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Netflix renews ‘The Witcher’ more than a month before it debuts

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 1:50pm
The Witcher hasn't even arrived on Netflix, and it's already being renewed. Netflix shared the news on Twitter today, and Deadline reports that production of the eight-episode second season will begin in early 2020. The second season could debut in 2...

Adobe Lightroom for iPad and iOS will directly import photos

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 1:21pm
It's been a long time coming, but you can finally import photos directly from your SD card or USB drive into the iOS version of Lightroom. Previously, users had to import images to their camera roll, then copy them over into Lightroom's library. This...

Apple's Phil Schiller says Chromebooks won't help kids succeed (updated)

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 1:03pm
Apple's focus might be on its high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro at the moment, but marketing chief Phil Schiller has also chipped in on the lower end of the market -- namely, how he thinks it might affect students. The executive told CNET in an interview...

Spotify's new scripted fiction podcast stars Pedro Pascal and Carrie Coon

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:33pm
Spotify-owned Gimlet just launched a new scripted fiction podcast, Motherhacker. The series explores "the dark side of the web," and it marks Gimlet and Spotify's first attempt to break into fiction podcasts.

Don’t underestimate the power of Facebook Pay

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:20pm
Facebook's built payment platforms before, but they didn't take off in the way that the company wanted or needed. The mistake would be to assume that Facebook Pay, the social network's new e-commerce system, will fizzle in the way its predecessor did...

Disney+ already has over 10 million sign-ups

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:59am
You knew Disney+ was going to be a big deal between the range of content and the sheer marketing juggernaut behind it, but it's now clear just how big. Disney has revealed that over 10 million people have already signed up for its streaming service....

Verizon is giving away Android TV boxes to home 5G subscribers

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:47am
You probably didn't notice it, but Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has a dedicated media player of its own. The carrier quietly released a Stream TV device meant to court 5G Home subscribers who've figuratively and literally cut the television c...

Motorola's foldable display RAZR leaks ahead of today's launch

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:29am
Motorola's upcoming foldable display RAZR has leaked just hours before the company is likely to announce it at an event in Los Angeles. These new photos of the phone come courtesy of a Federal Communications Commission certification. And while they d...

Intel fixes CPU security flaw it said was patched in May (updated)

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:12am
It turns out that Intel's CPU security fixes from May didn't address everything the company mentioned. Intel is rolling out another patch that does more to close the speculative execution flaws that could let attackers swipe passwords and other sensi...

Netflix and Nickelodeon team up to take on Disney+

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:31am
Nickelodeon and Netflix just announced a multi-year deal to produce original animated content based on the Nickelodeon library and new characters. The details are still vague, but the companies have previously worked together to bring us Invader Zim:...

Brave says 8.7 million people use its privacy-focused browser every month

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:00am
Almost four years after its first release, privacy-focused web browser Brave is officially launching. Starting today, you can download version 1.0 of Brave on Android and iOS, as well as on Windows 10, macOS and Linux. With Brave 1.0, you can now use...

Google Maps can pronounce place names in local languages

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:00am
Navigation apps can be helpful for getting around an unfamiliar country... up until you need to ask someone for directions and can't say a place name. Google thinks it can help. It's rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android and iOS that can...

The legal battle over 3D-printed guns is far from over

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 9:25am
Last year, Defense Distributed won a legal battle, which allowed it to continue uploading and sharing blueprints for 3D-printed guns. The decision was immediately criticized by states and gun-reform advocates. Now, a US District Judge has overturned...

Microsoft begins rolling out its Windows 10 November update

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:59am
Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 November 2019 update. In theory, it's the second big update for Windows 10 of the year, but don't get too excited, it's more like a traditional Windows service pack of old, rather than a dazzling showc...

Google wants to be your new bank

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:38am
It's not just Apple and Facebook diving headlong into the financial world. Google has revealed plans to offer checking accounts in 2020 through a project nicknamed Cache. The search giant won't handle the actual underpinnings -- Citigroup and a cre...

The best gifts for coffee geeks

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:30am
There are two types of coffee drinkers: people who drink coffee and people who are obsessed with coffee. I fall into the latter category. A few years ago I became friends with a couple roasters while living in Savannah, Georgia, and I've never looked...

Hide unsightly cables with this 125-inch raceway kit for $11.55 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:27am
Can't stand those ugly cords running down your walls and along your baseboards? Here's an easy, attractive fix.

Vaping: The illnesses and controversies as the death toll climbs - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:18am
Get up to date on the acute issues tied to vaping.

Fitbit update adds color always-on watch faces to Versa 2 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:00am
Better heart rate tracking is also on the way, plus all other Fitbit watches get tweaks, including a smart wake alarm in OS 4.1.

Spotify's Magic Leap app lets you virtually pin music on the wall

Engadget - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:00am
By this point, most people have used Spotify on almost every platform where it's available and there's not a lot about the experience that's surprising. So it's interesting then to see how, with the help of augmented reality startup Magic Leap, Spoti...