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  • iPhone 6 review, Microsoft's investment in 'Minecraft' and other stories you might've missed

    20 September 2014, 7:30 pm by: Andy Bowen

    This week, we reviewed Apple's new large-screened iPhones, investigated Microsoft's investment in Minecraft, whipped up some magical butter, learned about Google's new budget handset initiative called Android One and more. Read on for Engadget's news...
  • Oculus wants a VR app store for every device you can think of

    20 September 2014, 5:20 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    When we saw the Samsung Gear VR at IFA, Oculus CTO John Carmack showed us a basic version of an app store made for mobile virtual reality. But when the headset ships to consumers sometime later this year, the VR outfit has bigger plans. It's...
  • Microsoft pushes back the Xbox One's launch in China

    20 September 2014, 3:23 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Bad news if you were hoping to pick up an Xbox One in Beijing next week: Microsoft has just delayed the game system's launch in China from September 23rd to sometime before the end of the year. The company isn't saying just what prompted the...
  • The next Oculus Rift headset is 'Crescent Bay' and sports built-in audio

    20 September 2014, 1:20 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Oculus VR has a new headset. CEO Brendan Iribe showed the prototype, dubbed Crescent Bay, off today at the first Oculus Connect conference. It has built-in audio, it's lighter and packs 360-degree motion tracking. Iribe says that the jump between the...
  • Aether's Cone speaker is a fresh spin on music streaming

    20 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: James Trew

    The first HiFi I had all to myself was a hand-me-down Sony music center (something like this). It was a mix of faux-wood panels and brushed metal, with three media options: cassette, vinyl and radio. Then the '90s mainstay "all-in-one" HiFi (and CD!)...
  • The 10 phones that fueled the big-screen revolution

    20 September 2014, 12:15 pm by: Jon Fingas

    It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was off the mark when he declared that no one would buy big smartphones -- they've become popular enough that Apple itself is now making large iPhones. But how did these supersized devices escape their niche status to...
  • ​Verizon has activated voice over LTE support for the iPhone 6

    20 September 2014, 10:54 am by: Sean Buckley

    When Verizon launched its "Advanced Calling 1.0" feature earlier this month (read: voice over LTE), it only worked with two phones: The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2. Now the company can add the iPhone to that list, well, at least the iPhone 6....
  • ​Google for iOS updated with TV recommendations, better transit cards

    20 September 2014, 9:40 am by: Sean Buckley

    We know, all your friends rushing out to buy new iPhones and you're stuck with that 'outdated' iPhone 5s you just bought. That's what happens when you go swimming without checking your pockets first. Still, it's not all bad: there's a Google for iOS...
  • Sony brings Video Unlimited to Mac and PC browsers everywhere

    20 September 2014, 7:08 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    A lack of its own new PCs to use the service on isn't stopping Sony from bringing its Video Unlimited platform to the web. As the beleaguered electronics outfit notes on the PlayStation Blog of all places, it's playing catch-up king once again and no...
  • Google's easing back on G+ sign-ups for new email accounts

    20 September 2014, 3:42 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Need to make a new Gmail account but don't want to deal with creating a mandatory Google+ profile to go with it? Don't sweat it, because Mountain View's removed that requirement to join its ailing social network, and once again signing up for the...
  • Ex-NBAer Rex Chapman allegedly stole from Apple Stores by faking EasyPay

    19 September 2014, 11:48 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Remember when Apple introduced its EasyPay self-checkout feature in 2011, and everyone wondered "how can they really tell if a customer is buying something or just shoplifting?" According to the Scottsdale, AZ police, former college and professional...
  • Alibaba IPO makes it worth $231 billion, more than Amazon and eBay combined

    19 September 2014, 10:32 pm by: Richard Lawler

    We'd heard that the US IPO for Chinese company Alibaba could be among the biggest ever, and it did not disappoint. Closing at a stock price of $93.89, it raised $21.8 billion for the company and is the biggest IPO in US history. According to...
  • We're taking over Los Angeles on October 3rd!

