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Razer's Blade Stealth laptop now packs a quad-core processor
Like the thought of Razer's Blade Stealth ultraportable, but wish it had a bit more oomph for multitasking? You're getting your wish. Razer has released a version of its 13-inch ultraportable with a quad-core 8th-generation Core i7 processor (namely,...
Engadget giveaway: Win a Sense smart security router courtesy of F-Secure!
With smart home technology proliferating and cybercriminality afoot, adding data security to your home network is a wise move. F-Secure's new Sense router can help monitor your home and provide feedback on the state of your network, IoT gadgets and e...
ZTE Axon M hands-on: A new hope for dual-screen phones
Many companies have tried to make the mythical dual-screen folding smartphone a reality. All of them have failed. But ZTE thinks it's time to try again. Now that Android supports multi-window apps, the company expects it will get enough buy-in from d...
DxO's snap-on smartphone camera is coming to Android
DxO, the company best known for its lens and camera scores, is also behind one of the nicer smartphone-attached cameras out there, the $499 DxO One. Up until now, it has only supported the iPhone and iPad, but the company has revealed that it will so...
Microsoft’s internal bug database was hacked in 2013
Over four years ago, Microsoft's internal database for bug tracking was apparently breached by hackers. It was discovered in 2013 but never disclosed to the public, according to five former employees of the company who spoke with Reuters.
Google Advanced Protection is for high-profile hacking targets
Many internet giants offer security measures like two-factor authentication (which you should really use) to keep your account safe from hackers. But there are a handful of people who are so valuable as targets that hackers will go after them specif...
Audi made an escape room to promote its E-Tron cars
The rise of the "escape room" has been incredible. Teams of people all over the world are now regularly battling zombies, embarking on real-life Legend of Zelda adventures or playing armchair detective via Facebook Live in fun, safe but wholly manufa...
Surface Book 2 hands-on: The sequel we’ve been waiting for
It turns out the Surface Laptop isn't Microsoft's only proper notebook this year. The Surface Book 2 was just announced, and at first glance, it seems to fix all of the issues we had with the original model (as well as last year's refresh). It has a...
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: Google's best phones get even better
Google's first Pixel smartphones weren't just smartphones; they were a proclamation that Google was more than just a software giant. They were proof that it could craft first-class devices that showed off what Android was really capable of. The new P...
The Pixel 2 has a surprise: Google's first custom imaging chip
Google didn't spill all the details about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at its October 4th event. As it turns out, these phones have a secret weapon: Google's first custom imaging chip (and indeed first system-on-chip of any kind), the Pixel Visual Core...
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update bets big on mixed reality
Microsoft's next major Windows 10 release for 2017, the Fall Creators Update, doesn't make any huge waves. But you might have gathered that from its name alone. In many ways, it's a continuation of what the company started with this spring's Creators...
Google’s second Daydream headset is all subtle improvements
Samsung's Gear VR ushered in an age where we strap our phones to our faces for entertainment. But when it debuted last year, Google's $79 Daydream View managed to make the whole process look just a little less geeky. To coincide with the launch of it...
Microsoft's Precision Surface Mouse focuses on ergonomics
Microsoft has taken the wraps off the Surface Precision Mouse, a Bluetooth LE 4.2 and wired ergonomic model designed for folks who work on their PCs all day. With a wide flange for your thumb, it bears a slight resemblance to Logitech's MX Master 2S...
Microsoft's Surface Book 2 includes a brawnier 15-inch version
Microsoft's Surface Book has grown long in the tooth, to put it mildly: the base model hasn't been touched since 2015, and even the Performance Base version was really just a higher trim level instead of a true follow-up. At last, though, there's a p...
Facebook buys popular teen polling app 'tbh'
In another bid to establish a deeper connection with young'uns who might just see Facebook as a way to communicate with grandma, the social network has snapped up "tbh." It's an app targeting American teens that focuses on positive interactions with...
DHS will demand that feds implement basic email security
After suffering several security breaches over the past few years, the US government will finally require federal agencies to implement basic email security measures. According to Reuters, Homeland Security's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity J...
Garmin Speak puts Amazon Alexa in your car
Gamin's GPS devices already feature voice control, but if you'd prefer to have Alexa onboard, its latest product is more your jam. The GPS device maker has just released Garmin Speak, which it says is the first in-vehicle device with hands-free acces...
The Morning After: Tuesday, October 17th 2017
Welcome to Tuesday! Yesterday's news centered on a WiFi vulnerability that could affect pretty much anything that connects to wireless networks. We checked on which companies are already issuing fixes. Huawei launched its newest phone in another bid...
BBC iPlayer Radio now plays nice with Carplay and Android Auto
For many, BBC radio is synonymous with driving. When you're stuck in a traffic jam, holiday road trip or boring post-work commute, sometimes the best company is a never-ending playlist punctuated with cheerful DJ chatter. For the longest time, that's...
Google Maps ditches misleading walking calorie counter
Google is ditching a planned feature for Maps following criticism on social media. The update was tied to directions and displayed how many calories you'd burn if you were to walk to your destination. By clicking on the walking option, you'd even be...
