Meizu says its port-free Zero phone was a failed marketing stunt

You may recall that a little over a month ago, Meizu launched a crowdfunding campaign for its futuristic "Zero" port-free smartphone, but at $ 1,299 a piece (plus that single $ 2,999 "Exclusive Pioneering Unit"), it comes as no surprise that the overly…
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Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to top 400,000 sales

Nissan just reached an important milestone in electric car history — though it likely won't be alone for long. The Leaf has become the first EV to top 400,000 sales, crossing that mark slightly over eight years since its December 2010 debut. Deman…
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Oppo F11 Pro is official, includes a pop-up camera

Oppo has officially announced the F11 Pro with a huge focus on the cameras on both sides of the device. It’s one of the few newer devices to sport a pop-up camera mechanism, while the rear camera system packs in a massive 48-megapixel shooter. That pop-up camera on the front allows Oppo to cram as […]

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[Download] Take Samsung’s newest flagship for a spin with the Galaxy S10 Experience app

So, you watched the Unpacked event on February 20th where Samsung launched its new range of Galaxy S10 flagships but you are still undecided whether to splash the cash or stick with your current smartphone. Samsung has taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by launching the Galaxy S10 Experience App that will […]

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US could soon end mass phone surveillance program exposed by Snowden

The US government might put an end to the controversial NSA phone surveillance program Edward Snowden exposed by the end of 2019. Republican congressional national security adviser Luke Murry revealed during a Lawfare podcast that Congress might not…
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House Democrats will introduce bill to reinstate net neutrality rules

Now that the Democrats have the majority in the US House of Representatives, net neutrality is back on the table. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that Democrats will introduce a bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules on March 6th. T…
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Google discloses ‘high severity’ Mac security flaw ahead of patch

Google's Project Zero security disclosure program is once again proving to be a double-edged sword. The company has detailed a "high severity" macOS kernel flaw that lets people modify a user-mounted file system image without the virtual management…
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After Math: Now let’s just wait a Momo

The only thing more popular on the internet than racism is a good hoax. The more batshit, the better. Every wacky conspiracy imaginable, from vaccines causing autism to the world being flat, can be found on the interwebs. But even more popular are th…
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Microsoft Excel adds photo-to-spreadsheet feature with latest update

Microsoft Excel for Android has been updated with a nifty new feature that was originally teased at a conference last year. If you’re in a rush and need to turn a photo or image into a spreadsheet that you can actually edit, this is now your go-to app. The update uses image recognition and AI […]

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Facebook reportedly took three years to tackle fake news in one country

Facebook is quick to tout its efforts to thwart misinformation campaigns in major European countries and the US, but its approach in other countries might not be quite so enthusiastic. Developers in Moldova told BuzzFeed News that they'd been asking…
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Sony officially discontinues the PlayStation Vita

You knew the PlayStation Vita wasn't long for this world, and now it's official: Sony has discontinued the last two Vita models. The move marks the last step of a long, gradual phase-out that included a halt on first-party games in 2015, the discont…
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Hitting the Books: The Second Kind of Impossible

Welcome, dear readers, to Engadget's new series, Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on s…
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Facebook cracks down on companies selling fake accounts

Facebook has cracked down on companies churning out and peddling fake accounts. The social network has filed a lawsuit in US federal court against four companies and three individuals based in China, not only for promoting the sales of fake accounts,…
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Watch SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon launch at 2:49 AM ET

Ever since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz missions to get astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station. In order to maintain control over its own missions, the Commercial Crew program has s…
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Google brings Duo audio calls to Google Home speakers

When Google released the Home Hub last year it (sort of) introduced the ability for Google Home type devices to make Duo calls without the video component, since the Home Hub lacks a camera. The screen can make a call and deliver audio to someone else, they just won’t be able to see you on […]

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JBL delays Link Bar release yet again

