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Target's same-day delivery service will soon cover all 'major' products
Target's same-day delivery service, Shipt, is about to be much more useful if you'd prefer to shop from home. The company told TechCrunch that it's planning same-day shipping for "all major product categories" in 2019, not just certain groceries and...
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Gboard supports 500 languages just two years after launch
Just two years after launching, Google's Gboard virtual keyboard supports 500 languages on Android. That, according to Google, enables around 90 percent of the planet's human population to communicate on their phones in their first language.
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Kroger adds driverless vehicles to its grocery delivery fleet
Earlier this year, Kroger teamed up with the self-driving startup Nuro for a grocery delivery service, and in August the company began piloting an autonomous delivery service in Arizona. At the time, the deliveries were made by a self-driving Toyota...
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Ex-Uber engineer claims to travel 3,099 miles in a self-driving car
Remember how controversial former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski had formed a secretive autonomous trucking startup? He's finally showing off his work... and he might have set a record in the process. Levandowski has launched his self-driving tr...
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Tidal adds Spotify-like personalized 'My Mix' playlists
Tidal is getting into the personalized playlist game. The music streaming service is now offering its users personalized "My Mix" playlists that take into account their listening history as well as input from Tidal's human-curated playlists. Subscrib...
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Test Google's Project Stream and get 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' for free
If you've been waiting to pick up Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, now is your chance to get it without spending a dime. Google is giving away a free copy of the title for PC in exchange for trying out Project Stream, the company's game streaming service f...
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Uber's new Jump e-bikes have swappable batteries
Jump is giving its eye-catching red e-bikes an overhaul. It will launch an updated version in the New Year with a raft of new features, including a holder for your phone (useful for turn-by-turn navigation) and a retractable cable lock, which should...
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Google pulled 'millions' of junk Play Store ratings in one week
Google is just as frustrated with bogus app reviews as you are, and it's apparently bending over backwards to improve the trustworthiness of the feedback you see. The company instituted a system this year that uses a mix of AI and human oversight to...
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Netflix renews 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' for season 3 and 4
Netflix fiercely guards viewer numbers with the utmost secrecy, but there are often indicators of how popular a show is among subscribers. Take Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for example. The reboot of the teen witch franchise only launched in Octob...
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Facebook releases an update on its civil rights audit
In May, Facebook agreed to conduct a civil rights audit, and now the company has released an update of its progress. Headed by civil liberties leader Laura Murphy, the audit has so far engaged with dozens of civil rights organizations in order to ide...
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Google turned cloud storage traffic into mesmerizing works of art
Let's face it, data storage isn't the most exciting topic to talk about. While necessary and important for much of the hardware and software you use every day, it's just not terribly engaging, and that's a challenge that Google's Cloud Storage team i...
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Instagram can turn question stickers into live Q&As
Instagram's question stickers have at least one main problem: you have to be patient while awaiting the answer. Now, however, you might just get some instant gratification. The social network is introducing an option to respond to a question in a Sto...
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Twitter's chronological timeline button is here to stay
Nearly two months ago, Twitter began testing a feature that made it easier for users to see the latest tweets on their feed first, rather than the ones pushed by the company's algorithm. It's a toggle dressed as a sparkle icon that lives above the ho...
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2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid
It's been ages since Amazon was just a place to buy books. But even now, it's still easy to think of the company as a big online store. Resist that urge. Amazon's size and scale mean it's almost preternaturally good at selling and delivering things,...
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Nintendo Switch is America's fastest-selling console
In case it wasn't clear already, Nintendo has completely turned things around from the failure that was the Wii U. According to data from the reliable NPD Group, Nintendo sold more 8.7 million Switch consoles in the US from its launch in March 2017 t...
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Facebook’s terrible 2018
2017 wasn't great for Facebook. The company spent most of the year explaining how it exposed 126 million Americans to thousands of Russian-linked pages, which were part of the Kremlin's efforts to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. As a res...
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Engadget giveaway: Win a security package courtesy of Bitdefender!
Deliveries left out on your doorstep, nocturnal pet activities and network-connected devices open wide to the world for possible hacking or botnet conscription are just some of the reasons Bitdefender has provided this week's giveaway package. The co...
