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YouTube starts testing silky smooth, ultra HD video quality

YouTube introduced videos that play at 60 frames per second last year and ones viewable in 4K resolution in February. Now, the website is starting to experiment with videos that are both silky smooth <i>and</i> ultra high-def. <i>TechCrunch</i> has spotted a low-key, semi-secret playlist comprised of only six …

4K Ultra HD

The best cheap router (for most people)

<i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the original full article below at</i> <i>TheWirecutter.com</i><p>If I wanted the cheapest good WiFi router I could get, I would buy the TP-Link TL-WDR3600. It's a wireless-n router that costs $60 but outperforms …

Wi-Fi

Official-looking render of Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leaks out

Samsung's already had its big launch event ruined by those pesky leakers and now, even its official partners are piling on. A Reddit user by the name of iamdenden, apparently a Sprint employee, has posted an image of both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge standing by side-by-side. The same …

Phones

Tesla Model S P85D's 'Insane Mode' lives up to its name

Apparently some people haven't heard that Tesla's dual-motor, all-wheel-drive P85D upgrade to its Model S turns the car into a performance monster. An aptly named "Insane Mode" turns up the power so owners can experience the promised 0 - 60mph in 3.2 seconds (in the regular Sport mode it takes …

Tesla

Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office

As Microsoft's big news day winds down, people will mostly be talking about two things: the next version of Windows, and that insane headset that lets you see holograms in your living room. If you ask me, though, one of the most impressive things the company announced was actually a giant pen …

Windows 10

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

Put these on your do-not-buy list.<p><i>This article was written by Leah Zerbe and Emily Main and repurposed with permission from</i> Rodale News<i>.</i><p>What's the one food you refuse to eat? Peas? Tofu? Liver and onions? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastes, not necessarily …

Nutrition

Thync's mood-changing wearable made me happy and frustrated

It's eight-thirty in the morning. I'm sitting in a hotel suite in Las Vegas. My colleague Dan Cooper is sitting next to me in near silence. Both of us are in the same room, with the same silence, but we're feeling very different things. I have an intense, yet not uncomfortable "tight" sensation on …

Samsung will soon let you download 4K movies

The few 4K video services that exist right now typically require that you stream whatever you're watching -- not very practical given the subpar state of broadband in some areas. You won't have to settle for a mere 1080p for much longer, though. Samsung is teaming up with its frequent media partner …

Blockbusters

Why sitting will kill you (and what to do about it)

If you work anywhere in or around technology, chances are you've either witnessed or are a member of the standing-desk craze, the natural offshoot of the increasing medical research suggesting sitting in your Herman Miller Aeron chair will actually kill you faster than smoking. But standing's the …

Working adults are too busy emailing to care about social media

This new Pew Research survey might explain why the most active people in your Facebook friends list are your grandparents and selfie-loving high school cousin. The research firm asked over a thousand adults online what role technology plays in their work lives, and according to the results, those …

Networking and storage: Nine most interesting products of 2014

It's been a long and eventful year for networking and storage. Among other things, 2014 marked the debuts of the first quad-stream and also the first tri-band Wi-Fi routers. And it's also the year solid-state drives officially became affordable.<p>However, out of the many devices I've worked with …

Wi-Fi

Here's what our readers are saying about the Galaxy Note 4

Apple may have just stepped into the larger phone market this fall with the iPhone 6 Plus, but Samsung's Galaxy Note line of Android devices is currently in its fourth generation. Our own review of this 5.7-inch "phablet" noted how it's been given a chance to "grow, mature and dominate the genre." …

Samsung's 4K-ready NX1 camera finally comes to the US

The NX1, Samsung's first camera capable of shooting 4K video, was originally expected to be released last month here in the States. And even though this was clearly not the case, the company has been doing everything it can to hype up its new compact system in the meantime, including a partnership …

This is Verizon's Droid Turbo: 5.2-inch Quad HD display, up to 48 hours of battery life

What's black and Kevlar and screams "turbo"? Okay, yes, a modded BMW M3. But also Verizon's latest smartphone, the Droid Turbo by Motorola. Regular Engadget readers assuredly know <i>a lot</i> about this phone already: it's got a 5.2-inch Quad HD AMOLED display covered in Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, a …

