Intoxicated man allegedly assaults a robot in Silicon Valley, gets arrested

A man was arrested this week in Mountain View, California, for allegedly attacking one of Knightscope’s K5 security robots. Now that will earn you some hardcore respect when you’re locked up behind bars.

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You’re not too old to play with Hot Wheels in ‘Forza Horizon 3’

The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo…
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FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins…
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Which Verizon plan is best for you? We check out the family, individual, and prepaid plans

Verizon offers lots of plans for individuals, your family, and folks who want prepaid service. Here is everything you need to know about Verizon’s plans, from data packages and smartphones to Big Red’s prepaid plans.

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Translucent leather gives an ancient material a futuristic twist

The Netherlands-based ECCO Leather company has just launched a crazy new ultra-colorful material it describes as the world’s first soft and transparent cow skin leather. Coming soon to a catwalk near you!

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A new 3D-printing technique from MIT can print custom furniture in minutes

A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, Steelcase, and designer Christophe Guberan has resulted in a 3D-printing breakthrough. The process uses a rapid liquid printing technique that improves speed, scale, and quality.

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Samsung’s next smartphone might have a 98-percent curved screen

Samsung’s next smartphone screen may curve around all the edges of a future phone’s body, rumor has it. But lamination issue are posing a bigger challenge than the company anticipated.

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Channel 4’s online TV ads will call you out by name

Adverts are about to get a lot more personalised — or creepier, depending on your point of view — the next time you hop on the All 4 streaming service to catch up on The Island with Bear Grylls. This month, Channel 4 is bringing a new ad format to…
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Apple Music delays its ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series

Apple had indicated that its first video series for Apple Music would arrive in April, but we're almost into May and Carpool Karaoke is nowhere to be found. According to Reuters, a March premiere party was postponed 'days' before it was going to take…
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Microsoft’s wearable resurgence will begin with a commercial smartwatch

Microsoft’s return to the world of wearables won’t be a fitness tracker, but a smart wearable aimed at commercial users. The TrekStore-made device will offer advanced features for healthcare and manufacturing industries.

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The ESA’s dramatic video shows why space junk is such a big problem

In this video, the European Space Agency takes us from outer space to Earth, depicting the exponentially worsening space debris problem along the way. Without a solution, humanity may soon find space travel impossible.

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This stylish and durable ‘paper’ watch is impossible to tear

It looks like paper and it feels like paper, but thankfully it’s not paper. Because if it was, no one would be interested in the remarkable Papr Watch. Made from super-strong Tyvek, the timepiece isn’t your usual wrist adornment.

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Alcatel Idol 5S shows up in leaked photo

Last year, continuing a trend, the Alcatel Idol 4S was a potential sleeper phone offering a solid choice for mid-range budget shoppers. Judging from a new leaked photo, Alcatel appears to be planning to stick close to the game plan for 2017 with the successor phone, the Alcatel Idol 5S expected to be available in […]

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HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

HTC has a new phone coming on May 16. It’s likely to be called the HTC U 11, and it’s apparently going to be very squeezable. Here’s everything we know about the HTC U 11, or HTC Ocean as it’s also known, so far.

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The live-streaming Mevo pocket cam comes to Android, goes 4K on iOS

Livestream has announced that its Mevo live-streaming camera is a getting a host of new updates this summer, including support for Android devices, YouTube live, 1080p streaming, and 4K internal recording.

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YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug…
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Apple is issuing its Watch owners an Earth Day fitness challenge

Apple takes the environment pretty seriously, and as part of its Earth Day initiatives, it’s challenging you to go outside for 30 minutes. And if you do so with the Apple Watch, you’ll unlock a series of new iMessage stickers.

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Moto G5 Plus review: Back to being the best mid-range phone

Over the last couple of years, a massive number of consumers around the world have shifted their buying preferences for phones. It’s no longer guaranteed that the biggest and most expensive phones should be the only ones considered. That change in philosophy can be credited in large part to the Moto G line, which was […]

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‘Avatar’ sequels start arriving on December 18th, 2020

James Cameron has spent years drumming up hype for his Avatar sequels with little to show for it (the first sequel was originally due this December). However, his team is finally ready to commit to specific release dates — for all the new movies. Th…
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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi…
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Virtual reality could help elderly people avoid potentially fatal falls

Researchers have been investigating whether VR tech could be used to help prevent falls among the elderly and people with neurodegenerative conditions. Here’s what they’re busy planning.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 iris scanner may help users unlock financial transactions

New reports out of Korea indicate there may be some growing interest from financial firms like banks or credit card companies to incorporate iris scan security into the methods used to secure financial transactions. Iris scanning may be familiar to more users now with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ which […]

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Sharp’s new Aquos R phone features the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM

Sharp has taken the wraps off of its latest smartphone, the Aquos R, which features the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.3-inch QHD display. It also has a weird AI dock that turns to face the user upon getting a phone call.

