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Take a look at Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled smart speaker - CNET

CNet Tech News - 13 hours 49 min ago
Microsoft's answer to Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod is a $199 Cortana-enabled smart speaker with Harman Kardon audio.

Facebook Messenger lets you send cash to friends with PayPal

Engadget - 13 hours 50 min ago
Messenger started making it easier to pay your friends for dinner back in 2015 when it introduced the option to transfer money in-app with a credit or debit card. If PayPal has always been more convenient, though, you'll love this collaboration: Face...

Harman Kardon Invoke review: The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing

Engadget - 13 hours 50 min ago
Smart speakers are everywhere this year. So far, we've seen new entries from Apple, Amazon, Google and Sonos. Now Microsoft is finally ready to join the party. The Harman Kardon Invoke is the first speaker to feature Microsoft's Cortana virtual assis...

Samsung isn't the only company building a foldable phone - CNET

CNet Tech News - 13 hours 56 min ago
The CEO of Huawei, one of the world’s biggest phone makers, tells CNET it already has a working prototype. The device may be ready for release next year.

Nintendo Switch now supports wireless USB headphones

Engadget - 14 hours 19 min ago
Turns out Nintendo rolled out another pretty useful feature with Switch OS version 4.0.0 but curiously kept it a secret. Some Reddit users have discovered that the update comes with support for USB devices, even wireless USB headsets like Sony's Gold...

Inside the Sea Simulator mimicking the Great Barrier Reef - CNET

CNet Tech News - 14 hours 31 min ago
On the east coast of Australia, scientists are using a giant artificial ocean to re-create the Great Barrier Reef, and replicate conditions expected in 2100.

The almost-real world of VR Zone Shinjuku - CNET

CNet Tech News - 14 hours 49 min ago
Bandai Namco's virtual reality arcade blurs the line between game centre and theme park.

Designing the technology of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Engadget - 14 hours 50 min ago
This article contains spoilers for 'Blade Runner 2049' There's a scene in Blade Runner 2049 that takes place in a morgue. K, an android "replicant" played by Ryan Gosling, waits patiently while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department inspects...

Warriors, Cavaliers owners buy into 'League of Legends' series

Engadget - 15 hours 45 min ago
As eSports has grown into the arena-filling behemoth it is today, traditional sports has been clamouring for a stake. Talent has been snapped up, tournaments established, and multi-million dollar investments made. The trend looks set to continue with...

The Morning After: Friday, October 20th 2017

Engadget - 16 hours 50 min ago
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! Lyft got a big boost from Alphabet, and we're ready to help you find a great phone for cheap, or figure out if you need a GoPro Hero 6.

Pioneer and Canada partner to ensure musicians get paid for DJ play

Engadget - 19 hours 35 min ago
Pioneer DJ wants to make sure electronic artists get paid for the remixes you hear at the dance club. The company's Kuvo entertainment service has partnered with Canada's performing rights organizations (PRO) and the Society of Composers, Authors and...

Google will pay hackers who find flaws in top Android apps

Engadget - 20 hours 47 min ago
Google is probably hoping to raise the quality of apps in the Play store by launching a new bug bounty program that's completely separate from its existing one. While its old program focuses on finding flaws in its websites and operating systems, thi...

Clap for China's president anywhere, anytime with this app

Engadget - 21 hours 42 min ago
If you wanted to applaud Chinese president Xi Jinping's recent speech but got stuck in traffic or were halfway around the world, well, there's an app for that now. Chinese internet titan Tencent has released a game that lets you tap the screen to cla...

Newly-discovered lunar cave would be great for a moon base

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:58pm
Nothing quite captures the 2017 mood to leave Earth forever like dreaming about moon bases. Last month, space agencies from Russia and the US jointly announced plans to collaborate on such a satellite colony. But today's discovery might bring that vi...

Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:57pm
It happens to the best of us. You buy a new mobile phone, you get a case, you try to be extra careful, but you drop it. Cracked screens happen often enough that most major carriers and device manufacturers have a separate section in their mobile prot...

Google Play lets you test drive Android apps before installing them

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:51pm
Google's Instant Apps are available in a few places for curious Android users, but they've been conspicuously absent in one place: the Play Store. Wouldn't you want to check out an app before committing to it? You can now. Google is now building I...

‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside this fall

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:06pm
While Pokémon Go may have lost some of its shine due to a number of problems like poorly run public events and a divisive invitation-only special battle system, the mobile game still has a decent fanbase. The developers have been adding new li...

Now Twitter's quest to become a 'safer' place has a schedule

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:30pm
You no longer have to wonder when you'll see Twitter implement the new rules promised by its CEO and outlined in that leaked email. The social network has released a "Safety Calendar," which details when it will roll out a series of new rules to make...

Google will 'fix' the Pixel 2's hidden menu button

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:50pm
Looks like the Pixel 2's "secret" menu button was just leftover code, after all. Google has confirmed to CNET that this was a bug, not a feature, and that it'll be patched out in the future. If you're still enjoying that new phone smell, open up the...

New Tesla lawsuit accuses company of LGBT discrimination

Engadget - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:07pm
Tesla has just been hit with its second discrimination lawsuit in as many days. Just yesterday, the company was sued for racial harassment in its factories. A few months back, its diversity panel uncovered a slew of sexism. Now The Guardian reports t...