Pebble sets a new record, net neutrality passes and other stories you might've missed!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 9:00 pm
Pebble beats its own record, Motorola confirms what we already knew about the Moto E and Facebook takes a break from the sillier aspects of its site to get serious about mental health. Basically, we've got everything you need to know from this past w...


IKEA will start selling wireless charging lamps and tables
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 7:01 pm
After lots of perseverance from smartphone makers, wireless charging is finally starting to make an impact. Many big name phones now support the technology and companies like Starbucks are helping to bring it a wider audience. Now, it's set to receiv...


Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 5:03 pm
See that wooden round thing above? That's a smartphone -- a real, working smartphone with a high-res screen and a camera, and not just a concept that will never come to life. Just imagining how to take calls on it without a headset or how to access w...


Huawei teases its luxury Android Wear watch through awkward videos
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 2:59 pm
Huawei apparently just can't wait to show some of the wearable tech it has in store this year. While the company isn't supposed to reveal its Mobile World Congress plans until a press event on March 1st, it has already posted both videos and airport ...


10 high-tech gadgets that will improve your tennis game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 1:00 pm
The sport of tennis is no stranger to incorporating new technologies -- from the electronic line judges of the early '70s to today's Hawk-Eye system with its multi-camera array. These days, players at all levels have a variety of high-tech tools to h...


Proposed privacy bill protects industry more than it does people
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 11:04 am
If the return of Frank Underwood stoked a thirst for real drama from the nation's capitol, perhaps the White House's late-Friday news dump of the proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights will whet your whistle. Alongside common-sense things like Cong...


Recommended Reading: The secrets behind 'Madden's' player ratings
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 9:30 am
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. How Madden Ratings are Ma...


Walmart vs. Netflix DVD battle snags $12 each for 1.2 million people
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 8:07 am
Ready for a blast from the past? Ten years ago, Walmart's plan to undercut Netflix on DVD-by-mail rental pricing failed, and the retail giant turned that part of its business over to the movie service in exchange for a cut of the revenue, referral bo...


Disney wants to help developers make games more interactive
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 6:14 am
Many RPGs have more than one ending, but even then you still have limited ways to control the story or to interact with the characters. Disney Research, however, wants to make real interactive games -- ones where your actions can affect how it progre...


Chinese internet giants purge 60,000 accounts for inappropriate usernames
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 2:13 am
China will enforce an even tighter control over online names starting on March 1st, and it's already begun nuking any account that doesn't conform to its standards. A handful of powerful internet companies in the country have deleted over 60,000 acco...


Disney's retelling the 'Star Wars' film saga with Legos
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 10:54 pm
There isn't a way to turn back time and prevent the Star Wars prequels from ever releasing (just ask Cher), but maybe Disney XD's upcoming crack at them could make the flicks palatable. You see, the channel is prepping the launchpad for The Force Awa...


Daily Roundup: History of net neutrality, deconstructing Nintendo and more!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 7:11 pm
Welcome to the Daily Roundup. In today's news, you can learn about the history of net neutrality. Meanwhile, we look at Nintendo's unique strategy and fondly recall Leonard Nimoy. You can read all these stories and more past the break....


Would you prefer a thinner phone or better battery life?
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 7:57 pm
Despite a number of exciting (and novel) announcements related to battery technology, the sad fact is that our smartphones still need to be frequently charged. One thing that hasn't helped in prolonging the lives of our devices is a trend toward ever...


YouTube's new video trimming tool makes mobile edits a breeze
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 5:17 pm
Even in the ideal setting, it's nearly impossible to get the perfect piece of footage that won't require edits. Those changes can be tough to tackle on mobile, but thanks to a YouTube update, perfecting a short video just got easier. Inside the video...


Uber data breach compromises IDs of 50,000 drivers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 5:38 pm
An Uber database containing the names and driver's license numbers of 50,000 current and former drivers was accessed by an outside party in 2014, the company announced today. Uber discovered the breach on September 17, 2014, and an investigation reve...


Seattle PD has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 6:05 pm
Seattle's officer-worn camera footage is making its way online, but if you were hoping for anything Cops-like you're likely to be disappointed. In accordance with privacy measures, faces aren't the only parts of a shot that are blurred out -- most of...


BioShock shakes hands with Stepford in 'We Happy Few'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 4:02 pm
Smile for the camera -- and for the TV, and during the walk to the store, and while you're sitting in the living room, in the dark, all alone. Smile, because if you don't, they will come for you. That's the story behind the first trailer for We Happy...


Lonnie Johnson, the rocket scientist and Super Soaker inventor
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 4:30 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, Engadget is running a series of profiles honoring African-American pioneers in the world of science and technology. Today we take a look at the life and work of Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie Johnson is not quite a househol...


Deconstructing the method to Nintendo's madness
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 2:00 pm
It's easy to hate on Nintendo. With the Wii U, the company played right into negative consumer expectations by releasing a product derided for its kid-friendly appeal, Fisher-Price toy-like looks, less-than-bleeding-edge silicon, confusing branding a...


Lenovo strips some of the unwanted software from its PCs
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 2:38 pm
Lenovo said it was rethinking its approach to pre-loaded software on PCs in the wake of the Superfish security fiasco, and it's now clear that the computer maker wasn't kidding around. It's promising that its home PC software bundles going forward wi...


Google's future campuses are as flexible as its technology
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 2:59 pm
Hey, Apple and NVIDIA: you aren't going to be the only Silicon Valley giants with outlandish office space. Google has revealed a proposed redesign of its Mountain View campuses (specifically, four sites) that not only doesn't resemble a traditional w...


Here's how far we've come with net neutrality
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 3:30 pm
The FCC's ruling on net neutrality yesterday was the agency's most significant action in decades -- but it didn't come easy. It's something that's been discussed ever since Columbia Law professor Tim Wu coined the term net neutrality 2003, which, at ...


Masquerada's gay characters are defined by humanity, not sexuality
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 1:00 pm
In Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, the city of Ombre resembles a fantastical, medieval Venice: elegant stone towers are lined with heavy wood furniture and the people dress in lush fabrics, wielding swords and spears. But Ombre is not Venice; it's an ...


Smart liquor bottles can keep tabs on your bourbon collection
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 1:33 pm
A close friend of mine returned home from vacation to discover his house sitter -- his brother-in-law -- had downed an entire bottle Pappy Van Winkle 20 year bourbon. A tragedy, really. However, if an alcohol tech duo in Europe has its way, keeping t...


Year of the Goat: 11 Chinese smartphone brands to watch
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 February 2015, 11:00 am
2014 has been a wonderful year for the ever-competitive Chinese smartphone market. We saw the birth of new brands, the record of world's thinnest phone broken three times, and a couple of companies entering India with great reception (although not wi...


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