Microsoft’s well-designed 2-in-1 Surface Pro X is up to $200 off

Microsoft's Surface Pro X is just a few months old, and it's already on sale. When it arrived in November, we scored it relatively high (73). We were pleased with its elegant, modern design and called it the best Snapdragon-powered PC around. One of…
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Stable EMUI 10 is now rolling out to Huawei’s P30 and Mate 30 series via OTA

After showing a roadmap of when it would begin rolling out beta versions of its Android 10-based EMUI 10 to a range of handsets, Huawei has begun rolling out stable builds of the new software to its P30 and Mate 20 series of smartphones. Those with global versions of the P30 and Mate 20 series […]

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What we’re listening to: Big|Brave and Beloved

In this installment of our audio IRL, managing editor Terrence O'Brien sings… er, types the praises of a band and a genre that isn't for everyone. Senior news editor Billy Steele gets nostalgic for his glory days as one of his favorite bands is bac…
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Radiohead’s online ‘library’ hosts rarities, art and merch

It's been difficult to track down all things Radiohead on the web for a while. Even though the group recently posted its entire catalog to YouTube, you've still had to search fan sites and other sources for every last little bit of art, video or mer…
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Xiaomi Mi 10 shows up in the wild

We’re finally seeing some photos of the Xiaomi Mi 10 out in the wild, giving us a look at what to expect next from the company. However, it may not be all we were expecting. Rumors so far have told us that this was supposed to be an extremely clean smartphone, but it’s following Samsung’s […]

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The best budget smartphones under $300 in 2020

‘Flagship’ smartphones from the biggest tech brands seem to only keep skyrocketing in price, but fortunately the Android ecosystem is rich with great options at far lower prices, so let us lay out the best choices for you so you can make your next wallet-friendly phone one that you’ll love!

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Behringer clones more well-known synths from Moog and Roland

Behringer isn't about to slow down in its effort to clone classic synths. The company has introduced two more not-so-subtle modernizations, headlined by the System 55 Modular Synthesizer (above). The Eurorack-friendly design includes more than 20 r…
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Apple TV+ documentary series will profile Oprah, Lin-Manuel and Big Bird

Apple is leaning even further into documentaries than you might have expected. The company has unveiled plans for a Dear… Apple TV+ documentary series that, in an odd (if logical) twist, will use the "Dear Apple" ads as inspiration for the basic f…
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Spotify may be in talks to buy culture outlet The Ringer

Spotify might be making one of its biggest moves yet in its bid to conquer the podcasting world. Wall Street Journal sources say the streaming company is in "early" talks to acquire The Ringer, the sports- and pop culture-oriented outlet founded by…
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Ask Engadget: What tech can help me survive a trade show?

This week's question asks about technology that can make a massive trade show a lot easier. Weigh in with your advice in the comments — and feel free to send your own questions along to ask@engadget.com! I just worked my first CES, and it was a rou…
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Apple tests UWB switch to keep the iPhone 11 from tracking your location

Apple has started testing the location toggle button it promised to iPhone 11 users. Late last year, security researcher Brian Krebs discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro constantly checks for your location even if you disable Location Services. Apple ex…
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Walmart’s weekend sale includes a $150 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

Microsoft's cheapest Xbox One S is back to the lowest price we've seen, and is available for $ 150 at Walmart this weekend, $ 100 off the regular price. A few Black Friday deals saw the All-Digital version of the console drop to a price that low, but n…
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Huawei P40 Pro shows off a new design and five stunning colors in latest renders

A new render of the upcoming Huawei P40 Pro has leaked, showcasing a brand new design, camera layout, and color options. If you were thinking Huawei would avoid the massive camera module trend of 2020, think again. Huawei P40 Pro Huawei’s set to announce these phones sometime in March, although we’re not expecting Google Play […]

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs multi-year deal with Apple TV+

Julia Louis-Dreyfus had her greatest success since Seinfeld with HBO's Veep. After seven seasons of producing and starring in the hit show, she's moving onto new projects — the actress signed a multi-year overall deal with Apple, according to Deadli…
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[Deal] Save 34% on Anker’s 18W PowerPort Cube Power Strip

Powering all your devices often means taking up all the charging ports on your power strip with adapters, but Anker’s PowerPort Cube combines AC outlets with USB ports to take away this frustration. Usually priced at $ 25.99 on Amazon, you can grab the PowerPort Cube for just 16.99 right now, giving you a saving of […]

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[Poll] With the US ban still in effect, is Huawei still relevant in western markets?

