Pod-based marijuana vaporizers are coming

The device, which is unsurprisingly being called the “a Keurig for marijuana,” is actually named the CannaCloud. And it was designed by Massachusetts resident Michael Bourque, who had a bad experience buying weed in a parking lot off of “a guy that looked like ZZ Top” one time. Although legalization…

'Overwatch' adding ranked play next month

In a recent Facebook Q&A session, Kaplan made sure to note that ranked play would be part of a special content update in mid to late June. It was originally included in the game until Blizzard made note of some issues within competitive mode that caused lower-skilled players to be matched up wit…

AT&T's prepaid GoPhone plans get 1GB of extra data

AT&T definitely isn’t being stingy with data on GoPhone these days. In the wake of healthy improvements over the past year, the carrier is raising its data caps by 1GB across the board as of May 27th. If you’re on the $45 plan, you’ll get 3GB of full-speed data to play with instead of 2GB; rol…

AT&T's prepaid GoPhone plans get 1GB of extra data

AT&T definitely isn’t being stingy with data on GoPhone these days. In the wake of healthy improvements over the past year, the carrier is raising its data caps by 1GB across the board as of May 27th. If you’re on the $45 plan, you’ll get 3GB of full-speed data to play with instead of 2GB; rol…

A smart toothbrush just won Intel's maker-themed reality show

Seven weeks later, those 24 teams have been whittled down to five, with the season drawing to a close tonight. The winner is Grush, a three-person team whose smart toothbrush works with a mobile game to help children brush their teeth more thoroughly than they would otherwise. It’s the sort of produ…

Blizzard is offering one free Battle.net name change

The official Heroes of the Storm Twitter account announced the news earlier this morning, likely much to the excitement of anyone who thought up a tag years ago for World of Warcraft based on their favorite song lyric at the time or a vampire OC they trolled AOL chats with (not that I’m guilty of th…

The Strong Museum opens a DICE Awards exhibit

The exhibit will feature a touchscreen exploring the history of the Academy, which has celebrated achievements in video gaming for 20 years. There will be a Greatest Hits section featuring Game Of The Year winners from Goldeneye to Fallout 4, along with a case full of artifacts and doc…

This sweat monitoring patch can tell how hard you're working

The Chem-Phys, detailed in journal Nature Communications, was created to track both heart rate and chemistry information that can be gleaned from your sweat. It’s comprised of three sensors on a two-inch polyester sheet: one to capture lactate from sweat, which studies have shown exemplifies a more …

GoPro makes a seemingly inevitable deal with Red Bull

.@RedBull + @GoPro are bringing a new POV! @PaulRabil knows what’s up! Where should we put a #GoPro next? #RedBullhttps://t.co/NrEaGkk1To

— GoPro (@GoPro) May 24, 2016

You probably won’t see too much in the way of immediate impact, but it could help GoPro in the long run. The company isn’t i…

Netflix comes full circle, creates virtual video store

Created as part of the company’s most recent hack day (and thus, unlikely to ever see a real release), Netflix Zone is a blocky representation of your old school VHS emporium, except you peruse the stacks with an HTC Vive instead of driving to a Blockbuster in a nearby strip mall. Unfortunately ther…

E Ink announces a color breakthrough, but it's only for signs

There’s a small glimmer of hope for the seemingly doomed dream of color electronic paper. E Ink, which helped pioneer ePaper by providing the technology for Amazon’s Kindle, announced today that it’s finally developed a display that can show up to 32,000 colors. Dubbed Advanced Color e…

Samsung denies giving up on Android Wear for smartwatches

Yeah, not exactly the most compelling response, is it? Still, it adds a little color to what seemed like a black-and-white situation — Samsung hasn’t officially given up on Android Wear yet, but it might not make another Wear watch, either. The future, as they say, is still unwritten.

