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Y2K-type glitch is causing NYC parking meters to reject credit cards

A software glitch is causing parking meters throughout New York City to reject credit and prepaid parking cards, The New York Times reports. The payment software was set to expire on January 1st, and the vendor reportedly failed to update the softwar…
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Google is killing digital magazines in News

Google News will no longer offer a paid magazine subscriptions. According to Android Police, the News team sent out an email to customers, telling them that the company is killing print-replica magazines in Google News. A company spokesperson has con…
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TikTok-owner ByteDance reportedly built a deepfake maker

TikTok parent company ByteDance has built a feature that could let users create their own deepfakes, TechCrunch reports. The feature, referred to as Face Swap, was spotted in code in both TikTok and the Chinese app Douyin. It asks users to scan their…
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Segway’s latest EV prototype looks like Professor X’s wheelchair

Once you get past oddities like bread-making machines, CES is really wouldn't be what it is without some forward-looking mobility concepts. Case and point: next week Segway and owner Ninebot will show off a prototype electric vehicle called the S-Pod…
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[Deal] Grab the PowerPort 5 Wireless Charging Pad from Anker for just $7.99

If the frustration of seeing power cables laying around on the floor or perhaps slipping off the desk is getting too much, have you thought about buying a wireless charger for your bedside table or desk? If so, Anker has you covered with its PowerPort 5 Wireless Charging Pad that is now discounted to just […]

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LG delivers ‘Real 8K’ in 2020 with eight new OLED and LCD TVs

With CES about to start, LG has unveiled some hints about its new top of the line TVs for 2020. In this era, that means jumping from 4K to 8K, and the company will have eight new models that it says promise "Real 8K" performance that "exceeds" the CT…
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January’s free games are now available to download for Stadia Pro members

If you’ve already played through your library of games on Google’s Stadia gaming service you’ll be happy to note that January’s freebies are available. Stadia Pro users can now claim the Thumper and Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration titles to shake off the returning-to-work blues. All you need to do in order […]

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Pixel 3 December update delayed, joint update to roll out in January

It looks like some Pixel 3 device owners aren’t getting the December security update, with Google opting to roll out a joint December-January patch within the next few weeks. The update has been delayed for some unknown reason, but device owners will still get the security patch, just in that joint rollout due later this […]

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Bosch is finally making LiDAR sensors for autonomous cars

Bosch says it's developed production-ready LiDAR sensors for use in vehicles. It's hoping to keep costs down by making them at scale. That way, it might be able to offer them at a lower price and bolster more widespread adoption of autonomous driving…
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Secure email service ProtonMail rolls out their new ProtonCalendar beta

If you’re invested into digital security, you might be familiar with ProtonMail. It’s a service that aims to make your email much more private by utilizing end-to-end encryption and keeps advertisers and the like from snooping in, and now they’re bringing that privacy focus into a calendar app. Appropriately titled ProtonCalendar, the service is the […]

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[Deal] Power into 2020 with these discounted Anker accessories

Christmas has come and gone which means that you’ve either been gifted a new device or that you wish you had instead of receiving yet another pack of handkerchiefs, socks, or ties. If you need to keep your new smartphone or tablet charged up or simply want to buy the present you wished you’d received, […]

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Best truly wireless earbuds under $100 [2020]

Looking for a decent pair of wireless earbuds without spending a ton of cash? There are quite a few good options on the market right now for less than $ 100, and we’re here to help you pick out the best of the best. This list will cover completely wireless headphones and considers sound quality, battery […]

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Best cases for the Moto E6

The Moto E6 is one of the most compelling budget-friendly Android smartphones around. You get an octa-core processor, a sharp 13MP camera, and all-day battery life at a cheap price tag. What’s not to like? But just because you saved money on your phone doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect it. We’ve rounded up […]

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Everything Engadget played to wrap up 2019

Welcome back to Engadget's Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. For the most part, we spent the slow month of December catching up on the great games of the year, including Life is Strange 2, Astrologaster, Hy…
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Ice Universe doubles down on Galaxy S20 for 2020

We’ve seen a few leaks and images of the Galaxy S11 this year, but Samsung might be switching up their naming schemes for the new decade. We’re just not sure which models that will affect. This seems a little confusing, especially since we’ve already seen Galaxy S11+ promo material, but famous Samsung leaker Ice Universe […]

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What’s on TV this week: ‘Doctor Who’

Our last collection of listings for 2019 looks into the new year, where we'll dive into another season of Doctor Who. Blu-ray and videogame releases largely take the week off, but there's still going to be a lot of new stuff on streaming. Meanwhile,…
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Android 11 might allow you to record bigger videos than ever

2019 was a great year for Android photography. We saw faster cameras that took better low-light pictures, and tons of competitive options even make their way into more affordable devices. Android photography is in a great place, but video recording is something that still leaves a bit to be desired. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 takes a […]

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Here’s how Google can win with the Pixel 4a

