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July 22, 2014

Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Having sold 26.11 million phones in the first half of this year, the beast from the East that is Xiaomi is back again with a new flagship Android phone: the Mi 4. For the first time ever, the company is adding a touch of metal -- SAE 304 stainless...


Google now lets you comment on Photo Spheres

Google's Photo Spheres can sometimes be a marvel to behold, but it's not always easy to let the photographer know about it; if you stumble across a picture in the Views portal, for instance, you may be stuck. Or rather, you were stuck. Google has...


Twitch for Android now puts the biggest game streams front and center

If you regularly catch up on eSports or "let's play" sessions while on the move, today's your lucky day. Twitch has revamped its Android app with a fresh interface that lets you get to the biggest game streams as quickly as possible, with...


'Destiny' on PS3 is like the PS4 version but blurrier

While a bunch of the hype surrounding the Destiny beta is how great developer Bungie's latest shooter looks running on the PlayStation 4, gamers on last-gen hardware have been playing through the weekend too. Based on the video that Digital Foundry...


Anti-surveillance advocates want you to run an open, secure WiFi router

Plenty of WiFi routers have guest modes for visitors; some companies base their entire business models around them. Many of these devices are full of security holes, however, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn't see that as acceptable in an...


Wii U update lets you shop without the gamepad, enables system transfer

Thinking of upgrading from that basic Wii U system to the deluxe 32GB package? Now you can -- the latest system update for Nintendo's tablet-toting console allows users to transfer data between systems... but it does so in a rather odd way. Rather...


Chrome OS adds pinch-to-zoom for regular users, Pixel owners rejoice

When Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, we weren't really sure what to make of the premium device's touchscreen. Sure, finger-friendly displays were trendy, but Chrome OS just wasn't asking for the technologies: it didn't feature many touch apps,...


Amazon's new games show what only the Fire Phone can do

Looks like Amazon plans to take advantage of the Fire phone's head-tracking tech at every turn, so it put its Game Studio to work developing two new titles especially for the device. The first one called Saber's Edge is a strategic pirate puzzle...


Italy tells Google it has 18 months to change how it handles your data

Google has already drawn fire from various European nations for allegedly violating users' privacy through its unified data policy, but Italy is more than willing to join the fray. The country's data protection agency has given Google 18 months to...


Engadget Daily: Facebook Save, Apollo 11's voyage to the moon and more!

Today, we archive posts with Facebook Save, remember Apollo 11's voyage to the moon, take a look at a Chromecast hack and ponder Whirlpool's new machine called Swash. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....


What's on your HDTV: 'Transcendence,' 'Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark' and 'Soundclash'

Yup, it's summer. In case the weather wasn't a tipoff, you can tell from Syfy's slew of made for TV movies hitting the screen, including this week's shocker Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark. The headlining monsters were already made for previous movies, so...


July 21, 2014

The Big Picture: Not-quite San Francisco's 'Davis Street'

Take a second look at the above image -- it isn't actually a photo. Nope, the entire scene (dubbed Davis Street) was painstakingly created with the graphics rendering suite 3DS Max. To achieve the impressive end result, artist Gilvan Isbiro says that...


Redesigned 3DS Circle Pad puts an analog stick under your index finger

Dual-analog controls are pretty standard these days -- two analog sticks on either end of a control pad designed to fall directly under the user's thumbs. Hori's new 3DS slide pad accessory throws this notion out the window: it installs a second...


Tesla preps for Model X production with assembly line revamp

In order to boost output of the Model S and to prepare for production of the Model X SUV, Tesla has paused work at its only plant for two weeks. Bloomberg reports that $100 million in upgrades are on tap for the factory that will allow both vehicles...


Facebook officially owns Oculus now

It's official: Facebook now actually owns Oculus VR, the company behind virtual reality goggles Oculus Rift. Though the $2 billion acquisition was announced way back in March, these kinds of negotiations typically take months to resolve thanks to...


Netflix crosses 50 million subscribers worldwide and takes aim at Comcast / TWC

It looks like that (pending 2 years for existing customers) price hike hasn't greatly affected Netflix's popularity, as it announced today that it has 50 million customers altogether. About 36 million of them are in the US, and Netflix specified...


Browse 'The New Yorker' archives free of charge for the rest of the summer

Let's face it: We miss out on a ton of great content due to paywalls. After a recent redesign to improve reading via its website across a range of devices, The New Yorker has opened up its archive for the rest of summer free of charge. The repository...


'Simpsons World' puts the full series online, but you'll need cable to watch everything

First, the good news: At its Television Critics Awards, Fox just announced the details of its plan to put every episode of The Simpsons online for streaming (also, Louie and Fargo have been renewed). Simpsons World will launch in October and let fans...


Hip-hop producer J Dilla's beat-making gear headed to Smithsonian

Last week, the Smithsonian announced two of J Dilla's production tools would be displayed at the upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture. Thanks to a donation from his mother (pictured above), the influential...


China now has more internet users on mobile devices than PCs

Want to know why traditionally PC-centric companies like Microsoft are pouring so much energy into their mobile efforts? Look no further than China, which now says that more of its residents are getting online with phones and tablets than PCs. Of the...


BBC Sport apps for iOS and Android get Chromecast support

Four months after it updated the iPlayer app to play nice with Google's Chromecast, the BBC has extended support for the streaming dongle to its sport apps. As part of today's update, BBC Sport users can now stream live and on-demand video to their...


Facebook's new Save feature lets you read top ten lists later

Dying to know what the top ten best shows from the 1990s are, but just don't have time to click through that Facebook link? That's okay -- the social network's app is about to get a new feature: Save. Think of it like Pocket, but just for Facebook....


Watch a dome full of cameras capture 3D motion in extreme detail

Conventional 3D motion capture is awkward; even if you don't mind people covered with dots or ping pong balls, you often get just a handful of data points that miss out on subtle movements. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University might just have a...


Libratone's wool-wrapped speakers gain Spotify Connect streaming abilities

If you fancy picking up a track where you left off on the commute upon entering your flat, and you've splurged for a Libratone speaker, you're in luck. The company's offerings (like the Loop and Zipp) are now Spotify Connect compatible, making...


What you need to know about the Apollo 11 moon landing

Neil Armstrong, the first human being to set foot on another celestial body, misspoke his historic line. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," as it turns out, was missing a crucial letter when Armstrong spoke it to a live...


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