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 2018-01-16 08:00 

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Airbnb now gives you the option to pay less up front...

Airbnb rentals present affordable, sometimes even unique, alternatives to hotels, but one of the downsides of using the platform is having to pay in full upon booking. Now, the company is finally -- thankfully! -- giving you an option to pay less up......

 2018-01-16 06:31 

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Danish police charge 1,000 people following Facebook sex video...

Facebook is no stranger to notifying police when there's clear evidence of a crime, but its latest action has had consequences on a much larger scale than usual. Danish police have charged 1,004 young people (some under 18) after Facebook notified a.....

 2018-01-16 04:51 

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Quika promises free satellite internet for developing countries...

Facebook's plans for free satellite internet access may have run into some... setbacks, but another company is promising to make that ubiquitous data a practical reality. Quika, a company led by the chief of satellite provider Talia, is launching a......

 2018-01-16 03:11 

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Democrats are just one vote shy of restoring net neutrality...

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer now says Democrats in the Senate are a single vote away from restoring net neutrality. According to the senator from New York, they now have a total of 50 votes for a Senate resolution of disapproval that would re......

 2018-01-16 02:03 

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Try 'Battlefield 1' DLC maps and more starting tomorrow...

Last year, EA's Battlefield 1 received a ton of new expansions, including "They Shall Not Pass," "In the Name of the Tsar" and "Turning Tides." The new maps and story missions featured French and Russian battles, amphibious war...

 2018-01-16 01:10 

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US continues to blacklist China's eBay over counterfeit goods...

Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba's counterfeit goods problem refuses to go away. Despite noting improvements on takedown efforts, the Office of the US Trade Representative has again blacklisted Alibaba's eBay-like Taobao shopping site....

 2018-01-16 00:08 

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Alibaba and Microsoft AI beat human scores on Stanford reading test...

20 years ago, IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a game of chess and the practice of pitting human against computer continues to this day. Google's AI was the first to beat a Go champion a couple of years back (and it continues to teach itself...

 2018-01-15 23:41 

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Hyundai's new Veloster will make its debut in 'Forza Motorsport 7'...

The new Hyundai Veloster just made its debut on the NAIAS 2018 show floor, but the first time we'll be able to drive one is in Forza Motorsport 7. Following a string of cars debuting in videogames (BMW M4 Coupe, Porsche 911 GT2 RS), the Veloster Turb....

 2018-01-15 23:11 

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GAC's En Verge concept packs a digital dash and AR for passengers...

Chinese automaker GAC is making waves at the North American International Auto Show. "We want you to give us a chance to challenge ourselves," GAC group president Feng Xingya said from the stage, before unveiling GAC's first all-electric conce...

 2018-01-15 21:31 

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Chinese booster rocket nearly smashes into a small town...

Space agencies prefer to launch near the sea or over empty land when given the choice, and China just got a reminder as to why. A booster from a Long March 3B rocket dropped and exploded near the small southwestern town of Xiangdu, roughly 435 miles......

 2018-01-15 20:37 

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BlackBerry's 'Jarvis' finds security flaws in connected cars...

As cars become more reliant on software, it's critical for automakers to make sure their code is as secure as possible. It's somewhat surprising, though, for a company like BlackBerry to come out with a potential solution. At a keynote during the ...

 2018-01-15 20:00 

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Algorithms transform Chicago scenes into trippy lobby art...

Office lobbies are prime spots for corporations to make statements about their values and taste, yet "lobby art" is usually a shorthand way of saying "insipid crap." However, an art installation studio called ESI Designs has given a Chicag...

 2018-01-15 19:31 

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US will reveal revised autonomous car guidelines this summer...

We'll see the latest revised set of guidelines for autonomous vehicles this summer, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has revealed at the annual Detroit auto show. According to Chao, her agency has been preparing for the arrival of autonomous v....

 2018-01-15 18:37 

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Toyota caves to pressure and adds CarPlay to new models...

Many car manufacturers have joined the modern era by adopting Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or both, but not Toyota. It insisted on going its own way, and that has usually meant skipping its cars entirely if you cared about smartphone integration. Than......

 2018-01-15 18:00 

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Make-up brand taps AR to help you find the perfect brow shape...

Benefit Cosmetics is throwing people all over the world a high-tech lifeline before they drown in desperation over failing to find the right brows for their face shape. The make-up company has teamed up with digital makeover veteran Modiface to creat......

 2018-01-15 17:15 

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Contraceptive app under fire for causing unwanted pregnancies...

