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Wii U emulator (almost) runs 'Mario Kart 8' on your PC

Want a Wii U but don't want to own Nintendo's latest console? That's sort of possible now. I emphasize the "sort of" because the recently released Cemu emulator is almost entirely broken at this point. There isn't proper gamepad support, there's absolutely no audio and the game video stutters and …

You can now get a flu vaccine via a 'jet injector,' which shoots it straight into your arm without a needle

A futuristic-looking jet injector can shoot this year's flu vaccine into your arm without a needle.<p>Though it may look like something from a sci-fi …

Shaving will never be the same with this laser razor

It's 2015, so it only makes sense to shave our hair off with lasers, right?<p>Right. That's why Skarp Razor is replacing blade with a laser and plans to …

Quickly create a VPN with the Hotspot Shield browser extension

Access blocked content and protect yourself at public hotspots with the Hotspot Shield extension for Chrome or Firefox. It's free, easy and effective.<p>Can't watch Netflix from where you are located? Can't check in with your fantasy football team from behind your office's firewall? Can't use a public …

Information Systems

Fingerprints from 5.6 million people were stolen in huge U.S. data breach

More than a quarter of the victims in a cyberattack on the federal government — which lost data belonging to 21 million people — also had their …

AT&T bumps its "unlimited" plan to 22GB after major FCC fine

AT&T customers on unlimited data plans can now download a lot more before getting throttled. AT&T has changed its throttling policy so that it'll only slow down a subscriber on an unlimited plan once they've used 22GB of data within a single month, up from just 5GB under the old policy. It's also …

Net Neutrality

TiVo owners can finally download recordings on Android

About a year ago TiVo added video streaming to its Android app, and now the app can also download recordings for offline viewing. It's something TiVo DVR owners with iOS have been able to do for nearly two years, but better late than never (we guess). As noted by Dave Zatz, if you have a Roamio Pro …

Wacom Bamboo Spark puts your notes on paper on your smartphone

BERLIN — Our paperless society still has a lot of paper and a lot of people scribbling notes on them. The worst part is when we have to combine our …

Hulu Launches Ad-Free Subscription Tier For $12 Per Month

Streaming service Hulu just announced a new subscription tier to remove advertisements. As a reminder, a standard Hulu subscription costs $7.99 per month. The new commercial-free option costs $11.99 per month. It removes all the advertisements, with some notable exceptions.<p>According to the pricing …

Televisions

Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Lets iOS And Android Owners Download Titles For Offline Viewing

Amazon took a big step today to differentiate its Prime Instant Video service from rival Netflix: it’s becoming the first subscription-based video streaming service to make its content available for offline viewing on iOS and Android devices. Previously, the company allowed Amazon Fire tablet …

TV

Google's OnHub is an easy router that cures bad Wi-Fi

For most people, a Wi-Fi router is like a Ronco rotisserie: You set it and forget it. These often ugly networking boxes have one job: Give us Wi-Fi …

Flexible phone concept bends to control apps

This phone has a bendable screen, and it isn't just for show: it's equipped with a bending sensor and can actually be used as a form of input, like a stylus or your fingers on touchscreen displays. Our colleagues at <i>Engadget Chinese</i> got a chance to check the concept out at Touch Taiwan 2015, where …

LG's non-curved 4K OLED TVs are finally here

LG is finally ready to sell the OLED 4K TVs it revealed in January, including the first ever flat models. The Korean company has invested huge sums in OLED tech, believing that consumers will be drawn in by the improved black levels, better off-axis viewing angles and more saturated colors. We're …

With $55 million more, Grand Rounds aims to make health care more efficient

Owen Tripp is sitting in my Midtown Manhattan office and patiently listening to me ramble on about how difficult—no, <i>analog</i>—it is to see my local …

Health Care

Is It a Computer or Is It Bach? Program Fools Even Music Experts

A Yale computer scientist has developed a program that can create pieces of music close enough to baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach's work that people have trouble telling the two apart. "Kulitta," as creator Donya Quick calls it, learns from music provided for it to analyze, and creates new …

Flute

Flir One review: the thermal camera you need to see through the darkness

Flir One, a thermal imaging camera attachment to your iPhone or Android smartphone, is designed to let you peer deep into impenetrable places like walls and through the pitch black darkness of night. For this utilitarian purpose alone, contractors, sportspeople and homeowners will likely put the …

