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LuckyTrip Lets You Find Your Next Trip In One Tap

I’m a sucker for apps that, on the surface at least, appear incredibly simple and reduce cognitive load considerably. LuckyTrip is one of those apps. Available for iOS, it lets you find a trip in just one tap.<p>Perhaps taking its inspiration from Google’s original ‘feeling lucky’ search engine, after …

Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox — the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's <i>StarTalk</i> podcast (the relevant section starts …

Apple Loop: iPhone 6S Wins The Internet, Apple's Crowdsourced Innovation, Apple TV's Biggest Mistake

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a summary of the September 9th event, details on Apple’s inspirations, the differences between the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the new iPad portfolio, more fashionable takes on the Apple Watch, AirBNB’s …

Jaybird X2 Bluetooth headset announced, even better than its predecessor

When it comes to Bluetooth headphones, there’s not many good options out there, but Jaybird has managed to become one of those manufacturer we always keep in mind. Their BlueBuds X headphones did amazingly in our review, and the company has improved these even further with the latest iteration. …

Windows 10 -- how to download it right now

Microsoft has launched Windows 10 in 190 countries, and more than 14 million people have already downloaded it. However, while the OS is a free …

Polish Your Selfies Like A Pro

Generation selfie might be flirting with livestreaming apps but that doesn’t mean it’s abandoned its primary love affair with lensing and filtering shots of its own face. God no. How else would it continue injecting the required expressiveness across its social feeds?<p>And so public places remain …

The Apple Watch as a fitness device (as written by a runner)

I was supposed to review the Apple Watch. That was the plan, but then, when Engadget had its first chance to test the device, I was on vacation. Specifically, I was in France, where I ran the Paris Marathon, my sixth 26.2-mile race in five years. As it happens, our Editor-in-Chief Michael wrote a …

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Tesla is in trouble

The stock closed on Friday at $185, but flirted with $180 during the trading day.<p>On Wednesday, shares traded above $200, but dipped 8% by the end of the week.<p>The stock hit a trading peak of $291 in September, 2014. It has been highly volatile since then, moving up and down based on news about the …

This Chrome Extension Makes YouTube a Serious Music Player

YouTube launched its music platform late last year to little fanfare, offering all you can eat music for $7.99/month on the site, with no ads.<p>While many of us use YouTube to listen to the occasional song, it’s no match for a real music service like Spotify or Google Music since it doesn’t offer …

iPad Air 2's A8X Chip Includes Semi-Custom Series6XT Graphics With Eight Cores

New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from <i>AnandTech</i> revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought.<p>Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner …

These are the iOS 8 app extensions you need on your iPhone 6

Apple brought plenty of improvements to its mobile operating system with the release of iOS 8, but one of the most intriguing additions is one that …

Elon Musk may be getting into the satellite business

Well, maybe<p>Elon Musk, the chief executive of automotive company Tesla — which reported a $75 million loss earlier this week and delayed, again, its Model X SUV — is considering global internet satellites as his next venture, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reported.<p>Musk is exploring a partnership with Greg …

Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation

Tired of hearing little more than soundbites from tech luminaries such as Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk? Today's your lucky day. <i>Vanity Fair</i> has posted its full video interviews with both Ive and Musk, giving you an insight into how the two executives work. Not surprisingly, Ive's chat …

This is Tesla's D: an all-wheel-drive Model S with 'autopilot'

A new top of the line<p>It's a typically warm fall night in Los Angeles, and just after sunset Elon Musk takes the wraps off "the D." This isn't a lewd joke much of the internet imagined: it's the company's new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version of its Model S sedan, one that promises faster …

Carl Icahn predicts Apple share price will more than double

Veteran corporate raider Carl Icahn has predicted that Apple shares will double to more than $200 (£124) each as he began his latest campaign to force the company into another stock buyback.<p>In a 4,500 word letter to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Icahn implied that Apple should have a stock market …

Tesla Motors' New 'D' Cars Are All-Wheel Drive, Not Self-Drive

Tesla Motors on Thursday night disappointed some auto-market watchers’ expectations that it would put out a self-driving car — but the electric car …

Elon Musk: Robots Could Delete Humans Like Spam

Short version of his argument: Here come the robots. Worry.<p>Elon Musk took to the stage Wednesday night at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to warn attendees that advanced artificial intelligence could spell the end of humanity.<p>Interviewed by Walter Isaacson, Musk warned of the rapid speed …

The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control

In the human-machine relationship, you, fellow <i>Homo sapiens</i>, are commonly designated as the owner, operator, or otherwise dictator of the subservient device in your possession.<p>Consider, however, the reality of your relationship with your phone. First of all, it knows everything about you. It reads …

Bloomberg breaks down what happens to faulty launch-day iPhone returns

When Apple (or any company) launches a product, such as the upcoming iPhone 6, there’s always the chance that a critical flaw will be discovered by first adopters. How exactly the company handles the devices that are returned and tracks down the source of these issues has always been somewhat of a …

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But whether it's a solid-state or hard disk drive, conventional storage solutions have their limitations -- namely, speed, rewritability and durability. …

WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to link via NFC, watch coming in two sizes with curved OLED screens

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its …

Inside Apple's PR Practices, From Media Control to Attitude Shift Under Tim Cook

In a lengthy 9 part exposé, <i>9to5Mac</i>'s Mark Gurman delves into the inner workings of Apple's PR team. While much of what Gurman covers is already fairly well known, his coverage provides an expansive look at the way Apple's PR team operates, from its organizational structure to its efforts to control …

The story of Elon Musk and GM’s race to build the first mass-market electric car

One of the hottest clashes in technology pits two pathmakers in the new era of electric cars—Tesla and General Motors. Both are developing pure electrics that cost roughly $35,000, travel 200 miles on a single charge, and appeal to the mass luxury market.<p>The stakes are enormous. Most electrics have …

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. But there are hundreds of …

Experimental SpaceX rocket self-detonates over Texas

A rung on the long ladder to Mars broke Friday, when a rocket test in Texas ended in a midair ball of fire.<p>Debris from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket, which self-destructed less than 20 seconds after launch, rained down from the flames onto an open field outside of McGregor.<p>A …

4 Ways Tim Cook Has Changed Apple as CEO

When Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO on August 24, 2011, the company’s future was anything but certain. The tech giant had become the most …