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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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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 12 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Well, this is awkward. Yesterday, German newspaper Die Welt claimed that every American with one of Volkswagen's dodgy diesels would receive $5,000 in compensation. Today, Reuters is offering up a contradictory report saying that the terms of the pro...

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posted 13 days ago on engadget
Microsoft is trying hard to unify Windows 10 across devices, so now your PC can act like a phone. The latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview update features an app called "Messaging Everywhere" that lets you send and receive cellular text messages...

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Bang and Olufsen is well-known for its high-end audio gear, but the Danish electronics company has a number of portable devices under its belt, too. Today, the company announced the BeoPlay A1: the company's smallest portable speaker to date. The Blu...

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If you've wanted to use a virtual private network to improve your web privacy or (let's be honest) dodge content restrictions, you've usually had to either install a third-party client or use a relatively niche browser with the feature built-in. As o...

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Where information from warzones used to trickle in, the internet has brought a flood of user-generated media. And though there are some tools available that can quickly parse through that data in real-time, they mostly work only with static documents...

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You can now buy a monthly subscription to Amazon Prime Video, a move that puts the service in direct competition with Netflix. In a lot of ways, Amazon comes out looking like a strong option -- for starters, it's cheaper. $8.99 per month gets you an...

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By Mark Smirniotis This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here. After looking at 30 top models and testing eight, we chose the Grenco Science G Pen Elite as our favorite...

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Ever struggled to keep up with a calendar event as people email changes in their plans? You won't have to panic after today. Google is updating Inbox with a smarter approach to Google Calendar events that pools together all the emails from an event a...

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LG's latest flagship phone, the G5, is a fascinating device. Just plug in optional modules -- excuse us, "Friend" accessories -- and you can enjoy extra functionality when you need it: everything from a camera grip with a secondary battery to an audi...

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Online GIF clearinghouse Giphy debuted a new means of finding and sharing animated GIFs using Android on Tuesday. The Giphy app now empowers users to search the entirety of Giphy's library and share them on multiple platforms -- from Gmail and Messen...

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