A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies. Stockholm's Södersjukhuset hospital has now reported the Natural Cycles app to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (the gov....

 2018-01-15 16:31 

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Nissan's Xmotion concept swaps key fobs for fingerprints...

Infiniti's eye toward the future has manifested itself with the Xmotion (pronounced "Crossmotion;4; it's a crossover SUV). The suicide-door clad ride boasts hand and eye motion and gesture sensors for the generous door-to-door digital dashb...

 2018-01-15 16:20 

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Acura puts its 'True Touchpad' Android OS in the 2019 RDX...

In 2016 Acura showed off its "Precision Cockpit" concept that included a touchpad with 1:1 mapping to a central display. It's supposed to improve on both touchscreens, which can require an awkward reach from the driver to somewhere out of thei...

 2018-01-15 16:00 

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The totally normal, completely unsurprising lack of women at CES...

There's a spot on the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas where you can stand, facing the convention center, and see ads for Huawei, Hisense, Bosch and naked women. The tech-branded tents and billboards have now disappeared, soon r....

 2018-01-15 15:30 

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The best mobile photo-editing apps...

There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the ones wort...

 2018-01-15 15:07 

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Lexus LF-1 concept looks toward an electrified, autonomous future...

A few months ago Toyota and Lexus announced that by 2025, all of their car models would either be electric or have an electric powertrain option. Today at the NAIAS event, Lexus showed off a slick concept crossover that could be a part of that future......

 2018-01-15 14:54 

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BMW's latest hybrid is the i8 Coupe...

BMW's newest hybrid i8 Coupe is the 2+2 answer to your "What if I don't want a convertible?" question. Like its Roadster sibling that debuted at the LA Auto Show last November, the Coupe hits 369 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque tha...

 2018-01-15 14:32 

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Boeing shows its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft...

Lockheed isn't the only one hoping to make a hypersonic spy aircraft. Boeing has provided early details on its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would lead to a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. In some ways, it's a logi...

 2018-01-15 14:04 

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Google freezes addiction center ads after word of sketchy referrals...

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services.....

 2018-01-15 13:03 

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Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable in 2017...

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of t......

 2018-01-15 12:02 

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Google's museum app finds your fine art doppelgnger...

If you've ever wondered if there's a museum portrait somewhere that looks like you and you're ready to have your ego crushed, there's now an app for that. Google Arts & Culture's latest update now lets you take a selfie, and using ...

 2018-01-15 11:00 

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The Morning After: Monday, January 15th 2018...

Hey, good morning! Post-CES, it's back to business as usual at Engadget, but not before delivering some of our final reports and interviews from a very busy show. Oh, and even a new wearable -- if nothing from Vegas caught your eye....

 2018-01-15 10:02 

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HTC U11 Eyes' dual cameras bring bokeh to your selfies...

Well, that was quick: HTC's promised return to a dual-camera smartphone is already here. Meet the U11 Eyes which, as the name implies, is a selfie-centric smartphone featuring a pair of cameras on the front. These deliver live bokeh effect which supp....

 2018-01-15 09:31 

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Nanoleaf wants you to control your smart home with a dodecahedron...

A few months ago, Nanoleaf revealed a "Rhythm Starter Kit" that let you synchronize its colorful Aurora light panels with music. At CES, the company released a product designed to control it and more: the Nanoleaf Remote. But instead of a typical ...

 2018-01-15 08:33 

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Army base pulls Chinese security cameras over 'negative perception'...

If it wasn't already clear that concerns over the security of Chinese equipment are reaching a fever pitch, it is now. The US Army has pulled five of Hikvision's surveillance cameras from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri not because they pose an acti...

 2018-01-15 06:04 

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AI helps Dutch emergency dispatchers diagnose heart attacks...

Emergency dispatchers have a tough job assuring callers while trying to ask questions that could save the patient's life. But soon they could get backup from AI. Starting in 2016, dispatchers in Copenhagen began getting help from an artificial intell....

 2018-01-15 04:32 

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NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to Netflix...

You won't have to stay glued to NBC to watch all of its Winter Olympics coverage -- although it won't necessarily be the coverage you want. The network is offering a two-part PyeongChang preview series, Go For the Gold and Meet Team USA, that will...

 2018-01-15 03:25 

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Mercedes CEO: 'Stay tuned' for an electric G Wagon SUV...

