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CRISPR might cause more unintended DNA damage than we thought

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:56pm
A new study published today in Nature Biotechnology warns that CRISPR may not be the ultra-specific gene editor we've believed it to be. With CRISPR-Cas9, researchers can find particular sequences in a cell's DNA and cut them at a specified spot. The...

The best Prime Day deals of 2018: The Cheapskate's picks - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:51pm
Amazon has zillions of items on sale. These are the ones worth checking out.

Amazon Prime Day steal: Essential Phone for $250 - CNET

CNet Tech News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:47pm
At $250, it's pretty dang easy to excuse this phone's faults.

Future earns highest-charting streaming-only album on Billboard 200

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:25pm
Future's new album, Beastmode 2, is now the highest-charting streaming-only album, Billboard reports, debuting at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 200. With this album, Future has dethroned Chance the Rapper, whose Coloring Book became the first streaming-ex...

'FIFA 18' correctly predicted France's World Cup win

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:54pm
EA Sports has a pretty amazing record when it comes to predicting the outcome of major sporting events. The company used it's FIFA 18 game to correctly opine that Germany would win the 2014 World Cup, and has used the long-running Madden franchise to...

Netflix's shows didn't pull in as many new customers as expected

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:25pm
Netflix is spending billions of dollars on new shows and movies this year, with an expectation that this will add to its subscriber base. Unfortunately, over the last three months, that plan didn't work quite as well as it had predicted. In April the...

Nathan Fillion is a fitting star for an 'Uncharted' fan film

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:25pm
Fans have been hoping for years that Nathan Fillion would play Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake in a film adaptation, but now that the long-delayed official movie has refocused to a prequel story, that hope seemed less and less possible. For those...

Virgin Orbit will be the first to fly rockets to space from the UK

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:23pm
Today, Virgin Orbit announced that Cosmic Girl, its modified Boeing 747-400 launch platform for its Launcher One rocket, will take off from the UK. This will make Cornwall Airport Newquay the first site in the UK to support launches to Earth orbit. T...

First 'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser is a perfect '80s mall ad

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:52pm
Thanks mainly to online shopping, malls are largely struggling nowadays unless they're willing to change with the times. But in the mid-1980s, they were everywhere, adorned with loud neon signs and welcoming consumers with even louder fashion choices...

Watch tomorrow's social media congressional hearing right here

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:15pm
Hey, if you were wondering when we were going to get another congressional hearing about social media, you're in luck. On Tuesday, executives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Examining...

Nuraphones update adds noise-cancellation and 'transparency' mode

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:00pm
When I reviewed the Nuraphones, I was impressed. The unusual in-ear/over-ear design might look weird, but it actually works very well -- and the personalized audio profiles are impressive. Makers, Nura, were a newcomer, but the build quality and atte...

The new 'Walking Dead' mobile game won’t topple 'Pokémon Go'

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:31pm
I don't like The Walking Dead, or zombie-related content more generally, but I'm a sucker for a location-based mobile game like Pokémon Go and Silent Streets. Next Games' The Walking Dead: Our World uses Google Maps to turn your local area int...

Apple’s new emojis will include a superhero and more hair options

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:19pm
Apple announced today that more than 70 new emojis are on the way, including characters with more hair options, new food items and additional animals. Emoji faces will soon have the option of having red hair, will include more gray and curly hairstyl...

Nerf’s latest laser tag kit takes a cue from FPS games

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:00pm
Nerf guns are a lot of fun. But the arguments over whether someone got hit and picking up all those darts when you're done? Not so much. Laser tag has a huge advantage there. Nerf even made its own laser tag guns a few years ago, and this week it upd...

FCC has 'serious concerns' about Sinclair merger it helped engineer

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:50pm
Sinclair's attempt to buy Tribune Media has raised many concerns in the past year, and not just among advocates concerned about its partisan message and potential for media dominance. The broadcasting giant has revamped its deal several times in a bi...

Skype’s redesigned desktop app includes drag-and-drop photo sharing

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:33pm
Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype for desktop today that comes with a handful of new features. Skype 8.0 will include free HD video and screen-sharing calls that can accommodate up to 24 people as well as the ability to share photo...

Uber is under US investigation over gender discrimination

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:11pm
Uber is still grappling with its legacy of sexism well after it launched its bid to reform its corporate culture. Sources for both Engadget and the Wall Street Journal have reported that the ridesharing firm is under a US Equal Employment Opportunity...

SEC halts sketchy Kodak-branded cryptocurrency mining scheme

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:52am
One of the more surprising gadgets to appear at CES this year was a Kodak-branded cryptocurrency mining computer, which might have seemed like an easy way to make money if you leased the machine. But economists said the math never added up, and the p...

Wirecutter deals: The best Prime Day deals so far

Engadget - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:30am
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commissions. that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated lis...