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Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users too

Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they're not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users in the US can get three months for $0.99 as long as they haven't used a 30-day trial befo...

Posted on 17 November 2018 | 2:45 am

Verizon to introduce next-generation RCS texting in 2019

RCS support has been slow to roll out, but another major US carrier will soon jump on board. Verizon announced at an event that the company would support the messaging system in "early 2019," joining Sprint, US Cellular and the limited support curren...

Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:04 am

Microsoft briefly tested ads in the Windows 10 mail app

It's bad enough when your email inbox gets inundated with subscriptions and promotions you forgot you ever signed up for, but now Microsoft is thinking about injecting advertisements right into your inbox. According to Windows news site Aggiornamenti...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:38 pm

Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels in tears. The idea being that diabetics would have an easier, less invasive way of keeping track of their glucose l...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:01 pm

Microsoft’s new experimental app is all about imitating emojis

Microsoft has released a new app that aims to demonstrate how its Windows Machine Learning APIs can be used to build apps and "make machine learning fun and approachable." Emoji8 is a UWP app that uses machine learning to determine how well you can i...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:30 pm

Google releases gorgeous VR short film 'Age of Sail'

Google Spotlight Stories has released its latest short, Age of Sail. Directed by Academy Award winner John Kahrs (Disney's Paperman short), it blends beautiful animation with the story of an old, lonely sailor, played by Ian McShane, who is adrift in...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 8:45 pm

More companies are chipping their workers like pets

The trend of blundering into the void of adopting new tech, damn the consequences, full speed ahead, continues this week. The Telegraph tells us about "a number of UK legal and financial firms" are in talks with a chip company to implant their employ...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 8:00 pm

Senate bill takes aim at illegal robocalls

Three senators have proposed new legislation aimed at deterring robocall scams. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Protection, or TRACED, Act would give the FCC broader authority to penalize those that violate telemarketing restrictions, give the...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:40 pm

Verizon app puts four extra numbers on one phone

Multi-SIM phones are all fine and dandy, but they have their limits: you rarely get more than two lines, and they may be overkill if you just want a new set of digits rather than a wholly separate connection. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) thin...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:15 pm

Scoot will add locks to its scooters to combat theft and vandalism

In August, San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency awarded two companies, Scoot and Skip, permits to operate their scooters in the city. The scooter pilot program has now been running for a month and Scoot says it has learned a few things dur...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:15 pm

Microsoft may release a disc-free Xbox One in 2019

Microsoft is no doubt pouring much of its energy into the next-gen Xbox, but it might give the current generation one last hurrah. Thurrott sources understand that it's planning new Xbox One configurations in 2019, including one without a disc drive...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:38 pm

Researchers want to power pacemakers with cotton­-based biofuel cell

Researchers at the Georgia Tech and Korea University believe they have found a way to power implantable medical devices like pacemakers with a new fuel cell made from cotton fiber. The glucose-powered biofuel cell could provide twice as much power as...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:20 pm

Death by push notification

Attention is the main prize of the internet. Everyone is fighting for it, and the phone is the prime battleground. The most potent of weapons in this war is the incessant, whining notification trying to pull your attention away from whatever you are...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:03 pm

Most Americans believe algorithms will always be biased

If you're convinced that many algorithms are biased, you're not the only one. Pew has conducted a survey indicating that 58 percent of American adults believe algorithms and other programming will always contain some kind of human bias. That figure...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:40 pm

AI can create synthetic fingerprints that fool biometric scanners

Researchers from New York University have found a way to produce fake fingerprints using artificial intelligence that could fool biometric scanners (or the human eye) into thinking they're the real deal. The DeepMasterPrints, as the researchers are c...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:22 pm

The best smartwatches and fitness trackers to give as gifts

With the arrival of Apple Watch Series 4 and Google's redesigned Wear OS platform, this is a great year to give the gift of smartwatches. If money is no object, Apple's latest-generation wearable ($399 and up) is a good all-around choice for anyone i...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:00 pm

Facebook is testing a Watch Party-like feature for Messenger

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out Watch Parties, a way for group members to watch the same videos together. Now, it looks like the company is testing a similar feature for Messenger. TechCrunch reports that code spotted by mobile investigator An...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:42 pm

Sports streaming service DAZN adds baseball with MLB deal

DAZN might have only arrived in the US a couple of months ago, but the sports streaming service is already making strides in expanding its portfolio to cater to all types of sports fans. The latest move is a three-year, live digital rights deal with...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:21 pm

Samsung's free Galaxy phone themes won't be free anymore

In a bid to squeeze more cash from users, Samsung plans to halt the use of free phone themes after a 14-day trial period. The change will be implemented with the rollout of Android Pie early next year, according to a notice on the Samsung Themes stor...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:02 pm

The kilogram has officially been redefined

Today, scientists voted to change the definition of the kilogram as well as three other units of measurement -- the ampere, the kelvin and the mole. The vote took place at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles, France and the n...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:38 pm

Qualcomm reportedly hired crisis PR firm behind Facebook controversy

The New York Times' expose that revealed the relationship between Facebook and Definers mentioned that the controversial PR firm has another big-name client from the tech industry. That client reportedly hired the company to launch a campaign against...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:19 pm

Engadget will once again judge the official Best of CES Awards

It seems like just yesterday that Engadget began judging the official Best of CES Awards in January 2014, but now we're already approaching our sixth consecutive year on the job. Over the years we've made some nips and tucks here and there -- accessi...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:00 pm

Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective

The Mac Mini has had a rough few years. Its last update, in 2014, was disappointing. After offering quad-core CPUs on the 2011 and 2012 editions, the 2014 model was stuck with a dual-core CPU. This meant it was actually slower at some tasks tha...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:27 pm

The real villain of Netflix's adult thriller ‘Cam’ is big tech

NSFW: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:00 pm

EA's Black Friday deals discount 'FIFA 19' and 'Madden 19' by half

Thinking of buying a new console in the Black Friday sales? You may need a side of virtual sports to go with your main course. Enter EA: the publisher is heavily discounting its biggest titles to catch your eye and wallet. On offer are FIFA 19, Madde...

Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:00 pm