Mercedes-Benz's G-Class Wagon isn't changing for the future in the ways you might expect. Yet. From a preview event at Detroit's crumbling, historic Michigan Theater for the North American International Auto Show, chairman Dieter Zetche was jo...

 2018-01-15 03:00 

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Retro-bit brought brand-new Sega accessories to CES...

While Nintendo's 'classic' consoles have soaked up much of the retro love lately, Sega fans do have something to look forward to. The last booth I stopped by at CES 2018 was one of my favorites, as Retro-bit showed off new officially-licensed ...

 2018-01-15 02:02 

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One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according to study...

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) ...

 2018-01-15 01:01 

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SCOTUS will hear a case on internet sales tax...

One of the benefits of internet shopping for many consumers is not having to pay sales tax. But the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, which may reverse the 1992 ruling that prevents state and local governments from requir......

 2018-01-15 00:00 

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Fox Innovation Lab showcases Wes Anderson VR and Movies Anywhere...

During CES, a Fox Innovation Lab event focused on tech it's pushing this year like HDR10+, but the most important parts were a slick VR experience tied to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and discussion of the recently-launched Movies Anywhere. While V...

 2018-01-14 23:01 

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Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for 'ER'...

If you grew up watching American TV, there's a good chance you've seen at least a little bit of the hospital drama ER. But if you've wanted to watch it online, your legal options have been limited unless you've been willing to buy it from ...

 2018-01-14 22:39 

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Ford teases 'Mach 1' electric performance SUV for 2020...

At its NAIAS 2018 preview event, Ford just dropped a few details about an electric vehicle it plans to release in 2020. The "Mach 1" (cribbing its name from the famous Mustang model) is an all-electric performance SUV under development by Team Edi...

 2018-01-14 22:00 

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Meltdown and Spectre flaws loomed large over CES...

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities hung like a shadow over the festivities of CES. What's typically a celebration of consumer electronics was instead a stark reminder of just how far-reaching these issues are. And that's especially the c...

 2018-01-14 21:02 

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Japan's latest sensation is a cryptocurrency pop group...

If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currenc......

 2018-01-14 20:00 

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Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless earbuds...

The number of companies that sell true wireless earbuds has exploded in the last year. B&O, Bose, Sony and Samsung all joined the craze Bragi started back in 2014. Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, some hearing aids and assistive audio......

 2018-01-14 18:59 

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FCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alert...

It's not just state officials who are investigating Hawaii's false alarm over a (thankfully non-existent) missile attack. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that the regulator's investigation into the error is "well underway." While P...

 2018-01-14 18:00 

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Nissan shares its vision for our autonomous EV future at CES...

Not surprisingly, autonomy and electrification dominated transportation news at CES 2018. Toyota introduced its e-Palette concept mobility solution (which proceeded to dominate Engadget's Best of CES awards), while Silicon Valley startup Robomart unv....

 2018-01-14 17:30 

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The best freezer...

By Tyler Wells Lynch This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full......

 2018-01-14 16:00 

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After Math: CES 2018 by the numbers...

After a week in the desert, CES 2018 has finally come to a close. Booths were trod, products were demoed and the conference was visited by only one of the biblical plagues. Puffco debuted one of the only cannabis gadgets seen at CES in recent memory,......

 2018-01-14 14:59 

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'The Handmaid's Tale' ventures outside Gilead in second season...

The Handmaid's Tale has been a huge success for Hulu, earning the streaming platform quite a few Emmys and two Golden Globes. The first season was based on Margaret Atwood's novel by the same name but many have wondered what's in store for the...

 2018-01-14 13:30 

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Ben Heck's mini pinball game: Integrating IR sensors...

The team is laser-cutting, CNC-routing and designing another PCB this week. Tune in as Ben uses Autodesk Eagle to design an infrared ball detector for the mini pinball build instead of relying on mechanical detectors, which should help keep cos......

 2018-01-14 12:00 

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Tag Heuer made a smaller modular smartwatch...

Those of us with smaller wrists may have noticed that most of the connected smartwatches out there are, well, kind of huge. Tag Heuer's Connected Modular 45, for example, was a lovely device with a 45mm case diameter, perfect for larger wrists but lo....

 2018-01-14 10:31 

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TiVo sues Comcast again over alleged patent infringement...

Though TiVo and Comcast just wrapped up a round of patent infringement litigation, TiVo's looking for another go. Yesterday, it filed lawsuits in California and Massachusetts alleging that Comcast's X1 set-top boxes are infringing on no less than ...

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