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Local multiplayer is coming to Android games

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 08:31
Ever wish your favorite Android games had ambient multiplayer? You know, it's the feature that's at the heart of Nintendo's StreetPass system and enables you assemble all those puzzles and rescue your Mii on the 3DS simply by being in proximity to...

Student upgrades a 1930s typewriter for modern-day messaging

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 07:26
When people restore old typewriters, they mostly just make them (1) look new and (2) usable again. Joe Hounsham from Plymouth University in the UK, however, had other ideas in mind: he took one and added the appropriate upgrades to turn it a...

Audi's self-driving RS 7 hits the racetrack this weekend (video)

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 06:20
Audi, who's long been toying with the idea of building self-driving cars, has upgraded one of its RS 7 sedans to build an autonomous concept vehicle for those who like to ride fast. The prototype looks pretty much like a production version RS 7,...

'Whisper' app accused of not hiding whistleblowers

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 05:13
Whisper lets you share secrets without the fear of it getting traced back to you. At least that's the pitch. Now, according to a Guardian report, the service is tracking the location of users that didn't want to be tracked. The report, which deep...

Google's new Chromecast is coming, but you won't notice a difference

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 03:59
Last night an apparently refreshed model of Google's Chromecast streaming dongle popped up in FCC filings (as pointed out by Zatz Not Funny), just like the original did in March last year, but don't get too excited. Unfortunately, the documents don't...

The Big Picture: using a cellphone in this cathedral creates a laser show

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 03:27
Next to a movie theater, we're going to say a church, temple or mosque are among the last places that using a mobile device is frowned upon. Unless you're in France's Saint-Eustache cathedral, that is, where your mobile-made thoughts translate into...

NYC brings carrier and WiFi coverage to more subway stations

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 01:34
For the most part, New York City's underground transportation system is solid and reliable. It gets locals from point A to point B with ease, and that's the only thing which should matter -- never mind the strange things that occasionally transpire...

Galaxy Note 4 owners get three months free of OnLive gaming

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 01:29
Ahead of the Galaxy Note 4's release in the US tomorrow, Samsung has a last-minute incentive for potential buyers as well as those who have already pre-ordered. The company just announced a new partnership deal with OnLive, which gives owners of its...

'808' documentary details the rise of the legendary drum machine

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 00:57
Chances are you've heard Roland's iconic TR-808 drum machine at some point during your music streaming. While the name may not ring a bell, artists and producers have been using its trademark sounds since 1980. We're talking the likes of Afrika...

PS4 2.0: MP3s, themes and better dashboard organization

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 00:03
We're creeping up to the PlayStation 4's one year anniversary and the system is finally getting its 2.0 firmware update. Even better, there are a bunch of surprises; let's dive in. First up we have the expected: SharePlay which lets you virtually...

Engadget Daily: Apple's new iPads, Will.i.am's Puls wristband and more!

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 23:40
Hold on to your hats, folks. It's been quite the day: Apple unveiled new iPads and a 5K iMac, Will.i.am took the wraps off his Puls wearable, OS X Yosemite is available to download and more. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24...

A visual history of OS X

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 23:00
After a lengthy beta, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is finally ready for prime time. It's the 11th version of Apple's OS X, and represents the biggest overhaul of the operating system's visuals since its introduction in 2001. While you're waiting for the...

Unable to find a suitor, Twitpic is shutting down on October 25th

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 22:53
It looked like Twitpic would live on after a trademark spat with Twitter. Last month, the photo-sharing service announced that it was shutting down, and then that it had been acquired. It seems that whatever deal was on the table went south as the...

Twitter's Audio Cards bring more music to your social feed

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 22:18
By now, you've likely noticed that Twitter slapping new Cards in your timeline on a regular basis. Well, now you're about to get more sound. The company announced today that the Audio Card is on its way to iOS and Android devices, and it'll allow you...

Apple's 2014 iPad event: A closer look at the numbers

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 22:00
There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and "very cool stuff" there are also a lot...

Google puts ad revenue to good use with R&D growth

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 21:36
Google isn't a search company or a software developer. Its real business is advertising. Most of the money flowing into Mountain View (and there's quite a lot of it: $16.5 billion this quarter to be exact) comes from ads. The company could simply...

iPad mini 3 vs. the competition: Which will you hold in one hand?

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 20:59
The iPhone might be getting bigger with each iteration, but it's not quite at tablet size yet. There's still plenty of room for the latest 7.9-inch iPad mini, now equipped with Touch ID. But is that enough to justify buying one over other 7-inch...

iPad Air 2 vs. the competition: Is it the tablet to beat?

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 20:41
There was a time when it was hard to find someone who would argue with Apple's claim that the iPad was heavyweight tablet champ. But now Android slates like the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, the Xperia Tablet Z2 and the recently-announced Nexus 9 are making a...

Apple's new iPads choose LTE at will from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or EE

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 20:17
After years of rumors that Apple would introduce its own type of SIM card, it appears to have snuck the tech into today's new iPad announcement (there's a history here, the original iPad introduced the Micro SIM). The Apple website says LTE-equipped...

OS X Yosemite review: a solid upgrade for everyone (especially iPhone users)

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 20:00
Apple's latest desktop operating system, Yosemite, is available today as a free download for anyone with a reasonably new (or not-so-new) Mac. Here's the thing, though: Many of you are already using it. In an unusual twist, Apple not only gave us a...

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