Alphabet brings burritos-by-drone delivery to Australia
Apparently, Project Wing brought airborne burritos to Virginia Tech last year as preparation for something bigger. Alphabet X's experimental project is now dropping burritos (and medicine) from the skies of Australia as part of a series of tests to f...
Huffington: Uber 'very likely' to close Softbank deal in the next week
An Uber-Softbank deal is "very likely" to occur within the next week, according to Arianna Huffington, who spoke at Wall Street Journal's D.Live event in Laguna Beach, CA. She wouldn't disclose the price -- it seems they're still working out the de...
Lawsuit claims Essential stole modular accessory tech
Andy Rubin's Essential Products is facing more legal troubles. The ex-Android chief's company previously found itself in hot water with smartphone accessory maker Spigen over its use of the "Essential" name. Now -- less than two months since the rele...
Google's refined Security Checkup identifies account vulnerabilities
While Google might soon switch VIPs over to advanced protection in the form of physical keys, the rest of us are fine with typical security practices -- so long as we follow them. To better secure your Google account, the company has a new version of...
What's on TV: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Gran Turismo Sport,' NBA
The fall TV heavyweights are back, and this week that includes AMC's The Walking Dead, returning for season number eight. Sports fans can get ready for NBA action, while gamers can finally get a fresh taste of Gran Turismo. South Park's long-awaited...
Qualcomm’s 5G dreams are closer to reality
A year after Qualcomm introduced its first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, the company is making another next-generation mobile push. Qualcomm announced today that it's made the first 5G data connection using the X50, which reached gigabit speeds using...
Qualcomm's new chip brings ultra-wide screens to mid-range phones
Ultra-wide screens are hot stuff on smartphones these days, but there still isn't a whole lot of choice: you tend to either spring for the high end or make do with budget models. Where are the in-between options? Qualcomm might just help. It's int...
Australia tackles revenge porn with a national reporting tool
Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to...
Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a ruthless hero-king
Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakan...
Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires' remaster to 2018
Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute...
Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system
In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. S...
Facebook trying to find employees with national security clearance
Facebook's next attempt at clearing its name from any future political entanglements is apparently hiring people with national security clearances, according to Bloomberg. "Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government...
Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup
Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made...
Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year
Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" tha...
Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature
Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt...
Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps
Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial b...
Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app
Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's pl...
Waymo is training cops how to respond to autonomous car crashes
There are a lot of hurdles to clear before autonomous cars can fully take over the roadways. Chief among them is training the police on how to react and handle a self-driving car error, as spotted by Recode. Currently, Waymo is working with local pol...
Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent troll
VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a...
Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware
Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group call...
Microsoft's redesigned Xbox dashboard is now available to all
Microsoft's next big update to the Xbox dashboard is now ready for public consumption. The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customisation. The top-level section has four shortcuts (yo...
Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that's actually good
It's hard to get excited about an Android tablet in 2017. Samsung is still trying to take on the iPad with its premium Galaxy Tab S lineup, and there are countless slates from other companies that seem more obligatory than innovative. Mostly it boils...
'Doom' arrives on Nintendo Switch November 10th
Turns out that you won't have to wait too long to raze some Hell on your Nintendo Switch. That's because Doom will be released this November 10th, only a few short weeks from now. How's it look? Based on the video below, good and it seems to play jus...
#MeToo becomes a rallying cry for survivors of sexual assault
Yesterday, a campaign geared towards demonstrating just how common sexual assault and harassment are began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the hashtag #MeToo, women began posting their own stories of harassment in response to...
A 747 'Supertanker' rains retardant on California's wildfires
A converted Boeing 747-400 used to fight fires is a great example of old technology reborn with a new purpose. The aircraft, the largest passenger model in Boeing's jumbo lineup, first entered service with Japan Airlines in 1991. After being converte...
The encryption many major companies rely on has a serious flaw
Researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic uncovered a major security vulnerability in RSA keys generated by Infineon Technologies-produced chips. These chips are used in products manufactured by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Sams...
Origin's NT-15 Quadro is a slim laptop with pro video-editing power
I'm obsessed with lightweight, discrete graphics laptops, especially models that excel at video editing and 3D. So when I first saw Origin's 4.3-pound NT-15 Quadro, equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA professional-level Quadro...
Telegram fined after refusing to provide user data to Russia
Back in June, we reported on the struggles that messaging app Telegram was having with the Russian government. Russia asked Telegram to hand over confidential user data because it claimed terrorists have been using the service to plan attacks. Now, t...
Supreme Court will hear challenge to Microsoft's data privacy case
Microsoft may have won its fight to protect overseas data from American search warrants, but it can't rest easy. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Department of Justice's petition to review the case, virtually guaranteeing that the case will s...
What is Intel Coffee Lake?
Intel's 8th-generation "Coffee Lake" CPUs are now on the market. These chips come with a modest bump in CPU frequency, but the big news is that Intel is finally adding 6-core processors to its mainstream i7 and i5 lines. More cores means these chips...
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