If you pre-ordered JBL's $ 399 Link Bar last August, you could end up waiting almost a year for it to arrive — or possibly longer. Pre-order customers were originally told the all-in-one soundbar, TV box and Google Assistant speaker would ship in Oct…
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The final dispatch from MWC 2019

All the phones have been powered down here in Barcelona. Some have even been folded up to make the journey home. After a week's worth of flagships, foldables and 5G, we're departing MWC with a good idea of what the immediate future of phones lo…
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Net-wide dark mode being tested in Chrome for Android

A new update to Chrome’s ‘Canary’ channel includes the ability to brute-force a net-wide dark mode which may release to all users eventually, but it’s not ready yet. After transitioning to a whiteout visual language with their ‘Material Design 2.0‘ app design guidelines, Google eventually realised their error and began rolling out atypically-unified dark modes […]

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Mozilla’s open voice-recognition library now includes 18 languages

Over the past year, Mozilla worked on expanding its Common Voice initiative to include open source voice recognition datasets in more languages. Now, the organization has released the largest collection of human voices available for use in 18 differe…
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Newly found 4G and 5G flaws allow call intercepting and location tracking

Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have discovered flaws in the 4G and 5G networks which allows hacker access to phone calls and location data. In the latest blow to mobile security, the researchers Syed Refiul Huassian, Ninghui Li and Elisa Bertino at Purdue University, and Mitziu Echeverria and Omar Chowdhury at […]

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Apple Music may be coming to Google Home

Apple Music support appears to be arriving for Google Home according to a non-functional listing in Google’s own Google Home iOS app. After somewhat surprisingly releasing Apple Music to Amazon Echo devices a few months ago, in December 2018, a hint has been found that the music streaming service which boasts over 50 million users […]

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Android’s new FIDO2 certification means easier, password-free logins for more apps and sites

New security certification means you’ll soon be able to use your fingerprint or security hardware key to log in across apps and websites for all phones running Android Nougat and up. FIDO2 is a relatively new security protocol being adopted across the application and website security industries which allows the linking of a device’s hardware […]

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The ‘Digit’ robot could be the future of humanoid pizza deliveries

Agility Robotics has unleashed a new model that joins the exclusive club of humanoid robots. "Digit" is the company's first bipedal robot to have four degree-of-freedom arms. It can use those for balance, pushing doors and lifting boxes up to 40 poun…
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‘Avo’ for iOS shows even sentient stone fruits can be heroes

Developer Playdeo is about to release its first mobile game, and the protagonist it cooked up sure is adorable. In Avo, you'll take control of an avocado, drawing paths for the cute fruit to take while helping him avoid some unfriendly-looking drones…
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FTC task force will investigate tech industry competition

The FTC is about to step up its scrutiny of tech companies. The Commission has created a task force devoted to investigating competition in the tech industry. It will "coordinate and consult with" FTC staff on related subjects, including both poten…
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These are the best things we’ve seen at MWC 2019

Another year, another batch of stuff coming out of Mobile World Congress. Most of the major players in the smartphone industry show up to this event to show us what they have cooked up for the year, with pretty few exceptions. Apple doesn’t tend to do much at these events, and Samsung already unveiled their […]

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Apple opens in-app subscription discounts to existing users

In a ploy to keep people paying for apps, Apple will let developers offer discounted subscriptions to current and recent subscribers. Until now, developers could only offer freebies and introductory discounts to new users, which means that they could…
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‘Apex Legends’ team plans to fix player hitbox issues

Apex Legends is a success by most measures, but that doesn't mean it's without problems. A Respawn community manager said the developer is aware of and "discussing" multiple complaints that the hitboxes (the invisible shapes that determine whether o…
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Verily’s algorithm helps prevent eye disease in India

Verily's efforts to spot and prevent eye disease through algorithms are becoming more tangible. The Alphabet-owned company has revealed that its eye disease algorithm is seeing its first real-world use at the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. T…
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Nokia’s new line of phones drops at MWC 2019, including the PureView 9 with five cameras