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AT&T flips the switch on mobile 5G in 12 cities this week
After nearly a year of talking about it, AT&T is finally ready to launch the US' first mobile 5G network -- and with just days to go before its self-imposed end-of-2018 deadline. Service officially starts on December 21st, when a handful of cust...
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Charter agrees to $174 million settlement for poor service in New York
The New York attorney general's office has reached a settlement with Charter Communications for providing its customers with insufficient internet services. Under the settlement, Charter and Spectrum Management Holding Company will be required to pay...
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The drop
When Nike launched its Air Jordan XI "Concord," in 2011, there were incidents of violence reported at several shopping malls in the US. Back then, most shoe stores sold pairs on a first-come, first-served basis, which led to physical fights between...
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'Farout' is the farthest Solar System object known to date
The reach of the Solar System extends well beyond the full-size planets, and that's becoming clearer than ever with a new discovery. Astronomers have detected 2018 VG18 "Farout," which is the most distant Solar System object known to date at 120AU fr...
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G Suite pincode verification gives non-Google users access to files
While a company can require its employees to create Google accounts for collaborative work, it can't always force clients to do the same thing. Especially if those clients still swear by Google's competitors, like Microsoft. Now, Mountain View is mak...
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The Air Force's long-awaited GPS upgrade begins today
It's been in the works for over a decade, but now the current Global Positioning System (GPS) is about to start getting its multibillion-dollar upgrade thanks to SpaceX's first-ever GPS satellite launch. After delays across the last four years, a Spa...
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AR pioneer Blippar is going out of business
Pioneering augmented reality startup Blippar, once touted as a $1.5 billion British tech unicorn, has stumbled into administration. The company said that it failed to secure the funding it needed to reach profitability following a dispute with one of...
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Lenovo built a slider phone with 12GB of RAM
While Lenovo continues to push the Motorola brand in the West, it's also been busy doing its own thing back in China. Just last month, the company brought us the Z5 Pro all-screen slider phone which, to our surprise, packed mid-tier specs to woo the...
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NASA engineer creates glitter bomb package to thwart parcel thieves
Because we live in a world where we can't have nice things, package theft is a real problem, and in recent times unscrupulous individuals stealing parcels from porches have prompted police sting operations, as well as longer-term tech innovation, suc...
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Study: Women are abused every 30 seconds on Twitter
Earlier this year Amnesty International released a report discussing what many of Twitter's female users already know: the social network is not always a great place to be if you're a woman. Now, a new study reveals the hard statistics on just how to...
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The Morning After: Best of 2018
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. With 2019 rapidly approaching, we've kicked off our year-in-review series looking at the best and worst gadgets 2018 had to offer. Also, there's something Amazon doesn't want to sell you, and Carlton is suing th...
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The US ballistic missile system is a cybersecurity nightmare
The US Department of Defense Inspector General has recently taken a close look at the country's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and found its cybersecurity measures lacking in many, many aspects. In the report (PDF) published in April and une...
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Detective sues Netflix for defamation over 'Making a Murderer'
The latest twist in the story of Netflix's acclaimed Making a Murderer series is going to play out in the courts once again, but this time Netflix is directly involved. That's because one of the detectives in the case, Andrew Colborn, has filed a def...
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Sphero is done making licensed Disney bots like BB-8 and R2-D2
Say goodbye to Sphero's cute BB-8 robot. In fact, say goodbye to all the company's licensed products, including R2-D2, BB-9E and Cars' Lighting McQueen. According to The Verge, Sphero plans to sell its remaining inventory of licensed toys, but it wil...
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Baidu taps Unity's game engine to test its self-driving cars
Unity, the same company whose 3D gaming engine brought you Cuphead and Hearthstone is now helping Chinese internet giant Baidu develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles, the two companies announced on Tuesday.
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Apple adds 'Fast & Furious' director Justin Lin to its TV talent pool
Justin Lin is the latest to join Apple's ever-growing pool of TV talent as he and his Perfect Storm Entertainment production company have now signed an overall TV deal with Apple. It's a multi-year agreement, according to Deadline, and under it, Lin...
