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Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 8:33 pm

NVIDIA hasn't been shy about plans to unveil Turing-based GeForce video cards at its August 20th Gamescom event -- its teaser video effectively spelled out "GeForce RTX 2080" through not-so-subtle clues. But just how powerful will these cards be? You... […]

Netflix axes Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale talk shows
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Netflix has been experimenting (rather aggressively) with talk shows for a while in an effort to diversify its titles, but results have been hit or miss thus far. It's hard to get attached to a particular program only to see it canceled after a few m... […]

Fix your PC, EGO trimmer, Waterfield backpack, and more – Weekly roundup
Posted by Julie Strietelmeier on August 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

Here we go again tech fans. Another week is over so that means it’s time to take a look at a list of everything we posted on The Gadgeteer in the past 7 days. Make sure you didn’t miss something! Articles 5 Windows PC problems that you can fix yourself Julie’s gadget diary – The … Fix your PC, EGO trimmer, Waterfield backpack, and more – Weekly roundupRead Mor […]

Star Wars Resistance animated series debuts first trailer
Posted by Adam Westlake on August 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Star Wars animation fans may not have any more episodes of Rebels to look forward to, but an all-new series is only a few month away. Disney and Lucasfilm have revealed the first trailer for Star Wars Resistance, along with confirming its debut on October 7th. The new show will take place before the events of The Force Awakens, and … Continue reading […]

Elon Musk says Tesla could build $25,000 EV in about 'three years'
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm

When Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's second master plan, the $35,000 Model 3 represented the price floor. It wasn't set in stone, but you couldn't realistically expect more. However, the dream of a truly affordable Tesla EV just got a little more tangib... […]

US court halts sale of GTA Online cheating software
Posted by Adam Westlake on August 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

It should come as no surprise that Grand Theft Auto V — and its online component GTA Online — remains incredibly popular and successful for its publisher Take-Two Interactive. Unfortunately, GTA Online has a bit of a reputation for cheating, which hurts both the player base and Take-Two’s revenue from the game. As part of the publisher’s ongoing lawsuit against … Continue reading […]

Ask Engadget: Where can I find tech deals for students?
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac... […]

Amazon aims to challenge Spotify, Apple Music in streaming
Posted by Adam Westlake on August 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Spotify and Apple Music are easily the number one and two players in the streaming music market, respectively, and while Amazon offers plenty of quick and easy access to music, the company is looking to be taken as a more serious rival to the streaming giants. A new report details Amazon’s plans for making its Music Unlimited service more recognized … Continue reading […]

AI gives Thanos a soul in 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos isn't your usual Marvel nemesis. Then again, even after 19 films in Disney's superhero universe, it's not as if he's had much strong competition. Aside from the puckish Loki and tragic Killmonger, mo... […]

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti specs confirm Nvidia’s next powerful video card
Posted by Adam Westlake on August 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Graphics card maker Nvidia has a special event starting on Monday focusing on their GeForce line. It’s been expected for some time that the company will be unveiling the new set of RTX 2080 video cards, and a new leak offering detailed specs all but confirms the upcoming reveal. Most interesting is that it seems Nvidia will be releasing both … Continue reading […]

Grind your own coffee beans with the Handground manual grinder
Posted by Janet Cloninger on August 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

NEWS – Coffee snobs connoisseurs know you only use freshly ground beans to make coffee.  And everybody knows that the key to great coffee is a precisely even grind of the correct coarseness for your type of brewer.  There are a variety of grinders on the market you could choose from in your search for … Grind your own coffee beans with the Handground manual grinderRead Mor […]

EGO Power+ 15” POWERLOAD String Trimmer review
Posted by Bill Henderson on August 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

REVIEWS – A couple of years ago, I reviewed the EGO Power+ 530 CFM Blower. I had never used a battery powered yard tool before and absolutely fell in love with its convenience and awesome power. I’m still using it—in fact, I got rid of my corded blower and haven’t missed it at all. I’m … EGO Power+ 15” POWERLOAD String Trimmer reviewRead Mor […]

The Morning After: Your weekend edition
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Hey, good morning! Welcome to your weekend. This week included our full review of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, Google's opaque location tracking and just a lot of bad news for MoviePass. Elon Musk also talked about his tough year heading up Tesla an... […]

Valve’s Twitch rival Steam.TV revealed early, then pulled
Posted by Adam Westlake on August 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

On Friday the world got an early peek at a Twitch-like live streaming platform from Valve. The site Steam.tv went live for a brief period of time, showcasing a stream from Valve’s own annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 2018. Shortly after, the site was pulled and left with a blank page, although Valve has confirmed that the platform is … Continue reading […]