Google’s Pixel 3a was probably the most exciting phone of 2019. It wasn’t a flagship, but delivered killer specs on a budget and showed what makes Android phones really worthwhile. It even won Talk Android’s best phone of the year. So what’s next for Google? Well, the Pixel 4 seems like more a misstep than […]

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Mazda claims long-range EVs are worse for the planet than diesels

Wonder why Mazda's MX-30 only has a modest 35.5kWh battery when its competition frequently has more? According to the brand's European research director Christian Schultze, it's to help the planet. He told Automotive News that the small pack is "re…
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Google’s Messages could soon get floating conversation heads

We’re all familiar with the floating conversation heads in Facebook Messenger, but now it seems that Google’s Messages app is testing something similar for its own texting conversations. It’s being developed in the back-end as the Bubbles API. It hasn’t made it into a stable release of Android 10 yet, but it is expected to […]

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[Poll] This is how our readers watch TV shows and movies

Last week we asked how our readers watched movies and TV shows. There are tons of options these days, like streaming services, buying movies both physical and digital, and sticking to the tried-and-true cable and satellite boxes. So how do our readers watch TV? I don’t think the results are very surprising. A huge majority […]

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The top-selling Android phone in Q3 of 2019 might surprise you

Counterpoint Research has released a new data set of the best selling smartphones in the third quarter of 2019. The results probably aren’t what you’d expect, either, unless you’re even more bullish about cheap phones than the rest of us. This confirms that Apple still makes a pretty strong showing, especially now that they have […]

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[Deal] Grab a two-pack of Yootech Qi 10W wireless chargers for $22

Yootech is currently running a pretty great deal on some wireless chargers, giving you the option to drop a few around your house without breaking the bank. This two-pack of chargers includes a regular charging pad, plus a charging stand, all for just $ 22. These chargers support up to 10W charging, so it can handle […]

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AT&T’s real 5G comes to NYC and five other cities

American 5G is in a poor state right now, but carriers are making at least some attempt to rectify that situation. AT&T is following up on its mid-December launch of real 5G by adding coverage for six major cities. You should now have lower-ban…
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Google Photos is testing zooming in on videos

Google has added quite a few new features to Google Photos lately. Manual face tagging, yet another messaging service, and more have all come in just the last few months, making this one of Google’s most well-supported apps ever. 2020 isn’t going to slow that down, either. A new feature is hinted at in the […]

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The worst tech of 2019

2019 was full of hype. From excitement over foldable phones and laptops to plenty of noise about 5G, the year was packed with news about promising new technology that had the potential to monumentally change the industry. But many of these were first…
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Mazda3 bug activates emergency brake system for no reason

Driver assists can help make our trips much safer, but integrating software decisions into the control of a vehicle could cause serious problems if the system glitches at the wrong time. According to Mazda, a "Incorrect programming" in its Smart Brak…
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Motorola delays its foldable Razr at the 11th hour – Don’t believe the company’s BS

Let me start by saying a couple of things. First, this is my opinion as an experienced tech writer, not hard news. And second, I’m a huge fan of Motorola’s new foldable Razr. Aesthetically, it’s the near-perfect foldable smartphone. Well, for 2019. Nostalgic, sleek, no crease and a solid spec to realistic thermal performance compromise. […]

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Galaxy S11’s glass screen has leaked, showing smaller bezels and hole punch

We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S11 is going to look like, since this doesn’t seem to be a year where Samsung totally shifts its design language. But thanks to a new leak of the phone’s front glass, we’re getting a more in-depth look at the smaller details of the device. […]

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Google Pay adds support for 18 more international banks, totaling almost 100 additions this quarter

Google has been on a hot streak of expanding Google Pay to more banks around the world, with a huge addition of 68 happening just a couple months ago. They expanded on that again last month with a handful more, and now there’s yet another 18 banks ready to be used with Google’s digital payment […]

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‘Dead Cells’ update lets you play old versions of the game

If you're the sort of person who thought Dead Cells was better as a beta, then you can now get access to every major iteration of the title through Steam. The Legacy Update will let you roll back the title to any of the key variations, from its Early…
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Pixel Feature Drop comes with hidden new features

Google announced some new software upgrades for the Pixel Feature Drop, but what we didn’t expect to see, were the hidden gems not announced in the software update. The software upgrade brought with it new features like automatic call screening, improvements to Duo video calls, and more, but there’s more than what Google announced on […]

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 are on the way with one key upgrade

We’re anticipating some new Galaxy Buds sooner or later, and a new FCC filing has confirmed that they’re on the way. The filing details an upgrade that’s guaranteed to make a great pair of headphones even better, too. The filing lists a new pair of Galaxy Buds, albeit without a name. Early rumors suggest they’ll […]

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Samsung tops Android industry profits but is dwarfed by Apple’s overall

