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Apple patent troll strikes again with FaceTime lawsuit

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 6:28am
For such a genial component of Apple's ecosystem, FaceTime certainly attracts a lot of lawsuits from interested bodies. The latest is from Uniloc, a company with a collection of patents, a hotline to its lawyers and very little else. AppleInsider is...

The Morning After: The cheapest Tesla Model 3 ever

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 5:44am
Friday morning has arrived, and with it we're looking at the cheapest Model 3 ever. Also, Apple opened orders for the iPhone XR and set a date for its event where we expect to meet new iPads and Macs. Plus, there's groundbreaking news in the worlds o...

PS4 zombie thriller 'Days Gone' delayed yet again

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 5:11am
You'll have to wait a bit longer to mow down zombies (sorry, Freakers) on the upcoming PS4 action-survival game Days Gone. Sony is again pushing back the exclusive title from its slated February 22nd release date to April 26th. The game was originall...

Funimation shows leave Crunchyroll following Sony's acquisition

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 4:18am
When Sony acquired Funimation, it apparently also meant the end of the anime localizer's partnership with Crunchyroll and VRV. According to Polygon, Funimation president Gen Fukunaga sent a memo to employees announcing that the company is leaving tho...

Uber adds VoIP calling option to its app

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:25am
Uber now allows riders and drivers to communicate over voice over internet protocol (VoIP) in addition to SMS texts, in-app messaging and regular phone calls. The Verge reports that Uber announced the global availability of the VoIP feature at a conf...

Apple iPhone XR pre-orders are now open

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 2:31am
Apple opened pre-orders for its more expensive iPhone models shortly after they were announced, leaving the more affordable iPhone XR out of the lineup. Now, you can finally pre-order an iPhone XR if you can't stomach paying a grand for a phone or if...

Scoot brings electric scooter rentals to Santiago, Chile

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 1:53am
Scoot is expanding into its third city and it's bringing electric scooters to Santiago, Chile. As part of a pilot program, Scoot will be allowed to launch a fleet of its electric kick scooters in the business district of Las Condes, and up to 500 of...

Twitter suspends bots spreading pro-Saudi tweets about missing journalist

Engadget - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:20am
Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts suspected to be bots, which had been tweeting pro-Saudi sentiments regarding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to NBC News, it presented the company with a spreadsheet of hundreds of...

Shaper's AR-equipped Origin power cutter is going on sale for $2,500

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:13pm
If you've been itching to add AR to your DIY with a handheld CNC, you'll be happy to know that Shaper's Origin augmented reality power cutter will once again be available for purchase. Originally launched in 2016, Origin scans visual markers and then...

Uber is testing an on-demand staffing service

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 9:17pm
Uber is seemingly on a quest to become the Amazon of services, having expanded beyond ride-hailing to freight hauling, food delivery and electric scooters. Now, it is testing an on-demand staffing service. Uber Works will let companies recruit short-...

‘Papers, Please’ creator debuts ‘Return of the Obra Dinn’

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 8:21pm
Return of the Obra Dinn, the first-person mystery from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope, is now available. The game has been in the works for some time, with Pope revealing the project and releasing an early demo back in 2014, and it features a rath...

Now you can buy a Model 3 for $45,000 before incentives

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:59pm
The Tesla Model 3 was originally announced with a promise that the car could be purchased for as little as $35,000 before federal and state tax incentives were applied, but until now, the cheapest model started at $49,000. Now, Elon Musk announced th...

Apple's TV app gets live and on-demand shows with PS Vue integration

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:48pm
PlayStation Vue, Sony's sneakily growing video service, has earned the distinct honor of being the first streaming TV provider to be integrated into Apple's TV app. Subscribers will now be able to watch live and on-demand content through the TV app o...

'Red Dead Redemption 2' starts its 100GB pre-release downloads tonight

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:46pm
After some long (or, not so long?) days by everyone on the Rockstar Games team, Red Dead Redemption 2 is nearly upon us. Ahead of its release October 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has revealed one more trailer and confirmed that starti...

Sam’s Club expands same-day grocery delivery through Instacart

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:51pm
Sam's Club, Walmart's members-only warehouse stores, will start offering same-day grocery delivery at half of its US locations by the end of October. The service will expand this month to more than 100 Sam's Club locations, serving nearly 1,000 zip c...

The Senate is considering extending EV tax credits

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:27pm
As US senate majority leader Mitch McConnell debates making cuts to social security and medicare, Senator Dean Heller (R) of Nevada is hoping to keep electric car sales zipping forward with a new bill that would extend tax credits until 2022.

Uber will make more personalized ride recommendations

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03pm
Uber's app is getting a little smarter. TechCrunch reports that the company will begin making more personalized ride recommendations that take into account the length of your trip, your destination and your previous ride history. Ultimately, the goal...

MIT finds a smarter way to fight Spectre-style CPU attacks

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 3:38pm
Many companies have developed patches to mitigate Meltdown- and Spectre-like speculative memory attacks. However, they can come with compromises: they can leave major gaps and still slow down your system. MIT researchers may have a better way. They'v...

Google Maps ETA sharing comes to iOS, third-party apps

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 3:16pm
The overhaul of Google Maps is continuing, this time with ETA sharing. After first introducing the feature in 2017, Google is giving users the ability to share their location and route in real-time with others on both Android and iOS devices—an...

Vertu rises from bankruptcy ashes with $4,000 Android phone

Engadget - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 2:52pm
Like a very expensive phoenix emerging from gold-and-sapphire-tipped flames, Vertu has returned from its bankruptcy with its latest luxury smartphone. Aster P is a handmade device with a price tag that reflects that handiwork and the premium material...

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