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Gaming laptops are getting wonderfully weird in 2019

The gaming laptop renaissance is upon us. For the past few years, they've been getting thinner, lighter and more powerful, thanks to NVIDIA's 10-series Max-Q graphics cards. But this year at CES, they got truly weird and wild. Alienware's Area 51m le… Source: Engadget | Gaming laptops are getting wonderfully weird in 2019

Samsung and Qualcomm talk realistic expectations for 5G in 2019

The 5G hype at CES has grown each year, becoming unavoidable and almost unbearable over the past two shows. This year was no different — we saw companies announce more partnerships and rollout plans, as well as the launch of new 5G mobile hots… Source: Engadget | Samsung and Qualcomm talk realistic expectations for 5G …

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Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women

There's a thread on Fitbit's Feature Suggestion forum titled, "Add Pregnancy/Nursing mode for more accurate calorie estimates," with the first comment logged in December 2013. It was locked at 328 comments and 1,388 upvotes. In the comments, hundreds… Source: Engadget | Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women

How a hackathon helped build the Xbox Adaptive Controller

A small crew of designers pieced together the first prototype for the Xbox Adaptive Controller three years ago, at Microsoft's annual internal hackathon. The event invites employees to work on experimental or pet projects and present them to co… Source: Engadget | How a hackathon helped build the Xbox Adaptive Controller

The New York Times expands its briefing series on Alexa

The New York Times is expanding its slate of audio programming to Alexa, with dedicated daily news briefings, quizzes and arts and travel coverage. On weekdays, the paper will offer a news briefing hosted by The Daily's Michael Barbaro. Once you've a… Source: Engadget | The New York Times expands its briefing series on Alexa

Google kills its Chromecast Audio dongle

If you've been thinking about whether to pick up a Chromecast Audio to make your audio setup a little smarter, you should probably make your mind up quickly. Google has confirmed it's discontinuing the device. Source: Engadget | Google kills its Chromecast Audio dongle

Sony's takes a different tack at CES 2019

Sony's CES was a different one to previous years. The company's new strategy seems to focus on its prowess in movies and music to elevate its products. That made for an unusual press event, but Sony has a plan. Head of Communications, Cheryl K. G… Source: Engadget | Sony's takes a different tack at CES …

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Ask Engadget: Which hybrid smartwatch should I buy?

The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac… Source: Engadget | Ask Engadget: Which hybrid smartwatch should I buy?

Nintendo’s Switch NES gamepads are an unnecessary blast from the past

How much would you pay to be transported back into the 8-bit era? Nintendo already gave us a taste of nostalgia with the $60 NES Classic, and now it's offering a similar experience with a pair of NES controllers for the Switch. The big downsides: The… Source: Engadget | Nintendo’s Switch NES gamepads are an …

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The Morning After: 'Black Mirror: Bandersloot'

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your last weekend of 2018. Netflix's first interactive experience for adults has arrived, and the Essential Phone is exiting stage left. Plus, we have a few highlights from earlier this week like Buga… Source: Engadget | The Morning After: 'Black Mirror: Bandersloot'

Hackers defeat vein authentication by making a fake hand

Biometric security has moved beyond just fingerprints and face recognition to vein-based authentication. Unfortunately, hackers have already figured out a way to crack that, too. According to Motherboard, security researchers at the Chaos Communicati… Source: Engadget | Hackers defeat vein authentication by making a fake hand

Amazon brings Alexa's Follow-Up Mode to Fire TV Cube

Last week, Amazon updated Fire TV Cube with the Alexa Announcements feature (which lets you dictate a message that the other Echo devices in your home will broadcast) and notifications from your smart doorbell and camera. Now, Amazon's giving the dev… Source: Engadget | Amazon brings Alexa's Follow-Up Mode to Fire TV Cube

China grants Qualcomm a ban on some iPhone sales, Apple files appeal

A Chinese court granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple that halts sales and imports of most iPhone models in the country. The court ruled that several devices, including iPhone X, violated two Qualcomm patents related to resizing photos and man… Source: Engadget | China grants Qualcomm a ban on some iPhone sales, Apple files appeal