Engadget's Tech Week in Review

By Engadget | Bookending the week with a look at our top stories from the past 7 days.

Verizon is reportedly close to buying Yahoo for $5 billion

Do you Yahoo? Verizon does.<p>Remember when Verizon bought out AOL (Engadget's parent brand) last year? Then get ready for deja vu: the communications giant is reportedly in closing talks to purchase Yahoo later this year. Sources familiar with the deal have told <i>Bloomberg</i> and ReCode that Verizon is …

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NVIDIA's new top-end graphics card is the $1,200 Titan X

The card easily bests the new GTX 1080, but costs twice as much.<p>If you recently bought a $599 NVIDIA GTX 1080 in order to have the fastest rig around, I have bad news. NVIDIA has revealed the latest Titan X, a graphics card with 12GB of GDDR5X memory and 3,584 cores running at 1.53 GHZ, yielding an …

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Try passing 'The Turing Test' August 30th on Xbox One

It's also slated for a Steam release next month.<p>Given video gaming's reliance on artificial intelligence and penchant for sci-fi themes, it's surprising that only now there's a game named after Alan Turing's famous A.I. test. Here we are though, with <i>The Turing Test</i> hitting Xbox One on August 30th. …

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PSVR's 'cinematic mode' boasts a virtual 226-inch screen

Sony says that size is akin to sitting front row at a movie theater.<p>No matter how big your TV might be, a movie theater screen will likely always be bigger. But with PlayStation VR you can simulate up to a 226-inch display using the headset's Cinematic Mode. Cinematic Mode, of course, is the …

Virtual Reality

Moto Z and Z Force Droid review: The risks are mostly worth it

Motorola's new flagships are metal, modular and mostly exciting.<p>Ever since the original Moto X came out, I've been fascinated by Motorola. We saw one of the biggest, oldest brands in communications take a long, hard look at where it's been and chart a thoughtful path forward. Flash forward a few …

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Apple and Facebook helped bust the world's biggest torrent site

Feds charge 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin over his involvement in piracy website KickassTorrents.<p>When you're the owner of the world's biggest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you'd expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that's what …

Facebook

Vine is a sinking ship, but one worth saving

So long as it starts respecting its talent.<p>If you haven't checked in on Vine recently, you might find the six-second video network looks a little less vibrant than it used to. The service has seen most of its high-profile creators move over to other platforms, while executives are quitting en …

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A month without bacon because my genes said so

Or, how I started worrying and learned to love kale.<p>If you've ever stumbled across the more inspirational corner of Instagram, you'll find plenty of images pertaining to motivation. After all, few of us are physically incapable of at least trying to be athletic, but not everyone will haul enough …

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NYC's next subway cars have WiFi and USB ports built-in

And don't forget the digital displays.<p>The New York City subway system is gearing up for a major overhaul meant to bring a "modernized look and feel" to lighting, wayfinding and subway cars by the year 2020. At a press conference on Monday, Governor Andrew Guomo announced the Metropolitan …

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HP's Elite X3 Windows Phone launches next month for $699

The phone that wants to replace your laptop hits stores on August 29th.<p>Been waiting for a phone that could pull triple duty as your handheld, laptop and desk machine? Then your day has almost come: HP says that its Elite X3 will hit shelves late next month. The $699 handset is HP's first smartphone …

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Nintendo won't offer additional games for the Classic Mini

What's in the box is all you'll get.<p>Bad news, Nintendo fans: The Classic Mini that was announced earlier today won't be able to play <i>R.C. Pro-Am</i>, <i>Stadium Events</i>, <i>Little Nemo: The Dream Master</i> or anything else beyond what's in the NES-themed box. Nor will it be able to connect to the internet to …

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One frightening live sex show and the state of 360 video

It's not right; but it’s OK.<p><b>NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.</b><p>A woman with an enormous, warped vagina stands over you, attempting to situate a pair of naked coeds just so on an overstuffed sectional. Their faces distort and sporadically …

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Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

"The research is really, really clear on this."<p>Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network <i>Psych Central</i>, and he knows all about the latest tools …

Mental Health

The 'world's smallest 4K camera' has big ambitions

Mokacam proves high-end features don't require a Hollywood budget.<p>If your sole guidance on an industry was the share price of the market leader, then you'd definitely consider it a tough 12 months for action cameras. That said, newcomer So Special Labs isn't put off. In fact, it thinks its Mokacam …

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'Pokémon Go' is the 'aha' moment AR has been waiting for