Of course, wha…

Apple reportedly working on a rival to Amazon's Echo

While much of Silicon Valley has been duking it out with each other in the artificial intelligence wars, Apple has been strangely silent. But it might not be for much longer. The Information has just reported that Apple is working on two bold new moves to broaden its AI strategy. First, the Cupertin…

Google stops selling the Nexus Player

It’s not surprising that Google would give its puck-shaped player the chop, though, and it’s not just because the gadget is a year and a half old. Simply speaking, there isn’t as much need for the Nexus Player to exist these days. There are many more Android TV and Google Cast devices hitting the …

Foursquare's new bot texts food suggestions before you're hungry

“Like my bestie, Marsbot learns that I’m into pistachio gelato and I spend most of my time in The Mission,” Foursquare product manager Marissa Chacko writes. “Like my bestie, Marsbot texts me when it discovers a new chai spot opening around the corner from my office. And like my bestie, Marsbot isn’…

Huawei sues Samsung over cellphone patents

No, the fighting between top smartphone makers isn’t done just yet. Huawei has sued Samsung in both China and the US for allegedly violating its patents on cellular technology and software through its cellphones. Unlike what you see in many such lawsuits, though, the Chinese tech leader isn’t demand…

Paul McCartney adopts VR so your grandparents don't have to

Although he’s never been a fan of streaming services, Sir Paul has been quick to embrace new technology when it suits him. He re-released classic Wings albums as iPad apps with bonus material and even wrote tiny songs to bring Skype’s emoji to life. For Pure McCartney VR, the artist teamed up with K…

Sony sells most of its media editing tools

Sony’s quest to get rid of unnecessary businesses continues. The electronics giant has sold off the “majority” of its creative software suite to Magix, a German firm that revolves around pro imaging apps. That’s right — Vegas Pro, Sound Forge Pro and other well-known Sony media editing apps are now…

Toyota is investing in Uber

Toyota is expanding its ride-sharing initiatives by investing in Uber, according to Bloomberg. The publication says that the pair have “entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore collaboration in ride-sharing.” Sure. In 2014, Toyota started testing its own ride-sharing service in France, …

'Rocket League' gets cross-network play for Xbox One and PC

Players around the world will be able to match up with cross-network Rocket League aficionados beginning today at 6pm ET/3pm PT. If your buddy primarily takes to their Xbox One and you find yourself gravitating to PC, you can finally play together across both platforms.

This isn’t the first time a pl…

 

