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There’s now a Harry Potter subscription service

Everything is a subscription service nowadays, so frankly it's a surprise it's taken so long for the Harry Potter franchise to get in on the action, but that it has, in the form of Wizarding World Gold. The 12-month sub includes a whole bunch of magi…
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Nest Wifi replaces Google Wifi, but without Wifi 6

Google has announced Nest Wifi, a replacement for their aging Google Wifi routers. There are a lot of similarities between the two models, but Nest Wifi brings even more Google Assistant capabilities, built-in speakers, and better wireless connections. They look a little sleeker, too. Let’s check them out. Smarter WiFi Through and through this is […]

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No more original quality Google Photos backups for the Pixel 4

A major selling point of previous Pixel phones was that they would come with unlimited original quality photo backup. That was actually a pretty big deal for enthusiast photographers, since they could safely store all of their high-resolution photos without worrying about running out of the measly 64GB of space on the Pixel phones or […]

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The Morning After: Listing ‘basically everything’ launching with Disney+

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We spent most of yesterday watching Disney's Twitter account spam everything (we mean everything) that'll be live on Disney+ when it launches soon. Seminal works like, er, The Secret of the Magic Gourd, Million…
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OnePlus 7T review: strange release, but still a really good phone

OnePlus has recently announced the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, albeit with some pretty strange release schedules. The US didn’t get the OnePlus 7, and this time we’re not getting the Pro model. There’s not a significant difference between the two, so they can still pretty successfully exist in a lineup together. While we […]

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Huawei is set to load HarmonyOS on existing devices with dual boot support

The infamous, ongoing “security” war between Huawei and the US has effectively banned Google services from the company’s upcoming smartphones. The new Mate 30 devices are the first to launch without the Play Store and Google’s suit of apps, despite a temporary license from the US allowing existing phones to maintain Google services. Although Huawei […]

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NVIDIA will remaster more games with RTX ray tracing

Quake II RTX is far from the last game to receive an NVIDIA ray tracing upgrade. DSOG has discovered that NVIDIA is hiring a producer for its Lightspeed Studios unit to lead work on a "game remastering program" that will add RTX ray tracing to more…
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Would you pay a $10 subscription every month for a pair of high-end headphones?

Headphones can be expensive. High-quality headphones can be really expensive. If you really wanted a nice set, would you be willing to pay a monthly fee for a rental service on a pair? That’s exactly what Nura is offering. They’re an Australian company that’s developed a pretty snazzy pair of headphones, and they apparently offer […]

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Oppo Reno Ace is the first phone that can fully charge its battery in 30 minutes

Oppo has announced the Reno Ace, which on the surface just looks like another flagship in a crowded market. That’s not a bad thing, but a phone with a Snapdragon 855+, tons of RAM and storage, and a multi-camera system is just pretty typical right now. But what makes the Reno Ace stand out is […]

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A Galaxy Note is heading to Europe with an affordable price tag

The Galaxy Note is synonymous with “flagship” these days, but there’s a growing trend to release models with stripped down specs that offer the same general experience at a cheaper price (the Pixel 3a is a good example). Samsung is apparently close to launching a somewhat affordable Note model in Europe, which will provide the […]

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You might score a free Google Home Mini if you’re using Assistant or YouTube Premium

Google has produced quite a lot of Home Minis since its 2017 debut, resulting in semi-frequent discounts and giveaways. We’re fast approaching the date of a new model (Nest Mini) and there’s likely ample stock that still needs to move. If you’re a YouTube Premium or Assistant user, you just might snag one for free. […]

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[Review] Tile Slim, Tile Mate, and Tile Pro make Tile’s lineup just a little bit better

Tile announced a refresh to their line of products, bringing some slight design changes and better functionality to the Tile Mate, Tile Pro, and Tile Slim. Each of these is made for different use cases, with differeing shapes and ways to stick them to your stuff. We got a chance to play with the entire […]

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Readers have spoken, and apparently people really like the Galaxy S10+

Samsung released its most recent flagship, the Galaxy S10+, after a decade of refining and perfecting the Galaxy lineup. With improvements to the screen, battery life and software, the $ 1,000 S10+ once again showed the company knows how to build a hi…
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MIUI 11 is releasing in just a few days

Xiaomi’s Indian Twitter account has just announced the date for their upcoming MIUI 11 software update, albeit with pretty limited details. The teaser on their Twitter account drops the October 16th launch date, but it leaves us in the dark about what devices can expect the update. Since the tweet came from Xiaomi’s Indian account, […]

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OnePlus announces Android 10 rollout for the OnePlus 6/6T and 5/5T

OnePlus has already deployed Android 10 and the newest version of OxygenOS to the OnePlus 7 family, including the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The newly announced OnePlus 7T/7T Pro also come with the newest software out of the box. So where’s the update for some older OnePlus devices? Good news is that you […]

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Howard University and Amazon want to diversify the entertainment industry

