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Intel's bid to promote company diversity is running into opposition... and some of it is particularly vicious. CEO Brian Krzanich told guests at a technology conference that it has received some hostility, including a "bit of a backlash" from within...

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Thanks in part to leaks, it's no secret that the National Security Agency's foreign intelligence gathering also covers some Americans. But just how many Americans are under watch, and how many are simply innocents caught in the crossfire? Congress...

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posted 9 days ago on engadget
Even a tech giant like Facebook isn't immune to significant security breaches. Devcore's Orange Tsai recently discovered that someone had installed a backdoor on one of Facebook's corporate servers (that is, not the social network itself) in a bid t...

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Roku has seemingly done the impossible with its latest Streaming Stick. It's smaller than the previous 2014-era version, it packs in a faster quad-core CPU and it's still just $50. The speed improvements, in particular, are a welcome change because t...

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posted 9 days ago on engadget
Instagram Is Ruining Vacation Mary Pilon, Backchannel Instagram users, myself included, share many daily activities with the social channel's filter-driven photography and videos. That habit is only amplified when we go on vacation, nabbing photos...

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posted 9 days ago on engadget
CERN will keep you researchers, students and dataphiles busy this weekend. The institute has released 300 terabytes of Large Hadron Collider data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector back in 2011. You know how scientists use the coll...

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The Department of Justice will no longer go after Apple in court in an effort to compel the company to unlock an iPhone related to a Brooklyn drug case. According to the court document US Attorney Robert Capers submitted (and obtained by Apple Inside...

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People who live in countries with a strict nationwide internet filter always come up with ways to get around it. In Iran, according to Wired, people are using satellite TV and a free anti-censorship system called Toosheh. While Iranians do use VPN to...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
On Sunday, 60 Minutes took a year-old segment on phone hacking it shot and aired in Australia, fluffed it up with other old hacks from last year's DEFCON, and re-packaged it for an American audience. Almost no one noticed those particular details....

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Today, most smartphone and device batteries are made from lithium and slowly lose capacity over thousands of recharges. Researchers at UC Irvine built a battery that substituted gold nanowire in electrolyte gel for the lithium and lost barely 5% batt...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
Microsoft's smartphone business is in free fall, with the company selling just 2.3 million devices in the last three months. It's likely that you'll still be able to buy a Microsoft-branded smartphone, but it's probably not something the firm will de...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
While I usually start off these round-up posts with some comments on what's happened the previous week, or talking about days of note like geek holidays, today there is none of that. Not because I'm too depressed about Prince's passing (although li...

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Engadget is re-reviewing the current generation of game consoles, each of which has benefited from major firmware updates, price drops and an improved selection of games. We're kicking off this series by revisiting the Xbox One. Though we've changed...

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It's rare -- unprecedented, even -- that Engadget re-reviews the same product. But game consoles are a curious exception. Though the hardware stays the same, these machines receive myriad firmware updates, sometimes long after launch, that make them...

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Two doctors have explored female astronauts' options when it comes to suppressing their periods in space, especially for long-haul missions. While we already know by now that there are no menstrual issues associated with microgravity, some (if not mo...

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Today on In Case You Missed It: A startup plans to detect and disable any drone flying within range of its proprietary system with a planned launch date later this year. The US Air Force beat its own magnetic levitation speed record at 633 miles pe...

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It's been a long wait, but finally Solar Impulse 2 is ready to continue its round-the-world trip. The sun-powered aircraft had been stuck in Hawaii since July due to battery damage sustained in previous flights. Repair works stopped pilot Bertrand Pi...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
Over the past few years, Garmin has focused on two different sets of wearables: activity trackers and watches for people who play golf on a regular basis. Now, with the Approach X40, the company is bringing the best of both worlds into one product. T...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
Gfinity is backing eSports heavily: if it's not a gaming arena, its an app that lets you arrange your own tournament, ladder or league. It's a first for consoles (and it's just Xbox One for now), but it lets you create and manage tournaments from the...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
How do you know if a good idea really is a good idea? You pitch it to an auditorium full of string cheese eating 1st graders. Steve takes a group of entrepreneurs to an elementary school to put their startup ideas to the ultimate test. And there are...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
Billboard has long been the authority on what's popular in music. The company tallies weekly rankings across charts like the Billboard 200 and Hot 100. With a hand from Spotify, you'll now have a way to listen to clips of songs on those charts withou...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
There's nothing in virtual reality quite as rapturous as exiting Tyler Hurd's Old Friend for the first time. The uptempo, computer-animated experience, backed by up and coming VR studio Wevr, is a three-minute long, hyperactive, confetti-filled romp...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
Acer's newest notebooks come in two styles: the S 13 ultrathin notebook (pictured above) and the R 15 convertible. Plus, the Chromebook 14 gets Google for Work, and Acer has updated three of its consumer models and one commercial brand. The Chromebo...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
Cold-brewed coffee is delicious. It's about two-thirds less acidic than coffee brewed with hot water, which results in a cleaner, smoother and less bitter taste. Unfortunately, making cold brew coffee is a pain. You typically have to let the grounds...

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posted 11 days ago on engadget
The sun is out, the weather is fine -- perhaps best of all -- there's some new hardware waiting for us. Acer's got a big to-do in New York City this morning, where it's expected to go a little crazy showing off its brand new desktops and laptops. We...

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