This $30 device defeats almost any keyless car or garage door

You probably don't think about thieves when you unlock your car, but Samy Kamkar certainly does. The security researcher known for his droll (and scary) hacks has created a device called "Rolljam" that cracks the wireless entry systems used by car- and garage-door makers. He demonstrated it at …

DJs can buy remix-friendly 'Stems' music files starting today

Back in March, Native Instruments -- the company behind the ubiquitous Traktor DJ software -- announced Stems: a music format that lets DJs and remixers to control individual parts of a track. Today Stems launches to the buying public on a number of popular music stores including Beatport and …

It just got way easier to order Subway

Subway is the latest – and reportedly largest – restaurant to embrace mobile. The sandwich-making chain announced that it now allows users to order …

FinTech

Canadian city app has a voice assistant powered by Watson

Watson can beat human Jeopardy players, help people cook, critique their writing -- and apparently, it can even help the citizens of Surrey, British Columbia with their everyday life. Software developer Purple Forge has tapped into the supercomputer's capabilities to give the Canadian city's app …

3D-printed bottle caps will let you know if your milk goes bad

If you're not a fan on the ol' smell test to see if milk has spoiled, you might soon be in luck. Researchers from the University of California at Berkley and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan created a "smart cap" for food storage containers that can detect spoilage. Using 3D-printed …

Use Microsoft Tossup to quickly get group feedback

Whether you're planning a meeting, looking for a dinner spot, or just conducting a friendly poll, Microsoft's new app makes it easy.<p>Ever try to get a group of people to agree on something? Like the best day and time to hold a meeting, or where to gather for lunch? Heck, unless you're all in the …

Apps

Backed By Tim Draper, DataWallet Pays Users To Share Their Online Data With Businesses

Consciously or not, there’s a kind of deal we make when we use many online services — in exchange for free access, we accept ads and give up some of our personal data. Now a startup called DataWallet is planning to make that exchange a little more rewarding, with real cash.<p>Brands often want access …

Personal Data

This Start-Up Wants to Trade You for Your Personal Data

As the number of Web applications that track personal data continues to grow, one start-up is hoping to convince you to give it up voluntarily.<p>While companies like DataCoup and Handshake offer cash rewards in exchange for your social media data and purchasing history, Ashwini Anburajan and her …

Personal Data

Disqus now lets you create your own discussion forums

Disqus is known for its hosted comments service, but the company has been hard at work building a community forum of its own for chatting about all sorts of things. And now, you can create your own channel to discuss whatever you’re interested in.<p>User channels are moderated by creators who want to …

CrowdSuit Wants To Help You Get Even With Your Phone Company

We all know telecoms are evil.* But as an individual, there’s rarely a way to fight back.<p>Enter CrowdSuit, a new company that aims to help phone customers seek legal redress against phone companies even when they cannot file class action suits. Telecoms increasingly are including a contract …

Net Neutrality

Floating plasma display makes fairies a reality

See that teensy Tinkerbell-shaped light above? That's not CGI -- that's a real floating display, and it's completely touchable too. Mid-air plasma displays aren't that prolific yet, but they're not exactly new either. However, floating lights created using existing techniques can usually burn skin, …

Sony introduces three new large Bluetooth and AirPlay compatible speakers with price tags to match

After releasing a new Bluetooth-enabled LED lightbulb last month, Sony is back again today with details on new wireless speaker options for your home. As a follow-up to Sony’s highly-rated previous generation models, these new speakers have a simple and unobtrusive design. However, it’s the price …

A Look At The Tech That Could Mean We Never Have To Charge Our Phones Again

Technology that can wirelessly power our devices on the go could change our world. Imagine never having to plug in your cell phone again, or technology that continuously keeps your electronic car battery running.<p>According to Energous Corporation, that day is just around the corner. Energous’ WattUp …

Electronics

The $300 'PITA' steals encryption keys with radio waves

Your computer is leaking information. It's not from the usual suspects: WiFi, Bluetooth or ethernet, but from radio waves originating from your processor. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Israel's Technion research institute have built a $300 device that captures those electromagnetic waves …