Flashback two years ago and Huawei was attempting to crack the US market with its very impressive Mate 10 Pro, aided by AT&T and Verizon. Huawei’s Richard Yu had planned to announce carrier support for the handset during the CES 2018 keynote but the rug was unceremoniously pulled from under his feet by pressure applied […]

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Valve’s Index headset is sold out and VR ‘Half-Life’ isn’t even here yet

Valve's Index VR headset is sold out in most regions where it's officially available, and just a few months before Half-Life: Alyx comes out. According to RoadtoVR, which checked its availability across 31 countries, you can only get a unit in Japan…
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Gamechanger Audio introduces an optical spring reverb pedal

Gamechanger may have only released two guitar pedals so far, but the company has shown that it can live up to its lofty name. Its Plasma Pedal, for one, stands out in an ocean of distortion effects, thanks to both a staticky, lo-fi timbre and its ast…
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More Galaxy S20 details surface, confirming display refresh rates and storage options

More details about Samsung’s freshly renamed Galaxy S20 Ultra have popped up, confirming a few of the more minute details about the phone that you might be curious about. Read on to find out what’s going on with the phone’s refresh rate, camera configuration, and storage options. Resolution or refresh rate: pick one Ice Universe […]

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Logitech’s K860 split ergonomic keyboard is heaven for your wrists

Logitech is squarely targeting Microsoft's wrist-friendly Surface Ergonomic Keyboard with the Ergo K860 ($ 130). It's the company's first keyboard in years to feature a split design, wherein the entire layout is cut in half and the keys are angled to…
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[Deal] Buy Fossil’s Wear OS-powered Sport Smartwatch for just $99/£89

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to buy a Wear OS smartwatch today could be the day you’ve been waiting for thanks to the Fossil Sport smartwatch being on sale for just $ 99/£89* in the US and the UK, bringing a saving of $ 176 and £130* respectively. We’ve got the details for you […]

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How to take a screenshot on an LG smartphone

Picked up a new LG phone over the holidays but can’t figure out how to take a screenshot with it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. No matter which LG phone you have, we’ll let you know how you can capture anything on your screen. There’s a couple ways to do it, too, so read […]

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Amazon sending out Echo Frame invitations

Amazon is finally sending out invitations for consumers to purchase its new Echo Frames. Designed for all-day wear, the Echo Frames are compatible with most prescription eyeglasses, and ensure that you have Alexa, everywhere. Here’s the invitation that Amazon is sending out to requests: Your request for an invitation to purchase Echo Frames has been […]

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Samsung 108MP sensor exclusive to S20 Ultra, but it doesn’t really matter

Details of Samsung’s imminent flagship trio are leaking at an accelerating pace, including an interesting segmentation of camera hardware and the first hands-on photos. Samsung‘s S-series of flagship smartphones are often the phones many look forward to each year, as they often debut the latest in processor, display, and camera technologies, and as we draw […]

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NYT: Experts find evidence Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company

Any relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden, his son and the Ukrainian gas company Burisma has become a central figure in the 2020 election campaign and the impeachment of Donald Trump. Now, in a situation with echoes of the 2016 electio…
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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra might have more RAM than your PC

Rumors for the Galaxy S20 have mentioned a no-holds-barred Ultra model, but just what would that entail? Quite a lot, if you believe the rumors. XDA's Max Weinbach (who shared the leaked photos of the S20+ 5G) claims the Ultra 5G will have extreme…
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Talk Android’s Best of CES 2020!

CES 2020 was full of new gadgets, including some impressive new smart home tech, crazy televisions, and other things that we’re going to spend all year looking forward to. We’ve put together our list of the coolest things we saw at the show. Check it out! Best of CES – Lenovo Yoga 5G Lenovo came […]

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Mazda purposely limited its new EV to feel more like a gas car

Mazda not only limited the range of its first EV, the MX-30, it also took some of the fun out of it on purpose, too. The automaker said it tuned the torque deliver of the electric motor to feel less like an EV and more like a gasoline-powered car, ac…
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How to stream Super Bowl LIV on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or TV

The NFL’s 100th season is winding to a close with the Super Bowl just a couple weeks away. The playoffs are in full swing, so now’s the time to get your Super Bowl party prepped and ready to go. Check back here for all of the details you’ll need for the game, including when it […]

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ leak appears to confirm its name and cameras

