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These guys created the PlayStation 4 and here's how they did it (video)
Earlier this month we were in the audience to see two gaming legends talk at length about the history of PlayStation, but if you want to watch PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios and the PS4's lead designer have a lengthy chat for yourself, a...
Daily Roundup: rediscovered Andy Warhol art, Google Glass available to all, and more!
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
Crowdfunding project aims to bring a forgotten space probe back to life
The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 probe is slated to come home in August after 36 years in space, but a group of engineers wants to use it as a platform for citizen science before it does. Sadly, NASA doesn't have the budget to reactivate a...
Having trouble spending your digital currency? Get a Bitcoin debit card
For all its advantages, Bitcoin has one major drawback: it's rather hard to spend. While the digital currency has legs in online marketplaces like Overstock and Square Market, few brick and mortar stores are equipped to trade in Bitcoin. Special ATMs...
Netflix gets specific about its battle with Comcast and opposition to the TWC merger
In the months since announcing a "mutually beneficial" interconnection agreement, Netflix and Comcast have seen eye to eye on very little. Throw in Comcast's attempt to swallow up Time Warner Cable and grow even larger, and you have a battleground...
Russia orders bloggers to register with government in attempt to control the internet
Russia: the home shirtless autocrats, vodka and a love of free speech rivaled by only China. The Kremlin is taking another step to squash people speaking their mind online. After building out an infrastructure that allows the government to more...
China wages war on internet porn and rumor-mongering (again)
If you're a porn connoisseur or troll in China, chances are your year hasn't been great so far. Some 110 Chinese porn websites and 3,300 social accounts on services like Sina Weibo and WeChat have gone dark since January as part of the government's...
Amazon is setting up a US delivery network to ship your orders faster
Amazon isn't waiting for the advent of courier drones to ship your orders faster than usual: the Wall Street Journal reports that the e-commerce giant has been testing its own US delivery network in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Described...
Silicon Valley giants settle class action suit over anti-poaching pacts (updated)
Silicon Valley's tech giants aren't going to face that class action lawsuit over no-hiring deals, after all. Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel have all reached a settlement in the case, which would have otherwise headed to trial in late May. The terms...
Build your own space station with LittleBits' NASA-approved kit
Many kids want to become astronauts, but getting them to embrace day-to-day space science is tougher -- it's not as exciting as setting foot on Mars. NASA is all too aware of this challenge, so it has teamed up with LittleBits to create the Space...
IFTTT brings its recipe-based app automation to Android
iOS users have been privy to IFTTT's (If This Then That) formulaic behaviors for automating app tasks on their mobile devices. Well as of today, the Android faithful can get in on the action too. The outfit's software is now available in Google Play,...
Hulu Plus adds phone and tablet remote control to PS3, PS4 and Xbox One apps
If you've been enjoying the second screen-style remote control experience on Hulu Plus for the Chromecast, the streaming video site just announced similar support is coming to other devices. First up are the Hulu Plus apps for PS3, PS4 and Xbox One,...
Google's Take Your Classroom to Work Day takes kids on virtual field trips
Take Your Child to Work Day gives a sense of what parents' jobs are like, but Google knows that kids can't always afford go to the office. Accordingly, the company is bringing the office to the kids through its first-ever Take Your Classroom to Work...
Google Senior VP and head of Google+ Vic Gundotra is leaving the company
Vic Gundotra, who is known for his role in building Google's social network, has announced that he's leaving the company after a tenure of eight years. Appropriately, Gundotra made his intentions known in a post on Google+, saying that "now is the...
Opera's Coast iPhone browser is a speed dial for your favorite sites
Last year Opera introduced Coast, a simple mobile browser designed specifically for the iPad, and today it brought the same unique experience to the iPhone. Coast is a little different than Chrome or Safari, and streamlines browsing by organizing...
Google Glass now available to anyone, may be prepping for public launch (update: not so much...)
Google offered Glass to the public as part of a one day sale not long ago. Now it seems that anyone can order one again without an invite. There's been no announcement so far, no fan fair -- a few Redditors just happened to discover that you can head...
Lyft's ridesharing service reaches 24 new cities in a single day
Lyft isn't about to be outdone by its rapidly growing ridesharing competition. The on-demand transportation outfit has just launched service in 24 new US cities, all in one day -- enough to give it more American coverage than its rivals, at 60 cities...