Nokia has brought their latest crop of phones to kick off MWC 2019, and there’s plenty here to be excited about. Not only are we finally getting to see that phone with the ridiculous camera layout that’s leaked multiple times, but Nokia is keeping their non-smartphone game going, too. Nokia 9 PureView First up, let’s […]

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Forget the Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s 5G foldable smartphone has the X factor

MWC 2019 has kicked off in Barcelona and Huawei has unveiled its foldable smartphone, the Mate X, complete with 5G connectivity, 55W SuperCharge technology, and a display that unfolds to an 8-inch panel. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Mate X’s display folds on the outside of the device, which expands to an 8-inch panel. According […]

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Watch everything from Nokia’s MWC 2019 event!

HMD's Nokia had to share billing with Microsoft's surprise MWC press event this afternoon in Barcelona — funny, when Microsoft once owned the phone brand. Now standing on its own again, the company once again had plenty of new device news to sha…
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Sony’s Xperia lineup for MWC 2019 has completely leaked

Sony has had most of their MWC plans leaked well before the actual event next week, but there’s still time for one last rumor to fully detail everything the company is planning on doing. We’ll know exactly what to expect from the rebranded Xperia 1 and Xperia 10, plus the more budget-friendly Xperia L3. As […]

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Recommended Reading: The smartwatch EKG

Smartwatches are changing the purpose of the EKG Andrew Bomback and Michelle Au, The Atlantic Devices like the Apple Watch and other wearables now offer access to an EKG on your wrist. What was once reserved for a hospital or doctor's office can n…
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The Morning After: The problem with the Galaxy Fold

Welcome to your weekend! Did you hear? Foldable phones are a real thing. Beside Samsung's big Unpacked showcase, we re-reviewed PlayStation's streaming service, we need to (and do) talk about Huawei's rough year and dream of solar farms in space. MWC…
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YouTube prevents anti-vaccine channels from running ads

YouTube is killing anti-vaccine channels' ability to earn from advertisements following a BuzzFeed News report that put a spotlight on the spread of anti-vax videos on the platform. During its investigation, the publication discovered that ads, inclu…
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Despite some confusion, Samsung confirms at least 8GB of RAM in all Galaxy S10 and S10+ models

Whether or not you actually need 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is a conversation and a half on its own, but when Samsung said that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ would all have at least 8GB of RAM, that’s what buyers are expecting. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a ton of misinformation, software weirdness, and […]

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 lands on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully touched down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu to accomplish one of its ultimate goals: collect samples for scientists back on Earth. The probe has briefly landed on the asteroid to fire a bullet into its…
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CuriosityStream is a video streaming service that offers a ton of on-demand series and documentaries for anyone looking to learn something new. There are over 2000 shows on the service covering science, nature, technology, and more, and it’s relatively cheap in the world of streaming services. We’re about to make it even cheaper, though. Stream […]

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Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren’t playing well with Android phones

How do you know you're living in the future? When your shoes have technical problems. Owners on Google Play and CNET report that Nike's Android companion app for the self-lacing Adapt BB has some teething troubles, most notably a buggy firmware updat…
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LIVE TOMORROW: Tune into the BRIT Awards 2019, featuring George Ezra, Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith on YouTube

It’s that time of year again. With awards season in full swing, one of the most anticipated musical celebrations of the year has arrived: The BRITs. Known for its memorable performances such as Stormzy’s “Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2” in the rain and Liam Gallagher’s moving tribute to Manchester—plus top pop culture moments (Ginger Spice’s iconic Union Jack dress, anyone?)—the BRIT Awards are a celebration of UK musical talent on a global stage. And this year for the first time, YouTube Music is the Official Music App of the 2019 Awards and will provide one-of-a-kind access to the show for fans around the world.

For the sixth consecutive year, for those outside the UK, YouTube is letting you in on the action with a livestream of the show from the O2 Arena in London. Just tune in at youtube.com/BRITs on your favorite screen—whether that’s your mobile, tablet or TV—tomorrow, February 20 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT. Following the show, no matter your location, you can watch and rewatch the performances on YouTube Music.