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What's on TV: 'Venom,' 'Ellen,' 'Watership Down' and 'Runaways'
This week the latest superhero flick arriving in 4K is the Spider-Man spinoff Venom, while 2001: A Space Odyssey makes a second attempt at its Ultra HD disc release. Hulu also is in the Marvel business with season two of its Runaways series, while DC...
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Ford's noise-cancelling doghouse keeps pups calm during fireworks
Many dogs and other pets are terrified of fireworks, and for good reason -- their more sensitive hearing makes that pleasant popping turn into a cacophony of sounds. Ford, however, might provide some relief. The company (which is no stranger to high-...
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Jaguar's automatic door could make cars more accessible
Amputees and others with accessibility needs might soon have an easier time hopping into cars. Jaguar Land Rover has created a 'mobility door' that uses a mix of current keyless entry tech and motion sensors to automatically open when you approach....
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YouTube 4K support arrives on Comcast X1 boxes
If you have a compatible Comcast Xfinity X1 setup, you might be pleased to learn you can watch YouTube videos in 4K resolution through your cable box starting today. Netflix and (as of this month) Amazon Prime Video were already available on X1 in 4K...
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'Kingdom Hearts 3' leaks six weeks early
It's not unheard of for games to reach players days before launch thanks to supply chain leaks, pirates or overeager retailers. Square Enix, however, is dealing with something considerably worse. The developer's Tetsyuo Nomura has confirmed that copi...
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T-Mobile's eSIM support for new iPhones is limited to prepaid lines
Now that AT&T and Verizon have switched on their support for eSIMs in iPhones, it's T-Mobile's turn. The magenta network has released an eSIM app that adds a line to your iPhone XR, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max without making you insert a little c...
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NAACP encourages people to #LogOutFacebook after Senate report
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has returned a donation to Facebook and encouraged its partners and supporters to log out of the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp for one week in the wake of a Senate report on Russ...
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Alfonso Ribiero sues Epic for using the Carlton dance in 'Fortnite'
It's no secret that Epic has patterned many of Fortnite's dance emotes on real-world moves, but that's increasingly landing the game studio in hot water. Mere weeks after rapper 2 Milly sued Epic for allegedly duping the Milly Rock, Alfonso Ribiero...
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Hackers hit The Wall Street Journal in support of PewDiePie
Hackers targeted The Wall Street Journal earlier today, posting a fake apology in support of PewDiePie. In a sponsored post, the hackers published a note that said the publication wanted to apologize to the YouTuber and "due to misrepresentation" b...
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Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now arrive on Oculus Go
Back in June, Oculus launched Oculus TV, a way for you to watch shows and movies from a string of partners on a virtual 180-inch display. Now, Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now are joining the fray, so you'll have more ways to watch live TV, sports and movi...
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Facebook's 'Clear History' tool won't arrive until spring 2019
When Facebook introduced its Clear History feature in May, it expected to offer the privacy-oriented controls in the space of a few months. Well... it's going to take decidedly longer than that. The company's David Baser told Recode in an interview...
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Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ prequel casts Mark Hamill, Natalie Dormer
Last year, Netflix and The Jim Henson Company announced that a series based on Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal was in the works, and now Netflix has revealed the series' impressive voice cast. Called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the s...
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Google Assistant will warn you when it predicts flight delays
Google has predicted flight delays for a while, but only if you've searched for a flight yourself. Wouldn't it be better if it warned you before you packed your bags? It will soon. In addition to bringing delay predictions to Assistant, Google is...
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2018: The Winners and Losers
You'll see a lot of "best of" lists around this time of year. But "best" is a limited word. What if the ideas and people that dominated weren't, in fact, very good? Conversely, what happens when the products or concepts that showed the most promise d...
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Apple hires former Tesla and Microsoft senior designer
Apple has hired Andrew Kim, formerly of Tesla and Microsoft, to bolster its design team. Kim captured the attention of many in 2011 with a custom iOS device stand and again in 2012 when, as a fan, he shared his vision for an overhaul of Microsoft's b...
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