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Facebook's gaming hub comes to Android in limited beta

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:26pm
Facebook's new gaming hub is now available as a mobile app -- for a handful of people, that is. Sensor Tower and TechCrunch have noticed that Fb.gg has launched on Android in a limited beta test. It's ultimately a phone-optimized version of the por...

Amazon is reportedly building ‘picker’ robots for fulfillment centers

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:05pm
In order to fulfil its many orders in a timely fashion, Amazon employs a large number of people, and a key part to the company's order fulfillment process are pickers. These employees are the ones that pick items from fulfillment center shelves, coll...

'Hitman 2' introduces multiplayer versus mode

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:44pm
The surefire way to tell identical twins apart is to check their fingerprints and the barcodes on the back of their heads. Developer IO Interactive has released a trailer for Ghost Mode, a new addition to the upcoming Hitman 2, that brings competitiv...

Volvo surprises with its stylish and quick S60 sedan

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:30pm
When you mention safety and cars, most folks bring up Volvo. For decades, safety wasn't (as the kids say) cool. But in a world with increasing amounts of cars on the road in dense urban areas teaming with motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians and fear...

Grado's first wireless headphones are the open-back GW100

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:12pm
During my visit to Brooklyn's Grado Labs last year, CEO John Grado explained why the company hadn't yet made wireless headphones. "I still don't think it will sound as good as the wired stuff," he said. "But we feel the technology has gotten to the p...

Facebook’s recent hack exposed private information of 29 million users

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:52am
Late last month, Facebook announced a data breach that affected up to 50 million of its users. The issue involved access tokens -- digital keys that let people remain logged into Facebook -- and a vulnerability allowed attackers to steal those tokens...

The Best Deep Fryer

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:01am
By Michael Sullivan This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full deep fryer guide here.

Arizona is creating an autonomous vehicle research institute

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:42am
Arizona, a state that has been quite open to self-driving technology, has now created the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM), a consortium focused on autonomous vehicle research, safety and policy. Overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority, IAM...

Catie Cuan’s robot choreography

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:15am
In a former shipyard in New York City, the contemporary dancer and choreographer Catie Cuan twists and sways her limbs. Her dance partner is 9 feet tall and weighs nearly two-tons: an ABB IRB 6700 robot typically used for the "three Ds" of indu...

Larry Page's third flying car company will sell its first craft in 2019

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 9:54am
We've heard a bit here and there about Opener, one of the flying vehicle startups backed by Google's Larry Page. Opener specializes in vertical take off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, similar to helicopters and drones, and the company is counting on th...

'The World Ends with You' shines on Nintendo Switch

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 9:30am
The World Ends with You is one of my favorite Japanese role-playing games. It was released for the Nintendo DS in 2007, when I was a moody teenager trying to make it through college. I loved the graffiti-inspired art style, eclectic soundtrack and un...

Uber wants to give company stock to its drivers

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 9:11am
This week, Uber sent a letter to the Securities and Exchanges Commission requesting that the organization change its rules and allow it to grant company stock to its drivers. The letter was obtained by Axios. While Uber has been interested in this su...

Tesla's full tax incentive ends on October 15th

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:23am
If you want to want to take advantage of Tesla's $7,500 federal tax incentive, you'll have to reserve one before October 15th and pay for it before the year ends. Back in July, the automaker announced that it has already sold 200,000 units, and under...

Samsung added LTE to the Chromebook Plus V2

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 8:00am
Back in June, Samsung launched a follow-up to the Chromebook Plus, replacing the original's ARM processor with a faster Intel chip and equipping it with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. Now, the tech giant has introduced an upgraded version of that...

Lab-grown eyes explain how a baby's vision develops in the womb

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 7:31am
Researchers at John Hopkins have grown artificial eye parts to better understand how we develop color vision. Though they don't look like eyeballs, the "organoid" retinas built from stem cells grow in much the same way as our own orbs. By using CRISP...

Garmin's rugged $300 smartwatch can last two weeks on a charge

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 6:15am
Garmin has added another entry to its growing list of rugged devices for outdoors enthusiasts. It's a smartwatch called Instinct, and it was built to comply with military standards for shock and water resistance. It's also encased in a fiber-reinforc...

The Morning After: Hardcore parkour robots

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 5:30am
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. (Potentially) killer robots, an iPlane and the software update that can keep your supercar from catching on fire. There's something for everyone in today's recap.

Instagram is testing a Stories-like tap-to-scroll feature in Explore

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 4:50am
If you want to look at posts in Instagram's Explore tab, you'll have to scroll up like you would on the main feed. The platform is apparently thinking of mimicking the Stories experience within Explore, though, because it's testing the ability to mov...

'Pokémon Go' AR+ mode brings life-size monsters to Android

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 3:34am
Pokémon vary in size, from as small as 4 in. to as tall as 47 ft. But for Android users, regardless of size, Pokémon looked kind of the same. Well developer Niantic has released a new update for the Android version of Pokémon Go...

1Password no longer automatically submits passwords on Macs

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:31am
Updates to 1Password mean that while you can run the application in dark mode to match your MacOS Mojave's nighttime setting the password manager will no longer automatically submit previously filled passwords. In 1Password 7.2, you will have to pres...

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