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  • Razer's Nabu smart band nears launch with a trip to the FCC

    21 October 2014, 10:31 am by: Jon Fingas

    You'd be forgiven if you don't remember Razer's Nabu smart band. The company unveiled the activity tracker at CES in January, only to delay the release to late spring... and then to remain mostly silent as that launch window came and went. At last,...
  • Verizon thinks that the prepaid phone market is dead, and that's okay

    21 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Daniel Cooper

    If your response to the question "How much money did Verizon make in the last quarter" was "$3.79 billion in net profit," then congratulations. Big Red can afford to feel quite smug about its performance in the last three months, finding 1.53 million...
  • Zepp's sports sensor is getting a boost from pro athletes

    21 October 2014, 9:24 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    The tiny data-analyzing, multi-sport sensor from Zepp is about to get even better. Today, the company founded by former Apple product manager Jason Fass announced that the Zepp Baseball and Zepp Golf apps are adding support for video. Not only will...
  • Posting revenge porn could soon become a serious criminal offence

    21 October 2014, 9:15 am by: Jamie Rigg

    The posting of 'revenge porn' may become unequivocally illegal in England and Wales soon, after the House of Lords agreed yesterday the law should be amended to specifically include the practice. Currently, anyone that shares explicit images to...
  • Carvey's desktop carving machine lets anyone be an industrial designer

    21 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Steve Dent

    We love desktop 3D printers, except that it's hard to do anything useful with the flimsy, thermoplastic results. However, the folks at Inventables want to change that with Carvey, a home-based CNC machine that etches your designs on wood or brass....
  • Ferrari's hybrid commits sacrilege, rolls in electric-only mode

    21 October 2014, 8:35 am by: Steve Dent

    Pop quiz, hotshot. How much horsepower do you get with a 789HP V12 and 160HP electric motor? Any Ferrari fan knows the (insane) answer: 949. That's the total output from the $1.69 million hybrid LaFerrari, and Ferrari has always said that both motors...
  • In the developing world, the internet sleeps at night

    21 October 2014, 7:52 am by: Mariella Moon

    Okay, so the internet never really sleeps, but in some parts of the world, people do switch their internet connections off at night. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California pinged 4 billion IP address every 11 minutes over...
  • Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop

    21 October 2014, 7:07 am by: Mariella Moon

    So, you've taken a look at the new iPhones and iPads and thought to yourself: "Nah, it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side." Well, good timing, because Google has published a guide to help you switch from iOS to its newest...
  • Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe

    21 October 2014, 6:30 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Microsoft pitches the Xbox One not as a run-of-the-mill games console, but as a fully fledged home entertainment hub. For most Americans, making use of the One's TV integration features is as simple as plugging the HDMI output from their set-top box...
  • Apple really doesn't want you to upgrade the Mac Mini

    21 October 2014, 6:05 am by: Steve Dent

    After the new-but-not-very-fresh iPad mini 3, the most disappointing part of Apple's recent show-and-tell was the $499 Mac mini -- the RAM is now soldered in, making it impossible to upgrade. iFixit has just revealed that the model has other...
  • ZBoard's back in your future with a hoverboard and high top bundle

    21 October 2014, 5:08 am by: Daniel Cooper

    Remember when we told you about HalloweenCostumes.com's officially-licensed light-up high tops from Back To The Future Part II? We joked that the kicks would have gone great with ZBoard's limited-edition Hoverboard that it produced for the Michael J....
  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach a deal on internet book sales

    21 October 2014, 4:02 am by: Jon Fingas

    Amazon just found a way to put further pressure on Hachette in its ongoing pricing war: strike a deal with another publisher. The online retailer has forged a new agreement with Simon & Schuster that will keep the book giant's digital and physical...
  • Premium Tinder features will help you find love before hitting a new city

    21 October 2014, 3:05 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    If you don't count buying a few drinks or other niceties, finding love on Tinder is essentially free, but it looks like that'll change come next month. The app's CEO and cofounder Sean Rad recently teased at Forbes' Under 30 event that new features...
  • You can now take Lyft and UberX cars to San Francisco's main airport

    21 October 2014, 1:40 am by: Jon Fingas

    It was only a matter of time before San Francisco International Airport allowed direct visits from app-based ridesharing services besides Sidecar, and those floodgates have officially opened. Both Lyft and Uber (specifically, UberX and UberXL) now...
  • We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

    21 October 2014, 12:20 am by: Sean Buckley

    It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from Back to the Future Part II? It's one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real,...
  • Audi RS 7 proves it needs no driver to go racing

    20 October 2014, 11:12 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Audi's execs must have toasted to their autonomous car's success this weekend, because the self-driving RS 7 has successfully conquered the Hockenheimring racing circuit in Germany. While the company's announcement doesn't get into specifics, it says...
  • Xbox One's next update adds custom backgrounds and Twitter

    20 October 2014, 10:01 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Microsoft only just unleashed its October update for the Xbox One, and now it's talking about what to expect next month. The update will hit consoles for those in the preview test group soon, and adds many features Major Nelson and crew say the...
  • 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Watch Dogs' lead Jade Raymond has left Ubisoft

    20 October 2014, 9:11 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    The driving force behind some of Ubisoft's most successful franchises and best moments is no longer with the game maker as of today. Jade Raymond, executive producer on Assassin's Creed II, Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, has left the...
  • Sorry, theater actors: now robots can play leading roles

    20 October 2014, 8:16 pm by: Mariella Moon

    We've seen robots star in plays before, but the one in a new production of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis doesn't take on a bit role or even a supporting one: it's the show's lead actor. While we feel bad for struggling theater performers who can...
  • What's on your HDTV: World Series, 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wyatt Cenac

    20 October 2014, 7:32 pm by: Richard Lawler

    This week baseball fans tune into their championship series as two once-unlikely contenders do battle for the crown. If you prefer your drama on stage and screen however, you'll probably be saying goodbye to HBO's Boardwalk Empire this weekend as it...
  • Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February

    20 October 2014, 6:25 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must...
  • Engadget Daily: Kindle Voyage review, Disney's 'Big Hero 6' and more!

    20 October 2014, 5:37 pm by: Andy Bowen

    If you're a germophobe, Kindle user or Disney fan, this issue of the Engadget Daily is for you -- and really, everyone else is invited too. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including Dyson's germ-zapping humidifier,...
  • Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes

    20 October 2014, 4:42 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes. More...
  • Lionsgate and Tribeca are launching a video-streaming service

    20 October 2014, 4:19 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    There's no doubt that video on demand is about to go through its own gold rush era. From giant TV networks like CBS to wireless providers such as Rogers, it looks as if everyone wants to join the fun before it's too late. Taking note of this, film...
  • Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers

    20 October 2014, 3:48 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Video-streaming titan Netflix is set to continue its original production efforts with Between, an upcoming six-episode drama series. The story will be produced in partnership with Shomi, a video on-demand service from Canadian wireless carrier...

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