Tech Week in Review

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

The Morning After: Tuesday, October 17th 2017

Welcome to Tuesday! Yesterday's news centered on a WiFi vulnerability that could affect pretty much anything that connects to wireless networks. We checked on which companies are already issuing fixes. Huawei launched its newest phone in another bid to establish itself as a top-tier smartphone …

Gravitational Waves

The Morning After: Monday, October 16th 2017

Welcome to the middle of October. As the pumpkin spice lattes floweth over, we've taken a look at the ropey world of fast-food tech stunts -- and highlight the weekend news.<p>From the Pizza Parka to the Windows 7 Whopper.<br>A ridiculous history of fast-food PR tech stunts<p>Who doesn't love a good …

League of Legends

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like the <i>Stranger Things</i> season two soundtrack/trailer and, wait one second, did that Twitter boycott actually work?<p>Does it have a mascot?Steve Wozniak just created his …

League of Legends

The Morning After: Friday, October 13th 2017

Good morning! Yesterday, we got a date for a giant robot battle, the chance to win tickets (and gadgets) for the Engadget Experience, and Virgin joined the Hyperloop... hype.<p>I don't recognize myself on social media anymore.<br>Fear of the US government led me to censor myself on Twitter<p>Reviews Editor …

Richard Branson

The Morning After: Thursday, October 12th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>This Thursday, one porn site is using AI to catalog the stars of its clips, Amazon has a waterproof Kindle (unrelated) and we discuss how <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> is pushing forward AI in fiction.<p>No strings on me.Oculus Santa Cruz gets closer to the future of wireless VR<p>…

Blade Runner 2049

The Morning After: Wednesday. October 11th 2017

Hey, good morning!<p>NVIDIA, a company best-known for its graphics cards, is making computers for self-driving cars, the company behind <i>Overwatch</i> has something new in the works and the Tamagotchi is back -- for some reason.<p>Oops?<br>Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7<p>Voice-controlled …

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The Morning After: Tuesday, October 10th 2017

It's Tuesday morning and we've got a proper trailer for <i>The Last Jedi</i> and WiFi networks that can monitor your breathing. Oh, and a monstrous new RED camera that you probably can't afford, but would like to hear all about.<p>A modding tool for adding emulated games supports Nintendo's …

Last Jedi

The Morning After: Monday, October 9th 2017

Hey, good morning!<p>Welcome to your week! Over the weekend, we mention a few ghosts from smartphone past, we pour one out for the end of AIM, and there's the return of our robotic table-tennis rival.<p>It's a KEYOne for the less-traditional crowd.BlackBerry Motion arrives with no keyboard and a giant …

Windows 10 Mobile

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>Welcome to the weekend. The voice of a generation is going quiet, and Apple is about to deliver new emoji.<p>Won't BRB this time.AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 15th<p>AIM started out as the built-in chat application in America Online's desktop …

Gran Turismo Sport

The Morning After: Friday, October 6th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>Netflix prices are up, we cringe at the VR headsets and head-mounted displays of yesteryear, and we gaze into Samsung's incredibly widescreen gaming monitor.<p>FYI.Netflix raises its prices again<p>Surprise -- Netflix is nudging prices on two of its plans a bit …

Retro

The Morning After: Thursday, October 5th 2017

Hey, good morning!<p>All Google everything. You name it, and Google launched it. Phones, headphones, VR, speakers, camera, laptop -- and all with AI in one form or another. It's Thursday.<p>Two sizes, almost the same phone.Google introduces the Pixel 2 series -- and it's really proud of the camera<p>After …

Google

The Morning After: Wednesday, October 4th 2017

We're just a few hours away from meeting Google's new Pixels -- check the liveblog here at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT. Until then, catch up on all the other news, including Tesla's big-rig leak, and the bad news about Yahoo's 2013 security breach.<p>And 'Halo Recruit' is coming to mixed reality.<br>Samsung shows …

Mixed Reality

The Morning After: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

This Tuesday morning, PlayStation's boss steps down, Roku makes a 4K streaming stick and Google Street View offers one artist relief from anxiety.<p>New levels. <br>Andrew House steps aside as the boss of all things PlayStation<p>When Andrew House took over PlayStation in 2011, the brand was in rough shape, …

Large Hadron Collider

The Morning After: Monday, October 2nd, 2017

This Monday morning, we're getting surprise deep-space photos, laying out the struggles in getting power back in Puerto Rico and juggling our favorite Switch games in a bid to play... more Switch games.<p>ESA discovered that the last few packets of data it sent make up an image.<p>Rosetta probe's last …

