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Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 23:40
Slightly irked that you have to say "OK Google" whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a trio of experimental Android releases with...

AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 23:04
It's no secret that the US wireless market is saturated, and that most people who want a mobile device have already purchased one by now. Naturally, this means that the national players in the industry are looking for other points of revenue to aid...

Engadget Daily: New iPad and Retina iMac reviews, the do's and don'ts of social media, and more!

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 22:33
Want to upgrade to an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3? Maybe you're just drooling over the new Retina iMac. We reviewed them all, so you're covered either way. But that's not all we have on deck -- read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24...

Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:50
Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps...

Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 21:17
Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at...

Technology changed product placement (and you didn't even notice)

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:45
As the music video starts, Avicii nonchalantly wanders into Stockholm's Tele2 Arena. He strolls past the venue's reception; a Grand Marnier poster gets some vital screen time. The bass drops. The crowd goes wild. For some reason, I feel like...

Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 20:19
Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a startup called Pivotal Living, does all these...

Google partners with Jane Goodall to capture Tanzania's chimp heaven

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:49
Google has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute to bring Street Views of Gombe National Park and its numerous chimpanzees. Using portable Trekkers, Google's intrepid photogs captured thousands of 360-degree images in the jungles where...

Jawbone's Drop lets you build music playlists using tweets

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:46
At Twitter's Flight mobile developer conference, Jawbone just announced a new app called Drop, which lets you and your friends create and manage playlists with tweets. Hosain Rahman, Jawbone's CEO, says that this would be very useful in party...

Pandora lets artists know just how well their music is doing

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 19:22
Many musicians put their tunes on Pandora in the hopes that they'll build an audience, but how are they supposed to know it's working? That's what the streaming service's new Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) aims to solve. The initiative gives...

Twitter trades passwords for phone numbers with Digits login

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:45
At its mobile developer conference in San Francisco, Twitter just announced Digits, a brand-new way to log in to apps with just your phone number. Instead of going through the tedious process of signing up with an email and password or using one of...

Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:06
If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a good question -- Google's made a demo slash...

The NSA can now use Samsung's Galaxy phones for classified work

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 18:01
Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets have just become the first consumer mobile devices approved by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry classified documents. The edict covers most of its newer Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy...

New Sky+ app pushes pictures from your mobile devices to the big screen

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:40
For anyone with a Sky+HD box, the Sky+ app for Android and iOS gives you a handy way to manage recordings while away from home, and lets you use mobile devices as substitute remotes when you're plonked in front of the TV. Now, with an updated version...

Daimler sells its stake in Tesla as its EV partner grows up

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:33
They grow up so fast, don't they? It seems like just yesterday (well, 2009) that Daimler bought a stake in Tesla to give it a boost and secure a partner for electric car development, and the German automaker is now selling that stake a mere five...

Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing)

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 17:00
This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So it's basically another week in video games, then?...

'Dorothy' lets you click your heels to hail a cab

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 16:41
What if you could click your red heels to get home, like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? A new wearable concept -- aptly dubbed "Dorothy" -- might let you do just that. It consists of a small clip called "Ruby" that attaches to your shoe and...

Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 16:16
Just because FBI director James Comey believes his agency has a right to see your phone's encrypted data doesn't mean he'll get his way. Members of Congress from both major parties, including House Representatives Darrell Issa and Zoe Lofgren as well...

Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:46
We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has something else that might be up your alley. The...

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available in certain UK stores

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:20
Apple began accepting online orders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 shortly after the new tablets were announced last week, but if you'd rather not wait for a delivery, you can pick one up in-store as of today. Apple's own retail outlets now have...

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