Airbnb rentals are now legal in Japan

Airbnb rentals are now legal in Japan After some legal tussling between home owners, building owners, Japanese government and, well, Airbnb the country has decided to legalise sharing economy home rentals. The law was passed earlier today, allowing home-owners to let properties to guests… Source: Engadget Link: Airbnb rentals are now legal in Japan

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art Google has built tools to explore art since 2011, when it began uploading gigapixel images of classic pieces. The tech titan introduced museum floor plans and walking tour info to Google Maps as well as its Art and Culture app, released last July, to… Source: […]

Sling TV doesn't want you to waste time looking for shows

Sling TV doesn't want you to waste time looking for shows Sling TV, the live streaming service that lets you start with a core channel package and add on whatever other bundles you might be interested in, is revamping its Android user interface. The changes, which begin rolling out today, will be expanded t… Source: […]

Google beefs up Gmail security to fight phishing attempts

Google beefs up Gmail security to fight phishing attempts Google has just added a bunch of new security features in order to protect Gmail users from spam and phishing messages. Though they didn't say as much, the bumped-up protection is likely in response to the phishing scam that went around earlier this… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Amazon's drone deliveries could include shipping label parachutes

Amazon's drone deliveries could include shipping label parachutes It's hard to believe it's been almost three years since Amazon announced its plan to deliver packages via drone. The first air delivery occurred last December in the UK and the retailer continues to refine the concept with futuristic ideas to perch t… Source: Engadget Link: Amazon's […]

Amazon refunds $70 million your kids accidentally spent in apps

Amazon refunds million your kids accidentally spent in apps Last year, a federal judge ruled Amazon was on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids in free-to-play apps. This week, the online retail giant officially started issuing over $70 million in refund… Source: Engadget Link: Amazon […]

Facebook clarifies its security settings to curb confusion

Facebook clarifies its security settings to curb confusion Facebook has picked up on the fact that everyone thinks its security settings are confusing. So, it has rolled out a redesign based on user research to bring some much-needed clarity to its security page. Source: Engadget Link: Facebook clarifies its security settings to curb confusion

Pay an American Express bill just by talking to Alexa

Pay an American Express bill just by talking to Alexa With Amazon's Alexa getting smarter every day, soon enough you won't have to do much yourself. American Express is the latest company to tap into the virtual assistant's skills, allowing customers to use voice commands to check their account balance,… Source: Engadget Link: Pay an […]

MGM spends $1 billion to take full control of the Epix channel

MGM spends billion to take full control of the Epix channel Epix has long been the baby of four studios (Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount and Viacom), but it's about to have just one parent. MGM has bought out the stakes of its partners for just over $1 billion, giving it full control over the internet-friendly, mov… […]

Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted candy

Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted candy If you're a creature of habit who doesn't mind introducing a little branding into your home, Amazon's one-touch ordering buttons are useful for re-stocking everything from laundry detergent to Nerf ammo. They can even be programmed to remind you that… Source: Engadget Link: Amazon […]

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 […]

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid… Source: Engadget Link: Obama's […]

Plex's machine learning tech auto-tags photos for you

Plex's machine learning tech auto-tags photos for you Plex has made it easier for premium users to organize their photos and to unearth specific snapshots from their massive collections. The service now auto-tags photos based on what its new machine learning technology sees. If the tech detects a dog in… Source: Engadget Link: Plex's machine […]

Former Uber drivers can appeal bans in New York City

Former Uber drivers can appeal bans in New York City If Uber kicks out a driver, that's usually all she wrote. They have to look for new work, even if the final offense was something beyond their control. In New York City, however, it's a different story. A newly instituted appeals process, the resu… Source: […]

Twitter will fire around 350 employees in hunt for profits

Twitter will fire around 350 employees in hunt for profits Twitter's not had a great time of it lately, with several would-be suitors deciding that they didn't want to buy the burgeoning social network anyway. Now, the company has announced its latest financial results and a restructuring plan in the hope of… Source: Engadget Link: […]

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Morning After: Weekend Edition Letter from the Editor Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in… Source: Engadget Link: The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Valve says it's not responsible for 'CS:GO' gambling

Valve says it's not responsible for 'CS:GO' gambling Earlier this month, Washington state told Valve to stop allowing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) gun skin transfers through Steam. The state's Gambling Commission argued that Valve was facilitating a "large, unregulated black market," and ga… Source: Engadget Link: Valve says it's not responsible for 'CS:GO' gambling

SoundHound's voice assistant lives inside its own speaker

SoundHound's voice assistant lives inside its own speaker Alexa and Google Home aren't the only pieces of voice-controlled assistant hardware available this holiday season. Today SoundHound announced the first third-party speaker to harness the power of its Hound platform. Built by Boombotix, the stand-alon… Source: Engadget Link: SoundHound's voice assistant lives inside its own speaker

Xbox Elite controller opens up games to people with disabilities

Xbox Elite controller opens up games to people with disabilities AbleGamers program director Craig Kaufman knows he's done his job when a kid comes running up to him on a busy convention show floor and screams, "I can stab people now!" "And I'm like, you shouldn't yell that in public — but it's exciting," Kaufma… […]