You might not have to rely on renders or other hard-to-verify reports to know what Samsung's next Galaxy S phone will look like — you may be staring at it. XDA-Developers has obtained pictures of what it says is the Galaxy S20+ 5G. The boot screen…
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Instagram’s Boomerang adds much-needed editing and effects tools

The rumors of Instagram spicing up Boomerang turned out to be true. It just introduced a host of creative tools, including an (arguably overdue) trimming feature. Much like the trim tool in your phone's video editor, you can decide just where the a…
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Samsung Galaxy Fold sales figures for 2019 are in

Samsung has been fairly hush hush on Galaxy Fold sales figures, but now at CES 2020, they’re giving us a look into what first-gen Galaxy Fold sales actually look like, from 2019. The Korean tech giant’s CEO, DJ Koh, says that, even after the early fiasco, the company sold between 400,000 and 500,000 Galaxy Fold […]

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These are the winners of Google’s Android search auction in the EU; Bing didn’t fare very well

After taking a hefty fine from the EU, Google was also forced to open up Android’s search engine and include other options for users to pick from. They went about it in a very weird way by offering up a paid auction, but regardless, those results are in. Here’s what users in other countries will […]

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Galaxy Bloom will be Samsung’s weirdly named Moto Razr competitor

We’re pretty sure that Samsung is working on a new vertically folding phone, shifting designs from the Galaxy Fold and into something more like what Motorola is cooking up with the revived Razr. We don’t know many specifics about the phone, though, but a new leak might have shed a bit more light on it. […]

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Scientists confirm that plasma ‘sloshes’ around in galaxy clusters

For the first time, scientists have observed signs of plasma "flowing, splashing and sloshing" in a galaxy cluster. This kind of motion has been predicted, but it was only theoretical. Now, with data on how the plasma moves, researchers hope to disco…
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Chrome 80 to introduce less annoying notification requests

Are you sick and tired of visiting a website to read an article or check if an item is in stock and being ambushed by a pervasive pop-up asking permission to send you notifications? Me too, which is why I’m excited for the upcoming version 80 of the Google Chrome browser that promises to introduce […]

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Korg’s DIY headphone amp and overdrive pedal go on sale in February

Korg officially introduced its line of DIY music gear under the Nu:Tekt name in September. Even before it announced the NTS-1 synth, the company had showed off two other devices: a headphone amp and an overdrive pedal. Now that pair is official, and…
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Steph Curry: Giannis chat was about ‘PUBG,’ not plans to team up

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA's reigning MVP, and his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks will end after next season, making him the hottest potential free agent in the league. That also means any conversation he has with affiliates of other teams w…
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Google’s EU Android search choice is good for DuckDuckGo, bad for Bing

Last year — following an antitrust ruling by the European Union — Google announced it would start offering a choice of search providers to Android users. The "choice screen" set to appear on Android devices shipped in Europe from March 1st is desig…
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Ring confirms it fired four employees for watching customer videos

Ring has responded to the US Senators demanding answers to the security issues it's facing in a letter, which was obtained by Motherboard. In it, the Amazon-owned company has admitted that it had to fire employees for watching customers' videos beyon…
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Facebook is still running anti-vaccination ads despite ban

Facebook ostensibly frowns on anti-vaccination ads, but it's apparently letting some promos slide. BuzzFeed News has learned that alternative medicine company Earthley is running Facebook and Instagram ads that point users to a whooping cough treatm…
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Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Pro rugged smartphone brings removable batteries back

Even though the buzz of CES 2020 is underway, Samsung managed to quietly bring a new phone to market: the Galaxy XCover Pro, a rugged smartphone that can take a beating. This is the successor to the XCover 4, which launched in 2017. Now, people that need a rugged smartphone have some higher-end tech available […]

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Better protecting kids’ privacy on YouTube

Last September, we announced a series of changes to better protect kids and their privacy on YouTube and to address concerns raised by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Specifically, that all creators will be required to designate their content as made for kids or not made for kids in YouTube Studio, and data from anyone watching a video designated as made for kids will be treated as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user.

In November, we released a setting in Studio to make it easier for creators to designate their content. And today, we will begin to roll out these changes globally. We wanted to outline what you will start to see in the coming days.

What is made for kids content?

According to the FTC, a video is made for kids if it is intended for kids, taking into consideration a variety of factors. These factors include the subject matter of the video, whether the video has an emphasis on kids characters, themes, toys or games, and more.

To help us identify made for kids content, in November we introduced a new audience setting in YouTube Studio to help creators indicate whether or not their content is made for kids. Creators know their content best, and should set the designation themselves. We also use machine learning to help us identify this content, and creators can update a designation made by our systems if they believe it is incorrect. We will only override a creator designation if abuse or error is detected.