Niantic's capture fest might be the killer app that augmented reality needs to catch on.<p>Pokémon is <i>a thing</i> right now thanks to <i>Pokémon Go</i>. Niantic's AR creature-catching game is number one in both the Android and iOS app stores, and it's on track to have more daily active users than Twitter thanks to …

Gaming

Don't believe the 'Pokémon Go' privacy hype

Save that seething rage for all your other apps.<p>When the Pokémon Go obsession reached full saturation this week, privacy concern whispers became full-blown hysterical shrieks when a researcher's blog post accused the game's maker of taking over its users' Google accounts. As it turned out, the …

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The best connected home might be one built for you

Homebuilders are offering automated homes using HomeKit<p>Outfitting your home with Internet of Things devices can still be a pain. Figuring out which pieces of hardware from different companies work together is a trip down a confusing rabbit hole. But for those in the market for a connected home, is …

Domestic Technology

Getting lost in the woods isn't so bad with this tech

We took a gadget-filled walk through the redwoods.<p>A walk through the woods. It sounds wonderful. Birds chirping, deer frolicking off in the distance, the majesty of the trees, the opportunity to get lost and drink river water that ties your stomach in knots. Hiking doesn't have to be a combination …

Outdoors

Samsung's Serif TV is designed to blend in with your furniture

It'll hit the US in August for $1,499.<p>Other than size difference, most televisions on the market today look practically the same. With Serif TV, a sleek set that's designed to blend in with your furniture at home or office, Samsung wanted to take a different approach. Earlier this month, the …

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Cooking in the great outdoors

Four solutions to eating while sitting in dirt.<p>Camping is a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the overly stimulating modern world. If you're fortunate, you'll venture beyond cell coverage for a distraction-free trip into the wild. It's wonderful... until you realize you can't …

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Facebook says a 'glitch' briefly deleted Falcon Heights video

"We’re very sorry that the video was temporarily inaccessible," a spokesperson told TechCrunch.<p>A Facebook Live video capturing the aftermath of a fatal police shooting briefly disappeared from Facebook after going viral on Wednesday night, and the social networking site has apologized, blaming the …

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NVIDIA's GTX 1060 delivers GTX 980 speeds for $249

This is NVIDIA’s answer to AMD’s cheap new GPU.<p>If you haven't noticed by now, 2016 is shaping up to be a killer year for PC gaming hardware. We've already seen two major new video cards from NVIDIA, the powerhouse GTX 1080 and the mid-range 1070, as well as a supremely capable budget GPU in AMD's …

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China finished the world's largest single-aperture telescope

The 500-meter dish will now listen out for signs of extra-terrestrial life.<p>For the past 53 years, Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has been the king of radio telescopes. No more. China has just finished construction of its Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), which is 64-percent …

Asia

Juno has begun its tour of Jupiter after a five-year journey

Welcome to Jupiter.<p>Juno's five-year journey has come to an end, and soon, it will start taking measurements and capturing images of the largest planet in our solar system. The spacecraft, which aptly carries Lego figures of the Roman god Jupiter, his wife the goddess Juno and Galileo, has entered …

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Solar road technology comes to Route 66

The small test could help power the US and keep the highway clear.<p>Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route …

Transportation

Wendy's says over 1,000 locations affected by credit card breach

Malware on the franchise's point-of-sale systems is believed to be the source of the attack.<p>Fast food chain Wendy's announced in February that is was looking into a possible security breach. The franchise followed up in May confirming it found malware on its point-of-sale systems that was being …

Personal Finance

Australian police urge 'Pokémon Go' players to pay more attention

Remember to look up and away from your phone when playing.<p>Zealous new <i>Pokémon Go</i> trainers around the world are out catching 'em all, but a police station in Australia is warning against actually walking into the station just to nab the items that could be lurking there.<p>It may seem like advice that …

Australia

The Spectre 13.3 is the most intriguing thing HP has made in years

The world's thinnest notebook is also surprisingly powerful, but there are a couple of trade-offs.<p>It's been a long time since I've wanted to test a laptop this badly. The HP Spectre 13.3 isn't just the world's thinnest notebook; it's the most exciting device Hewlett-Packard has made in years. I …

Laptops

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes banned from owning a lab

US regulators placed a two-year ban on the owners of Theranos based on their review of its CA lab.<p>Spoiler warning in case you don't want to know how the movie will probably end: the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports US regulators have devised to ban the owners and operators of Theranos from running a lab …

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