New data shows Samsung continues to lead the Android profitshare as well as the Android marketshare, with many distant contenders, but Apple continues to dominate the overall mobile profitshare. Counterpoint Research have released their latest quarterly data on the smartphone industry and they reveal that in the face of an overall downtrend in mobile profits […]

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Netflix and Disney+ get integrated into Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Movies & TV can be more than just a storefront to buy digital content. It can also keep all of your movies and TV shows from all of your streaming services in one place, making it easy to access everything from one place. It works with quite a few different services, but so […]

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FBI program helps companies fool hackers with ‘decoy data’

The FBI thinks it has a way for companies to limit the damage from data breaches: lure thieves into taking the wrong data. Ars Technica has learned of an FBI program, IDLE (Illicit Data Loss Exploitation), that has companies plant "decoy data" to co…
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Latest Android 10 beta (with January 2020 security patch) is rolling out to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung managed to pip Google to rolling out the December security patch a few weeks ago and now it’s included the January 2020 patch in the third Android 10/One UI 2.0 beta that is rolling out to the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Besides next month’s security patch, the update also includes a number of bugfixes. […]

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Samsung Galaxy S11 family sports 48MP zoom camera alongside 108MP primary

Following news of a powerful 108MP binned primary camera sensor in Samsung’s upcoming flagships, we’ve now heard the entire S11 series will also use a 48MP binned sensor for zooming. We’ve been seeing a steady increase in the number of leaks Samsung‘s next-gen flagship Galaxy S11 series in the lead up to their expected announcement […]

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Trump admin blocks expanded rules against inefficient lightbulbs

On Friday the Department of Energy announced it will not allow amended standards for incandescent lamps to go into effect. Following the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 there was talk of a "ban" on incandescent lights, but…
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Flickr owner: We need more paying subscribers to keep this going

It looks like Flickr needs more paying members to continue existing. Don MacAskill, the CEO of SmugMug, which purchased the photo repository from Verizon-owned Yahoo last year, is asking users for help. "…Flickr — the world's most-beloved, money-l…
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[Poll] Do you still buy movies, or are you all-in on streaming?

The landscape of watching television has changed drastically over the last few years. Long gone are the days of renting a movie from BlockBuster on Friday night, even though that’s still an option for some people. But we want to know what you do for your movies and TV fix. Do you still buy things, […]

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Boeing’s Starliner will not reach the ISS in its first test flight

Early this morning, Boeing launched the Starliner capsule for its first uncrewed test flight. Unfortunately, things did go as planned. While the Starliner made it into orbit, it did not achieve the correct orbit.
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Steam’s Winter Sale includes award-winning games ‘Sekiro’ and ‘Disco Elysium’

Steam is, once again, poised to make a dent on your holiday budget. Valve's gaming platform has launched its Winter Sale for the year, and it includes some of the most popular titles for 2019. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which won Game of the Year at…
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Android 10 is now rolling out to the Nokia 7.1

When it comes to software updates some brands such as OnePlus, Samsung, and even Huawei are diligently pushing out Android 10 betas and stable OTAs, and then we have the flip side of the coin that borders on the ridiculous such as Android Pie having only recently begun rolling out to the HTC U11 on […]

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OxygenOS Open Beta 7 brings optimized charging and Chromatic reading mode to OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro

With Christmas Day just a few days away OnePlus has a final present for OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro owners who have signed up to the Open Beta program in the form of Open Beta 7. This latest OxygenOS release brings some optimizations, fixes, and the addition of the Chromatic reading mode. The Open Beta […]

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Get an early look at the Huawei P40 Pro and its new design

Huawei has already confirmed the existence of the P40 and P40 Pro, although I don’t think anyone seriously expected those phones to not be made, with or without Google apps. But so far, that’s all Huawei has said. We’re still rolling on leaks and rumors ahead of its March 2020 unveiling, but some new renders […]

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Spotify tests ‘Tastebuds’ feature that highlights your friends’ favorite tracks

There's no better way to find new music than to get recommendations from someone whose taste you share. Spotify is capitalizing on that by testing out a new feature called Tastebuds, which lets you see what your friends have been listening to and dis…
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Ofcom plans to ban carriers from selling SIM-locked smartphones in the UK

When you think of buying an unlocked smartphone in the US, you are probably thinking about buying the handset outright from a retailer such as Amazon or Best Buy. Things are slightly different here in the UK, with BT/EE, Tesco Mobile, and Vodafone among the few providers that sell mobile phones that can’t be used […]

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Huawei’s Richard Yu confirms P40 Pro to launch in March next year without Google apps

It’s just a couple of months since Huawei launched the Mate 30 Pro in Munich, Germany, a phone that was pretty much universally accepted as being outstanding with a single, fatal flaw – the conspicuous lack of Google apps and services thanks to the ongoing US ban. In a show of resolve, or perhaps just […]

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What to buy the console gamer on your list

After months of thinking, curating, photographing, more thinking, we've come up with a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases (and budgets), from laptops and mobile devices, to toys, to the smart home, to book and media recommendations (only on…
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