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See Halo 5's Newly Designed UNSC Vehicles

Following last week's reveal of the redesigned Covenant vehicles for Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries has now released new images of the game's UNSC vehicles and talked more about how they've changed.<p>Click through the gallery above to see pictures of the Scorpion, Mongoose, Gungoose, Rocket …

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Google Just Released A New Map Trivia Game And It's Really Fun

In this case, they've made a fun little trivia game that I could probably waste an entire weekend playing.<p>It's called "Smarty Pins," and works inside of Google Maps. The basic premise is that you answer a series of questions based on geography, dropping your pin on the location of your answer.<p>It's …

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YouTube, like Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video

When videos blur, buffer, or won’t play altogether, YouTube is now pinning the blame on your internet service provider.<p>“Experiencing interruptions?” reads the message in a blue bar underneath choppy video, as seen in the above screenshot. Clicking “find out why” brings you to Google’s new website, …

First Xbox One feature update goes live

Microsoft's spring update for the Xbox One is here! (Cue triumphant trumpets.) It's a few days later than anticipated but, as they say, better late than never. The first major update for the console packs a host of improvements, including better Kinect voice recognition, improved all-round …

Titanfall switches to an open beta on Xbox One today, PC will follow soon

Xbox One owners furiously refreshing their inboxes (or Respawn founder Vince Zampella's Twitter feed) looking for <i>Titanfall</i> beta codes can step away from the F5 button -- it's switching to an open beta. According to Major Nelson, it will appear on your console under the new game demos section, …

Feedback Loop: Gaming PCs and next-gen consoles, favorite Kickstarter projects and more!

<i>Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we</i> …

Rock Band and Guitar Hero creator's next game is Chroma, a free-to-play rhythm-based shooter (yes, really)

Harmonix is charting new territory yet again. The studio that birthed both <i>Guitar Hero</i> and <i>Rock Band</i>, and the only third-party game-development house that created a successful Kinect franchise (<i>Dance Central</i>), announced a new game today: <i>Chroma</i>. Unlike the studio's last several games, <i>Chroma</i> is headed …

Make your own clothes with this open source printer

Store-bought clothing can be expensive, but not everyone has the talent or patience to make their own attire. That may not be an issue if OpenKnit takes off, though. The open source platform combines an affordable (under $757), build-it-yourself clothing printer with Knitic design software to let …

OnLive creator's next project could put an end to cellular reception woes

Remember Steve Perlman? The serial entrepreneur has moved on from OnLive's messy transition and launched an enterprise called Artemis, with the lofty goal of fixing the cellular congestion plaguing modern carriers. Called pCell, it works by forcing frequencies that normally interfere and bog down a …

Your carrier wants you to buy into early upgrades, but should you take the bait?

We get it. It's been a year since you got a new phone, and it doesn't have a Super Ultra HD screen, 80MP camera or fancy pants 50-core processor. You pine for the latest and greatest mobile toy, but it's probably going to cost you a lot, right? Well, yes. But in the past year, every major US …

Do you really need a 4K smartphone screen?

See those two screens up there? Pretty soon the smartphone will have the same resolution as the much bigger panel (a 27-inch Dell U2711 monitor with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels). While the snappiest CPUs, more RAM, better cameras and other frills are a must for the latest handsets, the current marketing</i> …

US military tries using small electric jolts to keep soldiers awake

Soldiers don't have many options for overcoming sleep deprivation outside of a good cup of coffee. If the Air Force Research Laboratory's experiments prove successful, though, troops may rely on tiny jolts of electricity to stay alert. By using a mild current to stimulate key parts of the brain, …

HTC wants to combine all your Android phones to cure diseases (video)

With smartphones packing so much processing power these days, HTC reckons we can combine them all to do some meaningful number crunching à la SETI@home and Folding@home. We're talking about curing diseases (AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's and more) as well as searching for alien life. As such, the mobile …

AT&T expands LTE roaming to 13 more countries

Mobile World Congress is in Spain, which is lucky, because today's the day that AT&T allows its users to use LTE while they're there. Following the deal with Rogers in Canada, 'Ma Bell has pushed out a list of 13 countries, including Japan, Russia and South Korea, where road warriors can now suck …

Meet Samsung's new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

Samsung's new Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That's because Tizen, the company's open-sourced OS, has taken over the reins for the line begot by the barely five-month-old Galaxy Gear. And, in typical Samsung fashion, the company hasn't released just one …

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching on April 11th in 150 countries

Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11th in 150 countries. Over here in the US, it'll be available on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Ma Bell is going one step further, offering up the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 has an 'ultra power saving' mode to maximize battery life

Samsung's new Galaxy S5 doesn't skimp on battery power, with an expected 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. When you're on hour 11 of watching cat videos with no charger in site, the handsets new "ultra power-saving mode" will keep your handset purring along …

No, Netflix's deal with Comcast won't destroy the internet

Sure Netflix and Comcast have jointly announced a connection deal, but what does that mean exactly? The internet's backbone, peering agreements and content delivery network's aren't things users spend most of their time talking about, but they play a huge part in whether you get <i>House of Cards</i> in 4K …

AT&T announces free, unlimited international text, picture and video messaging for Mobile Share customers

Starting February 28th, all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value users will be able to send text picture and video messages internationally for free. However, there's a not-so ulterior motive behind the announcement (one that's referenced in AT&T's own release), as in comparison "other …

Blackphone aims to protect your privacy in a world where your data is for sale

Information is a currency. For every company selling your details for profit, there's another selling you the promise of more security. Recognizing that consumers are running a gauntlet every time they pick up their smartphone, a group of companies has partnered up to offer something different. …

Xbox One's pre-Titanfall multiplayer update goes live today: here's everything in it

We've already touched on what you could expect from the Xbox One's next update, but <i>now</i> it's here. Alongside those multiplayer improvements (easier invites, chat upgrades), Twitch TV live-streaming is here (though you won't be able to broadcast until the app is updated), as well as a new quiet mode …