Engadget RSS Feed 9 April 2018

Cambridge Analytica tries to shoot down Facebook data sharing claims

Cambridge Analytica is facing incredible pressure over the Facebook data sharing scandal -- and not surprisingly, it's determined to share its version of events before Mark Zuckerberg testifies in congressional hearings. The company has posted a "se...

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You won't have to sign for credit card purchases much longer

For all of the progress the US has made in payment technology, it still clings to the past when it comes to credit card payments. You still have to sign for many in-person purchases, which is downright backwards in an era of chip-based cards and dig...

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What's on TV: 'The Expanse,' 'Lost in Space' and 'Chef's Table'

This week The Expanse comes back on Syfy, while on AMC The Walking Dead passes the baton to Fear the Walking Dead and on Fox it's finally time for more New Girl. Netflix's highly anticipated Lost in Space series is also streaming, while Amazon drops...

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Fake Black Lives Matter page on Facebook eclipsed the real thing

Facebook has had some success purging fake and misleading pages, but it's evident there's still work to do. CNN has discovered that the most popular Black Lives Matter page for the past year was a scam -- it was supposedly fundraising for BLM causes...

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Nest’s outdoor facial recognition camera is available in Europe

Nest released the weather-ready version of its facial recognition-equipped camera, the Cam IQ outdoor, last fall in the US. The device would theoretically notify you only if it recorded someone it hadn't seen before, so your kids playing in the yard...

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Pandora's CEO is doubling down on podcasts

By JP Mangalindan Pandora CEO Roger Lynch wants to offer listeners an easier way to discover new podcasts as the company adds more podcasts to its service and beefs up advertising. Indeed, podcasts will become a more significant aspect in the month...

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Backpage.com officials indicted following FBI shutdown

Last week, the US government seized the classified website Backpage.com, disabled it, and replaced its front page with a disclaimer announcing its shutdown. The site's cofounders had been the subject of law enforcement investigations into pimping, se...

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Microsoft’s object-detecting playmat brings toys to life

From Amiibos to Skylanders, game companies have led the 'toys to life' charge to translate real-world objects into digital worlds. But those have only transferred proprietary products. Microsoft researchers have developed a prototype smart playmat ca...

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'Star Trek: Discovery' has found its Christopher Pike

Star Trek: Discovery has been framed as a prequel to the original TV series, but there's been at least one conspicuous omission in that story: Christopher Pike, the captain of the USS Enterprise before James Kirk. He won't be missing for much longer...

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Overwatch League star fired amid sexual misconduct allegations

Overwatch League (OWL) is fairly new on the eSports scene; we're watching it evolve before our eyes. The last few months have shown us that acting badly in real life has gotten a handful of players punished, like Dallas Fuel player Felix "xQc" Lengye...

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HQ Trivia is getting more social

HQ Trivia has grown in popularity since launching last year, frequently attracting over one million players per game. Now, TechCrunch reports, the app will begin to incorporate a more social network-type feel, giving users the ability to connect with...

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Sam Fisher is confirmed for a 'Ghost Recon Wildlands' mission

If you were excited about the tease for military shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands getting a Splinter Cell crossover, you're in luck. The game's Twitter account just confirmed that Sam Fisher needs your help in a new add-on, "Special Operation 1 - Splint...

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Apple says it's now powered completely by renewable energy

After years of chasing the dream of clean energy, Apple announced that it's facilities are now 100 percent powered by renewable sources. That's up from the 96 percent in 2016, according to its latest energy report. Apple claims the new milestone cove...

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Oregon governor signs net neutrality bill into law

It's getting increasingly difficult for internet providers to take advantage of the FCC's looming net neutrality repeal. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed the state's recently passed net neutrality bill (HB 4155) into law, forcing ISPs to honor...

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Facebook starts telling users if Cambridge Analytica had their data

Though initial reports estimated that around 50 million Facebook users' information was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook upped that number to 87 million last week. The company also said that it would soon be informing those users...

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Two 'newly discovered' human organs aren't what they seem

For a minute there, 2018 was shaping up to be a year of new organ discoveries. In January, Dr. J. Calvin Coffey, foundation chair of surgery at the University of Limerick, declared that he had "discovered" a new organ, dubbed the mesentery. Then, in...

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Huawei P20 Pro teardown sheds light on its three cameras

Take a look at the P20 Pro and there's a good chance you'll wonder how Huawei managed to stuff three rear cameras into a phone roughly the same size as its two-cam rivals. Thankfully, it's no longer much of a mystery. The DIY repair crew at iFixit...

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Study says Twitter bots share 66 percent of links to popular websites

The Pew Research Center has just released a report detailing the role Twitter bots play in spreading links from popular websites. Researchers analyzed around 1.2 million tweets posted by 140,545 accounts between July 27th and September 11th, 2017 tha...

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IKEA's first Bluetooth speakers don't need assembly

IKEA's team-up with Sonos might not bear fruit until 2019, but that doesn't mean you'll have to go without distinctly Swedish speakers in the meantime -- in the wake of launches in Sweden and mainland Europe, the furniture giant has brought its inaug...

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What to expect from Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings

The next stop on Mark Zuckerberg's apology tour is the United States Congress. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Facebook co-founder and CEO will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation,...

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'Radical Heights' is Cliff Bleszinski's free-to-play battle royale game

That didn't take long. After announcing that LawBreakers wasn't living up to expectations (and making enough money), and teasing a new project on Friday, developer Boss Key has revealed the "passion project" it teased. Try to feign surprise when you...

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Blackmagic's new $1,295 compact shoots 4K RAW movies

As it teased, Blackmagic Design has unveiled a 4K version of its popular portable RAW camera at NAB 2018. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K packs a full-size, dual native ISO Micro Four Thirds sensor and can internally record 4K HDR RAW at 4,096 x 2,160 an...

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What we're buying: Toto's toilet upgrade and an old Game Boy Advance

This week's hardware IRL is still in the bathroom. Devindra Hardawar explains how his toilet upgrade bested even the SNES Classic to make it his most recent must-buy. Elsewhere, Rob LeFebvre (once again) gets his hands on a Game Boy Advance SP.

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Windows 3.0-style file browser lets you navigate like it's the 90s

Microsoft has released the source code for File Manager, the computer-navigating interface that debuted in Windows 3.0 and persisted through most of the 90s. Remember clicking rightwards through different folders, all nested in a single massive recta...

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In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It's the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity's beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks. In its early real...

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