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Nintendo loses billions in value after 'Pokemon Go' truth bomb

<i>Pokemon Go</i> is an unprecedented success, but Nintendo recently admitted it won't directly profit from the augmented reality game, leading to a loss of $6.7 billion in Nintendo's market value on Monday. Nintendo's market value rose by $7.5 billion on July 11th, just after <i>Pokemon Go</i> went public and …

Microsoft is laying off 2,850 more workers

Microsoft is cutting an additional 2,850 jobs on top of 1,850 announced in May 2016, meaning it has laid off over 10 percent of its workforce in the last two years. Most are ex-Nokia employees from its mobile hardware division, it said in its annual SEC filing. That means Microsoft has almost …

Audi is trying to beat Tesla at its own game

Audi's ramping up its electric car plans and hopes to have three models by 2020. It'll also form a new subsidiary to work on autonomous cars.<p>The company's chief executive Rupert Stadler told Reuters that Audi's renewed push for electric cars is a direct result of the emissions scandal that …

AT&T envisions drone-based LTE coverage

AT&T has big dreams for its new national drone program, including the use of UAVs to provide LTE coverage in crowded or remote locations. In a blog post by company Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan, he said AT&T is expecting many "different drone uses in the future." The carrier envisions using …

Nintendo hints at smartphone controller plans

Nintendo executives have dropped an unsubtle hint that it is working on a peripheral to enable people to play its action games on smartphones. At the firm's annual shareholders meeting, Shinya Takahashi said that his team have looked at third-party controllers on the market and "may develop …

A one-button wearable defeats the purpose of Pokémon Go

Whenever you ask Pokémon players what they enjoy about playing the games, they usually mention the actual Pokémon in some way. Some enjoy training up their creatures to assemble the ultimate battle team; others really get into the breeding aspects of the game. In some titles you can even enter your …

Lexus software update gives new meaning to 'car crash'

Last year, headlines made everyone fearful of hackers taking over cars on the freeway. Turns out the real menace to owners of connected cars are the loopy manufacturers themselves.<p>Toyota had to suck it up this week and admit to Lexus owners, who were going nuts on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, …

Public is an app that opens your group chats to an audience

A couple of months ago, former Twitter exec Michael Sippey unveiled Talk Show, an app that let you broadcast your text conversations in public. Now there's yet another app in town that does something very similar. It's called Public, and the creator is Avner Ronen, who is probably better known as …

Jawbone is reportedly stopping production on all of its fitness trackers (update)

Jawbone has struggled to gain traction in the fitness-tracking market for some time, despite being one of the first to the market. Now, it looks like the company is ready to cash it in entirely. A report from <i>Tech Insider</i> claims the company has stopped making its Up line of fitness trackers and sold …

Snapchat aims to make over $1 billion in revenue in 2017

Snapchat has raised another $1.8 billion in funding, <i>TechCrunch</i> reports today, making the platform's current valuation somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 billion to $20 billion. While the company isn't profitable just yet, it has some very high hopes to break $1 billion in annual revenue by …

Nokia’s re-entry into smartphones is a tough call

Few technology companies evoke the same feelings of warm, fuzzy nostalgia as Nokia. Just mentioning the name brings back memories of a time when mobile phones were mainly just that – devices for making phone calls, rather than portable supercomputers that demand every other minute of our time for …

Google Assistant will talk to your favorite services

Google Assistant won't just be helpful for talking to Google itself: It'll tap into a wide array of services, too. The search giant has revealed that it's working on a "comprehensive way" for third parties to tap into the AI-powered, conversation-oriented helper. You'll have to wait to hear more …

Android Wear is getting a massive overhaul this fall

It's been over two years since Android Wear was introduced, but smartwatches are still very much an unproven commodity. But Google has been making plenty of tweaks and refinements to its watch-based OS to hone the features owners find most useful. Today at its annual I/O developer conference, …

Uber Trip Tracker lets you follow family members in real-time

Uber announced a helpful new update to its "Family Profiles" feature today. The new Trip Tracker automatically gives you a heads up when someone in your Family Profile hops in an Uber and allows you to follow along and make sure they arrive safely at their destination.<p>While users can technically …

NYT: Google's Echo competitor is called 'Home'

Google's answer to the Amazon Echo is named Google Home, according to <i>The New York Times</i>. Google Home, which was developed under the codename "Chirp," is a voice-powered assistant that can answer basic questions as you bustle around the house. The device should hit stores in the fall and Google is …

Who needs a smart tampon when you have common sense?