An updated experience for made for kids content

YouTube now treats personal information from anyone watching children’s content on the platform as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user. This means that on videos made for kids, we limit data collection and use, and as a result, we need to restrict or disable some product features. For example, we no longer serve personalized ads on this content or support features such as comments, live chat, notification bell, stories, save to playlist, and others.

Many creators around the world have created quality kids content for their audiences, and these changes will have significant impact. We’re committed to helping creators navigate this new landscape and to supporting our ecosystem of family content. We’ll share more in the coming months. In the meantime, we continue to engage on this issue. For example, we participated in the FTC’s public workshop and submitted our comment on COPPA, where we discussed the importance of clear guidelines that help creators live up to their legal obligations and support access to quality kids content.

Continued investment in YouTube Kids

We still recommend parents use YouTube Kids if they plan to allow kids under 13 to watch independently. In fact, tens of millions of people use YouTube Kids every week, and recently we saw an all-time high of weekly viewers since the app’s launch. Starting today, you will see a YouTube Kids promotion across all made for kids content. We also continue to improve the product. For example, we recently launched signed-in support for YouTube Kids on the web and connected devices  such as smart TVs  so parents can now access and control their child’s YouTube Kids experience across even more surfaces.

Responsibility is our number one priority at YouTube, and this includes protecting kids and their privacy. We’ve been significantly investing in the policies, products and practices to help us do this. Today’s changes allow us to do this even better and we’ll continue working to provide children, families and family creators the best experience possible on YouTube.

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TCL enters the smartphone market with a bang, bringing folding phones and 5G to CES 2020

TCL is definitely best known for their popularity in the smart TV market, but they do dabble in other aspects of consumer electronics. One area that they’ve been mostly absent in, though, has been smartphones. At least up until CES, that is. The company has announced that they’re working on an entire lineup of TCL […]

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FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected naval station shooter

The FBI is once again asking Apple to help it access iPhones for the sake of an investigation. The bureau has sent a letter to Apple's general counsel requesting the company's help in unlocking the two iPhones of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the man be…
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Qualcomm is going to make Bluetooth audio way better at CES 2020

Qualcomm is best known for their high-end mobile processors, typically in Android smartphones, but that’s not all they do. In fact, they play a pretty big role in Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, too. They’ve announced a new aptX Voice Audio implementation for smartphones that should drastically improve call quality for headphones and headsets. This […]

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YouTube Originals announces new documentary, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert.” Premieres March 31.

In celebration of Coachella’s 20th anniversary, YouTube Originals is partnering with Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for a feature-length documentary, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert.” It is set to premiere March 31. The announcement comes on the heels of Coachella’s official 2020 lineup, and for the tenth year in a row, YouTube is back as the exclusive live stream partner for both weekends of the iconic music festival. Watch the first teaser of “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” here.

A documentary feature two decades in the making, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” opens up the vault for the very first time to present the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the music festival. The film gives a rare look at Coachella’s colorful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage and interviews, and features key performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, The White Stripes, Madonna, Moby, Beck, Radiohead and more.

YouTube also announced today that it will return for the tenth year in a row as the official playlist and live stream partner for both weekends of Coachella. This year, YouTube Premium members will receive exclusive Coachella perks, including access to a members-only allocation of passes for purchase. As general on-sale Weekend 1 passes are sold out, YouTube Premium members are one of the only groups with access to this limited supply. YouTube continues to take the magic of Coachella beyond the Indio desert and into the homes and phones of millions of people around the world, providing a global stage for artists and fans to connect with live stream performances from headliners to some of the biggest artists on the rise.


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Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook is the sleekest Chromebook yet

The Chromebook world has been fairly stale, at least until now. At CES 2020, Samsung announced its new Galaxy Chromebook, setting some new standards for what a Chromebook should be. This 2-in-1 device is nothing short of beautiful. It’s Samsung’s thinnest Chromebook yet, and has little to no bezels around the AMOLED display. It actually […]

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Vizio gets into the OLED market and beefs up their focus on gaming-friendly TVs

Vizio is easily one of the most popular TV manufacturers in the market, and they’re more than happy to compete in whatever segment they can. Whether that’s smaller budget-friendly sets, mid-range TVs aimed at cord-cutting enthusiasts, or the high-end market for someone chasing the perfect home theater, Vizio usually has an option available. They’re finally […]

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