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Yardarm will tell dispatchers when and where police fire guns

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 21:48
With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are drawn, and why? A Silicon Valley startup called Yardarm...

AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 21:08
Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM...

The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 20:30
The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one day before the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, comes with a...

Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video)

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 20:28
Move over Felix Baumgartner -- just two years after the daredevil's record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York Times reports Eustace rode a balloon 135,908 feet above New Mexico and...

Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 20:00
Nest's thermostat and smoke detector now works with more third-party home automation products, the first fruits of the developer program that the Google-owned company launched in June. First in the list is something you're likely familiar with:...

Canadians now have faster mobile data than you

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:41
Our Canadian neighbors have already been given a taste of Rogers' extremely data-friendly LTE, but now the carrier is officially rolling out its LTE-Advanced network across 12 different cities. In fact, it's the first North Amercian carrier to launch...

Deezer buys podcast app Stitcher to put talk radio flavor in its music service

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 19:16
Deezer's streaming service may not have a reputation in the US to match others like Spotify, Beats and Rdio, but the "first truly worldwide digital music streaming service" is expanding by acquring the podcast app Stitcher. The company tells...

What's up with Engadget Expand?

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:50
We're just two weeks away from our free Engadget Expand event, taking place at New York City's Javits Center on November 7th and 8th and there's still so much to tell you about. If you can't join us in person, don't worry -- we'll keep you updated...

'Fantasia: Music Evolved' and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 18:20
The developers at Harmonix aren't afraid to hit the reset button if something isn't working correctly. Chances are, strumming a plastic Stratocaster changed quite a bit before you ever even started playing "Creep" by Radiohead in Rock Band. Same goes...

Here's how Nintendo's Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:41
Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo...

London Science Museum catalogs 200 years of communication tech

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 17:12
Her Majesty the Queen took to Twitter for the first time today, but not to complain about the amount of ice in her post-brunch frappé. Instead, Liz was announcing the opening of a new permanent gallery at London's Science Museum that takes visitors...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung's NX1

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:48
In an effort to make a push for its recently unveiled Samsung NX1, the South Korean company is now recruiting celebrities to help along the way. As part of this, Samsung has revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for roles in movies like 10 Things...

'Don't freak out!' and other tips for surviving layoffs as a video game developer

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:23
The game industry is capable of building incredible worlds, engrossing us with believable characters, and empowering us to destroy (or create!) both. The unfortunate side of all that enchantment is the shaky business models that much of the industry...

Which gaming mice are worth buying?

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 16:00
The peripherals you play with can be just as important to your gaming success as actual skill. A suboptimal keyboard or sluggish mouse can open the door to defeat, which is why it's a good idea to pick up equipment specifically made for the job. But...

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 15:19
If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on Orange is the New Black. Eric Betzig, however, had other plans, since shortly after he was told he...

Procter & Gamble plans to spin-off Duracell

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 14:46
Consumer product megacorp Proctor & Gamble has just announced that it'll spin-off Duracell into its own separate company. The announcement comes as part of a move to pare down brands and focus on the 70 to 80 most profitable. Though P&G said that the...

A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 14:14
Mapping out the ancient universe is a major astronomical goal, but there's a huge challenge: the galaxies there are so dim, scientists can't make out any of the dark parts. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute and US Berkeley/Berkeley Lab...

Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:39
Queen Elizabeth II of England is pretty seriously old-school. She casually signs her name, "Elizabeth R." (the "R" stands for "Regina" or, in English, "Queen"). She wears killer matching outfits (as seen above) that would be at home in 1962. But...

YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:13
The BBC's extensively redesigned iPlayer has been gradually lumbering its way onto different compatible devices since it was first launched earlier this year. YouView's hybrid Freeview/IPTV set-top boxes have, until now, been sorely neglected, which...

First private mission to the moon blasts off aboard a Chinese rocket

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 12:45
A Chinese Long March rocket has blasted off for a lunar flyby today, bringing with it a spacecraft for what claims to be the first privately funded mission to the moon. This spacecraft (attached to the rocket's upper stage) is a 31-pound vehicle...

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