'Star Wars' drones can do aerial stunts and shoot lasers

We’ve got a feeling quite a few collectors would simply keep them in display cases. But if you want to get one to actually play with, you’ll find that they can reach speeds up to 40mph and can do 360-degree aerial stunts at the push of a button. They also have a battle feature, which you can use to …

Regulator: Tesla crash shouldn't hinder self-driving research

If you thought that officials would halt progress on self-driving cars in the wake of a Tesla Autopilot crash in May, you’re in for a surprise. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lead Mark Rosekind told guests at an event that he and other regulators don’t plan to slow down the developme…

FCC chief asks telcos to offer free robocall blocking services

Wheeler wrote on the commission’s website:

“In regard to the Commission’s expectations that carriers respond to consumers’ blocking requests, I have sent letters to the CEOs of major wireless and wireline phone companies calling on them to offer call-blocking services to their customers now — at no …

'Gears of War 4' will have plenty of PC-specific features

The history of Microsoft-backed Xbox One games coming to the PC isn’t exactly stellar. When Remedy’s Quantum Break reached Windows, it was saddled with limitations that were partly dictated by the Universal Windows Platform’s own limits, such as frame rate issues and an overall lack of features. Y…

Ben Heck powers on the Nintendo PlayStation's CD drive

It was a nice “wow” moment for everyone, but the ticking noise suggested that the CD drive was struggling to move its optical head, plus the screen was flickering. Ben figured this was to do with a power glitch caused by three leaky electrolytic capacitors on the logic board, so he replaced those wi…

Yahoo must explain how it got a drug trafficker's deleted email

Were you wondering how Yahoo managed to recover deleted email that was supposedly impossible to retrieve? You’re not the only one. A judge has partially granted a motion that orders Yahoo to explain how it recovered deleted email from UK drug trafficking convict Russell Knaggs. It won’t have to d…

Google Play starts showing apps' actual download sizes

Besides displaying more accurate file sizes, Google also tweaked its Play Store algorithm to make updates even smaller. Most Android apps (98 percent of them) only download changes to their APK files …

Cyanogen reportedly cuts jobs as it changes course

Chief executive Kirk McMaster turned down Recode’s request for a comment, so we wouldn’t expect either confirmation or immediate answers as to what’s coming next.

A change in direction wouldn’t be completely shocking. Although CyanogenMod is still a staple of the Android enthusiast world, Cyanogen O…

The 'Station' desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet

At first glance, the Station resembles a fancy dentist’s chair with a pivotable tabletop attached to the front. Its leg rest coils under the seat like an inverted scorpion’s tail when not in use but w…

The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both online and off

Using a tool called Hyp3r, Engadget collected every Tweet and Instagram that was geo-tagged from the official convention venues. We scoured the data looking for slurs, overtly racist language and echo…

New in our buyer's guide: All the phones (just the good ones)

It took us a while, but now that we’ve reviewed the Moto Z, we think we’re done testing flagship phones until the iPhone 7 or next Galaxy Note come out (whichever arrives first). With that in mind, we can now confidently say that the following phones belong in our buyer’s guide: the Sa…

Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels

The saltwater-powered racer

Electric cars are popping up everywhere, which is great news for the environment since these vehicles don’t emit harmful greenhouse gases. Most, though, need to be plugged i…

Recommended Reading: Social media's effect on the truth

How technology
disrupted the truth

Katharine Viner,
The Guardian

Stories spread around Facebook and Twitter before they’re even confirmed to be true. By the time they are or aren’t, it doesn’t matter. The news already made its way around the internet. Facts are often overlooked and confirmation is …

ICYMI: Bubba Watson builds a jetpack, Facebook flies its solar drone

Today on In Case You Missed It: To celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics, PGA Tour Pro Bubba Watson is teaming up with Oakley to create the “Bubba Watson Jetpack” — a mode of transportation sure to blow the roof off of conventional golf carts. We also take a look at the maiden test flight of…

'Project Sonic' is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo NX

While Sonic fans will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a 2D throwback game in Sonic Mania, the official Sonic Team is working on something new. Tonight Sega dropped this teaser trailer for “Project Sonic,” which is due for the 2017 holiday season on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 a…

'Sonic Mania' looks like the 2D sequel fans deserve

Introducing SONIC MANIA! A new 2D Sonic platforming adventure experience! https://t.co/6uZ4J0Pcok #Sonic25

— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) July 23, 2016

From the trailer below, Mania looks unapologetically old school, replete with chiptune music and the series’ trademark hyper-colorful pi…

Celeb hacker who stole nude images gets six months in prison

Ryan Collins, a Pennsylvania native, also admitted that he phished celebrities and stole explicit images earlier this year. The images he pilfered, including those of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, were the ones that were distributed online. Helton’s case preceded Collins’ — he was arrested back…

Paramount signs up to release more movies with DTS:X audio

We got a chance to hear the audio capabilities of DTS:X at CES in 2015, but there haven’t been many movies released that way so far. Now Paramount seems ready to change that, signing up with DTS to release a “collection” of films with the multi-dimensional audio encoding applied. Some of the Blu-ray…

Xenon detector finds no dark matter after 20-month study

The scientists, who ran the experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, presented their results yesterday at the International Dark Matter conference in Sheffield, UK. While it’s possible that the LUX failed to pick up dark matter while it was active from 2014 to 2016, the researchers a…

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The ‘Station’ desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet
The ‘Station’ desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet
At first glance, the Station resembles a fancy dentist’s chair with a pivotable tabletop attached to the front. Its leg rest coils under the seat like an inverted scorpion’s tail when not in use but will nearly straighten when fully extended. The entire thing rides on casters and weighs only 210 pounds (without a monitor), … Continue reading "The ‘Station’ desk cradles your body and gut-punches your wallet"
The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both online and off
The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both online and off
Using a tool called Hyp3r, Engadget collected every Tweet and Instagram that was geo-tagged from the official convention venues. We scoured the data looking for slurs, overtly racist language and echoes (more on those below) and came up empty. Hyp3r only pulls in tweets from users with the location enabled on their devices, so it’s … Continue reading "The 2016 RNC was celebratory and friendly, both online and off"
Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels
Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels
The saltwater-powered racer Electric cars are popping up everywhere, which is great news for the environment since these vehicles don’t emit harmful greenhouse gases. Most, though, need to be plugged in to recharge their batteries every once in a while. Nanoflowcell’s Quant e-Sportlimousine is different, because it runs on a special type of fuel made … Continue reading "Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels"
Status update: The rise of the social-media extortionist
Status update: The rise of the social-media extortionist
Exactly how their accounts were compromised is a lesson in the basics of password hygiene; we think they’d know better than to reuse old, simple passwords across different services — apparently not? The why of these high-profile compromises is an ongoing story of low-level crime and extortion reminiscent of pickpockets at a traveling quack-doc medicine … Continue reading "Status update: The rise of the social-media extortionist"
‘Splatoon’ isn’t dead, but it’s still saying goodbye
‘Splatoon’ isn’t dead, but it’s still saying goodbye
Active community building is key for a game whose developers intentionally waived voice chat in order to avoid the hostility that normally pervades online interactions. I’ve certainly had moments where I’ve cursed and screamed at my TV during a particularly fraught Splatoon match, things I wouldn’t want the 10-year-olds I’m probably playing with to hear. … Continue reading "‘Splatoon’ isn’t dead, but it’s still saying goodbye"
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks
A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks
After connecting to an open network, iOS 10 will display a “Security Recommendation” notification beneath the network’s name in the WiFi menu settings. When a user opens up the Security Recommendation, they’re greeted with a notification that “open networks provide no security and expose all network traffic.” There’s also a recommendation to configure your router … Continue reading "A new iOS 10 feature warns against open WiFi networks"
Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site
Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site
Founded in 2008, the site has slowly grown to become the biggest torrent-sharing website in the world. It finally took the mantle in 2015 after The Pirate Bay experienced multiple raids, battled lengthy spells of downtime and its three founders were arrested. KAT counts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and is estimated to … Continue reading "Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site"
‘Candid,’ the anonymous chat app, enforces civility with AI
‘Candid,’ the anonymous chat app, enforces civility with AI
Developed by a pair of former Google project leads, Candid (the company) has developed a natural language processing system that analyzes every piece of posted content and flags inflammatory items for removal — things like hate speech, threats and slander. Off-topic posts are moved to more appropriate sections, so you won’t have to dig through … Continue reading "‘Candid,’ the anonymous chat app, enforces civility with AI"