​I wasn't surprised two weeks ago when I was invited to see an early demo of a so-called smart tampon. I am, after all, one of few women who write for Engadget. Indeed, as I would later find out, the founder of this startup, called my.Flow, had no plans to meet with male reporters ahead of her …

UK drivers may be able to store their driving license in Apple's Wallet

The UK's equivalent of the DMV is considering making digital driving licenses that could be stored in the Apple Wallet, <i>Slashgear</i> reports. Today, Oliver Morley, the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), tweeted an image showing what the digital driver’s licenses could look like, …

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Samsung imagines smartwatch that projects a screen onto your hand

Samsung has applied for a patent for smartwatch technology that would project virtual user interfaces onto a wearer's hand or forearm. The patent also shows the same tech being used with head-mounted displays (like a VR or AR headset), which could project images onto surrounding surfaces, like a …

Google puts search, GIFs and more inside its new iOS keyboard

Although Google has plenty of iOS apps, switching between them to share directions or perform a web search can be time-consuming. The company knows that the iPhone keyboard is where you spend a lot of your time, so it's decided to launch fresh take on Apple's default option. It's called Gboard and …

Fender is making headphones the way it builds guitars

When an established brand enters a new product category, skepticism begins to creep in. It's fairly common for a company to license its name to a third party to make gadgets, and that was indeed my first thought when I learned Fender was making headphones. Fortunately, that's not the case here. The …

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Nikola Motor Company wants to be the Tesla of trucking

A new entrant to the electric vehicle industry called Nikola Motor Company is unabashedly riding the wave of the future in Tesla's wake. Although the company may have copped their name from Elon Musk's inspiration, Nikola is taking a slightly different course with their two planned electric …

Windows phones will know where your fingers are before they touch

Windows phones could soon learn a new trick from their Kinect cousins: the ability to see. Microsoft Research released a new video late last month that demonstrates the prototype "pre-touch sensing" system. It uses a self-capacitive touchscreen to recognize both the user's grip around the outer …

Apple sued (again) for violating force touch patents

You probably haven't heard of Immersion, but it's a company that does two things well: haptic technology and hiring lawyers. The company is already suing Apple, claiming that the iPhone 6/6S and Apple Watch's force touch violate several of its patents. Now, the company is doubling down, firing …

Amazon promises to eliminate racial gaps in delivery areas

Just two weeks after a <i>Bloomberg</i> report revealed glaring racial gaps in Amazon's same-day Prime delivery areas, the online retail giant has promised to eliminate those dead zones by expanding the service "to every zip code of the 27 cities where Prime Same Day delivery is currently launched," Amazon …

Tap into Alexa from your iPhone with a $5 app

We've seen support for Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant arrive on a variety of devices, and iOS gadgets are next. That's by way of the Lexi app. <i>The Next Web</i> reports that the application mirrors Alexa's functionality on the Echo speaker and lets you place orders, control smart devices and do other …

The smartphone market is peaking

It's not just Apple taking a tumble in the smartphone market, apparently. IDC has published estimates for first quarter market share which not only suggest that shipments are virtually flat (up a mere 0.2 percent), but that the mobile landscape is changing rapidly. While Apple was the only company …

Google is creating a startup haven to prevent staff from leaving

It's hard to swing a stick in Silicon Valley without hitting startups created by ex-Google employees determined to bring their clever (though only sometimes successful) ideas to light. That's good for innovation, but lousy for Google -- and the search giant now appears bent on doing what it can to …

Apple mandates that new Watch apps 'must' work without an iPhone

Apple's laying the law down: Watch apps <i>must</i> operate without an iPhone nearby. In a blog post, the company mandates that anything submitted for App Store approval from this June 1st forward has to be a native app running watchOS 2. This should be a boon for anyone using the wearable during a run or …

Podcasts are now available in Google Play Music

Perhaps one of the worst-kept secrets of the last six months has come to pass: Podcasts have officially been added to Google Play Music for Android and on the web. This comes right as predicted last week, when an internal NPR memo tipped the launch date. Fortunately, Google's doing something rather …