Tech News from Around the Globe

Watch SpaceX launch a reused capsule on a recycled rocket

Engadget - 9 hours 37 min ago
SpaceX is making an historic first on Wednesday, when it gets one step closer towards realizing its vision of reusable space launch gear. The private space company is launching a space station resupply mission using a refurbished Dragon spacecraft an...

People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin

Engadget - 11 hours 3 min ago
Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching numbers (and the resulting media hype) are bound to draw the interest of casual folk. But,...

Microsoft's Cortana AI can connect to your Gmail

Engadget - 12 hours 21 min ago
Microsoft's Cortana refuses to sit idly by as Amazon's Alexa hogs all the skills. Even though the two digital helpers are best buds (by way of their upcoming partnership), Cortana is feeling competitive. The AI can now connect to your Gmail account v...

Bungie's next 'Destiny 2' update backtracks on DLC 'mistakes'

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:47pm
Bungie's Destiny 2 fixes continue to roll in. Having addressed its communities' gripes with the game's XP system, it's now tackling another hot-button topic: the high-level content locked behind the debut Curse of Osiris DLC. In its latest blog post,...

What's on TV: 'Mr. Robot,' 'PUBG' and 'Okami HD'

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:25pm
This week most series are wrapping up with fall finales, but the biggest TV show making its exit is Mr. Robot. While we wait for the new Star Wars flick this weekend, movie fans can check out Dunkirk via video on-demand services or Moonlight on 4K Bl...

Atari's Speakerhat, a hat with speakers, is now on sale

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 8:46pm
Yes, Atari's speaker-equipped hats are very much real. At the last possible minute, the game brand has started selling the Speakerhat to the masses. Pay $130 or more ($100 until January 2nd) and you too can get a cap with Bluetooth stereo speakers...

Apple Watch GymKit syncing arrives in exactly one US gym

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 6:45pm
GymKit syncing on the Apple Watch technically arrived with watchOS 4.1, but there's been one main obstacle to using it: actually finding a gym that supports it. Only one fitness center each in Australia and the UK have enabled it so far, while Ameri...

Ford exec: Hybrids are better suited for self-driving cars than EVs

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:57pm
Automakers like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Lyft, have been bundling their autonomous car experiments into electric vehicles. But Ford will keep one foot in fossil fuels, at least for now. An executive from the company told Automotive News t...

American Express will stop requiring signatures for purchases

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:03pm
Mastercard and Discover both announced in recent months that, starting next year, they would no longer require signatures for credit card transactions. Now, the Verge reports, American Express has announced it's also moving away from signatures. As o...

Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:38pm
Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in AFP, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other compe...

Airbnb will add VR previews of rooms and cities

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:19pm
Airbnb has been expanding to serve users' other needs, from partnering with WeWork to find desks for traveling customers to investing in apartment complexes for season-length rentals. But the company isn't neglecting its main rental service. Today, A...

FCC and FTC outline how they’ll cooperate after net neutrality vote

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:59pm
The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposal to roll back net neutrality protections on December 14th and ahead of that vote, the FCC and FTC have released a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding each agency's role in policing internet service...

Google app experiments push the limits of phone photography

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:41pm
Google doesn't want to limit its photographic prowess to its own phones -- it just released an initial batch of "appsperiments" that use the company's knack for computer vision and other technologies to test the boundaries of phone photography. Stor...

Dutch police retire convocation of drone-catching eagles

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:22pm
Police in the Netherlands may have been a tad too hasty in testing a squadron of drone-catching eagles. NOS has learned that Dutch law enforcement officials are retiring the birds (they're going to new homes) and winding down the program. Not surpr...

Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:01pm
It's not just video games -- virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC's ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset...

New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:39pm
As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn't say much -- you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that's crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all...

Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:18pm
Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-...

Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:00pm
Less than two weeks after being named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai said one of his priorities was to "make the agency's operation more transparent," beginning with a pilot program to release internal documents pertainin...

Researchers create prosthetic hand that offers more lifelike dexterity

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:42pm
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a prosthetic hand inspired by the bionic one given to Star Wars' Luke Skywalker. What sets this one apart from other prosthetics is the amount of dexterity it offers, allowing users to move individual finger...

Amazon's Alexa can now wake you up with music instead of alarms

Engadget - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:21pm
One of the greatest perks of connected speakers is waking up to whatever music you like, not just a buzzer or the radio. However, that hasn't been an option for Alexa-equipped devices like the Echo -- until today, that is. Amazon has added a feature...

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