Tech News from Around the Globe

Congress grills Google CEO over Chinese search engine plans

Engadget - 6 hours 51 min ago
If you were hoping that Google chief Sundar Pichai would shed more light on his company's potential censored search engine for China... well, you'll mostly be disappointed. Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline grilled Pichai on the recently a...

How Rivian is building the longest lasting batteries in the EV business

Engadget - 7 hours 6 min ago
The Rivian R1T "adventure vehicle" made headlines and dropped jaws when it was revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show last month, namely because nobody has ever really tried to make an all-electric pickup for the US market before. Much less one with more...

Puma revives its 1986 smart shoe for the modern era

Engadget - 7 hours 30 min ago
Smart shoes may sound like a recent innovation, but they're really old hat -- Puma's RS-Computer shoes were tracking your running stats in 1986, well before wearable tech was a hot trend. And Puma wants to remind you of that fact. It's reissuing the...

Hertz is using biometrics to speed up car rentals

Engadget - 7 hours 54 min ago
The next time you rent a car, you might need to show your face instead of your ID. Hertz announced today that it is teaming with security startup Clear to introduce Fast Lane, a biometric check for car rentals. The system -- which is the first of its...

US border officers don't always delete collected traveler data

Engadget - 8 hours 44 min ago
Privacy advocates aren't just concerned about warrantless device searches at the border because of the potential for deliberate abuse -- it's that the officials might be reckless. And unfortunately, there's evidence this is the case in the US. Home...

Engadget giveaway: Win a Vector smart robot courtesy of Anki!

Engadget - 9 hours 6 min ago
The Anki Vector is more than a high-tech toy, it's a little AI wonderbot with facial recognition, smart speaker tech and an array of sensors packed into a remarkably lifelike package. This robot should be fun to interact with by asking questions, pla...

Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot takes on LA’s insane freeways

Engadget - 9 hours 36 min ago
I'm talking and not paying attention to the Model 3's turn-by-turn navigation when the vehicle's blinker turns on. Tesla's "Navigate on Autopilot" turns the wheel to take the off-ramp to an interchange. My hands are on the wheel (as they should be wi...

Giphy offers easy access to GIFs with iOS keyboard extension

Engadget - 10 hours 6 min ago
Giphy announced an update to its iOS app that will give users the ability to quickly share GIFs from the Giphy Keyboard extension within any app that supports multimedia. The company responsible for providing GIFs in Instagram DMs is also launching a...

Pornhub's year in review defined by 'Fortnite' and Stormy Daniels

Engadget - 10 hours 6 min ago
Like Twitter before it, Pornhub is crowning its biggest trends of 2018. There's no mention of its parent Mindgeek's age verification tool for the UK -- which could see it become the gatekeeper for porn in the country -- or its custom VPN and launch o...

LG's automated craft beer system could make homebrewing much easier

Engadget - 10 hours 20 min ago
Given the phenomenal popularity of craft beers and ales sweeping bars across the globe, it's surprising that homebrewing hasn't yet taken off to the same levels. Sure, we've seen a number of systems touting the trend -- Picobrew and Brewie are two th...

Nerdy, written erotica doesn't need Tumblr to survive

Engadget - 10 hours 35 min ago
If you lose your copy of Brave New World, it's simple to replace the entire story, word for word, by buying a new version of the book from Barnes & Noble or borrowing one from the library. If your home is burglarized by a bibliophile and every bo...

Audit backs Apple's denial of Chinese spy chips in servers

Engadget - 10 hours 52 min ago
If there have been any Chinese spy chips on Super Micro servers, they haven't been easy to find. The company has told customers that an independent audit has found no evidence of malicious hardware on its current motherboards as well as those from t...

Skullcandy unveils its first true wireless earbuds

Engadget - 11 hours 6 min ago
Skullcandy is hopping aboard the bandwagon for all-wireless earbuds. It's releasing Push, a Bluetooth earbud set that aims to liberate you from cords without paying as much as you would for the usual alternatives. They offer six hours of listening by...

Walmart opens its first online store in Japan

Engadget - 12 hours 4 min ago
Walmart has opened its first online store in Japan with the help of local e-commerce giant Rakuten. Over 1,200 items will be available to Japanese customers on the "Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store," including clothing, outdoor items and toys from US bra...

Texas will soon provide inmates with 3D-printed dentures

Engadget - 12 hours 27 min ago
Texas prisons were notorious for denying inmates access to dentures, because chewing isn't considered a medical necessity. That might no longer be the case in the near future, all thanks to 3D printing. Starting in the spring, the state's prison syst...

Vivo's all-screen NEX goes dual-display to ditch the pop-up camera

Engadget - 12 hours 36 min ago
While Vivo is still a largely exotic brand for many of us, you may remember it as the first manufacturer to both tease and release a truly bezel-less smartphone. And of course, Vivo's NEX S gained extra street cred thanks to its pop-up selfie c...

Uber allegedly ignored safety warnings before self-driving fatality

Engadget - 12 hours 44 min ago
Just days after Uber announced its plans to resume testing of its self-driving taxis, new information reveals that a whistleblower had made the company aware of the technology's safety failures before the incident in Arizona last March, which saw a p...

The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition packs 10GB of RAM

Engadget - 13 hours 6 min ago
OnePlus can't stop making different variants of its flagships, and its latest effort is the result of a team-up with car maker McLaren. The new OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is basically a tweaked version of the phone maker's latest flagship, that's des...

The Morning After: 'The mother of all demos'

Engadget - 13 hours 36 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Besides our usual suggestions of new TV shows, movies and games to watch this week, we've got a 50-year-old video that you really should see. Also, the second human-made object has entered interstellar space, pl...

'Infinity Blade' will live on inside 'Fortnite'

Engadget - 13 hours 53 min ago
For any studio, stopping development on a game is never fun. Just ask Epic Games, which just announced that it will no longer dedicate any more resources to its Infinity Blade trilogy because it couldn't support the series to "a level that meets [its...

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