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Formula E racer disqualified for using an esports ringer in a virtual race
Formula E Audi driver Daniel Abt has been disqualified from an esports race and fined €10,000 for using a ringer in his place, according to Reuters. Rivals became suspicious after he qualified in second place and went on to take third in the Formula...
Hacked NES Power Glove controls a modular synth with finger wriggles
Never mind controlling a modular synth by twiddling knobs. If one modder has his way, one of Nintendo’s legendary controllers is the way of the future. Look Mum No Computer (aka Sam Battle) has hacked an NES Power Glove into a gesture controller for...
Texas Instruments makes it harder to run programs on its calculators
Texas Instruments’ graphing calculators have a reputation as hobbyist devices given their program support, but they just lost some of their appeal. Cemetech has learned (via Linus Tech Tips) that Texas Instruments is pulling support for assembly- and...
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaks hint at giant screens and S20 Ultra features
The Galaxy Note family tends to borrow a few cues from the S series that preceded it, but these cues might be more conspicuous than usual this year. OnLeaks and Pigtou have posted leak-based renders for the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ (above) that hi...
Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to 'special cases'
Israel’s original plan to track the phones of COVID-19 sufferers won’t get very far. The country’s cabinet has restricted the use of the Shin Bet security agency’s phone surveillance to “specific and special cases” where officials can’t determine an...
Space Station receives the last of NASA's science racks after 19 years
One of the longer chapters of the International Space Station has come to a close. NASA has sent the last of its 11 ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station) science racks to the orbiting facility, 19 years after sending t...
Watch the first private 'Call of Duty: Warzone' tournament at 3PM ET
Activision is ready to show what all-pro Call of Duty: Warzone tourneys are like. The gaming giant is debuting the first Call of Duty League Warzone Weekend today (May 24th) at 3PM Eastern, marking the start of private lobby Warzone competitions. The...
Samsung gets approval for Galaxy Watch Active 2's ECG, but only in Korea
The ECG sensor on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has gone unused for the better part of a year, but it’s finally close to fulfilling its original purpose... in one country, anyway. Samsung has received approval to use the ECG feature for measuring heart r...
The latest iOS jailbreak cracks virtually any iPhone
Apple’s efforts to discourage iOS jailbreaking have typically left enthusiasts waiting a while until code sleuths discover a flaw that lets them bypass safeguards and break some of the platform’s rules. Not this time around, though. The Unc0ver team...
After Math: Some good news for a change
Feels like we’ve gone a day short of forever without hearing something positive and reassuring about the state of this quarantine. Folks around the country and around the world are cooped up, stressed out, and just waiting for the other shoe to drop....
Astronomers spot a strange, first-of-its-kind asteroid near Jupiter
There’s still plenty of opportunity for astronomers to discover strange new objects. Researchers using the University of Hawaii’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) have found (via Gizmodo) a Trojan asteroid, 2019 LD2, that not onl...
'Halo 3' for PC should be ready for public testing in June
It won’t be too much longer before you can play the whole of the original Halo trilogy on PC. The 343 Industries team has announced (via Windows Central) that public testing for Halo 3’s Master Chief Collection PC release should start sometime in the...
Amazon accused of fighting efforts to track COVID-19 in Wisconsin facilities
Amazon may be improving safety measures in warehouses to protect against COVID-19, but it’s also accused of being less than forthcoming with vital data. The health officer for Kenosha County in Wisconsin, Jen Freiheit, told the Milwaukee Journal Sent...
Google is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS texts in Messages
RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically snoop on your messages where they can’t with services like iMessage. You might get y...
Tesla's Cybertruck won't get smaller any time soon
Is Tesla’s Cybertruck too enormous for your garage? Unfortunately, you’ll have to shop for something else. Elon Musk has revealed that the electric pickup will stay “pretty much” the size of the prototype despite previous claims the production model...
'Iron Man VR' gameplay demo arrives to satisfy your inner Tony Stark
It looks like Marvel’s Iron Man VR truly will be arriving on July 3rd after being delayed a couple of times due to COVID-19. In fact, the entertainment giant has released a free extended playable demo of the PS VR exclusive, which is now available fo...
Messages on the Mac may finally catch up to its iOS counterpart
The Messages app on the Mac has lagged behind its iOS equivalent for a long time — it’s good for answering text messages without reaching for your iPhone, but many of the features and effects are missing. It might catch up this year, though. The 9to5...
