Tech News from Around the Globe

Recommended Reading: Tim Cook on Apple's iPhone X, HomePod and more

Engadget - 1 hour 8 min ago
Why Apple is the world's most innovative company Robert Safian, Fast Company Apple may be one of the biggest companies in the world, but it still doesn't open up often about how it operates. A few times a year though, we catch a glimpse. Fast Comp...

Alcatel crams flagship features into its affordable smartphones

Engadget - 2 hours 8 min ago
When I first saw its 2018 phone lineup, Alcatel was clear: its plan for this year was to make premium smartphone features available for much less than typical flagship prices. In this case, Alcatel means giving 18:9 screens, fingerprint sensors, and...

Ask Engadget: Is a 4K monitor the best choice for my desk?

Engadget - 2 hours 38 min ago
The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...

We're live from MWC 2018 in Barcelona!

Engadget - 4 hours 8 min ago
Spring season is right around the corner, and that means it's time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's biggest phone show. This year, you can expect to be introduced to Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, as well as a s...

Can legislation fix gaming's loot box problem?

Engadget - 5 hours 8 min ago
Last year's gaming controversy has turned into this year's legislative battleground. Fans were outraged when Star Wars: Battlefront II launched with buyable loot boxes that unbalanced multiplayer combat, and other games like Need For Speed: Payback a...

'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG models so terrible?

Engadget - 6 hours 8 min ago
Black Panther is a refreshing answer to the increasingly stale world of superhero cinema. But there's one glaring flaw throughout the film: its use of CG models to replace humans during action sequences. They're weightless, ugly and, worst of all, in...

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Engadget - 7 hours 8 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We're hours away from Samsung's big Galaxy S9 event, so catch up on this week's news and get ready for the liveblog starting at noon ET on Sunday.

Android P won't get a 'dark mode' after all

Engadget - 10 hours 40 min ago
There was a short-lived hysteria Friday when it seemed like Google would grant a longstanding request to add built-in "dark mode" theming on stock Android, similar to the tweak OnePlus adds. Unfortunately, the team updated its tracker to explain that...

Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:48pm
Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever...

Amazon secures movie rights for Alafair Burke’s thriller ‘The Wife’

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:35pm
Amazon Studios is ramping up its efforts in the streaming space lately in a push to focus on bigger movies and television shows. The company hired NBC's Jennifer Salke as its new head executive to take the place of the disgraced Roy Price, and has...

Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:16pm
This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra...

Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March 8th

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:40pm
Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a g...

Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:33pm
You no longer have to head to a reseller's site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games' product pages -- so long as you sign...

Airbnb will expand 'experiences' to 1,000 cities this year - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:00pm
The lodgings company added day trips and excursions a year ago. Now it says it's putting its "foot on the gas."

CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for your vibrator

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:43pm
CamSoda, an adult entertainment platform, announced a new product this week that aims to satisfy you in a number of ways. The RubGrub is a 3D-printed button attachment made to fit on a Lovense Nora vibrator. And the idea is that when you're done usin...

Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:22pm
In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race with its answer to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, the $45 Mi AI -- though it probably won't find its way to American shores, given how had a time it's had penetrating the US and E...

YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:59pm
Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars' channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa...

Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:43pm
Apple may be close to launching another one of the numerous products it teased last year. Sources talking to both MacOtakara and the Apple Post have claimed that the company's AirPower wireless charging mat should ship sometime in late March, about...

Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' returning to theaters for three days - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:31pm
Late rocker David Bowie memorably played the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy cult classic.

Tesla installs 300 Powerwalls to give Hawaiian school kids AC - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:24pm
The governor of Hawaii issued a challenge to Tesla to cool its kids without running up energy bills, and it accepted.