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Microsoft's smart Android lock screen now shows the weather

Microsoft's experimental Garage team has been busy -- hot on the heels of a Torque update, it's releasing a big upgrade to Next Lock Screen. The refreshed Android front end now shows the weather, so you won't be caught off-guard by rain on the way to a lunch meeting. Personalization is also more …

R.I.P. Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home video game console

As reported by <i>Gamasutra</i>, pioneering inventor and influential video game designer Ralph Baer has died. He was 92.<p>Often dubbed “The Father Of Video …

Retrogaming

North Korea Denies Involvement in Sony Pictures Hack

North Korea also applauds the "fatal" hack, calling it "a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers"<p>North Korea has denied involvement in the …

The Best Apps For People Who Don't Like Spending Money

Whatever you use — debit card, ApplePay, Bitcoin — one way or another, you’re really just giving up cold, hard cash. And with an average personal …

Personal Finance

I Tried The iPhone Keyboard That Lets You Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute

There are plenty of keyboard apps out there to help you type faster, but I've never seen anything quite like Nintype, the new iPhone keyboard that promises typing speeds up to 130 words per minute.<p>Nintype uses a combination of methods to achieve this speed. It's designed to be used with two hands …

Apps

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

The PlayStation Experience Will Inevitably Lead To The Xbox Experience

Sony's “PlayStation Experience” went off without a hitch yesterday, creating so many different news stories it’s hard to keep track of them all. Between a first look at Uncharted 4 in action, procedurally generated Bloodborne levels, and Final Fantasy VII being re-remade, there were no shortage of …

In North Korea, hackers are the new elite

In the country dubbed the "Hermit Kingdom," just how do the cyberelite operate?<p>North Korea, a country well known for economic problems, poverty, starvation, lofty nuclear goals and a scathing hatred of the United States, is also a land where social class often dictates a person's position in …

North Korea

Fans scramble for iPod Classic, the music player Apple killed off

Two months after model discontinued, fans pay up to four times more for last gadgets<p>One of this year’s hottest Christmas presents is no longer available in the shops. Two months after Apple announced the demise of its iPod Classic MP3 player, the model is selling secondhand for up to four times its …

What 'GTA 5' Teaches Us About The Unsettling Future Of Immersion

Grand Theft Auto 5, out for more than a year already, has found itself even causing controversy in its re-release, something only Grand Theft Auto could do. The issue is that in response to an online petition, Target and Kmart have pulled the game from store shelves in Australia, leading to an …

Amsterdam street teams to sell heroin test kits after spate of deaths

Three young British tourists are among those who have died snorting a drug they thought was cocaine<p>Street teams and so-called “smart shops” in Amsterdam will start selling heroin test kits after three young British tourists died snorting a drug they thought was cocaine, Dutch media said.<p>“Starting …

Sony Pictures hackers release list of stolen files

On Monday, employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment -- the television and movie subsidiary of Sony Corp -- discovered that their internal corporate …

GameStop's Black Friday ad leaks, includes nearly 400 items

A circular for what seems to be GameStop's big Black Friday sale just leaked online. The circular is, as you would expect, packed with price cuts, though nothing is really blowing my socks off.<p>Here's a rundown of some of the best deals in the ad, which you can find right here on BFads.net. All …

How PS4 Could Beat Xbox One At Its Own TV Game

Around this time last year, the narrative was pretty simple. Sony’s PS4 was a pared down system built to play games and play them well. Microsoft’s Xbox One was designed to play games and serve as the center of the modern home entertainment system, where people would seamlessly transition between …

Sony's new plan means fewer TVs and smartphones, more PlayStations

Sony may know how to build great gadgets, but convincing people to part with money in exchange for them has turned out to be nearly impossible. In the outfit's most recent financial results, its faltering mobile division was single-handedly responsible for wiping out the blockbuster profits earned …

Inventor creates watch that fires laser - CNN.com

Patrick Priebe's laser watch will pop balloons and burn through plastic.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- It cuts through plastic! It burns holes in walls!<p>It ... tells time?<p>Like something out of a James Bond film, it's a watch -- equipped with a laser. Its inventor, Patrick Priebe, built it during downtime from his …

Here's One Reason Why iCloud Has Been Such A Mess

While that's generally true for the company's hardware, its online services, like iCloud, are a totally different story.<p>One reason is because Apple has no central dedicated team to work on these services, reports The Information's Jessica Lessin.<p>That means whenever Apple wants to create new online …

Online

Here Are Microsoft's New Robot Security Guards

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There's also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when …

Robotics

Stealthy Regin malware is a 'top-tier espionage tool'

Regin's behavior suggests that the newly uncovered and "highly complex" spying threat came from a nation-state, Symantec reports.<p>An advanced piece of malware, newly uncovered, has been in use since as early as 2008 to spy on governments, companies and individuals, Symantec said in a report released …

Cybersecurity

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

New York City

U.S. Marshals disguise themselves as Mexican Marines to combat drug cartels, report says

An investigation by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that United States Marshals are secretly disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico — a move that not only puts the lives of U.S. personnel at risk but also shows the country’s growing …

Veterans May Gain Easier Access To Medical Marijuana

A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.<p>The Veterans Equal Access Act. Introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) with 10 bipartisan cosponsors, would lift a ban on …

How to Get in Shape Using Psychology: 6 New Tricks From Research

Why is there an obesity epidemic? It’s not because we eat the wrong things or we lack exercise.<p>Research shows that, plain and simple, most of us just …

Nutrition

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

Just like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a …

HTC One M8 for Windows, 'Halo 2: Anniversary' and other stories you might've missed

This week, we got our hands on the HTC One M8 for Windows, anticipated the release of <i>Halo 2: Anniversary,</i> learned about monkey selfie rights, investigated issues with Secret's anonymity and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our …

Our future government will work more like Amazon

As part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Vox Media product team coordinator Mike Case.<p>There is a lot of government in the United …

Two more mysterious holes discovered in remote Siberia

Researchers want to investigate two more mysterious holes found by reindeer herders in the Siberian wilderness<p>Researchers investigating a mysterious hole in the remote Siberian tundra might be busy over the next few weeks.<p>Two more formations, which are similar in appearance to the first, have been …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Creativity