UK reportedly aims to drop Huawei from 5G networks in 3 years
The UK’s decision to allow Huawei gear in its 5G networks may be short-lived. Officials talking to the Financial Times (via The Verge) say the UK government is planning to gradually phase out use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks, eliminating it ent...
Valve starts inviting players to 'Artifact' Beta 2.0
After almost a year of waiting, Valve is finally ready to let the public take a peek at the reimagined version of its troubled card game. The company released a signup page to Artifact Beta 2.0 on Friday, tweeting that everyone is welcome to sign up,...
Two of Apple's former HomePod masterminds prep a 'revolutionary' speaker
Many tech startups like to brag about having former employees of Silicon Valley giants among their ranks, but this is one that may have more of an impact than most. Financial Times sources say that ex-Apple design legend Christopher Stringer and engi...
Recommended Reading: COVID-19 and AI health care
COVID-19 will accelerate the AI health care revolutionKai-Fu Lee, WiredThe coronavirus pandemic will cause us to rethink major aspects of everyday life around the world, but it may also expedite the use of artificial intelligence in health care. Sino...
Hitting the Books: Do we really want our robots to have consciousness?
From Star Trek’s Data and 2001’s HAL to Columbus Day’s Skippy the Magnificent, pop culture is chock full of fully conscious AI who, in many cases, are more human than the humans they serve alongside. But is all that self-actualization really necessar...
The Morning After: SpaceX prepares for Crew Dragon's biggest test
As we settle in for a holiday weekend in the US, we’re looking forward to next week’s big event: a groundbreaking trip to space. SpaceX Demo-2 test fire (NASA/Joel Kowsky) The Demo-2 mission will be the first crewed launch from US soil since 2011, as...
Snag Jaybird's Tarah Bluetooth earbuds for $45 at Best Buy
If you missed the chance to buy Jaybird's Tarah Bluetooth earbuds when they were $45 in April, you now have another opportunity to snag them. In time for the Memorial Day long weekend, Best Buy has once again discounted the $100 in-ear headphones to...
The 2020 New York International Auto Show is canceled
The 2020 edition of New York’s auto show was initially delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now organizers have canceled the event for this year. Citing both the uncertainty caused by the virus and the role of the Javits Center as a field hos...
SpaceX crewed mission is a 'go' for launch next week
The historic launch that would take NASA astronauts to the ISS from US soil has been cleared for launch next week despite the coronavirus pandemic and the departure of the agency’s human spaceflight lead. It’ll be the first time astronauts will take...
Tesla's Arcade adds 'Fallout Shelter' for in-car play
Nearly a year after it was announced at E3, Fallout Shelter has joined the list of games Tesla owners can play on their in-car infotainment systems. After initially launching on smartphones five years ago, the free-to-play spin-off has come to additi...
Apple's AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $150 on Amazon
Now’s a prime opportunity to get some AirPods if you’d like them for your walks or just to improve your video calls. Amazon is selling AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150. That’s $50 off the official price, and $20 lower than the usual dis...
Adult Swim is bringing back Netflix's 'Tuca & Bertie' in 2021
After it was canceled far too soon by Netflix, Adult Swim is bringing back Tuca & Bertie. The adult animated series will return in 2021 with a 10-episode second season. HAPPY FRIDAY :)))))))))))))))))))))))) TUCA & BERTIE IS COMING BACK !!...
iOS 14 reportedly leaked in February from a development iPhone
How have iOS 14 details been circulating months ahead of time when Apple is normally eager to crack down on leaks? It apparently comes down to someone willing to spend a tidy sum of money. Motherboard sources say the iOS 14 leak originated from someo...
District judge rules FBI needs a warrant to access your lock screen
When police arrested a suspect named Joseph Sam in Washington state last year, an officer hit a button on the man’s phone to bring up its lock screen. Months later, an FBI agent turned the phone on to take a photograph of the lock screen, which conta...
The best deals we found this week: Pixel 3a, the HomePod and more
Happy unofficial start of summer! The Memorial Day weekend kicks off with a bunch of electronics deals, including some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen. Notably, the Google Pixel 3a has dropped to $280 (the 3a XL is also deeply discounted) and Ap...
Yes, the Patriot Act amendment to track us online is real
Just being able to calmly purchase toilet paper feels like reason enough to celebrate these days. But one thing a lot of people won’t be cracking champagne over this month is the renewal of the Patriot Act/USA Freedom Act — and its terrible inclusion...