    19 September 2014, 9:10 pm by: John Colucci

    Austin, Seattle and Boston welcomed our Engadget Live tour this year with open arms and before we gear up for Engadget Expand, we're heading to one more city: Los Angeles. Grab your free tickets and join us at the Belasco Theater on October 3rd at...
  • Watch out: eBay vulnerability leads to phishing log-in page

    19 September 2014, 8:34 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Thinking about picking up a used iPhone on eBay? Shop carefully, friends: it's apparently phishing season. The BBC is reporting some auction listings are redirecting to counterfeit eBay login pages -- fronts for phishing scams designed to steal...
  • The first zero-g 3D printer is about to launch into orbit (update: launch scrubbed)

    19 September 2014, 7:37 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Gravity. More than the name of a killer movie, it's likely something we take for granted every single day. After all, nearly everything we do is reliant on the idea that stuff stays in place when we stop holding it. Astronauts don't have that luxury,...
  • Engadget Daily: NVIDIA revisits the moon landing, why Microsoft is buying 'Minecraft,' and more!

    19 September 2014, 6:44 pm by: Andy Bowen

    Still don't believe man journeyed to the moon? According to NVIDIA's recreation of the landing site, it definitely happened. But that's not all we have on deck for the weekend. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours, including...
  • Researchers have created an oscillator that could silence the mechanical watch

    19 September 2014, 6:01 pm by: Sean Buckley

    You're running late to a meeting, glaring at your wrist in disbelief that it's fifteen minutes past the hour. Are you really that late? Lifting the watch to your ear you hear the all-too familiar tick of its internal mechanisms. Yes, it works -- and...
  • MIT can turn your smartphone into a different kind of second screen

    19 September 2014, 5:19 pm by: Dana Wollman

    Sure, we've seen apps that let you easily share files between your phone and PC. No biggie there. But the demo we're about to show you is a tad more sophisticated than that. Over at MIT, two teams of researchers have developed a smartphone system...
  • Fingertip sensor lets robots 'see' what they're touching

    19 September 2014, 4:45 pm by: Philip Palermo

    We've seen robotics improve by (literal) leaps and bounds recently, but what about more nuanced things, like a fine sense of touch? Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University are showing off a new fingertip version of the GelSight sensor, a...
  • Tesla Model S update brings calendar integration and traffic-based navigation

    19 September 2014, 4:12 pm by: Dana Wollman

    If you look at the changelog for Tesla's Model S, you'll see most of the updates have been minor bug fixes; it's fairly rare that the luxury electric vehicle gets upgraded with new features. Every once in a while, though, Elon Musk and co. unleash a...
  • Samsung's Galaxy A5 has some Alpha style, but not the substance

    19 September 2014, 3:39 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Samsung likes to get some mileage out of its lofty design themes and plenty of people have gone gaga over the Galaxy Alpha's subtle style, so it's no surprise that the phone's design DNA is being injected into other devices. SamMobile has been...
  • US Navy's Triton UAV completes first cross-country flight

    19 September 2014, 3:07 pm by: James Trew

    While Triton -- the US Navy's largest unmanned craft -- might have no one in the cockpit, it still requires a hefty ground team to keep it (safely) in the air. Never more so than on a recently completed cross-country flight. Back in March, the...
  • Which portable speakers are worth buying?

    19 September 2014, 2:36 pm by: Kris Naudus

    While some people like to listen to their favorite music on a quality sound system with a set of high-end speakers or headphones, most people are just fine listening from a cheap headset or the built-in speakers on their phones. But what if you're...
  • Politician wants Iceland to become 'the Switzerland of bits'

    19 September 2014, 2:04 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    Birgitta Jónsdóttir was sitting in the audience at the Icelandic Digital Freedom Conference when John Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation called for Iceland to "become like the Switzerland of bits." Six years later,...
  • Wolfram Alpha will answer your important questions on Twitter

    19 September 2014, 1:37 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    Wouldn't it be great if you could just call up a supercomputer and ask it to do your data-wrangling for you? Actually, scratch that, no-one uses the phone anymore. What'd be really cool is if machines could respond to your queries straight from...

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