Howard University and Amazon Studios are working together to diversify the entertainment industry. Today, they announced Howard Entertainment, a program that will give African American, Latinx and Native American students a chance to study and train…
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OnePlus announced the OnePlus 7T Pro today; here’s what you missed

OnePlus pulled back the curtains on the OnePlus 7T Pro today, which was a phone that we weren’t even sure existed. The OnePlus 7T dropped a few weeks ago, but the Pro model was totally absent from the event. Turns out that launch was simply delayed, and now the OnePlus 7T Pro is official for […]

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Twitter’s Catalyst-powered Mac app is here

Now that macOS Catalina is available, developers can use Apple's Mac Catalyst tech to deliver versions of their iPad apps for use on the desktop, and one of the most anticipated releases has been the desktop Twitter app. Originally announced this sum…
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What’s the difference between the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro?

OnePlus’ follow-up to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro has been a two-stage affair with the OnePlus 7T launching in New York on September 26th and the 7T Pro being announced at an event in London earlier today. While the OnePlus 7T was the recipient of a number of notable upgrades such as a 90Hz […]

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NASCAR could introduce hybrid race cars by 2022

NASCAR has been talking about hybrids for a while, but it has kept quiet about a timeline. Now, the association says hybrid tech could show up in its vehicles by 2022. "We travel the world visiting other sanctioning bodies and are not ignorant to the…
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Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure

Apple's complex relationship with China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing HKmap in its App Store — and a week after Apple flip flopped on its initial decision to delist the app –…
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Dark mode starts to (partially) show up in Google Maps

Dark mode has been slowly creeping up in most of Google’s apps. Sometimes we randomly get an update that adds dark mode, but sometimes we just see bits of the UI themed for dark elements without the full blown toggle happening. Google Maps looks like it’s next on the list, but it’s taking the latter […]

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[Deal] Check out these Deal of the Day savings on Anker’s charging accessories

Making sure your smartphone or tablet never runs out of juice is Anker with a veritable slew of charging accessories at reduced prices ranging from wall and wireless chargers, car chargers, power banks, and power cables to suit any occasion. All you have to do is join us after the break for the details on […]

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Will the Google Pixel 4 surprise us with 5G?

The Google Pixel 4 has leaked pretty heavily over the last few months, but we might still get a surprise out of the announcement. A new report says that Google might be rolling out 5G hardware sometime soon, beating Apple to the punch and joining the 5G revolution with Samsung and Huawei. The report doesn’t […]

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Realme’s X2 Pro value flagship includes 90hz display and 50W SuperVOOC charging

Rumours for Realme’s first flagship have abounded for weeks, and now the Oppo value brand has teased its epic specs while other details have leaked with the launch right around the corner. All of us engrossed in the value-flagship world have been excited to see what Oppo‘s value-oriented Realme brand could do in said value-flagship […]

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California’s new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition

In August, backers of California's Body Camera Accountability Act pointed out a test of facial recognition software that identified 26 state lawmakers as criminals. They argued it showed the flaws of such technology, and now Governor Gavin Newsom has…
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Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass will be totally different stores

Google and Apple have just begun a public experiment. One that affects the daily lives of millions of people; specifically, anyone who plays mobile games. Apple launched Arcade on September 19th, charging $ 5 a month for unlimited access to more than…
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Samsung launches the faster, sleeker Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4+

It’s been well over three years since Samsung unveiled the Chromebook 3 at CES 2016. The tech giant has finally launched two new Chromebook 4 models, improving on both the design and specifications without sacrificing affordability. These are relatively simple machines with few bells and whistles, but offer either 11.6-inch or 15.6-inch displays with a […]

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Amazon bolsters its ecosystem for kids and parents with new Kids Edition tablets and FreeTime on Fire TV

The Kids Edition tablets have always been a pretty important part of Amazon’s lineup, but that’s getting turned up to 11 with today’s announcements. Not only did Amazon announce some refreshed regular Fire tablets, but they revealed a Kindle Kids Edition and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, and announced that FreeTime will be coming to […]

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Roomba update tells your robovacs to steer clear of trouble spots

iRobot's Roomba vacuums just got an update that improves their cleaning prowess by telling them what not to do. Roomba i/s and Braava jet M6 models now have Keep Out Zones that outline specific areas they're not allowed to visit. The company sugges…
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Early OnePlus 8 leak hints at hole-punch display and wireless charging

The OnePlus 7T isn't even shipping yet, but that isn't stopping leaks about its inevitable sequel. Well-known tipster OnLeaks and CashKaro have posted what they say are renders of the OnePlus 8 based on schematics from a "company insider." The desi…
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Northrop’s satellite refueling spacecraft launches on October 9th

Space junk is hard to completely avoid when satellites can only carry so much fuel, but that might not be a problem for much longer. Northrop Grumman and NASA are launching a "first-of-its-kind" refueling vessel, the Mission Extension Vehicle, aboar…
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Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them

Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There's no mystery to how it works — you'd just choose to…
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Check if Verizon’s 5G network has coverage in your area before buying a 5G handset (Updated)

5G is the buzzword of 2019, every smartphone manufacturer and carrier seem to have the term plastered on just about every single product and service. While the 5G network is still in the baby stages of rolling out, with the vast majority of locations running on 4G/LTE, the big question is if it’s worth getting […]

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Here’s everything you need to know about Google Stadia (Updated)

Google finally pulled the back the curtains on Stadia, the hyped up game streaming service that everyone’s been wondering about for a few weeks. Not only that, but they’ve given us a solid release date, and a “founder” pre-order package that comes with an exclusive controller and Chromecast Ultra. Let’s see what it’s all about. […]

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The Engadget Podcast returns!