Two weeks with Sol's solar-powered laptop
When I showed Sol to my family, they all got a bit confused. My dad asked why I was testing a toolbox for Engadget, while my sister took one look at it and said "Bumblebee." If you peek at the images below, you'll understand why: This solar-powered...
Samsung debuts projector-equipped Galaxy Beam 2 smartphone
Chances are your phone doesn't have a built-in projector -- and it never will. But there's at least a small subset of the Chinese market that apparently has a need for an entry-level smartphone capable of projecting dim videos and presentation slides...
Leica's T mirrorless camera is built from a solid brick of aluminum
Leica's been making cameras for a full century this year, and to celebrate, it's just now getting around to releasing an interchangeable-lens camera that you might actually be able to afford... until you factor in the glass. Priced around $1,850...
Facebook Newswire aims to deliver breaking news to journalists
Twitter's made serious efforts to turn itself into more than just a social network: it wants to be the go-to tool for journalists searching for breaking news. Naturally, it makes sense for Facebook to follow suit as the two continue to play feature...
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support added to Unreal Engine 4 in latest update
Moving a game from one platform to another -- from iOS to PC, from Xbox One to PlayStation 4 -- isn't as easy as it seems. Just change a few button prompts and you're all set, right? Not so much. There's a lot to consider: how do you control the game...
RunKeeper's Goal Coach helps you keep pace without all the yelling
Just a week after introducing its newfangled step-tracking app Breeze, RunKeeper is updating its iOS training software with a new jogging partner. With the latest version, you'll have access to Goal Coach: a motivational feature that helps with goal...
Now you can play XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Android, too
Android gamers who've been yearning for XCOM's deep, turn-based tactics just got their wish: 2K has released a version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Google's mobile platform. Much like last year's iOS edition, you'll get to fight off invading aliens and...
Facebook buys smartphone fitness-tracking app Moves
Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That's exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it's bought Moves, the fitness-tracking app that records...
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Here's why you should always screw with someone wearing an Oculus Rift
Do you consider yourself a good friend? Well then the next time your buddy puts on the future scopes that is the Oculus Rift and starts getting amazed at the all encompassing alternate reality, you have to give them a gentle push in the back to screw with their balance. They'll start flailing for their lives and screaming and just look so ridiculous that it'll be hilarious. It's what a good friend would do.
Your Future Flu Vaccines Could Be Grown Inside a Tobacco Plant
Finally, some good news about tobacco and your health. No, there is no nicotine involved, but there will be lots and lots of virus-like particles. Tobacco plants could be one of the fastest and most effective ways of making the seasonal flu vaccine—much faster than the current method using chicken eggs.
This Disaster Housing Is Made From Cardboard and Coke Crates
You'd think that after winning the Pritzker Prize
FYI, The FDA Recommends Mixing Kitty Litter Into Your Old Meds
I have a small orange bottle in my bathroom cabinet with a couple painkillers leftover from the time I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago. They're way out of date. I should toss 'em. BUT HOW?? According to the FDA, flushing is a no-no; proper protocol is mixing them with kitty litter before bagging them up and throwing them out.
As part of the inaugural Global Space Balloon Challenge, a group of Stanford students took this phot
As part of the inaugural Global Space Balloon Challenge, a group of Stanford students took this photo from just above the Earth using two high altitude balloons. With one of them perched slightly above the other, you can see the balloon braving the flight as the other captures this breathtaking view over California. [cnet]
What Tobacco's Past Means for Vaping's Future
The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it wants to regulate electronic cigarettes. This isn't surprising. But there's considerable debate about what those regulations should look like. If history is any guide, the life of your average vaper (vapist? vapethusiast?) is about to get a whole lot harder.
Watch this helicopter pilot doing some really wild acrobatics
Chuck Aaron makes helicopters fly upside down thanks to some heavy modifications to his lightweight chopper. And does barrel rolls too. And all sorts of crazy ass maneuvers that are a pleasure to watch but make my stomach turn.