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ZTE Quartz review

All that glitters is not gold – or quartz. ZTE’s Quartz may not be the most glamorous smartwatch, but it offers basic Android Wear functionality at a fraction of the cost.

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The Pause Pod Is A Private Pop-up Space For A Spot Of ‘Me’ Time

When life gets too stressful or you just need a break, the Pause Pod can help you slow down, kick back, and relax. It’s your private pop-up space, and one you can set up just about anywhere.

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You can now control Samsung smart devices with a Connect IQ-powered Garmin watch

Garmin has kicked off its Connect IQ Developer Summit, and one of the more noteworthy announcements to come out of the conference is about the company’s new partnership with Samsung SmartThings automation.

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Introducing our first class of Creators for Change fellows

Back in September, YouTube announced a new program called Creators for Change, putting forward creators with big ideas to help counter xenophobia, extremism and hate with stories promoting positive change. One of our first steps was teaming up with 11 program ambassadors who are now hard at work developing unique social impact projects which range from a new web series on topics like race, religion, and sexual orientation, to a 10-city workshop series for high school and university students dedicated to creating positive content. Our local chapters in countries like Indonesia continue to promote the importance of inclusiveness among young people. And as part of this program, Google.org, our philanthropic arm, has awarded $ 2M in charitable funds to support nonprofits that promote inclusion and cross-cultural understanding to the: Active Change Foundation, Habibie Center, Maslaha, Skateistan, Southern Poverty Law Center, TAFNIT and Witness.

Mentorship and support for emerging voices is a key part of the Creators for Change program, and we’re now ready to take on our next phase. We’ve collaborated with our program ambassadors to identify new voices we’d like to support and today, we’re excited to introduce the 27 creators from around the world who will join us as the first-ever Creators for Change fellows:

Together with our ambassadors, we’re eager to support these YouTube role models as they continue to create content that challenges tough topics like hate and extremism, and spread positive messages. For starters, these Creators for Change fellows will each receive equipment and production grants to help them develop new projects and take these productions to the next level.

We’ll also give the creators production support through our YouTube Spaces, and this summer our Spaces in London, New York and Mumbai will host new social impact camps designed exclusively for our program Fellows. These three-day-long camps will include workshops on best practices for producing social change videos, 1:1 channel support from YouTube experts, as well as plenty of time for the Fellows to connect with one another and some of the global program ambassadors.

Through these new resources and programs, we’re committed to helping our new Creators for Change fellows take on new projects that help raise and amplify the issues they care about. Stay tuned for more soon and, for now, you can read about their inspiring stories at the Creators for Change site.

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Withings ‘Baby Mode’ offers a comfortable way to track an infant’s weight

Parents with infants have a new and comfortable way to keep track of their baby’s weight thanks to the Baby Mode feature that has recently added to the Withings Body and Body Cardio scale.

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These stylish Huawei smartwatches are up to 25 percent off on Amazon

Huawei has redefined smartwatch style, and right now you can save anywhere from $ 30 to $ 190 on these elegant yet intelligent accessories.

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Smart bandage uses nanosensors to track how a wound is healing

Researchers at the United Kingdom’s Swansea University have developed a new smart bandage capable of tracking how a wound is healing and sending that data back to doctors via 5G technology.

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Arm-mounted underwater jet drive looks like it came from a James Bond movie

Like something out of a James Bond movie, Scubalec is a new Kickstarter crowdfunding project for a handheld, arm-mounted personal jet drive, designed to propel intrepid users through the water.

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Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time

Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

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Explore this planet of ours with Google Earth VR, now on Oculus Rift

Google Earth got a massive revamp today, but the search giant also brought its Google Earth VR app to the Oculus store. The experience has been available for the HTC Vive since the end of 2016.

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A look inside the budding battle between cyborg supply startups

Implantable technologies may drive the next billion dollar tech industry. A handful of startups want to get in on the ground floor, before tech giants take over. But they have a tough road ahead.

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Bots from Spotify, Mastercard play nice with new version of Facebook Messenger

Facebook spent time chatting about Messenger bots at its F8 2017 developer conference. New bots from Spotify, Western Union, Mastercard, and Rue21 had some of the coolest features features we saw.

