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  • 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...
  • Physics' best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web

    1 September 2014, 10:02 am by: Jon Fingas

    Ask professors about important physics lectures, and they'll probably point you toward Richard Feynman's famous 1964 talks. They led to one of the most popular physics books ever (over 1.5 million English copies sold) and helped generations...
  • Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy

    1 September 2014, 9:17 am by: Mariella Moon

    Facebook's 2012 experiment, while controversial, showed that what other people post on social media can alter moods. Apparently, though, that's not the only thing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others of their ilk can do: according to a study by...
  • Sony's RX10 camera now shoots higher-quality video at a lower price

    1 September 2014, 8:33 am by: Jon Fingas

    Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 is a pretty capable camera, but it still has weaknesses: it doesn't shoot super high-quality XAVC-S video, and that steep $1,300 price is bound to steer some people toward DSLRs and mirrorless cams. Well, consider both of those...
  • 'Find My iPhone' exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks

    1 September 2014, 7:32 am by: James Trew

    ​We don't need to rake over the gory details here, but in the last 12 hours, the internet has lost its "you know what" over some leaked celebrity photos. Initial reports suggested that hackers targeted the iCloud accounts of the high-profile...
  • 'Summer Lesson' is the questionable Project Morpheus VR title from the 'Tekken' team

    1 September 2014, 6:42 am by: Mat Smith

    Teasing its forthcoming appearance at the Tokyo Game Show later this month, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan revealed a new demo for its prototype VR hardware -- with assistance from the creative forces behind the Tekken fighter series. You should...
  • The Big Picture: A living sculpture made from 'programmed' wooden balls

    1 September 2014, 5:02 am by: Jon Fingas

    Let's face it: with certain exceptions, most sculptures are pretty static and won't hold your interest for more than a brief glance. You may pay more notice to Hypersonic's Breaking Wave project, however. Effectively, it's a "programmed" analog...
  • Watch Sony PS4 streams on your Vita with upcoming app

    1 September 2014, 2:58 am by: Steve Dent

    If you're a fan of PlayStation 4 game livestreaming, Sony's about to have a PS Vita app for that. At a prelude to the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), it announced updates that will let you view live PS4 game action directly from a PS Vita. There are also...
  • Heart Bot can draw an artistic rendition of your heartbeat (video)

    1 September 2014, 2:29 am by: Mariella Moon

    How does a famous-rapper-slash-business-tycoon and a tech titan launch a collaborative project? Apparently, by throwing a fancy soirée graced by the presence of a robotic Picasso. In honor of Intel's and SMS Audio's (a company founded by 50 Cent)...
  • Listen to a song made from recording thousands of industrial machines

    1 September 2014, 12:11 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    We've heard music made from bats' echolocation signals and the sounds of glaciers before, but what about tunes composed with something a little more, say, industrial? And no, we aren't talking about Nine Inch Nails' classic The Downward Spiral. Think...
  • How would you change the Fitbit Flex?

    31 August 2014, 10:36 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Fitbit is one of the most well respected names in the quantified-self space, so we expected a lot of the Fitbit Flex. When we put the device in front of Terrence O'Brien, he found that it wasn't the most feature-packed, or the flashiest, but...
  • Amazon's war on e-books, LG's G Watch R and other stories you might've missed

    31 August 2014, 9:03 pm by: Andy Bowen

    This week, we reviewed the HTC One for Windows, investigated Amazon's controversial e-book-pricing model, played around with Hyperlapse, learned about LG's G Watch R and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and...
  • Samsung has a soundbar that matches your curved TV

    31 August 2014, 7:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Let's say you bought a pricey curved TV, only to remember that your existing soundbar is (gasp!) flat. Will you have to live with that geometry mismatch for the life of your set? Not if Samsung has its way. It just unveiled the Curved Soundbar, which...
  • Homemade exoskeleton lets a man lift big cinder blocks with ease

    31 August 2014, 4:32 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Think you need the budget of the military or a megacorporation to make an exoskeleton for heavy lifting? Nope -- all you need is some standard parts and the know-how to put them together. James Hobson (aka The Hacksmith) has finished a homemade...
  • Citizen journalism game will show how your photos change the story

    31 August 2014, 2:24 pm by: Jon Fingas

    As the Ferguson protests made exceedingly clear, citizen journalism is both a blessing and a curse; while it can expose police brutality and censorship, it's also prone to misinformation. But how do you illustrate the complexity of the subject for...
  • Don't forget to enter our Back to School 2014 sweepstakes!

    31 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Engadget staff

    Most college students are already settling into the fall semester, but it's not too late to nab some updated gear. Our Back to School 2014 guide has plenty of recommendations for laptops, tablets, accessories and more, and our giveaway rounds up some...
  • Apple is reportedly teaming up with American Express on iPhone payments (update: MasterCard too)

    31 August 2014, 11:07 am by: Jon Fingas

    Those longstanding rumors of Apple building a mobile payment service may be coming true sooner than you think. Recode's sources claim that the folks in Cupertino have struck a deal with American Express to work on an iPhone payment system, hot on the...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: biofuel, supersonic submarine and a 3D-printed home

    31 August 2014, 10:00 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. Mobile technology continues to expand and evolve, but until we develop a way to charge our devices on the...
  • Watch a remote-controlled fighter jet evade a missile

    31 August 2014, 6:23 am by: Jon Fingas

    Existing drone aircraft are useful for many things, but they make for lousy target practice when you're testing missiles; they're rarely as maneuverable as modern fighter jets. Boeing and one of its customers have just shown that there's a better...
  • Flaw lets hackers break your WiFi router's security with one guess

    31 August 2014, 2:12 am by: Jon Fingas

    Typically, attacks against your WiFi router require a lengthy attempt to guess any codes and passwords. Not if you use 0xcite's new technique, however; the research firm has detailed a flaw in some router chipsets that lets hackers bypass the...

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