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Apple Music's Behind The Songs hub highlights songwriters and producers

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 11:17am
Apple Music has rolled out a portal that shines a spotlight on songwriters, producers and session musicians. Behind the Songs includes radio shows, playlists and videos that highlight their work. You'll get to take deep dives into songs and lyric...

Ripley and the Xenomorph from Alien are the latest additions to 'Fortnite'

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:54am
It was only last week that Ryu and Chun-Li from Street Fighter joined Fortnite and now another beloved franchise is making its way to the battle royale. This time, it’s Alien with both Ripley and Xenomorph skins available to purchase this week throug...

Netflix pledges $100 million to improve the diversity in its shows

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:45am
After releasing its first diversity report in January, Netflix has also published the results of a study of its US-commissioned films and series over 2018 and 2019. While the earlier report covered the makeup of Netflix's employees, today's f...

These modern-day treasure hunters reunite people with lost heirlooms

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:30am
Whether it’s a family heirloom that’s been passed down for generations or a brand new engagement ring, losing a treasured piece of jewelry can feel like losing a piece of yourself. That’s why former professional soccer player and lifelong metal detec...

Take a look back at Engadget's favorite Nintendo 3DS games

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 10:00am
Today is the 10th anniversary of the 3DS’s release in the Japan and, while the Switch has certainly captured our hearts these past four years, Nintendo’s 3D handheld still left quite an impression over the past decade. The system might have ceased pr...

'Pokémon Legends Arceus' is an open-world prequel coming early 2022

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:48am
You won't have to settle for modernized versions of classic Pokémon games in the near future. The Pokémon Company has used the 25th anniversary of the franchise to unveil Pokémon Legends Arceus, an open-world (apparently moreso than past games, a...

'Pokémon Diamond' and 'Pearl' remakes are arriving on Switch later this year

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:41am
The Pokémon Company had plenty to show off during its Pokémon Presents 25th Anniversary stream. Along with a deeper look at Pokémon Snap, the company announced remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. It looks like th...

New 'Halo Infinite' screenshots tease a more detailed world

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:12am
The first footage of Halo Infinite gameplay didn't sit well with gamers, to put it mildly, but there are signs of progress. 343 Industries and Microsoft have shared a fresh batch of screenshots that give you a sense of how the Xbox Series X/S tit...

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ will be a PS Plus freebie with a catch

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:10am
After Sony’s latest State of Play stream, it’s clear why the company announced the next batch of free games for PlayStation Plus members a couple of days later than usual. Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines the March lineup. At State of Play, Sony sh...

The Nintendo 3DS's best feature was the under-appreciated StreetPass

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:00am
Ten years ago today the 3DS debuted in Japan. It followed the DS family and the big selling point for this third generation of Nintendo’s dual-screened systems was the addition of 3D graphics. And yet, what people remember most about the 3DS isn’t th...

Google offers improved sleep tracking tools for Android apps

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 8:45am
Chances are, if you don't own a smartwatch, you probably rely on your phone to monitor your sleeping habits. While there's no shortage of apps that claim to do the job, not all of them are up to the task. And Android, in particular, has been...

Pokémon at 25 is stronger than ever

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 8:30am
Before I came to work at Engadget, I worked as an Associate Editor for The Pokémon Company for five years. It was always a bit weird trying to explain what I did back then, because I’d always get “oh, is that still around, I thought that was just a...

Virgin Galactic delays space tourism flights to early 2022

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 8:09am
Virgin Galactic's hopes for space tourism in 2021 were looking dim after a motor ignition failure in December 2020 pushed back its test flight schedule, and now the company is ditching any hopes of meeting that target. Parabolic Arc reports that...

Apple now shows device repairability scores in France

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 7:55am
With the EU outlining a green deal that seeks to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, scrutiny has turned to the shelf life of gadgets that contribute to the barrage of e-waste produced annually on the continent. In a bid to tackle the junk problem, F...

Engadget Podcast: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover has landed! Now what?

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 7:30am
This week, Devindra and Cherlynn chat with PhD candidate and all-around space nerd Sophia Gad-Nasr about NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover. We dive into what it’s journey was like, what was so remarkable about its landing, and what it’ll be working on i...

The Morning After: You might be able to upgrade your PS5 SSD this summer

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 6:45am
Sony’s big PlayStation State of Play presentation gave me everything I needed: lots of Final Fantasy VII Remake news. Aside from that Mat-specific part of the showcase (a new chunk of DLC alongside a free PS5 upgrade with a terrible name, an FF7 batt...

Hasbro is making Transformers and My Little Pony adaptations for Netflix

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 6:05am
Hasbro is known for making action figures for Marvel and Disney films, but after acquiring Peppa Pig producer Entertainment One (eOne), it plans to make movies and TV shows out of its own toys and games. The company has announced a slew of new projec...

The 8-quart Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus is just $90 at Amazon

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 5:54am
Many of us have been forced to improve our culinary skills while biding our time indoors. But if you're finding yourself routinely making the same meals, one way to kick things up a notch is to add an Instant Pot to your appliance arsenal. The mu...

Toys for Bob details 'Crash Bandicoot 4' upgrades for the PS5

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 5:25am
The PS5 version of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is almost upon us. On March 12th, you'll be able to accompany the genetically enhanced marsupial in his adventures on the new console, and you can do so in native 4K at 60 frames per second. A...

TikTok will pay $92 million to settle class-action data harvesting lawsuit

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 4:50am
TikTok has agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits, many from minors, alleging it amassed users' personal data without consent and sold it to advertisers, reports NPR. The proposed settlement, described as one of the "largest...

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