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… […]

Pandora's iMessage app lets you share songs and stickers

Pandora's iMessage app lets you share songs and stickers Yesterday, Pandora unveiled a new brand image, but today they're actually putting some new features into the app. iOS users now have access to an iMessage app that easily lets you share what you're listening to with your friends. Of course, since Pan… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Skype's live translations are now available in Russian

Skype's live translations are now available in Russian Since launching last year, Microsoft has steadily been building out Skype's automatic live-translating ability, and making it even easier to speak with more people around the world. The feature, which translates the voice of the person on the other e… Source: Engadget Link: Skype's live translations are […]

New York's busiest railways now accept Apple Pay

New York's busiest railways now accept Apple Pay New York has been in the process of rolling out a mobile solution for the Metropolitan Transit Agency's super-busy Long Island Railroad and Metro North Railroad lines over the summer, and this week the app was updated with support for both Apple Pay… Source: Engadget Link: New […]

Snapchat ends our long nightmare by killing Story Auto Advance

Snapchat ends our long nightmare by killing Story Auto Advance Before Instagram copied it, Snapchat's rolling 24-hour Story feature was a quick way to keep up with anyone you follow on the app. There was just one problem: Viewing a new Story would play not only that person's post, but any other new posts in […]

Part of Scotland will soon be powered by kites

Part of Scotland will soon be powered by kites Name a method of generating power that's cheap, efficient, sustainable and sounds like something Mary Poppins dreamed up after downing 20 teaspoons of sugar. That's right — kite power. One of the world's first non-experimental, kite-driven power sta… Source: Engadget Link: Part of Scotland will soon […]

It's not easy being Yahoo

It's not easy being Yahoo Remember when Yahoo was great? Yeah, I'm having a hard time, too. Especially in light of the past few weeks, during which the company's house of cards collapsed — and afterward those cards were set on fire and then pooped on by a passing flock of se… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Fighting game's 'useless' add-ons help its creators

Fighting game's 'useless' add-ons help its creators Steam has a wide range of ways to support game developers, ranging from buying early releases through to countless add-ons. But it doesn't have a way to pay developers out of sheer kindness. How are you supposed to donate short of visiting a websit… Source: Engadget Link: Fighting […]