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November 21, 2014

Google is giving away 1TB of free Drive space with new Chromebooks

Google really, really wants you to pick up a Chromebook this holiday, and it's sweetening the deal to make sure a Chrome OS-powered laptop is on your gift list. The company is now offering 1TB of free Google Drive space to anyone who buys a...


Amazon Fire HD 6 review: great value for a $99 tablet

Here's a question: How did Amazon know it was time to make a $99 tablet? Because of focus groups? Its ace marketing department? Close: user reviews. Let's not forget that Amazon is best known for its retail empire, so when lots of people start buying...


3D talking map can help the blind find their way

The Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts just got a high-tech installation to help keep their students from getting lost around campus: a three-dimensional map that talks. Its miniature Monopoly-like buildings and other elements (which were...


Google's internet balloons can stay aloft for 100 days

While some high profile Google projects (*cough Glass*) have been withering on the vine, Project Loon is a bright spot and even has a carrier partner. Mountain View says it can now autofill the internet-enabling, weather-tracking balloons in five...


London councils fight government plan to legalise short-term Airbnb rentals

Having already accommodated over 20 million guests in more than 34,000 cities across 190 countries, it's safe to say that Airbnb is here to stay. However, that success has come at a cost -- namely opposition from authorities that either want to stop...


'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U': The Joystiq Review

"Who would win in a fight?" is the lighthearted crux of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it's impressive how extensive that conversation has become. Pitting beloved video game characters in unlikely rivalries seems as amusing as it did during the...


Amazon reportedly launching free, ad-supported video service (updated)

Amazon is set to launch a free, ad-supported video service separate from its $99 Prime Instant Video offering, according to the New York Post. In case you're having deja vu, the WSJ reported exactly the same thing back in March and Amazon firmly...


EE and O2 are now serving 4G inside the Channel Tunnel

Having mobile internet access inside the Channel Tunnel is useful, but where are those faster speeds we were promised? Well, after expanding their 2G and 3G networks in March, EE and O2 are finally offering 4G connectivity on the Eurostar. Vodafone...


Aereo's video streaming fairy tale ends at Chapter 11

When a company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it means that it's mere moments away from being torn to pieces by its creditors. That particular regulation also provides room for a turnaround, but given that the Supreme Court has essentially made its...


San Francisco's public defecation map highlights a shitty situation

Wondering what that smell near the Civic Center is, San Francisco resident? As far as serious interactive maps go, Human Wasteland is one of the strangest we've seen. Created by civil-engineer-turned-web-developer Jennifer Wong, the project plots...


This is what happens when a drone interrupts your Christmas date

You're on a date at TGI Friday's, casually sipping your discount cocktail, trying to ignore the disappointed look on your partner's face as they attempt to cut into their overcooked steak. As if this situation wasn't awkward enough, the smooth sounds...


Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad

Unlike mobile books and games, video streaming is completely dependent on an internet connection. That's fine when you're at home, but if you're on your way to work or generally on the move, viewing your favourite movies and TV shows can be quite a...


The curious case of the disappearing Nexus 6

For a moment the page changes, the default "out of stock" message replaced by an estimated shipping date. Quickly, you move your cursor across the screen and hit the order button, only to discover the device is no longer available. You close the tab....


Here's how to 3D print using mashed bananas

We've seen many people use food as 3D printer feed in the past, such as chocolates, candies and even ice cream. But can you imagine 3D printing anything using bananas? Sounds hard, if not, well, bananas -- but 3Digital Cooks' founder Luis Rodriguez...


Canadian middle-schoolers rank pretty high for computer literacy

In addition to making excellent poutine and maple syrup, our friendly neighbors to the north are also pretty adept at prepping students for the future we live in too. The International Computer Literacy Study recently looked at 60,000 eighth graders...


Bank builds Oculus app to fly you around your stocks and shares

Well hello there, I'm Augustus Q. Moneybags, inventor of the word "Funtrepreneur" and thrillionaire owner of Military Industrial Complex LLC. Now, I may be an internationally loved businessman, y'see, but that doesn't mean I'm too good at calculatin'...


​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync arrives on Samsung monitors in 2015

Looking for a new computer monitor? If you're rocking an AMD-sourced graphics card, you may want to wait a few months. Samsung just announced the UD590 and UE850, the first two monitors with support for FreeSync -- AMD's open-source answer to NVIDIA...


Chevy previews next-gen Volt with location-based charging system

We'll be seeing the next-generation Chevy Volt in less than two months when GM launches it at the North American International Auto Show in January. But, for the sake of those who can't wait, the company has shown off a bit more of the 2016 hybrid...


Next Glass takes the guesswork out of beer and wine shopping

Have you ever walked into a beer or wine store only to be overwhelmed by the vast selection, including many options you'd never even heard of? We've all been there, but there's a new app that should help recommend options you've yet to taste. Next...


​Amazon rumored to be preparing travel site that offers hotel bookings

Are you ready to spend even more money at Amazon? According to Skift, Amazon is preparing its own travel service, focused on independent hotels and resorts near major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. The travel news site...


Engadget Daily: 'The Imitation Game,' Ricoh's upgraded 360-degree camera, and more!

Alan Turing has long been regarded as the father of modern computing. Why? We're glad you asked. Today, we dive into the history of the Turing machine, go hands-on with Ricoh's new Theta camera, and take a look at Corning's new Gorilla Glass 4. Read...


Airbnb will cover guests' accidental injury costs

Accidents happen, and for Airbnb guests, it could take place while navigating an unfamiliar home. It would come as no surprise if people ended up arguing on who should foot the bill, so Airbnb has decided to make it easier on all its customers by...


Netflix picks up fourth season of popular A&E series 'Longmire'

Fans of A&E's Longmire were pretty vocal when the network announced it would part ways with the series after a massive cliffhanger at the end of season 3. Well, the show will live on at the hands of Netflix. The streaming service nabbed the rights to...


Google cuts a deal over old Nortel Networks patents

Remember the Rockstar Consortium? The group was formed by a handful of tech giants (including Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson and Sony) to buy a treasure trove of patents and promptly sue both Google and some Android partners, which promised one of the...


Technics has a hi-fi music download service, too

In order to give its high-end audio wares the proper content to offer pristine listening, Panasonic's Technics brand is building its own hi-fi music store. Launching in the UK and Germany next year, Technics Tracks will serve up a library of 24-bit...


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