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Nintendo’s NES Classic has been discontinued in Europe too

When Nintendo pulled the NES Classic from its website and retailers in the US, we knew it was only a matter of time before the same happened on the other side of the Atlantic. It took four days, but the company today confirmed to Eurogamer that the t…
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MIT’s app only needs a second to teach you a new language

You know the seconds and minutes you waste waiting for the elevator to arrive, for a friend to reply to an IM or for a website to load? A team of MIT CSAIL researchers believe you can put them to good use, so they created a series of apps called the…
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Moto Z2 Force video and renders reveal small details and bigger changes

A few days ago a low quality render surfaced that appeared to show the forthcoming Motorola Moto Z2 Force and earlier today news surfaced that the device may not be a Verizon exclusive. New renders and a video reveal much more detail about the device and although the overall device is similar to last year’s […]

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Theranos settlement means it could have a lab again in 2019

Theranos has been headed toward disaster for a while through its dodgy blood testing methods, but it might have just avoided the worst possible outcome. The biotech outfit has reached a settlement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service…
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The miracle of Live

On Saturday, the world’s most famous giraffe, April, gave birth to a baby boy.

Since February 10, 2017, Animal Adventure, an educational animal park in New York, has been livestreaming April’s pregnancy and creating a social media sensation with fans all over the world tuning in regularly to check on her progress. One industrious fan created an app to crowdsource pregnancy updates from tens of thousands of other fans following the livestream. A pregnant woman even parodied April’s livestream, becoming an internet sensation in her own right. Waiting for April to give birth became an experience shared around the world.

As the anticipation and audience grew leading up to the big moment,Animal Adventure Park became the second most live-viewed channel in the history of YouTube despite launching a mere 66 days ago. Here are the highlights of April and her baby bump:

  • Over 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch-time total.
  • The livestreams became daily programming for millions, with an average time watched of more than 30 minutes across an average of 3.5 million views per day.
  • Saturday, the day of the birth, was the channel’s biggest day, surging to over 14 million live views.
  • More than 1.2 million viewers were watching the livestream simultaneously at 6:55 a.m. PST on Saturday, a peak that ranked as one of the top five most-watched moments for a live event ever on YouTube.
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Giraffes already hold the record for being the tallest land animals in the world, but here are some other records April set this weekend:

  • Animal Adventure Park became the fifth fastest channel to 200 million views, achieving the feat in only 54 days (behind notable celebrity non-giraffes Lady Gaga and Zayn).
  • It’s one of only seven channels to eclipse 100 million live views so far and the fastest to do so of any channel.
  • Fans have been connecting with Animal Adventure Park’s staff too through live chat. The channel received over 4,400 Super Chat messages, making them now the second highest Super Chat earner by revenue.

But April wasn’t just the star of a popular stream; she sparked a pop culture phenomenon, with YouTube creators and fans posting videos of their own that were watched over 48.7 million times, including day-by-day analysis of pregnancy signs, baby showers, and anxious messages about the wait.

We’ve seen some of the biggest events in music, sports, politics, and gaming play out on YouTube over the years. Thanks to one endearing mother giraffe, we’ll have to add animal events to that list now too.

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10 essential accessories for your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus

Make sure you’re getting the most from your new smartphone with some of the best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus accessories that money can buy. We’ve got options for gaming, charging, music, and more.

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Keep your Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus crystal-clear and smudge-free with a screen protector

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a brand new smartphone with a beautiful curved screen that demands protection. Here are five of the best screen protectors for the S8 or S8 Plus we think you should check out right now.

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Show your Galaxy S8 you care with one of these great cases

Protect that curvy display and stamp your own style on Samsung’s smartphone with the best Galaxy S8 cases and covers. We’ve got everything from rugged drop protection to minimalist shells.

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T-Mobile starts shipping the Samsung Galaxy S8

Ready for Samsung’s 2017 flagship? Many of you have eagerly been waiting for the Galaxy S8 to start shipping, but there’s still one week until the official release date. Unless you’re a T-Mobile customer, of course. The phone is already shipping to people on the magenta-colored network. T-Mobile sent out alerts earlier this week that […]

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Date with Uncle Sam? Here are 7 of the best sites for e-filing your taxes

E-filing your taxes can save you both time and money. Check out our breakdown of some of the best tax-preparation software available, whether you’re filing on behalf of yourself or your business.

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Want to learn how to perform surgery? You need one HoloLens, stat!

Surgeons around the world are preparing to enter the incredibly pressured environment of an operating theater using an app called Touch Surgery, and now the company’s embracing mixed reality technology.

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Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update […]

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Verily, the Alphabet health company, announces the Study Watch

If you happen to own an activity tracker, you probably know that the companies producing them are careful to disclaim the accuracy of the devices. Despite this, companies producing the devices have been hit with the occasional lawsuit because the data the devices provide are not “medical” grade or quality. For a company like Verily, […]

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A blind entrepreneur is going to run a 5K with the help of the Sunu Band

On Monday, some of the world’s finest athletes will descend upon Boston to run the city’s famous road races. Among them will be serial entrepreneur Fernando Albertorio, who by the way, is legally blind.

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Microsoft says it already patched ‘Shadow Brokers’ NSA leaks

Yesterday, the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" posted some hacking tools for Windows that were allegedly stolen from the NSA. All of them were at least a few years old, but exploited flaws in several versions of the operating system to move across networ…
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