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  • Netflix teams up with Facebook to make recommending movies faster

    2 September 2014, 9:46 am by: Chris Velazco

    Man, [insert movie name here] on Netflix was awesome, wasn't it? Plenty of thoughtful action with just a smidge of the sappy stuff, and it didn't feel too hamfisted. As it turns out, Netflix doesn't just want you to recommend the film to your friends...
  • Uber banned across Germany

    2 September 2014, 9:21 am by: Matt Brian

    Despite putting the brakes on injunctions in both Berlin and Hamburg, Uber has once again felt the effects of a ban, but this time it's effective on a national level. Earlier today, a court in Frankfurt ruled that the car-hailing service doesn't have...
  • You can now unplug Sonos kit from the router

    2 September 2014, 9:00 am by: James Trew

    Sonos has made a name for itself as a wireless home audio system. The problem is -- up until today -- that you still needed to plug something into the router (one of your speakers, or a "Bridge" device). What's new today? Sonos has come good on its...
  • Now TV comes to the Chromecast

    2 September 2014, 8:53 am by: Matt Brian

    Ever since Now TV launched, subscribers have cried out for Sky to include support for more streaming devices. Today, the company answered some of its critics by announcing that it's built Chromecast functionality into its Now TV apps on both iOS and...
  • Digitsole's smart insoles keep your tootsies warm as you walk

    2 September 2014, 8:45 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Most people believe that wrist-worn wearables are technology's next frontier, but only one company that we know of has thought about our feet. Today, that number increases to two, now that Digitsole has announced an interactive insole that's designed...
  • Sony's next smartphone-mounted camera will let you change lenses

    2 September 2014, 7:55 am by: Steve Dent

    If you're looking to be the king of Instagram, Sony's about to give you the ultimate smartphone weapon, judging by a leak from Xperia Blog. The site posted several purported images of the Sony ILCE-QX1, a lens camera system that'd work with...
  • Philips' Hue Beyond brings smart lighting to lamps and table lights

    2 September 2014, 7:00 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Here's a thing that we learned today: an enclosed light fitting, like a table lamp or a pendant light is technically called a luminaire. The reason that we now know this, is because that's the phrase Philips is using to describe the latest addition...
  • NASA explains why you won't get a drone delivery anytime soon

    2 September 2014, 6:39 am by: Steve Dent

    Delivery drones are great at exactly one job right now: generating buzz. However, NASA has told the New York Times that actual widget-shipping drones from Amazon or Google are still far in the future. And the space agency should know: it has taken on...
  • Photos show the Xperia Z3 Compact is (another) chip off the old block

    2 September 2014, 5:48 am by: James Trew

    To say that Sony's Xperia devices have become a bit... "samey" would be an understatement. If the picture above is anything to go by, don't expect that trend to change any time soon. The snaps (more at the source) show what is claimed to be the...
  • BBC launches kid coding lessons as schools increase focus on computing

    2 September 2014, 4:42 am by: Matt Brian

    This week marks a new chapter in how computing is taught in Britain's schools, with children as young as five learning how to code as part of the government's new national curriculum. With the help of hardware like the Raspberry Pi, schools are...
  • Samsung coats its new smartwatch in Swarovski crystal, so now you'll want it

    2 September 2014, 4:29 am by: Mat Smith

    LG's not the only electronics maker hoping a scattering of Swarovski will add... something to its products. Not far behind, Samsung now has the Gear S Strap, an accessory ready to pair to its just-announced (and again, just after LG) wearable. If...
  • Korean carrier upgrades eel farm, makes the Internet of (slimey) Things

    2 September 2014, 2:56 am by: Mat Smith

    By definition, the Internet of Things (IoT) should connect with anything -- even writhing, kinda gross, but often delicious eels. SK Telecom's latest project is aimed at showcasing its IoT skills with a pilot connected eel farm that uses a network of...
  • webOS granted a second life on mobile as LuneOS

    2 September 2014, 1:14 am by: Richard Lawler

    It's been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called...
  • Sound Wallet can keep your Bitcoins secure with vinyl-based encryption

    1 September 2014, 11:22 pm by: Mat Smith

    If you're anything like us, you've already made millions of dollars on Bitcoin. But how to keep it safe from loved ones, co-workers and other people we don't trust? Sound Wallet promises to keep your private access keys secure as encrypted audio,...
  • LG's Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV is a thing that exists

    1 September 2014, 10:18 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That's the truth-bomb that LG has just deposited into our laps, having...
  • Elgato announces $50 Avea smart lightbulb and Eve smart home sensors

    1 September 2014, 9:03 pm by: Michael Gorman

    Apparently, the world needs another smart lightbulb, and Elgato's going to sell it to you. Called Avea, the $50 bulb connects to your iDevice directly using Bluetooth (no external hub needed), and lets you set the mood in any room with an appropriate...
  • What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys'

    1 September 2014, 7:17 pm by: Richard Lawler

    It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final...
  • Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

    1 September 2014, 5:22 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Apple is such an opaque company that even app developers can be left, out in the cold, wondering why their app was rejected from the app store. Thankfully, the company does have some sympathy for those dejected coders, which is why it's published a...
  • Google set to reveal Android One budget phone hardware in India on September 15th

    1 September 2014, 3:58 pm by: Michael Gorman

    Not everyone is interested in paying for premium handsets, and Google knows that in many parts of the world, shelling out five or six hundred dollars for a One, G3 or Galaxy S5 simply isn't an option. The Android One initiative is how Google plans to...
  • UKTV will copy Amazon, ask viewers which shows it should make

    1 September 2014, 2:57 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    When it comes to choosing which new TV shows to make, British broadcaster UKTV is taking a leaf out of Amazon and the BBC's playbook. The company behind Dave, Really and Watch will produce pilot episodes of shows, asking users of its UKTV Play...
  • Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars

    1 September 2014, 1:59 pm by: Steve Dent

    NASA's ironman Mars rover Opportunity, like your five-year-old PC, is about to get reformatted. Problems have been causing the aging vehicle to reboot and scientists suspect that worn-out cells in the flash memory are to blame. Opportunity's been...
  • UK police threaten companies that sell domains to piracy sites

    1 September 2014, 12:52 pm by: Matt Brian

    When a piracy site is targeted by authorities, the owner's usual trick is to move the website to another domain (and sometimes hosting provider) to re-establish access for users. The Pirate Bay is probably the biggest example of this, which has spent...
  • Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room

    1 September 2014, 12:12 pm by: Steve Dent

    If WiFi can track a heartbeat through walls, why can't I get internet in my corner bathroom? Jason Cole was trying to figure that out too, but unlike me, he's a PhD student in physics. So he mapped his own apartment and assigned refraction values to...
  • Vodafone ditches Phones4u to go all in with Dixons Carphone

    1 September 2014, 11:58 am by: Matt Brian

    Dixons Carphone is only (officially) a month old, but it's already dealt a huge blow to one of its rivals. In its battle to provide UK consumers with the best value smartphone deals, the newly-formed company today announced that it's signed an...
  • What you need to know about the world's most popular game-streaming service, Twitch

    1 September 2014, 11:00 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Twitch was an accident. The live video-streaming service, which boasts over 55 million unique users each month, began life in 2007 as "Justin.tv": an all-hours video livestream of co-founder Justin Kan's life. That wasn't the whole point of the...

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