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Uber driver allegedly bashed passenger in the head with a hammer

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 01:29
Not all Uber rides are safe. Patrick Karajah, a 26-year-old Uber X driver, has been accused of attacking a passenger with a hammer and leaving him by the side of the road in San Francisco's Bernal Heights district. SF Gate reports that the victim and...

Belgian brewery to reduce truck use with underground beer pipeline

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 00:11
In order to cut down on the number of trucks it puts on the streets, Brouwerij De Halve Maan is working with the city of Bruges to construct an underground beer pipeline. While the brewing still happens at its original site, filtration, bottling and...

Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Forza Horizon 2' on Xbox One! (Update: it's over!)

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 23:30
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...

TomTom has a new watch designed specifically for golfers

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 22:42
In perfect conjunction with the start of the Ryder Cup, TomTom couldn't have found a better time to introduce its new GPS-powered wearable. The watch, simply, and fittingly, named TomTom Golfer, is similar to Garmin's Approach line, featuring data...

Radio in a jar plays your favorite station, and only your favorite station

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 21:44
Despite all the proof that we basically live in a sci-fi future, there's still something a little magical about flipping a switch and hearing a story or a song wafting out of a box. Radio is sort of steadfast that way, but that also means people are...

iOS 8's WiFi location privacy isn't as powerful as you might think

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 21:14
If you were hoping that iOS 8's ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you'll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks' Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple's...

Google's data-transferring tool gets a shiny new interface

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 20:42
Google already makes it very simple for you to pull your data from some of its many services, via the Takeout transfer tool on the web. Up until today, however, Google Takeout wasn't necessarily pleasing to the eye, despite being extremely useful at...

Not so fast: Uber facing bans in Germany once again

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 20:11
Just when you thought Uber's legal battle in Germany was settled once and for all, Bloomberg is now writing about the company having to deal with new challenges in that country. According to the report, Uber has been ordered to bring its UberPop and...

Thom Yorke's new album is only available online as a BitTorrent Bundle

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 19:37
Thom Yorke has a history of going against the grain with his online music sales. His band Radiohead first released In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-want download, and he pulled his solo tunes from Spotify to make a stand on royalty rates. It shouldn't...

Google to require more of its apps on Android devices

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 19:06
According to a report by The Information, you may be seeing a few more Google apps preloaded on future Android devices. Confidential paperwork on new contract requirements details raising the amount of pre-installed software. Under the new...

This little laser could be the key to inexpensive self-driving cars

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 18:36
To listen to the Googles and the Elon Musks of the world is to believe that one day soon, we'll be tooting down in the highway in cars that control themselves. Those cars will need eyes, though, and that's where a company called Velodyne Acoustics...

npower now offering free Nest thermostats with its new energy tariff

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 18:18
And so the battle for smart thermostat supremacy wages on. No sooner have we welcomed another warrior to the battlefield than energy provider npower's decided to start giving Nest thermostats away for free. As you may remember, Nest struck up a...

The gospel of virtual reality according to Oculus

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 18:01
This past Saturday, I found myself in the front row of what felt like an old-time revival, only instead of religious zealots, I was surrounded by roughly 800 disciples of virtual reality. Onstage at the inaugural Oculus Connect VR developer...

Nikola Tesla Museum could have a brick with your name on it

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 17:33
After running a successful initial round of crowdfunding, The Oatmeal is now looking to put the finishing touches on its plans to build a Nikola Tesla Museum. To do so, it needs a bit more help from kind souls on the internet. Despite hitting the...

Say Ello to the anti-Facebook

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 17:00
Ello seems to have come out of nowhere. The creators are designers and artists. Its CEO, Paul Budnitz, makes toys. There's no big marketing push and no obvious ties to Silicon Valley. These are not the typical building blocks of a hot new social...

Where to buy Sony's Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 16:35
It's a pretty interesting time to be in the market for a new mobile. Over the past month, we've seen Samsung's Galaxy Alpha and Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, not to mention Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will join that list in a few weeks. And as if...

PlayStation Now's creator explains how game streaming came to Sony

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 00:59
With the PlayStation Now beta just opening to a larger chunk of the gaming population, you might be wondering how the streaming service came to Sony in the first place. Why did Gaikai drop its entire PC audience to join a console maker? Thankfully...

Feedback Loop: Kickstarter refunds, Sony A7 impressions, and more!

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 22:40
Get ready for your weekly dose of community goodness from the Engadget forums. The latest edition of Feedback Loop is here. We talk about failed Kickstarter projects and discuss whether or not there should be refunds, dish on Sony's full-frame...

The Videogame History Museum has found a home in Frisco, Texas

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 20:14
Making a pilgrimage to the Videogame History Museum has been tough so far; most of its collection is in storage, and what little you do see has been going on cross-country tours. Pretty soon, though, it will have a permanent public display. A Frisco,...

Sound off! Is the end of the portable MP3 player nigh?

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 18:00
It's no secret the number of iPods that Apple has sold has significantly decreased over the last few years. As our smartphones have become more powerful and the types of tasks they're capable of have grown, there's been less of a need for having a...

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