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AT&T's international data plans are now a little more reasonable

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

AT&T's international data roaming packs just became slightly more practical... slightly. The carrier has updated its Passport packages to give you 1GB of data and unlimited texting in a one-time $60 purchase, and 3GB for $120. That's a lot more...

Steam puts curator-recommended games right up front in its store

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:19:00 -0500

In October, Valve announced it was working on an overhaul of the Steam Curator program and for the past few weeks it has been testing some major changes with a small group of Curators. Those changes are now live and they're aimed at improving the sys...

Senators make last ditch effort to halt the FCC's net neutrality vote

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:02:00 -0500

The FCC is set to vote this Thursday on its proposal to remove net neutrality protections put in place in 2015 and while it's all but certain that the commission will vote in favor of the proposal, some still haven't given up trying to convince the c...

Under-display fingerprint reader arrives on 'major' phone in January

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:41:00 -0500

Under-the-screen fingerprint readers won't just be reserved for rough prototypes in the near future. Synaptics has sent word that a "major" smartphone manufacturer in the "top five" will unveil a phone using its Clear ID sensor at CES in January. I...

'Life is Strange' comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:22:00 -0500

If you haven't had the chance to play 2014's Life is Strange or its recent sequel Before the Storm, now's your chance. The brilliant episodic narrative game revolves around teenaged Max and her ability to rewind time, returning to her hometown only t...

Hulu brings picture-in-picture to its live TV service on the web

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:03:00 -0500

Last month, Hulu added a few new features to the web version of its Live TV service that improved browsing and made the user interface easier to navigate. Today Hulu adds to those improvements by bringing some of the more useful features available on...

Amazon Prime Video will stream in HDR10+ on Samsung TVs

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

One of the perpetual gripes about Samsung's newer TVs is that they don't support Dolby Vision for high dynamic range content, limiting you to basic HDR10 for most video. They do offer the more comparable HDR10+ format, but who's using it? As of now,...

Instagram's latest test adds recommended posts to your feed

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

Instagram is testing a new feature that would add posts you might like to your main feed. The Verge reports that this "Recommended for You" section would include posts that your friends have liked or posts that Instagram's algorithm thinks you might...

Lyft's first international service goes live in Toronto

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:59:00 -0500

Lyft's first offering beyond US borders is finally up and running. The ridesharing service has gone live in the Greater Toronto Area, giving you a big-name alternative to Uber whether you're in Toronto's core or living as far away as Hamilton or Osh...

Samsung vs. Acer Mixed Reality headsets: Which handles VR best?

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:30:00 -0500

The big VR story this year isn't another headset from Oculus or HTC -- it's Microsoft's entry into the space with Windows 10 Mixed Reality devices. They promise to be cheaper and easier to use than the Rift or Vive, thanks to a bit of help from HoloL...

Steve Bannon and Breitbart spent months trying to sabotage Twitter

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:16:00 -0500

BuzzFeed News released a report today detailing efforts made by Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Breitbart News to damage Twitter. For about a year, they explored various ways to bring down the platform, tactics that included legal action, an anti...

Twitter adds thread tools to help you craft epic tweetstorms

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Multi-part tweetstorms are a staple of Twitter, for better or worse, and the social network wants them to be as easy to write as possible. After months of testing, it's adding a thread feature that simplifies creating and posting a series of tweets....

Engadget is once again presenting the official Best of CES awards!

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500

CES is just around the corner, which means the Engadget team is already in the thick of planning for the world's premier consumer electronics show. We're getting ready to try out all the latest gadgets and, of course, we're pumped to be hosting the o...

Instagram now allows you to follow hashtags like regular accounts

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:19:00 -0500

Hashtags are key to discoverability on Instagram, as Engadget Editor Dan Cooper discovered when he spent a month trying to accumulate 100,000 followers on the service. And now, Instagram has made it even easier to use them, thanks to a new feature th...

Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-style AR objects

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Facebook clearly doesn't want any significant Snapchat feature to go unanswered. It's adding World Effects to Messenger's camera that, to no one's surprise, serve as direct parallels to Snapchat's augmented reality objects. You can float an arrow i...

A humanoid robot carried the Olympic torch in South Korea

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:40:00 -0500

One of the traditions of the Olympics is the torch relay, in which people carry the flame from Olympia, Greece to the location of the Games. In 2018, the Olympic Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the torch relay is currently underwa...

Tinder's new feature is a social feed from your matches

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:19:00 -0500

Today, Tinder introduced a new feature called "Feed," which allows you to learn more about the people you're most interested in. From Instagram posts to their favorite artists on Spotify, Feed works with other services to bring you real-time updates...

Live-action 'Detective Pikachu' movie hits theaters in May 2019

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:43:00 -0500

You still have a long wait ahead before you can finally watch Pikachu solve crimes while sounding just like Deadpool. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures plans to start showing the live-action Detective Pikachu film outside of Japan on May 10th...

YouTube TV is available in 34 new markets

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:21:00 -0500

YouTube TV is the streaming service's live TV subscription service, which debuted in a limited number of markets. However, yesterday, YouTube TV tweeted that the service is now available in 34 new metro areas. That is a drastic increase over the 49 a...

Algoriddim's djay Pro 2 adds AI for DJ cruise control

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Algoriddim has been improving its DJ software consistently over the past few years for both mobile and desktop, with its most recent foray breaking ground on Microsoft's turf. Today, the company announced another step forward with an update to its Ma...

The 2018 Nissan Leaf gets a semi-autonomous upgrade

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500

The Nissan Leaf is the top-selling electric vehicle in the world. Sure, Tesla and Chevy get all the hype with the Bolt and Model 3, but with more than 290,000 cars sold, Nissan's little electric car is the one people are buying. After seven years wit...

Apple iMac Pro goes on sale December 14th

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:26:00 -0500

Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. It has yet to reveal the exact configuration options, but the $4,9...

Honda and Toyota are still backing hydrogen fuel-cell cars

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:11:00 -0500

Toyota, Honda and Nissan are partnering with eight industrial firms to make a fresh push on hydrogen refuelling stations in Japan. The group wants to build 80 stations within the first four years of the partnership -- which is expected to last a deca...

France gives 'Make our Planet Great Again' grants to US scientists

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:50:00 -0500

France has backed up statements that it's willing to reward America's climate researchers now that the US has backed out of the Paris global warming accord. President Emmanuel Macron handed out 13 of 18 "Make our Planet Great Again" grants worth mill...

Nintendo has already sold over 10 million Switches

published on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:33:00 -0500

That didn't take long: Nintendo has already sold over 10 million of its hybrid home/portable console, the Switch. If you're keeping track at home, that's roughly one million consoles sold every month since March. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 4 t...