Robotic shorts can shave minutes off a marathon time

Robotic shorts can shave minutes off a marathon time In marathons, milliseconds matter. A split-second can be the difference between victory and defeat; between setting a record and coming in second. So, it's a big deal when a team of Harvard engineers reveal a pair of shorts that reduce an average mar… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Adding a second pair of arms is as easy as putting on a backpack

Adding a second pair of arms is as easy as putting on a backpack There's only so much you can do with two arms and hands. That's basic science. But what if you could add extras without the need for ethically shady surgery or trading your apartment for a hovel in the shadow of a […]

Apple Paying Freelancers to Improve the Accuracy of Apple Maps

Apple Paying Freelancers to Improve the Accuracy of Apple Maps In an effort to improve Apple Maps, which many iPhone users still consider to be inferior to Google Maps, Apple has enlisted the help of contracted freelancers to validate the accuracy of points of interest and other information, in exchange for micropayments, according to French […]

Facial recognition software can sense when a sheep is in pain

Facial recognition software can sense when a sheep is in pain Animals can't tell us when they're in pain, so owners and veterinarians have to rely on other cues to help treat animals in discomfort. But determining that amount of pain might have just gotten easier: Researchers at the University of Cambridge used… Source: Engadget […]

Inside Grado Labs: A legacy of hand-built headphones

Inside Grado Labs: A legacy of hand-built headphones Grado Labs is a special place. That sounds hyperbolic, but allow me to explain. Behind a graffiti-covered Brooklyn facade, there's a small factory where the family's namesake headphones and turntable cartridges are assembled. When you step inside th… Source: Engadget Link: Inside Grado Labs: A legacy of […]

Create a masterpiece on the Switch's touchscreen in 'Qbics Paint'

Create a masterpiece on the Switch's touchscreen in 'Qbics Paint' A new game coming to the Nintendo Switch promises to make good use of its touchscreen. Qbics Paint, developed by Abylight Studios, lets you sculpt and paint works of art from the comfort of your living room — or wherever else you've toted your Switc… […]

Andy Rubin's Essential is toying with the idea of smart glasses

Andy Rubin's Essential is toying with the idea of smart glasses Now that Andy Rubin's technology startup Essential has emerged from stealth, there's a healthy amount of interest around what the company plans to do to stand out. We've already had our first look at the Essential Phone and smart Home assistant, but… Source: Engadget […]

The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer

The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer By Rachel Cericola This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wo… Source: Engadget Link: The best Z-Wave in-wall dimmer

iTunes Launches Sale on 'Iconic' and 'Essential' Decade-Based Movie Collections

iTunes Launches Sale on 'Iconic' and 'Essential' Decade-Based Movie Collections Apple recently opened up a limited-time sale within iTunes for a selection of movies dating back to the 1950s, which the company has grouped into “Iconic” and “Essential” collections (via Variety). The bundles include movies like Dr. Strangelove, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Anchorman: The Legend […]

Researchers use rideshare vehicles to uncover stingray use

Researchers use rideshare vehicles to uncover stingray use It's a badly kept secret that law enforcement uses fake cell phone towers, called stingrays, that can track phones and eavesdrop on communications. But one research team has taken it upon themselves to sniff them out — and at a reasonable cost, repo… Source: Engadget Link: Researchers […]

Scientists now know how your brain differentiates faces

Scientists now know how your brain differentiates faces Researchers at Caltech have taken a huge step in figuring out how the brain processes faces. In a study published this week in Cell, the team found that the brain only needs around 200 neurons to differentiate faces from each other. Source: Engadget Link: Scientists now know […]

Google teaches kids to code with scenes from 'Wonder Woman'

Google teaches kids to code with scenes from 'Wonder Woman' Google has an interest in teaching kids how to code. After all, they're going to be the next generation of engineers and developers inventing and supporting Google's products. Yesterday, the tech giant announced that they'd teamed with Wonder Woman t… Source: Engadget Link: Google teaches […]

'Rime' goes DRM-free after hackers crack the game in days

'Rime' goes DRM-free after hackers crack the game in days That didn't take long. Rime developer Tequila Works promised earlier this week that it would remove Denuvo, the anti-tampering/DRM system on the Windows version of Rime, if someone cracked it. Just five days later, and that's already happened and the… Source: Engadget Link: 'Rime' goes […]

India will be the first to power its ports with green energy

India will be the first to power its ports with green energy As the US comes to terms with President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, India is celebrating government efforts to promote green energy. Earlier this week, officials announced that all 12 of its major shipping po… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Apple Park's Senior Arborist Recalls Meeting Steve Jobs, Sourcing 9K Trees Over 7 Years

Apple Park's Senior Arborist Recalls Meeting Steve Jobs, Sourcing 9K Trees Over 7 Years Although Apple Park has opened to a small group of employees, the site’s buildings and landscaping remain in ongoing construction around the campus. In a new interview with Backchannel, Apple Park’s senior arborist, David Muffly, has provided insight into the work […]

Waymo will battle Uber with its own self-driving trucks

Waymo will battle Uber with its own self-driving trucks Google was one of the first companies to show off self-driving car tech, but it's pretty late into the autonomous truck game. Well after companies like Daimler, Komatsu and Uber unveiled their own platforms, Waymo has started testing a single truck o… Source: Engadget Link: Waymo […]

‘Need for Speed Payback’ adds higher stakes and familiar ideas

‘Need for Speed Payback’ adds higher stakes and familiar ideas On paper, Need for Speed Payback sounds a lot like Grand Theft Auto V crossed with a modern Fast and the Furious movie. Tale of revenge? Check. Three distinct protagonists with differing skillsets? Check. Heist missions? You see where I'm going with… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Google Confirms Ad-Blocking Feature Coming to Chrome in Early 2018

Google Confirms Ad-Blocking Feature Coming to Chrome in Early 2018 Google will introduce an ad-blocking feature in both its mobile and desktop Chrome web browsers early next year, according to the company. Thursday’s announcement confirms rumors back in April that the tech giant was seriously considering the feature for Chrome, and provided more details on […]

Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Across Europe

Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Across Europe Snap made its Spectacles available across Europe today, almost seven months after the company debuted them in the U.S. For anyone unfamiliar with Snapchat’s first hardware product, the Spectacles are a one-size-fits-all pair of sunglasses that can record 10 seconds of video at a time and sync […]