envisions a smarter, safer autopilot

    18 April 2014, 5:49 pm by: Zach Honig

    Autonomous aircraft serve their purpose, but there's no question that pilotless passenger flights are a long way off, if they ever become a reality. Still, there's obviously room for improvement when it comes to on-board systems that assist pilots in...
  • Tubecore wants you to hack and mod its beautiful, modular speaker

    18 April 2014, 5:21 pm by: Billy Steele

    Let's be honest: Wireless speakers are a dime a dozen. The options are seemingly endless, and new ones arrive on an almost daily basis. Companies have begun to push the boundaries of design as of late, making options that are an aesthetic step above...
  • AT&T adds more data and a hotspot option to prepaid GoPhone plans

    18 April 2014, 4:52 pm by: Sarah Silbert

    AT&T is adding more data to its GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans without raising monthly fees in the process. If you're currently paying $60 a month for 2GB, your allotment will jump to 2.5 gigs, while those on the $40, 250MB plan will now get 500MB...
  • This enormous gas tank is now a wondrous, isolating work of art (video)

    18 April 2014, 4:23 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Once it stored enormous quantities of blast furnace and coal gas, but these days the Gasometer Oberhausen is a 385 foot tall cylindrical art gallery. Since the early 90s, the gargantuan storage tank has been host to more than a dozen art exhibitions,...
  • Engadget Podcast 393 - 4.18.14

    18 April 2014, 4:01 pm by: Jon Turi

    We have less libations, but more tech-related news than last week's peaty podcast and that's just fine for your sleep-deprived hosts. First up is some informed speculation on Amazon's new smartphone, based on a few inconclusive photos that recently...
  • HTC hires marketing exec who led Samsung to smartphone dominance

    18 April 2014, 3:36 pm by: Christopher Trout

    It's no secret, HTC has an image problem. Despite consistently creating some of our favorite phones, it's failed to reach the heights of popularity of manufacturers like Samsung. That could soon change. In what is almost certainly not a coincidence,...
  • Watch SpaceX's second attempt at launching a reusable rocket (update: launched!)

    18 April 2014, 3:05 pm by: Richard Lawler

    After many "Grasshopper" tests, SpaceX's first real try at launching a reusable rocket will attempt flight again in just a few minutes -- watch the live stream here or embedded after the break. Scrubbed due to a helium leak a couple of days ago, the...
  • Camera deals of the week: 4.18.14

    18 April 2014, 2:24 pm by: Billy Steele

    Snatching up a new camera can be a considerable investment, especially if you're after a unit that combines stellar images with a host of features. Fret not friends: We're here to help. Just beyond the break, you'll find a handful of photo gadgets...

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