Monthly Archives: December 2016

Smartwatches failed to excite in 2016

When the first smartwatches made it to our wrists a few years ago, we were willing to overlook shortcomings because the product category was in its infancy. But the technology has had time to mature, and 2016 should have been … Read the rest of this entry

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Vermont power company finds malware linked to Russian hackers

Just a few days ago, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a report detailing their assessment that Russian hackers were behind a series of attacks on US agencies and citizens. While the Obama administration issued sanctions, code… … Read the rest of this entry

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Facebook will set off fireworks on your feed for NYE

This December 31st and January 1st, you can set off animated fireworks on your Facebook News Feed to welcome 2017. Simply click or tap a trigger phrase, such "Happy New Year" (of course), on your friends' or even your own … Read the rest of this entry

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Encrypted chat app Signal sidesteps censorship in Cuba and Oman

Signal, the messaging app that prides itself on circumventing government censorship, has a few new places where its flagship feature works. Last week it was Egypt, and now users in Cuba and Oman can send messages without fear of them … Read the rest of this entry

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The year’s biggest loser was the American public

Even if we judge 2016 purely on the musical legends it stole from us, it would be an awful one. The truth is, this year has been rough by any standard. Our social networks, ostensibly designed to connect us, led … Read the rest of this entry

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The Morning After: Friday, December 30 2016

2016 is almost over, but sliding in just under the wire is a wild new delivery idea from Amazon. There's also donut-shaped Mars shelters, and our take on Apple's 2016: it's not a positive one. Engadget RSS Feed

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Lamborghini confirms Urus SUV will be its only plug-in hybrid

According to Autocar, we'll be seeing the first production hybrid Lamborghini soon. The publication reports that Lamborghini's research and development chief, Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed that the Urus SUV will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powert… Engadget RSS Feed

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Nintendo tackles 3DS piracy with ‘freeShop’ takedown

Homebrew software designed to imitate the Nintendo eShop has been issued a takedown notice by the house of Mario. FreeShop allows 3DS owners to browse, search and download games using "titlekeys," a form of encryption employed by Nintendo for its … Read the rest of this entry

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Simple breath test can detect cancer and 16 other diseases

Ancient Greek physicians figured that our breath was a strong health indicator, but researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have proven just how true that is. They developed a device that uses nanoparticles to identify 17 different disea… Engadget … Read the rest of this entry

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Twitter adds 360 video, still no edit button

Facebook and YouTube jumped on the 360 video train back in 2015, leaving Twitter to tardily trundle out their first all-direction footage experiments during the NBA finals back in June. But at long last, the social network is letting larger … Read the rest of this entry

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