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The gadgets that changed your life

When we asked you to tell us which gadgets changed your life, our goal was to arrive at a simple list of important devices. Instead, we learned how some of the products we talk about on Engadget every day make such a profound impact on your life.<p>Remember when Facebook bought Oculus VR a few weeks …

Google Will Be Better Off Minus Google+

Google+ as we know it appears to be finished. Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge, is leaving the company, and TechCrunch says big changes are afoot. The three-year-old social network is being redefined — demoted? — from a product to a platform, and Google will stop trying to infuse it into all …

Presenting a Beautiful Smartwatch Concept That Makes Sense

- Mar 7, 2014<p>Hungarian freelance designer Gábor Balogh has come up with an elegant design for a smartwatch that looks like it could deliver the …

5 Biggest Flip-Flops from Apple

In the last decade, Apple has transformed itself from a garden-variety technology company with an especially rabid fan base to the most valuable …

Agent 47 On His Way To iOS For Turn-Based Hitman GO

The popular <i>Hitman</i> franchise will finally break away from consoles and make its way to iOS with a forthcoming game called <i>Hitman GO</i>.<p>Created by the Square Enix Montréal team, <i>Hitman GO</i> features a turn-based gaming experience, set in the <i>Hitman</i> universe.<p>In a recent blog post, Square Enix Montréal …

Basically, @BarackObama Is a Parody Twitter Account

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>You know those terrible parody Twitter accounts for Bill Murray or Will Smith that tweet dumb jokes …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Reportedly Met With Apple's Top Deals Exec

Last year, multiple analysts recommended that Apple buy Tesla to make a bold push into the auto industry. As it turns out, the Cupertino, Calif. may …

Here's What It Looks Like When You Send A GoPro Camera To The Stratosphere

Earlier this month, Maxime Dehaye launched a weather balloon into the sky from France. It reached an altitude of just under 15 miles and hit temperatures as low as -25° F.<p>In addition to a number of sensors to take atmospheric readings, the balloon was also towing a GoPro camera. Here's a look at …

FBI seizes online black market Silk Road, arrests owner

<b>The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has seized Deep Web Bitcoin-based black market Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace, and arrested</b> …

Dell out-retinas Apple with high-resolution XPS 15 laptop

The Dell XPS 15, with its record-resolution screen.<p>If you're a Windows user but still covet Apple's ultra-sharp "Retina display" screens, Dell has introduced a new laptop with a display that beats those on Apple's MacBooks.<p>The new Dell XPS 15 has a 15.6-inch display with 3200x1800 pixels — which …

Latest iOS 7 bug lets you place calls from a locked iPhone

Apple released iOS 7 earlier this week and the first lock-screen bug surfaced just a day later. Now another bug has been discovered, but this one actually allows people to make phone calls from locked devices. Forbes was first made aware of the bug by Karam Daoud, and it's astonishingly simple. …

Dawn of a revolution

<i>Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who attended Harvard, returns to campus this weekend for a question-and-answer session as part of the launch of The</i> …

iPhone 5s: meet the geeks and geniuses behind the new Apple devices

Apple has launched its new iPhone 5s and the cheaper iPhone 5c. But who are the engineers and visionaries behind the new technology in these devices?<p>Apple is notoriously protective of its employees and the inner workings of its research and development teams are highly secretive.<p>However, examining …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

Internet of Things

Nokia's interim CEO addresses the 'next 150 years'

Microsoft might be buying Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion, but the company will live on focused on mapping and network technologies. Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa is upbeat about the changes, and believes "this is the beginning of the next 150 years of Nokia’s story." The Finnish company may …

Marshall Hanwell: An 'iPod' speaker on steroids

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed I'm not a big fan of any type of wireless speaker, and more specifically I have no love for Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers. For me the sound compromises that come with compact size and wireless technology are hard to swallow. I have less of a grudge …

4 Charts That Explain Why Steve Ballmer Is Out At Microsoft

Microsoft dropped major news on Friday when it announced that its longtime chief executive, Steve Ballmer, is going to leave the company. While it's unclear if Ballmer left on his own or was forced out, it's apparent to everyone that Microsoft just isn't the behemoth it used to be.<p>Here are four …

'Prsm' is the social network that knows everything about you, courtesy of the NSA

Social media fragmentation is a real problem in the modern landscape. Foursquare may let you check in at a restaurant, and your Netflix queue may go to Facebook, but who's keeping track of the calls you make from your cellphone or Skype number? What service will give a group of interested strangers …

When Apple Did Color Because It Was Delicious, Exciting, And Human

You know what they say about trends: wait five years and they’ll swing back around again. With confirmation that a a gold iPhone 5s will indeed break onto the scene in September to throw a crimp into Apple’s monochromatic streak (madness! Gold rush jokes!), let’s take a look back at all those times …

Monitor Lets You Track Any Url and Sends You an SMS If It Goes Offline

If you’re in charge of a website, or a whole lot of websites, or perhaps your job requires you to keep tabs of downtime across certain sites, then Monitor is well worth a look.<p>Quite simply, Monitor will tell you by email or SMS when any of the websites that you are monitoring have gone offline, and …

Microsoft's employee-only white Xbox One colors us green with envy

There are certainly benefits to working for Microsoft beyond a steady paycheck. We've seen the company gift employees with phones and tablets and, if the picture above proves legit, a lucky bunch will receive a free Xbox One on launch day -- in an exclusive white and silver-grey hue, no less. In …

Siri just started a beef with Google Glass

Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri has been known to have a quirky personality for a long time, offering off the cuff responses to a variety of unconventional requests. Now it appears that Siri is eager to take some jabs at Google Glass, as it responds with subtle and not-so-subtle putdowns on …

Is the Tesla Model S the safest car ever made?

The electric Tesla Model S might be the safest car ever made. Or, at least one of the safest production cars that the U.S. federal government has …

Rumors Of Apple’s New A7 Chip Could Indicate That CPU Innovation Is Flagging

With every new iPhone, most of the discussion centers around its look and not what comes inside. But, according to reports, Apple has designed a new dual-core A7 system on a chip for the iPhone 5S. If rumors are true, the A7 could supposedly be 31 percent faster, representing a serious slowdown in …

Prim Does Your Laundry. Pickup, Wash, Fold, Delivery, Awesome

You can call it a first-world problem. Or you can say it distracts people from their passions and contributions to the world. Either way, laundry is a chore, and new Y Combinator startup Prim wants to do it for you. You can schedule Prim online to come to your place, pick up your laundry, have it …