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Facebook reaches more than 1.6 billion users in every corner of the Earth. Making sure everybody understands one another, at least at the linguistic level, has fallen to the company's machine learning algorithms. According to Alan Packer, Facebook's...

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Say goodbye to the days when Amazon would cut you a break if the price of a product dropped right after you ordered it. Customers are reporting that Amazon has stopped offering partial refunds on orders if a price drop happens within 7 days -- if you...

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For years, E3 has largely been limited to game industry tradespeople and the press. That's somewhat necessary (it's difficult to wade through the show as it is), but it also locks out thousands of players dying to get a peek at the future of their f...

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​Oculus' recent software update that locked exclusive games to its hardware has already been circumvented. On Friday, Oculus implemented changes that -- among other things -- added "platform integrity checks." These checks disabled use of a popular t...

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The self-driving cars are coming: This week Uber unveiled its first autonomous vehicle, while Google patented a sticky "fly paper" car hood that could protect pedestrians caught in self-driving car crashes. Los Angeles celebrated the completion of it...

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Google I/O, the company's massive annual developer event, has wrapped up for 2016. As usual, CEO Sundar Pichai and a host of the company's executives gave the world a look at what it's planning for the next year. Unfortunately, we'll need to wait to...

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Lawyers from Paramount/CBS have been pursuing the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, Axanar, for months, but according to JJ Abrams, they're finally going to back off. Abrams made the announcement at an event last night on the studio's movie...

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Google's new "rich cards" format will make googling on your phone a more visual experience than what you're used to. It's sort of an evolved version of rich snippets, those search results that come with small images and a short sample of the web page...

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The Light Rider is an electric motorbike that weighs just 77 pounds and has a frame like an alien skeleton. Its creator, Airbus subsidiary APWorks, crafted the bike with 3D printing -- but it's not plastic. The hollow frame is aircraft-grade aluminum...

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The year was 2004, and Motorola had just announced what was then an insanely thin flip phone, the RAZR V3. It was -- and still is -- a head-turner, and eventually over 130 million units were sold in total. Such were the glorious days of Motorola. Twe...

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MIT is teaming up with Google to create the next generation of its popular visual programming language "Scratch." The partners are working on an open source version of the language called "Scratch Blocks" based on Blockly, Google's own visual program...

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The Navy recently announced its plans to deploy an armada of stealthy spy drones from AeroVironment aboard its submarines and UUVs. Specifically, the Navy is going with the small-form "Blackwing" UAV, a four-pound flyer with a 20 inch wingspan that c...

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That slab of plastic and glass in your pocket might be called a smartphone, but Google is hoping to make the applications running on it smarter yet. The folks in Mountain View hope to achieve that by giving them access to contextual data like time of...

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Google revealed the Daydream VR platform at its I/O conference yesterday, and even though the company is definitely building a headset itself, there's nothing for us to get our hands on just yet. Daydream is a complete VR ecosystem from Google, start...

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Remember last year's I/O, when Google revealed JUMP? It was a VR content creation system consisting of a camera rig made of 16 GoPros (called, appropriately, the "Odyssey") and some incredibly smart cloud-based processing and sharing software. Now, a...

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As Theranos faces increased scrutiny from regulators, tonight the Wall Street Journal is reporting the company is taking an extraordinary step by voiding its own blood test results going back two years. According to the Journal, the company is tellin...

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It wasn't mentioned during today's keynote, but we're pretty sure you will hear about Google getting Android apps and the Play Store running on Chrome OS tomorrow. Confirmation has come through a (since updated) I/O calendar entry pointed out by 9to5...

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Google is no stranger to building hardware for its data centers, but it's now going so far as to design its own processors. The internet giant has revealed the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom chip built expressly for machine learning. As Google...

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posted 9 days ago on engadget
If you've been itchin' to take Android Auto for a spin, but don't own a car that's compatible with Google's software, you'll soon be in luck. The company announced at Google I/O that the in-car setup will soon run entirely on your phone while offerin...

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Google's big I/O keynote kicks off at 1PM ET live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. We expect big news about Android N (including its actual, probably delicious, name), a look at the future of Chrome OS, fresh Android Wear...

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The US isn't just worried about terrorist bombings above-ground -- it's concerned about bombs below the waves, too. To that end, it's working with Saab on a remotely-controlled underwater robot, the Sea Wasp, that's designed to deal with improvised e...

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Amazon is working on a new device imbued with Alexa's powers, according to The Wall Street Journal. It won't be yet another speaker, though: it's a device with a "tablet-like computer screen" that's codenamed Knight. Lab126, the company's secretive h...

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posted 10 days ago on engadget
ESPN isn't the only big broadcaster showing some affection for Android TV today. Starz has launched its streaming service on Google's big-screen platform, giving you access to Ash vs. Evil Dead, Outlander and other shows through Android-powered TVs a...

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Uber announced a helpful new update to its "Family Profiles" feature today. The new Trip Tracker automatically gives you a heads up when someone in your Family Profile hops in an Uber and allows you to follow along and make sure they arrive safely at...

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The government has today committed to a new target in its state-subsidised broadband program, aiming to deliver "superfast" internet to 97 percent of homes and businesses before the end of 2019. As The Telegraph reports, this means another half a mil...

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