Microsoft flexed its cloud and AI muscles at Build 2020
This week Microsoft hosted its annual Build conference completely online. That meant streaming keynotes, panels, digital breakouts and workshops for developers. But that didn’t slow down the flow of news. From a new framework for Office collaboration...
US Senators propose giving $2 billion to healthcare facilities for broadband
At the start of April, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act. The bill proposed to increase telehealth funding in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The legislation seems to...
Petit Depotto, 'Gnosia' and the new, obsolete game
Epic has been basking in the limelight for its Unreal Engine 5 demo, and the console on everyone’s minds right now is Sony’s PlayStation 5. Like most of tech culture, the mainstream gaming industry is constantly hungry for next-gen hardware, and for...
Researchers squeeze 44.2 Tbps through existing fiber optic cables
Today’s cable and fiber optic internet connections are good enough -- at least where they’re available. Home users can browse the web, stream videos and play online games, and companies can keep business moving. But as content becomes more complex, t...
How good is Turtle Beach’s Recon 70 gaming headset?
We’ve recommended the Turtle Beach Recon 70 to our readers a few times in the past year: The combination of robust build quality, crisp audio and low price make the Recon 70 a solid option for any gaming setup. It’s ideal for everyone from PC gaming...
Summer Games Fest will host AAA and indie game streams in June and July
Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards launched Summer Game Fest in May as an all-digital gaming festival, which is comprised of several events within a four-month period. The first two took place on May 12th and 13th, and now its organizers have announce...
Surface Book 3 15-inch review: Beautiful, yet limited
The Surface Book 3 is a curious beast. Just like its predecessors, it's a premium notebook with a unique feature: Hit a button, and the screen pops out to serve as an enormous tablet. Plug the screen on backwards, and you can use the keyboard as a ki...
The best fitness trackers you can buy
The fitness tracker isn’t dead, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the people keeping these little devices alive. Smartwatches have all but taken over the mainstream wearable space, but the humble fitness tracker remains an option for...
NVIDIA's AI built Pac-Man from scratch in four days
When Pac-Man hit arcades on May 22nd 1980, it held the record for time spent in development having taken a whopping 17 months to design, code and complete. Now, 40 years later to the day, NVIDIA needed just four days to train its new GameGAN AI to wh...
WhatsApp test lets you add contacts with QR codes
If the thought of typing in someone’s phone number -- by hand -- seems prehistoric by 2020 standards, then WhatsApp’s about to make your life a whole lot easier. A report from WABetaInfo claims that a new beta adds support for using QR codes that’ll...
Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL are at their lowest prices ever on Amazon
Getting the pure Android experience with a Pixel phone isn’t always cheap. However, Amazon is taking us back to the Nexus days, offering the Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones at $279 and $319 respectively, the lowest prices we’ve seen yet.For this deal...
Introducing @EngadgetDeals: all the tech deals worth your money
We’re excited to announce a new Twitter account under the Engadget umbrella: @EngadgetDeals. If its name wasn’t a giveaway, it’s a separate Twitter account that we’re using to bring you all the best gadget deals we can find, as we find them.We’ve bee...
The Morning After: Samsung's Terrace TV takes 4K outside
The event space in Fortnite has already hosted live shows and DJ sets, but Thursday night it rolled out the red carpet to premiere a trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie. Warner Bros. is still focused on releasing the IMAX-ready flick in theate...
Microsoft's classic Solitaire game is 30 today
Microsoft’s Solitaire, which taught the world to use a mouse and waste unprecedented amounts of time, is turning 30 today. The game first came along with Windows 3.0, launched in 1990 with great fanfare, and is still played by 35 million people per m...
GM will upgrade its Super Cruise technology to work on city streets
GM’s Super Cruise, the automaker’s hands-free driving assistance feature, currently only works on highways. But according to one of its executives (as reported by Autoblog), the company is working to expand its capabilities so that it could also prov...
Magic Leap raises $350 million and puts layoffs on hold
Magic Leap has been struggling for quite a while now, but the past year has been especially difficult due to poor sales and the coronavirus pandemic. Back in April, the company announced that it’s laying off employees at every level, and The Informat...
Amazon's multiplayer Pac-Man game is made for Twitch streaming
Amazon Games showed it’s a serious competitor with the new shooter Crucible and has an MMO on the way, but its next game is the one that makes the most sense for Twitch streaming. That’s because Pac-Man Live Studio is not just a variant of the arcade...
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