Ikea hopes its new motorized standing desk will get you out of your chair

Study after study reveals the same thing: it simply isn't healthy to sit for extended periods of time every day. But making the switch and buying a standing desk is a big commitment. That's where Ikea comes in: the company has brought its stylish looks, reasonable prices, and goofy Swedish names to …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now

What began in 2011 as a brand-new phone category has flourished into one of the most popular in the world. Smartphones with big screens (phablets, to some) are now ubiquitous, but it all started with an odd device called the Samsung Galaxy Note. At 5.3 inches, it was a behemoth for its day -- and …

Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years

Fast-charging batteries are all nice and good, but the lifespan matters, too -- why should you have to replace power packs (or entire devices) every couple of years ? You may not have to give up performance <i>or</i> longevity if researchers at Nanyang Technology University have their way. They've …

Sharp's all-screen AQUOS Crystal arrives at Sprint

We knew the Sharp AQUOS Crystal was coming, but we weren't exactly sure when. That's all changed thanks to news from Sprint. The handset, packing a nigh edge-to-edge display, has just reachedSprint Prepaid and Boost Mobile (either at Best Buy or a Boost Mobile retail store) for $150. If you'd …

Microsoft's Sway lets you share ideas on the web without any design skills

Sharing ideas on the web is tricky. You probably want something more persuasive than a social network update, but it's usually overkill to design a whole web page just to get your point across. Microsoft may have reached a happy balance between the two with Sway, a new part of the Office portfolio …

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 will land in the US on October 17

It seems like one giant smartphone has been getting all the attention lately, but one of its biggest rivals (literally) is finally set to touch down stateside. Samsung confirmed today that the Galaxy Note 4 will hit the US on October 17, and you can lay claim to yours starting tomorrow from all the …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

The new Galaxy Note Edge is revealed at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) - TechRadar take a look<p>Technology giant <b>Samsung</b> unveiled its Galaxy Note Edge smartphone at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday.<p>Specifications include: a curved edge screen, 32 or 64 GB storage with 3 GB RAM, 1600 x 2560 …

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HP unveils souped-up Chromebooks and a wider range of detachable tablets

HP definitely isn't showing up to IFA empty-handed. To start, it's greatly expanding its line of detachable Windows tablets beyond the middle-of-the-road Split x2. The star of the show is undoubtedly a revival of the Envy x2 line. It's much more powerful this time around -- the tablet is using …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Note Edge breaks the mold and the bank in its quest for curve - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge's curved, asymmetrical shape and brand-new interface deliver a cutting-edge design that really lives up to its name.<p><b>The Bad</b> It's wider and much pricier than the Note 4 without dramatically increasing the phone's functionality. You'll have to adapt to navigating …

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 looks and feels like a premium device (hands-on)

When Samsung launched the very first Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, the device -- a 5.3-inch behemoth that came with a stylus - seemed absurdly large. But the idea was crazy enough to work: It was the beginning of a brand-new phone genre adopted by nearly every handset maker around the world and beloved …

You can carry a privacy-minded wireless hotspot in your pocket

Devices like the Safeplug can deter companies and governments from snooping on your devices at home, but they're not much good when you're on the road. That's where the PORTAL (Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty) project comes into play. Load the customized firmware on to certain travel …

Guess and Martian Watches team up on style-conscious smart wristwear

Apparently, conventional watchmakers couldn't resist the allure of smartwatches for very long. Guess Watches has just unveiled a partnership with Martian Watches to develop style-conscious, voice-guided smart wristwear. Details for the new wearables are scarce right now, but the two brands are …

What you need to know about hybrid and electric cars

Nearly a hundred years ago, a deal between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to make electric cars fell apart because 1914 battery technology wasn't up to the job. From then on, cars ran almost exclusively on gas, driving us straight into our current global warming mess. Now, Ford has joined companies …

See how Tesla intends to Supercharge the world

Is the thought that you might end up running out of juice in the middle of nowhere keeping you from buying an electric vehicle? Tesla wants to assuage those fears (in hopes that you'll get one of its EVs, of course) by laying out its plans to build a lot more Supercharger stations in the US. At the …

Google Now Launcher available for most Android phones

The trusty Google Now launcher that debuted on the Nexus 5 had already made its way to the rest of that family and Play Edition devices. Now, folks wielding any handset running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and later can grab the feature, even if it's absent one of the aforementioned monikers. The …

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium …