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The best 4K Blu-ray player

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:15am
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In search of pixel perfection with the Analogue Super NT

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:00am
The 16-bit aesthetic is the new vinyl. It taps into a growing vein of '90s nostalgia, and it also reflects a longing for a tactile past world that just predates full-scale digitization. Fat, colorful sprites represent an era when technology was still...

Hennessey's 1,600-hp Venom F5 heads to Geneva - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:56am
It debuted at SEMA, but since nobody important goes to that, it's going to a proper auto show, too.

Android Go phones will be available soon

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:43am
Android Oreo had quite the interesting feature lurking in its software: Go Edition, which was designed for smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less. Today, the company announced that the first set of Android Oreo (Go Edition) phones will be unveiled next...

Apple's wireless AirPower mat could debut next month - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:42am
Apple's own charge-your-Apple-gadgets mat might arrive soon, according to reports.

Nissan Easy Ride brings autonomous taxis to the public in Japan - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:35am
It's only operating along a single set route for now, but Nissan envisions it growing into a whole ecosystem.

Samsung revives Opera's data-saving app as a Galaxy exclusive

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:22am
Opera Max was a great way to keep track of what apps were siphoning data in the background and keeping (some of) your privacy intact. Then Opera announced it was shuttering the app. There's a sliver of silver lining to that though: Samsung has steppe...

Google Assistant will soon know two dozen more languages - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:14am
The voice assistant will be available in more than 30 languages in all by year's end.

Heads-up: Google's official AR apps are coming to these phones - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:00am
Play Ghostbusters in the real world -- or anything else an app developer dreams up.

Google makes its AR search tool Lens available for your phone, too - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:00am
Google Lens moves beyond Pixel and into phones from Samsung, LG and more -- making it easy to learn more about your world just by pointing your phone’s camera.

Android's official augmented reality toolkit is available to the public

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:00am
Google's take on a mobile augmented reality framework is no longer limited to a modestly-sized preview. It just released ARCore 1.0, letting anyone publish Android apps that take advantage of the toolkit to meld virtual objects with the real world. T...

Huawei's RoadReader lets a phone power a driverless car - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:43am
The demonstration is all about showing off Huawei's Mate 10 AI.

Apple devices at a California repair center keep calling 911

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:42am
Apple devices at a refurbishment facility in Elk Grove, California have been calling 911 multiple times a day for the past few months, CBS Sacramento reports. Since last October, the Elk Grove Police station has received around 20 accidental emergenc...

Print all the 3D things with the Monoprice Select Mini V2 for $179.99 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:41am
That's an extra $40 off this already super-cheap, and surprisingly decent, 3D printer. Plus: three bonus deals!

The Porsche 911 will always have a steering wheel - Roadshow

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:34am
Porsche talks electricity and autonomy while simultaneously teasing the next-gen 911.

Netflix's lumbering sci-fi 'Mute' ends up lost for words - CNET

CNet Tech News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:26am
Review: Flashes of cyberpunk imagination and Paul Rudd's M*A*S*H-tache aren't enough to give the film a voice.

Tesla wants to install charging stations at your office

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:16am
Tesla has a pretty good track record when it comes to making its chargers more accessible, but it needs to step up its game now that it's shipping more and more cars. One of the ways it plans to do that is by launching yet another charging program, t...

Samsung Galaxy S9: What to expect from Unpacked 2018

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:00am
Samsung is primed to unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9. Fortunately for anyone desperate to hear what's coming on February 25th, there's been no shortage of leaks and renders before the big day. It's not good news for the secret-keepers at Sa...

Google Assistant will get support for Routines 'in the coming weeks'

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:58am
Today's Google Assistant is much, much more capable than the version that first debuted on the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Don't expect that progress to slow anytime soon, either: Google laid out some new plans to improve the Assistant just in time...

Google Assistant will soon recognize the language you're speaking

Engadget - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:50am
In advance of the Mobile World Congress, Google has announced some exciting new language features for Assistant. Later this year, Google Assistant will have multilingual features. This means that people who speak different languages over the course o...