The best food processor
The best food processor
How we tested Our food processor picks (from left to right): The Cuisinart 3-Cup Mini-Prep Plus, the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor, and the Breville Sous Chef. Photo: Michael Hession The best models should chop vegetables and herbs evenly (without pulverizing them), grate veggies and cheese uniformly, slice cleanly, and finely grind bread crumbs, nuts, … Continue reading "The best food processor"
‘Battlecast’ turns ‘Skylanders’ into a collectible card game
‘Battlecast’ turns ‘Skylanders’ into a collectible card game
In battles, you’ll have a 30-card deck containing just three characters and a mix of Spells, Gear and Relics. Each character has basic attack and health stats, and every move will cost you “crystals,” (think Mana). You’ll need to decide which cards to use and when in order to win battles. Although the basic setup … Continue reading "‘Battlecast’ turns ‘Skylanders’ into a collectible card game"
Toyota is bringing back Dean Kamen’s stair-climbing wheelchair
Toyota is bringing back Dean Kamen’s stair-climbing wheelchair
This isn’t just about giving Kamen’s technology a second shot. The deal also lets Toyota license DEKA’s balancing tech for both rehab therapy and “potentially other purposes.” In other words, you might see iBot tech find its way into other health care devices, personal transport and even robots. No matter what, this is good news … Continue reading "Toyota is bringing back Dean Kamen’s stair-climbing wheelchair"
I salvaged my shattered iPhone with a ‘Band-Aid’ screen cover
I salvaged my shattered iPhone with a ‘Band-Aid’ screen cover
And yet the next day was Monday, a work day. The Apple Store was fully booked. I needed a miracle. Or at least a cheap short-term solution. I turned to Pitamo’s smartphone bansouko (“Band-Aid”), a cut-it-yourself three-layer screen for broken smartphones. It promises to contain any more shards of doom, stop the cracks from getting … Continue reading "I salvaged my shattered iPhone with a ‘Band-Aid’ screen cover"
Public Access
Public Access
New greeter at work guys. @engadget pic.twitter.com/twdn4z2Z2J — Kerry Davis (@mskerryd) May 20, 2016 I totally was not kidding about the cat. So! For those of you keeping track of geek holidays, tomorrow is International Talk Like Yoda Day and if changing your sentence structure, you are, then find this Yoda-Speak Generator handy, you will. … Continue reading "Public Access"
The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity
The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity
The report centers on the the way TSA (mis)handles security around the data management system which connects airport screening equipment to centralized servers. It’s called the Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP), and TSA has been screwing it up security-wise since at least 2012. In essence, TSA employees haven’t been implementing STIP properly — that is, … Continue reading "The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity"
The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity
The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity
The report centers on the the way TSA (mis)handles security around the data management system which connects airport screening equipment to centralized servers. It’s called the Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP), and TSA has been screwing it up security-wise since at least 2012. In essence, TSA employees haven’t been implementing STIP properly — that is, … Continue reading "The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity"
US Navy to arm its submarines with ‘Blackwing’ spy drones
US Navy to arm its submarines with ‘Blackwing’ spy drones
The Blackwing grew out of a 2013 Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program dubbed, Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine UAS against Mobile targets (AWESUM). It was developed to counter recent advancements in anti-ship ballistic missile and similar “anti-access, area denial (A2AD)” technologies by America’s favorite frenemy, China. There’s no word on specifically when the Blackwings … Continue reading "US Navy to arm its submarines with ‘Blackwing’ spy drones"
The Wirecutter’s best deals: $100 off Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin speaker
The Wirecutter’s best deals: $100 off Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin speaker
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Street price: $700; MSRP: $700; deal price: $600 While this is an expensive speaker, a $100 discount makes the price slightly less painful. We haven’t seen a single drop on this speaker until this sale, so it’s good to see such a significant drop. The Bowers & Wilkins … Continue reading "The Wirecutter’s best deals: $100 off Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin speaker"
Android Apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome OS this year
Android Apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome OS this year
When the update rolls out later this year, Google will simultaneously tackle two of the biggest problems facing Chrome OS. “A lot of users wanted more apps and better offline capabilities,” says Google’s Kan Liu, a senior product director for Chrome. “We’ve been thinking about what is the right way to bring that to end … Continue reading "Android Apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome OS this year"
Google’s Daydream controller is a Wiimote for VR
Google’s Daydream controller is a Wiimote for VR
Google will launch the controller in the fall, alongside the first Daydream-ready headset. Daydream is a VR platform that includes hardware and software baked right into Android N. You can do some pretty awesome things with the Daydream controller. #IO16https://t.co/GMKIrNbPYS — Google (@google) May 18, 2016 For all the latest news and updates from Google … Continue reading "Google’s Daydream controller is a Wiimote for VR"
Katamari Damacy’s creator debuts Project Tango-powered AR game
Katamari Damacy’s creator debuts Project Tango-powered AR game
As with other AR setups, Woorld combines action on the physical plane with virtual characters. Specifically, players will be able to “explore, discover, and create using digital objects and creatures” that interact with the actual objects around them. What’s more, players will be able to team up with each other to build bigger and better … Continue reading "Katamari Damacy’s creator debuts Project Tango-powered AR game"
Sony wants to push AIs to learn from their own experiences
Sony wants to push AIs to learn from their own experiences
The consumer electronics company has invested in AI startup Cogitai to build intelligent systems that will learn from their own experiences in the world. “We have a shared vision for where AI needs to go,” Dr. Satinder Singh, co-founder of Cogitai, told Engadget. “The next wave will be ‘continual learning.’ It’s the idea that machine … Continue reading "Sony wants to push AIs to learn from their own experiences"
The best coffee maker
The best coffee maker
How we picked Many coffee makers produce terrible coffee because they don’t heat water to the right temperature, or they over- or under-steep grounds, or they don’t use the right water-to-bean ratio. Because flavor was the top priority for the 1,354 Sweethome readers we polled (with ease-of-use and speed tying for second as the most … Continue reading "The best coffee maker"
​NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is a PC gamer’s dream
​NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is a PC gamer’s dream
Hardware I had the privilege of testing the Founder’s Edition of the card, which is something unique for NVIDIA. Previously, the company released fairly plain reference editions of its cards, which would inevitably be one-upped by partners with more elaborate cooling designs. But NVIDIA is positioning the GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition as a premium offering. … Continue reading "​NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is a PC gamer’s dream"

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