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Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 19:00
Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Sams...

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 18:16
Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on December 20th. As you mig...

US courts hope an old law will help them bypass phone encryption

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 17:37
Federal law enforcement might not be having much success pushing for laws that require a security backdoor on your phone, but that doesn't mean it's out of options. Judges (including one who published an opinion on a New York fraud case) have been le...

Engadget's Black Friday 2014 roundup

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 17:00
Yes, it's once more time for Black Friday -- that beloved (and sometimes dreaded) day when you can brave crowded stores in hopes of scoring deals on gadgets that would otherwise be out of your reach. But who's offering the sweetest bargains? Never fe...

After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 16:17
Seven years ago, we brought you the story of a waffle iron that shaped the tasty treats into a keyboard. Plenty of you saw it and wished that you could have one of your very own, and it turns out that good things do come to those who wait. Designer C...

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:34
Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making cash, the...

The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 15:00
Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an...

Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:38
Bing Maps users outside the US will now have a better idea of how long it takes to get from A to B, as Microsoft has just launched Clearflow traffic estimation around the world. The system works by taking live traffic data for main roads and surface ...

UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:05
Some vloggers have made it big on YouTube, so it's not surprising that advertisers want to tap into their burgeoning audiences. But rather than shell-out for a traditional pre-roll ad, they're paying the stars themselves to film their commercials. Th...

Deepak Chopra: the spiritualist as technologist

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 14:00
Deepak Chopra has an app. And that's about the least of the famed spiritual guru/physician/alternative-medicine advocate/friend of Oprah's technological ambitions....

UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:21
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). Thi...

Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 13:01
When we reviewed Amazon's Fire Phone, we said that you'd better off waiting for the sequel. That's good advice for you, but not ideal for the company, since it ate a $170 million loss and has $83 million worth of unsold devices piled high in warehous...

Sony Pictures' computers are still locked as hackers demand equality

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 11:51
Sony Pictures' employees around the globe are still locked out of their company computers after they were hacked on the 24th by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace." Now, new details have emerged that shed some light on what they want and ...

Blinkbox extends offline movie and TV playback to Android tablets

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:57
When offline playback arrived for Blinkbox's video streaming service on the iPad, we knew that Android support couldn't be far behind. After all, Tesco has plenty of Hudl 2 tablets to sell this Christmas, which all heavily promote its services. So fo...

China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:36
What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking bikes, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non...

Digital copyright issues are affecting car modifications

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 09:23
Tinkering to get better performance out of your ride is one of the more rewarding aspects of vehicle ownership. The thing is, as cars have become more and more computer-dependent, getting a horsepower boost or better gas mileage by swapping exhaust s...

EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 09:08
BT surprised many when it confirmed it's currently in talks to buy back mobile operator O2, nearly 10 years after it sold the company to Telefonića. However, the telecoms giant said at the time that it wasn't interested in just one carrier. Rumours s...

Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on your Android phone

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 08:12
A call comes in on Skype from that old family friend who's now living in Sweden, but you're in the middle of a pretty amazing game of Threes, or finely honing a very important email that needs to be sent this hour. Take the call? Pretend you're not t...

The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 06:29
Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administrat...

One of Sony's first 'new' ideas is a smartwatch that's all e-ink

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 05:44
Sony's first idea to be born out of its new built-in "venture style" plan to create new products and impress, well, you and me, is apparently a combination of its e-ink reader tech and a smartwatch device. According to people familiar with the matter...

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