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Engadget Daily: Deepak Chopra, the deal with Black Friday, and more
It's the night before Thanksgiving, and that means you're probably cooking, chatting with relatives and formulating your epic Black Friday attack plan. Need some help? No problem. We rounded up all the best tech deals available this holiday season. R...
Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games
Ubisoft may not have a way to turn back time and release Assassin's Creed Unity without a slew of glitches, but it's at least trying to make amends to jilted gamers. The studio has announced that it's giving every Unity owner a free copy of the upcom...
What to get when you've got a budding hipster in your life
It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...
AT&T tells FCC its threat to halt fiber rollout is only for new projects
AT&T isn't backing down from its threat to halt its fiber rollout, which was a not-so-subtle jab at President Obama's pro-net neutrality / Title II comments earlier this month. Following an FCC inquiry about that announcement, AT&T said in a letter t...
Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone
It's no secret that Twitter has been looking for ways to put more targeted ads in your social feed, but its latest approach may make you uncomfortable if you jealously protect your privacy. The service has revealed that its app will start tracking wh...
Squeezing into OMsignal's smart shirt of the future
Thanksgiving is a time to remember things to be grateful for, stuff yourself with turkey and watch MST3k re-runs. But what happens the following day, when you wake up with a meat hangover that could kill a horse? That's the moment you'll stumble onli...
US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote
Want to see a classic example of irony? Head to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) website. The government security group has issued a public warning about Regin... you know, the extra-sophisticated malware that many suspect the US wrote...
Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts
Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Sams...
OnePlus is opening a retail store in China
Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on December 20th. As you mig...
US courts hope an old law will help them bypass phone encryption
Federal law enforcement might not be having much success pushing for laws that require a security backdoor on your phone, but that doesn't mean it's out of options. Judges (including one who published an opinion on a New York fraud case) have been le...
Engadget's Black Friday 2014 roundup
Yes, it's once more time for Black Friday -- that beloved (and sometimes dreaded) day when you can brave crowded stores in hopes of scoring deals on gadgets that would otherwise be out of your reach. But who's offering the sweetest bargains? Never fe...
After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron
Seven years ago, we brought you the story of a waffle iron that shaped the tasty treats into a keyboard. Plenty of you saw it and wished that you could have one of your very own, and it turns out that good things do come to those who wait. Designer C...
Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put
Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making cash, the...
The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700
Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an...
Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide
Bing Maps users outside the US will now have a better idea of how long it takes to get from A to B, as Microsoft has just launched Clearflow traffic estimation around the world. The system works by taking live traffic data for main roads and surface ...
UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit
Some vloggers have made it big on YouTube, so it's not surprising that advertisers want to tap into their burgeoning audiences. But rather than shell-out for a traditional pre-roll ad, they're paying the stars themselves to film their commercials. Th...
Deepak Chopra: the spiritualist as technologist
Deepak Chopra has an app. And that's about the least of the famed spiritual guru/physician/alternative-medicine advocate/friend of Oprah's technological ambitions....
UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). Thi...
Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199
When we reviewed Amazon's Fire Phone, we said that you'd better off waiting for the sequel. That's good advice for you, but not ideal for the company, since it ate a $170 million loss and has $83 million worth of unsold devices piled high in warehous...
Sony Pictures' computers are still locked as hackers demand equality
Sony Pictures' employees around the globe are still locked out of their company computers after they were hacked on the 24th by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace." Now, new details have emerged that shed some light on what they want and ...
Blinkbox extends offline movie and TV playback to Android tablets
When offline playback arrived for Blinkbox's video streaming service on the iPad, we knew that Android support couldn't be far behind. After all, Tesco has plenty of Hudl 2 tablets to sell this Christmas, which all heavily promote its services. So fo...
China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year
What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking bikes, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non...
Digital copyright issues are affecting car modifications
Tinkering to get better performance out of your ride is one of the more rewarding aspects of vehicle ownership. The thing is, as cars have become more and more computer-dependent, getting a horsepower boost or better gas mileage by swapping exhaust s...
EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale
BT surprised many when it confirmed it's currently in talks to buy back mobile operator O2, nearly 10 years after it sold the company to Telefonića. However, the telecoms giant said at the time that it wasn't interested in just one carrier. Rumours s...
Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on Android
A call comes in on Skype from that old family friend who's now living in Sweden, but you're in the middle of a pretty amazing game of Threes, or finely honing a very important email that needs to be sent this hour. Take the call? Pretend you're not t...
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A Thanksgiving Movie You Should Definitely Not Watch With Your Family
Consuming two kinds of potatoes in the presence of loved ones calls for a holiday-appropriate movie. You could load up the heartwarming Planes, Trains and Automobiles, or dive right into Christmas season with It's a Wonderful Life. Well, here's a film about Thanksgiving and family you should really not gather the generations together to watch: The Ice Storm.
