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  • Brazilian judge tells Apple and Google to pull Secret from people's devices

    20 August 2014, 4:16 am by: Jon Fingas

    Secret's app is ostensibly meant for office gossip and getting transgressions out of your system, but it has also been abused by bullies wanting to intimidate and shame others. Well, one Brazilian judge is fed up with that misuse -- enough so that...
  • GIFYouTube does exactly what its name implies

    20 August 2014, 3:45 am by: Sean Buckley

    Not sure how to make an animated GIF? Don't worry, you don't have to learn a darn thing -- an unofficial web tool will do it for you. The website, simply named GIFYouTube, does exactly what it sounds like: it converts your favorite streaming video...
  • Xbox 360 HDD now comes in 500GB format, costs less than 320GB version

    20 August 2014, 3:06 am by: Sean Buckley

    Been taking advantage of the Xbox 360's "Games with Gold" deal? You might be running out of hard drive space, and Microsoft knows it: it just updated the Xbox website with a teaser for a 500GB hard drive. At $110 it's still more expensive than PC...
  • See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view

    20 August 2014, 2:33 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    While we've seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you're looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers -- windows -- have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at...
  • Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells

    20 August 2014, 2:05 am by: Mariella Moon

    It's great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we're...
  • Google search trends highlight America's digital divide

    20 August 2014, 1:05 am by: Chris Velazco

    While the rest of us were out frolicking in the sun, The New York Times' Upshot blog spent the early part of the summer sussing out which counties in the United States were the easiest and hardest to live in. After a little extra prompting from...
  • PayPal's One Touch wants to power your in-app mobile purchases

    20 August 2014, 12:32 am by: Sean Buckley

    It's a pretty common thing to see in an online store: pay with PayPal -- but what about on mobile devices? Well, the eBay-owned company is working on that. The company just announced PayPal One Touch, a new system that (as the name implies) hopes to...
  • New Lego Minecraft sets turn minifig Steve into a farmer and a miner

    19 August 2014, 11:51 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Those old Lego Minecraft sets are cute, but the construction toy company's finally gearing up to release new ones that look much more like standard Lego sets -- and yes, they come with mini figures. Lego fans on the Eurobricks forum have recently...
  • Selfie cameras that look like perfume bottles are going to be a thing

    19 August 2014, 11:13 pm by: Richard Lai

    It's no secret that girls in China are obsessed with taking selfies, but there's also a local trend of slapping a Chanel perfume bottle case onto their phones. No, we don't understand, either. Nevertheless, Sony is seizing this opportunity by...
  • Snapchat's bringing disappearing news to your vanishing selfie stream

    19 August 2014, 10:14 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Snapchat might be the go-to app for firing off self-destructing selfies, but there's still one little issue CEO Evan Spiegel doesn't seem to have locked up yet: how is it actually going to make money? In-app purchases? Location-centric stories? The...
  • Navy drone plays well with manned aircraft, caps it with a carrier landing

    19 August 2014, 9:31 pm by: Steve Dent

    The unmanned X-47B drone has proven itself carrier-capable, but can it fit into normal flight operations? The Navy aimed to find out recently in some joint maneuvers alongside an F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The X-47B model...
  • Engadget Daily: HTC One M8 for Windows, choosing a 4K TV, and more!

    19 August 2014, 9:09 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Today, we go hands-on with HTC's One M8 for Windows, shop for 4K TVs, ponder an ASUS-made smartwatch, and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours. ...
  • Twitter is officially putting tweets from strangers in your timeline

    19 August 2014, 8:48 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You know how Twitter started inserting others' favorites and follows into your timeline? As it turns out, it's not an experiment -- it's official policy. We now know that the social network recently updated its timeline explanation to confirm that...
  • Engadget Live Boston is this Friday!

    19 August 2014, 8:20 pm by: John Colucci

    Our third Engadget Live event of 2014 hits Boston this Friday, August 22nd. At 7PM on the dot, we'll transform Royale into a scene that even Stefon would consider worthy of being Boston's hottest club. Tap your way through the gallery below to find...
  • ADT wants to automate your home with the help of IFTTT

    19 August 2014, 7:56 pm by: Billy Steele

    Now that home automation is all the rage, household security outfit ADT is looking to dive further into the fray with a hand from If This Then That (IFTTT). Using the home alarm company's Pulse system and the appropriate channel from the recipe-based...
  • Sharp's AQUOS Crystal is all screen

    19 August 2014, 7:15 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    It's sure been a long time since Sharp shipped a smartphone to American consumers. And, let's be honest with ourselves, the FX Plus wasn't exactly taking the market by storm. The Sidekick-esque slider was dated even by 2011 standards. But the company...
  • 'Ignore No More' app makes sure your kids can't dodge your calls

    19 August 2014, 7:10 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Once you tiptoe past a certain age, ignoring calls from mom and dad sort of becomes de rigueur as you go about your day. That sort of filial nonsense doesn't fly when you're younger though, and now there's an app to make sure you return you young'uns...
  • AT&T plans to sell the HTC One M8 for Windows soon

    19 August 2014, 6:57 pm by: Brad Molen

    Feeling blue that the HTC One M8 for Windows is exclusive to Big Red? Good news: AT&T just confirmed that it'll carry the flagship Windows Phone... eventually. The carrier can't openly discuss details like pricing or availability yet -- likely...
  • Time Warner Cable is charging Netflix for a direct connection too

    19 August 2014, 6:55 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Comcast, then Verizon, AT&T and now Time Warner Cable. That's the list of ISPs that have less-than-politely declined Netflix's free OpenConnect setup, and instead decided they'll take a payment from the streaming service in exchange for connecting...
  • Octopus-like camouflage can hide you in plain sight

    19 August 2014, 6:09 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Octopuses and other cephalopods are masters of disguise -- their prey often doesn't realize the danger until it's too late. It only makes sense to model active camouflage after that behavior, then, and a team at the University of Illinois has managed...
  • The 49ers' high-tech fan experience falls short in first real test

    19 August 2014, 5:28 pm by: Billy Steele

    When an NFL team builds a brand new stadium, it's usually packed with the latest tech to insure a flashy introduction. The Dallas Cowboys have absurdly large video screens over the field and the Arizona Cardinals can move the entire playing surface...
  • 'Antiselfie' app uses face tracking to ruin your best pout

    19 August 2014, 4:50 pm by: James Trew

    The onward march of the selfie, there's no stopping it. Many people shudder at the slightest mention of the (now official) word. Others need only the flimsiest (and sometimes eyebrow-raising) reason to extend one arm and assume the duck face....
  • Sound off! How do you keep your digital data safe?

    19 August 2014, 4:23 pm by: Dave Schumaker

    We create a lot of digital content each day. Not all of it is important, but there are a few things we want to keep safe -- you know, things like financial documents, vacation selfies, MP3's from when we played in a hair-metal garage band. But what...
  • Fandango finalizes a truce with the FTC after exposing your movie ticket data

    19 August 2014, 3:39 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Fandango slipped up in a big way between 2009 and 2013: its mobile apps would send your movie ticket purchases without a basic security measure, leaving credit card info and other data vulnerable to theft. However, the company is about to make amends...
  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on basketball, teaching

    19 August 2014, 3:03 pm by: Sean Buckley

    He was Microsoft's 30th employee, its first business manager and CEO for over a decade. Now, after 34 years with the company, Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft behind. In a letter to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, Ballmer explained that he's...

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