The CRE8 Sounds Earbuds may offer the best sound for every occasion
Posted by Julian Perry on August 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

NEWS – Lately, my gadget world has been focused on several different devices including earbuds. I may just be a bit obsessed with finding the perfect earbuds for me. Every week from Monday to Friday, I take the railroad for about an hour each way back and forth between home and work. Most days, this … The CRE8 Sounds Earbuds may offer the best sound for every occasionRead Mor […]

Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 9:31 am

Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago, Google began applying AI... […]

Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 7:35 am

Valve seems to have unveiled a Twitch competitor with nary a peep of fanfare. A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain steam.tv, the website started live streaming The International 2018... […]

Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 4:32 am

Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not eve... […]

A 'Vampyr' TV show is on the way
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:58 am

If you're looking for a new supernatural television series, you're in luck (if you don't mind waiting a while). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce a new show based on the video game Vampyr by the developer of Life is Strange, Dontnod. The title c... […]

MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 12:44 am

It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical -- encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow... […]

PlayStation 4 Blockbuster sale offers hit games at low prices
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on August 18, 2018 at 12:33 am

Sony has another big game sale underway for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners, offering some major game titles with major discounts. The sale is available to all PlayStation owners, but PlayStation Plus subscribers get greater discounts than non-subscribers. The sale includes Battlefield 1, God of War and more. Before PlayStation 3 owners get too excited, take note: only three … Continue reading […]

NASA says Opportunity rover may never be the same, but hope remains
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on August 17, 2018 at 11:38 pm

NASA has published an update on its Opportunity rover, which fell silent after losing power during the ongoing Mars dust storm. The space agency reveals what may happen next, including what it would take to get the rover back in action. Though it remains optimistic, NASA also warns that Opportunity may not be the same after the dust clears, with … Continue reading […]

'Star Wars Resistance' trailer shows off its anime style
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Star Wars' latest animated series, Rebels, ended its four-season run this spring -- but fans didn't have to wait long to get a tease of details for the next show. While the last was set between the prequels and original trilogy, Star Wars Resistance... […]

DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on August 17, 2018 at 10:46 pm

The Department of Justice wants Facebook to give it access to encrypted voice chats as part of a criminal probe, according to a new report. The issue revolves around Messenger and its encrypted chats feature, which users can manually enable for specific conversations. The DOJ is reportedly seeking access to voice conservations made with the app. The information comes from … Continue reading […]

Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 10:35 pm

With Alexa's latest skill, users can now ask the digital assistant to show them recorded security camera footage on their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. Currently, the skill is supported by Alexa-enabled cameras from Ring, Arlo, Cloud... […]

Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal changes. […]

Netflix full-screen video promos appear between episodes for some users
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on August 17, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Netflix users are upset about a new test appearing on some accounts: full-screen video promos between videos. These promotions present content already present on Netflix, the type of shows you’d otherwise see presented as recommended content. The company has confirmed the test, explaining that the promos are personalized for each user. In its present form, Netflix presents trailers for its … Continue reading […]

DOJ wants access to suspect's encrypted Facebook Messenger chats
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 9:36 pm

The US government wants Facebook to help break Messenger's encryption to get access to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal case, sources told Reuters. The case, an investigation of the MS-13 gang, is under seal so filings aren't publicly av... […]

Amazon live TV DVR tipped to battle TiVo, Slingbox
Posted by Chris Burns on August 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Amazon was tipped to be in the process of developing a device that would compete directly with TiVo and Slingbox from Dish. This device was rumored to have the ability to record live programming from television channels, store said content, and stream said content to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and televisions. According to a tipster speaking with Bloomberg, Amazon’s device goes … Continue reading […]

Mylo Electric Scooter first ride review: The future is unfolding
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

By Greg Rasa You look like a circus bear." That's the kind of snarky assessment only one's own teenager can deliver, but it summed up my last time on an electric "mobility device," commuting to work on Autoblog's Urb-E scooter: Big guy, tiny vehicle... […]

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London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage
Posted by Beth Mole on August 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

You can watch the live action of a putrid piece of our times. […]

Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop
Posted by Ars Staff on August 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Battling infection, paranoia, and a monster in Antarctica. […]

Dealmaster: Take $250 off a Google Pixelbook and more back to school sales
Posted by Ars Staff on August 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Including Best Buy's anniversary sale, deals on Switch games and Amazon devices. […]

Paul Hansmeier finally cops to being a porn troll, after a years-long saga
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on August 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Hansmeier's lawyer calls plea deal a "fair resolution." […]

Cybersex toy industry heats up as infamous “teledildonics” patent climaxes
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on August 18, 2018 at 11:30 am