Get your headphones ready folks, because the Engadget Podcast is back in action! Keep an eye out early next week for our first episode in two years, hosted by myself and reviews editor Cherlynn Low. We'll be diving deep into Microsoft's Surface event…
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Kamala Khan will be a main character in the ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ game

After a few years of waiting, the Marvel's Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics is almost ready for release. During a panel at New York Comic-Con, the company revealed one more bit of information, announcing that Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, will be i…
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Microsoft patent application describes a vibrating floor mat for VR

Microsoft has filed a patent for a floor mat that could prevent you from crashing into furniture while you're exploring new worlds in virtual reality. It's also an indicator the company is still interested in bringing VR to the Xbox ecosystem, after…
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Google celebrates Halloween by mocking those that pine for its dead apps

It’s almost a certainty that you’ve experienced the misery of one of your favorite apps being sent off to the great developer in the sky, or reincarnated in some instances, and there’s a pretty good chance that Google took the role of being the great reaper in the scenario. To celebrate Halloween, Google’s Seattle team […]

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US carriers move forward with ZenKey, a new service that replaces your passwords with your phone

If the thought of your cellular carrier managing your passwords makes you nervous, well, we don’t blame you. The idea originally came from Project Verify, but it’s been rebranded and now seems to be moving forward. We’ll be honest, the idea behind ZenKey, this new service, isn’t terrible; it’s the idea that four of the […]

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OnePlus already pushed out their first update for the OnePlus 7T

OnePlus announced the OnePlus 7T last week, so you wouldn’t think there would be much need for an early software update. But just a few days in and here we are, with Oxygen OS 10.0.3 officially rolling out for the brand new device. It’s not a massive update, mind you; this one’s pretty small with […]

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EA leaks personal data for ‘FIFA 20’ Global Series players

EA opened up registrations for the FIFA 20 Global Series competition today. However, those trying to register noticed that the sign-up page displayed personal details of players who had already done so. They saw usernames, email addresses and dates o…
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Instagram’s Threads is a camera app for sharing with your closest friends

If you want to get a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg's "privacy-focused" vision for Facebook, then look no further than Instagram's new social app: Threads. This new standalone, camera-first messaging app is an extension of Instagram's Close Friends featu…
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Facebook reaches settlement with company selling fake Instagram likes

Instagram has been struggling recently from an onslaught of spam comments, fake likes and fake follows. Now Facebook, which owns the service, has won a small victory against the spammers. The social media giant has settled a court case with a New Zea…
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Activision’s Call of Duty Mobile is ready to download to your phone or tablet now

If you can remember when the very first Call of Duty game came to PC then you’ll no doubt have lost days or even weeks of your life playing what was then the most realistic shooting game around. Back then it was inconceivable that it would soon be possible to play Call of Duty on […]

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Microsoft has just announced the Surface Duo – a dual-screened smartphone running on Android

When you think of Microsoft and smartphones you might think back to the company buying Nokia and then failing to achieve anything other than pleasing a niche market with its Windows Phone OS. Since then, Microsoft has slowly but surely moved its focus to making its apps and services available via the Google Play Store, […]

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OnePlus updates its Zen Mode app with 21-day challenge and new virtual rewards

With smartphones having become an extension of our arms, it should come as no surprise that we have become addicted to these small-screened dictators, picking it up with every buzz or beep that it makes. Since having your eyes glued to your phone makes you pay less attention to people and things around you, and […]

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The Morning After: Our 2019 Microsoft Surface event preview

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Microsoft's 2019 Surface event is just hours away, so before we kick off coverage at 10AM ET, it's time to lay out everything we're hoping to see unveiled. Also, Nintendo released a major upgrade for Super Mario…
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[Deal] Aukey is selling a 24W fast car charger for an insane $6 right now

If you travel often, you know how important a fast car charger is. Cheaper, slower chargers don’t usually help if you’re trying to use navigation and listen to music at the same time, since those things can literally drain your phone faster than a bad charger can keep up. You get halfway to your destination, […]

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Both ‘Destiny’ games are offline for ’emergency maintenance’

Destiny 2 fans hoping to dive into the game's latest expansion Shadowkeep will have to wait a bit longer, as Bungie announced both Destiny 1 and Destiny 2 are undergoing "emergency maintenance." It's not clear exactly what the issue is, but it comes…
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