Nightdive Studios’ ‘System Shock’ remake is coming to PS4
Nightdive Studios’ ‘System Shock’ remake is coming to PS4
The announcement showed up on the project’s Kickstarter blog, with an update detailing the impending console release. After taking note of an “overwhelming demand” for a PS4 version of System Shock, the team at Nightdive Studios collaborated with Sony to make it happen, and it looks like it’s definitely going to happen. It’s not contingent … Continue reading "Nightdive Studios’ ‘System Shock’ remake is coming to PS4"
Uber will use high-res satellite imagery to improve pickups
Uber will use high-res satellite imagery to improve pickups
DigitalGlobe was the company that convinced the US government to lift its image resolution restrictions on private satellites. Shortly after, it launched its WorldView-3 constellation that can detect images as small as 12 inches (30cm) across. It can also scan short-wave infrared frequencies, letting it see forest fires through smoke that would block other satellites, … Continue reading "Uber will use high-res satellite imagery to improve pickups"
Thanks to VW, BMW’s 2017 diesels will be delayed
Thanks to VW, BMW’s 2017 diesels will be delayed
“The product certification of all MY2017 BMW diesel models (328d Sedan, 328d Sports Wagon, X3 xDrive28d, X5 xDrive35d) has been delayed due to testing logistics,” BMW spokeswoman Rebecca Kiehne wrote in an e-mail to Autoblog. “As a result, production of these models will commence once homologation has been finalized.” US regulators appear to be taking … Continue reading "Thanks to VW, BMW’s 2017 diesels will be delayed"
Quantum computers show potential to revolutionize chemistry
Quantum computers show potential to revolutionize chemistry
Chemical reactions are inherently quantum themselves — the team actually used a quote from Richard Feynman saying “nature isn’t classical, dammit.” The problem is that “molecular systems form highly entangled quantum superposition states, which require many classical computing resources in order to represent sufficiently high precision,” according to the Google Research blog. Computing the lowest … Continue reading "Quantum computers show potential to revolutionize chemistry"
BuzzFeed and Washington Post turn to robots for RNC coverage
BuzzFeed and Washington Post turn to robots for RNC coverage
The Post’s experiment involves a telepresence robot from Double Robotics and a partnership with Twitter. Basically, the machine is an iPad mounted on a Segway-style base. All week it’ll be roaming the floor of the convention, streaming live on Periscope. Viewers will be able to tune in and ask questions of delegates, politicians and anyone … Continue reading "BuzzFeed and Washington Post turn to robots for RNC coverage"
Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million
Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million
The original deal, announced in February, reportedly failed to gain regulatory approval. While expressing disappointment that it was scrapped, Opera CEO Lars Boilesen says “we believe that the new deal is very good for Opera employees and Opera shareholders.” The acqisition was approved by Opera’s board, and the company now has 18 months to find … Continue reading "Opera browser sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million"
Google will help you register to vote in the November election
Google will help you register to vote in the November election
With the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Google will provide information on those events as well. When you search for either party’s convention, you’ll get a schedule of the proceedings, nominee details, summary of the event itself, list of speakers and a collection of related social media posts and YouTube’s livestream videos. Monday marks … Continue reading "Google will help you register to vote in the November election"
US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns
US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns
The biggest difference that the proposed smart gun would have from regular firearms is the addition of a so-called “security device.” This is designed to prevent unauthorized use by disabling the firing system unless when in control of identified users, and has to meet an exhaustive list of requirements (at least, in this draft proposal). … Continue reading "US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns"
The best gaming mouse
The best gaming mouse
Who should get this Gaming mice give you more buttons to play with, more ways to customize what they do, better comfort, and flashier looks than a simple two-button mouse. They can also be more accurate than normal mice due to higher-quality optical sensors and settings that are optimized for gaming. If you already have … Continue reading "The best gaming mouse"
Google’s first indie gaming festival comes to San Francisco this fall
Google’s first indie gaming festival comes to San Francisco this fall
“Google Play is the largest store for digital content; 65 billion apps and games were downloaded over the past year,” says Google’s Jamil Moledina, a strategic lead for Play Games. “It’s an immense platform that we have, and along with that is an opportunity to better support the indie games community.” In this case, that … Continue reading "Google’s first indie gaming festival comes to San Francisco this fall"

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