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Engadget Daily: Kindle Voyage review, Disney's 'Big Hero 6' and more!

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 22:37
If you're a germophobe, Kindle user or Disney fan, this issue of the Engadget Daily is for you -- and really, everyone else is invited too. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including Dyson's germ-zapping humidifier,...

Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 21:42
Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes. More...

Lionsgate and Tribeca are launching a video-streaming service

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 21:19
There's no doubt that video on demand is about to go through its own gold rush era. From giant TV networks like CBS to wireless providers such as Rogers, it looks as if everyone wants to join the fun before it's too late. Taking note of this, film...

Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 20:48
Video-streaming titan Netflix is set to continue its original production efforts with Between, an upcoming six-episode drama series. The story will be produced in partnership with Shomi, a video on-demand service from Canadian wireless carrier...

Portable cardboard desk keeps you standing while you type

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 20:16
Many will tell you that it's unhealthy to sit in front of your computer for hours at a time, but you can't usually bring a standing desk with you to a remote studio or the park. However, you won't have to make do with chairs and laps now that...

Chinese store makes sure that iPhone 6 Plus fits in your pocket

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 19:43
Let's face it: When it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus, size really does matter....

Skype for Windows Phone lets you share drawings with friends

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 19:11
Ever wanted to convey more in a Skype chat than simple text and photos can manage, such as directions to your home? If you're using Windows Phone, you now have a better way to express yourself. Microsoft has posted a new version of Skype for Windows...

Tractor beams are suddenly a lot more plausible

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 18:39
Tractor beams now have a better shot at crossing from science fiction trope to reality, thanks to scientists at The Australian National University (ANU). They managed to push and pull a 0.2mm sized particle nearly 20cm using a "hollow" laser beam....

Sky Go adds the Channel 5 family and ITVBe to its streaming roster

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 18:00
If there's one slight criticism to be made of the free Sky Go service -- which lets Sky subscribers stream live TV and on demand content to computers and mobile devices -- it's that you can't access the full selection of channels found on your...

Apple's iOS 8.1 update is waiting for you to download it

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 17:58
Well, it's Monday, and that can only mean one thing: Apple's iOS 8.1 update has finally gone live for your installing pleasure. To recap, the new software - which is debuting just over a month since iOS 8 first hit - brings back once-trashed...

OnePlus One to open up pre-orders soon, but there's a catch

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 17:51
The OnePlus One has been sort of an underground hit, namely due to the fact you could only purchase the handset with an invite. Thankfully, if you've had your eyes on it for a while, OnePlus just revealed that its $300 Android smartphone is, more or...

China allegedly using iCloud to secretly collect user data

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 17:18
Notorious for the constant surveilling and censorship of its people, the Chinese government appears to be at it again -- this time with Apple iOS users. According to a report from GreatFire.org, a website that focuses on privacy matters, China has...

Dropbox's iOS 8 app adds support for Touch ID

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 16:46
Not to be outdone by Microsoft's recent refresh of OneDrive, Dropbox has now made its iOS app compatible with Apple's fingerprint-scanning technology, Touch ID, as well. You'll need iOS 8 in order for the feature to work, but chances are you're...

Notti smart light does notifications and wake-up calls with style

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 16:11
There are already a good handful of options in the smart bulb market, but if you're after something more of a portable mood light with notification feature, then Hong Kong startup Witti may have something for you. The Notti, a project just launched...

Virgin Galactic's ready to resume test flights to space

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 15:14
We've been waiting for Virgin Galactic to begin ferrying passengers to the edge of space for what seems like forever, but now it looks as if we might be getting close. CEO George Whitesides has announced that test-flights of the SpaceShipTwo are...

Spotify finally has subscription sharing for an extra $5 per user

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 14:41
Spotify has just addressed one of the main beefs with its service: the lack of ability to share a premium subscription. With Spotify Family, you can now share your $9.99 plan with up to four other folks for an extra $5 per. That means the price...

Bluesmart wants to crowdfund the 'world's first' connected luggage

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 14:00
Losing your luggage is no fun, but while companies like Trakdot have been selling trackers for some time, a startup is taking to Indiegogo to create what it calls the "world's first smart, connected carry-on." Bluesmart is a small suitcase with a...

Amazon Kindle Voyage review: The best e-reader is also the priciest

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 14:00
When Amazon introduced an updated version of its flagship Kindle Paperwhite last year, it took the easy way out -- after all, tweaked internals, improved software and slightly better lighting do not a thrilling e-reader make. The 2013 Paperwhite...

Gmail for Android could become a hub for all your email accounts

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 13:14
A leaked video spotted by Android Police appears to show sweeping changes for Gmail 5.0 on Android, including integration with Yahoo, Microsoft and other email services. We say "appears," because the strangely formatted video came from an anonymous...

'Doctor Who' will soon teach kids how to code

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:24
The BBC is tapping everyone's favorite time-traveling doctor to help get kids into coding. The broadcaster is launching The Doctor and the Dalek, a Doctor Who-themed game that features a number of puzzles designed to instill the fundamentals of...

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