Moving the World's Largest Wind Turbine Blade Is a Logistical Nightmare
What does it take to move an almost 300-foot-long turbine blade to its final resting place in the ocean? International coordination, huge trucks, and plenty of engineers. And here we thought moving rockets, electromagnets, and space shuttles
This Lighter Sharpener Destroys Wooden Pencils Without Fire
You can make short work of destroying a pencil with a standard Bic lighter, but this fuel-free alternative is arguably a safer way to go about it. Because instead of setting it on fire, all you need is a few minutes of constant twisting to turn turn your Faber-Castells into a pile of shavings. For just $12 it's also an easy way to get your kid sent home on their first day of school—extra Summer vacation! [Fancy]
How Boomboxes Got So Badass
Boomboxes are, by definition, excessive. With their deafening bass thud and dazzling chrome dials, these electric beasts are heavy enough to tone your biceps. Also known as "ghetto blasters" or "jamboxes," they rose to fame in the 1980s along with hip-hop, flourishing as a tool for sharing and mixing the latest beats. Yet despite their widespread popularity, the innovators who conceived of these devices are still largely unknown, consigned to anonymity by the corporations that manufactured their creations.
See One of America's Most Iconic Buildings Get Engulfed In Fake Fog
Veil, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, is the latest creative installation
Watch GE Gleefully and Awesomely Destroy Dozens of Random Objects
Remember General Electric's incredible cadre of machines that exist solely to destroy things
Dear Facebook, Please Stop Trying to Be Twitter
Today, Facebook introduced its brand new, real-time gift to newshounds everywhere
No, Rome's Collapse Wasn't Caused By Lead Poisoning
Rome was the first city on the planet to have an extensive and efficient municipal water system, thanks to the empire's ambitious aqueduct system that's still found throughout Europe. But that infrastructure was also pumping ancient Romans with lead—up to 100 times the amount of lead found in local spring water.
Happy Trails: How a Record-Holding Long-Distance Hiker Plans Her Trips
The warming weather and lengthening days are luring hikers to long trails—some to very long trails. This week, the first of the few hundred hikers who attempt to complete the Pacific Crest Trail each summer begin heading to the Mexican border to start their 2,663-mile journey to Canada.
War Dogs In Afghanistan Are Getting Their Own Air-Conditioned Kennels
The U.S. military's war dogs are a pretty badass bunch, but that doesn't mean they like being stuck inside stuffy kennels during 120 degree Fahrenheit summer weather (Who would, really?). That's why the army's designing them some swankier digs complete with AC and exercise areas. Boy, do they deserve it.
A Hovering Vacuum That Protects Your Floors And Looks Good Doing It
You can pretend a broom is a useful way to clean wood and tile floors, but in reality, it just moves the dirt elsewhere. A vacuum is still your best option—but even better than that is a vacuum that floats across scratch-prone hard floors like a hovercraft. Say hello to the aiRider.
Wow, It's Possible to Make Jenga Even More Fun
Jenga is amazingly fun and in need of no innovation
The Best GoPro and Matching Drone, Espresso At Home, Game of Thrones
Today, you can pick up the best model of the best action cam
Build Your Favorite Space Gadgets With LittleBits' Awesome NASA Kit
The Mars Rover. The ISS grappling arm. An infrared light meter. You can build working models of all of those and more with LittleBits
Looks Like Honeywell Is Cooking Up Its Own Nest Thermostat Clone
What's this we have here? We just got a tip from a reader that this is Honeywell's answer to Nest.
The World's Longest Conveyor Belt System Can Be Seen From Space
There isn't much in the Western Sahara, but there is this giant conveyor belt running over 60 miles from a Moroccan phosphate mine to the edge of the ocean. Look closely—this could be the future of our global food supply.
Anyone Can Buy Google Glass Now
Anyone with $1500 dollars can head over to this page and buy Google Glass right now. Though Google hasn't made a formal announcement about a public launch for the augmented reality specs, the shopping page is live.
Every Trunk Needs a Backup Phone Battery That Can Jumpstart Your Car
By now there are countless backup batteries on the market that promise to revive a dead smartphone when there's no power outlet in sight. But the JUMPR promises to be there for another thing you probably never leave home without—your car.
This Huge Camera Rig Was the Howitzer of Early Action Photography
Photojournalism has come a long way in the last 65 years. Back in the first half of the 20th century, photographers looking to capture the fast action of car races and baseball games were forced to shoot with enormous camera contraptions like this Graflex "Big Bertha" large format press camera. But the pictures it captured were spectacular.