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October 21, 2014

Yahoo's future in your pocket is finally starting to firm up

There's no doubt about it: the future is mobile, and it looks like Yahoo's finally making the pocket-friendly needle move. The company's quarterly earnings dropped not too long ago, in which CEO Marissa Mayer had pointed out that Yahoo's mobile...


All that money Yahoo spent on mobile is paying off

There's no doubt about it: the future is mobile, and it looks like Yahoo's finally making the pocket-friendly needle move. The company's quarterly earnings dropped not too long ago, in which CEO Marissa Mayer pointed out that Yahoo's mobile revenue...


MLB is bringing Apple Pay to the 2014 World Series

Tonight, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will begin battling it out for Major League Baseball's biggest prize: the World Series. And to make things better for ballpark attendees, MLB and MasterCard have announced that Kauffman Stadium...


From Friendster to Facebook: Social networking do's and don'ts

Have you ever heard of Pownce? How about Jaiku? Maybe even something called Yahoo 360? If you haven't, don't worry. You're probably not alone. These are just a few of the many social networks that have come and gone, most of them vanishing either...


Sean Parker's post-wedding punishment includes making a beach-finding app

A few things happened after Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker got married in a gorgeous redwood forest in Big Sur, California. The California Coastal Commission took him to task for creating a bizarre fantasy realm without...


Rainn Wilson is making a TV show starring Vine celebrities

Best known for his roles in The Office and The Rocker, actor-turned-producer Rainn Wilson is reportedly getting ready to bring some of Vine's biggest personalities to TV. According to Deadline, Wilson is set to produce a comedy show called Hollywood...


Apple acknowledges iCloud attack, says servers were not affected

Following reports yesterday that China was secretly collecting data from iCloud users, Apple has confirmed to Dow Jones that it is aware of network attacks on its service. The iPhone maker said it knows about "intermittent organized network attacks"...


PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve equations

Need a little help getting through your next big math exam? MicroBlink has an app that could help you study more effectively -- perhaps too effectively. Its newly unveiled PhotoMath for iOS and Windows Phone (Android is due in early 2015) uses your...


Atom-scale brain sensors will show exactly how your mind works

Neural activity maps frequently present an incomplete picture of how a brain works; you can measure electrical activity, stimulate it or visualize the anatomy, but you can't do all three. DARPA and the University of Wisconsin might just pull off that...


Google now lets you prove your identity with a USB security key

It shouldn't surprise you that Google's a big proponent of online security, and that's why it's rolling out support for a new way to prove you are you who are: a USB Security Key. Google's normal approach to two-step authorization involves getting a...


Dish loses Cartoon Network, CNN and other Turner channels

Starting today, Dish customers will no longer have access to a number of networks from Turner Broadcasting, after both parties couldn't come to terms on a contract extension for these. Among the channels now removed from Dish's programming are:...


Stick this battery-powered Bluetooth light switch anywhere you want

There are myriad devices like the Philips Hue that can be controlled with a smartphone, but how about just... a switch? A company called Avi-on was thinking the same thing, so it created a movable Bluetooth dimmer switch that simply sticks to your...


Google's redesigned Play Music app offers stations that suit your mood

You know how there were hints that Google Play Music was about to get a Material Design makeover? As it turns out, that's just a small piece of what's in store. Google has updated its Play Music Android, iOS and web apps with a new Listen Now page...


Engadget and JetBlue will beam you to Expand!

We're sending one lucky Engadget reader (and a guest of choice) to Engadget Expand in New York City on November 7-8, thanks to our friends at JetBlue Airways and our sponsors. What's more, if you're one of the 10 runners-up, Suitable Technologies...


NPR: '80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders

Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as in medicine, law or science. But in 1984, the number of females majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and is now as low as 20 percent compared to those...


Engadget giveaway: win an Oppo Find 7 courtesy of OppoStyle!

If you've been eager to test drive one of the many global smartphone brands that are starting to surface in the US, then this week's giveaway will put a smile on your face. OppoStyle, the official online store for all things Oppo, has given us its...


Razer's Nabu smart band nears launch with a trip to the FCC

You'd be forgiven if you don't remember Razer's Nabu smart band. The company unveiled the activity tracker at CES in January, only to delay the release to late spring... and then to remain mostly silent as that launch window came and went. At last,...


Verizon thinks that the prepaid phone market is dead, and that's okay

If your response to the question "How much money did Verizon make in the last quarter" was "$3.79 billion in net profit," then congratulations. Big Red can afford to feel quite smug about its performance in the last three months, finding 1.53 million...


Zepp's sports sensor is getting a boost from pro athletes

The tiny data-analyzing, multi-sport sensor from Zepp is about to get even better. Today, the company founded by former Apple product manager Jason Fass announced that the Zepp Baseball and Zepp Golf apps are adding support for video. Not only will...


Posting revenge porn could soon become a serious criminal offence

The posting of 'revenge porn' may become unequivocally illegal in England and Wales soon, after the House of Lords agreed yesterday the law should be amended to specifically include the practice. Currently, anyone that shares explicit images to...


Carvey's desktop carving machine lets anyone be an industrial designer

We love desktop 3D printers, except that it's hard to do anything useful with the flimsy, thermoplastic results. However, the folks at Inventables want to change that with Carvey, a home-based CNC machine that etches your designs on wood or brass....


Ferrari's hybrid commits sacrilege, rolls in electric-only mode

Pop quiz, hotshot. How much horsepower do you get with a 789HP V12 and 160HP electric motor? Any Ferrari fan knows the (insane) answer: 949. That's the total output from the $1.69 million hybrid LaFerrari, and Ferrari has always said that both motors...


In the developing world, the internet sleeps at night

Okay, so the internet never really sleeps, but in some parts of the world, people do switch their internet connections off at night. A team of researchers from the University of Southern California pinged 4 billion IP address every 11 minutes over...


Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop

So, you've taken a look at the new iPhones and iPads and thought to yourself: "Nah, it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side." Well, good timing, because Google has published a guide to help you switch from iOS to its newest...


Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe

Microsoft pitches the Xbox One not as a run-of-the-mill games console, but as a fully fledged home entertainment hub. For most Americans, making use of the One's TV integration features is as simple as plugging the HDMI output from their set-top box...


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