Cows With Human Chromosomes Can Now Make Human Antibodies
Cows are big hulking creatures—not so great for tipping over while drunk, but great for turning into living factories that make massive quantities of antibodies. Scientists have inserted a modified human chromosome to cows that can now make human antibodies for hantavirus. Other deadly disease like Ebola and MERS could come next.
Chance the Rapper & the Social Experiment: Sunday Candy
This year, I am thankful for Chance the Rapper. Chance, whose 2013 mixtape Acid Rap had some of the best music of last year
Several of the Best Black Friday Action Cam Deals are Live Right Now
No matter your budget, you have some great opportunities to score a new action cam this holiday season.
Daredevil walks on a narrow beam over a 900-foot tall giant hole
The 900-foot deep hole is actually a 900-foot tall giant chimney which actually makes this stunt even crazier because Flaviu Cernescu, the daredevil strolling over the hole, actually has to free solo climb the entire thing before he can walk. It's like risking your life only to risk your life even more.
Glacier National Park Is On Track To Be Glacier-Free By 2030
When Glacier National Park was dedicated in 1910, this stunning span of the Rocky Mountains on the Montana-Canadian border counted over 150 thick, morphing ice sheets that gave the park its name. One very warm century later, there are only 26 glaciers here. And by 2030, scientists warn, that number could be zero.
Be Thankful For the Invisible Belt That Saves Earth From Radiation
Well, here's something cosmic to be thankful for this weekend. A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible "shield" that keeps harmful ultrarelativistic electrons from the Earth.
The Bike-Friendly Commuter Suit Review: Good at Bikes, Bad at Suit
You can't ride a bicycle in a traditional suit. The wear and tear on that fabric will be enough to tear holes in the pants and rip the shoulder seams. Not a good look! You could keep a suit in a bag and change when you get to work, but you'd have to show up early. And stinky. Parker Dusseau has a different idea: formalwear specifically made for two-wheelers.
We're Just Three Years Away From Male Birth Control (Again)
For guys, birth control options are pretty limited, and for years we've been promised a male version of the pill—some reversible process that will protect against the threat of offspring that's not as permanent as a vasectomy. This new injectable gel, however, has already proven nearly foolproof (in baboons at least) and could hit market within two years.
Hide Your Holiday Booze On Your Tree With These Ornament Shot Glasses
Nothing makes dealing with visiting friends and families during the holidays easier than a little liquid courage. But if you don't feel like sharing your libations, just decorate your Christmas tree with these screw-top ornaments that make it easy to hide your booze in plain sight. Every time you need a nip, just pretend you're going to water the tree.
Red Bull Racing Is The NASA Of Cheating
Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor's championship, but for me, it doesn't matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything. Because they keep cheating in the cleverest of ways, which is what F1 is all about.
Why a White Cup Makes Your Coffee Taste More Intense
If part of your morning routine involves coffee, it's likely that you have a very specific ritual about which cups you use. Now, an Australian scientist has taken it upon himself to find out whether there's any scientific basis for thinking that taste is influenced by cup color—and it turns out, the color of your cup plays a big role in how you think your coffee tastes.
Kim Kardashian's sex tape is now the #1 porn video of all time
At well over 93 million views, Kim Kardashian sex tape has become the most watched porn video in history after the release of her shiny naked pictures in Paper Magazine (NSFW). That event destroyed all records in PornHub, with Kim Kardashian searches surging 629 percent and putting her at #1.
A Jacket That Transforms Into a Neck Pillow Is Perfect For Traveling
Break the endless cycle of having to buy a new neck pillow every time you fly because you forgot to bring the last one with Tumi's Patrol Travel Puffer Jacket. Hidden in the collar is a pouch that you can stuff the entire puffy jacket into, creating a comfy neck pillow to make your holiday flight or bus trip considerably more enjoyable.
These parasite bugs can control their hosts' brains from inside
The November's issue of National Geographic has a fascinating article titled Mindsuckers, the tale of tiny beasts that get into their victims bodies to eat them from inside and control their bodies, turning them into remote controlled zombies. And there are more horror ahead, masterfully photographed by Anand Varma.
This Is What Plane-Mounted Laser Guns Could Look Like
DARPA is going gaga over the pew-pew. The department just awarded a Northrop Grumman a $20.2 million contract to begin the second phase of its Excalibur Program—one which aims to give the same kind of missile-frying laser cannon that's currently patrolling the Persian Gulf
Passenger Air Travel in the 1920s As Told Through Cigarette Cards
Passenger air travel in the 1920s and 30s was a uniquely exhilarating experience
How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast
If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure.
9 Holiday Travel Horror Stories That Make Your Trip Seem Painless
Holiday travel sucks, and most people think that it sucks most around Thanksgiving. That's not necessarily true
Twitter Is Going To Start Tracking What Other Apps Are on Your Phone
Twitter is starting a new program called App Graph that tracks all of the other apps people have on their phones. You might be wondering why Twitter cares if you're a Candy Crush fiend or if you also use Instagram. It's because Twitter follows the ABT school of sales: Always Be Targetin'.