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RED is building an 8K 3D camera for its holographic phone

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 6:00am
RED is partnering with a company called Lucid on an 8K, 3D prosumer camera that will work with its incoming Hydrogen One smartphone, Lucid announced. The device -- shown above in prototype form at RED's Hydrogen One party -- has two synced 4K cameras...

The Morning After: 'The Expanse' may live again

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 5:34am
Hey, good morning! Wake up! The Expanse might live again. Razer reinvents its Blade gaming laptops to battle a new generation of slim, powerful games machines. And if you don't like bleeding-edge gaming, we also reviewed a new game for the decades-o...

Senators ask the FCC to investigate fake net neutrality comments

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 5:04am
Two Senators from opposing parties have put aside their differences to demand an investigation into the stolen identities that led to millions of fake net neutrality comments on the FCC's website. In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Senat...

Sony makes moves to dominate image sensors and music

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:39am
Sony's turnaround was started by its former chief, Kaz Hirai, who insisted that the business kill off weaker businesses to focus on its strengths. His replacement, Kenichiro Yoshida, has unveiled his own, three-year plan to help continue the work tha...

Twitter opts for its own emoji to ease frustration for Android users

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:40am
Twitter users on Android might be a little less frustrated that they can't see every emoji if they can't (or won't) upgrade to Android Oreo. That's because Twitter has dropped Android's native emoji and is using its own, open-source Twemoji to displa...

Razer unveils a cheaper external GPU case, the $299 'Core X'

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:01am
Razer's latest stab at an external GPU case, the $299 Core X, is its most interesting one yet. Like the company's earlier models, it's a way for you to bring the power of a desktop video card to ultraportable laptops. It just does so for much less th...

Razer’s revamped Blade gaming laptop is an upgrade in every way

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:01am
The Razer Blade is back, and it has pretty much all of the features you'd expect from a gaming notebook in 2018. Notably, the company has refined the laptop's design significantly. Gone are the bulky bezels around the last Blade's 14-inch screen....

Oculus brings Boggle to VR because... why not?

Engadget - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:02am
Hasbro isn't wasting much time bringing its board games to Oculus Rooms. As promised, you can now play Boggle in Facebook's social VR space, letting you play the classic word-finding game with up to four pals using Oculus Go or Gear VR headsets. It...

Trump's iPhone use reportedly ignores 'inconvenient' security advice

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:17pm
Tonight Politico reports that the President is using mobile devices in ways that could increase his risk of being hacked. According to "senior administration officials" Donald Trump relies on at least two iPhones -- one to make phone calls and one fo...

Sony's smaller, cheaper Digital Paper tablet reaches the US

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 9:21pm
Was your heart aflutter when you heard that Sony was releasing a smaller version of its Digital Paper E Ink tablet? If you live in the US, you can satisfy your heart's desire... well, almost. Sony has started pre-orders for the 10.3-inch model (the...

Comcast is now selling mesh WiFi 'pods' to its internet customers

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 8:00pm
It's been about a year since Comcast started revamping its Xfinity home internet services under the xFi brand. As part of the changes the company has been making, it started testing a simple way to build an in-home mesh network. After partnering with...

What's on TV: 'The Matrix' 4K, Michelle Wolf and 'Detroit: Become Human'

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 7:48pm
This week the NBA and NHL playoffs get ready to jump to their final rounds, but the big release is an old one: The Matrix in 4K on Ultra HD Blu-ray and streaming. Netflix drops in WHCD comedian Michelle Wolf with a new weekly show Sunday morning, aft...

Amazon is in talks to resurrect 'The Expanse'

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 6:31pm
Just because Syfy dropped The Expanse doesn't mean the cult sci-fi hit has met its end. Sources talking to Deadline, Variety and Hollywood Reporter have all claimed that Amazon is in discussions to resurrect The Expanse for a fourth season. Neither...

Intel details fourth Spectre-style CPU security flaw

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 5:51pm
Intel said it was hoping to find more Spectre-like processor security flaws, and unfortunately it just found one. The company (along with Google and Microsoft) has disclosed a fourth exploit (simply titled Variant 4) that once again uses speculative...

Drug could prevent memory loss in deep space astronauts

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 5:05pm
Cosmic radiation is one of the greatest threats to astronauts embarking on deep space missions, not the least of which is the effect on the brain: it could hinder your memory and destroy vital synapses. Thankfully, you might only need to take some pi...

Google Maps can replace the dull arrow with 3D car icons

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 4:34pm
Google doesn't just want to reserve Maps navigation icons for special occasions. If you're using iOS, you can now replace Google Maps' drab blue arrow with a 3D car. You can even choose a vehicle that more closely reflects what you're driving, whet...

Tesla and Consumer Reports continue feud following Model 3 review

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 4:03pm
Tesla and Consumer Reports have a sordid history of squabbling over car reviews, and that's not about to stop just because the Model 3 is on the road. CR has stopped short of recommending the Model 3 following a handful of complaints, most notably br...

Official 'Fortnite' tournaments will offer $100 million in prizes

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 3:42pm
When Epic Games revealed its first, albeit limited-time, Fortnite ranked play mode last week, it promised more details on competitive play would arrive soon. We now know a little more on Fortnite's future in the professional ranks -- Epic is pumping...

Sonos bundles offer audio options for home theater, vinyl and more

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 3:21pm
As we head towards Sonos' home theater event on June 6th, the company has just revealed new speaker bundles that will help you save on a Sonos-based home sound system.

Oculus’ privacy center now shows you what data is being collected

Engadget - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 2:59pm
Last month, Oculus announced updates to its privacy policies, likely to comply with GDPR, which goes into effect this Friday. Ahead of that deadline, a new feature is available today for users worldwide: My Privacy Center is a dashboard showing what...

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