MP3 is dead, long live AAC

MP3 is dead, long live AAC MP3, the format that revolutionized the way we consume (and steal) music since the 90s, has been officially retired — in a manner of speaking. The German research institution that created the format, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits,… Source: Engadget Link: MP3 is dead, long live AAC

'Madden 18' may follow 'FIFA 17' with a story mode of its own

'Madden 18' may follow 'FIFA 17' with a story mode of its own It looks like American football is taking something from soccer beyond the sport's name. Well, as far as Electronic Arts' virtual versions go, that is. This year's Madden will feature a full-fledged story mode akin to what FIFA '17 had. In the […]

Microsoft revealed its plans for world domination at Build

Microsoft revealed its plans for world domination at Build Microsoft just wrapped up its Build developer conference, and the unifying theme was clear: Windows and Cortana everywhere. Whether it's linking Windows to all your other devices or letting developers code for various platforms from their PCs, Micros… Source: Engadget Link: Microsoft revealed its plans for […]

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety

NASA study finds first SLS launch should be unmanned for safety It's an exciting time for spaceflight, for sure. Both NASA and SpaceX have plans in place to send rockets and humans into our solar system. Elon Musk's company wants to use the moon as a pit stop on its way to Mars, and NASA […]

Google Home can now recognize more than one person

Google Home can now recognize more than one person Google's Home device is late to the domestic AI assistant game, but it can do one trick that Alexa can't right now: Tell family members apart just by their voices. Up to six people can link their Google accounts to one Home device, then train Google'… […]

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races

ESPN's Drone Racing League returns with faster, bigger races Last year, I asked a simple question: Can drone racing become as big as eSports? While we wait to find out, one of the leading race organizers — the Drone Racing League — is making all the right moves this year to make that answer yes. […]

Western Digital unveils its first portable SSD

Western Digital unveils its first portable SSD Western Digital only just started accepting that SSDs are ready for the mainstream, but it's making up for that lost time by launching its first portable SSD just months after unveiling a desktop drive. The simply-named My Passport SSD gives you 256G… Source: Engadget Link: Western Digital unveils […]

Apple says it's already patched 'many' Wikileaks iOS exploits

Apple says it's already patched 'many' Wikileaks iOS exploits Less than 24 hours ago, Wikileaks published a large cache of documents detailing top secret CIA operations conducted by its Center for Cyber Intelligence. Included in the 8,761 documents and files, referred to was Vault 7, are references to zero-day… Source: Engadget Link: Apple says it's […]

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, March 8th 2017 Good morning! Wikileaks is at it again, this time going after the CIA. Flickr has learned a new trick, offering a Google Photos-like "similarity search" and we know the name of Star Trek's next captain. But first things first — make sure you've ent… Source: Engadget Link: The […]

Circle with Disney launches Alexa and rewards apps integration

Circle with Disney launches Alexa and rewards apps integration Circle with Disney, a device that gives you control over your kids' internet activities by connecting to your WiFi network, now has a "smart family" platform. It's called Circle Connection, and it gives you a way to connect the device's accompanying… Source: Engadget Link: Circle with […]

Twitter apps' Explore tab combines moments, trends and more

Twitter apps' Explore tab combines moments, trends and more A new Twitter tab marked "Explore" has squeezed its way between Home and Notifications in the microblogging website's mobile app. When it makes its way to your device, that's where you'll have to go to find Twitter's trending topics, Moments, search… Source: Engadget Link: Twitter apps' […]

Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with Charter (updated)

Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with Charter (updated) AT&T bought DirecTV for $48.5 billion in 2014 and now it looks like another wireless carrier is interested in getting into the television business. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon is exploring a combination with Charter Communication… Source: Engadget Link: Verizon is reportedly exploring combination with […]

D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

D-Wave has its first customer for a million quantum computer The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,… Source: Engadget Link: D-Wave […]

Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit, has been resurrected

Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit, has been resurrected Lavabit, the encrypted email provider Edward Snowden favored, has risen from the ashes with more security features than before. If you'll recall, company chief Ladar Levison shut it down in 2013 instead of complying with the government's demand to ha… Source: Engadget Link: Snowden's preferred email provider, […]

Tesla's big Autopilot update is now active on newer cars

Tesla's big Autopilot update is now active on newer cars Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot has been months in the making, but it's finally here — no, for real this time. After days of laying dormant, the upgrade is now active for all HW2-era (that is, self-driving capable) Model S and Model X vehicles with Autop… Source: […]

Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone's fingerprint reader

Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone's fingerprint reader Future iPhones may revolve around more than just an eye-catching curved display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently (though not always) has a knack for hardware scoops, believes that Apple is designing a whole new Touch ID fingerprin… Source: Engadget Link: Apple is reportedly reinventing the […]

Google rolls out Instant Tethering for your Android devices

Google rolls out Instant Tethering for your Android devices The latest version of Google Play Services comes with a feature that can ensure all your devices are always online. Austrian journalist Andreas Proschofsky has posted a screenshot on his Google+ account showing a new feature called "Instant Tethering… Source: Engadget Link: Google rolls out Instant […]

An electric scooter is the perfect vehicle for quick jaunts

An electric scooter is the perfect vehicle for quick jaunts We have a plethora of options for getting around in an urban area. Buses, taxis, Uber, monorails, light rail and dirigibles (well, probably not the last one) make travel in big cities easier. But for those looking for a bit more freedom and fun, ther… […]

Styr's system of health gadgets exists to sell you supplements

Styr's system of health gadgets exists to sell you supplements I'm the kind of guy who can always stand to lose a few pounds. The Styr Lab regimen seemed like a great way to do so. When I first saw it at TechCrunch's Disrupt event in San Francisco last September, I was genuinely excited to […]

DoD shows off its first successful micro-drone swarm launch

DoD shows off its first successful micro-drone swarm launch The US military is no stranger to drone development. Over the past few years we've seen everything from unhackable robot helicopters to harbor-defending pontoon platoons — including the the means to combat them — come out of DoD research efforts. O… Source: Engadget Link: DoD shows […]