EFF lawyer: "At least startups in the space won't immediately get sued." […]

India's Infosys says CFO Ranganath has tendered resignation
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 6:52 am

The Chief Financial Officer of Infosys Ltd has tendered his resignation just seven months after India's second-biggest software services exporter appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. […]

Indonesia's Go-Jek close to profits in all segments, except transport: CEO
Posted on August 18, 2018 at 4:41 am

Go-Jek, Indonesia's first billion-dollar startup, is "extremely close" to achieving profitability in all its segments, except transportation, its founder and CEO Nadiem Makarim told Reuters. […]

Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series
Posted by Sam Machkovech on August 17, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Netflix confirms "test;" video ads appear with a "but first, check out... " prompt. […]

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 11:42 pm

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. […]

Tencent-backed Qutoutiao files for U.S. IPO
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao Inc, which is backed by technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, filed for an initial public offering of up to $300 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. […]

Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name
Posted by Peter Bright on August 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

New builds are light on features, focused on fixes. […]

Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly
Posted by Eric Berger on August 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Only two Russian women have flown in space since 1984. […]

The blockchain bonanza is over for graphics card makers
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on August 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Nvidia expects negligible cryptocurrency-related sales for the rest of the year. […]

Tesla stock sinks after Musk gives tearful NYT interview
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Tesla Inc's shares slumped 9 percent on Friday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told the New York Times he was under major emotional stress and was preparing for "extreme torture" from short sellers. […]

Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start
Posted by Sam Machkovech on August 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm

First "half-season" has its rough patches, but medieval mirth wins out. […]

HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019
Posted by Sam Machkovech on August 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

New story helmed by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Leftovers) stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King. […]

Nvidia forecast lags Wall Street as crypto demand evaporates
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Nvidia Corp shares fell as much as 5 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the chip maker said cryptocurrency-fueled demand had dried up and it forecast sales below Wall Street targets, overshadowing quarterly results that otherwise beat expectations. […]

Investors query funding costs at a private Tesla
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Several Tesla Inc shareholders have told Reuters they are concerned that the electric car maker will have to pay more to fund its growth if it becomes a private company and loses the ability to sell new shares to stock market investors. […]

Disney just dropped a trailer for its new Star Wars Resistance show
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on August 17, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Expect lots of aerial combat in this anime-styled cartoon. […]

After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China
Posted by Ron Amadeo on August 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm

But CEO Sundar Pichai believes Google can have "a positive impact" there. […]

Angry Birds maker Rovio's games get sales boost
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Rovio Entertainment , the maker of the "Angry Birds" mobile game series and movie, on Friday reported an increase in second-quarter sales at its games business, providing a positive sign for investors after a profit warning in February. […]

U.S. value stocks capitalize on 'FANG' stumbles, with room to run
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm

The summer roller-coaster in two of the four big-cap 'FANG' names - Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Google-parent Alphabet Inc - has led to a shift, albeit slight, into value stocks. […]

African palm oil expansion is bad news for the continent’s primates
Posted by Cathleen O'Grady on August 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Primate habitats overlap with the best regions for new palm oil plantations. […]

Uber to push further into East Africa with services like Chap Chap
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Uber [UBER.UL] the global ride-hailing company, is considering expanding into two other East African countries before the end of 2018, focusing on low cost services like Chap Chap in Kenya, the company said on Friday. […]

Elon Musk says he is having the most “painful year of my career”
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on August 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Running Tesla and SpaceX takes a serious personal toll on Elon Musk. […]

Musk's SpaceX could help fund take-private deal for Tesla: NYT
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, could help fund a bid to take electric car company Tesla Inc private, the New York Times reported on Thursday, quoting people familiar with the matter. […]

Uber opens Brazil center to improve driver, passenger safety
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] plans to open a 250 million reais ($64 million) center in Brazil to develop technology to improve safety for its riders and drivers, including for drivers to accept cash, a key payment method in its rapid expansion in Latin America, the company said on Friday. […]

Reveal metal objects with Wi-Fi; overexcited engineers think security
Posted by Chris Lee on August 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Wi-Fi analysis reveals metals and liquids in highly artificial conditions.&nbs […]

Brazil mall executives shrug off looming Amazon.com expansion
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Fears of e-commerce taking off in Brazil have sunk shares of the country's big mall operators this year, but industry executives expressed confidence that local shopping habits, the reputation of malls as public spaces safe from crime and other factors will help them avoid the shakeout that has hit their U.S. peers. […]

Years after Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hikes, it finally gets a generic rival
Posted by Beth Mole on August 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm

The FDA says this will lower drug costs, but the company has yet to reveal a price. […]