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North Korea is suffering a complete internet outage

2 hours 24 min ago
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (that's "North Korea" to the common man) has just four networks that connect to the world wide web -- and none of them are working today. "The situation now is they are totally offline," Doug Madory, director...

Google unveils the first complete version of its self-driving car

2 hours 57 min ago
Google had a (not very well-kept) secret when it unveiled its experimental self-driving car: that first example you saw was just a mockup that lacked many of the basics. At last, however, the internet giant has unveiled a complete prototype of the ca...

The Big Picture: Catching an intense solar flare in action

3 hours 39 min ago
It's no longer rare to hear reports of solar flares that could affect Earth, but seeing them in vivid detail? That's another matter. Thankfully, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recently captured a high-intensity X1.8 flare (80 percent more intense ...

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on Surface Pro, how he was once an Apple guy

4 hours 30 min ago
No, those bright blue, ruggedized devices being used on NFL sidelines aren't iPads. They're Surface Pro 2s. And while they may look like Apple's renowned tablet from afar, at least to some NFL commentators, Microsoft's been trying to help players and...

Don't like what Santa gave you? Destroy it

5 hours 3 sec ago
'Tis the season to, you know, get a lot of gifts you don't necessarily want. We at Engadget know how it goes, and we also know how badly you'd like to burn, break and bash those bunk presents. So we did the dirty work for you -- literally. If you lik...

The International Space Station is now making 3D-printed tools

5 hours 24 min ago
It's official: you can "upload" tools to space. Following its earlier test run, the International Space Station has used 3D printing to make a ratchet based on instructions sent from Earth. It's not exactly a sophisticated implement, but it underscor...

Disney World starts accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet this week

6 hours 22 min ago
Making a trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays? You might not avoid the long queues or endless parking lots, but you won't always have to pull out your wallet. As promised back in September, the Orlando area theme park will start accepting mo...

Mother can make your home smart, but does it need to be?

7 hours 3 sec ago
Over the last few weeks, every person who has come into my home has gone through the same sort of rough conversation. "What's that?" "It's a new device that I'm testing. Do you like it?" "Not really, it's a bit creepy." This, then, is what happe...

Blackberry helps Boeing with its hyper-secure 'Black' smartphone

7 hours 37 min ago
On top of laser weapons, passenger jets and space stuff Boeing is also, weirdly, building an ultra-secure Android smartphone called "Black" (not to be confused with the Blackphone). According to the Telegraph, it's now enlisted BlackBerry's help to m...

This beer tells you how much to drink to boost your creativity

8 hours 15 min ago
When you've been stuck on a problem or that creative spark just won't come, the chances are you've turned to a cup of coffee to get things moving. A quick java infusion can certainly help, but studies also suggest that alcohol can also have a positiv...

The FCC gets to work on letting internet TV compete with cable

9 hours 29 min ago
It's far from a done deal, but the FCC has taken a step towards putting internet TV service on a par with cable and satellite. On Friday it announced the adoption of a proposal (previously floated by chairman Tom Wheeler) that would give TV providers...

NASA wants to build airship cities in the Venus sky

10 hours 32 min ago
Since Venus is closer to Earth than Mars -- both in size and distance -- it would be a much more convenient candidate for manned exploration. There's just a slight hitch: the average temperature is 850 degrees F, and the atmosphere is 90 times denser...

The Big Picture: Building an electric 'armored' car out of wood

11 hours 56 min ago
If you think the coffee table you've been building in your spare time is pretty sweet, just wait until you get a load of what Liu Fulong has been making. The Shengyang, China resident recently finished his own electric armored car after four months o...

Lens-free microscope lets almost anyone spot cancer

14 hours 5 min ago
High-powered microscopes are useful for spotting cancer and other diseases in cells, but they're expensive and complicated. Your local physicians probably won't have a microscope on hand, and you'll probably need at least some skill to use one. Howev...

Quantum physics theory is easier to understand than you think

16 hours 13 min ago
Wrapping your head around quantum physics is tricky, no matter how well-educated you are -- if it were easy, there wouldn't be problems making quantum computers. However, researchers at the National University of Singapore believe they've found a way...

How would you change Acer's Iconia W3 tablet?

18 hours 24 min ago
If you want to judge a gadget on its true strengths, stick several in a room full of Engadget editors and see which one they swarm around. For that alone, Acer's Iconia W3 was a winner as soon as the eight-inch full-Windows tablet arrived in the offi...

The Big Picture: Monitoring the brains of online game addicts

20 hours 22 min ago
Online game addiction is a real problem, and some countries are willing to take drastic measures to get these players living a healthier lifestyle. Need proof? Just look up. Photographer Fernando Moleres recently visited an internet gaming rehab camp...

Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

Sun, 21/12/2014 - 23:34
Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word -- much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven't had an official Snapc...

Watch the first steps of a robot inspired by stick bugs

Sun, 21/12/2014 - 21:23
They grow up so fast, don't they? It was just a few years ago that HECTOR the stick bug robot was little more than a twinkle in Bielefeld University's eye, and it's already taking its first steps. Okay, so this isn't quite a tear-jerking moment, but ...

Samsung's super-wide curved monitor makes your PC extra trendy

Sun, 21/12/2014 - 19:18
If both ultra-widescreen and curved computer monitors are all the rage these days, then Samsung's new SE790C display is supremely fashionable. The 34-inch, 3,440 x 1,440 LCD has both a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and a gentle arc, combining two tren...

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