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Windows 10 preview for Xbox One set to arrive in September for testers

Microsoft revealed earlier today that it's planning to roll out its Windows 10 update to Xbox One consoles in November. While that's the date when most will be able to access the new dashboard user interface and features, preview members will get it a little earlier. Mike Ybarra, head of platform …

Apps

Apple Music: Everything you need to know before it launches this Tuesday

Apple got tired of seeing iTunes customers walk across the street to Spotify, so it finally decided to launch its own subscription streaming service, Apple Music. The service was announced at Apple’s developer conference earlier this month, and will launch this Tuesday, June 30.<p>The new service will …

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 …

Smartwatches

Linqapp brings crowd-sourced language translation to iOS

Unfamiliar with a new phrase in another language? Now it's possible to get near-instant translation from like-minded social translators using the app.<p>Linqapp, a social translation app that connects translators and native speakers with people in need of a quick translation, is making its debut this …

Language

DARPA wants to make software obsolescence obsolete

One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, …

What it’s like to unbox an Apple Watch

There are plenty of Apple Watch reviews out in the wild now, but we have yet to see a solid unboxing of the hottest new wearable in tech.<p>French newspaper Metronews did the honor, and here’s what opening an Apple Watch for the first time is like:<p>The Apple Watch comes in a surprisingly big …

9 frustrations I’d like to see Apple fix in iOS 9

Image copyright Tom Krazit/Gigaom.Recently, 9-to-5 Mac reported that iOS 9 will likely be a stability release. If true, this is welcome news.I’ve …

Living Rooms

This free app brings Facebook Chat Heads to your Mac

Up until now, Facebook's Chat Head feature has been primarily a mobile or browser-based affair.<p>Remember Facebook's Chat Head feature? When enabled, small circles containing the avatars of your contacts would show up on the screen of your Android device atop all other windows. (iOS users were able …

Apps

iOS dev pays off his parents’ mortgage for Christmas

Riding high on the success of his iPhone video editing app Videoshop, developer Joe Riquelme decided to splurge on his parents for Christmas.<p>How much did he splurge? Let’s just say that he made every other kid on Earth look like little ingrates by comparison.<p>He paid off his parents’ <i>mortgage</i> in …

'GTA 5' Has Way More Foliage On PS4 Than Xbox One

Last-gen megahit GTA 5 came out on PS4 and Xbox One yesterday promising entirely revamped graphics worthy of the new machines. And with that, we play the familiar game of looking at just how well the two different versions run. The results are interesting: at first, they don’t appear to point to a …

4G LTE

EE flips the switch on its faster 4G network in London

EE's been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year, so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its <i>own</i> faster 4G network was about to go live in three cities. EE's now being forced to play catch-up, but it's well on its way today after flipping …

Google Now tops Siri and Cortana in a 3,000+ question challenge (video)

Google Now, Siri and Cortana all have their respective followings, but which application is the best at answering real world questions? Recently, the folks at Stone Temple Consulting pit the three platforms each other in a 3,086 query challenge packed with questions that required direct …

LG tweeted its Bendgate joke from an iPhone

Brands were quick to pile on the iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate controversy this week with a heavy serving of scathing tweets and jokes, except in LG’s case, it can’t get enough iPhone either.<p>LG – makers of the curved LG G Flex smartphone – bragged on Twitter that its phone “doesn’t bend, it flexes… on …

Who needs CarPlay? Ford brings Siri to the car dashboard now with the help of Automatic Labs

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Automatic<p>Vehicles equipped with Apple’s CarPlay are still a year away from hitting the streets, but Ford and Automatic …