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'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

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Facebook facing class-action lawsuit over unauthorized message scanning

We know: Despite its best attempts at proving otherwise, Facebook and privacy have an oil/water reputation -- the latest legal news regarding the company won't help that any, either. A California judge recently ruled that The Social Network will face a class-action lawsuit following accusations …

6 Places Every Photographer Should Visit At Least Once In Their Lifetime

Photography and travel seem like they go hand in hand. There are so many gorgeous locations in the world, it's hard not to want to photograph them …

Supreme Court Cites Eminem in Online Lyrics Case

After Killer Mike wrote a powerful op-ed lobbying against the justice system’s use of rap lyrics as admissible evidence, the Supreme Court gathered …

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Country Music Association finds streaming is better for sales than radio

While the debate over compensation from streaming services rages on, the Country Music Association says those music libraries boost sales better than radio plays. In a recent study, the CMA found that listeners over the age of 18 were prone to purchase tunes after hearing them for the first time on …

Dell now shipping the Alienware Alpha "console" starting at $550

This morning, Dell announced it is now shipping the Alienware Alpha, the company's all-in-one gaming "console" PC originally marketed as a Steam …

FBI director attacks tech companies for embracing new modes of encryption

The director of the FBI savaged tech companies for their recent embrace of end-to-end encryption and suggested rewriting laws to ensure law enforcement access to customer data in a speech on Thursday.<p>James Comey said data encryption such as that employed on Apple’s latest mobile operating system …

Facebook’s Anonymous App Could Kill Trolls With Secret Identity

Wack-a-mole. That’s what it’s usually like fighting trolls, bullies, and spammers in anonymous communities. Ban them and they just start new accounts. That’s why the fact that Facebook knows who you really are could be the key to its upcoming anonymous app.<p>You could stay anonymous to other users, …

Mobile Advertising Is Exploding And Will Grow Much Faster Than All Other Digital Ad Categories

Historically, there has been a big disparity between the amount of time people actually spend on their smartphones and tablets (significant and growing), and the amount of ad money spent on the medium (still tiny).<p>But BI Intelligence expects that this gap will narrow substantially, as enthusiasm …

What the threat against net neutrality means for PC gaming

<b>Update:</b> On November 21, FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced his intent to "repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama …

Hardcore PC gamers spend twice as much as others on their obsession

Take a gander through the comment section of any gaming-related article here on Engadget<i>,</i> and you're all but guaranteed to find at least one person espousing how much better playing games on a PC is compared to doing so on, say, a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But just who are those people? <i>Joystiq</i> has …

Gaming in 4K: the future is now, if you give up 60 frames per second

The future—aka 4K gaming—is made up of very, very small pixels. After spending the past two weeks checking out games on Samsung's U28D590D 4K …

Exposure Basics: How to Choose ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed Settings

If you’re trying to break free from the auto settings on your camera and make an entry into the world of manual, it’s necessary to understand ISO, …

5 Tips for Capturing the Magical Beauty of Waterfalls

Waterfalls are one of our planet’s most amazing natural features. Whether you’re witnessing the sheer power and enormity of waterfalls such as Jim …