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Square Reveals A Thinner Credit Card Reader With Higher Accuracy And More Device Compatibility

Square did indeed reveal something new today as promised, and it’s a credit card reader design update, which is what we suggested was most likely yesterday when they teased the news. The new reader is thinner, and has a design that’s supposed to improve success rates at reading cards. Finally, the …

The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014

Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S.-based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed, …

iLoud Review: a Wireless Speaker That Lives up to Its Name

IK Multimedia has carved out a niche for itself over the past few years by selling low-cost, musician-friendly apps and hardware. The latest to hit the market is iLoud, a small Bluetooth speaker and audio interface designed for use with iOS and Android devices. I’ve been trying it for the past …

Time Machines: Atari's CES Endgame

<i>Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets, and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills.</i> <i>In the weeks leading up to the biggest gadget show on Earth, we'll be offering a special look at relics from CES' past.</i><p>Atari, a once …

IRL: 18 holes with the Zepp GolfSense swing analyzer

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>File this under "things we don't normally review at Engadget": a hand-worn sensor that analyzes your golf swing. …

Heyday, The New Journaling App, Reminds Me That I’m Kind Of Boring

When I met Siqi Chen, founder and CEO of the startup behind a new journaling app called Heyday, a few weeks ago, he said he’d built an app that offered a “more holistic” approach to tracking your life on your iPhone. Well, the app launched on Thursday, and since then, I’ve been testing it out to …

How would you change Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1?

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, everyone at Engadget was intrigued. Even more so, when the company postponed the launch for a radical redesign, a "predesign," if you will. When it arrived, it had the potential to be a Wacom-beater, a graphics tablet that you worked wherever you could …

Playing Next-Microsoft-CEO Bingo

The small, insular and inbred world of Microsoft watchers is on something of a hold at the moment, as we wait with breath partially bated to see who will run the company next. Each of us in this small cabal of journalists and writers – guess which I am – has a vested interest in who gets picked: If …

The War For Your Wrist

The past decade has seen the consumer electronics war grow more furious and more personal: your living room is a battlefield, as are your desks and your pockets. Now, more than a year-and-a-half since the Pebble (née Allerta) team saw its e-Paper smartwatch concept shatter a $100,000 Kickstarter …

The awakening of Android's sleeping giant: the Sony story

Sony was once an electronics giant. Combining innovation with quality enabled it to dominate the premium end of the market. In recent years, this worldwide conglomerate has had to look beyond electronics to find profit through its entertainment and financial services divisions. The electronics …

Through Glass:

Over the pond with Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo<p>Third in our continuing series on living with Google Glass . Paul O'Brien is the founder of the UK-based …

ASUS Padfone Mini Leaked On Twitter Before Announcement, Combines 4.3" Phone And Small Tablet

The Padfone form factor is a unique one, and even if it hasn't set the world on fire, I'm glad to see that ASUS continues to upgrade and modify it. …

Wood-backed Moto X leaked yet again, this time with a Verizon logo

If you're waiting on the wood, know that it's still coming<p>We know they are coming. Motorola has even said as much. So tonights' latest from @evleaks …

Bing for Android redesign delivers new daily wallpaper feature

Because Android phones are all about Google and its services, Microsoft has come up with a clever new way to entice people to use Bing for Android – …

Motorola CEO talks about Project Ara, wearable devices, and Moto X

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside sat down with YouTuber Marques Brownlee for an interview touching some interesting topics, from Motorola’s relation to Google, to the company’s plans for wearables, and the futuristic Project Ara.<p>Woodside reiterated that there’s still a firewall between Motorola and its …

“Aggressively priced” Nexus TV to launch in the first half of next year, report says

A new report says that Google will launch an Android-running Nexus TV set-top box at some point in the first half of 2014, with the device expected to be “aggressively priced.”<p>According to <i>The Information</i>, The Google Nexus TV would stream video from various sources including Netflix, Hulu and …

TIME Names The Chromecast Number One Gadget Of 2013 As Part Of 'Top Ten Of Everything' Series

To wrap up the year, TIME's been working on a "Top Ten of Everything 2013" series, listing off the top ten items in various categories from Pop …

Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities

We’ve already logged a few sightings of Verizon’s powerful new LTE network in New York and other cities, but in the last few months Verizon has been …

How cheap is too cheap for Android?

The HP 7-inch tablet is just one example of the new wave of sub-$100 tablets.<p>Late in November, Intel announced a partnership with HP that would bring a $99 Android tablet to Walmart stores, making HP the latest in a long line of companies to produce cheap Android tablets.<p>Cheap Android tablets …

Great balls of data! 2 sports devices you need for the holidays

When you think sports, the first word that comes to mind is likely not “sensors,” but two startups are using sensors to make some of the coolest products in data-focused sports training we’ve seen.<p>You hear about industries that are being “disrupted” by data: finance, education, healthcare, and …

‘Battlefield 4’ glitches take toll on Electronic Arts

An overview shows the Electronic Arts EA exhibition stand during the Gamescom 2013 fair in Cologne, Aug. 21. Ina Fassbender<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Video game publisher Electronic Arts said on Thursday it halted development on upcoming projects of its "Battlefield 4" game to fix technical problems that have …

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Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99

Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone(s aapl). How else do you explain the Typo iPhone Keyboard, …

Microsoft's immediate plans against NSA 'threat': court challenges, encryption and transparency

The NSA / PRISM / MUSCULAR scandal sparked by Edward Snowden's leaks stained many tech companies, and tonight Microsoft has laid out several plans it hopes will convince customers (particularly non-US businesses and foreign governments) they're safe using its products and services. In a blog post, …

Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email

Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens.<p>In a Google+ post – natch – Google asked its followers if they felt their online missives deserve …

Moto G vs Moto X (Video)

Motorola has shown its true colors this year, letting everyone know it doesn’t need to follow in the footsteps of its biggest competitors to raise a …

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African …

Marissa Mayer is an enigma, despite her carefully crafted image

Marissa Mayer has long played powerful roles in Silicon Valley, both as the face of Google and as Yahoo's CEO. However, the story of her rise to the highest echelons of Silicon Valley power is as much an inspiration in the tech world as it is fraught with long-simmering conflict. In a lengthy …

Good Deal: Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet for $99 at Microsoft Stores on Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be a distant memory, but Microsoft is creating 12 days of deals at its own retail stores to continue the bargains in the run-up to Christmas. The first day of sales commences on Monday, with Microsoft Stores selling Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet for just $99. It’s an …

Bluetooth 4.1 will bring more reliable, automatic connections, multiple roles, & more via software update

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has updated its Bluetooth specification to 4.1 with new features for both developers and users of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices. The update brings coexistence support for LTE, better connections, and improved data transfer, all of …