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Nike teases self-lacing shoes you can control from your phone

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:58am
Ahead of the launch of its first self-lacing basketball shoes this week, Nike just posted a major tease to get people hyped. And while we can't see what the sneakers actually look like, it does appear you'll be able to adjust their power laces using...

Tidal under criminal investigation in Norway over 'faked' streams

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:06am
High-fidelity music streaming service Tidal is under criminal investigation in Norway for allegedly inflating album streams for Beyoncé's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. The alleged faking of streaming numbers was exposed last y...

Nissan's IMs concept sedan EV includes a 'Premier' rear seat

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:40am
While Nissan already sells a relatively popular electric vehicle, the Leaf, it's still imagining concepts that wrap more appealing shells around a zero-emission drivetrain. Enter its latest "Intelligent Mobility" concept car: the IMs. Following the I...

Facebook Stories test helps you invite friends to events

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:00am
It's hard to make events exciting in Facebook. You can plan things down to the smallest detail, but that won't matter if people don't notice your event amid all the puppy videos and heated debates. Facebook may have a simple solution: put events wh...

Police ended a gas station standoff by using a robot to deliver a vape pen

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 8:31am
A six-hour stand-off between police and a 40-year-old man threatening to set alight a convenience store was brought to a peaceful end by a robot carrying a vape pen. Local media reports described a tense situation on Saturday morning in Novato, Calif...

Ford's 2020 Explorer Hybrid adds range without losing storage capacity

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 8:00am
While Ford already revealed its redesigned Explorer SUV, today at the Detroit Auto Show we're learning more about the new Hybrid version. Ford claims that this year it's introducing a whole slew of hybrid vehicles that combine performance and extende...

Social media giants plan to fight India's strict internet rules

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 7:02am
Social media companies are gearing up for battle against India's proposed internet guidelines that require them to actively monitor content. The new IT rules -- which arrive amidst looming general elections -- dictate that the likes of Facebook and T...

Soulja Boy's latest sketchy console looks like a PS Vita

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 6:15am
Soulja Boy is shrugging off possible legal threats from gaming giants with another rip-off console. In the wake of his ill-fated Nintendo emulator swag, his latest attempt at plagiarism marries the design of a PS Vita with the specs of a PlayStation...

The Morning After: Gaming laptops got weird at CES

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Sure, CES is over, but we're not done talking about everything we saw in Las Vegas. Of course, there is a lot of other news to recap from this weekend, too, including a glitchy Fallout 76 secret and layoffs at S...

Stock photo of an egg beats Kylie Jenner's Instagram record

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:01am
It's a tale as old as time: Some bright spark decides to make a statement about vacuous the system is, by exploiting its absurdity to their own ends. Today's entrant in the canon is the Instagram account for World Record Egg, which is now the most-li...

'Game of Thrones' teaser trailer hypes up the final season

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:03am
Following some subtle teasers and brief clips, HBO has at least revealed the release date and a substantial teaser for Games of Thrones' final season. The minute-and-a-half long clip shows the remaining Stark children meeting up in the family crypt a...

Samsung will fight its phone sales slump with models built for India

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 3:02am
Samsung knows it's facing tough times, and it's not just counting on the Galaxy S10 to get out of its funk. It's launching a trio of Galaxy M-series phones in late January that are designed expressly for "Indian millennial consumers," the company's...

Ryuk ransomware banks $3.7 million in five months

Engadget - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:57am
The Ryuk ransomware hasn't just causing grief for newspapers -- it's also quite lucrative for its operators. Researchers at CrowdStrike and FireEye both estimate that the code has produced the equivalent of $3.7 million in bitcoin since August, spre...

China will make TikTok-like video apps responsible for what users upload

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:45pm
China's growing crackdown on internet media now includes some tight limits on short-form video apps like TikTok. Recently imposed guidelines make app creators responsible for the content their users post, and ask platforms to review every bit of cont...

Cadillac drops teaser pics of its first electric vehicle

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 9:29pm
Shortly after GM revealed Cadillac will take the lead in its electrification push, the brand has given us a peek at its first-ever electric car. Following a couple of hybrid attempts, the new vehicle doesn't come with a name or any details, but from...

World's longest aircraft retires to make way for production models

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 9:12pm
The world's longest aircraft has been sidelined... although that's not necessarily a bad thing. Hybrid Air Vehicles has decided against rebuilding its record-setting Airlander 10 prototype. The company will instead use its resources to create the "...

Germany may order Facebook to stop collecting some user data

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 7:40pm
Germany's efforts to regulate Facebook's practices might just escalate in the near future. Bild am Sonntag sources claim the country's Federal Cartel Office will order Facebook to stop collecting some user data. It's chiefly concerned with how the...

Apple HomePod launches in China on January 18th

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 6:04pm
Apple's HomePod has only been available in a handful of countries (mostly North America and Europe) so far, but it's expanding availability in grand fashion. The company is releasing its smart speaker in China, including Hong Kong, on January 18th....

Switch Online code hints at potential SNES game additions

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 4:33pm
To date, Nintendo has handed out NES games as bonuses with Switch Online subscriptions. But what about SNES titles? Thanks to some code sleuthing, you might have a hint of what's in the pipeline. Twitter user Kapu claims to have found references t...

Canada adopts strict rules for drone flights

Engadget - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 3:04pm
It's Canada's turn to implement rules for drone flights, and those in the pipeline could make the American approach seem lenient. Transport Canada has adopted new regulations that will require the registration of any drone weighing between 250g and...

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