Nintendo Switch

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.<p>Welcome to the weekend. After Apple and Amazon, it's Google's turn to reveal some new hardware next week. We have all the information you'll need to prepare, plus some of the big stories from this past week like our SNES Classic Edition review and Twitter's …

Travis Kalanick

The Morning After: Friday, September 29th 2017

Good morning! More Mars colony announcements, blood-sugar monitors that don't need to break the surface of your skin and a GoPro that truly delivers on high-quality video. The future is here this Friday morning.<p>Earth-to-Earth trips on BFR.SpaceX's next rocket could take you to Mars, or London<p>At a …

Red Dead Redemption

EU tells tech companies to curb hate speech or face consequences

The European Union (EU) has proposed a raft of new measures to tackle online hate speech, telling social media companies that they can expect legal consequences if they don't get rid of illegal content on their platforms. Despite companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google pledging to do more to …

Censorship

GoPro updates Karma drone with much-needed 'follow me' feature

When GoPro announced it was working on a drone, pretty much everyone thought that it'd have some sort of "follow" feature. It didn't. But it had the required technology all along. Finally, today, Karma is being updated to unlock that feature, along with a few other goodies.<p>There are two new …

Drones

GoPro Hero 6: 4K 60 FPS, better stabilization and HDR photos

When GoPro hosts an event in the fall, you get no prizes for guessing what's coming. CEO Nick Woodman just revealed the Hero 6 here in San Francisco, to no one's surprise. What <i>is</i> surprising (if you ignored the leaks) is that the new camera has one big, largely invisible change: the image processor …

Cameras

Face ID parts could cause iPhone X shortages

It's safe to say that people are eagerly anticipating the iPhone X; it represents a step forward in design and tech for Apple. But now, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that difficulties in manufacturing components crucial to Face ID could lead to significant shortages of the iPhone X.<p>The components …

IPhone X

LG's V30 will be available in the US on October 5th

There's been a bit of hype surrounding the LG V30 phone; our senior editor for mobile, Chris Velazco, was very impressed with it, saying "it's been ages since LG built a phone this good." Now, we have some release information for you. It's coming to all four US carriers and will be available …

LG V30

Changing your race in virtual reality

John Howard Griffin was perhaps the best-known race swapper of the 20th century.<p>In 1959, the white Texan writer went undercover as a black man in the Jim Crow South. Griffin spent days under a tanning lamp, took drugs for the skin pigmentation disorder vitiligo and shaved his head but otherwise …

Racism

'Red Dead Redemption 2' trailer introduces a new anti-hero

While the original <i>Red Dead Redemption</i> was about a wistful cowboy trying to make things right, its sequel sounds a bit different. In <i>Red Dead Redemption 2</i>, you're playing as Arthur Morgan, an outlaw, who along with his Van Der Linde gang, seems out to rob pretty much anyone who crosses his path. The …

Red Dead Redemption

Google Play matches Apple’s $20 price for select 4K titles

Two weeks ago, Apple announced that 4K HDR titles would be available in the iTunes store to go along with the 4K Apple TV. Ultra HD movies were priced at just $20, which led Amazon to recently follow suit. And now Google has done the same -- select 4K movies in the Play store are priced at $20.<p>We …

Google Play

Learn how to build 15 Arduino projects from scratch

Makers and hobbyists love Arduino development boards for a reason: they make it easy to get started with homebrew electronics. All you need to interact with LEDs, sensors, and other hardware components is a $7 microcontroller and a reasonably-capable PC for programming. To help you wrap your head …

Arduino

US Senate reaches deal on self-driving cars

Democrats and Republicans can't get on the same page about most things, but robots driving cars is apparently a-okay no matter your political affiliation. After the House approved a bipartisan pact, both sides in the Senate agreed to a deal making it easier for Ford, GM and other automakers to get …

Transportation

Uber's former self-driving lead is creating an AI religion

In a development that wouldn't be out of place in a <i>Black Mirror</i> episode, we could soon be worshipping an artificially intelligent god figure. And this isn't a satirical take on our existing roles as disciples of social media, or the transcendental joy we feel when an Uber Eats delivery arrives. …

Anthony Levandowski

Equifax to launch a free lifetime credit lock service

Equifax's new chief knows it'll take a lot of effort to make people trust the credit reporting agency again. He started by penning a letter of apology published by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, wherein he admitted that the company wasn't able to live up to people's expectations. Equifax was hacked, he …

Equifax

Facebook wants to simplify blood donor searches in India

Facebook is lending a hand to help solve India's safe blood shortage. Its solution is to leverage its popular social network to put people in touch with blood donors. Starting in October, users in India will be able to sign up to become donors via their profile or by clicking on a designated promo …

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