Adding to tomorrow’s excitement, YouTube star and global sensation, Todrick Hall, who has 2.9 million subscribers, will present the YouTube Livestream, giving people outside the UK incredible behind-the-scenes access from the show, while providing a front row seat to the drama, gossip, and artist interactions. Vick Hope will join Hall as co-host; and once the show is over, they will continue broadcasting an everyone’s-invited Official After Party on YouTube, recapping the biggest moments from the night.

This year, nominated stars like George Ezra, Dua Lipa, The 1975, Little Mix and Jorja Smith—who either got their start on YouTube, launched albums on the platform, or have used it to grow their fanbases to a global level—are set to perform. Be sure to tune in to see their show-stopping, on-stage renditions of their beloved hits.

For the second year running, comedian Jack Whitehall will be bringing his brilliant jokes and outrageous capers as the event’s host to make the night one you’ll never forget. After all, what could be better than a mix of top-rated musical talent and hilarious antics to make for an unforgettable night?

And as a special treat for Londoners who didn’t score tickets to the O2: select winners from the night will be projected gloriously onto County Hall and Old Billingsgate to make for a magical, one-of-a-kind YouTube Music moment atop the Thames. There will also be a chance to see your favorite nominees and winners celebrated on billboards throughout the country, and YouTube adverts showcasing the official BRITs content on the YouTube Music App.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of BPI & BRIT Awards said, “The BRIT Awards is the most spectacular night in music, showcasing the exceptional talent of a diverse range of British artists at home and around the world. We have seen tremendous growth in the digital and social reach of the BRITs, and partnering with YouTube once again for our live stream of the show enables us to introduce British music to a global audience that is growing all the time.”

And in case you missed it, after the show you’ll find performances from the artists on a special, exclusive YouTube Music BRITs playlist. But for those who want to enjoy the BRIT Awards LIVE—don’t forget to tune in at youtube.com/BRITs on February 20 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT.

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Samsung changes Galaxy Apps to Galaxy Store, sprinkles some One UI design in

RIP Galaxy Apps. You’ll be remembered by someone, somewhere. At least one person, probably. The app itself isn’t really going anywhere, but Samsung is changing it up ahead of its Galaxy S10 announcement tomorrow. Galaxy Apps will become Galaxy Store, and it’s getting a OneUI redesign to better match the rest of Samsung’s app suite. […]

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Introducing our new strikes system

We’re updating the way we give Community Guidelines strikes to be more transparent and consistent. Based on feedback from creators, we’re giving everyone new opportunities and better resources to understand our Community Guidelines. We’re also revamping our notifications and to give more transparency into why a strike happened, and introducing a consistent penalty across strike types.

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Emotional LED lighting cover for the Galaxy S10e leaks, shows Samsung still likes weird accessories

Samsung is no stranger to weird devices and accessories, especially with their flagship phones, and that trend’s continuing with the Galaxy S10 this week. A case for the entry-level Galaxy S10e has leaked ahead of the actual announcement, since we’ve completely run out of phone specs to talk about at this point. The leaked case […]

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Unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ finally receiving Pie-based OneUI

Over a month after Samsung began the stable rollout of their refreshed, Android Pie-based One UI software to carrier-locked S9 and S9+ devices, the update is now finally showing up for the unlocked variants in the US and elsewhere also. Samsung announced that their Android Pie-based updates would feature a redesign in early November with a […]

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Researchers blame YouTube for the rise in Flat Earthers

Despite steps taken to counteract problematic material YouTube is still a hotbed of hoaxes and fake news — a problem that's become so prevalent the site recently announced it is changing its AI in a bid to improve matters. But now the scope of the p…
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NBA smart jersey switches your player allegiances on the fly

Sports jerseys are big commitments for fans — you're betting that your favorite player won't switch teams, take a nose dive or otherwise prove embarrassing. In the future, though, you might just have to pull out your phone to change allegiances. N…
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